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Agricultural fires in India October 18, 2013
Agricultural fires was probably the case on October 18, 2013, when MODIS on NASA's Aqua satellite captured this natural-color image. (2013-10-18)

The World Food Prize 2013 recognizes the contribution of agrobiotechnology to world food security
This year the World Food Prize honors the pioneers of agrobiotechnology, a technology with a safe use status for 17 years that increased food security and agricultural productivity. GM crops are not the miracle solution but being part of a holistic approach, GM crops can help to overcome future agricultural hurdles and could increase European farmers' productivity. (2013-10-16)

New soil testing kit for third world countries
Results of soil testing could improve crop yields and fight hunger. (2013-10-16)

The African green revolution at the tipping point
In some areas of Africa, farmers, scientists and policymakers are beginning to win the war on hunger, says Pedro Sanchez, PhD. Several factors have come together in recent years to tip the scales and increase food production. (2013-10-14)

Hunter-gatherers and immigrant farmers lived together for 2,000 years in Central Europe
Indigenous hunter-gatherers and immigrant farmers lived side-by-side for more than 2,000 years in Central Europe, before the hunter-gatherer communities died out or adopted the agricultural lifestyle. The results come from a study undertaken by the Institute of Anthropology at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz that has just been published in the eminent journal Science. (2013-10-10)

Neiker-Tecnalia is looking into regenerative practices to achieve more fertile soil and pastures with greater plant biodiversity
To obtain healthier, more fertile pastures with greater plant biodiversity is the aim of the LIFE Regen Farming project, led by Neiker-Tecnalia, the Basque Institute of Agricultural Research and Development. (2013-10-10)

European hunter-gatherers and immigrant farmers lived side-by-side for more than 2,000 years
Hunter-gatherers and immigrant farmers lived side-by-side for more than 2,000 years in Central Europe, before the hunter-gatherer communities died out or were absorbed into the farming population. (2013-10-10)

McGill discovery should save wheat farmers millions of dollars
Research by a McGill team suggest that the solution to pre-harvest wheat sprouting may lie not with genetics alone, but rather with a combination of genetic and epigenetic factors. (2013-10-09)

Precision agriculture for small-scale farming systems
Working closely with farmers to use the right input, at the right time, at the right place, and in the right amount can improve crop yields. (2013-10-08)

Proof of human migration from Sweden to Poland during the Early Bronze Age
During the Early Bronze Age there was a very high level of territorial mobility of the Unetice culture in Silesia, a large community inhabiting the south western territories of Poland approximately 4,000 years ago. This is found in a new doctoral thesis from the University of Gothenburg which also conclusively confirms the first case of human long-distance overseas journey to Silesia from Scandinavia, probably from southern Sweden. (2013-10-07)

Scientists unlock secret of cattle ticks' resistance to pesticide
Scientists have discovered how a tick which transmits devastating diseases to cattle has developed resistance to one of the main pesticides used to kill it. (2013-10-07)

Early spring warming has greatest effect on breaking bud
A statistical analysis of how plants are responding to climate change has found that unseasonal warming during the late-winter/early-spring period has more effect on the plant's timing than at any other time of the year. (2013-10-02)

Farmers need help to plow through new food safety regulations
Agricultural extension educators should take a flexible approach in teaching farmers about the changing landscape of food safety regulations, according to Penn State researchers. (2013-10-01)

First step to reduce plant need for nitrogen fertilizer uncovered
Nitrogen fertilizer costs US farmers approximately $8 billion each year, and excess fertilizer can find its way into rivers and streams, damaging the delicate water systems. A discovery by a team of University of Missouri researchers could be the first step toward helping crops use less nitrogen, benefiting both farmers' bottom lines and the environment. The journal Science published the research this month. (2013-09-27)

Sustainable livestock production is possible
New research out today from the University of Cambridge has identified what may be the future of sustainable livestock production: silvopastoral systems which include shrubs and trees with edible leaves or fruits as well as herbage. (2013-09-25)

Wetlands more cost-effective in nutrient removal, but multiple payments would be of uncertain value
Removing nitrogen from the environment (2013-09-17)

Report: Climate change to shift Kenya's breadbaskets
Kenyan farmers and agriculture officials need to prepare for a possible geographic shift in maize production as climate change threatens to make some areas of the country much less productive for cultivation while simultaneously making others more maize-friendly, according to a new report prepared by the International Food Policy Research Institute and the Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa. (2013-09-15)

Model organism gone wild
Some wild clones of social amoebas farm the bacteria they eat, but this is a losing strategy if nonfarming amoebas can steal the farmers' crops. To make the strategy work, the farmers also carry bacteria that secrete chemicals that poison free riders. The work suggest farming is complex evolutionary adaptation that requires additional strategies, such as recruiting third parties, to effectively defend and privatize the crops, the Washington University in St. Louis scientists say. (2013-09-13)

Fires in Mozambique and Madagascar Sept. 12, 2013
The location, widespread nature, and number of fires in this satellite image suggest that these fires were deliberately set to manage land. (2013-09-12)

