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Food & Agriculture

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

National Agricultural Biosecurity Center Project Aims to Help States Improve Disaster Preparedness

MANHATTAN — A tool being developed by the Kansas State University National Agricultural Biosecurity Center will assist agricultural emergency management coordinators in planning efforts to combat animal disease outbreaks and other emergencies. The tool is a database called ICAAR, which stands for Identifying Corrective Actions from Agricultural Response. The name sounds complex, but the concept

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

Study Suggests Impact of Climate Change on Agriculture May Be Underestimated

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — One of the most critical questions surrounding climate change is how it might affect the food supply for a growing global population. A new study by researchers from Brown and Tufts universities suggests that researchers have been overlooking how two key human responses to climate — how much land people

Monday, February 29th, 2016

Global Food Traceability Center Issues Recommendations Guiding Development of Interoperable Seafood Traceability Technology

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Consumers are placing greater expectations on the ability to verify the authenticity, value, sustainability, quality and safety of the seafood they choose to consume which makes traceability vital for the seafood industry. The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Global Food Traceability Center outlines in detail the issues businesses in the seafood industry

Monday, September 21st, 2015

Go360/bioTrack Takes Livestock Data Collection to a New Level

ELORA, ON, Sept. 21, 2015—Farming is changing.  There is a new generation taking over and they are doing business differently.  As in any other industry today, this generation is ready to adapt to the latest technologies out there that can serve them best.  Go360|bioTrack serves notice that it is the go-to system with application for livestock farmers

Friday, September 18th, 2015

Sweeping Study of U.S. Farm Data Shows Loss of Crop Diversity the Past 34 Years

MANHATTAN, Kan.—U.S. farmers are growing fewer types of crops than they were 34 years ago, which could have implications for how farms fare as changes to the climate evolve, according to a large-scale study by Kansas State University, North Dakota State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Less crop diversity may also be impacting

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

Land Management Practices to Become Important as Biofuels Use Grows

June 9, 2015—The handling of agricultural crop residues appears to have a large impact on soil’s ability to retain carbon, making land management practices increasingly important, especially under a scenario where cellulosic materials become more heavily used as a feedstock for ethanol production, according to a recently published study led by researchers at the U.S.

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

Geography a Stronger Indicator of Weed Diversity than Glyphosate-Resistant Crop Trait

The potential long-term impacts of glyphosate-resistant crops on biodiversity of the agricultural landscape have been the subject of controversy. A new article in the journal Weed Science describes a large-scale study analyzing the effects of glyphosate-resistant crops on the diversity of agricultural weeds. This study examined 156 field sites with at least a 3-year history of growing glyphosate-resistant crops

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Drone Used to Drop Beneficial Bugs on Corn Crop

April 20, 2015—University of Queensland agricultural science student Michael Godfrey has developed a drone that spreads beneficial insects onto crops, potentially saving farmers time and money.

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Multimillion-Dollar Project Using Unmanned Aerial Systems to Detect Emerging Pest Insects, Diseases in Food Crops

MANHATTAN, Kansas, March 19, 2015—Kansas State University is leading an international, multimillion-dollar project that is looking at unmanned aerial systems — or UAS — as a quick and efficient method to detect pest insects and diseases in food crops before outbreaks happen.

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Study Finds Climate Change May Dramatically Reduce Wheat Production

MANHATTAN, Kansas, Feb. 20, 2015—A recent study involving Kansas State University researchers finds that in the coming decades at least one-quarter of the world’s wheat production will be lost to extreme weather from climate change if no adaptive measures are taken.

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