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  • Successful International Year of Quinoa 2013 winds down

    Increased production and consumption of quinoa, coupled with higher visibility of and greater scientific knowledge about the so-called "Andean super crop" is the legacy left to the world by the International Year of Quinoa 2013, the closing ceremonies of which were held this week in Bolivia and Peru. "We are happy today - it is a celebration. Our quinoa has been discovered worldwide as an ally in ...

  • World population day: Agriculture offers huge opportunities for a planet of 7 billion

    Worldwatch’s Nourishing the Planetteamhighlights sustainable ways to feed a growing population while also providing economic opportunities and enhancing the environment.. As the global population increases, so does the number of mouths to feed. The good news is that in addition to providing food, innovations in sustainable agriculture can provide a solution to many of the challenges that a ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • New limits on pesticide uses will protect salmon, says EPA

    EPA has announced plans to place additional limitations on the use of three organophosphate pesticides — chlorpyrifos, diazinon and malathion — to protect endangered and threatened salmon and steelhead in California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Anticipated changes to product labels include the addition of pesticide buffer zones; application limitations based on wind speed, soil moisture and ...

  • Wind erosion risk mapped in first ever pan-European assessment

    Over 8% of land in Europe could be at moderate-to-high risk of wind-driven soil erosion, a new study has estimated. In the first assessment of its kind, the researchers produced maps which show wind erosion risk across 36 countries. This information could help guide actions to tackle land degradation. Soil erosion by wind is, to a certain extent, a natural process that has always played a role in ...

  • North Sea needs more protection from nutrient inputs

    Reductions in the nutrients nitrogen and phosphorus flowing from rivers into the North Sea have had clear benefits on marine health in coastal waters, according to a recent study. However, the reductions are less effective in improving the condition of deeper offshore waters. Tougher measures to manage nutrient loads and prevent eutrophication are recommended. Reductions in nutrient levels in ...

  • EPA Announces Final Decision to Register Enlist Duo, Herbicide Containing 2, 4-D and Glyphosate/Risk assessment ensures protection of human health, including infants, children

    The EPA is registering the herbicide, Enlist Duo with first-time ever restrictions to manage the problem of resistant weeds. The pesticide is for use in controlling weeds in corn and soybeans genetically-engineered (GE) to tolerate 2,4-D and glyphosate. The agency’s decision reflects a large body of science and an understanding of the risk of pesticides to human health and the environment. ...

  • 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

  • Rediscovering sound soil management

    At the same time that demand for food is soaring along with the world’s population, the soil’s ability to sustain and enhance agricultural productivity is becoming increasingly diminished and unreliable. Fortunately, it’s not too late to restore our soil resources. What it will take, say the editors and contributors to a new book, Soil Management: Building a Stable Base for ...

  • Safeguarding our soils for the future

    Measures to protect and improve our soil to meet rising demand for food and to combat climate change have been unveiled by Environment Secretary Hilary Benn. England’s soil has suffered over the last 200 years from the impacts of intensive farming and industrial pollution, and today is under threat from erosion by wind and rain, a loss of organic matter and nutrients, and pressure for ...

  • Challenges in soil and water conservation

    Productive soils and clean water are essential elements for economic and social prosperity and environmental sustainability. Throughout history, civilizations have thrived or collapsed based on the availability of these vital resources. The lack of arable land and evidence of soil degradation have been identified as causes for the fall of many ancient civilizations, such as those in Mesopotamia, ...

  • 12 Innovations to combat drought, improve food security, and stabilize food prices

    Soaring temperatures and low precipitation could not occur at a worse time for many farmers in the United States. Intensifying drought conditions are affecting corn and soybean crops throughout the Midwest, raising grain prices as well as concerns about future food prices. The U.S. Drought Monitor reports that 88 percent of this year’s corn crop and 77 percent of the soybean crop are now ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • New VTScada user KC Enterprises Ltd.

    Massachusetts-based integrator KC Enterprises is now using VTScada as the software component of the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems they develop for the agriculture industry. These systems help farmers to reduce costs by automating irrigation based on weather forecasts and sensor readings from the soil and air. SCADA systems use Human Machine Interface (HMI) software such ...


    By Trihedral

  • Grass-based farming systems: Soil conservation and environmental quality

    Crop selection and sequence can have a profound effect on the environment and on farm profitability. According to Chapter 7, “Grass-based Farming Systems: Soil Conservation and Environmental Quality” by Jeremy W. Singer, Alan J. Franzluebbers, and Douglas L. Karlen in the book, Grassland Quietness and Strength for a New American Agriculture, the basis for a productive agricultural system should ...

  • EPA awards univ. of connecticut grant to help design sustainable technologies; college students to design projects to help environment and economy

    The University of Connecticut was one of two universities in New England to receive a national grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to design creative solutions to sustainability challenges in the developed and developing world. The University of Connecticut received the grant for a project investigating ways to use industrial by-products such as steel slag and cement kiln ash to ...

  • Record-breaking $17.3 billion in crop losses last year; significant portion potentially avoidable

    Report shows county-by-county analysis of impacts in the ten states with highest crop insurance losses due to extreme weather: Extreme weather forced the Federal Crop Insurance Program (FCIP) to pay out a record-breaking $17.3 billion in crop losses last year, much of which could have been prevented using water-smart strategies, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. Payments ...

  • Global stem rust tracker unveiled in China

    A global monitoring system was unveiled today to track the spread of devastating wheat pathogens known as stem rusts, at the 2012 Borlaug Global Rust Initiative (BGRI) Technical Workshop in China. The functional surveillance and monitoring network, the Global Cereal Rust Monitoring System ('Rust Tracker'), now covers 27 countries and a large ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Keeping a pulse on the soil

    Leaving behind stubble is not ideal when shaving, but it’s a good practice to leave behind crop “stubble” after harvest. According to soil scientist Frank Larney, crop residue anchors the soil against wind and water erosion. Avoiding bare soils is one part of a soil conservation package he and his research team demonstrate in a 12-year experiment growing pulses in southern ...

  • Assessing crop damages after extreme weather

    Original story at MIT News Producing torrential rain and wind gusts exceeding 180 miles per hour as it made landfall in the Philippines, Typhoon Haiyan left more than 6,000 dead and 4 million homeless. The November 2013 storm also obliterated thousands of ...

  • Six months after disaster, Philippine farmers bring in the harvest

    Tens of thousands of farmers are bringing in their first rice harvest just six months after one of the worst typhoons to ever hit the Philippines left their fields in tatters and their livelihoods at risk, FAO announced today. After Typhoon Haiyan hit the central Philippines on 8 November, 2013, the situation was dire. More than 6,000 people lost their lives, while some 600,000 hectares of ...

  • Managing Late Blight of Potatoes and Tomatoes

    Late blight is one of the most serious diseases of potatoes and tomatoes worldwide, resulting in significant yield and quality losses annually. In Alberta, late blight occurs infrequently, but can have devastating impacts in the years when it reaches epidemic levels.  “This disease is caused by a fungal pathogen called Phytophthora infestans,” says Robert Spencer, ...

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