Four Ways Mexico’s Indigenous Farmers Are Practicing the Agriculture of the Future

Posted on Thursday, July 13th, 2017 by

1. Farm like a forest Not accounting for land covered by water, desert, or ice, about half of the planet is dedicated to pasture and croplands, according to WRI’s study. And the continued expansion of agricultural land is driving biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation. According to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, an increase […]

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Veteran scientist shares wisdom, experiences, crop management tactics in new book

Posted on Thursday, July 13th, 2017 by

Dr. R. James (Jim) Cook, a retired research plant pathologist, U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service (USDA ARS), and emeritus professor of plant pathology, Washington State University (WSU), has built a storied career over the past 40 years, one that has profoundly impacted his scientific discipline and the farmers who benefitted from his […]

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The Next Agriculture Revolution Is Under Our Feet

Posted on Wednesday, July 12th, 2017 by

By Justin Adams, Global Managing Director of Lands at The Nature Conservancy, and Bianca Moebius-Clune, Ph.D., Director at the Soil Health Division, USDA-NRCS At the core of agriculture is innovation. Advancements in agricultural technology throughout the past century have allowed farmers to feed a population that has grown from less than 2 billion people […]

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Today’s most innovative farmers are getting down to earth

Posted on Friday, July 7th, 2017 by

A global study of land and agricultural methods shows dramatic differences in soil quality between farms that employ some simple management tools and those that don’t. “Clever farmers” show how we can make healthier, more productive soil. The latest trendy capital improvements in farming include items like GPS-guided tractors and aerial photography drones, but […]

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New discovery may benefit farmers worldwide

Posted on Wednesday, July 5th, 2017 by

Finger millet field. University of Guelph plant scientists have shown for the first time how an ancient crop teams up with a beneficial microbe to protect against a devastating fungal infection, a discovery that may benefit millions of subsistence farmers and livestock in developing countries. Their discovery may also point the way toward a natural […]

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How a Cambridge tech startup is trying to change farming

Posted on Wednesday, July 5th, 2017 by

Tyler McClendon, founder of Oxbow Agriculture in Memphis, Tennessee, sees a problem with the way many farming businesses are run. He says farmers often adopt new technologies without giving enough thought to how they will actually make their business more efficient. “When it comes to actually collecting data on the farm and turning that into metrics […]

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Good riddance chemicals: microbes are farming’s hot new pesticides

Posted on Friday, June 30th, 2017 by

ORGANICS ARE IN. Chemicals are out. With today’s food politics, the chemical fertilizers and pesticides that fantastically increased agricultural yields in the 20th century are looking…not so hot. So instead of synthesizing new chemicals, ag companies are trying out a new strategy: They’re looking to nature for inspiration. Where in nature? Just about anywhere—in plant extracts, […]

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Ecological intensification of agriculture: ideas that begin to take root

Posted on Thursday, June 29th, 2017 by

In the context of increasing global food demand, ecological intensification of agriculture emerges as an ideal approach to land management. It combines the benefits of intensive and extensive agriculture, enhancing ecosystem services and leading to sustainable ways of production. An ecosystem under ecological intensification has high rates of internal regulation processes, moderate resource inputs, low nutrient losses […]

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California’s Grand Plan to Fight Climate Change on the Farm

Posted on Friday, June 2nd, 2017 by

BY ARIANA REGUZZONI  |  Agroecology, Climate 02.02.16 While El Niño rains have brought some relief to drought-stricken California, Governor Jerry Brown appears to be concerned with the impact extreme weather could continue to have on agriculture in the state. His 2016 budget proposal includes almost $3.1 billion for programs that address climate change […]

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Livestock Production

Posted on Monday, April 17th, 2017 by

Because some degree of climate change is now inevitable, sustainable agricultural practices are critical to climate change adaptation. A focus needs to be on the implementation of farming practices that limit or reduce direct and indirect greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from livestock production. Modifications to current practices will be necessary with environmental sustainability as […]

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