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  • Soil pollution comes under scrutiny

    Soil pollution, due mostly to human activities that leave excess chemicals in soils used to grow food, took centre stage at the 5th Global Soil Partnership (GSP) Plenary Assembly held at FAO headquarters this week. Excess nitrogen and trace metals such as arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury can impair plant metabolism and cut crop productivity, ultimately putting pressure on arable land. When they ...

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • Invest in water for farming, or the world will go hungry

    A long list of factors have been blamed for the global food crisis which along with the energy crisis has hit developing countries, and the poor in particular, hardest. Prices of staple foods have risen by up to 100 per cent. A growing population, changes in trade patterns, urbanisation, dietary changes, biofuel production, climate change and regional droughts are all responsible, and ...

  • 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

  • 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

  • Grant Deadline and a Farm-in-a-Box

    With water shortages in farming across the globe a real issue, a US company called Farm Freight has launched ‘Farm-in-a-box’. It’s a freight-truck-sized container with all of the necessary equipment and storage required to grow produce. The theory behind demand for such a product relates to climate change and the strains on water and food supplies throughout ...


    By ENDURAMAXX

  • 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, ...

  • San Diego Agriculture and Farming

    Make sure to check us out in the San Diego Grown magazine late this month published by the San Diego County Farm Bureau. Since 1994 Water Treatment Specialists has been providing service and water treatment products for the agriculture and farming industries. We specialize in  ...

  • Urban farming to expand in Montreal

    Lufa Farms Inc., creator of the world's first commercial-scale rooftop greenhouse, has announced a partnership that will result in several new rooftop farms in and around Montreal, beginning next year. A cooperative agreement has been reached with green industrial-park specialist Le Groupe Montoni of Laval to develop LEED-certified industrial ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • San Diego grown Agriculture and Farming

    Make sure to check us out in the San Diego Grown magazine late this month published by the San Diego County Farm Bureau. Since 1994 Aqua Clear Water Treatment Specialists has been providing service and water treatment products for the agriculture and farming industries. We specialize ...

  • 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 Foundation

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • 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, ...

  • Farming the cities, feeding an Urban future

    As people move from rural to urban settings in search of economic opportunities, urban agriculture is becoming an important provider of both food and employment, according to researchers with the Worldwatch Institute. "Urban agriculture is providing food, jobs, and hope in Nairobi, Kampala, Dakar, and other cities across sub-Saharan Africa," said Danielle Nierenberg, co-director of the ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • The Farming Life and Danske Bank Awards

    When you consider that it accounts for one in every three pounds spent on the UK high street and that its influence over UK farming is significant, then it is worth noting that Tesco continues to sponsor the Arable/Horticulture Farmer of the Year category at the 2014 Farming Life and Danske Bank awards. According to Farming Life, it’s to demonstrate its support for local farmers and ...


    By ENDURAMAXX

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