Archive for March, 2011

  • New diets for cows could cut climate emissions

    Thursday, March 31st, 2011

    The study, which aims to help farmers cut their contribution to climate change, shows that feeding these animals foods such as maize silage, naked oats and higher sugar grasses can reduce the amount of methane they produce.
    Agriculture Minister Jim Paice said:
    “We are committed to supporting the farming industry as [...]

  • Agroecology a `spectacular` success, says UN expert

    Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

    Agroecology, a science-based, ecological approach to agriculture, has been underestimated by policymakers even though it could play a vital role in boosting crop yields and advancing economic development, says a UN report.
    The approach relies on the natural environment to boost soil productivity and protect crops against pests, [...]

  • NPPC applauds action on EPA regulations

    Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

    The National Pork Producers Council applauded Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., for saying she will work with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency to address livestock producers’ concerns over environmental regulations.
    In a speech last week, Stabenow, the new chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, [...]

  • Measuring Methane Gas From Cattle

    Saturday, March 5th, 2011

    Methane is an extremely potent greenhouse gas. Wetlands, gas hydrates, permafrost, termites, oceans, freshwater bodies, non-wetland soils, are all natural sources of atmospheric methane; however, the majority of methane presence can be accredited to human-related activities.
    These activities include: such as fossil fuel production, biomass burning, [...]

  • On-Farm Renewable Energy Production Shows Tremendous Growth

    Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

    The number of solar panels, wind turbines and methane digesters on America’s farms and ranches has increased significantly over the past decade and there are now 8,569 operations producing their own renewable energy, according to the results of the 2009 On-Farm Renewable Energy Production Survey released today. Conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National [...]