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  • New Book Release Designing Urban Agriculture: A Complete Guide to the Planning, Design, Construction, Maintenance and Management of Edible Landscape

    In the past quarter century, food production has been pushed to the periphery of the city. Today the trend is to connect it back to the heart of the city and grow food in urban centers. This resurgence is in response to concerns about rising food prices, food miles, and the environment. Wiley today announced the ...


    By Wiley

  • Agri-environment Schemes: Call for more landscape connectivity

    A popular way to improve biodiversity is to provide financial rewards for environmentally friendly methods of managing farmland. A recent study investigates how the benefits of these schemes can be optimised and made more cost-effective. The findings highlight the importance of hedgerow trees in the survival of farmland wildlife. By 2010, the European Commission aims to halt the decline of ...

  • VI International Conference on Landscape and Urban Horticulture

    VI International Conference on Landscape and Urban Horticulture Athens, Greece, 20-25 June 2016 Call for abstracts: Check out the symposium website to find all the details about submitting your abstract. Abstract submission deadline: 30 November, 2015 The 6th International Conference on Landscape and Urban Horticulture will be held in Athens, Greece on ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Challenges in agricultural pollution policy

    Concerns about the impact of agricultural pollution on the environment have led to national and international efforts to limit water pollution, such as the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD). New UK research highlights a number of key issues for policy makers in this area relating to monitoring and modelling pollution levels. Much improvement has been made in water protection in Europe, in both ...

  • SoCo: Sustainable agriculture and soil conservation

    The European Parliament has requested the European Commission to carry out a study on Sustainable Agriculture and Soil Conservation. Two Directorates of the EC are involved in this project: DG Agriculture and DG Joint Research Centre. The JRC participates in the project with two institutes: Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES: Land Management and Natural Hazards Unit and the Rural, ...


  • 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

  • Urban agriculture - vancouver case study

    A major section of downtown Vancouver is being transformed into what could be one of the world’s first purpose-built sustainable communities, where growing food is at the top of the list. The South East False Creek (SEFC) site comprises 32 hectares (80 acres) that will eventually be the home to 12,000 to 16,000 people. The first phase of SEFC will be temporarily used as Vancouver’s ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • G8 pledges US$20bn for agriculture

    G8 leaders meeting in L’Aquila, Italy, unveiled a plan to commit US$20 billion of funding to the development of agriculture and said they would tackle persistent food shortages in developing countries. The three-year initiative will also help developing countries develop scientific research in agriculture; foster international collaborations and improve the dissemination of research. The leaders ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • 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.   ...

  • Common Agricultural Policy reform – reducing the impact of farming

    Today, the European Commission launched its proposals for the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) after 2013. The key objective is ‘to strengthen the competitiveness, sustainability and permanence of agriculture throughout the EU in order to secure for European citizens a healthy and high-quality source of food, preserve the environment and develop rural areas’. The proposals tie ...

  • Florida’s agriculture-related employment up 8.7 percent

    About 1.52 million people worked full- or part-time in Florida’s agriculture, natural resources and food industries in 2013, an 8.7 percent increase in jobs over 2012, according to a new UF/IFAS economic report. That figure accounts for 14.3 percent of the state’s workforce, and reflects a 19.7 percent employment increase since 2001, or just under 1 percent annually, according to the ...

  • Climate Smart Agriculture: Mapping guidance on climate change

    The CEIL PEAKS programme contracted GCAP to produce a report as guidance for DFID country offices on actions needed to address the predicted impacts, both negative and positive, of climate change on agriculture and the potential adaptation measures. Fourteen examples of guidance on agriculture and climate adaptation are reviewed under section headings: Framing Guidance on Adaptation; Scanning ...

  • Building EU-Mongolia relations on agriculture and rural development

    The European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Dacian Cioloș will visit Mongolia, 18-21 July 2013 to discuss prospects for increasing cooperation with the Mongolian authorities in the fields of sustainable agriculture, food security and rural development. "We have a strong interest in enhancing our bilateral relations in the area of agriculture and in discussing ways to ...


    By European Commission

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • Patrick Administration honors Hadley for agricultural land preservation

    Officials of the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) today joined local famers, landowners and municipal officials to celebrate the town of Hadley’s achievement in protecting more farmland than any other community in the state. It’s an honor to be here, celebrating the immense success and commitment of the town of Hadley toward protecting agricultural land in our ...

  • 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 ...

  • ReportsnReports - China Agricultural Machinery Industry Report, 2009

    China Agricultural Machinery Industry Report, 2009  At the end of 2008, China’s agricultural mechanization level of tillage, planting and harvesting was up to 50.8%. Mechanization of key crops production has developed rapidly; meanwhile, agricultural machinery gears ...


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