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Innovative Greenhouses Help Farmers Adapt to Climate Change

Posted on Wednesday, September 19th, 2018 by

Yadav Bhavanth grows vegetables on family land in the south-central Indian state of Telangana. On this small farm in a drought-prone region, his crop production—and income—depend heavily on seasonal rainfall. In 2015 and 2016, water shortages threatened his crops. And when the rains came, they were often so heavy that they damaged even the hardier […]

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How a novel wireless technology is helping conserve wildlife, fight pollution, save farmers money and more

Posted on Tuesday, September 18th, 2018 by

The sun beats down on the dried Tanzanian soils. Dust is slowly settling back down to the ground in the wake of a parade of tourists’ vehicles, which are now disappearing over the horizon. It’s dry season in the Serengeti National Park, and safari trucks are groaning under the weight of excited visitors. […]

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Return of strip-field farming creates haven for rare species in south Wales

Posted on Thursday, August 30th, 2018 by

Ranger Mark Hipkin tends to sunflowers at the National Trust’s strip fields farm. Photograph: John Miller/National Trust A pioneering farming project using field management techniques dating back to the 13th century has transformed a stretch of coast into a haven for endangered animals, birds, insects and wildflowers. The experimental return to “strip-field farming” […]

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Improving soil quality can slow global warming

Posted on Wednesday, August 29th, 2018 by

Worker in corn field. Widespread use of proven agricultural land management practices can help slow global warming. Credit: Heather Dang photo, UC Berkeley Low-tech ways of improving soil quality on farms and rangelands worldwide could pull significant amounts of carbon out of the atmosphere and slow the pace of climate change, according to a […]

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All Aboard the World’s First Floating Dairy Farm

Posted on Thursday, August 23rd, 2018 by

A sleek side view of the farm, with the shrubby cow garden on top. ALL IMAGES COURTESY OF BELADON THE WATERS OF THE NIEUWE Maas snake through the city of Rotterdam, giving way to sandy beaches, bustling harbors, and, soon, a small herd of floating cows. It may sound like science fiction, but […]

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The Wonder Plant That Could Slash Fertilizer Use

Posted on Tuesday, August 21st, 2018 by

Aerial roots of corn from Sierra MixeALAN BENNETT / UC DAVIS For thousands of years, people from Sierra Mixe, a mountainous region in southern Mexico, have been cultivating an unusual variety of giant corn. They grow the crop on soils that are poor in nitrogen—an essential nutrient—and they barely use any additional fertilizer. And […]

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Waste Not, Want Not

Posted on Tuesday, August 21st, 2018 by

Biochar is highly porous and rich in carbon, helping the soil to retain nutrients and water. Photo by UN Environment / Lisa Murray How farmers are cutting down on chemicals with a natural solution to soil degradation At age 56, Vietnamese farmer Luan is still actively working the land. She is also still […]

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Ohio’s greenhouses helping people eat local now and in future

Posted on Thursday, August 16th, 2018 by

Along the gravel lanes of rural Clinton County, you can see the past and present of Ohio agriculture. Rolling green fields of soybeans and corn stretch to the horizon. The future of agriculture is here, too. A 170,000-square-foot greenhouse, wrapped in […]

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How Beef Farmers Can Reduce Their Carbon Footprint

Posted on Thursday, August 9th, 2018 by

The beef industry is currently responsible for 6 percent of annual global greenhouse gas emissions, making it as large a polluter as the construction sector. Eating less meat is one way to cut beef emissions. However, scientists have also started to look at ways that farmers can reduce the carbon footprint of beef before it […]

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When They Said They Wanted to Rethink Agriculture, They Meant It

Posted on Friday, August 3rd, 2018 by

Figuring out how the world is going to feed 7 billion people (and counting) in a time of changing climate, richer diets, and already over-burdened land and water resources is going to require wholesale rethinking of global agricultural practices. Clearly, solving such 21st century challenges is not for people with faint hearts or imaginations, which […]

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