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Agricultural biotechnology meeting June 12-14
The 18th annual National Agricultural Biotechnology Council meets on June 12-14 in Ithaca and Geneva, N.Y. (2006-06-06)

Key plant species may be important for supporting wildflower pollinators
Increased agricultural production has likely led to loss, fragmentation, and degradation of flower-rich habitats for pollinators. To counteract these negative effects of modern agricultural practices, efforts to maintain and restore diverse plants in agricultural landscapes -- called agri-environmental schemes (AES) -- have been implemented in numerous European countries. (2017-10-05)

New journal to focus on agricultural and environmental issues
Agricultural & Environmental Letters is a new journal that will encourage rapid scientific communication. (2016-02-29)

Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry turns 50 and increases publication frequency
In conjunction with its 50th anniversary, the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, published by the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society, began publishing biweekly January 2002. (2002-02-21)

University of Montana research shows converting land to agriculture reduces carbon uptake
University of Montana researchers examined the impact that converting natural land to cropland has on global vegetation growth, as measured by satellite-derived net primary production, or NPP. They found that measures of terrestrial vegetation growth actually decrease with agricultural conversion, which has important implications for terrestrial carbon storage. (2014-02-05)

Springer book wins Quality of Communication Award
The Springer book (2007-09-14)

Lab test commonly used to assess water toxicity
Hyalella azteca are invertebrates that are widely used for sediment and water toxicity studies. Investigators have found that H. azteca collected from sites influenced by agricultural/urban runoff are as much as 2-times less sensitive to pyrethroid insecticides than lab-grown H. azteca. In contrast, the insecticide sensitivities of H. azteca collected from undeveloped sites beyond the influences of agricultural/urban runoff were similar to those of lab-grown populations. (2015-05-04)

A global conflict: Agricultural production vs. biodiversity
Smart land-use planning could ease the conflict between agricultural production and nature conservation. A team of researchers from the University of Göttingen, the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), the UFZ and the University of Münster integrated global datasets on the geographical distributions and ecological requirements of thousands of animal species with detailed information on the production of the world's major agricultural crops. The results were published in Global Change Biology. (2018-03-07)

Farm productivity is about tech, not age
In the agricultural world, the common belief is that a farmer's efficiency increases to its maximum in the middle years, and then decreases with age. Not so, say Cornell University researchers. They have found that a farmer's productivity has less to do with efficiency decreases as a farmer ages, and everything to do with using the latest agricultural technology. (2000-04-17)

Report -- adapting farming to climate change
CSIRO today released a national overview of climate change impacts and adaptation options for Australian agriculture. (2008-06-25)

Fires in India and Nepal
Agricultural fires are set all over the world at different times to prepare the soil for the planting of new crops. In India and Nepal several dozens agricultural fires have been set and are burning in this image from April 06, 2013. This natural-color satellite image was collected by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard the Aqua satellite. Actively burning areas, detected by MODIS's thermal bands, are outlined in red. (2013-04-11)

Animal welfare does not damage competitiveness
Farmers and politicians have expressed concern that Swedish and European agricultural producers do not compete on equal terms with the rest of the world because of stricter animal welfare legislation. A new report from the AgriFood Economics Center in Sweden shows that there is no justification for more tariffs based on the argument that stricter legislation would increase imports. (2011-03-24)

Sens. Harkin and Bond receive Ag Science Award
Recognized for their long-time support of the agricultural and biological sciences, US Sens. Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Kit Bond (R-MO) received the BESC/CoFARM Award. The award was presented by the Biological and Ecological Sciences Coalition and the Coalition on Funding Agricultural Research Missions, which both promote federal support of the nonmedical biological sciences and the advancement of agricultural research, respectively. (2007-04-27)

Boyer receives SAEA Emerging Scholars Award
Chris Boyer, assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, has been selected to receive an Emerging Scholars Award by the Southern Agricultural Economics Association (SAEA). The award is presented to high-performing, early-career professionals with demonstrated research and resulting publication activity. (2017-02-07)

Friedman School of Tufts: Policy Points
While much of the discussion in the media about obesity has focused on nutrition policies, such as dietary guidelines, or a debate about individual responsibility, a recent article in the Annual Review of Nutrition takes a different tack. Agricultural and economic policies, combined with food industrialization and overproduction, argues the paper, must be studied in order to address the obesity pandemic. A failure to examine this supply side, says author Jim Tillotson, professor of food policy and international business at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts, will limit the future success of policy and public health initiatives. (2004-07-19)

Wheat fires outside of Huaibei, China
The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer on NASA's Terra satellite captured this true-color image of agricultural fires on June 13, 2015. Smoke and actively burning fires (shown with red outlines) are visible in the true-color image. (2015-06-15)

EU tariffs obstacle to trade with the rest of the world
Tariffs have a major negative impact on imports of food products to the EU. A new report from the AgriFood Economics Centre at Lund University, Sweden, and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences shows that relatively small adjustments to the duties would lead to an increase in trade. (2011-03-09)

Sowing strips of flowering plants has limited effect on pollination
Many pollinating insects benefit from a small-scale agricultural landscape with pastures, meadows and other unploughed environments. In landscapes dominated by arable land, they lack both food and nesting places. Sown flower strips can increase the availability of food for pollinating insects, and are therefore assumed to benefit pollination. However, new research from Lund University in Sweden shows that the effect of the sown flower strips on pollination is limited and cannot compensate for the advantages of a varied landscape. (2018-04-06)

Meeting climate targets may require reducing meat and dairy consumption
Greenhouse gas emissions from food production may threaten the United Nations climate target of limiting global warming to 2 degrees Celsius, according to research at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. (2014-03-30)

