App series to maximize land’s productivity, protect resources – agprofessional.com

App series to maximize land's productivity, protect resources
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New Mexico State University, USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), ISRIC-World Soil Information in the Netherlands, the African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS), World Agroforestry Center, Regional Center for Mapping of …

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Effects of habitat types and within lake environmental gradients on the diversity of chironomid assemblages

Publication date: Available online 30 May 2015
Source:Limnologica – Ecology and Management of Inland Waters
Author(s): Diána Árva , András Specziár , Tibor Erős , Mónika Tóth
Understanding the distribution of biotic diversity across various spatial scales and environmental gradients is important from fundamental, practical and conservation biological aspects. We applied a hierarchical diversity partitioning framework to quantify the variability of sample level α- and β 1 -diversity, and environment related β 2 -diversity of benthic chironomid assemblages within and among a priori defined habitat types, and along the gradients of individual environmental factors in a large and shallow lake (Lake Balaton, Hungary). Taxon richness (both additive and multiplicative) and Shannon index based diversity approaches yielded highly concordant results. The α-diversity was much lower and β 1 -diversity higher than predicted by null model and both measures varied substantially among habitat types and along most individual environmental gradients. The β 2 -diversity indicated a marked variability of taxon (identified at species to genus level) pool among habitat types and higher than predicted taxon turnover along all examined environmental gradients. Moreover, the observed β 2 -diversity varied greatly among individual environmental gradients. The difference between the expected and observed β 2 -diversity values suggests that taxon turnover was most influential (in decreasing order) along the algae coverage gradient, the lake bed substratum gradient and the macrophyte coverage gradient among others. We argue that within-lake environmental heterogeneity and its effect on the taxon richness should receive more attention in biodiversity assessment and conservation. Management could benefit from the identification of within lake gradients along which taxonomic turnover maximizes.

Dynamics and sources of dissolved organic carbon during phytoplankton bloom in hypereutrophic Lake Taihu (China)

Publication date: Available online 29 May 2015
Source:Limnologica – Ecology and Management of Inland Waters
Author(s): Linlin Ye , Xiaodong Wu , Bo Liu , Dezhi Yan , Fanxiang Kong
To establish the influence of phytoplankton blooms on the dynamics and sources of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) in Lake Taihu, the concentrations and stable carbon isotope values (δ13C) of DOC and particulate organic carbon (POC) were analyzed, along with environmental factors, including water temperature, chlorophyll a (Chl a ) concentration, phytoplankton community and total bacterial abundance, from March to August 2013 at five sites in Lake Taihu. Significant differences were observed in the DOC concentrations and δ13C DOC values at the sampling sites. On average, the proportion of DOC in the total organic carbon (TOC) pool ranged from 30% ± 10% to 81% ± 7%. POC was positively associated with both Chl a concentration and cyanobacteria biomass, suggesting that cyanobacteria blooms contribute to the POC pool in Lake Taihu. Depleted 13C in DOC relative to POC was observed in August, indicating that DOC was partially derived from POC in August. However, Chl a explained only 40% of the variation in DOC in the entirety of Lake Taihu, and at two sites far from the estuary, the contribution of allochthonous carbon was less than 50% in August. These results suggested a greater influence of allochthonous sources on the DOC pool. Moreover, the biodegradability of DOC was further determined by the total dissolved carbohydrates to DOC ratio (TCHO/DOC), specific UV absorbance (SUVA 254 ), and the concentrations of bioavailable DOC (BDOC). On average, 17% of the variation in DOC was attributable to the BDOC pool, and the BDOC concentration correlated positively with Chl a , cyanobacteria biomass, and total bacterial abundance, suggesting that cyanobacteria – derived DOC is biodegradable and is preferentially utilized by bacteria.

