Farcet farm tenant helps parliament grow interest in agrforestry – Fenland Citizen

Farcet farm tenant helps parliament grow interest in agrforestry
Fenland Citizen
Stephen said: “Agroforestry has many benefits including increasing productivity, carbon capture and storage, biodiversity protection, water purification and soil protection. The clever bit is that the trees and crops in-between use resources (sunlight

Stacked in favor of Monsanto & Co.

Well, it's been signed. The biotech rider, or the "Monsanto Protection Act," as it has been appropriately dubbed, was signed into law last week by President Obama. What does this mean, and why is everyone so upset about it?

For me, this sneaky little earmark, which was introduced anonymously into the short-term funding bill to keep the government afloat, is just one more example of an unfair system stacked in favor of big agribusiness — and stacked against the rest of us.

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Compost Workshop Canceled

The compost workshop scheduled for March 30 has been canceled due to rain. There will be a worksop offered on Sunday, April 28 at 9:30 am — please contact us for details if you’re interested in this option, casfs@ucsc.edu or 831.459-3240.

Agro-forestry, tree planting promoted in Northern Ghana – Ghana Business News


Ghana Business News

Agro-forestry, tree planting promoted in Northern Ghana
Ghana Business News
Mr George Ansah, Assistant Training Coordinator of “Trees for the Future”, a United States-based non-governmental organisation taught the stakeholders how agro-forestry technologies and the planting of fast growing multi-purpose trees can help

Haryana to develop ‘sustainable land use plan’ for Rs 49.50 lakh – Indian Express

Haryana to develop 'sustainable land use plan' for Rs 49.50 lakh
Indian Express
Preparation of the plan will involve identification of double-cropped area, land for horticulture, floriculture, vegetable growing, forestry, agroforestry and silvipasture, besides areas suitable for urban, industrial, institutional and infrastructural

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New science: “Pesticide soup” scrambles bee brain function

Two new studies confirm that common pesticides are scrambling the circuits of bees’ brains. Researchers report that certain neonicotinoids and an organophosphate pesticide — particularly in combination — interfere with the insects' ability to learn, smell or remember, all critical capacities for foraging honeybees.

The new studies add to a growing body of evidence pointing to pesticides as a key driver to the dramatic losses in bee colonies reported by beekeepers.

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Haiti to plant millions of trees to boost forests and help tackle poverty – The Guardian


The Guardian

Haiti to plant millions of trees to boost forests and help tackle poverty
The Guardian
"The Haitian government has agreed to commit 10,000 hectares to the agroforestry initiative, which is currently at the feasibility study stage," said Clémentine Lalande, Haiti head of investments for Yunus Social Business. More tree cover is considered

Penn State team recognized for 4-H, nutrition research databases

A Penn State team has received accolades for developing research databases related to 4-H and the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program, also known as EFNEP. Led by Jan Scholl, associate professor of agricultural and extension education, and Amy Paster, associate librarian in the Penn State University Libraries, the team was selected to receive the 2013 Oberly Award for Bibliography in the Agricultural or Natural Sciences from the Association of College and Research Libraries.

Cesar Chavez: Parent & pesticide activist

As I cross Cesar Chavez Avenue on my way to work each morning, I'm greeted by murals with the visionary labor organizer's portrait. When I reach the PAN office, he smiles down at me from a poster hanging prominently in the hall.

This week marks the 14th annual National Farmworker Awareness celebrations, and I’ve been contemplating the Chavez legacy. We know that as a parent as well as an activist, he shared our concerns about how pesticides harm children through the food they eat, the water they drink, and the air they breathe.

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Permaculture Guild hosts annual Seed and Plant Exchange Saturday – Times-Standard

Permaculture Guild hosts annual Seed and Plant Exchange Saturday
Times-Standard
ARCATA — Farmers and gardeners are invited to share rare and locally grown seeds, starts and plants at the Humboldt Permaculture Guild's 15th annual Seed and Plant Exchange, Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Arcata Community Center. More than

Company defends profitable poisons

Did you know it was Poison Prevention Week last week? It is ironic that as we marked this week, we also grappled with the news that for the first time in nearly 20 years, a company went to court to challenge a decision by EPA to cancel one of their products — a pesticide that causes thousands of accidental poisonings each year.

