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  • How Automatic Pig Feeding Systems improve the bottom line

    Pig producers face a lot of challenges. In North America, specifically, there are 70% fewer pig farms today than in the year 2000. As feed costs rise while global demand for animal protein increases, pig farmers must produce more pork with fewer resources. Automatic pig feeding systems are a large part of ...


    By Osborne Industries, Inc.

  • Webinar will address contracting in agriculture

    A significant portion of livestock, poultry and other crops are raised under production contracts. However, these contracts and their impact on the future of a farm can be difficult to understand. On Wednesday, May 31, Neil Hamilton, Emeritus Director of the Drake University Agricultural Law Center, will present a free webinar designed to help farmers, advocates, and law students ...

  • Which seeds to sow for bees?

    Farmers could help to maintain populations of bees and other pollinators by sowing inexpensive seed mixes on their land, a new study suggests. Researchers surveyed pollinators visiting study plots in Berkshire, UK, and explored how sowing different seed mixes and using different management techniques affected the flowers produced and the pollinators visiting them. Overall, 84% of the crop ...

  • Sowing the seeds of stable agriculture

    In a country with a precarious history of food insecurity, one award-winning research institution is driving change in Senegal by focusing on training farmers and helping them to diversify their ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Variable crop sowing dates `produce higher yields`

    Cropping systems with variable sowing dates adapted to changing climatic conditions — as opposed to those with fixed sowing dates — will result in increased mean future crop yields, a modelling study has found. Multiple cropping systems, including growing two or more crops at the same time on the same plot ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • National Horticulture Convention sowing the Seeds For Industry’s Future

    The diverse and dynamic range of careers in horticulture will be on display when a group of year 11 and 12 students descend on the National Horticulture Convention at the Gold Coast on Friday 26 June. During their attendance at the Convention, incorporating both AUSVEG and Apple and Pear Australia Ltd (APAL), students from Loganlea, ...


    By AUSVEG

  • SOW 2013 Launch: First Discussion Panel

    Watch as Bob Engelman, Christian Friis Bach, and Dagfinn Høybråten field questions from the audience on challenging issues which fall under the umbrella of sustainability. Read more about the event ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Levucell SB improves sow’s feed intake in lactation: Results of a meta-analysis

    Results of a meta-analysis show that probiotic yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae boulardii CNCM I-1079 (LEVUCELL SB), helps increase sow feed intake during lactation.1 The study was presented by Lallemand Animal Nutrition at the American Dairy Science Association (ADSA) and American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Joint Annual Meeting, July 12-16, 2015, in Orlando, Florida. Optimal feed intake in ...


    By Lallemand Animal Nutrition

  • Bees under bombardment

    More than a dozen factors, ranging from declines in flowering plants and the use of memory-damaging insecticides to the world-wide spread of pests and air pollution, may be behind the emerging decline of bee colonies across many parts of the globe. Scientists are warning that without profound changes to the way human-beings manage the planet, declines in pollinators needed to feed a growing ...

  • Frankincense trees under threat in Ethiopia

    The production of frankincense may be halved in the next 15 years because of a massive reduction in the number of trees that produce it, according to Dutch and Ethiopian researchers.   The aromatic resin — which is used in incense and perfume, and is one of the gifts that features in the Christmas story of the Nativity — is produced by tapping Boswellia trees, which grow in the ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Tropical soil carbon sink under threat

    There are strong concerns that the conversion of tropical forests into land for agriculture or plantations has negative effects on the carbon budget. A new study conducted in South-East Asia reveals that moderate or heavy disturbance of tropical forests can damage fine root structures, which in turn reduce carbon transfer to the soil. Tropical forests are being converted into agricultural land or ...

  • NRDC: House farm bill should be plowed under

    The U.S. House today approved a Farm Bill that cuts conservation, undermines longstanding environmental protections and denies states the right to set farm-related standards. Franz Matzner, the Natural Resources Defense Council’s associate director of government affairs, made these comments on the bill: “Once again, House Republicans are pushing an extreme agenda, this time to gut ...

  • South Pacific coconut gene bank under threat

    The international collection of the South Pacific's coconut palm species, held at a field gene bank in Papua New Guinea (PNG), is under threat from a disease outbreak close to the gene bank. The warning came at a meeting on the Pacific coconut research and development (R&D) strategy in Samoa last week (1 October–2 November), convened by the Australian Centre for International ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • No change for KBI’s water strategy under new owners

    The acquisition of a majority stake in Kleinwort Benson Investors (KBI) by Euronext-listed asset manager Amundi earlier this week is not expected to have an immediate impact on KBI’s water strategy, an insider told GWI today. Although KBI suffered a blow in April this year when it lost the sub-advisory mandate for the $430 million Calvert Global Water Fund, the remainder of its global water ...

  • WRAP and EA at risk under conservative quango review

    The Waste & Resources Action Programme and the Environment Agency could be under threat under a Conservative Government. Conservative Party leader David Cameron has pledged to cut the number of unelected quangos to save money and increase accountability. In a speech to think tank Reform, he said that shadow cabinet ministers will be asked to identify which bodies within their areas should be ...

  • Seafood ecolabels under the spotlight in new WWF report

    The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) comes out on top in a new report commissioned by WWF that reveals poor performance among other assessed seafood ecolabelling schemes and calls for improvements across the board to strengthen their effectiveness. Accenture’s non-profit practice, Accenture Development Partnerships (ADP) compared and ranked seven fishery certification schemes that use ecolabels ...


    By WWF International

  • Labeling Alcohols that are Gluten-Free under Review by the TTB

    In July, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a final rule to define the term “gluten-free” for voluntary use in the labeling of foods. The next month, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), which sets standards for manufacturers of alcohol, released an announcement that the agency is currently reviewing their own policy on gluten statements in the labeling ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Impact of climate on mountain ecosystems under scrutiny

    A four-year project aimed at addressing the lack of knowledge about the impacts of climate change on food security, livelihoods and economic prosperity in mountain ecosystems has been launched in East Africa.  The project, ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Pollinators vital to our food supply under threat

    A growing number of pollinator species worldwide are being driven toward extinction by diverse pressures, many of them human-made, threatening millions of livelihoods and hundreds of billions of dollars worth of food supplies, according to the first global assessment of pollinators. However, the assessment, a two-year study conducted and released today by the Intergovernmental ...

  • EarthSoft Takes EnviroInsite Under its Wing

    The working relationship between EnviroInsite and EarthSoft goes back a number of years.  Now with the acquisition of EI LLC's intellectual property (namely EnviroInsite) by EarthSoft, the powerful EQuIS database and the astounding graphics capabilities of EnviroInsite are under one roof.  This is an exciting move for EnviroInsite users, as the expanded user base will allow ...


    By EarthSoft, Inc

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