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Food & Agriculture

Friday, May 30th, 2014

Measuring and Managing Agricultural Emissions in Brazil

Brazil is the world’s fifth-largest greenhouse gas emitter, largely due to the impacts of agriculture. Agricultural emissions increased 20 percent from 2005-2010 and now account for more than one-third of the national total. Without interventions, they’re on track to grow another 18 percent by 2030.

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Report Urges U.S. Commitment to Addressing Impact of Climate Change on Global Food Security

U.S. government action can curb the risks climate change poses to global food security, says a new report (PDF) released today by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs. 

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Water Mission Boosts Food Security

ESA’s Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity mission has gone beyond its original scientific brief of delivering critical information for understanding the water cycle – this versatile satellite is now being used to predict drought and improve crop yield in regions prone to famine.

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Sensing Bugs Defends Crops and Aids Food Security

University of California, Riverside researchers have created a method that can classify different species of insects with up to 99 percent accuracy, a development that could help farmers protect their crops from insect damage and limit the spread of insect-borne diseases, such as malaria and Dengue fever.

Monday, May 5th, 2014

New Agricultural Production Modeling Aims to Increase Food Security

Predicting crop yields based on climate, planting, and other variables can help regions optimize their limited resources. Farmers are used to optimizing crop production on their own lands. They do soil tests to choose the right amount of fertilizers to apply, and they sometimes plant row crops on some fields while keeping others in pasture.

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

New VCS Methodology to Help Grassland Farmers Sustainably Manage their Land

Millions of people around the world rely on grasslands to feed their livestock, and ultimately put food on their tables. Yet, poor land management can badly degrade these lands and jeopardize future farming operations. To address these concerns, the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Chinese Academy of Agriculture Science, the World Agroforestry

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Satellite Shows High Productivity from U.S. Corn Belt

Data from satellite sensors show that during the Northern Hemisphere’s growing season, the Midwest region of the United States boasts more photosynthetic activity than any other spot on Earth, according to NASA and university scientists.

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Remote Sensing Moisture Model Could Aid Farmers

Global farmers could get better decision-making help as refinements are made to North Alabama soil moisture modeling research being done by an atmospheric science doctoral student at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH).

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

NASS Releases 2013 Geospatial Data for U.S. Crops

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) updated its online geospatial exploring tool, CropScape, adding Cropland Data Layers from crop year 2013. This tool gives public an easy access to interactive visualization, geospatial queries and dissemination without the need to download specialized software.

Friday, February 7th, 2014

Harper Adams opens £2.9 Million Agricultural Engineering Innovation Centre

Precision farming received a boost as Harper Adams University opened its £2.9 million agricultural engineering innovation centre (AEIC), which will focus on teaching and research. The centre will focus on innovation across all agricultural sectors, with students and researchers developing new technologies and looking at how the industry can best use innovative precision techniques to

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