Ag Progress Days exhibits showcase state’s agricultural economy

Much of the equipment, technology, goods and services that drive the state’s agricultural economy will be on display during Penn State’s Ag Progress Days exposition, Aug. 13-15 at Rock Springs. The event will feature nearly 500 exhibitors and a variety of field demonstrations, giving agricultural producers a marketplace where they can learn, shop and compare, according to Bob Oberheim, Ag Progress Days manager.

Win Copies of The Earthcare Manual & Help Us Sow The Permaculture Seed – Permaculture Magazine


Permaculture Magazine

Win Copies of The Earthcare Manual & Help Us Sow The Permaculture Seed
Permaculture Magazine
Permaculture magazine has five copies of the latest edition of The Earthcare Manual by Patrick Whitefield to give away to anywhere in the world. To be in with a chance of winning, we simply need you to vote for us as the PEAple's Favourite and help us 

Going green helps Accor take home the gold at 2013 PATA Gold Awards – Hospitality Net (press release)

Going green helps Accor take home the gold at 2013 PATA Gold Awards
Hospitality Net (press release)
For example, Accor's reforestation program, Plant for the Planet, is proof of the Group's firm commitment to sustainable development and focuses on supporting local agroforestry projects around the world. Over 1,400 Accor hotels have joined the Plant

Sustainable food: the case for shortening food chains – Greenwise Business

Sustainable food: the case for shortening food chains
Greenwise Business
Research from Coventry University's Centre for Agroecology and Food Security also suggests that consumers have far higher levels of trust in producers when buying directly from them, leading to long-term relationships and stability for both parties.

Bihar School Deaths Highlight India’s Struggle With Pesticides – New York Times (blog)


New York Times (blog)

Bihar School Deaths Highlight India's Struggle With Pesticides
New York Times (blog)
A large-scale study commissioned by the Foresight Global Food and Farming Futures project of the UK government demonstrated that a move toward agroecology – using integrated pest management in which chemicals are used as a last resort, building soil 

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Going green helps Accor take home the gold at 2013 PATA Gold Awards – eco-business.com (press release)

Going green helps Accor take home the gold at 2013 PATA Gold Awards
eco-business.com (press release)
For example, Accor's reforestation program, Plant for the Planet, is proof of the Group's firm commitment to sustainable development and focuses on supporting local agroforestry projects around the world. Over 1,400 Accor hotels have joined the Plant

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Guest blog: Women farmers in Asia speak out

Every day, rural women in Asia face mounting challenges caused by an increasingly broken system of food and agriculture. High food prices, low income, land grabbing, climate change and decreasing control over seeds mark the experiences of the women farmers who grow much of the region's food.

Our Stories, One Journey: Empowering Rural Women in Asia is a traveling journal, recording the thoughts of eight rural women for 10 days in eight different countries. The women write, draw and compose poetry and songs. Their message is simple: help transform agriculture into a more equitable, fair and sustainable system.

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Help Us Sow The Permaculture Seed and Win a Copy of The Earthcare Manual – Permaculture Magazine

Help Us Sow The Permaculture Seed and Win a Copy of The Earthcare Manual
Permaculture Magazine
Permaculture magazine has five copies of the latest edition of The Earthcare Manual by Patrick Whitefield to give away to anywhere in the world. To be in with a chance of winning, we simply need you to vote for us as the PEAple's Favourite and help us 

Research: Nearly a quarter of June fires in Indonesia occurred in industrial … – Reuters AlertNet

Research: Nearly a quarter of June fires in Indonesia occurred in industrial
Reuters AlertNet
Analyses by the World Resources Institute (WRI), Eyes on the Forest, and the World Agroforestry Centre of available concession maps from official national and provincial government offices, superimposed on daily fire alerts from NASA, showed that the

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Bihar School Deaths Highlight India’s Struggle With Pesticides – New York Times


New York Times

Bihar School Deaths Highlight India's Struggle With Pesticides
New York Times
A large-scale study commissioned by the Foresight Global Food and Farming Futures project of the UK government demonstrated that a move toward agroecology – using integrated pest management in which chemicals are used as a last resort, building soil 

Free trade pacts target illegal timber exports – Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)


Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)

Free trade pacts target illegal timber exports
Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)
discussed in this article, please contact Pablo Pacheco at p.pacheco@cgiar.org. This work forms part of the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry and is supported by the European Union in the context of the PROFORMAL Project.