UC Santa Cruz receives gift to establish University Librarian Presidential Chair – UC Santa Cruz


UC Santa Cruz

UC Santa Cruz receives gift to establish University Librarian Presidential Chair
UC Santa Cruz
The Webster Family has had an exceptional impact on the UC Santa Cruz campus, providing gifts to benefit several areas including the Natural Reserves, the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, and the Libraries. Alec Webster ('02 …

Agroecology & Justice in Food Systems Are Critical to Empower People to Feed … – Huffington Post


Huffington Post

Agroecology & Justice in Food Systems Are Critical to Empower People to Feed
Huffington Post
Much of this promising activity falls under an umbrella called "agroecology" — a science that provides ecological principles for the design and management of sustainable food systems. At the farm level, agroecology means developing and using

Julie Guthman wins excellence award for research in food justice issues – UC Santa Cruz


UC Santa Cruz

Julie Guthman wins excellence award for research in food justice issues
UC Santa Cruz
Allen, who earned her MA and Ph.D. in sociology at UC Santa Cruz, was associated with UCSC's agroecology program for 28 years and directed UCSC's Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems from 2007 to 2012. In 1991, UC Santa Cruz …

The big cheese: For Penn State dairy foods expert, it’s OK to be judgmental

Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, Kerry Kaylegian was fond of cheese. That changed during a trip to New York City when she was 14, and she developed a passion for cheese. Now a dairy research and extension associate in the Department of Food Science at Penn State, Kaylegian has built a national reputation as a judge in cheese competitions.

Smart Phone Apps Series to Help Maximize Land’s Productivity, Protect Resources – Agricultural Research

Smart Phone Apps Series to Help Maximize Land's Productivity, Protect Resources
Agricultural Research
New Mexico State University, USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), ISRIC-World Soil Information in the Netherlands, the African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS), World Agroforestry Center, Regional Center for Mapping of …

More money and less risk for African eco-farmers – Greenpeace Africa (blog)


Greenpeace Africa (blog)

More money and less risk for African eco-farmers
Greenpeace Africa (blog)
The approaches, often rooted in traditional farming techniques, include sustainable land management, water harvesting, agroforestry, biological control of pests and weeds, intercropping, organic farming, permaculture, and several others. The 2014 …

UK Government Erodes Eco-Campaigners’ Right of Free Speech – Permaculture Magazine

UK Government Erodes Eco-Campaigners' Right of Free Speech
Permaculture Magazine
Why the Church needs to return to its pastoral roots: permaculture visions of a rural minster. Reverend Rob Brown. Will Lord Products · A primitive approach to permaculture: Can we close the loop? Mark Boyle. inside_the_forest_wallpaper_1e966.jpg.

Guest Blog: The story McDonald’s didn’t get to hear

Last Friday, I was sitting at a coffee shop thinking about the previous 24 hours — and feeling uncertain about my next steps. I’d just gotten back from the McDonald’s annual shareholder meeting in Chicago, where I had planned to share my concerns about pesticides used to grow potatoes that become McDonald’s french fries.

Though I had mustered up the courage to speak before hundreds of people at the high-profile meeting, the corporation's security people turned us away.

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Swing & a miss on bee-harming pesticides

Once again, it looks like federal decisionmakers are sidestepping the issue of bee-harming pesticides. The Pollinator Health Task Force, launched almost a year ago by President Obama, released its strategy for addressing pollinator declines last week — without tackling the pesticide problem.

While the plan sets an ambitious goal for reining in honey bee losses, and calls for state plans to increase habitat for pollinators, it fails to directly address the impact of neonicotinoids and other insecticides, despite crystal clear science that these chemicals are impacting pollinators. 

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Victory! Another global pesticide ban.

An important victory and a disappointing setback came out of the global policy meetings I wrote about recently. The victory is a huge one: civil society leaders helped to secure a worldwide ban of the pesticide pentachlorophenol (PCP) under the Stockholm Convention. 

In a dramatic twist, participating countries took the historic step of 'voting to vote' instead of trying to achieve consensus, as is the norm. The step was taken in response to a few countries' aggressive efforts to thwart progress.

