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  • Crop Breeding and Soil Management Must Go Hand in Hand
    by Farming First (Farming First) on December 5, 2020

    Gustavo Teixeira, Module lead at the Breeding Operations and Phenotyping module for CGIAR Excellence in Breeding (EiB), explores how breeding success is inextricably linked to how we address soil degradation on this World Soil Day. Crop breeding is helping farmers in the developing world produce higher yields and better products under increasingly harsh conditions. There is a growing crisis beneath our feet. Scientists, soil specialists and policy-makers around the world are sounding the alarm about degrading soil conditions. And it The post Crop Breeding and Soil Management Must Go Hand in Hand appeared first on Farming First.

  • Norman Borlaug, FoodShots and the Next 50 Years of Food Systems Transformation
    by Farming First (Farming First) on November 3, 2020

    Sara Eckhouse, Executive Director of FoodShot Global and Deepa Thiagarajan, Director of the Global Food Systems and Value Chains Programs at Michigan State University, reflect back on this year’s Borlaug Dialogue and discuss what is needed to achieve a more efficient, sustainable and inclusive food system. In his 1970 Nobel Lecture, Dr. Borlaug said, “There are no miracles in agriculture production.” There are, however, what we call FoodShots, or MoonShots for Better Food – bold advances in science and technology The post Norman Borlaug, FoodShots and the Next 50 Years of Food Systems Transformation appeared first on Farming First.

  • Transforming Agriculture Through Smart Farming: From Data Ownership to Open Data
    by Farming First (Farming First) on October 15, 2020

    Dr. Viola Prifti, Postdoctoral Researcher at HTW Berlin, explores the transformative potential of smart farming practices and how open data can help overcome ownership barriers. Transformation is at the heart of agriculture. Hunting, domestication of wild crops, the Green Revolution and most recently agriculture 4.0, are all phases of agricultural evolution. Yet our food system remains fragile, and it is clear that achieving food security for all in line with the Agenda 2030 goals demands further transformation towards sustainable agriculture. The post Transforming Agriculture Through Smart Farming: From Data Ownership to Open Data appeared first on Farming First.

  • A Carbon-Zero Future: Agriculture’s Role in Mitigating Climate Change
    by Farming First (Farming First) on October 12, 2020

    Liam Condon, member of the Board of Management for Bayer AG and President of the Crop Science Division, discusses new techniques and approaches for empowering farmers to reduce the sector’s contribution to climate change. He is speaking about agriculture’s potential for carbon sequestration and the rise of carbon markets at this week’s 2020 Borlaug Dialogue, hosted by the World Food Prize Foundation. Dr. Rattan Lal, renowned soil scientist and this year’s World Food Prize Laureate, has pioneered groundbreaking research in The post A Carbon-Zero Future: Agriculture’s Role in Mitigating Climate Change appeared first on Farming First.

  • How Livestock are Improving Women’s Livelihoods in Eastern Africa
    by Farming First (Farming First) on September 30, 2020

    Meron Yomcwiny, Project Coordinator at Farm Africa, explains how the Livestock for Livelihoods project is empowering pastoralist women in rural Uganda and Ethiopia to earn their own incomes and better support their families. Across pastoralist areas in rural eastern Africa, it is traditionally a mother’s role to ensure that there is enough food for the family and that children have clothing, go to school and can access medical services when they are sick. However, all these basic human needs cost The post How Livestock are Improving Women’s Livelihoods in Eastern Africa appeared first on Farming First.

  • Food Systems Resilience Tops Agenda at AGRF Summit
    by Farming First (Farming First) on September 21, 2020

    Actions to strengthen Africa’s food systems in the aftermath of the Covid-19 crisis underpinned discussions at this year’s African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF). Held in a virtual format for the first time this year due to the ongoing pandemic, the theme of the 2020 Summit was ‘Feed the Cities, Grow the Continent: Leveraging Urban Food Markets to Achieve Sustainable Food Systems in Africa’. The event highlighted how the plight of urban areas has become tangible during the pandemic, as food The post Food Systems Resilience Tops Agenda at AGRF Summit appeared first on Farming First.