Research: Nearly a quarter of June fires in Indonesia occurred in industrial … – Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)

Research: Nearly a quarter of June fires in Indonesia occurred in industrial
Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)
Analyses by the World Resources Institute (WRI), Eyes on the Forest, and the World Agroforestry Centre of available concession maps from official national and provincial government offices, superimposed on daily fire alerts from NASA, showed that the

Study shows orang-utans are coming down from the trees in an effort to cope … – The Australian

Study shows orang-utans are coming down from the trees in an effort to cope
The Australian
"Borneo is a network of timber plantations, agroforestry areas and mines, with patches of natural forest. The transformation of the landscape could be forcing orang-utans to change their habitat and their behaviour." However, the study warns orang

Study shows orang-utans are coming down from the trees in an effort to cope … – NEWS.com.au

Study shows orang-utans are coming down from the trees in an effort to cope
NEWS.com.au
"Borneo is a network of timber plantations, agroforestry areas and mines, with patches of natural forest. The transformation of the landscape could be forcing orang-utans to change their habitat and their behaviour." However, the study warns orang

Tree-dwelling orangutans in Borneo increasingly coming to earth – United Press International, Asia

Tree-dwelling orangutans in Borneo increasingly coming to earth
United Press International, Asia
"Borneo is a network of timber plantations, agro-forestry areas and mines, with patches of natural forest," said Loken. "The transformation of the landscape could be forcing orangutans to change their habitat and their behavior." Despite that they are

Borneo’s Orangutans Are Coming Down from the Trees; Behavior May Show … – Science Daily (press release)

Borneo's Orangutans Are Coming Down from the Trees; Behavior May Show
Science Daily (press release)
"Borneo is a network of timber plantations, agro-forestry areas and mines, with patches of natural forest," said Loken. "The transformation of the landscape could be forcing orangutans to change their habitat and their behaviour." This research helps

Green Mission may converge with MGNREGS and CAMPA, eyes private … – Business Standard

Green Mission may converge with MGNREGS and CAMPA, eyes private
Business Standard
“In certain phases of the project like in agro-forestry, the government may look for public private partnerships. This would be basically for supply of quality seeds and to provide a market place for farmers in agro-forestry, from big and small

3rd Annual Farm to Fork Dinner Takes Place September 15 – Tickets Now Available

Join us for the Third Annual Farm to Fork Benefit Dinner, a gourmet field dinner on the landmark UC Santa Cruz Farm to celebrate the work of the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) and support the CASFS Apprenticeship’s training of new organic farmers and gardeners.

The event will take place on Sunday, the 15th of September with a reception and tour starting at 3 pm and dinner starting at 4 pm. Dinner will feature a 5-course meal created with organic ingredients from the UCSC Farm & Garden and other local organic farms and ranches. The entrée portion of the menu will offer locally raised meat or fish, and all courses will include full vegetarian options. Fine wines will accompany the meal.

The evening will also include a silent auction; check back soon for examples of auction items.

Tickets for the event are $125 per person and are available online at the Brown Paper Tickets site.
If you prefer to purchase your tickets by mail, send a check for $125 per ticket made payable to UC Regents to: UCSC Farm, 1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA, 95064, attn: Benefit Dinner. Please include contact information.
For more information, call 831.459-3240 or email casfs@ucsc.edu. Proceeds will support the CASFS Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture program.

Personal and corporate sponsorships for the dinner are available. Please contact us at arblake@ucsc.edu or (831) 459-3857 for details of sponsorship options.