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UC Santa Cruz Farm & Garden’s market cart produce stand opens June 2 – UC Santa Cruz


UC Santa Cruz

UC Santa Cruz Farm & Garden's market cart produce stand opens June 2
UC Santa Cruz
All the produce is organically grown at the UCSC Farm and Alan Chadwick Garden by staff and students in the Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture, an organic farmer and gardener training program of UCSC's Center for Agroecology and Sustainable …

International ag students chosen to attend forum for future leaders

Two graduate students in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences have been selected to attend the Future Leaders Forum, to be held as part of the Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development annual meeting, May 31-June 2 in Washington, D.C. Sarah Eissler and Megan Wilkerson were among only 12 students selected to participate out of nearly 100 applicants from universities across the country.

Thanks to Sustainable Farming, Global Hunger Is On the Decline – TakePart


TakePart

Thanks to Sustainable Farming, Global Hunger Is On the Decline
TakePart
… adoption of sustainable agricultural intensification practices and techniques—sustainable land management, soil conservation, improved water management, diversified agricultural systems and agroforestry—in order to produce more outputs from the

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Sustainable coffee and cocoa workshop helps growers – Peru this Week


Peru this Week

Sustainable coffee and cocoa workshop helps growers
Peru this Week
Many producers are part of a sustainable agroforestry initiative implemented by the Alternative Development Programme in Satipo (DAS) via the ProNaturaleza Foundation, with funding from the European Union and DEVIDA. The project helps producers to …

Penn State Extension diabetes program receives national recognition

Penn State Extension is part of a multi-state team that has received national recognition for the Dining with Diabetes educational program. Extension educators from Penn State and five other universities shared the 2015 Jeanne M. Priester Award in the Individual/Family category, which was presented at the recent National Health Outreach Conference in Atlanta.

World’s least-polluting nations aim to set Paris climate bar high – Yahoo News

World's least-polluting nations aim to set Paris climate bar high
Yahoo News
Measures to get there include using solar and wind energy for rural electrification, reducing power loss during transmission, recovering gases from landfills, composting waste, and introducing agroforestry and better soil management. So far, 37

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World’s least-polluting nations aim to set Paris climate bar high – Business Insider

World's least-polluting nations aim to set Paris climate bar high
Business Insider
Measures to get there include using solar and wind energy for rural electrification, reducing power loss during transmission, recovering gases from landfills, composting waste, and introducing agroforestry and better soil management. So far, 37

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World’s least-polluting nations aim to set Paris climate bar high – Reuters

World's least-polluting nations aim to set Paris climate bar high
Reuters
Measures to get there include using solar and wind energy for rural electrification, reducing power loss during transmission, recovering gases from landfills, composting waste, and introducing agroforestry and better soil management. So far, 37

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Riza Bernabe and Maya Quirino, Bangkok | Opinion | Mon, May 25 2015, 6:30 AM – Jakarta Post

Riza Bernabe and Maya Quirino, Bangkok | Opinion | Mon, May 25 2015, 6:30 AM
Jakarta Post
Sustainable agriculture practices include crop diversification, composting, responsible water management, and rehabilitation of degraded soils. Agro-ecology's virtues include recycling biomass to enhance the soil's nutrients, managing water more

Anti-GMO protesters march against Monsanto in Burkina Faso – spyghana.com


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Anti-GMO protesters march against Monsanto in Burkina Faso
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Thousands activists of the collective citizenship for agro-ecology, of which many Europeans, took to the streets on Saturday at Ouagadougou to demonstrate against genetically modified organism (GMO) and the specialized GMO distribution multinational …

Impacts of hydroelectric power stations on Trichoptera assemblages in four rivers in NW Spain

