Innovations in desert and drylands farming

Posted on Thursday, October 5th, 2017 by

The global demand for food, water and energy is expected to increase by about 40 to 50 percent by 2030. This is driven in part by an expanding population, rapid urbanization, greater prosperity and changing diets. Meeting the increasing demand requires smarter, greener and more efficient food systems – especially as the climate changes […]

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Dirty undies help American researchers to test Tennessee soil

Posted on Tuesday, September 26th, 2017 by

The underwear has been buried in different soils for 30 days and shows the different rates of degeneration. (Supplied: Coffee County Soil Conservation District) Undies, jocks, drawers… There are plenty of names for underwear around the world. Now, a group of farmers in Tennessee, in the United States, has found a new use for […]

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‘Spongy’ Soil Can Help Farmers Combat Climate Change

Posted on Wednesday, August 9th, 2017 by

GINA GUSTIN AUG 9, 2017 As few as 2 percent of growers in the Mississippi River basin plant cover crops, despite evidence that the practice boosts yields and makes soil more resilient to extreme weather. Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Droughts are expected to worsen and intense storms to become more frequent across much of the country in […]

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Sri Lankan Tea Farmers Fight Deforestation And Climate Change

Posted on Wednesday, August 9th, 2017 by

Since agriculture is the greatest driver of deforestation, farmers are critical allies in the fight to save standing forests. In Sri Lanka, which exports some of the world’s finest tea, only 28 percent of the country’s original forest cover remains. The Rainforest Alliance trains farmers in Sri Lanka to use an innovative method of […]

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How Midwestern Farmers Could Help Save the Gulf of Mexico

Posted on Tuesday, August 8th, 2017 by

If you pay state taxes in Maryland, you fund a program that gives farmers as much as $90 per acre—$22,500 annually for a typical corn operation—to plant a crop that’s not even intended for harvest. This absurd-sounding initiative cost the state’s coffers a cool $24 million in 2015. Yet I come not to expose a government boon­doggle, but […]

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These African farmers carved an important message to the world – into the soil

Posted on Saturday, July 22nd, 2017 by

Most people in Western countries reflect on Africa as a continent in which poverty is rife and economic opportunities are lacking. While this may be true in some cases, it’s a fixable problem. This is the message a group of farmers and villagers in Zambia seeks to share with the world – in the most unusual way. They spent […]

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The farm that grows climate solutions

Posted on Thursday, July 13th, 2017 by

The following is adapted from The Carbon Farming Solution: A Global Toolkit of Perennial Crops and Regenerative Agriculture Practices for Climate Change Mitigation and Food Securityby Eric Toensmeier (2016). The book introduces the concept of carbon farming, explains how it can help mitigate climate change, and explores strategies for adoption around the world. Published with permission […]

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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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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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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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