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Lebanon looks to sustainable agriculture

Source: www.al-monitor.com Australians Bill Mollison and David Holmgren developed the concept of permaculture in 1978 as a creative design process bringing together knowledge, culture, habitats, and human and agricultural systems in the creation of a natural ecosystem. In 2014, the organization SOILS: Permaculture Association Lebanon began implementing permaculture in the …

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Former Department of Agriculture employee to lobby for medical marijuana program’s future in Illinois

  A new group has formed to push for policies in Springfield favorable to the medical marijuana industry with a well-connected former Illinois Department of Agriculture employee as its top lobbyist. Bresha Brewer stopped being a state worker just ahead of new ethics rules imposed by Gov. Bruce Rauner that would …

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Soil in Northern China is drying out and farming, not climate change, is culprit

Source: phys.org An important agricultural region in China is drying out, and increased farming may be more to blame than rising temperatures and less rain, according to a study spanning 30 years of data. A research team led by Purdue University and China Agricultural University analyzed soil moisture during the growing …

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Brazilian aquaculture progress shown in Turkey 

  An event coordinated by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Bank in Turkey has served as the backdrop for the Brazilian government to highlight the progress made by the country in aquaculture development. At the meeting, held this week in Izmir, the secretary of …

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UAE, a growing market for Spanish fruit and veg

Spanish fruit and vegetable exports to the UAE have registered a strong growth. They have increased fivefold over the past five years, going from 10,117 tonnes in 2010 to 51,420 tonnes in 2014. There has also been a strong diversification of exports, which include an extensive list of products. In …

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Rural youngsters eye sustainable agriculture careers, for the love and the money

Source: www.abc.net.au They’re young, ambitious and want agriculture to be their future – not only because they love it but because they want to make money. A ‘Youth in Sustainable Ag’ camp is giving youngsters from across the Gulf of Carpentaria and Cape York a look at opportunities in agriculture and …

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GM Camelina plants successfully engineered to produce fish oils

Source: FGInsight.com A field trial has successfully produced camelina oilseed plants which are genetically engineered to make omega-3 fish oils. Scientists said the first year results of the experiment at Rothamsted Research in Harpenden, Hertfordshire, UK demonstrated an ‘important proof of concept’ that a crop plant can be engineered to synthesise …

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Indoor farming: agriculture’s next revolution?

Source: wfaa.com There’s a growing agriculture trend in North Texas centered on urban farming. An offshoot of that concept exists away from sunlight. Indoor (or ‘vertical’ farming) is already taking root in a few spots in Texas, most prominently in Bryan, where crops are being grown for use in vaccines. The Texas …

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Keynote speaker announced for agriculture conference

Seedstock has announced that’ Pierre Sleiman, founder and CEO of Go Green Agriculture (pictured above, center), will deliver the keynote address at the 4th Annual Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture Conference – “Innovation and the Small Farmer” – to be held in San Diego in November. This year’s conference, held at the University of …

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Global registry of small farmers for food security established

A group of standards-setters in food and agriculture are collaborating to develop an open global registry to recognise the contribution of millions of farmers and small agricultural businesses to the world’s food systems. Working neutrally under the umbrella of the United Nations Global Compact’s Food and Agriculture (FAB) Principles and …

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