Publication date: Available online 23 May 2015
Source:Limnologica – Ecology and Management of Inland Waters
Author(s): Romina Álvarez-Troncoso , Cesar João Benetti , Amadou Babacar Sarr , Amaia Pérez-Bilbao , Josefina Garrido
In this work, we studied Trichoptera assemblages in different rivers in NW Spain affected by hydroelectric power stations, and assessed the influence of environmental variables on the distribution of species. Twenty sites in four rivers were sampled during eight sampling campaigns (2001-2002). The fauna was collected with a quantitative Surber sampler. In addition, several physical, chemical and habitat variables were measured at each site. A distance-based redundancy analysis (dbRDA) was done to investigate the relationship between the assemblages and the environmental variables. Assemblage composition was analyzed by non-metric Multi-Dimensional Scaling (NMDS) and differences between groups were tested using the analysis of similarity (ANOSIM) considering two grouping variables, the river basin and the position of the site (location). The SIMPER routine was used to verify species contribution to dissimilarity. A total of 53 taxa of Trichoptera belonging to 16 families were found, 52% of which were Iberian endemics. The dbRDA revealed that altitude, conductivity, total suspended solids, temperature and location were the variables that most influenced the studied fauna. According to the NMDS analysis, significant differences in faunal composition were recorded between up and downstream sites and between river basins. The fauna seems to respond to a longitudinal gradient, but also to the impact of hydropower stations. The main effects we observed were variations in water temperature and changes in fauna composition, which may be due to the presence of hydropower stations.

Stream macroinvertebrate communities change with grassland afforestation in central Argentina

Publication date: Available online 23 May 2015
Source:Limnologica – Ecology and Management of Inland Waters
Author(s): J.A. Márquez , L. Cibils , R.E. Principe , R.J. Albariño
Lotic ecosystems are highly affected by land use changes such as afforestation of natural areas for management or commercial purposes. The aim of this study was to analyse the effect of pine plantations on benthic invertebrate communities in mountain grassland streams. Additionally, we assessed if the hydrological period modifies the effect of afforestation on stream invertebrates. Three headwater streams draining grasslands (reference streams) and three draining plantations of Pinus elliottii were selected in a mountain watershed of Córdoba province (Argentina). Hydrologic and physicochemical variables were registered and benthic invertebrate samples were collected in each stream at two different hydrological periods. Total invertebrate abundance, richness and diversity were reduced in afforested streams as well as the number of indicator taxa. In addition, invertebrate functional structure (i.e. taxonomic richness and total and relative abundance of Functional Feeding Groups, FFG) showed differences between streams with different riparian vegetation and between hydrological periods. Total abundance of all FFGs was lower in afforested streams and scraperś relative abundance was higher in grassland streams at the low water period. In addition, in most FFGs richness was diminished in afforested streams. Changes in light intensity, hydrology and coarse organic matter inputs produced by afforestation alter fluvial habitats and consequently the composition and trophic structure of invertebrate communities in grassland streams of Córdoba mountains.

Thinking Across Disciplines to Drive Science and Policy – Huffington Post

Thinking Across Disciplines to Drive Science and Policy
Huffington Post
At the regional scale, researchers are questioning land use and conservation, and at the small scale, team members analyze agroforestry settings, soil characteristics, road development, and fishery health. Dr. Sistla's team is comprised of researchers

12 Movies to Watch After You See Tomorrowland – Film School Rejects (blog)


Film School Rejects (blog)

12 Movies to Watch After You See Tomorrowland
Film School Rejects (blog)
This doc is about environmentalists and ecological designers involved with forward-thinking permaculture projects like community and rooftop gardens, rainwater harvesting, agroforestry, no-till farming and more. Unfortunately none of the subjects in

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Penn State ‘must-do’ list: Visit the Creamery

Our historic photo this week shows a glimpse inside the first salesroom of the University Creamery, located on the second floor of Borland Laboratory on the University Park campus, in 1956. This Sunday, May 24, the Penn State Berkey Creamery will kick off festivities celebrating 150 years of service with an opportunity for fans to vote for their favorite ice cream from among three celebration-themed flavors.