Crop-raiding elephants flee tiger growls
Wild Asian elephants slink quietly away at the sound of a growling tiger, but trumpet and growl before retreating from leopard growls, UC Davis researchers have found. The work could help Indian farmers protect their crops from marauding elephants and save the lives of both people and animals. (2013-09-11)

MSU lands first drone
Farmers can now get a birds-eye view of their fields -- in full HD -- thanks to Michigan State University landing its first drone. (2013-09-10)

Ants turn unwelcome lodgers into a useful standing army
Mercenary soldiers are notoriously unreliable because their loyalty is as thin as the banknotes they get paid, and they may turn against their employers before moving on to the next dirty job. Not so in fungus-farming ants, where a new study reports that permanent parasites that are normally a chronic social burden protect their hosts against a greater evil. (2013-09-09)

Pest-eating birds mean money for coffee growers, Stanford biologists find
This is the first time scientists have assigned a monetary value to the pest-control benefits rainforest birds can provide to agriculture. Their study could provide the framework for pest management that helps both farmers and biodiversity. (2013-09-04)

China's clean-water program benefits people and the environment, Stanford research shows
Rice farming near Beijing has contaminated and tapped the city's drinking water supply. For the past four years, China has been paying farmers to grow corn instead of rice, an effort that Stanford research shows is paying off for people and the environment. (2013-09-04)

Sharing the risks/costs of biomass crops
A University of Illinois study recommends a framework for contracts between growers and biorefineries to help spell out expectations for sustainability practices and designate who will assume the risks and costs associated with these new perennial energy crops. (2013-09-04)

Making plants' inner qualities visible
Not only psychologists would be happy to be able to look inside their patients' heads -- a plant's (2013-09-03)

European hunter-gatherers owned pigs as early as 4600 BC
European hunter-gatherers acquired domesticated pigs from nearby farmers as early as 4600 BC, according to new evidence. (2013-08-27)

Agricultural fires in central Africa
The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite detected hundreds of fires burning in central Africa on Aug. 21, 2013. (2013-08-22)

Agricultural fires in Mozambique and Malawi
The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer on NASA's Aqua satellite detected dozens of fires burning in southeastern Africa in mostly Mozambique and Malawi. The fires are outlined in red. (2013-08-16)

Microentrepreneurs may be an untapped market for product design
The key, MIT study finds, is designing products that make money for the microentrepreneur. (2013-08-12)

Successful field tests completed by TUM
Land consolidation is a complicated process. It can also be a huge source of conflict if, for example, landholders are not satisfied with the soil quality of the fields that are being exchanged. Munich Mathematicians have developed a mathematical process that improves consolidation of agricultural land. In July they were awarded the Euro Excellence in Practice Award by the Association of European Operational Research Societies for their work in this field. (2013-08-09)

'Perfect' food for 'perfect' prawns
Australian researchers have developed a food additive for farmed prawns that will mean prawn lovers will have access to more sustainable prawns that still taste great. (2013-08-01)

Pew commends FDA for releasing draft rules to make imported foods safer
The Pew Charitable Trusts commended the US Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, today for issuing two draft rules needed to implement the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act. (2013-07-26)

Building stronger policies to fight global hunger
As part of Feed the Future, the federal government's global hunger and food security initiative, Michigan State University will use a $10 million grant from the US Agency for International Development to strengthen developing countries' abilities to fight hunger through improved food policy. (2013-07-26)

MU, K-State research team collaborate to save the bacon
A research team from the University of Missouri and Kansas State University has been working to find a cure for a specific virus that affects pigs and costs the hog industry $800 million annually. (2013-07-23)

With NSF grant, Boston College professor cultivates a 'green collar' workforce
With a $1.2 million NSF grant, Lynch School of Education Associate Professor Mike Barnett, Boston College colleagues and community groups use innovative indoor gardening technology to foster social entrepreneurship among Boston high school students. (2013-07-23)

Climate forecasts shown to warn of crop failures
Climate data can help predict some crop failures several months before harvest, according to a new study from an international team, including a research scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. (2013-07-22)

How rice twice became a crop and twice became a weed -- and what it means for the future
With the help of modern genetic technology and the resources of the International Rice GeneBank, which contains more than 112,000 different types of rice, evolutionary biologist Kenneth Olsen has been able to look back in time at the double domestication of rice (in Asia and in Africa) and its double (2013-07-17)

New website will help farmers ensure hens maintain good feather cover
Hen pecking is a serious animal welfare concern and can cause great economic losses for the farmer and the egg-production industry as a whole. A new website has been launched to help make sure laying hens are well-feathered throughout their lives. (2013-07-17)

Revealed the keys to reducing the impact of agriculture on climate change
Land is not being used to its best advantage according to a new study by Ikerbasque Professor Unai Pascual from the Basque Centre for Climate Change and University of Cambridge, and a team of environmental economists from Europe. (2013-07-16)

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