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Food & Agriculture

Friday, June 1st, 2012

Ag Leaders Highlight Importance of Water for Global Food Security

Agriculture leaders from Global Harvest Initiative (GHI) member companies spoke on an Industry Leaders Panel at the University of Nebraska’s fourth annual Water for Food Conference to highlight the importance of water in global food security and to discuss the role of the private sector in helping increase agricultural productivity worldwide.

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Drought and Fire in New Mexico Leaves Soil Vulnerable to Wind Erosion

Drought and fire have destroyed crops and vegetation in eastern New Mexico, leaving the dry and barren soil vulnerable to wind erosion and leading the governor to declare a state of emergency earlier this month. Curry County Road Supervisor Steve Reed said the blowing sand and resulting drifts the last two years are the worst

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

German Government Deal Expected to Boost Crop Insurance

An agreement has been inked with the German government to develop a management information system in line with a possible crop insurance product for farmers, an official said. The use of radar-based remote sensing technology to gather data from the fields on the actual yield and the identification of harvest areas. Referred to as the

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Melbourne City Sprawl Hits Food Bowls

Victorian food production faces mounting pressure from urban encroachment as the Baillieu government prepares to extend suburban Melbourne to vegetable growing areas and relaxes rules around the subdivision of farmland. Confidential advice to the government on the realignment of Melbourne’s urban growth boundary recommends inclusion of a large grazing area that abuts the Werribee South

Friday, May 18th, 2012

The Sustainable Agriculture Initiative Platform 10 Years On

The Sustainable Agriculture Initiative Platform (SAI Platform) –founded by Danone, Nestlé, and Unilever – has just celebrated its 10th anniversary. Indeed, there is much to celebrate. Hans Jöhr, the Corporate Head of Agriculture of Nestlé and the Honorary President of SAI Platform, noted that “Now, after ten years, food processors and farmers are collectively working

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Thailand: Mapping Urban Farming

A Geographical Information System (GIS) is being used to map vegetable production in the greater Bangkok region, seat of Thailand’s capital, to analyse how urban and peri-urban agriculture (UPA) contribute to food security in the city of more than 14 million. The V-GIS (vegetable-GIS, or “veggies”,) project is a computerized information system that analyses data

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Hemisphere GPS Announces AgJunction Mobile(tm) for iPhone and iPad

Hemisphere GPS today announced the new AgJunction Mobile for iOS, an enhancement to AgJunction®, its precision agriculture data services platform. AgJunction Mobile is an in-field data collection system featuring GPS-enabled boundary mapping and soil sampling. To take advantage of the latest technologies, AgJunction and Cogent3D, maker of PrecisionEarth, have come together to release AgJunction Mobile

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Experiments Underestimate Climate Change Impacts to Plants

As the climate has warmed, many plants are starting to grow leaves and bloom flowers earlier. A new study published in the journal, Nature, suggests that most field experiments may underestimate the degree to which the timing of leafing and flowering changes with global warming.

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Africa: UN Report Calls for a Realignment of Agricultural Reform

The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) has released a report entitled “Food and Agriculture: The future of sustainability.” The report will provide input for UNDESA’s Sustainable Development in the 21st century (SD21) Report for Rio+20, which will serve as a roadmap during the UN Conference on Sustainable Development this June.

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

New Interactive Map Visualizes Correlation between Type 2 Diabetes and Access to Fresh Food, Poverty Levels, a leading source of online health and wellness information, today published a new visual interactive tool that analyzes county-level diabetes incidence and the overlap with average household income levels, poverty rates, and “food deserts” – areas where healthy, affordable food is unavailable. Using data from the US Census and the CDC’s Behavioral Risk Factor

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