Southwest Pacific Ministers Focus on Climate-Smart Agriculture – IISD Reporting Services

Southwest Pacific Ministers Focus on Climate-Smart Agriculture
IISD Reporting Services
The ministers agreed that "addressing issues such as soil health, biodiversity, agroforestry, and promoting integration of sound traditional practices into commercial production are required." After hearing a report on the mid-term review of the FAO

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Vision 2050 Forestry support the UN concept to build a sustainable, climate … – spyghana.com


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Vision 2050 Forestry support the UN concept to build a sustainable, climate
spyghana.com
In 2015 Vision 2050 Forestry launched a Tree Investment Program in Ghana to help citizens, investors and institutions supply the necessary cash-flow and investment to build new agroforestry and carbon credit schemes. Planting heritage trees to

Reply to ‘No-till agriculture and climate change mitigation’ – Nature.com

Reply to 'No-till agriculture and climate change mitigation'
Nature.com
This was deliberate because current uptake of no-till — and its probable rate of adoption in the medium term — is far greater than for the other practices mentioned, such as agroforestry and biochar applications to soil. And we have no disagreement

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Transformational Festival Culture and Permaculture Action come together to … – Virtual-Strategy Magazine (press release)


Virtual-Strategy Magazine (press release)

Transformational Festival Culture and Permaculture Action come together to
Virtual-Strategy Magazine (press release)
This year, Lightning in a Bottle is partnering with Permaculture Action to make the shift from sustainable to regenerative, by building an outdoor classroom at a local elementary school. The structure will be built from cob, which is a non-toxic

Vines by nature: Some Central Coast grape growers depend on seasonal cycles … – New Times SLO


New Times SLO

Vines by nature: Some Central Coast grape growers depend on seasonal cycles
New Times SLO
For this retired UCSC professor who essentially started the school's Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems program, the journey started in Mexico—Tabasco, to be exact—in the 1970s, during something he calls the “Green Revolution.” It

Decomposition of macrophytes in a shallow subtropical lake

Publication date: Available online 19 May 2015
Source:Limnologica – Ecology and Management of Inland Waters
Author(s): Cristiane Carvalho , Luiz Ubiratan Hepp , Cleber Palma-Silva , Edélti Faria Albertoni
Submerged macrophyte detritus is a major component of the organic matter entering shallow lakes. Plant litter decomposition is a complex process that is mediated by microorganisms and some invertebrates. However, the role that aquatic organisms play in the decomposition of macrophytes in shallow subtropical lakes is unclear. This study compared the decomposition rates of Potamogeton pectinatus and Chara zeylanica in a shallow lake (southern Brazil) and assessed the fungal biomass and the macroinvertebrate community associated with the detritus. Aliquots of both species were incubated in litter bags and placed in the lake. After 1, 7, 20, 40, 60, and 80 days of incubation, one set of litter bags was removed from the lake. In a laboratory, plant material was washed for the determination of decomposition rates, chemical characterisation, and quantification of microorganisms and invertebrates. After 80 days of incubation, there was no C. zeylanica detritus, with a decomposition that was four times faster than that of P. pectinatus . The chemical composition was also different between the two detritus, with P. pectinatus showing a higher concentration of nitrogen, phosphorus, organic matter, polyphenols, and carbon. The fungal biomass was similar between the two species. In total, 7,502 invertebrates belonging to 27 taxa were sampled in this study. The composition and abundance of invertebrates was different between the two species. In conclusion, the chemical structure of the macrophyte species studied was important for the microorganisms’ and invertebrates’ colonisation. In addition, leaching had an important function in the initial degradation process.

