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  • SIMA to Publish Snow Business® in 2017; Turf® to focus on snow and ice with PLOW, a supplement publication

    Starting in 2017, the publishing agreement with Snow & Ice Management Association (SIMA) and Grand View Media to publish Snow Business® magazine will expire. As such, SIMA will take over all publishing of Snow Business® magazine and will serve an audience of 30,000 snow and ice management professionals. Likewise, Turf® magazine announces PLOW, a supplement complementing the parent ...


    By Grand View Media

  • New Vermeer service plow with trencher right pick for tight spaces

    Vermeer has introduced a new walk-beside service plow with trencher for contractors who need a productive machine that can work in tight spaces. The PTX40 service plow with an optional forward-mounted trencher and boring attachment was designed primarily for irrigation and utility installations. ...


    By Vermeer

  • Keynote Address by Achim Steiner UN Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director at the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA)

    Agriculture is the single most important sector in providing the basic necessities for human existence and livelihoods today. In addition to producing bioenergy and foodstuffs, it accounts for roughly 40 per cent of the world's labour force, or about 1.3 billion people. Honourable Ministers, Distinguished guests, Colleagues, Ladies and ...

  • What the AP Got Wrong on Ethanol

    The Associated Press just released a one-sided story on renewable fuel’s impact on the environment, and it’s full of the same misinformation and falsehoods that ethanol detractors have been repeating for years. Here’s what they got wrong: Claim: Ethanol production has caused 5 million acres of land to be removed from the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) since President ...


    By National Farmers Union

  • Q&A: Ethanol, oil and what it means to be green

    Q: What is the ethanol mandate? A: In 2007, Congress passed a law requiring oil companies to blend corn ethanol into the gasoline supply. That requirement started at 9 billion gallons and has risen each year since. This year, it's about 13 billion gallons. Barack Obama, who was running for president against a crowded field of Democrats in the Iowa caucuses, was a champion for this law. And with ...


    By Associated Press

  • NRDC: House farm bill should be plowed under

    The U.S. House today approved a Farm Bill that cuts conservation, undermines longstanding environmental protections and denies states the right to set farm-related standards. Franz Matzner, the Natural Resources Defense Council’s associate director of government affairs, made these comments on the bill: “Once again, House Republicans are pushing an extreme agenda, this time to gut ...

  • EPUK launches website outlining the vital Importance of Healthy Soil to mark World Soil Day 2011

    Healthysoils.org launches on 5th December to mark 2011 World Soil Day – an annual event set up to advocate the use and need of soils for human survival and the importance of its sustainable management. Healthysoils.org sets out the importance of soils to key aspects of human life including ...


    By Environmental Protection UK

  • Population has bigger effect than climate change on crop yields, study suggests

    Population pressure will be as significant a factor as climate change in reducing crop yields — and thus increasing food insecurity — in West Africa, according to a modelling study. The authors inserted different ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Respect the Rotation: Glyphosate-Resistant Weeds One Year Later

    Growers, consultants, weed scientists, researchers and government agency officials who participated in the July 2010 launch of the Respect the Rotation™ initiative have taken measureable ...


    By Bayer CropScience AG

  • Let`s do more than give thanks for our abundance

    With the amount of food produced in our country, every day could be Thanksgiving. For this November feast we cook more than 45 million turkeys, about 1.9 billion pounds of sweet potatoes and 21 million pounds of cranberries. But Thanksgiving is no longer the only day we heap food onto our plates. We've created an arsenal of weapons to prevent food from spoiling between field and market: ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Dieter Lutticken Award 2009 for development of in vitro bovine respiratory tract organ culture model

    The Dieter Lütticken Award 2009, a prestigious international annual award dedicated to alternatives in animal testing for veterinary medicines, goes to Dr. A.W. (Dan) Tucker, senior lecturer in veterinary public health at the University of Cambridge (United Kingdom). He will receive the € 20,000 award, which is sponsored by Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health, for the development of ...

  • India to take green revolution to eastern drylands

    India will plough US$86 million into extending its green revolution to the eastern drylands. Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee presented the country's 2010–11 budget in parliament today (26 February). Unlike the first phase of the country's green revolution — which introduced high-yielding wheat varieties that need a lot of irrigation, fertiliser and pesticide — India will now focus on drylands ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • ARS explores ways to keep carbon in the soil

    Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists are testing out alternative ways of tilling the soil and rotating crops to see if they can help wheat farmers in Oregon sequester more carbon in the soil and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Soil organic carbon plays a major role in how well a cultivated field holds moisture, provides nutrients and remains productive. That can be a problem in ...

  • The high rise Urban farms of the future

    Imagine a full-scale farm right in the heart of New York City, in the deserts of Darfur or on the moon.  While you might have to wait some time for your lunar lettuce, vertical farming technologies are increasing the possibilities of cultivating crops much more efficiently here on earth.  Moving farms into buildings might change the way much of humanity grows its food.  And while ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • No-till improves near-surface soil properties

    Near-surface soil aggregate structural properties such as aggregate size distribution, stability, strength, and wettability determine the extent to which a soil will erode under water or wind erosive forces. Knowledge of aggregate structural properties is especially important in semiarid regions, such as the Great Plains, where low precipitation, high evaporation, and variable biomass production ...

  • Deep ploughing reduces diversity and number of earthworms

    Less invasive soil preparation methods in farming, such as harrowing, have a positive impact on the numbers, biomass, and species richness of earthworms, unlike conventional ploughing, according to new research. The long-term study compared the results of five different methods of soil preparation on agricultural land in Germany over a ten-year period. Earthworms play a major role in the ...

  • Preventing soil erosion in continuous corn

    With recent increase in the cost of energy and subsequent explorations into alternative energy sources, the increased harvest of corn residue for cellulosic ethanol production is likely in the future. This may be especially true in fields where corn is grown continuously, in part because perennially high residue amounts favor annual harvests, and also because corn residue left on the soil surface ...

  • From Mules to Biofuels

    Farmers and policymakers are wrestling with two main concerns when it comes to ethanol production: the effect of ethanol demand on food prices, and changes in land use that are detrimental to the environment. While families were sharing corn at backyard barbecues this summer, both issues perked up ears across the globe. The Environmental Protection Agency rejected Texas Governor Rick Perry's ...

  • New satellite sensing tool for improving agricultural land use observation

    FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) data indicate that annually 2500 km3 of freshwater are used for agricultural production, which amounts to 70% of the water resources the whole of humanity consumes in a year. With the global population continuing to grow at a high pace, it is essential to optimize the use of water resources and to increase agricultural production in ...

  • Nigeria Intends to Increase LNG to Earn More Revenues

    The government of Nigeria has plans to export more LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) so as to capture considerable share in the global market, and also increase revenue for the nation. A project accomplished by the NLNG (Nigeria LNG Ltd) has brought in revenues of over US$ 3.6 Billion to Nigeria. Also, some money has been plowed back for further expansion of Nigeria’,s gas sector, as ...


    By RNCOS

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