Genetic Technology’s Answer to A Major Insect Pest – The Equation: Blog of the Union of Concerned Scientists (blog)


The Equation: Blog of the Union of Concerned Scientists (blog)

Genetic Technology's Answer to A Major Insect Pest
The Equation: Blog of the Union of Concerned Scientists (blog)
As my colleague Mardi Mellon detailed in her recent blog post, Monsanto's drought tolerance gene is also overshadowed by cover crops, part of the sound agroecological farming systems that need to replace our current unsustainable practices. The biotech 

Genetic Technology’s Answer to A Major Insect Pest – The Equation: Blog of the Union of Concerned Scientists


The Equation: Blog of the Union of Concerned Scientists

Genetic Technology's Answer to A Major Insect Pest
The Equation: Blog of the Union of Concerned Scientists
As my colleague Mardi Mellon detailed in her recent blog post, Monsanto's drought tolerance gene is also overshadowed by cover crops, part of the sound agroecological farming systems that need to replace our current unsustainable practices. The biotech 

Coffee and climate change: an uncertain future for millions of farmers around … – Mongabay.com

Coffee and climate change: an uncertain future for millions of farmers around
Mongabay.com
"Alternatively, agroforestry systems imitate the characteristics of a diverse, natural forest, which makes them more sustainable and resilient. Agroforestry is the most important climate change adaptation strategy that Practical Action promotes among

Borneo Orangutans Drop from the Trees: New Behavior in the Face of … – Science World Report

Borneo Orangutans Drop from the Trees: New Behavior in the Face of
Science World Report
"Borneo is a network of timber plantations, agro-forestry areas and mines, with patches of natural forest," said Brent Loken of Simon Fraser University in a news release. "The transformation of the landscape could be forcing orangutans to change their

Partnerships bear fruit in drive for Africa to feed Africa – Reuters AlertNet

Partnerships bear fruit in drive for Africa to feed Africa
Reuters AlertNet
This is no better demonstrated than by the work of the CGIAR World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF), which launched the Participatory Tree Domestication Programme in Cameroon in 1998, working with local farmers to develop superior crop varieties allowing 

Over five crore saplings produced in forest nurseries – Business Standard

Over five crore saplings produced in forest nurseries
Business Standard
60 lakh saplings have been planted acorss various villages in the state and the remaining plants have been distributed among government and non-government institutions as well as farmers for agro forestry, Jayani said. Read more on: Punjab.
Record saplings await aggressive plantation Latest News From Punjab


5 crore saplings ready for transplantation in Punjab Hindustan Times

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5 crore saplings ready for transplantation in Punjab – Hindustan Times

5 crore saplings ready for transplantation in Punjab
Hindustan Times
been transplanted in vacant places at villages across the state and the remaining plants had been planted in government institutions, departments, non-governmental institutions, adding that saplings had been distributed to farmers for agro forestry
Record saplings await aggressive plantation Latest News From Punjab


Over five crore saplings produced in forest nurseries Business Standard

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Livestock Production Is Not A Solution To Global Warming – PlanetSave.com

Livestock Production Is Not A Solution To Global Warming
PlanetSave.com
Many desertified areas, including those in semi-arid regions would be much healthier and more productive if restored in a resource- efficient manner with indigenous drought-resistant plants, agroforestry, implementing terracing and other organic

Over 5 Cr saplings produced in forest nurseries, Punjab creates new record – Punjab Newsline

Over 5 Cr saplings produced in forest nurseries, Punjab creates new record
Punjab Newsline
been planting in vacant places at villages across the state and remaining plants have also been planting at government institutions, departments, Non governmental institutions and saplings have been distributing to farmers for agro forestry across

Mom on a mission

In our modern, chemical-filled world, many parents are constantly guarding their kids against exposure to pesticides and other potential health threats. Today I want to shine the light on just one of those hardworking parents: a mom named Andrea Stish.

Andrea recently moved to Rochester, Minnesota with her husband and their toddler. Since then, Andrea has been working tirelessly to protect her daughter from pesticides at city parks and in their own neighborhood. Now she's taking her case to city officials, calling for a commitment to pesticide-free parks and playgrounds to protect all the city's kids.

