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Solar power efficiency can be boosted using agricultural land

New research finds that installing solar panels on agricultural lands maximizes their efficiency. This is seen as the key to fulfilling future global electric energy demand.

Trump administration re-authorizes 'cyanide bombs' to kill wildlife

Washington - US President Donald Trump's administration has re-authorized the use of controversial poison traps known as "cyanide bombs" to kill wild foxes, coyotes and feral dogs despite overwhelming opposition from conservation groups.

Climate crisis fuels increased risks to global food security

More than 500 million people today live in areas affected by erosion linked to climate change, the UN warned on Thursday, before urging all countries to commit to sustainable land use to help limit greenhouse gas emissions before it is too late.

Nations agree landmark UN climate report after marathon talks

Geneva - Negotiators from 195 countries on Wednesday finalised the most comprehensive scientific assessment yet of how the land we live off affects climate change, after marathon talks in Geneva, sources told AFP.

French mayors rally to demand removal of Pyrenees bears

Toulouse - Around 100 mayors and other officials from towns on the French side of the Pyrenees mountains protested on Tuesday to demand the removal of all bears, saying the re-introduction of the predators has threatened shepherds' livelihoods.

Humanity's next test: feed 10 billion without ruining Earth

Paris - It is a question critical to mankind's survival: how do we grow enough food to sustain our booming population without wrecking our only home and plundering Nature's bounty?

Buzz kill: mass bee deaths sting Russian beekeepers

Moscow - Anatoly Rubtsov looked despondently at the beehives lining his property. "The farm used to be loud, it sang," he said.

Despondent Guatemalan coffee growers dream of US return

Morales - Many Guatemalans who spent years working in the United States to come home and set up a small coffee-growing business have seen their savings drained and their hopes dashed due to low coffee prices.

France sweats in new record-breaking Europe heatwave

Paris - Tour de France cyclists competed in scorching temperatures and a French nuclear power plant prepared to shut down Tuesday as western Europe baked in a new heatwave already breaking longstanding records.

French wine production hit by heatwave

Paris - Wine production in France this year will be down by between six and 13 percent over 2018, notably because of the ongoing heatwave, the agriculture ministry said Saturday.

Worsening world hunger affects 821 million, says UN

New York - More than 821 million people suffered from hunger worldwide last year, the United Nations reported Monday -- the third year in a row that the number has risen.

Empty nets as overfishing and climate change sap Lake Malawi

Monkey Bay - On the shores of Lake Malawi, a crowd eagerly awaits the arrival of a white and yellow cedarwood boat carrying its haul.

Hunger on the rise worldwide as 821 million affected, says UN

New York - More than 821 million people suffered from hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition worldwide last year, the United Nations reported Monday -- the third year in a row that the number has risen.

Empty nets as overfishing and climate change sap Lake Malawi

Monkey Bay - On the shores of Lake Malawi, a crowd eagerly awaits the arrival of a white and yellow cedarwood boat carrying its haul.

China fails to buy agricultural goods as promised: Trump

Washington - US President Donald Trump on Thursday accused China of backsliding on promises to increase purchases of American farm exports.

Lithuania declares emergency as drought hits farmers

Vilnius - Lithuania declared an emergency on Wednesday as a severe drought hit the Baltic EU state, threatening to slash this year's harvest by up to half.

Chinese baguette king's dream goes stale

Bejing - Chinese conglomerate Reward, whose CEO had ambitious plans to open 1,500 bakeries in China using flour produced on swathes of French land that he snapped up, has gone bankrupt according to court documents.

Fake Twitter account for new UN food agency chief shut down

Rome - A fake Twitter account opened immediately after the weekend election of China's Qu Dongyu to head the Food and Agriculture Organization has been shut down, the UN food agency said Monday.

Qu Dongyu becomes first Chinese to head UN food agency FAO

Rome - Qu Dongyu on Sunday became the first Chinese national to be elected to head the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization, clinching the post in the first round of voting.

French farmers seek a pistachio bonanza

Marseille - Pistachios are a staple of the vaunted French aperitif, but the nuts come from thousands of miles away -- a situation a handful of farmers in the southern Provence region hope to change.

