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Survey Results Reveal Global Hunger May Be Double Previous Estimates, Says Ohio State Researcher

February 23, 2012 |

New Release – (COLUMBUS, OH, Feb 23) – A household food and nutrition survey developed in part by an Ohio State University researcher is uncovering a clearer picture of hunger and malnutrition throughout the world.

Although the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has in the past estimated that 1 billion people in the world go hungry or are malnourished, the surveys being used now, said Hugo Melgar-Quiñonez, indicate the number may be double that. Read More

Sustainable Agriculture Tech Co. Uses Shrimp Heads and Microbiological Components to Increase Yields

February 21, 2012 |

News Release – (TULARE, CA, Feb 14, 2012) – Among the many head-turning products at last week’s 45th World Ag Expo was an innovative biotechnology formula for soil sustainability that uses discarded shrimp heads and microbiological components to fortify crop plants and cost-efficiently improve yield, quality and profit.

Field proven in more than 1,500 trials around the world, the patented soil regeneration product (“biofertilizer”) from Agrinos of Norway is manufactured in Mexico and has the potential to transform California’s $40 billion agricultural industry, a major contributor to America’s export economy. Read More

Integrated Weed Management Best Response to Herbicide Resistance, Says PSU Research Report

February 16, 2012 |

New Release – UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Over-reliance on glyphosate-type herbicides for weed control on U.S. farms has created a dramatic increase in the number of genetically-resistant weeds, according to a team of agricultural researchers, who say the solution lies in an integrated weed management program.

“I’m deeply concerned when I see figures that herbicide use could double in the next decade,” said David Mortensen, professor of weed ecology at Penn State.

Since the mid-1990s, agricultural seed companies developed and marketed seeds that were genetically modified to resist herbicides such as Roundup — glyphosate — as a more flexible way to manage weeds, Mortensen said. About 95 percent of the current soybean crop is modified by inserting herbicide-resistant genes into the plants. Read More

Management of World’s Soil Key to Food, Water and Climate Security Says UNEP Year Book

February 14, 2012 |

Press Release – (Nairobi, February 13, 2012) Dramatic improvements in the way the world manages its precious soils will be key to food, water and climate security in the 21st century.

According to the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Year Book 2012, 24 per cent of the global land area has already suffered declines in health and productivity over the past quarter century as a result of unsustainable land-use.

It highlights assessments indicating that some kinds of conventional and intensive agriculture are triggering soil erosion rates some 100 times greater than the rates at which nature can form soil in the first place. Read More

North Dakota State University Enters in Partnership for Energy Beet Development Project

February 6, 2012 |

News Release – Group hopes to develop at least 12 sustainable ethanol facilities across North Dakota.

A project that will develop an advanced biofuel from energy beets and provide growers across North Dakota with a new industrial crop is taking another important step forward, fueled by a significant two-year North Dakota Renewable Energy Council grant.

“This project truly is a public-private partnership with the Green Vision Group (GVG) of Fargo and Heartland Renewable Energy of Muscatine Iowa, plus research by North Dakota State University, to develop the energy beet biofuels industry in North Dakota,” says Cole Gustafson, NDSU Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics chair. Read More