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Permaculture principles can yield a gorgeous Eden that lasts for years. – Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Permaculture principles can yield a gorgeous Eden that lasts for years.
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Angelica Papio, owner of DIY Edible Gardens, looks over Sunrise Ridge Gardens in Sebastopol on July 17, 2013. Papio creates permaculture gardens that apply sustainability principles to landscapes. (CONNER JAY / The Press Democrat) 

Protect kids from pesticide drift. Now.

Seven years. Scientists tell us that's the window in the first years of life when children are most vulnerable to pesticide harms. That's also exactly how long EPA has — so far — delayed putting rules in place to protect kids from pesticides that drift from agricultural fields.

Bottom line? While regulators think about what to do, an entire generation of rural kids has experienced increased risk of harms that can last a lifetime. Health risks from early life pesticide exposure are very real, and can be serious. Science points to falling IQs, ADHD, learning disabilities, birth defects and in some cases, cancer. That's why this week, we're taking EPA to court for being too darn slow.

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Scholarship money earmarked for nontraditional students – Laramie Boomerang

Scholarship money earmarked for nontraditional students
Laramie Boomerang
Two nontraditional UW students, Erin Anders and Quinn Coffeen, complimented the program in their applications for scholarship money. “I was a military wife for nine years,” wrote Anders, an agroecology and anthropology student. “As you can imagine

India’s first rural reality show on Radio Bundelkhand paves way for organic … – Business Standard

India's first rural reality show on Radio Bundelkhand paves way for organic
Business Standard
Conducted on Radio Bundelkhand – a community radio based in Orchha, this competition had 186 teams across 100 villages implement climate change adaptation practices like organic fertilizers, agroforestry and rainwater harvesting. Prakash's team took

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India’s first rural reality show on Radio Bundelkhand paves way for organic … – Newstrack India

India's first rural reality show on Radio Bundelkhand paves way for organic
Newstrack India
Conducted on Radio Bundelkhand – a community radio based in Orchha, this competition had 186 teams across 100 villages implement climate change adaptation practices like organic fertilizers, agroforestry and rainwater harvesting. Prakash's team took

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India’s first rural reality show on Radio Bundelkhand paves way for organic … – ANINEWS

India's first rural reality show on Radio Bundelkhand paves way for organic
ANINEWS
Conducted on Radio Bundelkhand – a community radio based in Orchha, this competition had 186 teams across 100 villages implement climate change adaptation practices like organic fertilizers, agroforestry and rainwater harvesting. Prakash's team took

Garrett officials, DNR to work together on Deep Creek plan » Local News … – Cumberland Times-News

Garrett officials, DNR to work together on Deep Creek plan » Local News
Cumberland Times-News
The Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology at the University of Maryland will choose the consultant. The planning process is to be completed by Oct. 31, 2014. A steering committee of seven to nine will represent state and local governments, agriculture

Nationwide Foundation grant supports leadership training program

A $20,000 grant from the Nationwide Insurance Foundation will support a leadership-education program in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. The Pennsylvania Rural-Urban Leadership program, known as RULE, is a two-year leadership development initiative administered within the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology and Education.