Earlier this month Reckitt Benckiser, manufacturer of d-Con rat control products filed a challenge against EPA’s decision to cancel specific over-the-counter rodenticide products, which are hazardous for children, pets and wildlife. No hearing date has been set, but the appeal could potentially drag on for years. Meanwhile, the products remain on the market.

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Ag Sciences faculty members to appear on PBS ‘Nature’

Two faculty members in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences will be featured during an episode of the PBS series “Nature” that will air in most markets at 8 p.m. on April 3. Titled “What Plants Talk About,” the episode will highlight the work of Consuelo De Moraes, professor of entomology, and Mark Mescher, assistant professor of entomology. The researchers are engaged in the growing field of chemical ecology, which examines the chemically mediated interactions among plants, insects and pathogens in the environment.

Strawberries, Justice, and Seeding Change on the Central Coast

Title: Strawberries, Justice, and Seeding Change on the Central Coast
Location: UCSC Farm, UC Santa Cruz
Description: Join us to savor the sweet seasonal flavor of organic strawberries from the UCSC Farm and Central Coast. This event will include live music, an engaging panel on agriculture and labor, a farm-based scavenger hunt, strawberry tasting, and more. Free for UCSC students, Friends of the UCSC Farm and Garden, and kids 12 and under; $5 donation requested from others.
Start Time: 16:00
Date: 2013-05-16
End Time: 19:00

WSU Extension offers new classes for 8th Annual Small Acreage Expo – The Reflector

WSU Extension offers new classes for 8th Annual Small Acreage Expo
The Reflector
It will offer new topics including pastured poultry, preventative horse health, winter paddock design, increasing nutrient density in crops, organic controls for fruit tree pests, and agroforestry. Participants can still choose from many of the popular

Climate Conversations – Trees Are ‘not Just for Christmas’ – AllAfrica.com

Climate Conversations – Trees Are 'not Just for Christmas'
AllAfrica.com
The answer may lie in agroforestry, which is the practice of planting trees on cropland and its edges, according to Tony Simons, director general of the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF). "We need to grow as much food in the next 40 years as we made in

Ghana risks Acute Water Shortage as Mining Devastates Water Bodies – spyghana.com


spyghana.com

Ghana risks Acute Water Shortage as Mining Devastates Water Bodies
spyghana.com
He also recommended the introduction of incentives that encourage land owners within critical watersheds to conserve forests on their lands or practise agro-forestry systems. “It may also be necessary to accord forest reserves that serve as headwaters

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DENR 5 steps up measures to protect Bicol Natural Park – Philippine Information Agency

DENR 5 steps up measures to protect Bicol Natural Park
Philippine Information Agency
and/or ceremonial or religious use by indigenous communities while the latter pertains to areas where settlement, traditional or sustainable land use including agriculture, agroforestry, extraction activities and other income generating or

Face to Face: Food Security in Latin America | Youth Exchange Event at SCU | Apr 12

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Face to Face: Food Security in Latin America

Friday Apr 12 11:45 am–1:45 pm
St. Clare Room, Learning Commons, 3rd floor
Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California

FREE; however, RSVP REQUIRED

 

Food and Agribusiness Institute hosts a food-security conversation with youth organizers visiting from Latin America. The youth are participants in CAN’s 3rd International Youth Exchange for Food Security & Sovereignty (April 8–16). Coffee Brewbar tasting with the youth organizers outside Sunstream Cafe from 2–3 pm. Agro®Eco Coffee provided by CAN.

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Young farmworkers are “Overworked & Under Spray”

In honor of National Farmworker Awareness Week, we are reposting this powerful story of young farmworkers in North Carolina. This guest blog was originally published in September, 2011.

Last week Toxic Free North Carolina released our latest Farm Worker Documentary Project film, Overworked & Under Spray. It’s a short piece featuring six high school-aged farmworkers’ stories about being sprayed with agricultural pesticides while tending crops in fields across the state.

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Declaring a Truce With Our Microbiological Frienemies

Managing bacteria and other microorganisms in the body, rather than just fighting them, may be lead to better health and a stronger immune system, according to a Penn State biologist.
Researchers have historically focused on microbes in the body as primarily pathogens that must be fought, said Eric Harvill, professor of microbiology and infectious disease. However, he said that recent evidence of the complex interaction of the body with microbes suggests a new interpretation of the relationship.

