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  • Edible insects inch one step closer

    Farming insects on a large scale is no more of a biological or chemical hazard than other livestock farming, says a report by a European food safety body. The report, which looks at the potential of insects as food or animal feed, says the microbiological, chemical and ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • State foresters encouraged by strong state response to Insect & Disease Designation requests

    The Agriculture Act of 2014 (“Farm Bill”) provided states with an opportunity to request designation of landscape-scale insect & disease infestation areas on National Forest System lands managed by the USDA Forest Service under section 8204 of the Farm Bill. To date, 36 states have submitted requests to the Forest Service for such designations under the Farm Bill authority. NASF ...

  • Achieving a sustainable food system with organic farming

    Despite a slight decline between 2009 and 2010, since 1999 the global land area farmed organically has expanded more than threefold to 37 million hectares, according to new research conducted by the Worldwatch Institute for its Vital Signs Online service (www.worldwatch.org). Regions with the largest certified organic agricultural land in 2010 were Oceania, including ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Are Flying to the Farm

    Aerial drones, a technology perhaps best known for helping hunt terrorists on the other side of the globe, may soon begin helping U.S. farmers monitor what's happening in their fields collecting agriculture data. In Georgia, a group of state and federal officials - along with members of industry and academia - has been working since 2009 to develop a drone that can save a farmer's time and ...


    By Associated Press

  • Ecosystem-based farming comes of age

    A new FAO book out today takes a close look at how the world's major cereals maize, rice and wheat - which together account for an estimated 42.5 percent of human calories and 37 percent of our protein - can be grown in ways that respect and even leverage natural ecosystems. Drawing on case studies from around the planet, the ...

  • EPA orders restoration of damaged Wetlands on Massachusetts farm (MA)

    EPA has ordered the owners of Meredith Farm to restore wetlands and streams on its 160-acre plot in Topsfield, Mass. The wetlands were excavated and filled between 2006 and 2007 while the farm’s drainage system was expanded - widening and deepening a stream channel, and creating a pond. Christopher and Bonnie Nash violated the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) by failing to obtain the required ...

  • Ohio State Team Promotes Nature-based `ECO-farming`

    A team of scientists and educators from Ohio State University’sCollege of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciencesnow spells farming with three extra letters. The group studies, demonstrates and teaches about what it calls “ECO-farming,” a new approach aimed at boosting a farm’s production and profits while shrinking its environmental ...


    By Ohio State University

  • `Back on the Farm` -- EPA Approves Movento(R) and Ultor(R) Insecticides for Second Time

    Shipment of Unique Two-Way Systemic Insecticides to Resume Immediately RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC - Bayer CropScience announced today that its Movento® and Ultor® insecticides have received Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registration for a second time, giving growers back a sorely missed tool for the management of their toughest pests. Under the new registration, the product ...


    By Bayer CropScience AG

  • Genetic pesticide for termites developed in Florida

    A pesticide that attacks termites through their genes has been developed in a lab at the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. Termites are wood-destroying insects most commonly found in the South but increasingly found in every region in the nation. Pest control industry estimates peg the damage termites cause at more than $5 billion each year, despite the many ...

  • Pessl Instruments - 30 Years Celebration - 10/11/2014

    30 years of evolution in remote monitoring and decision support systems In November 2014, Pessl Instruments is turning 30! It have been 30 years of commitment to the development of reliable and cost-effective solutions for remote monitoring and decision support systems. The creative solutions allow users from more than 80 countries to work more profitably and ...


    By Pessl Instruments GmbH

  • Grain storage advice for growers in central grainbelt

    Central grainbelt growers keen to improve their on-farm grain storage systems are invited to attend local workshops in April. Grain storage expert Ben White, of the Kondinin Group, will present and take questions at the following events supported by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC): April 6 (Sunday) - Mundaring (Mahogany Creek Tavern) – Grain storage facilities ...

  • Remote pest managment with automated traps

    A decade spent developing pheromones for pest management underscored the importance of these chemicals for Michael Gilbert, president and CEO of British Columbia’s SemiosBio Technologies Inc. But at a cost of up to $5,000 a kilogram, pheromones are also one of the costliest pest control products on the market, making targeted deployment key to cost-effectiveness. Ideally, growers would ...


    By Semios

  • Semios Receives US EPA and California State Approval for Aerosol Pheromone to Control the Navel Orangeworm

    Semios, a leading provider of real-time agricultural information and precision pest management tools, has received US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approval and California Department of Pest Regulation (DPR) approval for aerosol pheromone biopesticide products that disrupt the mating of the Navel Orangeworm (NOW).   Michael Gilbert, ...


    By Semios

  • Loss of wild pollinators would hit crops, finds study

    The loss of wild pollinators from agricultural landscapes could threaten global crop yields, a study has found. Led by Lucas Garibaldi, an assistant professor at the National University of Río Negro inArgentina, a team of researchers compared fields containing many wild pollinators — mostly insects — ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Canadian Apple Orchard Taste-Tests the IoT

    Algoma Orchards, located in Newcastle, Ontario, is no rinky-dink farm. In fact, it’s the largest privately owned grower and packer of apples in Canada. The company maintains 750 acres of trees, a packing plant and a juice factory onsite, and imports apples from Chile in order to maintain a year-round supply. The company also conducted a test last summer of an ...


    By Semios

  • Restore Life to Your Soil With Vermaplex/Black Worm Castings

    Farmers and gardeners alike are looking for ways to improve the health of their soil and ability to store water for drought relief. The United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service released its “Unlock the Secrets in the Soil” campaign, ...


    By Vermitechnology Unlimited

  • Monsanto┬┤s Integrated Yield Pipeline Advances A Record 18 Projects Across Multiple Research Areas

    Monsanto's annual research and development update highlighted record project advancement across the company's breeding, biotechnology, and improved agronomics platforms, all aimed at sustainably maximizing farmer productivity while conserving resources like water and land. Through integrated research in breeding, biotechnology, and new technology areas such as Integrated Farming Systems? and ...


    By Monsanto Company

  • Secret to Healthy Soil, Black Worm Castings, Organic Fertilizers, Vermaplex

    Although it is not apparent, the soil in your garden or farm is living system teaming with life. The ‘soil food web’, is made up of millions of beneficial micro-organisms which supports the development, vigor and production of the plant. These organisms include, nematodes, fungi, protozoa, and bacteria, are also responsible for retaining water and nutrients and disease ...


    By Vermitechnology Unlimited

  • EPA Takes Six Years to Phase out Toxic Pesticide AZM

    SEATTLE, Washington, November 20, 2006 (ENS) - Over the next six years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, says it will phase out the use of the pesticide AZM, an organophosphate insecticide that poisons farmworkers and injures their children. The chemical substance is azinphos-methyl, AZM, also known as guthion - a neurotoxic organophosphate insecticide. Exposure to ...

  • Ants and termites boost dryland wheat yields

    "Ants and termites perform the same ecosystem service functions in dryland agriculture that earthworms perform in cooler and wetter areas, but the potential for ants and termites to provide these benefits has received little attention until now," said CSIRO's Dr Theo Evans. "We already knew that the activities of ants and termites affect soil structure, aeration, water infiltration and nutrient ...

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