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  • Holistic study approach expands understanding of agricultural chemicals in the environment

    An understanding how environmental processes and agricultural practices interact to determine the transport and fate of agricultural chemicals in the environment is essential for effectively addressing the widespread degradation of surface and ground waters from past, present, and future agricultural activities. While considerable research has been conducted at field or smaller scales, the ...

  • EPA requires major agricultural chemical dealer to safely manage pesticides

    Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced settlements with two associated companies for the improper storage and containment of agricultural pesticides. Fertizona, a large fertilizer and crop protection retailer, and Compton Ag Services operate six facilities in Arizona and California subject to the enforcement actions. They have agreed to pay a total of $133,240 in civil ...

  • Resilience, sustainability in agriculture

    Agriculture is going through a revolution, one that rivals the industrial revolution of the 19th century and the green revolution in the 20th century, according to Charles Francis, Editor of the recently published book, Organic Farming: The Ecological System.  Francis claims that these previous changes transformed industries based primarily on local resources and principally serving local ...

  • EPA Resolves Violations with Newport Beach, Calif. Company for Failure to Report Imported Agricultural Chemicals

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency settled its case against American Vanguard Corporation, located in Newport Beach, Calif., for failure to report toxic chemical substances imported by two of its subsidiary companies. American Vanguard will pay a fine of $81,855. Under the federal Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), EPA maintains a comprehensive list of more than 85,000 chemical substances ...

  • Sowing the seeds of stable agriculture

    In a country with a precarious history of food insecurity, one award-winning research institution is driving change in Senegal by focusing on training farmers and helping them to diversify their ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • China`s agricultural patents on the rise

    [BEIJING] Patent applications for agricultural innovations, particularly for genetically modified (GM) crops, have surged in China in the past decade, according to intellectual property experts. Statistics from the China Center for Intellectual Property in Agriculture (CCIPA) show that applications doubled between 2002 and 2008, from 4,500 to 9,300. The rise is against a backdrop of even ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Identifying sustainable solutions for agricultural water useage

    In the face of increasing population, climate change and scarcity of natural resources, the global food and beverage industry must continually tackle the most fundamental, challenge of all - ensuring food is produced and sourced in a sustainable way, that also works for the triple bottom line. With support from leading food and agribusiness companies, including Syngenta, Bayer, Mars and Nestle, ...

  • 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. ...

  • Diesel efficiency in agricultural production

    The topic of diesel efficiency has only become an increasing focus for farmers in recent decades, following earlier decades of concentrating above all on timely and high quality performance of work with modern agricultural machinery and equipment. The discussion on diesel efficiency, which is still topical today, was triggered not only by rising fuel costs, but also by the environmental policy ...

  • Accident at Sierra Chemical`s Sparks facility

    Sierra Chemical Company, is deeply saddened to confirm a fatal accident has occurred at the company’s Sparks, NV facility at approximately 8am Pacific Daylight Time, April 25, 2014. The employee was performing a test operation on a 550 gallon bulk (tote) package using compressed air when the tote burst. No other injuries occurred, no material was released and the site has been secured. ...


    By Carus Corporation

  • Proactive stewardship is critical in sustainable agriculture

    Bayer CropScience is committed to proactive stewardship to underline the company’s strong commitment to sustainable agriculture. “We help growers around the world produce high-quality and high-yielding crops,” said Matthias Haug, Head of SeedGrowth at Bayer CropScience. “We take product stewardship very seriously, as it is important to maximize the benefits of seed ...


    By Bayer Crop Science AG

  • OPINION: working together for Ethiopia`s agricultural self-sufficiency

    The following op-ed appeared in Addis Fortune, Ethiopia"s largest English daily newspaper Most of the news one hears from Ethiopia is about millions of people facing malnutrition and starvation. Although one wishes that the answer could be as simple as supplying food aid or high-tech quick fixes, like chemical inputs to increase ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Agriculture: the unlikely earth day hero

    Rising temperatures, erratic weather, population growth, and scarce water resources - along with growing civil unrest and skyrocketing food prices - are putting unprecedented stress on people and the planet. For over 40 years, Earth Day has served as a call to action, mobilizing individuals and organizations around the world to address these challenges. This year, Worldwatch Institute's ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Farm machinery and sustainable agriculture must evolve together

    Farm machines have revolutionized agriculture and reduced drudgery for millions of farm families and workers, but the machinery of tomorrow will have to do more than that – it will also have to contribute to agriculture that is environmentally sustainable. A new FAO book Mechanization for rural development, a review of patterns ...

  • Farm machinery and sustainable agriculture must evolve together

    Farm machines have revolutionized agriculture and reduced drudgery for millions of farm families and workers, but the machinery of tomorrow will have to do more than that – it will also have to contribute to agriculture that is environmentally sustainable. A new FAO book Mechanization for rural development, a review of patterns and progress from around ...

  • BIO Thanks Senate Agriculture Committee for Passing Farm Bill

    The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) today thanked Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and other members of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee for including mandatory funding for Energy Title programs and eligibility for renewable chemicals in Farm Bill reauthorization legislation, which passed today on a 15-5 vote in the committee. BIO ...

  • AgEagle Signs Agreement to Acquire Agricultural Analytics Company Agribotix

    AgEagle Aerial Systems Inc. (NYSE American:UAVS), a provider of drone imagery data analytics for the precision and sustainable agriculture markets, has signed an agreement to acquire substantially all of the assets of Agribotix, LLC, a drone-enabled software company that provides advanced imaging and data analysis for sustainable and precision agriculture.  The closing of the transaction is ...


    By Agribotix LLC

  • Effects of chemical fertiliser and animal manure on soil health compared

    Fertilising crops with cattle manure can lead to better soil quality than when synthetic fertiliser is used, recent research indicates. The use of cattle manure in the study led to greater soil fertility by encouraging higher microbial activity, and the researchers suggest that it could potentially improve soil’s ability to cope with periods of difficult growing conditions. The ...

  • New strategy aims to reduce agricultural ammonia

    As concerns about air pollution from large dairies and other concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) continue to mount, scientists are reporting a practice that could cut emissions of an exceptionally abundant agricultural gas—ammonia—by up to 30%. In the May-June 2011 issue of the Journal of Environmental Quality, a team led by Mark Powell, a soil scientist with the USDA ...

  • BIO Applauds Senate Agriculture Committee Draft Farm Bill

    The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) today thanked Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and other members of the Senate Agriculture Committee for including mandatory funding for Energy Title programs and eligibility for renewable chemicals in draft Farm Bill reauthorization legislation. Brent Erickson, executive vice president of BIO’s Industrial & ...

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