  • Building Nutrition Resilience in the Covid-19 Era
    by Farming First (Farming First) on September 17, 2020

    Lynn Brown, Director of Alliances and Policy at HarvestPlus, explores the importance of strengthening nutrition resilience amongst vulnerable populations to protect against future food system and income shocks. A version of this article originally appeared on Devex. Building resilience is a priority across multiple global development sectors, including health, climate adaptation, disaster preparedness, livelihoods, and more. But relatively little attention has been paid to nutrition resilience – more specifically micronutrient resilience. This is the ability to withstand dietary diversity shocks, The post Building Nutrition Resilience in the Covid-19 Era appeared first on Farming First.

  • Harnessing Digital Tools for Climate and Agriculture
    by Farming First (Farming First) on August 11, 2020

    J. Nicolas Hernandez-Aguilera, Postdoctoral Research Scientist at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI), Columbia University, explores how digital tools can empower farmers in developing countries with information and support, and the role that researchers, governments and the private sector can play in bridging digital divides. The digital age of farming is within reach. Among the poorest 20 per cent in low and middle-income countries, 70 per cent of people have access to a mobile phone and one The post Harnessing Digital Tools for Climate and Agriculture appeared first on Farming First.

  • Digital Agriculture: Strengthening Food Systems Through the Pandemic and Beyond
    by Farming First (Farming First) on July 28, 2020

    Robynne Anderson, President of Emerging Ag Inc, explores how innovative technologies are helping agri-value chain actors in developing countries through the COVID-19 crisis, and the role that digital agriculture can play in rebuilding more sustainable food systems post-pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a tremendous impact on nearly every facet of life, and food systems are no exception. The disruptions and dislocations caused by the virus have rocked each link in the global food chain from farming, to processing, to The post Digital Agriculture: Strengthening Food Systems Through the Pandemic and Beyond appeared first on Farming First.

  • Why the Sustainable Development Goals Matter to the Plant Science Industry
    by Farming First (Farming First) on July 23, 2020

    Giulia Di Tommaso, President and CEO of CropLife International, discusses the prevailing importance of the Sustainable Development Goals in tackling global issues including hunger, poverty and climate change, and explores how the private sector – and the plant science industry in particular – can play an active role in helping society achieve these Global Goals. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were designed to be the blueprint to adapt to twenty first century challenges and achieve a better and more sustainable The post Why the Sustainable Development Goals Matter to the Plant Science Industry appeared first on Farming First.

  • How the emergency authorisation for neonics in beet will work
    by Richard Allison (Farmers Weekly) on January 19, 2021

    Farmers Weekly Sugar beet growers will potentially have the neonicotinoid seed treatment Cruiser SB available for use to control aphids transmitting virus yellows, which decimated yields last season, after Defra authorised an emergency approval for the 2021 season. But the approval comes with restrictions and conditions. It can only being applied to seed if a Rothamsted model The post How the emergency authorisation for neonics in beet will work appeared first on Farmers Weekly

  • NMR genomics service to launch from UK laboratory
    by Michael Priestley (Farmers Weekly) on January 18, 2021

    Farmers Weekly Dairy breeders eyeing the benefits of genomic herd testing when selecting herd replacements will be able to choose a new UK-based genomics provider in March. National Milk Records (NMR) has confirmed it will test dairy females at its laboratory at Four Ashes, Wolverhampton, this spring after an initial £400,000 investment in the site. Richard Miller, The post NMR genomics service to launch from UK laboratory appeared first on Farmers Weekly

  • General licences remain legal in Wales after court ruling
    by Philip Case (Farmers Weekly) on January 18, 2021

