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  • Produce Safety Rule to Change the Way Fresh Fruit, Vegetables Are Grown and Handled

    Ever since the Food Safety Modernization Act was signed into law in January 2011 and the act’s Produce Safety Rule was proposed two years later, fruit and vegetable growers have waited for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to finalize the regulations they will be expected to follow on the farm. Now that the FDA has done so — the final Produce Safety rule was printed in the Federal ...


    By Ohio State University

  • Machine harvesting may increase apple supply for hard cider market

    Cider - or "hard cider" as it is typically known in the United States - is experiencing a real revival. The fermented apple juice with 0.5% to 7% alcohol-by-volume is the fastest growing alcohol market segment in the US, boasting a 54% increase in production annually from 2007 to 2012. Naturally, increasing consumer demand for cider translates to a need for more apples to make quality cider ...

  • UF researchers develop machine to count dropped citrus, identify problem areas in groves

    As citrus greening continues to impact Florida’s groves, growers have found that they need a way to quickly and accurately count the amount of fruit dropped early to help identify problem areas, which will save time and money. University of Florida researchers Wonsuk “Daniel” Lee, Daeun “Dana” Choi, Reza Ehsani and Fritz Roka devised a “machine vision ...

  • Olive growing in Saudi Arabia

    A delegation of representatives of the Saudi olive growing sector was received on 7 October by various officials of the IOC Executive Secretariat, including the Executive Director, the Deputy Directors, the Head of the Department of Research & Development and Environment and the Head of the Promotion Unit. Mr Aboabat, the CEO of the company Al-Watania and Mr Sahbi Mahjoub from the Agromillora ...

  • OPINION: in a world of abundance, food waste is a crime

    What does the U.S. have in common with countries in sub-Saharan Africa? Both waste large, obscene amounts of food. Better knowledge and technology would reduce food waste, deter environmental damage and, especially in that region of the African continent, reduce the number of people who go hungry each day. In sub-Saharan Africa, at least 265 million people are hungry, heightening the travesty of ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Joining hands for sustainability and innovation in horticulture

    From September 30th to October first, Bayer CropScience is hosting over 175 industry professionals from over 15 different countries at its Horticulture Symposium in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The symposium addresses issues of sustainability and innovation in modern horticulture and is designed to allow leaders in the field to network, share knowledge and expertise and exchange best practices. Over ...


    By Bayer CropScience AG

  • Bayer CropScience and GLOBALG.A.P. intensify their cooperation aimed at improving farm practices

    At the Fruit Logistica Trade Fair in Berlin, representatives of Bayer CropScience and GLOBALG.A.P. signed an agreement to further intensify their collaboration. Under this agreement, the partners aim to implement sustainable farm practices and help fruit and vegetable growers worldwide comply with GLOBALG.A.P. certification standards. “Many farmers lack access to professional local and ...


    By Bayer CropScience AG

  • Low-altitude aerial images allow early detection of devastating avocado disease

    Low-altitude aerial images can detect laurel wilt, a devastating avocado disease, giving growers an early way to identify diseased trees and perhaps help reduce losses to the $100 million-a-year economic impact avocados provide Florida. Reza Ehsani, an associate professor in agricultural and biological engineering at the UF/IFAS Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake Alfred, used a ...

  • Managing Late Blight of Potatoes and Tomatoes

    Late blight is one of the most serious diseases of potatoes and tomatoes worldwide, resulting in significant yield and quality losses annually. In Alberta, late blight occurs infrequently, but can have devastating impacts in the years when it reaches epidemic levels.  “This disease is caused by a fungal pathogen called Phytophthora infestans,” says Robert Spencer, ...

  • Sustainable mechanization has much to offer in sub-Saharan Africa

    Feeding the burgeoning world population will require significant improvements in agricultural productivity, above all in Africa, and mechanization and appropriate mechanization strategies have a large role to play, according to a new report from FAO. The opportunity must be guided in a way that meets smallholder farmers' needs and that does not require a Green-Revolution type of approach with ...

  • Sowing the seeds of stable agriculture

    In a country with a precarious history of food insecurity, one award-winning research institution is driving change in Senegal by focusing on training farmers and helping them to diversify their ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Global Ecology Announces EPA Filing

    Global Ecology Corporation (GEC), (OTCQB: GLEC), announced today that it has completed the first and lengthiest phase for EPA approval of its licensed, proprietary formula, IMS1000™. Upon final approval by the EPA, GEC will be granted an exclusive license to distribute the product in the United States by the manufacturer, EnvirEau of Canada. EnvirEau's formulas are a natural, environmentally ...


    By Marketwire

  • US-Japan deal could lead to more organic options

    The United States and Japan have agreed to make it easier to import each other's organic products, the latest step in a global effort that could give consumers access to more - and cheaper - organic food. The Agriculture Department announced an agreement Thursday between the United States and Japan that will allow organic ...


    By Associated Press

  • West Africa has potential to strengthen its agricultural sector

    Boosting productivity, fostering competitiveness and ensuring that small-scale farmers have greater access to markets are key to West Africa realizing its full agricultural potential, according to a new study released today by FAO and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). The publication, Rebuilding West ...

  • Building resilience to climate change in Niger

    Climate change poses a major threat to the world’s 2 billion rural poor, but sustainable natural resource management can help developing countries like Niger adapt to the threat. Droughts and desertification associated with climate change will hit Africa hard. Already, more than 300 million (out of 930 million) Africans live in drought or drought-prone areas. And a 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on ...

  • Agriculture: the unlikely earth day hero

    Rising temperatures, erratic weather, population growth, and scarce water resources—along with growing civil unrest and skyrocketing food prices—are putting unprecedented stress on people and the planet. For over 40 years, Earth Day has served as a call to action, mobilizing individuals and organizations around the world to address these challenges. This year, Worldwatch ...


    By Praxilient

  • Agriculture: the unlikely earth day hero

    Rising temperatures, erratic weather, population growth, and scarce water resources - along with growing civil unrest and skyrocketing food prices - are putting unprecedented stress on people and the planet. For over 40 years, Earth Day has served as a call to action, mobilizing individuals and organizations around the world to address these challenges. This year, Worldwatch Institute's ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Global Seeds Industry

    Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: Global Seeds Industry ...


    By ReportLinker

  • Big Hanna and ABB - a secure solution for Rosendals Trädgård

    In the latest edition of ABB's corporate magazine 'Utblick' an article tells the story about our joint venture at Rosendals Trädgård in Stockholm. The same story was published at the ABB website and we´re happy to share it here with our readers.  At Rosendals Trädgård our Big Hanna model T-240 turns garden and food waste into useful and fertilising ...


    By Susteco AB

  • Pongamia in conjunction with Moringa improves biodiesel economics, BBA reports

    Centre for Jatropha Promotion & Biodiesel (CJP) is the Global authority for scientific commercialization of nonfood fuel crop. CJP is dedicated to the development of oil seed bearing trees - non-food multiple vegetable oil plantation and technologies in order to reduce dependence on fossil fuels, bring greater control and security of fuel supply and reduce dangerous climate changing ...


    By Advanced Biofuel Center

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