Modeling gas diffusion in aggregated soils
Researchers develop soil-gas diffusivity model based on two agricultural soils. (2020-05-07)

MSU food safety experts say Chinese imports need to improve
Over recent months, a long list of consumer goods from China -- everything from seafood to toothpaste to toys -- have been the objects of recalls. And while some quality-control improvements are being made, a team of MSU researchers just back from China say they still have a long way to go. (2007-11-27)

Looking at food safety in Japan after the disaster at Fukushima
Following the Fukushima nuclear accident, a large volume of data was collected about the soil, air, dust, and seawater in the area. Data was also gathered about an immense number of foods supplied to the market. Little is known, however, about the effect of radioactive fallout on agriculture. Although more than 80 percent of the damaged area is related to agriculture, in situ information specifically for agriculture is scarce. (2013-04-16)

CATALIST project will reinforce peace, stability in great lakes region of central Africa
CATALIST will mobilize local resources to help farming communities increase agricultural production in Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, western Tanzania and the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Netherlands Embassy in Rwanda is funding the project. (2008-06-28)

Fires in Eastern Russia
Fires in eastern Russia are commonplace at this time of year. Both wildfires and those deliberately set for agricultural purposes are often seen in the Amur region of Russia. This image from the Aqua satellite shows a plethora of fires burning in Eastern Russia on May 3, 2013. (2013-05-03)

Agricultural research key to food security
Boosting agricultural research in the developing world is the key to ensuring food security for the world's poorest, says Adel el-Beltagy, chair of the Global Form on Agricultural Research. (2009-08-04)

Scientists across the nation want to emulate MSU's long-term research success
A paper in the July/August issue of the journal BioScience calls for the United States to use a Michigan State University program as a model for agricultural research and set up a network of similar sites across the country. (2008-07-10)

Direct evidence of biodegradation of polymers in agricultural soil
Scientists studying a polyester called PBAT widely used in agriculture have demonstrated its biodegradation in soil -- a process that has been suspected to occur, though not conclusively proven, they say. (2018-07-25)

New book on biochar published
The Soil Science Society of America has published 'Agricultural and Environmental Applications of Biochar: Advances and Barriers.' Stunning agricultural and environmental benefits are covered. (2016-05-06)

Sowing seed on salty ground
Salty soil caused by irrigation practices in arid regions has become a major agricultural problem. Julian Schroeder and coworkers investigated a sodium transporter called OsHKT2;1 in the roots of rice plants. Their results provide evidence that this transporter has capabilities previously thought to exist but not genetically validated in plants before. Under salt stress, when sodium levels are too high, OsHKT2;1 transport is shut off, protecting the plant from accumulating too much sodium. (2007-06-06)

Trashed farmland could be a conservation treasure
Low-productivity agricultural land could be transformed into millions of hectares of conservation reserve across the world, according to University of Queensland-led research. The research team proposed a new way of understanding the conservation value of ''uncontested lands'' - areas where agricultural productivity is low. (2019-12-10)

California agricultural employers, workers approach smoke concerns differently
A new study from researchers at the University of California, Davis, finds that while wildfires and smoke exposure are recognized by farmworkers and employers as a growing threat and safety concern, the means to address these concerns differs between the two groups. (2020-02-13)

Foods for Health Conference
National leaders in medicine, biotechnology, agriculture and business will explore the implications of integrating medicine and food production to benefit consumer health at a national (2002-04-03)

Lubing up industry, the natural way
Sesame oil might make a viable and sustainable alternative to mineral oil as an industrial lubricant, according to research published in the International Journal of Agricultural Resources, Governance and Ecology. (2017-05-08)

USDA announces $4.5 million for higher education support
The US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced the availability of $4.5 million in funding to help higher education institutions teach the next generation of food and agricultural science professionals. Funding is made through NIFA's Higher Education Challenge (HEC) Grants Program. (2017-03-30)

Nick Smith (R-MI) honored by 2 science coalitions in D.C.
The Coalition on Funding Agricultural Research Missions (CoFARM) and the Biological and Ecological Sciences Coalition (BESC) honored Chairman Nick Smith (R-MI) who, as leader of the House Sciences Subcommittee on Research, has championed numerous efforts for which the agricultural and biological science communities are grateful. BESC focuses on the vitality of research in the biological sciences across agencies including NSF. CoFARM works to raise awareness and support for the agricultural research community. (2003-04-04)

Drained wetlands give off same amount of greenhouse gases as industry
Drained wetlands in Sweden account for the same amount of greenhouse gas emissions as Swedish industry. This is shown by a summary of research from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. (2012-11-23)

Benefits matter in agriculture job displacement
Common sense suggests that workers without unemployment insurance will often grab the first job that comes their way, even if the new job is low-paying or not a good career match. Now, a North Carolina State University study suggests that this intuition is true: out-of-work agricultural laborers from small farms that do not provide unemployment insurance spend fewer weeks unemployed and then earn less than other workers when rehired. (2010-05-05)

The future of global agriculture may include new land, fewer harvests
Climate change may expand suitable cropland, particularly in the Northern high latitudes, but tropical regions may becoming decreasingly suitable. (2014-09-17)

Producing food whilst preserving biodiversity
In nature conservation and agriculture, there are two opposing views of how to combine high biodiversity and sustainable food production: nature conservation should either be integrated into agricultural land, or segregated into protected areas in order to enable maximum yields in the food production areas. Researchers at the University of Göttingen advocate coordinated approaches that combine nature conservation and agricultural production in sustainably managed landscapes. The results have been published in the journal People and Nature. (2019-05-14)

Farm kids almost twice as likely to die from injury as children overall
A new, retrospective study shows that young farm children, particularly boys, are about twice as likely as the total population of young Canadian children to die from an injury. (2006-06-02)

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