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Food & Agriculture

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Leading Companies Choose “Whole Landscapes” Approach to Land Management

Businesses facing climate change, water shortages, or community relations issues can improve their bottom line while also protecting biodiversity and improving rural livelihoods by using a “whole landscape” approach to land management. This is the major finding of a new report from The Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative, a collaboration of nine of

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Conservation Stewardship Program Funding Available

The Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Conservation Stewardship Program will provide $175 in funding for up to 12.6 million additional acres of enrollment, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Wednesday. The CSP offers producers payments in return for maintaining a high level of conservation on their land and who agree to adopt higher levels of stewardship. Improvements

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Drones To Check Out Acres Of Potatoes

Researchers with Oregon State University believe new remote-controlled aircraft could help farmers better manage resources in the field, lowering their costs while increasing yield of high-value crops. The university is leasing two small unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly known as drones, from Boeing Co. to fly over 50 acres of potato fields at the Hermiston Agricultural

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Precision Agriculture Improves Farming Efficiency, Has Important Implications On Food Security

Precision agriculture promises to make farming more efficient and should have an important impact on the serious issue of food security, according to a new study published in Significance, the magazine of the Royal Statistical Society and the American Statistical Association. In an article about the study in the magazine’s May issue, University of Reading

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Advanced Defense Technologies Targets UAV Technologies at Precision Agriculture Applications

Advanced Defense Technologies, Inc., announced today that marketing plans are in progress to utilize drone and UAV technology for precision agriculture applications. The Company’s UAVs, when equipped with a “sense-and-avoid” system that will automatically steer the pilotless craft away from obstacles and crash land in a safe area if necessary, are expected to expedite possible

Monday, April 15th, 2013

Feeding the World: Can global crop production meet future demands?

Crop production will have to double by 2050 to fulfill the needs of a growing and increasingly affluent population. Meeting this challenge will be difficult but not impossible, according to the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment. View the Stry Map

Friday, April 12th, 2013

Grants to Help Farms and Ranches Build Resilience to Drought

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the award of $5.3 million in Conservation Innovation Grants to develop approaches and technology that will help producers adapt to extreme climate changes that cause drought. These grants will fund projects benefiting several states that were significantly impacted by last year’s drought. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) remains

Monday, April 8th, 2013

Leica SteerDirect ES, A New Electric Steering Solution for Farmers

Leica Geosystems today released Leica SteerDirect ES, the latest retro-fit electric steering system. Customers can install the assisted steering solution effortlessly into all major brands and models. SteerDirect ES reduces input costs and operator fatigue.

Monday, April 8th, 2013

Managing Famine Risk: Linking Early Warning to Early Action

Despite strong economic growth in many countries of the Horn and Sahel, environmental and demographic changes coupled to low levels of political inclusion and high instability mean that the risk of acute food crises is likely to increase. Conflict and geopolitics act as risk multipliers, meaning that full-blown famine remains a real threat, as was

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

ADVANCE And CERSGIS Launch Online GIS Platform for Ghana’s Agricultural Development

The first ever interactive online platform providing open access to all agricultural spatial data and information in Ghana was yesterday launched in Accra. The website, jointly created by the USAID/ADVANCE and the Centre for Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Services (CERSGIS) of the University of Ghana, Legon, aims to provide agricultural related spatial data set

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