Inter-basin dispersal through irrigation canals explains low genetic structure in Diplomystes cf. chilensis, an endangered freshwater catfish from Central Chile

Publication date: Available online 19 May 2015
Source:Limnologica – Ecology and Management of Inland Waters
Author(s): C.P. Muñoz-Ramírez , P.F. Victoriano , E. Habit
Biotic homogenization in freshwater ecosystems is a growing concern among conservation biologists. Recent phylogeographic data has shown low genetic structure between some basins from Central Chile, hypothesizing that either current dispersal through irrigation canals or incomplete lineage sorting due to recent divergence might explain the observed patterns. However, these hypotheses remain untested despite their potential implications for freshwater biodiversity and conservation. We used a statistical, model-based framework (approximate Bayesian computation) to investigate the relative support for each of these hypotheses. Our results show strong support for the model involving current migration between basins, and rejected the model of recent divergence without migration. These results strongly suggest that irrigation canals are facilitating the dispersal between basins, posing a serious threat to biodiversity in Central Chile, an area considered a biodiversity hotspot. Finally, these results highlight the utility of model-based approaches for determining demographic processes with potential conservation implications, even with the lack of extensive molecular data.

Terra Firma series: Revelstoke permaculture-based organic farm shares stories – Revelstoke Mountaineer


Revelstoke Mountaineer

Terra Firma series: Revelstoke permaculture-based organic farm shares stories
Revelstoke Mountaineer
Terra Park is the owner of Terra Firma, a Revelstoke organic farm located in the Begbie Bench area. For Revelstoke gardening advice and tips, visit her on Saturday mornings at the Terra Firma booth at the Revelstoke Farm & Craft Market. Photo: Aaron …

Ghana receives financing from UN agency to help smallholder farmers – New Business Ethiopia

Ghana receives financing from UN agency to help smallholder farmers
New Business Ethiopia
It will promote modern forms of conservation agriculture and agroforestry systems to enhance productivity, climate resilience and environmental sustainability of production systems. GASIP will be implemented by a dedicated unit in the Ministry of Food
Ghana Receives Ifad Financing to Help Smallholder Farmers Boost Agricultural AllAfrica.com



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Cleaning up the farm, and the future of permaculture – Charlotte Observer


Charlotte Observer

Cleaning up the farm, and the future of permaculture
Charlotte Observer
I have been reading up on permaculture (the idea of working with nature). It has really opened my eyes to the possibilities of the farm. That small area of triangle-shaped land that always gets overgrown and weedy. Stick a few fruit trees in that area

Ghana Receives Ifad Financing to Help Smallholder Farmers Boost Agricultural … – AllAfrica.com

Ghana Receives Ifad Financing to Help Smallholder Farmers Boost Agricultural
AllAfrica.com
It will promote modern forms of conservation agriculture and agroforestry systems to enhance productivity, climate resilience and environmental sustainability of production systems. GASIP will be implemented by a dedicated unit in the Ministry of Food

City Lights Q&A series: ‘From Vine to Wine’

The Penn State Alumni Association will talk with each of the City Lights speakers and share a Q&A for each event in the six-part series that visits major metro areas. Our next conversation is with Denise Gardner, enology associate at Penn State Extension, which offers educational support for the Pennsylvania wine industry.

Ghana receives IFAD financing to help smallholder farmers boost agricultural … – Global News Network

Ghana receives IFAD financing to help smallholder farmers boost agricultural
Global News Network
It will promote modern forms of conservation agriculture and agroforestry systems to enhance productivity, climate resilience and environmental sustainability of production systems. GASIP will be implemented by a dedicated unit in the Ministry of Food

Schreyer Scholars awarded medals at 2015 Ceremony

More than 400 Scholar medals were awarded to Penn State’s Schreyer Honors College Class of 2015 on Friday, May 8, in Eisenhower Auditorium at University Park. Friends and family members of Scholars and distinguished guests gave the graduating class of Schreyer Scholars a standing ovation at the conclusion of the ceremony.

UN: Stronger Food Sovereignty Battling Hunger in Venezuela – teleSUR English


teleSUR English

UN: Stronger Food Sovereignty Battling Hunger in Venezuela
teleSUR English
Resende pledged the FAO's support for the new agroecology program, saying it will be of “fundamental importance” to family farms. He also praised the country's agrarian policy as a road map toward strengthening agriculture and increasing food production.