Diet of fishes in a detritus-based sandy lowland brook

Available online 26 March 2013
Publication year: 2013
Source:Limnologica – Ecology and Management of Inland Waters

To assess the trophic relationships of consumers in a sandy lowland brook (Ladberger Mühlenbach, Northrhine-Westphalia, Germany) the fish as well as the benthic communities were sampled monthly over half a year. Analysis of stomach contents of the fishes revealed two different feeding types: detritivores (including only Cyprinidae; foremost roach, Rutilus rutilus and Prussian carp, Carassius auratus gibelio ) and benthivores (mostly stone loach, Barbatula barbatula and three-spined stickleback, Gasterosteus aculeatus ). The detritivores mainly foraged on detritus, but also benthic invertebrates were found in their stomachs. This latter prey (especially some Trichoptera and Coleoptera, which were selected with a high preference) is strongly associated to hard substrates, only present in the brook as coarse detritus. Benthivore fishes only foraged on benthic invertebrates, mostly Gammaridae and Chironomidae, which were the most dominant elements of the macrozoobenthos. Niche overlap between these two foraging groups was very low, while the within-group overlap was rather high. As food could not be shown to be a limiting factor, a direct competition for food between most of these species in this brook seems most unlikely.

Economic Benefits Analysis of Jamaica’s Forests Suggested – Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

Economic Benefits Analysis of Jamaica's Forests Suggested
Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service
She pointed out that several communities have successfully implemented projects, focusing on nature and eco-tourism; agro forestry; woodcraft and furniture production; and bee keeping and honey production, “all of which have contributed to the

Permaculture magazine in top 50 nominations for PEAple’s Favourite Award – Permaculture Magazine


Permaculture Magazine

Permaculture magazine in top 50 nominations for PEAple's Favourite Award
Permaculture Magazine
We are pleased to announce that Permaculture magazine has made it through to the top 50 small eco/ethical businesses in teh UK with a chance to win the PEAple's Favourite Award. Thank you to everyone who voted for us. Now we need your help to get into

Problems associated with extrapolating ecological traits to higher-than-species level exemplified in the description of the larvae of Potamophylax haidukorum Malicky, 1999, Potamophylax winneguthi (Klapálek, 1902) and Melampophylax austriacus Malicky, 1990

Available online 26 March 2013
Publication year: 2013
Source:Limnologica – Ecology and Management of Inland Waters

Functional diversity, e.g. based on feeding types, is frequently used for assessment procedures. By using Trichoptera genera Potamophylax and Melampophylax as examples, we demonstrate that functional diversity, based on mandible morphology, is low in the former, but high in the latter. When using functional feeding types for assessment procedures, this strictly questions identification at higher than species level and underlines the importance of providing taxonomic information by describing hitherto unknown larvae. Based on mandible morphology, the close species pair Potamophylax haidukorum and P. winneguthi , both endemics of the Dinaric Western Balkan, are omnivorous shredders, a character shared with all other known larvae of genus Potamophylax . In existing keys, P. haidukorum and P. winneguthi may be separated from morphologically close species ( e.g. Allogamus spp., Micropterna spp., Potamophylax spp., Leptotaulius gracilis Schmid and Parachiona picicornis (Pictet)) by the lack of a large posterior sclerite at the lateral protuberance, by the lack of additional face setae at mid and hind femora, by the absence of numerous black spines at the pronotal surface and by the shape of metanotal sclerites. Melampophylax austriacus , an endemic of the Eastern Alps, has spoon-shaped scraper mandibles lacking teeth. This character is shared with M. mucoreus (Hagen) and M. nepos (McLachlan), whereas in M. melampus (McLachlan) teeth are present at the mandibles as it is common for omnivorous shredders. Such intra-generic functional diversity questions trait classifications on higher taxonomic units like genus or family.

GOVERNMENT OF THE SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM : GDP expands … – 4-traders (press release)

GOVERNMENT OF THE SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM : GDP expands
4-traders (press release)
The MPI's latest report showed that in Q1, agro-forestry and fishery sector picked up 2.24% against the same period last year, industrial sector up 4.95%, construction up 4.79%, and service up 5.65%. In March 2013, the index of industrial production

Apprenticeship Grad’s Community Orchard Project Underway

CASFS Farm & Garden Apprenticeship graduate Ana Rasmussen is the founder of Mesa Verde Gardens, a nonprofit dedicated to improving nutrition and food self sufficiency through local organic gardens in the Pajaro Valley area. A recent successful Kickstarter campaign raised funds to initiate a community orchard project in Pajaro — read more about the project here.

