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2010-08-16 15:14:48

Arsenic in food supplements passes through chickens, then passes through the field Fields amended with poultry litter can accumulate significant levels of arsenic, according to studies by USDA-Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists and associates. These findings provide key information about the agricultural pollutants that can build up in agricultural soils over time"”and possibly migrate into nearby streams and rivers. Poultry producers have sometimes supplemented chicken...

2010-08-02 17:14:33

A simple and inexpensive demonstration of soil water retention and field capacity Using little more than PVC rings, a trashcan, and a scale, students can literally get a feel for soil water retention and field capacity, concepts that are important and useful in fields from farming to engineering. The demonstration, developed by Adam Howard, Drs. Josh Heitman and Dan Bowman of North Carolina State University, was designed to illustrate concepts that can be difficult for students to visualize...

2010-06-15 16:11:00

ARDMORE, Okla., June 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation has selected E. Charles Brummer, Ph.D., as a new senior vice president and the director of the Forage Improvement Division. With more than 20 years of experience, Brummer is recognized nationally and internationally as one of the leaders in genomics, plant breeding and forage development. "Dr. Brummer is known throughout the United States and around the world as one of the very best in forage...

2010-06-14 15:00:29

Research finds little to no transport of microbes from cow pastures into groundwater Concern about microbial contamination of groundwater from foraging dairy cows has increased as spray irrigation practices in New Zealand have increased over the years. Bacteria capable of living in both animals and humans are commonly found in cow manure. Addressing the lack of research on the topic, a team of New Zealand researchers studied the transport of microbes from two spray irrigated dairy pastures...

2010-06-14 14:52:56

Scientists develop application of rare earth elements to control phosphorus runoff from livestock manure Nutrient runoff from livestock manure is a common source of agricultural pollution. Looking for an uncommon solution, a team of scientists has developed an application of rare earth elements to control and track runoff phosphorus from soils receiving livestock manure. In addition to reducing the solubility of phosphorus, this method shows particular promise for researchers interested in...

2010-05-26 09:15:00

ST. LOUIS, May 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Discoveries that can increase crop yields and productivity, create sustainable forests and new medicines, and other advances to improve the lives of farmers and others' lives, especially in the world's poorest countries, will be among the recurring themes of presentations at the upcoming International Association for Plant Biotechnology (IAPB) 12th World Congress, June 6-11, 2010, at the America's Center in downtown, St. Louis, Missouri. IAPB President...

2010-05-03 13:18:57

A new model probes to new depths in search of nitrogen Large amounts of nitrogen are stored in the soils of agricultural areas in Nebraska and Maryland, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Once in the soil, nitrogen can be converted to nitrate, which can readily move to groundwater. "We expected to find nitrogen stored in organic matter in these soils, but didn't realize how much," said Tom Nolan, USGS hydrologist, who...

2010-03-25 12:18:18

Comprehensive assessment to be released at pivotal global meeting addresses challenges of hunger, climate change, food and financial crisis LONDON, UK -- A report to be released at a pivotal global meeting on agriculture finds that transforming the agriculture agenda to meet the challenges of a warmer, environmentally-degraded world of 9 billion people will require changes "as radical as those that occurred during industrial and agricultural revolutions of the 19th and 20th centuries." The...

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2010-03-16 13:42:41

A new report by an international research team explores the impact of the global livestock industry on the environment, the economy and human health. Global meat production has tripled in the past three decades and could double its present level by 2050, according to a new report on the livestock industry by an international team of scientists and policy experts. The impact of this "livestock revolution" is likely to have significant consequences for human health, the environment and the...

2010-02-12 10:45:00

World-Renowned Policy Experts Held International Discussion to Find Solutions to Agricultural Challenges of the 21st Century Global Town Hall Discussed How to Feed a Hungry World, Preserve Water and Improve the Lives of Farmers WASHINGTON, Feb. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An eminent panel of science and policy experts braved a historic blizzard today to identify solutions for the greatest agricultural challenges of all time. The global dialogue comes in response to a final call for...


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