UN food agency to elect chief as climate change ups hunger

Rome - Candidates from China, France and Georgia are vying to head the UN's food agency, as the fight to eradicate world hunger takes a blow from global warming and wars.

Rosemary and thyme against Greece's economic torpor

Diakopto - High on the cliff-tops overlooking the Gulf of Corinth, Areti Zaharopoulou has managed to scrape together a modest living for the past six years growing herbs such as sage, thyme and rosemary.

Stomach 'portholes' in cows draw ire of French activists

Paris - A French animal rights group published unsettling images Thursday of cows with a plastic "porthole" surgically inserted into their sides to allow access to their stomach contents, rekindling a debate over the welfare of animals in industrial farming.

A slow road to recovery for Eastern Ghouta farms

Jaramana - Outside the Syrian capital, Radwan Hazaa is preparing to plant hundreds of pomegranate seeds on his land in Eastern Ghouta, hoping to replace some 3,000 trees lost in years of war.

Heavy toll for French farms and vineyards after brutal hailstorm

Romans-sur-is - Farmers in southeast France counted the costs from lost harvests on Sunday after a fierce storm battered the region with hail the size of ping-pong balls, decimating orchards and vineyards just as the summer season was kicking into high gear.

Livestock rustlers face jail time as New Zealand tightens laws

Ashburton - When livestock rustlers came for sheepbreeder Daniel Wheeler's prize ewes in the dead of night, they didn't take the animals alive -- they slaughtered them on his New Zealand farm and took the meat to sell on, leaving just blood and guts behind.

Culling of male chicks: A widespread and controversial practice

Paris - The systematic eradication of male chicks is a common practice in the poultry industry, which says it is the only viable option for birds that have no economic value.

Animal rights activists march against abbatoirs in Paris

Paris - Hundreds of animal rights campaigners from a range of groups marched through Paris Saturday calling for the closure of all abattoirs.

Iraq harvests go up in smoke, but who lit the fires?

Kirkuk - Resurgent jihadists, ethnic land disputes or regular field burning? Iraq's northern farmlands are on fire, but the area's complex patchwork of grievances has made it hard to identify the culprits.

Argentina, Brazil say free trade accord with EU at hand

Buenos Aires - The presidents of Argentina and Brazil said Thursday that an agreement is imminent on a free trade agreement between the European Union and the South American trading bloc Mercosur.
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With the advent of genetically engineered corn, glyphosate herbicides are needed say farmers.
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Global food production (blue bars) are from FAO (2011) data and nutritional recommendations (orange bars) are based on Harvard University Healthy Eating Plate model. All data are displayed in dietary servings following the CFG (Canadian Food Guidelines) and USDA guidelines.
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Ukraine is often referred to as the 'break basket of Europe" ©dobrych
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Hanna Boys Center hopes that the fundraiser set for July 13 will become an annual event that will make the agricultural program a permanent part of the Hanna curriculum.
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Growing vegetables using robotics.
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Plowing the field the traditional way - Manthralaya, AP, India.
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Tanzania's landscape
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Noted Indian agri-scientist Prof Swaminathan is attending a workshop on Agriculture at Tripura  Indi...
Noted Indian agri-scientist Prof Swaminathan is attending a workshop on Agriculture at Tripura, India. Chief Minister of Tripura at centre and other dignatories also attended the workshop.
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Irrigated farming in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania: Expanding waterworks and other rural infrastructure is vital for increasing production and sustainable land management.
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MIT s Open Agricultural Initiative aims to produce an AI-driven farm.
MIT's Open Agricultural Initiative aims to produce an AI-driven farm.
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"This year, noted Marcia Kunde Michelson of Kunde Family Winery Hanna will have 14 market lambs and five steers to show at the county fairs this year." And, they aim to sell them, she said.
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Dave Redden coordinates the agricultural program at Hanna Boys Center in Sonoma, CA. This year they will be participating in the livestock competition both county fairs of Sonoma and Napa and will also be selling the livestock they raised.
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Grape vines in Crimea. June 16, 2003
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