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  • Grasslands: The future of sustainable agriculture

    Grassland: Quietness and Strength for a New American Agriculture was written to increase our awareness of the vital role grass and grassland plants have in ensuring a sustainable future for American agriculture. Published by the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America, the book's content is geared toward agriculturists, students, the ...

  • Fighting climate change with grasslands

    Grasslands have vast untapped potential to mitigate climate change by absorbing and storing CO2, according to a new report by FAO. Pastures and rangelands represent a carbon sink that could be greater than forests if properly managed. Covering some 30 percent of the earth’s ice-free land surface and accounting for 70 percent of its agricultural land, the world’s 3.4 billion ha of grasslands can ...

  • Chevrolet supports grassland preservation program

    Chevrolet has become the first corporate participant in a public-private initiative that pays farmers not to convert natural prairie to large-scale agriculture, which would release gases that are warming the planet, officials said Monday. The automaker, a division of General Motors, said it has bought more than 39,000 metric tons of carbon credits ...


    By Associated Press

  • Grassland and Muck 2017 is coming soon

    Grassland and Muck, the triennial event organised by The Royal Agricultural Society of England, returns to Stoneleigh, Warwickshire on 24-25 May 2017. The two day, 190 acre event has something for every grassland farmer with a wide display of machinery, live demonstrations and grass plots, advice and technical ...

  • Why Visit T-T at Grassland and Muck 2017?

    Based at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire on Wednesday 23rd May and Thursday 24th May, Grassland and Muck brings you innovative ways to maximise your muck. T-T are at the forefront of innovation and will have technicians on hand to discuss ways you can increase the use of your slurry, you will find T-T on stand 415 of the main trade area. T-T have a dedicated agricultural and ...


    By T-T Pumps Ltd.

  • Abandoned wet grasslands can be rapidly restored

    Wet grasslands abandoned less than 40 years ago can be successfully restored within a decade, a recent analysis suggests. By examining the findings of a range of studies, it identified the causes and consequences of abandonment and the key factors in successful restoration. Wet grasslands, such as floodplain hay meadows, are semi-natural habitats with either a high water table or regular ...

  • Mountain grasslands and shrublands store significant amounts of carbon

    Despite their general absence from climate policy discussions, the world’s mountain grasslands and shrublands (MGSs) store between 60.5 and 82.8 billion metric tonnes of carbon, a new study estimates - more than three times that of ocean and coastal ecosystems. This research, which is the first to provide a global inventory of carbon stored in MGSs, argues that these ecosystems should be ...

  • Abandoned wet grasslands can be rapidly restored

    Wet grasslands abandoned less than 40 years ago can be successfully restored within a decade, a recent analysis suggests. By examining the findings of a range of studies, it identified the causes and consequences of abandonment and the key factors in successful restoration. Wet grasslands, such as floodplain hay meadows, are semi-natural habitats with either a high water table or regular ...

  • New hope for migratory grassland birds of South America

    The rich grasslands in South America, home to one of the world's most valuable ecosystems is fast disappearing and migratory grassland birds, which play an important role by dispersing seeds and controlling insects, are also rapidly declining in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay. In order to reverse this trend, the Convention on Migratory Species of the United Nations Environment ...

  • Populations of grassland butterflies decline almost 50 % over two decades

    Grassland butterflies have declined dramatically between 1990 and 2011. This has been caused by intensifying agriculture and a failure to properly manage grassland ecosystems, according to a report from the European Environment Agency (EEA). The fall in grassland butterfly numbers is particularly worrying, according to the report, because these butterflies are considered to be ...

  • Erosion of forests and grasslands triggers alarm bells in Asia and the Pacific

    Forest loss and degradation remain major problems confronting the Asia-Pacific region which, if not addressed, will leave future generations a legacy of damaged ecosystems and irrecoverable losses of biodiversity, FAO is warning. Forest and grasslands cover 57.5 percent of Asia-Pacific’s massive land surface and provide vital ecosystems that support agriculture and livelihoods, which in ...

  • High-nature-value grasslands can be maintained by alternating between mowing and grazing

    Scientists recommend policies that alternate between mowing and grazing to manage Europe’s high-nature-value grasslands. This comes after a new seven-year study found that a high plant-species diversity helps grasslands to maintain productivity and to resist depletion of phosphorus caused by livestock grazing and depletion of potassium caused by mowing. Grasslands with high levels of ...

  • The common agricultural policy (CAP) and agriculture in Europe – Frequently asked questions

    Farming in Europe – an overview How rural is the EU? Over 77% of the EU's territory is classified as rural (47% is farm land and 30% forest) and is home to around half its population (farming communities and other residents). How many farmers are there in the EU? 12 million (full-time). ...


    By European Commission

  • Irish agriculture faces emissions dilemma

    Ireland is facing a classic conflict, pitching economic growth targets against the need for action on climate change. On one hand, Ireland’s planners want to see significant growth in its food and agriculture industry – a sector that is one of the main pillars of the country’s economy, accounting for about 8% of gross domestic product. On the other hand, the country − ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Common agricultural policy: the reform is approved by the Council

    Common agricultural policy: the reform is approved by the Council Today (on Dec 16), the Council adopted the common agriculture policy (CAP) reform package following a first reading agreement with the European Parliament. This reform sets out the new rules for the CAP in the next seven-year period, in order to equip the European agricultural sector for the opportunities and challenges of the ...


    By EU Council of Ministers

  • European Parliament strengthens accounting rules for agricultural emissions

    Wetlands International welcomes the European Parliament’s vote on rules for accounting for greenhouse gas emissions and removals resulting from agriculture and forestry. Emissions and removals from cropland and grazing land management will have to be accounted for, but accounting for wetland drainage and rewetting remains voluntary. The ...


    By Wetlands International

  • 15 Agricultural innovations protecting the environment on earth day

    This Earth Day, Worldwatch’s Nourishing the Planet project highlights 15 sustainable agricultural practices that are protecting the environment while also improving people’s livelihoods. For the last 40 years, Earth Day has been celebrated around the world to call attention to some of our most pressing environmental and social problems, including climate change, biodiversity loss, and ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • House-Passed Cuts to USDA Conservation Programs Threaten Agriculture

    The U.S. House of Representatives' approval today of nearly $1 billion in cuts to USDA conservation programs in the agriculture appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2012 is bad policy that the Senate needs to fix, according to a leading conservation group.   "We realize that Congress faces tough budget choices, but making draconian cuts to voluntary conservation programs ...


    By Environmental Defense Fund

  • The effects of agricultural land use change on farmland birds in Sweden

    The effects of changing agricultural practices on farmland birds are explored in a recently published study from Sweden. Overall abundance of 16 common species declined by 23% between 1994 and 2004, which may be partly caused by changes in land use, such as an increase in the amount of wheat cropland. However, effects vary between species, and some species increased or stayed stable in number. ...

  • Satellite mapping reveals agricultural slowdown in Latin America: UBC study

    For the first time, satellite mapping of Latin America shows that the continent’s agricultural expansion has waned in the wake of the global economic downturn, according to UBC research. “Nearly every agricultural region across Latin America slowed down in expansion from 2007 to 2013, compared to the previous six years,” says Jordan Graesser, the study’s lead author. ...

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