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  • How green was my vertical farm?

    By 2050, 80% of the earth’s population will live in cities and 3 billion more people will need to be fed. The simple fact is we are running out of available land to grow enough food to feed them. If we can’t grow our cities outward to find more arable land, the only solution is to grow them upwards. This may change the way we design cities forever. The problem is real and ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Senate passes half-trillion dollar farm bill

    The Senate on Monday passed a five-year, half-trillion-dollar farm bill that expands government subsidies for crop insurance, rice and peanuts while making small cuts to food stamps. The bill passed on a bipartisan 66-27 vote. The legislation, which costs almost $100 billion annually, also would eliminate subsidies that are paid to farmers whether they farm or not. All told, it would save about ...


    By Associated Press

  • Traditional farming methods in India protect birds

    Under the right conditions, traditional agricultural practices can support significant biodiversity in farmed areas over the long term. A new study shows that arecanut plantations combined with forest areas support bird life. The researchers studied bird communities in arecanut plantations found in southwest India to assess whether biodiversity could be sustained in an agriculturally developed ...

  • Statement by Bob Stallman, President, American Farm Bureau Federation, Regarding House Defeat of the Farm Bill

    WASHINGTON, D.C., June 20, 2013 – “The American Farm Bureau Federation is highly disappointed the House did not complete work on the 2013 farm bill, the ‘Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013.’ It was a balanced bill that would have provided much needed risk management tools and a viable economic safety net for America’s farmers and ranchers. ...

  • Statement: Farm Bill Moves Forward With Compromise on Dairy Policy

    “We would like to thank our dairy farmer owners, supporters in Congress, the National Milk Producers Federation and other industry leaders for tirelessly working to advocate for change in dairy policy. "We are disappointed with the announcement that the new Farm Bill will not include the Dairy Security Act (DSA). The DSA was created by farmers for farmers and would have benefited dairy ...

  • Floating Farms in the Future – Water Storage Tanks Would Play a Role

    A lot of things might sound far fetched at first, but in no time at all they find themselves being implemented and being totally the norm. Could that be the case with the floating farms we read about in this week’s Daily Mail? A team from Barcelona has designed floating farms that could feed the world in forthcoming decades. Multi-levelled structures would be used to, not only catch fish, ...


    By ENDURAMAXX

  • Neiker-Tecnalia presents the results obtained in the evaluation of environmental strategies on livestock farms

    The Basque Institute for Agricultural Research and Development (Neiker-Tecnalia) has coordinated the European BATFARM project, which is seeking to evaluate the effectiveness of technologies and practices used on livestock farms in the European Atlantic region in order to reduce their environmental impact on the air, water and soil. In this project a detailed study has been made of the ...

  • Soybean Farmers Support Farm Bill Conference Report, Urge House and Senate to Vote “Yes”

    The farmers of the American Soybean Association (ASA) congratulated conferees from the House and Senate as the final version of the much-anticipated farm bill was filed with the House clerk tonight and awaits action on the floor as soon as Wednesday. ASA supports the bill, which provides for multiple soybean farmer priorities, most notably a flexible farm safety net that includes a choice between ...

  • Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Announces Increased Opportunity for Producers as part of New Farm Bill

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced increased opportunity for producers as a result of the 2014 Farm Bill. A fact sheet outlining modifications to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Farm Loan Programs is availablehere. "Our nation's farmers and ranchers are the engine of the rural ...

  • USPOULTRY Releases Fifth Video in Series Highlighting Poultry and Egg Farm Environmental Stewardship

    U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) is releasing a fifth video in a series highlighting environmental stewardship on poultry and egg farms. The video features one of USPOULTRY’s Family Farm Environmental Excellence Award winners, Riverhill Farms of Port Republic, Va. Riverhill Farms is owned and operated by Glenn and Sheri Rodes, along with their parents, brothers and extended ...

  • Alabama`s Wayne Farms poultry plant cited for exposing workers to musculoskeletal, other repeat, serious safety and health hazards

    Wayne Farms LLC, which makes products under brand names Dutch Quality House and Platinum Harvest, has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration for exposing workers to dangerous machinery, ...

  • Growing German interest in Zambian agri sector

    “Made in Germany” will make a big impression at the annual Agritech Expo in Chisamba in April when 14 German providers of agri machinery and livestock equipment will be part of the German pavilion – this is almost double compared to last year. Martin Botzian, Head of Communication at DLG International GmbH says: “we are pleased to be part of the show for the third time. ...


    By Clarion Events Ltd

  • Environmentally Sustainable Salmon Dinner a Success

    The Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF) hosted a dinner event in support of its environmentally-sustainable salmon aquaculture program on Wednesday, May 15th at the Yale Club, New York, NY. Sixty guests had the opportunity to sample land-based, closed containment salmon, which was prepared by renowned chef and culinary consultant Tom Valenti. The salmon was grown in a land-based closed containment ...

  • Cultivation of Jatropha in the Gambia

    IIMA Consultora, in alliance with the local company WOMY, founded ENVERGY GAMBIA LTD in 2007 to promote this project. The objective is to bring and extend the cultivation of this subtropical species in the country, from the seeds of which it is possible to extract oil valid for biodiesel production. Cultivation provides for the recovery of woody species in degraded and highly eroded soils, and ...


  • BroomEx push broom goes against the grain

    BroomEx Push Broom are different from other push brooms. Designed with patented side retainers to hold bulk volumes of material in front of the brush, the C-Broom avoids spillage at the sides. In itself that represents a major time-saving which, coupled with the ease and speed of mounting the brush to a telehandler, skidsteer, fork lift or category II three-point hitch, makes the C-Broom the ...


    By Wessex International

  • Media Advisory: EPA’s Pollinator Summit on March 5

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will hold a public meeting with key stakeholders to collaborate on activities to protect honey bees and other pollinators from pesticide risks. Bees are an important component of agricultural production and are critical to food and ecosystems. The summit will be an opportunity to advance our collective ...

  • BioMar plant first to comply with new ASC-standard

    We are very pleased about this approval, as it means, that fish farmers, who want to become ASC certified, can utilize our feed, says Ole Christensen, Managing Director for the BioMar factory in Denmark. Ole Christensen notes with satisfaction, that the systems, BioMar has put in place to document responsible purchasing of e.g. fish meal, fish oil, and soya, are working according to the ...


    By The BioMar group

  • Participate in Pennsylvania Game Commission Pheasant Chick and Egg Programs

     Sportsmen's organizations with approved propagation facilities can augment local ring-necked pheasant stockings and increase localized hunting opportunities by raising day‑old pheasant chicks supplied free-of-charge by the Pennsylvania Game Commission.  Information and applications to participate can be downloaded from the agency's website ...

  • EWA Fermenter Rapid composting of waste

    From one side it looks like an ordinary shipping container. From the other side it appears to be a perpetual motion machine which spins, hisses and makes a variety of other noises. From the inside, the Solbien EWA Fermenter from the Czech company Agro Eko is a highly mechanised system for the rapid composting of waste. “You put the waste ...


    By Elmia AB

  • Company fined after pig effluent causes water pollution

    A company that runs a pig farm in Essex has been fined £15,000 after effluent from its animals twice polluted a ditch which drains into the Colne Estuary. A.M. Gray & Co Limited caused water pollution on two occasions after pig slurry from their Bocking Hall Pig Farm, in West Mersea, got into a tributary of the Pyefleet Channel earlier this year. The company pleaded ...

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