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  • More California winemakers using less water to grow grapes

    The grape vines that grower Frank Leeds tends in Napa Valley stand among the unheralded heroes of California's drought, producing decade after decade of respected Cabernets and other wines without a drop of added water. In a state where farms and dairies take the biggest gulp of the water supply, Leeds and the owners of his Frog's Leap Winery are among a minority - but a growing minority - of ...


    By Associated Press

  • Nut Industry gears up for Korea Free Trade Agreement

    Australia's tree nut exports are expected to grow from $600 million in 2013/14 to $1 billion in 2020 with the industry set to benefit significantly from the implementation of the Free Trade Agreement with Korea. Australia's almond and macadamia industries have already begun moves to make the most of the change which is expected to come into force by the end of 2014 according to the Australian Nut ...

  • California farmers reap record sales in record drought

    A new state report shows California farmers reaping record sales despite the epic drought, thriving even as city-dwellers have been forced to conserve water, household wells have run dry and fish have died. California's 76,400 farms recorded $53.5 billion in sales in 2014, the year Gov. Jerry Brown declared the state in a drought emergency and launched what in 2015 became mandatory conservation ...


    By Associated Press

  • Semios Receives US EPA and California State Approval for Aerosol Pheromone to Control the Navel Orangeworm

    Semios, a leading provider of real-time agricultural information and precision pest management tools, has received US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approval and California Department of Pest Regulation (DPR) approval for aerosol pheromone biopesticide products that disrupt the mating of the Navel Orangeworm (NOW).   Michael Gilbert, ...


    By Semios

  • PureSense Commits to Assisting Growers Facing Drought Conditions

    California is facing a one of the worst droughts it has seen in the last 20 years.  This drought has the state and its farmers worried.  One company, however, is guaranteeing that it can help growers manage the drought. PureSense, a precision irrigation company, announced today that it is offering growers a money-back guarantee on its market-leading ...


    By PureSense Inc.

  • Pip, pip hooray, it’s National Cherry Day!

    Saturday 17 July is National Cherry Day and there’s something to celebrate as British cherry orchards begin to grow again. During the 20th century Britain lost 90 per cent of our cherry orchards. But between 2003 and 2008 they increased by 17 per cent. However, despite the good news, the UK still imports around 95 per cent of our cherries. Food and Farming ...

  • Basic food crops dangerously vulnerable

    In the case of wheat, for instance, as a deadly new strain of Black Stem Rust devastates harvests across Africa and Arabia, and threatens the staple food supply of a billion people from Egypt to Pakistan, the areas where potentially crop and life-saving remnant wild wheat relatives grow are only minimally protected. “Our basic food plants have always been vulnerable to attack from new strains of ...

  • Farming in cities could help feed the world

    With traditional food production under threat from climate change, we should switch from agriculture to cell culture, says Lucía Atehortúa. If climate change begins to limit the global production of food and energy crops, it will be necessary to develop a new system of food production. Imagine agriculture in small spaces, using high-tech tools such as ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • “Efficient” irrigation tool may deplete more water

    An Israeli water engineer was sitting under a tree one day when he noticed a leaking faucet slowly drip water to the tree's roots, a nearly 50-year-old irrigation tale says. The idea inspired the invention of modern drip irrigation, also known as micro-irrigation. The method runs water through plastic tubes that release the flow through small holes directly to crop roots or stems. The precise ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • California drought takes bite out of rice harvest

    California's deepening drought is shrinking its rice harvest, and that's bad news for farmers, migratory birds and sushi lovers. The $5 billion industry exports rice to more than 100 countries and specializes in premium grains used in risotto, paella and sushi. Nearly all U.S. sushi restaurants use medium-grain rice grown in the Sacramento Valley. The rice harvest is just the latest victim of ...


    By Associated Press

  • Beekeepers Are Critical to Economy

    Today, beekeepers from across the country gathered at a national conference, with environmental organizations at their side, to draw attention to the growing plight facing their industry –the decline of honey bees – a problem that has far reaching implications for the U.S. economy. "Bees and other pollinators are the underpinnings of a successful agricultural economy," said ...


    By Beyond Pesticides

  • USDA spending $3M to feed honeybees in Midwest

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday it will spend millions of dollars to help farmers and ranchers improve pastures in five Midwestern states to provide food for the nation's struggling honeybees. Commercial honeybees pollinate an estimated $15 billion worth of produce each year. Many beekeepers bring hives to the ...


    By Associated Press

  • Biodiesel Crop of the Week: Pongamia Pinnata

    Pongamia is an ancient tree that is native to India. It is frost tolerant, but not freeze-proof. It is also happens to be a legume, which is at the heart of what makes the business model so interesting. The tree yields a generous annual nut crop that is harvested with conventional shakers, such as those used by almond and other nut growers. That seed has approximately a 40 percent oil content ...


    By Advanced Biofuel Center

  • Irrigation district to clean water in milestone settlement

    The federal government has settled a decades-old lawsuit with the nation's largest irrigation district, which has agreed in a tentative deal to clean up contaminated water in California's fertile Central Valley. Westlands Water District will clean up water tainted by salt that has accumulated in soil from years of irrigation, general manager Thomas Birmingham said  ...


    By Associated Press

  • Wild Bee Decline Threatens U.S. Crop Production

    The first national study to map U.S. wild bees suggests they’re disappearing in many of the country’s most important farmlands — including California’s Central Valley, the Midwest’s corn belt and the Mississippi River valley. If losses of these crucial pollinators continue, the new nationwide assessment indicates that farmers will face increasing costs — and ...


    By University of Vermont

  • Solfocus partners with Bechtel to deliver renewable power for California agribusiness

    SolFocus, Bechtel Power Corporation and developer Sol Orchard, announced today that a one megawatt high concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) power plant was completed for Nichols Farms in Hanford, CA. This is the latest in a string of distributed generation projects that SolFocus has completed and continues CPV on the path to utility-scale generation. The SolFocus installation will produce 2.244 ...


    By SolFocus, Inc.

  • Pongamia Biodiesel – Enhanced Economics & better break-even, BBA reports

    The Biodiesel Business Academy (BBA) has published enhanced Biodiesel Economics in a Study report Pongamia Biodiesel – Enhanced Economics & better break-even, on its work with pongamia, a legume tree that bears inedible oilseeds. With an effort to  ‘grow beyond oil, CJP has identified, developed and cultivated as many as 17 non-food oil crops. With years of continuing ...


    By Advanced Biofuel Center

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