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  • Farmer-to-farmer videos improve rice production worldwide

    In a new blog entry, Worldwatch Research Intern Alex Tung reports on efforts by smallholder rice farmers to improve production through instructional videos developed and distributed by farmers themselves. Some 80 percent of the world"s rice production is grown by smallholder farmers in developing countries, according to the ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Linking farmers to moving markets

    FAO report says policy-makers need to recognize the vast diversity of ‘smallholder farmers’, while linking them to constantly evolving markets, to be able to feed more people In a new report, FAO is calling for more nuanced policy-making to boost smallholder farm output, requiring better knowledge of individual farm households and the constraints they face, to be able to ...

  • Farmer to pay £12,000 for pollution

    Ammonia polluted 6.5km of stream at Shipdham when slurry leaked from a farm lagoon, King’s Lynn Magistrates’ Court heard today (Thurs). Farmer Kenneth William Proctor pleaded guilty to the pollution and was fined £8,000 and ordered to pay £4,000 costs for causing the pollution in June last year that killed fish and damaged invertebrate species. Environment Agency ...

  • Paying farmers to protect the environment?

    Carefully targeted payments to farmers could serve as an approach to protect the environment and to address growing concerns about climate change, biodiversity loss and water supply, FAO said today in its annual publication The State of Food and Agriculture. The report however cautions that payments for environmental services are not the best solution in all situations, and that significant ...

  • Pesticide drift is persistent problem for farmers

    The cloud of insecticide that drifted from a neighbor's corn field onto the asparagus on Andrew and Melissa Dunham's central Iowa farm cast a shadow over their organic vegetable business. They say the costs from the incident and resulting loss of organic certification on their asparagus patch for three years will reach about $74,000, and they're now working with the sprayer's insurance company. ...


    By Associated Press

  • Farm Labor Shortage Vexes Farmers

    A new video produced by the American Farm Bureau Federation shines a spotlight on the frustrations of the nation's farmers in finding workers to harvest their crops. While the video highlights peach production in Georgia, it also outlines the scope of the farm labor problem across the U.S. ...

  • Australian farmers to lose irrigation water

    Farmers would lose more than a third of irrigation water in Australia’s major food bowl, the Murray-Darling, under a plan released on Friday to restore ailing rivers, posing a new headache for the Labor minority government. Farmers and irrigators have warned of farm closures, massive job losses and higher food prices. The move could also see the value of cotton production cut by 25% ...


  • Helping farmers export `forgotten` crops

    In a global first, over 300 crop safety and pesticide management officials and other experts are meeting this week at FAO to discuss challenges associated with pesticide use on 'speciality crops' like garlic, ginger and chilies. The event starts today and runs through December 7. Unlike large-area crops such as corn, wheat, cotton or rice, specialty crops have traditionally been produced in ...

  • Green Innovation Fund Targets Farmers

    Reading Greenwise Business this week, we’ve learnt of a new fund available to small and medium-sized enterprises that are shown to be pioneering solutions to some of the problems currently facing the country’s farming, from water resource efficiency, through to pest control. The venture capital fund of an initial £9 million investment, called Agri-Innovation Venture Capital ...


    By ENDURAMAXX

  • Oakhurst Acquired by a Farmer Owned Cooperative

    It was announced today that Oakhurst was acquired by Dairy Farmers of America, a national dairy farmer-owned cooperative. Oakhurst will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Dairy Farmers of America and will continue to operate independently.  The Bennett family, which has owned Oakhurst since 1921, and the existing management team will continue to manage the company’s day-to-day ...

  • EuroTier 2014: farmers face their challenges

    Dr Reinhard Grandke, CEO of the DLG (Deutsche Landwirtschafts-Gesellschaft / German Agricultural Society), Frankfurt am Main (DLG). EuroTier 2014 has far exceeded expectations, attracting 156,000 trade professionals, around 30,000 of whom came from outside Germany. The world's leading trade fair for animal production, organised by DLG, took place from 11 to 14 November 2014 at the ...

  • Max Schulman represents European farmers

    Max Schulman from Finland serves as Chairman of the Cereals Working Party at Copa-Cogeca, an organisation that represents 15 million farmers and cooperatives in the European Union. What is the current state of European farming? “Farmers face a lot of challenges, just like all entrepreneurs, but we are moving in the right direction. The biggest risks that farmers are facing ...

  • New seeds of hope for Nepal’s farmers

    Farmers badly affected by changing weather patterns in South Asia now have the opportunity to improve food security by planting new varieties of rice capable of withstanding the impact of both severe droughts and floods. This is particularly good news for countries such as Nepal, where around 65% of its more than 26 million people are involved in agriculture. Rice is the country’s most ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Farmer fined for polluting stream with slurry

    A Dorset farmer has been ordered to pay £16,339 in fines and costs for polluting a tributary of the River Divelish with slurry. The case was brought by the Environment Agency. The pollution was first discovered during a routine inspection of the river on September 20, 2012. Agency officers traced it to Lowbrook Farm, Belchawell near Blandford Forum run by dairy farmer Clifford Yeatman. ...

  • Farmers in Africa should switch to biopesticides

    Biopesticides are better and safer than chemical pesticides — policymakers must do more to promote them, says insect ecologist Manuele Tamò. Agriculture is, and will remain for years to come, the main driver of economic development in Africa. Vegetables such as cowpea in West Africa and the common bean in East Africa are an important source of cash and ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Another Record Year for Canadian Farmers

    With record high yields on 2013, overall grain production is well ahead of last year’s crop. Canadian farmers produced 95.5 million tonnes of grain to date this year, a significant increase over last year’s crop of 75.4 million tonnes. Despite a late start to spring seeding, weather conditions that prevailed throughout the summer were ideal, creating almost perfect growing conditions ...

  • Flying Farmers visit the Suolahti Factory

    Members of the Flying Farmers Association from the UK flew to Finland recently in their own private planes to visit the Valtra factory in Suolahti. Altogether 14 planes carrying 33 people landed at Jyväskylä Airport in Tikkakoski. The tour of the Suolahti factory was one of the highlights of the Flying Farmers’ summer tour. Never before have so many private airplanes from ...

  • Drought in Haiti ravages crops for farmers

    Jean-Romain Beltinor plunged a hoe into the rocky dirt on his parched hillside to prepare for planting seeds he does not have. After months of drought in northwest Haiti, the subsistence farmer struggles to find food for his 13 children. To earn a little money, he must turn to work that only makes things worse, cutting what little wood remains for charcoal. "The rain isn't falling. I can't feed ...


    By Associated Press

  • Farmers’ use of renewable fertilisers to be revolutionised by new research

    Farmers’ and growers’ confidence in digestate and compost has been given a welcome boost, as new ground-breaking research published today,  shows smart use of these renewable fertilisers can increase yields and reduce bills with no negative impact on crop quality or safety. The programme of field experiments,  ...

  • 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

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