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15 September 2016
Importance of Antibiotic Resistance in Farming Stressed Ahead of UN Event
GLOBAL - Good farm hygiene and animal health practices can greatly reduce the need to use antimicrobial medicines, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation said in its new Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance....
12 September 2016
Dairy Stocking Rate Research Challenges Pollution Perceptions
New Zealand - An experiment in New Zealand found that more cows per grazing area led to less nitrogen leached to ground water, challenging assumptions on stocking rate, report investigators in the Journal of Dairy Science....
28 July 2016
New Tests Could Protect Cowpat-Eating Animals
SWITZERLAND - Livestock medications can impair beneficial organisms that break down dung, but a new study could show a way to conduct better testing to prevent such harm....
26 July 2016
New Way of Fertilising Pastures Helps Environment
AUSTRALIA - James Cook University researchers have shown a way to potentially halve the amount of fertiliser dairy farmers use while maintaining pasture yields, providing improved protection for the Great Barrier Reef....
22 July 2016
Only Half of Consumers Aware of Food Waste Problem
US - Even though American consumers throw away about 80 billion pounds of food a year, only about half are aware that food waste is a problem. ...
15 July 2016
Public Trust in Agriculture and Freedom to Operate
ANALYSIS - Trust is low in the Canadian food system, and this is giving consumers a previously unheard-of degree of input into on-farm and other food system practices, writes Treena Hein....
12 July 2016
Watch Out for Lead Poisoning in Cattle
ANALYSIS - The Kansas State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory diagnoses many kinds of illnesses throughout a given year, but the one witnessed frequently this past spring in cattle was lead poisoning....
23 June 2016
Will El Niño Bring a La Niña Drought to the US Midwest?
ANALYSIS - As the US Midwest comes out of its very strong El Niño, it could transition into La Niña. Could that mean drought for Midwest farmers? ...
20 June 2016
New Bill to Enable US Dairy Farms to Invest in Manure Recycling
US - Legislation introduced last week in the US House of Representatives will help dairy farmers increase their investment in technologies, such as manure digesters, that improve the environment, the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) said in support...
17 June 2016
Researchers Investigate Economic Impact of Climate Change on Farms
US - An interdisciplinary team from the University of Illinois recently investigated the effects of climate change on farmland values in the Southwestern United States....
10 June 2016
New Study Examines Effect of Dairy Farm Manure Management on Antibiotic Resistance
US - Researchers from four US universities are teaming up with dairy farms across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic to study the effect of three different manure management techniques on preventing the occurrence and spread of antimicrobial-resistant bacteria,...
27 May 2016
Cattle Treated with Antibiotics Emit More Methane, Study Shows
GLOBAL - An international team of scientists have published a study that highlights how antibiotics given to cattle can have far-reaching effects on an ecosystem, according to the EU's CORDIS (Community Research and Development Information Service)....
25 May 2016
Livestock’s Contributions to Climate Change: Facts and Fiction
ANALYSIS - As the November 2015 Global Climate Change Conference COP21 concluded in Paris, 196 countries reached agreement on the reduction of fossil fuel use and emissions in the production and consumption of energy, even to the extent of potentially...
18 May 2016
Low-Flow Sprinklers Can Cool Cows Just as Effectively
US - Dairies use intermittent sprinkler systems to cool cows in warm weather, but little experimental work has been done to determine how much water is needed to achieve beneficial effects. ...
13 May 2016
Could Cattle Be Fed on Waste Paper?
COLOMBIA - A new project at the University of Colombia is looking at feeding waste paper to ruminants, as part of an effort to ensure availability of animal feed in times of poor weather....
12 May 2016
New Research: Time to Switch Antibiotic Resistance Focus from Use to Environment
ANALYSIS - Scientists have discovered a “startling” lack of resistance genes in meat, and their new research suggests the need to switch focus from reducing antibiotic use to traffic from humans to animals, and back to humans via the environment....
11 May 2016
How Are US Dairy Operations Impacting Water Quality?
ANALYSIS - The tremendous increase in productivity and efficiency in the US dairy industry has also come with an array of negative environmental impacts that are a major challenge from a sustainability perspective, reports Sarah Mikesell, live from the...
09 May 2016
New Study Presents Strategies for Producing Food for Growing Population
US - Agriculture now produces more than enough calories to meet basic human dietary needs worldwide. Despite this seeming abundance, one out of eight people do not have access to sufficient food....
06 May 2016
Researchers Find Molecule to Reduce Methane Emissions from Cattle
SPAIN - Researchers at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) have discovered that a certain molecule can be used to reduce methane emissions from ruminants, without risks to the animals' health....
04 May 2016
New European Collaboration to Work Towards Sustainable Agriculture
EU - A new research collaboration plans to quantify the sensitivity of ecosystems to environmental pressures in representative agriculturally dominated landscapes in Europe....
21 April 2016
Report Urging Consumers to Eat Less Meat for Planet "Riddled with Flaws"
GLOBAL - A new report from the World Resources Institute has urged consumers to reduce their consumption of meat and dairy products to help the environment, but the meat industry has hit back by saying the report is inaccurate and flawed....
Decrease Dairy Cleaning Costs with Table Salt and Tap Water
US - A safer option for cleaning milking systems on dairy farms may also decrease cleaning time and cost, according to a team of Penn State engineers....
20 April 2016
Livestock Waste Converted into More Useful Products in Pilot Plant
GERMANY - In regions with intensive livestock production, manure management is a problem, but a new plant presenting research results this June is showing promise in converting manure into useful products....
11 April 2016
Reducing Food Waste Could Help Mitigate Climate Change
GERMANY - About a tenth of overall global greenhouse-gas emissions from agriculture could be traced back to food waste by mid-century, a new study shows....
31 March 2016
Canada Funding More Research to Reduce Farm Greenhouse Gases
CANADA - The Government of Canada is investing $27 million to help producers find ways to mitigate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from their farming operations, Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Lawrence MacAulay has announced....
21 March 2016
New EU Regulation to Boost Use of Fertiliser from Farm Waste
EU - The EU Commission has proposed a Regulation which will significantly ease the access of organic and waste-based fertilisers to the EU single market, bringing them on a level playing field with traditional, non-organic fertilisers, which are typically...
14 March 2016
Farms Alerted to End of Routine Long Term Rodenticide Baiting
UK - Soon, the supply of rodenticide products in the UK will require farmers and pest controllers to show certificates of competence in their use under the UK Rodenticide Stewardship Regime....
09 March 2016
Roles of Dairy in a Healthy, Sustainable Diet
ANALYSIS - Research into the role of dairy in diets can play an important part in identifying key markets for products....
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