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  • Cover Crops Add to Farm Sustainability

    A potentially record-setting U.S. corn harvest is underway. Many farmers can attribute the use of cover crops as one of multiple best management practices (BMPs) that help them increase yield year after year. Combined with BMPs of The Fertilizer Institute’s 4R Nutrient Stewardship program that promotes the application of nutrients at the right source, right rate, right time and right place, ...

  • Expert to Field Questions on Crop Budgets, Farmland Prices and Rental Rates at the 2014 Farm Science Review

    While cropland values in Ohio increased in the past two years, they have remained flat, and in some cases declined depending on the land class, in 2014, an economist from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences said. Barry Ward, production business management leader for Ohio State University Extension, will discuss his latest research related to ...


    By Ohio State University

  • Crop Growers Told to Prepare for Low Price Era

    Following some of the best years ever for growing row crops, an agricultural economist advised farmers to prepare for several years of lower prices, at a workshop at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 95th Annual Convention. “The last six years have been extraordinary years if you are a row crop producer,” said Matthew Roberts, an associate professor at Ohio State ...

  • Coffee pest spreading to other crops in East Africa

    East Africa's horticulture could face a severe crisis due to 'species jump' — whereby a disease moves from a known host to new and unusual ones — affecting fruits, vegetables, and medicinal and ornamental plants. Researchers in Uganda have discovered that the Black Coffee Twig Borer, a devastating coffee pest, has crossed over from Robusta coffee to about 40 plant  ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Small Farm Advice: Stand & Deliver

    A roadside stand is a good entry into direct-marketing your crops. In addition to earning extra income without a middleman taking a cut, it’s a good way to promote your farm and test what sells with consumers in your area. Besides the bricks and mortar (or more likely wood and nails) of your stand, consider the “intangibles” necessary to pull off a successful farm stand ...


    By AGCO Corporation

  • Management skills driving successful farm businesses

    Managing farm finances in good seasons is central to the success of farm businesses in poorer seasons, according to the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC). To support growers through seasons both good and bad, the GRDC has established a Farm Business Management initiative which aims to equip growers with the tools and knowledge for managing risk in farm businesses and increasing ...

  • 2015 Farm Science Review Takes On Sharp Edge

    Farmers and producers can gain a sharper edge and glean cutting-edge ideas from experts from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University during this year’s Farm Science Review Sept. 22-24 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, Ohio. The Review will again emphasize the best agricultural research, resources, information and access for ...


    By Ohio State University

  • Mapping tool to support sustainable palm-oil farming

    Two online mapping applications, designed to support sustainable production in Indonesia by helping to identify degraded lands that could be used to produce palm oil, were launched by the US-based World Resources Institute (WRI) last month (30 October). The Forest Cover Analyzer and Suitability Mapper aim to support government efforts to reduce ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Interview with small-scale farming advocate Raj Patel

    Raj Patel, a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley"s Center for African Studies and a fellow at The Institute for Food and Development Policy (also known as Food First), has worked for, and later rallied against, the World Bank and World Trade Organization. He is the author of ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Georgia Crop Farmer Philip Grimes Named Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year for 2014

    Philip Grimes, a farmer from Tifton, Georgia who is known for his conservation practices and high crop yields, has been selected as the overall winner of the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year award for 2014. Grimes was named as the overall winner during the Willie B. Withers Luncheon held during the opening day of the 2014 Sunbelt Ag Expo farm ...


    By Sunbelt Ag Expo

  • Farmland Value Expected to Take Direction from Crop Margins and Interest Rates in 2015

    While cropland values in Ohio increased in each of the past three years,  several factors, including continued low interest rates, low debt-to-asset ratios and lower profit margins, are likely going to make for a relatively flat land market in 2015, an economist from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences said. Ohio cropland value rose 8.9 ...


    By Ohio State University

  • Emergency programme in Benin kick starts farm production after floods

    FAO is supporting farming families in northern Benin who lost crops, livestock and fishing grounds when the Niger River overran its banks in August, just as many villagers were only barely getting back on their feet from the last floods in 2012. On his first day in Benin, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva met with President Yayi Boni, who welcomed him to the country and ...

  • Your ideas for ‘Farming by Satellite’ could make you money

    Students and young farmers in Europe and Africa have less than one month to go to register their details for a major competition about how using satellite technology in agriculture can improve production, efficiency, and reduce environmental impact. Organisers say that so far 10 countries are represented and they want more! Total cash prizes of €13,000 are on offer in ...


    By CLAAS Group

  • Biodiesel Business Academy Offers Improved version of Nonfood Energy Crops Starter Kits

    CJP , the Centre for Jatropha Promotion & Biodiesel ‘s new Nonfood Biodiesel crops like algae, castor, moringa, pongamia, jojoba, simarouba, Mahua, flax, kenaf, Calophyllum etc. are poised for commercialization as the newest, greatest biodiesel feedstock as these crops can produce the greatest amount of feedstock for the lowest input and cost. Good scientific research done by ...


    By Advanced Biofuel Center

  • A kaleidoscope of restorative food and farming programs at the 2011 bioneers conference

    As always, the 2011 Bioneers conference will highlight the growing edges of the global movement to transform our food systems. One major theme is Food and Education. Keynotes will include Karen Brown, Creative Director of the Center for Ecoliteracy, on "Revolutionizing K-12 Education with Sustainability in Mind," and Anim Steel, Director of National Programs at Boston's ...

  • Self-seeding: an innovative management system

    US researchers have investigated the potential for rye and wheat cover crops to perpetuate themselves, saving time and money for farmers while providing environmental benefits Winter cover crops provide important ecological functions that include nutrient cycling and soil cover. Although cover crop benefits to agroecosystems are well documented, cover crop use in agronomic farming systems ...


    By American Society of Agronomy

  • ASA in the News: GMO Labeling, Conservation, Research Center

    While American Soybean Association (ASA) leaders and staff were busy this week at the Farm Progress Show and U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange, they took time to discuss important issues, like GMO labeling and water conservation. See ASA in the news this week: ASA President Richard Wilkins Talks Keeping ...

  • Trees near homes boost incomes, sequester carbon

    A form of small-holder agroforestry in which trees are planted around the home, maximising the land left available for cash crops, may prove the best balance between sequestering carbon and making money by ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Fertiliser can offset heat for African farmers

    [NAIROBI] African smallholders in dry areas can overcome climate change and even double crop yields if they invest in fertiliser use and harvest rainwater, researchers have found. Farmers in arid and semi-arid areas usually protect themselves from climate-related losses by investing as little as possible in farm inputs such as fertilisers. But in doing so they fail to grab opportunities for ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • The Future for Farmers is Bright - Positive Outlook Seen for Coming Years

    After coming off of a record year, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is expecting farm incomes to remain high for Canadian farmers in 2015. The 2015 Canadian Agricultural Outlook was released today, pointing to a strong future for the agricultural sector. The report provides an overview of the current situation in Canadian agriculture and some of the key longer term drivers that will ...

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