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  • Water Use on Australian Farms 2011-12 publication

    The ABS has released its Water Use on Australian Farms, 2011-12, publication This publication presents estimates of agricultural water use (including pastures and crops irrigated), irrigation water sources and irrigation expenditure. Estimates are presented at Australia, State/Territory, and Murrary-Darling Basin (MDB) levels. Additional datacubes for regional geographies, i.e. Statistical Area ...


    By Irrigation Australia Limited

  • US fish farms tap former coal mines for water

    In the Appalachian mountains of the United States, growing numbers of fish farmers are raising trout, catfish, and even salmon throughout the valleys of the state of West Virginia. What they'd rather not tell you, however, is that the source of their water is deserted coal mines. Worry not, seafood lovers. According to independent experts from within West Virginia and outside the state, the ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • AUS$8.6m for research on ‘win-win’ water use

    The Rudd Government has provided AUS$8.6 million for a new research project into how changed farming practices can simultaneously improve water use and productivity, while delivering better environmental outcomes. “The Farms, Rivers and Markets Project will develop a ‘how to’ guide for farmers to integrate their farm water needs with broader environmental needs,” Minister for Climate Change and ...


    By Australian Government

  • Keeping an eye on water use… from space!

    As food shortage weighs heavily on the minds of many, several countries recognise the key role irrigation can play in this issue. A team of EU-funded researchers teamed up to assess how the latest satellite imagery can be applied not only to make water use more efficient, but also to boost farming output in the process. Researchers from Europe, North Africa and North America are using the ...

  • Water concerns in farming back in the news

    Tighter water abstraction rules once again threaten to have an affect on UK food production growers have been warned, according to Farmers Weekly. Time-limited water abstraction licenses, which are due to expire this year, are being assessed by the Environment Agency to ensure that they comply with the EU Water Framework Directive. License conditions may change if they are deemed to be a risk to ...


    By ENDURAMAXX Storage Tanks

  • AUS$5.6m for on-farm water efficiency

    Three water management projects will share in $5.6 million in funding under the Rudd Government’s On-Farm Irrigation Efficiency (Pilot Projects) Program, Minister for Climate Change and Water, Senator Penny Wong, said today. Senator Wong made the announcement in Moree, on day one of a three-day tour of the northern Murray-Darling Basin. “These pilot projects will provide the Government with a ...


    By Australian Government

  • 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

  • More efficient use of farm inputs key to growth

    In an address today to the Food Security from Sustainable Agriculture conference in Christchurch, New Zealand, Dr Robertson said a sizable gap still exists between what farmers in both countries are producing and what is potentially possible. “In most cases, agriculture in Australia and New Zealand has maintained consistent growth in production per hectare, per animal and per labour unit ...

  • Superbugs: MEPs want to curb use of antibiotics in farming

    To fight the growing resistance of bacteria to today’s antibiotics, the use of existing antimicrobial drugs should be restricted, and new ones should be developed, said the European Parliament on Thursday. In a vote on draft plans to update an EU law on veterinary medicines, MEPs advocate banning collective and preventive antibiotic treatment of animals, and back measures to stimulate ...


    By European Parliament

  • California farmers agree to drastically cut water use

    California farmers who hold some of the state's strongest water rights avoided the threat of deep mandatory cuts when the state accepted their proposal to voluntarily reduce consumption by 25 percent amid one of the worst droughts on record. Officials hope the deal agreed upon on Friday will serve as a model for more such agreements with ...


    By Associated Press

  • UV water disinfection in fish farms and hatcheries

    To protect fish farms and hatcheries from outbreaks of water-borne diseases, water treatment specialist Hanovia Limited has developed a high intensity UV disinfection system. Capable of treating up to 700m3/hr of both fresh or sea water with at least a 99.99% kill rate, the UV system can be used to treat both incoming and recirculation water, allowing flexibility in the choice of site and a rapid ...

  • Farming and Election Manifestos Not Just About Water

    With farmers contemplating the most suitable party to vote for in the coming general election, it’s not only policies on fertiliser and pesticides and water abstraction and water supplies that are at the forefront of many farmer’s decision making. The NFU has analysed the manifestos of the top 5 parliamentary parties in relation to a number of key farming issues. The aspects ...


    By ENDURAMAXX Storage Tanks

  • Wastewater fears for urban farms

    Urgent action is needed to remove pollutants from urban wastewater, which is often used in cities to grow food, an international study has warned. Data collected by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) found that 85% of cities discharged the water without any appropriate treatment. With many developing nations swiftly urbanising, the authors said people were at increasing risk of ...

  • Cranfield launches European project to promote the use of trees in farming

    The first meeting of ‘AGFORWARD’, an exciting EU funded research programme on agroforestry, was held at Cranfield University this week.  The 4-year 6 million Euro project will be working with farmers and land owners in 15 countries across Europe to identify how agroforestry practices – farming with trees – can create  profitable, productive, and environmentally ...


    By Cranfield University

  • Perten presents Near-infrared Grain Analyzer for Farm Use

    Near-infrared (NIR) grain testing has been a fixture at large elevators and grain processors for years. An on farm grain analyzer has been desirable for some time. The demands on such an instrument are high, however, and must balance many requirements. It must be rugged and robust. It must be portable to tote around the field. It must be simple to operate, but sophisticated enough to provide ...

  • Egyptian Experimental Farm Reveals Possible Market for `Sewage Farming` Agricultural Products

    Crops grown on the Egyptian desert using treated wastewater are safe for human consumption and their production is economically viable, concluded engineers working on an experimental farm in Gerga, in the Sohag Governorate of Egypt. Their final report, 'The Re-use of Treated Sewage Waste Water in Agriculture' contains recommendations for a successful country-wide establishment of ...

  • Bosch Farming Robot Monitors Fertiliser and Water Usage

    We have spoken many times about technological advancements in farming, from The Internet of Things, to satellite crop imaging, farming drones, to GPS automation. However, reported by Farming Life this week, Bosch is bringing us one step closer to an automated farm with their Deepfield Robotics wing. The company’s Bonirob farming robot will make plant breeding more efficient and reduce the ...


    By ENDURAMAXX Storage Tanks

  • Aqua-Cage Fisheries Uses DTG2 ROV on Rainbow Trout Farm

    Aqua-Cage Fisheries is an aquaculture farm in Parry Sound, Ontario that produces rainbow trout for the food market. They receive fingerlings from a hatchery in Southern Ontario, grow the fish in the open waters of Georgian Bay and harvest them for a processor that ships to major grocery stores. Aqua-Cage produces environmentally sustainable, high quality fish for the consumer, while bringing in a ...


    By Deep Trekker Inc.

  • SmartPro NF is chosen by Wayne Farms for US hatchery renovation project

    Wayne Farms LLC, one of the top-six poultry producers in the United States, has chosen SmartPro NF incubators from NatureForm and Pas Reform for its hatchery upgrade project in Decatur, north Alabama. ...

  • One herd test can help cut antibiotic use on-farm

    That was the message from Dr John Penry who spoke to the Herd ’19 conference in Bendigo, recently, about ways dairy farmers can reduce the use of antibiotics on-farm. ...


    By Dairy News Australia

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