Historic Hay Barn to Be Restored

UCSC has received a $5 million cornerstone pledge from Alec and Claudia Webster, representing the Helen and Will Webster Foundation, that will help restore the historic Cowell Ranch Hay Barn near the campus’s main entrance. The restored site will serve as a new home for the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS), Life Lab, and other south campus sustainability groups, as well as a welcoming new “front door” to the UCSC Farm and south campus area.

See the related press release for details of the Hay Barn restoration effort and this generous gift.

The Webster Foundation pledge will be awarded over several years, with the majority of the funds targeted for the Hay Barn’s reconstruction and outfitting for multiple uses, including offices, classrooms, and exhibit space.

According to Daniel Press, executive director of CASFS, the restoration effort demonstrates the campus’s commitment to its historic infrastructure and to its long history as a working landscape. “Front doors are important to people,” says Press, “This restored portion of UCSC’s entrance, with its focus on CASFS and other environmental programs, will signal to students and visitors both the campus’s respect for its past and its commitment to a sustainable future.”

The restored Hay Barn will create a focal point for CASFS student, apprenticeship and community activities and a welcoming gateway to campus and the UCSC Farm. The restored site will also make it possible for CASFS to expand its outreach and extension work with local growers, with plans for a new classroom space to accommodate groups of up to 75 for short courses and workshops.

Plans for related improvements to the site include a new produce pick up area for the UCSC Farm’s Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program and visitor parking that will improve access to the farm. A portion of the gift will support CASFS and Environmental Studies programs in the future.

In a related project, a new three-acre field is currently being brought into production and will permanently expand the UCSC Farm’s boundary to the edge of renovated Hay Barn, making the Farm easily visible to students and visitors as they enter campus. Fundraising is now underway to purchase and install the fencing, irrigation, and other infrastructure needed for this expansion of farming activities.

The Wisdom of the Ancestors: Biodynamic Permaculture and the Cultivation of a … – OpEdNews

The Wisdom of the Ancestors: Biodynamic Permaculture and the Cultivation of a
OpEdNews
Envision This! will be interviewing the Richmond, Virginia based Elli Sparks who is doing her part in reducing carbon in the atmosphere by her pasturing animals on a farm using biodynamic permaculture principles. The farm is called Sacred Foods Farm.

“More crop per drop” is one goal of water conservation group – Nebraska Radio Network


Nebraska Radio Network

“More crop per drop” is one goal of water conservation group
Nebraska Radio Network
She says, “Farmers in places like sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America, for example, are using agro-forestry, the practice of incorporating trees along with crops, can really help keep water in soil, can provide shade for crops.” Intercropping is also

DENR to establish sub-offices in Nueva Vizcaya watersheds – Philippine Information Agency

DENR to establish sub-offices in Nueva Vizcaya watersheds
Philippine Information Agency
The study which was conducted in 2004 recommended administrative and technical interventions where the latter focuses on rehabilitation of grassland with reforestation, agroforestry and silvipastoral practices in the forestland. “Its main goal is to

(From top left) Dan Gilroy, Cherissa Dukelow, Lauren Alteio and Jules Davey … – SU The Daily Orange (subscription)

(From top left) Dan Gilroy, Cherissa Dukelow, Lauren Alteio and Jules Davey
SU The Daily Orange (subscription)
At the ranch, Costa Ricans and U.S. citizens interning there work together to develop agroforestry techniques, or agriculture incorporating the protection and production of trees, he said. “What we were exposed to there was brilliant,” Endreny said

Policy, green groups sign ‘Kitanglad and Kalatungan’ pact on Earth Hour | Sun.Star – Sun.Star

Policy, green groups sign 'Kitanglad and Kalatungan' pact on Earth Hour | Sun.Star
Sun.Star
The accord was signed by about 12 organizations, including the environmental groups Earth Soul Solutions, Sulog, World Agro-Forestry Center, EWWP and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Copies of the KitKat accord will be furnished

DENR raises warning vs syndicate selling forestlands – Business Mirror

DENR raises warning vs syndicate selling forestlands
Business Mirror
Environment Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje issued the warning after uncovering a massive land-fraud scheme by members of a syndicate that sells lands covered by the government's agro-forestry program. In particular, Paje said Department of Environment and
Paje warns vs forest land scam Manila Standard Today



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World Water Day hits 20 years – Radio Iowa


Radio Iowa

World Water Day hits 20 years
Radio Iowa
She says, “Farmers in places like sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America, for example, are using agro-forestry, the practice of incorporating trees along with crops, can really help keep water in soil, can provide shade for crops.” Intercropping is also
World Water Day: 10 strategies for wise water use VOXXI


10 Strategies for Wise Water Use Patch.com

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Ag Sciences faculty members honored for international efforts

Two faculty members in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences are among five people honored by the University’s Office of Global Programs with 2013 Spirit of Internationalization Awards. The college’s honorees were Kathleen Kelley, associate professor of horticultural marketing and business management, and Audrey Maretzki, professor emeritus of food science and nutrition.

