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  • From trash to treasure: Daly plastics transforms dirty agricultural and packaging film into high-quality regranulate

    Daly Plastics is one of the largest plastics waste processing companies in the Netherlands. At the Zutphen site, the subsidiary Caroda Polymer Recovery recycles agricultural and packaging films. The aim is to produce regranulates of the same quality as virgin material. That requires innovative solutions. Two Jupiter 2200 and four Micromat 2000 shredders from Lindner Recyclingtech provide the ...


    By Lindner-Recyclingtech GmbH

  • Agricultural Bacteria: Blowing in the Wind

    It was all too evident during the Dust Bowl what a disastrous impact wind can have on dry, unprotected topsoil. Now a new study has uncovered a less obvious, but still troubling, effect of wind: Not only can it carry away soil particles, but also the beneficial microbes that help build soil, detoxify contaminants, and recycle nutrients. Using a powerful DNA sequencing technique, called ...

  • Australian Growers directed to certified laboratories

    Grain growers are encouraged to make sure that the soil testing laboratory they use in coming months is certified to conduct the test they require. This is one of the messages contained in a new Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) fact sheet Better Fertiliser Decisions for Crop Nutrition. Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA) researcher Ross Brennan said soil ...

  • Congressional briefing: climate change and agriculture

    Event Wednesday June 16 on Climate Change and Agriculture: Food and Farming in a Changing Climate Experts to discuss climate change impacts and agricultural adaptation strategies.   What: Briefing on agricultural adaptation to climate change, featuring presentations from experts in the fields of agriculture, climate change, and economics.   ...

  • Africa and India cultivate agricultural research ties

    Africa and India are gearing up to further enhance cooperation in agricultural science, technology and innovation, and move beyond dialogue to a range of practical options from a virtual biotech platform to ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • EPA region 10 strategic agricultural initiative

    The synopsis for this grant opportunity is detailed below, following this paragraph. This synopsis contains all of the updates to this document that have been posted as of  06/01/2010 . If updates have been made to the opportunity synopsis, update information is provided below the synopsis. If you would like to receive notifications of changes to the grant opportunity click ...

  • USDA Secretary Announces Creation of Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the creation of the Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research (FFAR) and the appointment of a 15-member board of directors. The new foundation will leverage public and private resources to increase the scientific and technological research, innovation, and partnerships critical to boosting America's agricultural economy. Authorized by Congress ...

  • Agriculture Secretary Announces $3 Million for a New Program to Improve Pollinator Health

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will provide close to $3 million in technical and financial assistance for interested farmers and ranchers to help improve the health of bees, which play an important role in crop production. The funding is a focused investment to improve pollinator health and will be targeted in five Midwestern states, ...

  • Soil scientists in Afghanistan

    As part of USDA’s effort to support the Afghanistan military campaign, Operation Enduring Freedom, the Natural Resources Conservation Service–National Soil Survey Laboratory (NRCS-NSSL), working in partnership with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) developed an agreement to sample soils; teach local nationals about soil and water conservation, soil sampling, and techniques for ...


    By American Society of Agronomy

  • ARS helps preserve indigenous crops in Ecuador

    An Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientist is working with an international group of researchers on a project to improve the livelihoods of people in rural Ecuador by promoting the conservation and use of indigenous crops. People in and around Cotacachi, in the northern Andean highlands, have been farming for thousands of years, and the result is a stunning diversity of crops, some of them ...

  • Mapping and modeling eastern US food production

    Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists are mapping an array of county-level data from Maine to Virginia on weather, soil, land use, water availability and other elements. Then they'll use their map to model potential crop production and find out where local food production could meet current and projected demand—and where it won't. Until recently, low fuel prices have contributed to the ...

  • Satellites help keep Chesapeake Bay clean

    Space-age technologies to help Maryland implement and monitor an expanded winter cover crop program that is vital to the Chesapeake Bay's health are being developed by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists in Beltsville, Md. Soil scientist Gregory McCarty and colleagues Dean Hively, Ali Sadeghi and Megan Lang with the ARS Hydrology and Remote Sensing Laboratory in Beltsville are ...

  • Undeclared Allergen: Milk Found in Beef Sirloin, Causes Recall

    Approximately 2,645 pounds of beef sirloin products have been recalled, because they contain milk, an allergen that was not on the label. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced the recall, explaining that J&B Group ofSt. Michael,MNdiscovered the problem during a routine label review of its product. No health effects relating to the ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Possible Listeria Contamination in Salad Dressing Causes Recall

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced on Wednesday, October 29, 2013, that there will be a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recall for broccoli salad kit products, due to concerns about possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination in the salad dressing. The sum of 22,849 pounds of broccoli salad kits have been ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Agdia Releases New Molecular Test for Avocado Sunblotch Viroid

    Agdia, Inc. (Elkhart, IN) has commercialized a Nucleic Acid Hybridization Assay for Avocado sunblotch viroid (ASBVd). ASBVd is found in avocado growing regions worldwide.  Trees that are infected with ASBVd can result in a loss of yield and / or production of unmarketable fruit.  However, symptoms are not always present making pro-active testing a critical disease control ...


    By Agdia Incorporated

  • The future of cover crops

    Winter cover crops are an important component of nutrient cycling, soil cover and organic matter content. Although its benefits are well documented, cover crop use in farming systems is relatively low. Research has shown that time and money are the two primary reasons why farmers are hesitant to adopt the technique. Developing innovative and cost-effective crop cover systems could increase the ...

  • UF/IFAS study: Sweet potato crop shows promise as feed and fuel

    As some Florida growers try to find new crops and the demand for biofuel stock increases globally, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers have found that sweet potato vines, usually thrown out during harvest, can serve well as livestock feed while the roots are an ideal source for biofuel. This could be a key finding for the agriculture industry in Florida ...

  • Finding the Right Time for Rolling Rye

    U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists are helping growers adopt an environmentally friendly practice that is catching on nationwide: "rolling" their rye when they use it as a cover crop. Cereal rye is increasingly being used as a cover crop because it prevents erosion, helps the soil retain nutrients, and reduces the need to till the soil, according to Steven Mirsky, an ecologist in ...

  • Sub-Saharan Africa news in brief: 30 December 2010–12 January 2011

    Satellite data receiving station for Gambia A station for receiving satellite data has been installed at the Gambia's National Environment Agency as part of the Africa Monitoring of the Environment for Sustainable Development Programme, a pan-African programme developing geo-information services on the continent. The agency will be responsible for analysing the received data and supporting ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Ministries Need to Collaborate to Ensure Continued Productivity of Farmland and Forests in ECA

    As economies in the ECA region grow, farm and forest productivity will need to keep pace with rising consumer and industrial demand for food and wood.  But doing so by pushing natural resources beyond their limits can be disastrous. Governments in the region have taken steps to address this issue, but they – ministries of environment in partnership with others such as agriculture, forestry ...


    By The World Bank

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