Last month, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture released the 2010 Agriculture and Food Research Initiative competitive grants request for applications (RFA). View full announcement: http://www.nifa.usda.gov/funding/rfas/afri_rfa.html. We are interested in hearing your view on the RFAs.
- Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)
- ASA, CSSA, SSSA blog discussion on NIFA AFRI RFAs
Europe can improve decision making by better monitoring of agriculture
The greening and cross-compliance measures that have been introduced in Europe`s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) pose challenges to policy evaluators. Policy makers lack good data to monitor if their measures are effective and efficient. In a large pilot a consortium of researchers with 1,100 farmers from nine European countries have showed that it is possible to collect indicators on sustainability and other new relevant issues such as innovation. This FLINT project proposes to change the current Farm Accountancy...
Armyworm, aquaculture and other exciting and interactive workshops and demos at Agritech Expo Zambia in Chisamba
The upcomingAgritech Expoat GART in Chisamba will once again offer free workshops offering practical advice as well as live demonstrations to help farmers combat challenges such as the armyworm, explore new technologies such as aquaculture as well as learn from experts on improving efficiency of operations and yields on their farms. The award-winning event returns to Chisamba for the fourth time this year from 27-29 April.Armyworm and aquaculture The Armyworm Combat Workshop will take place onSaturday, 29...
Exploring the use of wastewater in agriculture
With food demand and water scarcity on the uptick, it`s time to stop treating wastewater like garbage and instead manage it as a resource that can be used to grow crops and help address water scarcity in agriculture. In California, wastewater is sanitized and blended with groundwater, supporting large-scale crop production.Properly managed, wastewater can be used safely to support crop production — directly through irrigation or indirectly by recharging aquifers — but doing so requires diligent...
TAHA to promote horticulture value chain in Tanzania at Agritech Expo in Arusha
“The horticulture value chain in Tanzania has a number of opportunities that ranges from manufacturers, processors input dealers, packaging industry and exporters. It is a sector that needs to be promoted to solve the unemployment crisis in our country, youth and women should consider this industry if they want to make a contribution.” This is according to Jacqueline Mkindi, Chief Executive Officer of TAHA, the Tanzania Horticultural Association. TAHA is an official host partner of the upcoming...
UF/IFAS researcher to lead $1 million study to increase global wheat production
A University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researcher will lead a nearly $1 million project to increase worldwide wheat yield potential to help feed an anticipated 9.5 billion people globally by the year 2050. To do this, Md Ali Babar, a UF/IFAS agronomy assistant professor and his team of researchers, hope to increase the harvest index from 45 to 60 percent, which translates to much more wheat. The harvest index quantifies a crop’s yield versus the amount of biomass – shoots...