The contribution of seeds to the recruitment of a Nymphoides peltata population

Publication date: January 2014
Source:Limnologica – Ecology and Management of Inland Waters, Volume 44
Author(s): Wei Huang , Kaining Chen , Xian Shi , Kuixiao Ren , Wenchao Li
The Nymphoides peltata population expands quickly in Lake Taihu, China. One question addressed in this study is whether the seeds of N. peltata contribute to this expansion. The buoyancy and germination of N. peltata seeds and the development of N. peltata seedlings were studied, using seeds collected from Lake Taihu. The results indicated that a low wind velocity of 2.4–3.0 m s−1 had a slightly negative effect on seed buoyancy. After 19 and 67 h of gentle stirring, 50% and 90%, respectively, of the N. peltata seeds had sunk. Few seeds floated again after sinking, but these refloating seeds sank soon with the disturbance. The N. peltata seeds did not germinate without stratification, but the stratification of seeds for a two-week period resulted in a high germination rate (63.3%) at a light intensity of 20 μmol photons m−2 s−1. Both the light and stratification treatments stimulated the seeds germination. The seeds did not germinate in sediment at depths greater than 0.25 cm. A high germination rate (74%) was observed for the seeds that laid on the water–sediment interface; however, nearly all of the germinated seeds floated on the water surface after germination. Only a small fraction (14%) of the buoyant seedlings could re-establish in shallow water (less than 3 cm). In the eighth week of the experiments, the buoyant seedlings that failed to re-establish rotted. When grown in low light intensity conditions, the N. peltata seedlings had smaller cotyledons, shorter primary roots, and weak development of adventitious roots. Sufficient light was important for both seed germination and seedling development. It was found that sexual reproduction is likely to have little direct contribution to the rapid expansion of N. peltata towards the centre of this large shallow lake.

CAP budget in France will reach $10 billion annually for direct payments – Agri.EU


Agri.EU

CAP budget in France will reach $10 billion annually for direct payments
Agri.EU
They can convert a maximum of 5 percent of the grassland into crop area. – Maintaining ecologically valuable land, by retaining uncultivated soil, terraces, buffer tripes, agro-forestry, permanent crops, etc. © 2013 Agri.EU. Recommend (0). E-mail. Send

Scientists seek out forest traditions in climate change fight – PreventionWeb (press release)

Scientists seek out forest traditions in climate change fight
PreventionWeb (press release)
changing world. For more information on the issues discussed in this article, please contact Miguel Pinedo-Vasquez at m.pinedo-vasquez@cgiar.org. This research was carried out as part of the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry.

Osher Foundation Gift of $1 Million Supports UW Nontraditional Students – University of Wyoming News

Osher Foundation Gift of $1 Million Supports UW Nontraditional Students
University of Wyoming News
“I was a military wife for nine years,” writes Erin Anders of Cheyenne, an agroecology and anthropology student, in her application. “As you can imagine, with a young child, it was nearly impossible to effectively work and go to school. Last year, the

DENR-Bataan plants 2000 ha of forests, urban parks – Philippine Information Agency

DENR-Bataan plants 2000 ha of forests, urban parks
Philippine Information Agency
In 2012, DENR-Bataan planted 794 ha of the province's rich land resources that covered the NGP's five priority components such as reforestation, bamboo, agroforestry, protected areas and urban parks. During the maiden year of NGP's implementation in 

Breaking the Cycle of Perpetual Food Insecurity In Malawi – Scoop.co.nz (press release)

Breaking the Cycle of Perpetual Food Insecurity In Malawi
Scoop.co.nz (press release)
He noted that the integration of legumes in cropping systems and agroforestry systems in Malawi are yielding more food than fertilizer-driven systems while rapidly restoring soil fertility. They are the foundations of sustainable food security. He

An Interview with Cornell’s Dr. Erika Styger about the System of Crop … – Big Picture Agriculture

An Interview with Cornell's Dr. Erika Styger about the System of Crop
Big Picture Agriculture
Others, to name a few, are: the integration of livestock with agriculture, conservation agriculture, and agroforestry. SRI is a knowledge-based approach, and once farmers have learned about the new principles, they can become more independent in

Grad researcher studies impacts of Marcellus Shale development on wildlife

Pennsylvania, a.k.a. Penn’s Woods, is roughly 60 percent forest, with the largest unbroken block of trees spanning the state’s north central region. “This region is one of Pennsylvania’s greatest resources,” says Penn State graduate student Lillie Langlois. Within the past six years, however, the rapid expansion of Marcellus Shale drilling has been breaking up the block. According to the state Department of Environmental Protection, as of 2012, there were more than 8,000 well permits issued and 6,000 wells drilled across the state. The resulting infrastructure impacts wildlife.