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  • Farmer-to-farmer videos improve rice production worldwide

    In a new blog entry, Worldwatch Research Intern Alex Tung reports on efforts by smallholder rice farmers to improve production through instructional videos developed and distributed by farmers themselves. Some 80 percent of the world"s rice production is grown by smallholder farmers in developing countries, according to the ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Another Record Year for Canadian Farmers

    With record high yields on 2013, overall grain production is well ahead of last year’s crop. Canadian farmers produced 95.5 million tonnes of grain to date this year, a significant increase over last year’s crop of 75.4 million tonnes. Despite a late start to spring seeding, weather conditions that prevailed throughout the summer were ideal, creating almost perfect growing conditions ...

  • Online Commodity Challenge Allows Farmers to Learn Real-World Grain Marketing Without the Risk

    Growers who want to experience grain marketing using real-world strategies without any of the real-world risks can take advantage of a series of online courses taught by experts from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. The courses, to be offered Jan. 7, Jan. 21, Feb. 4, Feb. 18 and March 4, will be taught online and will offer participants the ...


    By Ohio State University

  • Drought in Haiti ravages crops for farmers

    Jean-Romain Beltinor plunged a hoe into the rocky dirt on his parched hillside to prepare for planting seeds he does not have. After months of drought in northwest Haiti, the subsistence farmer struggles to find food for his 13 children. To earn a little money, he must turn to work that only makes things worse, cutting what little wood remains for charcoal. "The rain isn't falling. I can't feed ...


    By Associated Press

  • Stored Grain Poses Danger

    Remember these safety reminders when working around full bins If you have any grain left from last fall’s harvest and plan to clean out your bins once you finish planting, remember not to enter a bin when unloading or breaking up a mass of grain. Anyone working around grain bins needs to be aware of the dangers of stored grain, warns Ken Hellevang, North Dakota State University Extension ...


    By United Soybean Board (USB)

  • GRDC to advise farmers on overcoming subsoil constraints

    Workshops are being held in northern New South Wales and Queensland in July and August to help advisors and grain growers identify and manage the impact of subsoil constraints. These include sodicity, salinity, alkalinity, acidity, subsoil nutrient deficiencies and toxicities and soil compaction, and cost growers around $80/ha in forgone income across the region. The workshops have been ...

  • NFU Announces Beginning Farmer Institute Participants

    National Farmers Union (NFU) announced the 15 participants selected for the fourth class of its Beginning Farmer Institute. Those selected for the next class are Nicole Vojtech of Ohio; Tracey Zink of Nebraska; Courtney Krueger of North Dakota; Chris Holman and Kriss Marion of Wisconsin; Harrison Topp of Colorado; Glen Hughes and Thomas Clark of Indiana; Erin Bailey of Washington; Rick Duvall of ...


    By National Farmers Union

  • Some Midwest farmers` crops falter in record rains

    Weeks of record rainfalls drenched Don Lamb's cornfields this summer, drowning some plants and leaving others yellowed, 2 feet tall and capable of producing little, if any, grain. The 48-year-old central Indiana farmer can't recall anything like the deluges he's seen from late May on this summer; the latest was a 4-inch downpour a week ago. Neither can his father, who's been farming for 50 years. ...


    By Associated Press

  • Smartphone app offers cheap aflatoxin test for farmers

    A smartphone application could offer a cheap way for African farming communities to manage cancer-causing toxins produced by a fungus that grows on crops ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Mycotoxin Outbreak Hurts Crops and Farmers across the U.S.

    In addition to grappling with a record-breaking drought and heat, now farmers must deal with outbreaks of fungi that are destroying their crops as well. Specifically, corn and wheat industries in the Midwest, Southern, and Eastern regions of the country are experiencing aflatoxin and deoxynivalenol (DON) outbreaks. The drought has already prevented farmers from reaching their normal crop yields, ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • NFU Beginning Farmer Institute Studies Cooperatives

    National Farmers Union (NFU) Beginning Farmer Institute (BFI) participants are in Minneapolis this week to take a closer look at the value of cooperative businesses, tour a family dairy farm, and consider legal issues and bookkeeping requirements that are critical to success. “As diverse as production agriculture can be, farmers and ranchers ...


    By National Farmers Union

  • Software apps for African farmers win prizes

    The increasing use of software applications (widely known as apps) in solving Africans' problems has been highlighted by the three winning entries  of the Apps4Africa: Climate Challenge contest. The regional competition encourages participants to address local ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Farmers could cut emissions while boosting production

    Farmers could earn more and protect the environment by using technologies and practices that reduce the global warming gases that livestock emit, according to a report by the UN Food ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • The Future for Farmers is Bright - Positive Outlook Seen for Coming Years

    After coming off of a record year, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is expecting farm incomes to remain high for Canadian farmers in 2015. The 2015 Canadian Agricultural Outlook was released today, pointing to a strong future for the agricultural sector. The report provides an overview of the current situation in Canadian agriculture and some of the key longer term drivers that will ...

  • New initiative enables Somali farmers to produce food assistance

    For the first time, Somali farmers are turning themselves into suppliers of high-quality food assistance for their fellow Somali people. A new initiative backed by the European Union (EU), the government of Austria and two United Nations food security agencies has helped Somali farmers achieve this major agricultural breakthrough in a region of the country that was gripped by famine less than ...

  • Cover Crops Capture Nutrients to the Benefit of Farmers and Water Quality

    Many factors contribute to the excess phosphorous that stimulates algal systems in bodies of water such as Lake Erie. Sources of excess phosphorous include urban stormwater, factories, sewers, household wastes and lawn fertilizer, and in some areas runoff from fertilizers or manure applied to fields. Fortunately, many farmers are already doing their part to improve water. ...

  • New App Involves Farmers in Investment Decisions in Rice Breeding

    Investment Game Application (IGA), a new tablet app, helps farmers in South and Southeast Asia participate in an “investment market” for public rice breeding. By playing IGA, farmers reveal their preferences for the rice breeding products they most urgently need in order to improve their livelihoods. The app also helps them prioritize the traits they want in their rice varieties ...

  • Rice Farmers in China use Less Fertilizer, Increase Yield

    “Rice farmers can decrease their nitrogen fertilizer and pesticide use by around 20%, and increase their yield by 10% by using the ‘three controls technology’ (3CT),” says Dr. Xuhua Zhong, crop physiologist at the Rice Research Institute of the Guangdong Academy of Agricultural Sciences (GDRRI).  The meaning of “three controls” is controlling the amount of ...

  • Government of Canada Supports Canadian Grain Industry

    The Government of Canada is making strategic investments in market development that will help Canadian grain growers access new global markets and increase sales abroad. Member of Parliament Earl Dreeshen (Red Deer), on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, announced an investment to the Grain Growers of Canada (GGC) to help Canada's grain industry remain competitive and prosperous. The ...

  • Iowa Farmers Call for Cooperation in Biotech Trade Issues at Global Agribusiness Forum

    Iowa Corn farmer-leaders Pam Johnson and Julius Schaaf traveled to Sao Paulo, Brazil last month to represent MAIZALL, the international maize alliance, at the 2016 Global Agribusiness Forum. MAIZALL is a coalition of corn growers from the United States, MAIZAR in Argentina and ABRAMILHO in Brazil who work together on challenges of mutual interest including innovation and food security, even while ...

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