    Farmers Weekly General licences that allow farmers in Wales to shoot bird “pest” species such as crows and woodpigeons remain legal following a High Court challenge by wildlife campaigners. Campaign group Wild Justice had launched a legal challenge against Natural Resources Wales’ (NRW) three general licences – GL001, GL002 and GL004. The licences allow farmers, landowners and The post General licences remain legal in Wales after court ruling appeared first on Farmers Weekly

  • Harper Adams Students’ Union blasted for Veganuary post
    by Ed Henderson (Farmers Weekly) on January 18, 2021

    Farmers Weekly Harper Adams Students’ Union (SU) has apologised and deleted a social media post supporting Veganuary after it was heavily criticised by students and alumni. A barrage of complaints from angry students via the university’s website, social media pages and telephone line forced the SU into the U-turn and to admit “we got this one wrong”. The post Harper Adams Students’ Union blasted for Veganuary post appeared first on Farmers Weekly

  • Welsh farmers invited to take part in pay and conditions survey
    by Isabel Davies (Farmers Weekly) on January 18, 2021

    Farmers Weekly Farmworkers and their employers in Wales are being asked to complete a survey on the agricultural minimum wage and general terms and conditions in the sector. The Independent Agricultural Advisory Panel has commissioned Adas to carry out a survey on agricultural employment in Wales, to help ensure the annual Wages Order meets the needs of The post Welsh farmers invited to take part in pay and conditions survey appeared first on Farmers Weekly

  • Updated travel guidance for seasonal farmworkers
    by Lauren Harris (Farmers Weekly) on January 18, 2021

    Farmers Weekly Seasonal workers coming to work on English farms will need to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test before travelling as part of new tighter travel restrictions. The government has suspended all travel corridors from today (18 January) and will be implementing stricter testing and quarantine rules over the coming weeks. The test must be The post Updated travel guidance for seasonal farmworkers appeared first on Farmers Weekly

  • 50 sheep killed in horrific dog attack on Welsh farm
    by Ed Henderson (Farmers Weekly) on January 18, 2021

    Farmers Weekly A farmer has been left devastated after 50 ewes were forced into a field corner and killed in a horrific dog attack on a farm in south Wales. The sheep were found dead in a field in north Monmouthshire on Saturday 16 January and Gwent Police’s rural crime team shared a distressing image of the The post 50 sheep killed in horrific dog attack on Welsh farm appeared first on Farmers Weekly

  • Vet inspection firm to lead bovine TB vaccine field trials
    by Philip Case (Farmers Weekly) on January 18, 2021

    Farmers Weekly Field trials of a vaccine which aims to help combat bovine TB are set to get under way this year after the government announced the company which will oversee them. Eville & Jones has been awarded the contract to lead the trials by the Animal and Plant Health Agency (Apha), following an open competition. The The post Vet inspection firm to lead bovine TB vaccine field trials appeared first on Farmers Weekly

  • WIYLS goes inside Duchy College’s £3.6m dairy unit
    by Rhian Price (Farmers Weekly) on January 18, 2021

    Farmers Weekly Improved cow comfort and a better feeding regime have boosted milk yields by 2 litres a cow a day at Duchy College, Cornwall. The “Future Farm” research facility, which houses the farm’s herd of 225 Holstein cows, was finished last autumn and cost £3.6m. The building contains a 20/40 Boumatic swing-over parlour, cubicles and feed The post WIYLS goes inside Duchy College’s £3.6m dairy unit appeared first on Farmers Weekly

  • Farm inventions in focus: Andrew Burt’s winching and towing kit
    by Oliver Mark (Farmers Weekly) on January 18, 2021

    Farmers Weekly Farmers Weekly’s annual Farm Inventions Competition has unearthed all manner of innovative and resourceful machines built in workshops the length and breadth of the country. These range from cheap-and-cheerful tools that will do a job, to high-spec, quality equipment that wouldn’t look out of place in a dealer’s forecourt. Andrew Burt of AB Machinery has The post Farm inventions in focus: Andrew Burt’s winching and towing kit appeared first on Farmers Weekly

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