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  • Wild bees boost apple harvest

    Orchards pollinated by a wide range of wild bee species grow more apples than those pollinated by fewer species, finds a new US study. Its authors suggest that farmers could consider investing in wild bee conservation to improve crop yield. Many farmers around the world hire or manage hives of honeybees to help pollinate crops including fruit and nuts. However, demand for pollinator-dependent ...

  • ARS scientists develop self-pollinating almond trees

    Self-pollinating almond trees that can produce a bountiful harvest without insect pollination are being developed by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists. This is good news for almond growers who face rising costs for insect pollination because of nationwide shortages of honey bees due to Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) and other factors. ARS geneticist Craig Ledbetter, at the agency’s ...

  • ML Macadamia Orchards, L.P. Reports 2nd Quarter 2010 Earnings, Acquires Orchard Assets of IASCO

    HILO, HI -- (Marketwire) -- 08/12/10 -- ML Macadamia Orchards, L.P. (OTCQX: NNUT) (PINKSHEETS: NNUT), today reported a second quarter net loss of $118,000 or ($0.02) per Class A Unit, on revenues of $626,000. In the second quarter of 2009, the Partnership reported a net loss of $291,000 on $1.0 million in revenues. The second quarter marks the end of the harvest season and is usually one of the ...


    By Marketwire

  • Luna® Fungicide Label Expansion Gives Growers New Crops for Broad-Spectrum Disease Control

    Bayer has received notice that the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved an expanded label for Luna® fungicides permitting use on a larger group of fruit, nut and vegetable crops. Once approved in relevant states, these label expansions will be effective across a broad geographical ...


    By Bayer CropScience AG

  • Stenospermocarpic fruit linked to unmarketable black walnuts

    Black walnut (Juglans nigra L.) is native to much of the eastern United States and is highly valued for its nuts and timber. Black walnut fruit generally reach most of their size by mid-August and mature by late September or early October. The fruit are then harvested, hulled, and dried in-shell before cracking for commercial markets. Walnut growers use the term "ambers" to describe poorly ...

  • Feedstock Testing by Greenbelt Resources Proves Successful

    Earlier this year Greenbelt Resources Corporation (OTC: GRCO), a producer of sustainable energy production systems,  launched an innovative program offering use of its operating commercial-scale facility to third parties for  ...

  • International experts limit Melamine levels in food

    An international food safety body has set new rules on preparing bagged salads and said the chemical melamine that tainted Chinese milk is acceptable only in tiny amounts in infant formula and food. The maximum amount of melamine allowed in powdered infant formula is 1 mg/kg and the amount of the chemical allowed in other foods and animal feed is 2.5 mg/kg, according to new rulings from the ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Let`s add climate knowledge to agroforestry plans

    We need to know more about how smallholder agroforestry can help farmers adapt to climate change, write James Roshetko and Rodel Lasco. Much is known about agroforestry — the mixing of tree species with crops and livestock to enrich farmers' livelihoods. But less is known about how it can help farmers adapt to climate change. This gap in our knowledge is increasingly ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Traditional farming methods in India protect birds

    Under the right conditions, traditional agricultural practices can support significant biodiversity in farmed areas over the long term. A new study shows that arecanut plantations combined with forest areas support bird life. The researchers studied bird communities in arecanut plantations found in southwest India to assess whether biodiversity could be sustained in an agriculturally developed ...

  • Photo Blog - Climate Smart Land Use: Paludiculture in the Tropics

    In the tropics, peat swamp forests are often logged and converted to oil palm and pulp wood plantations. This results in adverse effects on the natural resource base of local communities and impacts the biodiversity, water regulation and carbon storage functions of peatlands. As an alternative, paludiculture is a sustainable form of agriculture which enables the productive use of rewetted ...


    By Wetlands International

  • California’s Prop 65 and Public Health Concerns from Maneb

    In 1986, California voters approved an initiative to address increasing concerns about exposure to toxic chemicals. That initiative, the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, is better known by its original name of Proposition 65.    Proposition 65 requires businesses to notify Californians about significant amounts of chemicals in the products they purchase, in their ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Kenyan Professor promotes indigenous crops to solve Africa’s food crises

    In Kenya, a devastating cycle of drought and flood reflects the worst that climate change has to offer. These and other more insiduous impacts of warming temperatures threaten the health and survival of the nation's poorest and most at-risk inhabitants, namely women and children. The average yearly income in Kenya is less than US$1,000, 60 percent of the population is below poverty level, and ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Impact of climate change on forests requires early action

    Early action and more investments are needed to respond to the threats of climate change on the world's forests. It will probably cost less to adjust forest management strategies immediately to the impacts of climate change than to react to the aftermath of climate-inflicted damage, FAO said in its new Climate change guidelines for forest ...

  • Marrone Bio Innovations` Regalia Biofungicide Included in Fungicide Resistance Action Committee`s 2012 Code List

    Marrone Bio Innovations Inc. (MBI), a leading global provider of natural products for the agricultural and water treatment markets, announced today that the active ingredient in its Regalia® biofungicide, Reynoutria sachalinensis, has been included ...

  • 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

  • Penton Agriculture bolsters its eLearning, agriculture leader now offers interactive accredited continuing education

    Penton Agriculture today announced it has bolstered its eLearning with a new interactive platform www.pentonag.com. Farmers will now find all Penton Agriculture online continuing education on a new site that is fast, modern and easy to navigate across all mobile devices as well as the desktop. Photo – http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20150707/232532 “Our first online continuing ...


    By Penton

  • Biodiesel Crop of the Week: Pongamia Pinnata

    Pongamia is an ancient tree that is native to India. It is frost tolerant, but not freeze-proof. It is also happens to be a legume, which is at the heart of what makes the business model so interesting. The tree yields a generous annual nut crop that is harvested with conventional shakers, such as those used by almond and other nut growers. That seed has approximately a 40 percent oil content ...


    By Advanced Biofuel Center

  • 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 ...

  • Walmart announces holiday Campaign focused on fighting hunger

    With today's USDA report reinforcing the ongoing issue of hunger in America, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation announced more than $18 million in monetary and in-kind donations that will help fight hunger in the U.S. this holiday season. Specifically, the company and its charitable giving arm are: Hosting its first nationwide food drive at all Walmart stores, Calling on Facebook fans ...

  • Where have all the flowers gone?

    Global food production may be approaching another major crisis. Crops around the world are pollinated by honeybees, but bee populations are dying off rapidly due to excessive use of pesticides and other environmental factors. The threat of food production losses is becoming painfully apparent, and the economic, social and environmental costs could be staggering. This growing threat to the global ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

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