on-farm recycling News

  • Wastewater fears for urban farms

    Urgent action is needed to remove pollutants from urban wastewater, which is often used in cities to grow food, an international study has warned. Data collected by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) found that 85% of cities discharged the water without any appropriate treatment. With many developing nations swiftly urbanising, the authors said people were at increasing risk of ...

  • Biogas for Broiler Farm

    PlanET receives its first order for an agricultural biogas plant in the UK. Clients are two farmers in Herefordshire, who are going to build a 190 kWel biogas plant. Construction is planned to start in spring 2010. The proposed plant will consist of one digester and one digestate tank and is designed to utilise approximately 3,300 tonnes of maize silage, 1,000 m3 of cattle slurry and 600 tonnes ...


    By PlanET Biogas

  • Rooftop farming: The next steps for development

    Urban agriculture is becoming increasingly popular. A recent assessment of rooftop farming in Barcelona shows differing attitudes towards the practice, and provides important recommendations for the development of agricultural policy for the 21st century, such as including food production as a potential use of rooftops in planning legislation. Urban agriculture, defined by the Food and ...

  • The high rise Urban farms of the future

    Imagine a full-scale farm right in the heart of New York City, in the deserts of Darfur or on the moon.  While you might have to wait some time for your lunar lettuce, vertical farming technologies are increasing the possibilities of cultivating crops much more efficiently here on earth.  Moving farms into buildings might change the way much of humanity grows its food.  And while ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Cover Crops Add to Farm Sustainability

    A potentially record-setting U.S. corn harvest is underway. Many farmers can attribute the use of cover crops as one of multiple best management practices (BMPs) that help them increase yield year after year. Combined with BMPs of The Fertilizer Institute’s 4R Nutrient Stewardship program that promotes the application of nutrients at the right source, right rate, right time and right place, ...

  • Finding the real potential of no-till farming for sequestering carbon

    The potential of no-tillage (NT) soils for increasing the soil organic carbon (SOC) pool must be critically and objectively assessed. Most of the previous studies about SOC accrual in NT soils have primarily focused on the surface layer (<20-cm soil depth), and not for the whole soil profile. The lack of adequate data on the SOC profile is a hindrance to conclusively ascertain the effects of ...

  • 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

  • Saving water with water recycling partnership

    Artesian Resources Corporation, USA, has created the Artesian Water Recycling Partnership (AWRP) to encourage and support the use of reclaimed water for agricultural irrigation and other needs. Using reclaimed water to irrigate farm fields can save the Delmarva region millions of gallons of groundwater each day. The AWRP"s first project in Middletown, which was planned and engineered by ...

  • U.S. EPA Honors Dixon Ridge Farms as Sustainable Agricultural Champion

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Regional Administrator Jared Blumenfeld today recognized Dixon Ridge Farms in a Winters, Calif. environmental award ceremony. The Pacific Southwest Region’s 2012 Sustainable Agricultural Champion Award was presented to the organic walnut farm’s founder, Russ Lester. “EPA applauds Dixon Ridge Farms for its many sustainable ...

  • 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

  • OriginClear and Farm Equipment Distributor Team Up to Treat Agricultural Effluent

    OriginClear Inc. (OTC/QB: OOIL), a leading provider of water treatment solutions, and Renewable Water Technologies (RWT), a spin-off of Wisconsin’s Renewable Algae Group, plan to form a joint venture (JV) to offer ...


    By OriginClear Inc.

  • Farming carbon: Study reveals potent carbon storage potential of manmade wetlands

    After being drained by the millions of acres to make way for agriculture, wetlands are staging a small comeback these days on farms. Some farmers restore or construct wetlands alongside their fields to trap nitrogen and phosphorus runoff, and research shows these systems can also retain pesticides, antibiotics, and other agricultural pollutants. Important as these storage functions of wetlands ...

  • Farm to supply 1.3MW of power to National Grid through AD

    A £3m anaerobic digestion (AD) plant which is set to supply power to more than 1,300 homes has opened on a farm in Staffordshire. The plant at Lower Reule received a £750,000 grant from the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) and will supply 1.3MW a year of renewable energy to the National Grid. The input used to supply the plant will come from food waste ...

  • Phase I Of The Nutrient Recycling Challenge Competition Announced

    On November 12, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and other environmental and scientific experts to create the Nutrient Recycling Challenge (NRC). The competition was created to develop technology to recycle ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Pig feed contamination suspected during recycling process

    Recycled food products are at the centre of investigations into the source of dioxin contamination which has affected Irish pork. Pork products have been pulled off supermarket shelves as the Food Standards Authority (FSA) warned against eating pork from the Irish Republic. However, the FSA stressed consumers are unlikely to be at any 'significant risk'. Concerns were raised when a sample of pig ...

  • USPOULTRY Releases Fifth Video in Series Highlighting Poultry and Egg Farm Environmental Stewardship

    U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) is releasing a fifth video in a series highlighting environmental stewardship on poultry and egg farms. The video features one of USPOULTRY’s Family Farm Environmental Excellence Award winners, Riverhill Farms of Port Republic, Va. Riverhill Farms is owned and operated by Glenn and Sheri Rodes, along with their parents, brothers and extended ...

  • Coalition Releases Comprehensive Recommendations to Help California’s Cities, Farms and Environment Weather the Drought

    As dreams of a wet, El Niño winter fade and California heads into a possible fourth consecutive year of drought, a coalition of 15 environmental, fishing and public policy organizations released a set of recommended actions to modernize California’s water system and respond to the drought. The drought has led to dramatic impacts on some cities and farms, as well as on the health of ...

  • Alterrus Begins Construction and Installation of North America`s First Vertical Urban Farm in Downtown Vancouver

    Alterrus Systems Inc. (CNSX: ASI)(OTCQB: ASIUF) today announced it will begin building North America's first VertiCrop urban farming system on the top level of a downtown Vancouver parking lot. Alterrus's VertiCrop vertical-farming technology uses hydroponic technology to grow leafy green vegetables and herbs in a greenhouse, without pesticides or herbicides. Its produce will be transported ...


  • Urban horticulture supplies fresh food, creates jobs, recycles waste

    By 2025, more than half the developing world's population - an estimated 3.5 billion people - will be urban. For policy makers and urban planners in poor countries, greener cities could be the key to ensuring safe, nutritious food, sustainable livelihoods and healthier communities. The concept of "green cities" is usually associated with urban planning in the more developed world. But it has a ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Kent man sentenced to carry out community service for waste crime

    A Kent man has been sentenced to carry out 200 hours of community service and pay costs of £8,440 by Canterbury Magistrates’ Court for illegally dumping waste in Thanet. David Powell pleaded guilty to the offences along with David Springer, who was fined £500 and ordered to pay costs of £500. Waste was dumped at the Old Mushroom Farm, Manston Road, Thanet, between ...

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