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  • Deep ploughing reduces diversity and number of earthworms

    Less invasive soil preparation methods in farming, such as harrowing, have a positive impact on the numbers, biomass, and species richness of earthworms, unlike conventional ploughing, according to new research. The long-term study compared the results of five different methods of soil preparation on agricultural land in Germany over a ten-year period. Earthworms play a major role in the ...

  • Adapting agricultural water to climate change

    This policy brief, published by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), examines the relationship between climate change, water and food security and outlines potential adaptation strategies and policy priorities for developing countries. Agriculture in developing countries is already under pressure from growing populations, industrialisation and environmental degradation. Climate change is ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Diesel efficiency in agricultural production

    The topic of diesel efficiency has only become an increasing focus for farmers in recent decades, following earlier decades of concentrating above all on timely and high quality performance of work with modern agricultural machinery and equipment. The discussion on diesel efficiency, which is still topical today, was triggered not only by rising fuel costs, but also by the environmental policy ...

  • A model to measure soil health in the era of bioenergy

    One of the biggest threats to today’s farmlands is the loss of soil organic carbon (SOC) and soil organic matter (SOM) from poor land-management practices. The presence of these materials is essential as they do everything from providing plants with proper nutrients to filtering harmful chemical compounds to the prevention of soil erosion. Sustainable management practices for crop residues are ...

  • New partnership to promote sustainable mechanization of agriculture

    FAO and the European Agricultural Machinery Industry Association CEMA , an international non-profit organisation, today forged a new partnership that aims to promote wider use of sustainable agricultural mechanization in developing countries. The two organizations will work together to manage and disseminate knowledge on sustainable approaches to agricultural mechanization. They will ...

  • John Deere Reveals 4 Family Compact Utility Tractors

    John Deere introduces the 4M and 4R Series compact utility tractors for homeowners and landscape contractors who are looking to do more than mow grass. Six, stylish models (4044M, 4052M, 4066M, 4044R, 4052R, 4066R) make up the family and provide operators the uptime, performance, comfort and convenience needed for various tasks, including loading, mowing, and digging. "With compact utility ...


    By John Deere

  • Scaling up conservation agriculture in Zambia

    The European Union (EU), FAO and the Government of Zambia launched a four-year, €11 million programme to increase crop production and productivity of over 300 000 small-scale farmers by promoting practices based on conservation agriculture. The agricultural production of smallholder farmers in Zambia is most affected by soil degradation, high-input prices, poor produce markets and poor ...

  • Paying farmers to protect the environment?

    Carefully targeted payments to farmers could serve as an approach to protect the environment and to address growing concerns about climate change, biodiversity loss and water supply, FAO said today in its annual publication The State of Food and Agriculture. The report however cautions that payments for environmental services are not the best solution in all situations, and that significant ...

  • Machine of the Year award to Valtra´s new T Series

    The brand new Valtra T Series was selected the winner of the Machine of the Year award in the 180-280hp category at the SIMA Show 2015. The selection was made by 19 independent agricultural journalists from European trade magazines of 17 countries. Machine of the Year is one of the most prestigious recognitions for tractors with innovative technology and total performance. Valtra launched ...

  • Efficiency as competitive edge

    In a scenario for the year 2050 described by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), a world population of around nine billion (i.e. one-third more than today) will need to be supplied with food, raw materials and energy. To keep pace, food production must increase by about 70 percent – a massive challenge that is aggravated by the impacts of climate change, water ...

  • 4R Research Fund Awards First Grants

    The 4R Research Fund today announced it has awarded $273,500 in grants for five research proposals aimed at identifying the current state of knowledge and existing research gaps regarding fertilizer best management practices. The Fund, supported by the fertilizer industry and other stakeholders, is a science-based research initiative aimed at improving agricultural sustainability by expanding ...

  • 4R Research Fund Issues Proposal Requests for Research on Nutrients in the Environment

    This week, the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Research Fund announced the release of requests for proposals (RFP) to solicit literature reviews and syntheses on nutrient stewardship on a national, regional, or cropping system basis, and to solicit field research and demonstration projects. The 4R Research Fund was established by the fertilizer industry to help establish ...

  • Sustainable mechanization has much to offer in sub-Saharan Africa

    Feeding the burgeoning world population will require significant improvements in agricultural productivity, above all in Africa, and mechanization and appropriate mechanization strategies have a large role to play, according to a new report from FAO. The opportunity must be guided in a way that meets smallholder farmers' needs and that does not require a Green-Revolution type of approach with ...

  • Pennsylvania DEP Announces $2.6 million in Conservation District Grants for Increased Outreach to Agricultural Community

    The Department of Environmental Protection today announced the award of more than $2.6 million in grant awards to 36 conservation districts within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. These funds, which will support 50 staff positions that provide technical assistance with implementing agricultural Best Management Practices (BMPs), will also allow conservation district staff to ...

  • Climate-smart farming takes root in Kenya

    Like most African countries, Kenya is highly vulnerable to the impact of climate change. There is growing concern about potential stress on fragile ecosystems and rural communities, especially in the arid and semi-arid agro-ecological zones and some humid highland areas of the country. In keeping with the Strategy for Revitalizing Agriculture (SRA) of Kenya 2010-2015 and Kenya's vision 2030, ...

  • Meeting the 2 Degree Global Temperature Goal Can be Done – UNEP

    ‘Too Little, Too Late’ could be one way to sum up the key message in the latest United Nations Emissions Gap Report assessing what is needed to keep global temperature rise to below 2°C by 2050. But in fact, the message is far more subtle, and more positive than one might assume from reading the press headlines. The 2013 Emissions Gap Report, released by the UN Environment ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

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