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Sunday, January 17, 2016

Norwalk Reflector: Local farms have century-old heritage

Norwalk Reflector: Local farms have century-old heritage: In 2015, the Ohio Department of Agriculture recognized 114 new century or bicentennial farms owned by the same family for at least 100 consecutive years. There are now more than 1,200 farms registered across the state in the Ohio’s Historic Family Farms program.

Grenada Is Developing Climate-Smart Agriculture

Grenada Is Developing Climate-Smart Agriculture: As the Caribbean deals with the impact of climate change, adaptation is a major priority.

That’s why one island is launching a new project to make its agriculture more robust against the ramifications of climate change.

Grenada has partnered with the Germany Agency for International Cooperation to establish “self-sufficient communities” through permaculture, or the use of modern science for sustainability.

“We’re setting up a model where we will be teaching permaculture, so people will come in and learn the skills and go back into their communities and share those skills,” said John Stollmeyer Director of Caribbean Permaculture Consultants. “The first rule in permaculture is to find a yield, that means a product to take to market, and what we stress is to find simple processes, very low tech processes that can create a high value product,”

“Land sparing” farming could offset agricultural carbon emissions | Ars Technica

“Land sparing” farming could offset agricultural carbon emissions | Ars Technica: Agriculture is not responsible for the bulk of worldwide greenhouse gas emissions; that honor goes to more fossil-fuel intensive activities like transportation and generating electricity. Even still,�greenhouse gas emissions from global agriculture are climbing by 1 percent a year.

Humans did once upon a time live without HDTVs and Hummers—we could do so again, at least in theory—but�people will always have to eat. This makes reducing agricultural emissions particularly difficult. Researchers in the UK have reported that an approach called "land sparing" farming could offset the emissions coming from agriculture by sequestering carbon.

Iowa farmers brace for tough 2016

Iowa farmers brace for tough 2016: Many Iowa farmers are not expecting the agricultural economy to improve anytime soon, with a majority of those surveyed at the recent American Farm Bureau Federation conference preparing for a drop in income this year and many taking steps to�conserve cash....

Farmers should use low-cost agriculture technology to get more crop yield: Agri Minister - The Siasat Daily

Farmers should use low-cost agriculture technology to get more crop yield: Agri Minister - The Siasat Daily: Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Radha Mohan Singh on Friday said today’s farmers cannot be self reliant only by using old farm techniques, because agriculture inputs are costly that is why it is necessary that our farmers should use low-cost agriculture technology to get more crop yield and increase their income.

Agriculture Ministry distributes material to banana, plantain farmers - News - JamaicaObserver.com

Agriculture Ministry distributes material to banana, plantain farmers - News - JamaicaObserver.com: Banana and plantain farmers in St Mary and Portland, who have been affected by the recent drought, have received donations of planting material from the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries to resuscitate their farms and boost production.

Portfolio Minister Derrick Kellier handed over thousands of suckers and corms (bulbo-tubers) during a ceremony held at the Orange River Agricultural Research Station in Highgate, St Mary, on Thursday.

Several bags of fertiliser were also distributed to the farmers.