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  • Pests, Weeds and Crop Diseases Arriving Early You are here

    A warmer than usual winter and wet spring are ushering in some crop diseases and weeds early in the season and could trigger a pestier summer. Ohio State University entomologists are keeping a close eye on insect species that survived the winter and may appear earlier and more abundantly. Particularly concerning are the pests that preyed on last year’s crops, including slugs, stink bugs and ...


    By Ohio State University

  • Progress is proof that hunger can be eliminated

    FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva formally recognized 38 countries for reducing hunger by half well ahead of international targets for the year 2015. During a high-level ceremony attended by several heads of state, 18 countries received diplomas for early achievement of targets set by both Millennium Development Goal 1 (MDG1) — to halve the proportion of hungry people by ...

  • Director-General calls on Members to approve FAO’s programme of work

    FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today has called on FAO’s Conference to approve a Programme of Work and Budget that sharpens the focus of the Organization's actions to improve the assistance it gives to Member Countries in reaching their food security and agriculture goals. “Since I took up office, brick by brick we have laid the foundation we need to improve the ...

  • Why buy genuine AGCO Parts filters? Jeff Challis shows you why

    A visit to Kenya prompts the production of a video to demonstrate the merits of buying genuine AGCO filters and how to spot counterfeit parts. In March 2014 Jeff Challis, Business Manager, Parts Sales, Africa and Middle East and Pete Winterbottom, Manager, Aftersales Marketing, EAME visited Kenya to meet with our AGCO distributor and visit some of their key customers. These customers ...

  • UN joins forces with Expo 2015 to end hunger

    The United Nations and Expo 2015 signed an agreement today confirming the UN’s major support for Expo 2015, during which global attention will zero in on the challenge to eradicate hunger and poverty and on producing enough nutritious food for a world population expected to top 9 billion people by 2050. Expo 2015’s theme, “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life” is at the ...

  • FAO welcomes historic commitment to end hunger in Africa by 2025

    FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today welcomed a breakthrough commitment by African heads of state to end hunger on the continent by 2025. “This is the first time in history that African leaders have made such a strong pledge to eliminate hunger and it is also a show of confidence that, working together, we can win the fight against hunger in Africa in our ...

  • 1-2-3 for Valtra tractors at European Championships

    Valtra tractors claimed the top 3 positions at the European Tractor Pulling Championships in Zele, Belgium, on Sunday. Matti Herlevi driving Caesar was crowned European Champion in the Pro Stock category, while Jurian Duijn from the Netherlands took silver with Next Sensation and Johanna Herlevi third with Gangnam Style. This is the fifth time that Valtra tractors have made a clean sweep of the ...

  • The size of Drone Congregation Areas

    This season the weather has been cool and wet in southern England, offering few opportunities to investigate Drone Congregation Areas (DCA), those special areas of the landscape where honeybee drones gather in the hope of mating with a queen. But yesterday produced something rather special and an insight into how big a DCA can be. First stop was the village recreation ground to see if drones ...


    By Vita Europe Limited

  • SP concentrates food expertise

    On 1 January 2015, SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden will integrate the subsidiary SIK – the Swedish Institute for Food and Biotechnology and form a new unit within the SP Group. The aim is to create integrated and stronger expertise within the field of food. The integration means that SIK will cease to exist as a separate company, but the business will continue to be based in ...

  • LetFarm is expanding to other countries

    LetFarm is expanding to other countries and we are looking for potential partners and test farms in your country! After succesful launch in Denmark using a nationwide partner for support and sales activities - we are looking for a partner to help us do the same abroad in either one or more ...


    By LetFarm A/S

  • Grading machine in Sweden

    Allround VP is pleased to let you know that the Radial Grading machine R260-6 has arrived to Sweden safe and sound. Upon arrival in Sweden, one of the largest cranes available was waiting to lift the machine off the truck. Installation was done successfully, and initial tests showed that the capacity of the machine is to be consiedered very impressive. We wish ORKLA FOODS good luck with the ...

  • In memory of Marc Bierman

    Today, March 18 2010, we are deeply saddened to hear about the loss of our valued colleague and friend Marc Bierman (27). Marc was on a vacation on the Isle of Mallorco together with his colleagues Bart Kester, Marco de Bruijne and other friends. During a descent Marc fell and deceased after a fatal crash on his bike. Our hearts go out to Marc's family and girlfriend. Marc will remain in our ...


    By VB Greenhouses B.V.

  • International tractor survey

    Participate in this survey and help improve tractor brands to better interact with their customers online. With a bit of luck you can also win an exclusive ticket to Agritechnica 2015. The survey is conducted by Jyväskylä University School of Business and Economics. Participate ...

  • Kling named Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor

    Catherine Kling, professor of economics and interim CARD director, was recently named a Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture and Life Sciences. Kling has been the head of CARD’s Resource and Environmental Policy Division since 1999, and has served as the interim director since 2011. Cathy’s research in environmental policy has made her well known among economists, ...

  • Political, financial push urged to end hunger

    FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf called for a political and financial push to boost sustainable agriculture in the world’s poor countries, double global food production and free the world of hunger and malnutrition. Speaking at a ceremony here marking World Food Day, the anniversary of FAO’s foundation in 1945, Diouf said, “I wish to reaffirm that we know what needs to be done to eradicate the ...

  • Tidy! Welsh Primary School rewarded for recycling innovation

    As Part of our on-going commitment to local charity Keep Wales Tidy; DS Smith Recycling recently attended and sponsored an award at their annual Tidy Wales Awards. The Tidy Wales Awards were set up over 20 years ago and in that time, has seen all types of community projects, with people of all ages rising to every type of challenge. The Tidy Wales Award 2012 ceremony was held on 27 February 2013 ...

  • Sandwich system found effective in organic apple orchards

    In organic apple orchards, one of the most serious challenges for growers is determining ways to limit weed competition while improving soil quality and ensuring high yields of quality apples. Scientists from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences published a study of orchard floor management systems (HortScience, March 2015) that revealed the benefits of using "sandwich systems" in ...

  • LED lamp to make strawberries tastier and healthier

    Who doesn’t love strawberries? What the Dutch call ‘summer kings’ look enticing, have a delicious taste and contain lots of vitamin C. Scientists at Wageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture in Bleiswijk think that they can make the taste even better, the levels of antioxidants even higher and, especially, more constant. The trick? Exposing strawberries in a greenhouse to LED lamps. ...

  • Bridging the information gap in agriculture

    AGORA, a programme that brings key scientific literature on food, agriculture and related fields to students, researchers and scientists, has become a crucial tool for some of the world's poorest countries. Ten years after its launch in 2003, AGORA (Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture) now provides free or low-cost access to over 3 500 key journals and 3 300 books in food, nutrition, ...

  • Korean Soy Industry Hears about U.S. Soy Sustainability at USSEC Seminar

    USSEC hosted a sustainability seminar, “New Call on the Food Supply and Demand Chain,” in Seoul, South Korea on June 8, targeting the crushing, soy food and feed industries. The objective of the seminar was to highlight what sustainability is, why sustainability matters and will matter to the food security and food safety of Korea, and how sustainability is being pursued within the ...

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