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  • Farmers could cut emissions while boosting production

    Farmers could earn more and protect the environment by using technologies and practices that reduce the global warming gases that livestock emit, according to a report by the UN Food ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • California farmers agree to drastically cut water use

    California farmers who hold some of the state's strongest water rights avoided the threat of deep mandatory cuts when the state accepted their proposal to voluntarily reduce consumption by 25 percent amid one of the worst droughts on record. Officials hope the deal agreed upon on Friday will serve as a model for more such agreements with ...


    By Associated Press

  • California orders large water cuts for farmers

    As California grapples with a relentless drought, state regulators on Friday ordered farmers and others who hold some of the strongest water rights in the state to stop all pumping from three major waterways in one of country's prime farm regions. The order involving record cuts by senior water rights holders in the Sacramento, San Joaquin ...


    By Associated Press

  • AHDB announces Smart Agriculture 2015

    The application of smart technologies in agriculture is nothing new but in order for industry to thrive it must look across the fence and see what technologies other industries are developing and what opportunities they present. #SmartAg2015 8th September 2015 ICC, Birmingham To address this, the Agriculture and Horticulture ...

  • Gauging the impact of climate on U.S. agriculture

    Original story at MIT News To assess the likely impact of climate change on U.S. agriculture, researchers typically run a combination of climate and crop models that project how yields of maize, wheat, and other key crops will change over time. But the suite of models commonly used in these ...

  • 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

  • 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

  • New solar-powered tractor to reduce agricultural emissions

    Modern agriculture is heavily dependent on fossil fuels. A recent study suggests a solar-powered, agricultural electric vehicle, the 'Multi-purpose Solar Tractor', could avert 23.3 tonnes of greenhouse gases every year, compared to a conventional vehicle. The vehicles will be particularly suitable for Mediterranean countries where sunlight is plentiful. Tractors are typically diesel-powered, ...

  • Indian research boost overlooks agriculture, renewables

    India's science has received a 14 per cent boost in the 2011–12 budget presented yesterday (28 February) by finance minister Pranab Mukherjee. But renewable energy and agriculture research saw cuts of 24 and six per ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • 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 ...

  • Sandia Algae Researchers Cut Costs with Improved Nutrient Recycling

    Algae are a promising source of renewable biofuels and bioproducts, and researchers at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, California, are taking a step toward realizing the promise of sustainable, cost-effective algal biofuels for the American public. Sandia molecular biologists Todd Lane and Ryan Davis, leading a team with OpenAlgae and Texas A&M AgriLife Research, ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • 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

  • AUS$403m investment for the Australian environment & sustainable agriculture

    The Rudd Government has accelerated work across Australia on environmental and sustainable farming projects, with $403 million committed under Caring for our Country. It will be the single biggest investment over the next four years under the landmark $2 billion program. Caring for our Country reformed the way environmental and sustainable farming projects were funded, by creating a transparent ...


    By Australian Government

  • Reducing greenhouse emissions could cut global disease burden by 25% - WHO

    The World Health Organisation urged policy makers to consider the serious implications of climate change on health, at a conference in Copenhagen on 10-12 March. Speaking at the conference - Climate Change Global Risks, Challenges, and Decisions - the World Health Organisation (WHO) argued that improving environmental conditions could help reduce the global disease burden by more than 25%. ...

  • Heat and hope: time running out for steep emissions cuts

    The world will have to reduce emissions more drastically than has been widely predicted, essentially ending the emission of carbon dioxide by 2050 to avoid catastrophic disruption to the world's climate, according to State of the World 2009: Into a Warming World, released by the Worldwatch Institute. Yet opportunities abound in renewable energy and efficiency improvements, agriculture and ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Major cuts of greenhouse gas emissions from livestock within reach

    Greenhouse gas emissions by the livestock sector could be cut by as much as 30 percent through the wider use of existing best practices and technologies, according to a new study released today by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The report, Tackling climate change through livestock: A ...

  • AUS$40m to fund critical reforms for lucrative agricultural exports

    After exhaustive discussions with Australia’s agricultural export industries, the Rudd Government has agreed to provide $40 million to fund vital reforms to cut red tape. The red meat, grain, horticulture, live exports, fish and dairy sectors have been pushing for major improvements to make the export process more efficient and cut red tape. It represents the biggest reforms in this area in a ...


    By Australian Government

  • Broad welcome for CAP `health check` from EP Agriculture Committee

    The European Commission's draft 'health check' on the common agriculture policy was broadly welcomed by most members of the EP Agriculture Committee when it was presented on Tuesday, although it did prompt a number of questions. Among other things, MEPs warned against budget cuts. 'The Commission does not see the CAP health check as a new reform', stressed Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel. At ...


    By European Parliament

  • Egyptian Experimental Farm Reveals Possible Market for `Sewage Farming` Agricultural Products

    Crops grown on the Egyptian desert using treated wastewater are safe for human consumption and their production is economically viable, concluded engineers working on an experimental farm in Gerga, in the Sohag Governorate of Egypt. Their final report, 'The Re-use of Treated Sewage Waste Water in Agriculture' contains recommendations for a successful country-wide establishment of ...

  • FAO’s State of the World’s Forests Calls for Positive Interactions Between Agriculture and Forestry

    It is not necessary to cut down forests to produce more food. Promoting more positive interactions between agriculture and forestry can stop deforestation, build sustainable agricultural systems and improve food security. This is the key message of 'The State of the World's Forests' (SOFO), the flagship publication of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), presented at the opening ...

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