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  • Alternative agricultural practices combine productivity and soil health

    The progressive degradation of useful soils for agriculture and farm animal husbandry is a growing environmental and social problem, given that it endangers the food safety of an increasing world population. This fact prompted the Basque Institute for Agricultural Research and Development – Neiker-Tecnalia – to design a series of research projects in order to evaluate alternative agricultural ...


    By ScienceDaily

  • Agricultural practice could help reduce flood risk

    Coherent agri-environmental schemes could contribute to wider climate change adaptation objectives including safeguarding water quality, carbon storage, biodiversity and habitat conservation. New research suggests that integrating Sustainable Flood Management (SFM) principles into agricultural practice will require relatively few changes under the current legislative framework. Climate change is ...

  • Flood risk from modern agricultural practices can be mitigated with interventions

    In the face of substantial evidence that modern land use management practices have increased runoff at the local scale, a new study reveals changes in local land use management practices can reduce the risk of local flooding. However, there is little evidence so far that these local increases in runoff culminate in large-scale flooding effects. To address this lack of evidence, the researchers ...

  • GODAN Action - Enabling practical engagement with open data in agriculture and nutrition

    As the world’s population grows, global demand for food is predicted to nearly double. The number of people at risk of hunger in the developing world is estimated to grow to more than a billion people by 2050. New data-driven solutions in agriculture and nutrition are increasingly being seen as a way to tackle this challenge. GODAN Action is a three-and-a-half-year programme led by Alterra ...

  • Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. Adds Government Affairs Advisor, Maximilian A. Merrill, MS, to Agriculture and Public Policy Practice

    Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) and its consulting affiliate, The Acta Group (Acta®), are pleased to announce that Maximilian A. Merrill, MS, has joined our firms as a Government Affairs Advisor. Mr. Merrill is an experienced policy analyst and lobbyist, hydrologist, and farmer who has spent the last decade leading regulatory and policy advocacy efforts for the agriculture ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. Adds Government Affairs Advisor, Maximilian A. Merrill, MS, to Agriculture and Public Policy Practice

    Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C) and its consulting affiliate, The Acta Group (Acta), are pleased to announce that Maximilian A. Merrill, MS, has joined our firms as a Government Affairs Advisor. Mr. Merrill is an experienced policy analyst and lobbyist, hydrologist, and farmer who has spent the last decade leading regulatory and policy advocacy efforts for the agriculture and commodity ...


    By Acta Group

  • Sustainable Agriculture to Promote Biodiversity

    • Biodiversity affects key ecosystem services, such as the primary production of food for humans and the rest of nature, plus the recycling of nutrients and water. • One hectare of land contains a lot of biodiversity in the soil – equivalent to the weight of one cow of bacteria, two sheep of protozoa, and four rabbits of soil animals such as earthworms. The INSPIA* project is ...

  • 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 ...

  • Advancing agricultural adaptation and mitigation

    This policy brief, published by Science, examines how agricultural science can help improve policies for climate change adaptation and ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • China: agricultural production and groundwater

    As in many parts of the People’s Republic of China, Shanxi Province is experiencing reduced water security for the agriculture sector. Changing climate conditions, including reduced rainfall, are increasing reliance on groundwater resources in the province. Unsustainable groundwater use for food production intensifies the impacts of climate change, and cost-effective adaptation responses ...

  • 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 ...

  • Easing organic agricultural trade

    Organic farmers in developing countries will have greater access to world markets, thanks to two practical tools launched this week that seek to ease trade in organic agricultural products. The new tools, which are the outcome of six years of collaborative work by FAO, the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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. ...

  • Fishing for sustainable practices to conserve fisheries

    Global fish production has reached an all-time high, according to research done by Nourishing the Planet (www.NourishingthePlanet.org) for the Worldwatch Institute’s Vital Signs Online publication. Aquaculture, or fish farming—once a minor contributor to total fish harvest—increased 50-fold between the 1950s and 2008 and now contributes nearly ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Canada Governments Support Agriculture Processors

    Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced $6.3 million to help 14 companies increase productivity, competitiveness and efficiency. Funding will be provided over two years through the Saskatchewan Lean Improvements in Manufacturing (SLIM) program. “Achieving greater efficiencies is critical to a business’ success,” said ...

  • Sustainable agricultural partnerships summit 2010

    Senior executives from across the industry will provide practical outputs and best practices on how to manage infiltration and soil water storage, new irrigation technologies, carbon sequestration and traceability solutions among other areas. It"s also the only Summit of its kind specially designed to include the active participation from a diverse range of growers and small-scale suppliers. ...

  • 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

  • Scaling up conservation agriculture in Zambia

    The European Union (EU), FAO and the Government of Zambia launched a four-year, €11 million programme to increase crop production and productivity of over 300 000 small-scale farmers by promoting practices based on conservation agriculture. The agricultural production of smallholder farmers in Zambia is most affected by soil degradation, high-input prices, poor produce markets and poor ...

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