Graduating seniors plant seeds for future student farm

The idea of a student-centered farm at Penn State already has inspired dozens of students to become involved in its planning, even though many will graduate before the farm is realized. Julian Subick and Briana Yablonski, two seniors graduating from Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, have devoted much of their last year at Penn State to the rigorous farm-planning process, and they don’t regret a single moment.

FEATURE-Green-fingered Burkinabe women protect shea “gold” – Thomson Reuters Foundation


Thomson Reuters Foundation

FEATURE-Green-fingered Burkinabe women protect shea "gold"
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Both the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and the World Agroforestry Centre are helping local government and communities improve degraded forest by planting native species. They also provide training in how to manage natural resources …

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Green-fingered Burkinabe women protect shea ‘gold’ – Business Insider

Green-fingered Burkinabe women protect shea 'gold'
Business Insider
Both the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and the World Agroforestry Centre are helping local government and communities improve degraded forest by planting native species. They also provide training in how to manage natural resources …

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Green-fingered Burkinabe women protect shea “gold” – TRFN – Yahoo Finance UK

Green-fingered Burkinabe women protect shea "gold" – TRFN
Yahoo Finance UK
Both the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and the World Agroforestry Centre are helping local government and communities improve degraded forest by planting native species. They also provide training in how to manage natural resources …

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North Fork 53 Presents Permaculture Workshop May 23 & 24 – North Coast & Cannon Beach Citizen

North Fork 53 Presents Permaculture Workshop May 23 & 24
North Coast & Cannon Beach Citizen
The workshop will be at North Fork 53, a future permaculture demonstration site, which will provide accommodations for visitors to the coast, educational events, weddings, farm to table dinners, summer camps, and more. Since there are diverse goals for

Edible Landscaping with a Permaculture Twist – Frederick News Post (subscription)

Edible Landscaping with a Permaculture Twist
Frederick News Post (subscription)
Michael Judd has worked with agro-ecological and whole system designs throughout the Americas for the last 20 years focusing on applying permaculture and ecological design to increase local food security and community health in both tropical and …

Kaua’i takes on the Big 6 & wins. Again!

Chalk up another win for the little guy. A handful of residents of Kauai’s Waimea community prevailed in court over biotech giant DuPont-Pioneer last week. Citing extensive, harmful dust generated by DuPont’s seed operations, a jury awarded 15 residents $500,000 in damages.

This is just the latest in an impressive string of victories against pesticide and genetically engineered (GE) seed corporations in Kaua’i, the global epicenter for GE seed testing.

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Ball State student combines love of gardening, sustainability for local initiative – Ball State Daily


Ball State Daily

Ball State student combines love of gardening, sustainability for local initiative
Ball State Daily
Faye Lichtsinn, a junior Natural Resources and Environmental Management major at Ball State University, talks to a Permaculture Initiative volunteer about the process of building a fence garden and drainage system at Be Here Now. Faye Lichtsinn, a

Smallholder Farmers: The New Global Food Frontier – Triple Pundit (registration) (blog)


Triple Pundit (registration) (blog)

Smallholder Farmers: The New Global Food Frontier
Triple Pundit (registration) (blog)
Back in January, 3p reported on an innovative community agroforestry development project that is having tremendous success revitalizing rural smallholder farms and communities in rural Haiti. With steadfast support from Timberland, as well as the rural …

Committee on Institutional Cooperation names five as fellows

The Committee on Institutional Cooperation’s Academic Leadership Program has gained five additional Fellows from the Penn State ranks. The CIC is the academic consortium of the Big Ten universities plus the University of Chicago. Through its leadership program, participants who have demonstrated exceptional ability and administrative promise are aided in further developing their leadership and managerial skills.

Vet and Biomedical Sciences adviser receives 2015 Academic Advising Award

Nüket Acar, advising coordinator and undergraduate adviser in the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, is the recipient of this year’s Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences Excellence in Academic Advising Award. The award recognizes faculty members and staff for overall effectiveness in student advising, personal counseling, and individual student goal-setting and career planning.

