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  • Tannins` Surprising Benefits for Soils, Forests and Farms

    The tannins that help make good red wine and bright fall colors also may help make good soil and healthy livestock, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) researchers. Chemist Javier Gonzalez and soil scientist Jonathan Halvorson, both at the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Appalachian Farming Systems Research Center (AFSRC) in Beaver, W.Va., are leading a tannin research project ...

  • Asteroid Soil Could Fertilise Farms in Space

    OK, so we’re not quite ready to supply horizontal storage tanks and vertical storage tanks for farms in space just yet and we don’t think there will be a huge demand for rainwater tanks either, but an interesting article in New Scientist details how there is enough fertilizer zipping around in space to grow crops for generations of space colonisers and can be found on asteroids. It ...


    By ENDURAMAXX

  • UN report confirms organic farming can protect soils

    Organic agriculture can contribute to delivering global food security, help tackle climate change, protect soils and conserve wildlife. So recognises a four year study involving 400 scientists from around the world as well as 30 governments and the same number of NGOs. The International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) report criticises industrial ...


    By Soil Association

  • Soil Association responds to David King`s attack on organic farming

    Peter Melchett, Soil Association Policy Director, responds to David King's attack on organic farming in his inaugural speech as President of the British Association for the Advancement of Science 'To blame the Soil Association or UK consumers of organic food for the decades of hunger and starvation in Africa, including the current terrible suffering of people in a country like Zimbabwe, as Sir ...


    By Soil Association

  • 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 ...

  • Study by ARS microbiologist in Texas shows farming practices’ benefits to soil quality

    The first evaluation of alternative farming practices—based on changes in soil microbes—in the Texas High Plains has been done by an Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientist. Soil microbiologist Veronica Acosta-Martinez has also done a similar analysis for land in USDA's Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), a first nationally. Changes in microbes can give a relatively early indication as to ...

  • Modern farming practices: a short term solution to soil erosion

    New research shows that the damaging effects of soil erosion can be partly avoided by using modern farming methods, such as the use of fertilisers, but at a cost. An increase in the use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides, for example, is likely to have an impact on local ecosystems.  A team of European scientists, lead by the Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium, have developed a ...

  • Is Vertical Farming Here to Stay?

    Farmers growing vertically, in a warehouse, say they can grow 100 times more greens per square foot than traditional farms. Videos and articles are popping up everywhere about new vertical farms opening. An article from Business Insider features a new farm called ...


    By Dosatron International Inc.

  • Farming and knowledge monocultures are misconceived

    Food needs can be met with a new vision for agriculture and science, say Brian Wynne and Georgina Catacora-Vargas. In mainstream policy and corporate thinking, scientific knowledge and global markets are considered key for food ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • A model farm for emissions studies

    Anyone downwind of a pig barn knows that animal production facilities generate some notable emissions. Now Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists have reported that preliminary findings from wind tunnel studies indicate that positioning farm buildings perpendicular to prevailing winds could help reduce odors from downwind lagoons or tanks. Wind speed and direction, topography, structures, ...

  • Transitioning to organic farming

    As the organic food trend continues to grow; more farmers are converting from conventional agriculture to organic production. One of the fastest growing markets in the U.S. is the production of organic milk. The growth of this industry has prompted many farmers to transition their land to organic feed grain production. With transition on the rise, it is necessary for these farmers to have ...

  • Moringa Oleifera Farming

    The Center for Jatropha Promotion & Biodiesel (CJP) has identified, developed and cultivated as many as 15 non-food oil crops. With years of continuing research, experiments and trials has provided an adage to find and develop sustainable second-generation biodiesel feedstock with low cost input technology. In the search for more environmentally friendly fuels, the ...


    By Advanced Biofuel Center

  • Farming must change to feed the world

    The world's farmers must quickly switch to more sustainable and productive farming systems to grow the food needed by a swelling world population and respond to climate change, FAO's top crops expert told an international farm congress here today. In a keynote speech to 1,000 participants at the IVth World Congress on Conservation Agriculture (CA) in New Delhi, Shivaji Pandey, Director of FAO's ...

  • 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, ...

  • Blue Sphere Announces US Agricultural and Dairy Farm Waste to Energy and High Value Soil Amendment Production Initiative

      Blue Sphere Corp. (OTCBB: BLSP) (the "Company" or "Blue Sphere"), a company in the Cleantech sector as an emission reduction and renewable energy project integrator, is pleased to announce that it has embarked on a campaign to implement dairy farm waste to energy and high-value soil amendment production projects across the United States. These projects will ...


    By Blue Sphere Corporation

  • Semios Special Offer Provides Soil Moisture Monitoring Solution Free to Precision Farming Customers for Two Years.

    Semios, the provider of real-time agricultural information for precision farming, offers two years of free soil moisture monitoring for their customers to optimize irrigation efficiencies, improving crop quality and yield. CEO Michael Gilbert said, “Water shortages have been tough for farmers. By fine-tuning irrigation to where and when it is most needed, farmers can protect their crops ...


    By SemiosBio Technologies Inc.

  • Farm bill could hide farm locations from public

    Parts of the nation's $500 billion farm bill that Congress is considering would prohibit the government from disclosing some information about farmers or their employees, possibly preventing people from learning about nearby agricultural and large-scale livestock operations blamed for polluting water or soil. The secrecy effort arose after the Environmental Protection Agency said it had ...


    By Associated Press

  • Australia to share farming lessons with Africa

    The Australian government will establish an international food security centre to offer research and technical expertise to willing governments and institutions in Africa. The Australia International Centre for Food Security (AICFS) will be established in the second quarter of next year. Australian prime minister Julia Gillard announced the establishment of the centre last month (28 ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Rice paddies synergise with fish farming

    By combining aquaculture with wet paddy farming in its coastal areas Bangladesh can meet food security and climate change issues, says a new report. The approach promises more nutritious food, without causing ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • The high rise Urban farms of the future

    Imagine a full-scale farm right in the heart of New York City, in the deserts of Darfur or on the moon.  While you might have to wait some time for your lunar lettuce, vertical farming technologies are increasing the possibilities of cultivating crops much more efficiently here on earth.  Moving farms into buildings might change the way much of humanity grows its food.  And while ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

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