Empowering People Through Integrated Water Resource Management Practices – UN Chronicle

Empowering People Through Integrated Water Resource Management Practices
UN Chronicle
Over 1 million trees were planted from March 2011 to November 2012 for agroforestry and rehabilitation purposes. In total, 832 were planted and 167 rehabilitated through the project-supported activities. Many fruit-bearing trees were planted to

Dropping climate change from the national curriculum – Permaculture Magazine


Permaculture Magazine

Dropping climate change from the national curriculum
Permaculture Magazine
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Government plans to plant 10 crore saplings a year – The New Indian Express


The New Indian Express

Government plans to plant 10 crore saplings a year
The New Indian Express
“Farmers must be encouraged to take up farm forestry and agro-forestry for higher income generation by evolving appropriate models, technology, extension and credit support systems. Similarly, cultivation of medicinal plants and their wide application

Adult students benefit from Penn State scholarships just for them – Penn State News

Adult students benefit from Penn State scholarships just for them
Penn State News
“I work full time, but my pay only allows me to live paycheck to paycheck, so scholarships are of great value,” said Hamby, who majors in Agroecology and attends classes through Penn State Continuing Education at University Park campus. Hamby also

Bees need help now! Time to up the ante.

With other options exhausted over the past two years, beekeepers and partner organizations are now suing EPA to protect pollinators. We've filed over a million signatures from concerned individuals, a legal petition and a notice of intent to sue. And all to little avail. Now we're upping the ante.

There's too much at stake for EPA to stay stuck. Bees are in trouble, and they're vital to our food system and our agricultural economy. They're responsible for pollinating one in three bites of food we eat, including 95 types of fruits and nuts in North America. And commercial beekeepers report that their industry is on the verge of collapse.

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Odisha Government to plant more than l0 Crore trees in 20l3-l4 – India Education Diary


India Education Diary

Odisha Government to plant more than l0 Crore trees in 20l3-l4
India Education Diary
Farmers of our State need to be encouraged to take up Farm Forestry and Agro-forestry for higher income generation by evolving appropriate models, technology, extension and credit support systems. Cultivation of medicinal plants and their wide

‘Smart on Pesticides’ bill draws industry fire

Access to information can be a powerful thing. The pesticide industry understands this, which must be why they're fighting tooth and nail to block — for the third time — a commonsense law that would require pesticide use reporting in Maryland.

But the people of Maryland are fighting back. A strong coalition has formed around the "smart on pesticides" law, which is being considered right now by state legislators. They're making the case that children, communities and the precious Chesapeake Bay will all be better protected if decisionmakers know what pesticides are being used and where. A very simple — and very smart — idea.

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Local crops ‘can still be grown as farming intensifies’ – Reuters AlertNet

Local crops 'can still be grown as farming intensifies'
Reuters AlertNet
Hugo Perales, head of the agroecology department at El Colegio de la Frontera Sur, Mexico, says the study shows that the relationship between the intensification of farming and preservation of crop biodiversity is not straightforward. The presumption

Myanmar’s Vice President makes first official visit – VietNamNet Bridge


VietNamNet Bridge

Myanmar's Vice President makes first official visit
VietNamNet Bridge
The two sides committed to enhancing investment so that two-way trade would rise to at least US$500 million by 2015, while expanding co-operation in many promising areas such as agro-forestry, fisheries, banking, telecommunications, transport, oil and
President meets Myanmar Vice President Tuoitrenews



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Harvard students offer conservation, community concepts to county – Highlands Today

Harvard students offer conservation, community concepts to county
Highlands Today
Sophomore Li Murphy said they got a "crash course" in the local ecology with tours of scrublands, the MacArthur Agro Ecology Research Center and a night walk where they saw many alligators. They visited area lakes and interviewed local fishermen, she