Region Briefs: Two Kansas State students are finalists for award – Midwest Producer

Region Briefs: Two Kansas State students are finalists for award
Midwest Producer
TOPEKA, Kan. – Kansas farming and ranching, economic viability, quality of life, conserving our natural resources and good stewardship are subjects to be covered in the Kansas Agroforestry Workshop May 20-21 at the Ramada Downtown Hotel in Topeka.

Myanmar’s Smart Farmers & Saving Mozambique’s Forests – Aljazeera.com


Aljazeera.com

Myanmar's Smart Farmers & Saving Mozambique's Forests
Aljazeera.com
The centre also has a multi-purpose education programme that nurtures the specialised skills required for bespoke design production and agroforestry as well as providing education for the children in the community. Join Ndoni Khanyile in Central …

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Bringing local truths to global policies

Every year, our PAN International partners carry out amazing on-the-ground campaigns for safer food systems. As a network, we also have a long history of influencing global policies by participating in international treaties. One such gathering is taking place right now in Geneva, and PAN activists from all five regional centers are participating.

The key role PAN plays in these meetings is bringing the realities of pesticide exposures — both the latest science and stories from the field — into the room where high-level decisions are being made. Our active participation has led to significant wins over the years, like a global ban of the hazardous pesticide endosulfan, and strong restrictions on the use of DDT.

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It’s time for the “spring flush”… of pesticides

What, you may ask, is the "spring flush?" In late spring and early summer,  large concentrations of herbicides are flushed from croplands. These chemicals — like the herbicide atrazine — then get transported far and wide through surface water systems.

Herbicides are water-soluble and thus have the potential to leach into groundwater supplies as well as streams, lakes and other surface waters. Atrazine is a frequently found contaminant in drinking water supplies throughout the Corn Belt, and every year the spring flush raises concerns over the potential of atrazine spikes in drinking water supplies.

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Feed the world: New global report highlights forests’ role – Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)


Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)

Feed the world: New global report highlights forests' role
Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)
Land-sharing: For the purposes of this report, defined as “The promotion of agricultural techniques, mainly agroforestry, that are 'friendly' to wild species, aimed at fostering the co-existence of managed (crops or livestock) and wild species in the

Permaculture Design Series – Water in the Landscape – The Bozeman Daily Chronicle


The Bozeman Daily Chronicle

Permaculture Design Series – Water in the Landscape
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle
If you're looking for practical, DIY ways to become more self-reliant, join Broken Ground for its Permaculture Design Series the third Saturday of each month from March to June. Whether you have a balcony, a backyard or a 10-acre plot of land

Arboretum to hold annual plant sale May 16, 17

The Arboretum at Penn State will hold its annual plant sale from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. (or while supplies last) on Saturday, May 16, and Sunday, May 17. The sale tent will be located on the lawn next to the parking lot of the H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens near the intersection of Park Avenue and Bigler Road.

Wary as Mathenge shrubs Invade Busia County – Africa Science News Service

Wary as Mathenge shrubs Invade Busia County
Africa Science News Service
So is ICRAF (the World Agroforestry Centre that is based in Nairobi) as well as the Centre for Sustainable Development Initiative, a local NGO. KEFRI is also exploring the potential of biological control, and is testing various local insects that can

Brazil: Five thousand women march for agroecology – News from AgriCultures Network

Brazil: Five thousand women march for agroecology
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March 2015: "We are marching for health, for quality of life, for public policies. We, women, have the capacity to do anything. I have that capacity, as has every one of you here." With these words Marlene Pereira, vice president of the Rural Workers

The Cutting Edge Method for Producing Food Just Might Be the Old Method for … – VICE News

The Cutting Edge Method for Producing Food Just Might Be the Old Method for
VICE News
Going against grain, though, are proponents of agroecology, which emphasizes growing many crops simultaneously, on smaller plots of land, without expensive chemistry. Rather than fertilizers, proponents of the practice use cover crops, such as arugula, …