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  • BroomEx push broom goes against the grain

    BroomEx Push Broom are different from other push brooms. Designed with patented side retainers to hold bulk volumes of material in front of the brush, the C-Broom avoids spillage at the sides. In itself that represents a major time-saving which, coupled with the ease and speed of mounting the brush to a telehandler, skidsteer, fork lift or category II three-point hitch, makes the C-Broom the ...


    By Wessex International

  • 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 ...

  • Global harvest prospects improve for maize, wheat and rice crops

    Staple food prices rose in August even as grain prices fell and the outlook for global cereal production improved. The FAO Food Price Index, released today, averaged 165.6 points in August, up 1.9 percent from July and almost 7 percent from a year earlier. The monthly jump was mostly driven by cheese and palm oil quotations, while ...

  • Genetic engineering could cut the cost of biofuels

    Plant genetic engineering could play a major part in reducing the cost of biofuel production from food crop wastes such as rice straw or from non-food crops such as willow and poplar. A recent study suggests further research is needed to develop plants that are better suited for biofuel production, through genetic modifications. According to the study's author, biofuels have the potential to ...

  • 10 Things to know about food on World Food Day

    October 16 is World Food Day. It offers the opportunity to strengthen national and international solidarity in the fight to end hunger, malnutrition, and poverty. With falling water tables, eroding soils, and rising temperatures making it difficult to feed growing populations, control of arable land and water resources is moving to center stage in the global struggle for food security. Here ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • China's Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Research Report

    With the development of China’s economy and the government’s high attention to agriculture in preferential policies, price support, grain subsidy and other aspects, the agriculture rapidly develops in general.  As for farming industry, the grain output of China increased for consecutive seven years from 2005 to 2011. In 2011, the grain sowing area and output of China all ...


  • Crop performance matters when evaluating GHGs

    Measuring the emission of greenhouse gases from croplands should take into account the crops themselves. That’s the conclusion of a study in the September-October issue of the Journal of Environmental Quality, which examined the impact of farm practices such as tillage on the greenhouse gas, nitrous oxide (N2O). Expressing emissions per unit of crop yield rather than on a more conventional ...

  • Europe’s sugar beets produce twice as much ethanol in the tropics

    Sugar beets from Europe can help solve the conflict between food and bioenergy in the developing world. “Sugar beets have greater energy content than sugar cane but require rotation with other crops,” explained Jan Öhrvall at the World Bioenergy conference in Jönköping, Sweden. Öhrvall is working on a tropical sugar beet project being ...


    By Elmia AB

  • Cow-calf Producers: Pay Attention to Livestock Nutrition Needs, Especially After Calving

    As livestock producers move from winter feed to spring grazing, they should pay extra attention to spring-calving beef cows to make sure their nutritional needs are met, says a beef cattle expert with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. That could mean leading the animals away from early green grass this spring, said John Grimes, beef ...


    By Ohio State University

  • FAO calls on countries to adapt to food price volatility

    The world’s food price problems are not over despite a current market lull, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva told a ministerial meeting on international food prices today attended by some 30 agriculture ministers. The Director-General acknowledged that this year’s meeting was taking place in a less troubled climate than the first event in October 2012, when ministers ...

  • Protecting soils and producing biofuel with corn stover

    Those lonely cornstalks—called corn stover—left behind in the fields after the grain harvest is complete could someday become valuable raw material for the production of cellulosic ethanol. In the meantime, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) soil scientist Doug Karlen is determining which portion of the plant would work best for cellulosic ethanol production. He's also studying the amount of ...

  • Agrochemicals Market in India 2011

    Agrochemicals Market in India 2011 Agrochemicals Market Description Agrochemicals allow for sufficient food grain production in India. It has been ...


  • ADM to Build Biodiesel Plant in Lloydminster, Canada

    Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) today announced that it will build a 265 million liter (70 million gallon) biodiesel plant in Lloydminster, Alberta, Canada, which will increase ADM’s North American biodiesel production capacity by 50 percent. The biodiesel plant will be located adjacent to the company’s existing canola crushing facility in ...


    By Archer Daniels Midland (ADM)

  • Influx of cheap Peruvian quinoa riles Bolivia

    International demand for quinoa continues to boom, and that's fueling an increasingly bitter commercial feud between Bolivia and Peru, the two main producers of the Andean "superfood." The fight pits hardscrabble, traditional organic growers mostly in Bolivia's semi-arid highlands against upstart Peruvian agribusinesses concentrated on the Pacific coast that include heavy pesticide users. Peru is ...


    By Associated Press

  • 12 Innovations to combat drought, improve food security, and stabilize food prices

    Soaring temperatures and low precipitation could not occur at a worse time for many farmers in the United States. Intensifying drought conditions are affecting corn and soybean crops throughout the Midwest, raising grain prices as well as concerns about future food prices. The U.S. Drought Monitor reports that 88 percent of this year’s corn crop and 77 percent of the soybean crop are now ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Satellites help map soil carbon flux

    Changes in soil carbon occur with changes in land management. Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee investigated quantifying soil carbon changes over large regions. They integrated remote sensing products with a national carbon accounting framework in a project funded by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Office of Earth Science. Results ...

  • SCAN technology used to address biomass collection and impacts

    SCAN technology is helping to address new questions relative to large scale biomass collection efforts and the impact on soil and water resources. On July 16th, 2004, the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Announce the FY2004 Joint Solicitation Awards for $25 million in research funding to 22 biomass projects. Over 400 pre-applications were received in response to ...

  • Canadian ethanol blend helps Ferrari dominate competition in Bahrain

    Canadian farmers helped Italian car manufacturer and Formula One legend, Ferrari, secure first and second place at the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix this past weekend. The cars ran on cellulosic ethanol, a biofuel made from straw grown in Ontario. 'Once farmers have harvested the grain for food - making bread, for example - we use the leftover straw for ethanol,' said Jeff Passmore, executive ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Seven billion: the real population scare is not what you think

    If you believe the doomsday merchants, the scariest thing about this Halloween is the fact that the world’s population will pass seven billion on or near October 31. Population growth, however, is not the biggest skeleton in the closet when it comes to our planet’s ability to absorb human impact. Far more damaging than the booming birth rate in low income countries are the ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • New satellite sensing tool for improving agricultural land use observation

    FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) data indicate that annually 2500 km3 of freshwater are used for agricultural production, which amounts to 70% of the water resources the whole of humanity consumes in a year. With the global population continuing to grow at a high pace, it is essential to optimize the use of water resources and to increase agricultural production in ...

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