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  • TIP: Experts on drought and dust

    In the 1930s, severe drought in the United States coupled with widespread soil degradation from unsound farming practices led to the Dust Bowl—a period of massive dust storms that caused damage to millions of acres of farmland and forced hundreds of thousands of people to abandon their homes. Now that a host of soil conservation measures are in place, the Dust Bowl is mainly thought of as a ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 CropScience AG

  • Dust storms cause health problems in Afganistan

    Unusually strong winds carrying dust from the parched land have increased respiratory and eye diseases in western Afghanistan, according to health and environmental officials. The winds - known locally as “the 120-day winds” - usually begin in early July and go on until late September in Herat Province, the provincial department of agriculture said. This year’s winds have been unusually strong, ...


    By IRIN

  • Fertiliser – From Airborne Dust To Liquid Fertiliser Tanks

    Much of the early fertiliser spraying across the country is now complete and spring barley is in the ground, with most coming through and growing fast. For now, farming attention focuses on fencing in preparation for turning out stock and other important activities, but it won’t be long until more fertiliser applications and it’s this on-going and high cost expendable that makes all ...


    By ENDURAMAXX

  • Agriculture Gives Unmanned Aerial Vehicles a New Purpose

    Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), sometimes referred to as “drones,” have found a use beyond the military. According to Rory Paul, founder and CEO of Volt Aerial Robotics, a UAV company, the sky’s the limit for what these devices offer farmers. “UAVs will be very useful, efficient and economical in scouting crops for diseases and other pests and also for surveying crop ...


    By United Soybean Board (USB)

  • Air quality vote: MEPs declare war on dangerous dust

    The car driving by you, the building site you walk past - these are just some of the things that pump dust into the air and into our lungs. This can cause breathing difficulties, illness and even premature death. Known as 'particulate matter' (PM), levels are rising. On Tuesday MEPs agreed binding targets on the level of particles by 2015, which will also oblige EU authorities to measure and ...


    By European Parliament

  • Dust in the western US five times what it was 200 years ago

    The Western United States has become 500 percent dustier in the past two centuries due to westward expansion and accompanying human activity beginning in the 1800s, according to a new study by scientists at four U.S. universities and two federal government agencies. Sediment records from dust blown into alpine lakes in southwest Colorado's San Juan Mountains over thousands of years indicates ...

  • OSU Agriculture Safety and Health Professionals Offer Grain Handling Safety Tips

    With grain harvest well underway statewide thanks to favorable weather conditions throughout the region, growers are reminded that taking extra precautions when handling grain can lessen the potential for injury. When working around grain storage facilities, incidents such as slips, trips, falls, severe trauma injuries, entanglement or engulfment can happen in a fraction of a second, said Kent ...


    By Ohio State University

  • Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, testimony before the U.S. house committee on agriculture

    Chairman Lucas, Ranking Member Peterson and Members of this committee, thank you for inviting me to testify. I’m pleased to be here today. I have great respect for the oversight role of Congress and believe that this ongoing dialogue is central to the commitment I have made to the American people to conduct EPA’s business transparently and with accountability. I also believe an ...

  • US Labor Department`s OSHA working with agriculture community to promote safety education during Farm Safety Week, Sept. 15-22

    The agriculture sector accounted for 475 deaths in 2012. With a fatality rate of 21.2 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers, agriculture recorded the highest fatality rate of any industry sector. Additionally, 48,300 injuries were recorded in 2011, the last year for which statistics are available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This sector employs more than 2 million people in the United ...

  • Ohio cancels Poultry Shows at Fairs amid Bird Flu Outbreak

    All poultry shows at the Ohio State Fair and county fairs across the state have been canceled this year because of the threat of a deadly bird flu virus, the state's agriculture department announced Tuesday. The virus that has led to the deaths of more than 44 million chickens and turkeys in the Midwest hasn't been found so far in Ohio, but state officials said banning all poultry shows is a ...


    By Associated Press

  • Agrochemicals worry Argentines

    Argentina's agricultural industry has been dramatically transformed by the introduction of genetically modified plants in 1996. A country once known for its grass-fed beef is now dominated by soy, corn and cotton. Soy harvests alone have tripled, ranking Argentina as the world's third largest soybean producer. But the pesticides powering this boom are poorly controlled and used in ways that were ...


    By Associated Press

  • New Ag Leader GPS System Offers Farmers Accuracy, Range, Simplicity

    Ames, Iowa, January 29th, 2013 – Farmers requiring sub-inch accuracy for tiling and other precision farming operations have a new GPS option from Ag Leader Technology, Inc.: the GPS 2500B RTK Base Station. Bill Cran, Ag Leader GPS Product Specialist, said, “The GPS 2500B is a dual-frequency 900 MHz RTK Base Station for use with the field-proven GPS 2500 smart ...


    By Ag Leader Technology

  • Secretary Vilsack Highlights First-Ever Report on USDA Efforts to Expand Agroforestry Practices on Farms, Ranches and Woodlands

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today released the first-ever report on USDA's role advancing agroforestry. Agroforestry: USDA Reports to America details how agroforestry practices are helping farmers, ranchers and woodland owners enhance agricultural productivity, protect the environment and increase ...

  • FireIce Successfully Used by US Forest Service to Control Timber Fire in Washington State

    GelTech Solutions, Inc. (OTCBB: GLTC), creators of FireIce, a revolutionary water-enhancing fire suppressant that has the potential to change current firefighting techniques globally, announced that FireIce was chosen over water and long term retardant to combat the Mount Barney fire burning in heavy timber north of Winthrop, Washington in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. FireIce was ...


  • In organic cover crops, more seeds means fewer weeds

    Farmers cultivating organic produce often use winter cover crops to add soil organic matter, improve nutrient cycling and suppress weeds. Now these producers can optimize cover crop use by refining seeding strategies, thanks to work by an Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientist. In moderate climates, suppressing weeds in winter cover crops is important because weeds that grow throughout ...

  • Treating animal manure with borax cuts odor

    Hydrogen sulfide is one of the compounds contributing to the stink from manure storage pits on hog farms. Microbial activity in the manure releases the hydrogen sulfide and other compounds. Today, at an American Society of Microbiology meeting in Boston, Mass., Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientist Cheryl Spence reports the results of a study in which 'dusting' hog manure with borax ...

  • New Pesticide Labels Will Better Protect Bees and Other Pollinators

    In an ongoing effort to protect bees and other pollinators, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has developed new pesticide labels that prohibit use of some neonicotinoid pesticide products where bees are present. “Multiple factors play a role in bee colony declines, including pesticides. The Environmental Protection Agency is taking action to protect bees from pesticide exposure ...

  • Dangerous nitrogen pollution could be halved

    The most important fertilizer for producing food is, at the same time, one of the most important risks for human health: nitrogen. Chemical compounds containing reactive nitrogen are major drivers of air and water pollution worldwide, and hence of diseases like asthma or cancer. If no action is taken, nitrogen pollution could rise by 20 percent by 2050 in a middle-of-the-road scenario, according ...

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