Archive for August, 2013

  • Conservation Work Minimizes Sediment, Nutrient Runoff

    Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) report that shows farmers have significantly reduced the loss of sediment and nutrients from farm fields through voluntary conservation work in the lower Mississippi River basin. Secretary Vilsack highlighted the value of conservation programs to these efforts, and called on Congress to pass [...]

  • The sciences of science communication

    Monday, August 26th, 2013

    The May 2012 Sackler Colloquium on “The Science of Science Communication” brought together scientists with research to communicate and scientists whose research could facilitate that communication. The latter include decision scientists who can identify the scientificresults that an audience needs to know, from among all of the scientific results that it would be nice to [...]

  • Helping countries reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions

    Thursday, August 8th, 2013

    With the consequences of climate change for the world’s food production systems becoming increasingly clear, more needs to be done to capitalize on agriculture’s potential to mitigate global warming, says a new FAO guidance document published today.
    Agriculture is directly responsible for over 10 percent of all human-caused greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, FAO figures show. But improved [...]

  • Highly hazardous pesticides should be phased out in developing countries

    Thursday, August 8th, 2013

    The tragic incident in Bihar, India, where 23 school children died after eating a school meal contaminated with monocrotophos, is an important reminder to speed up the withdrawal of highly hazardous pesticides from markets in developing countries, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today.
    Monocrotophos is an organophosphorus pesticide that is considered highly hazardous [...]

  • Research Allays Fears of Antibiotic Residues in DDGS

    Thursday, August 1st, 2013

    Antibiotic residues in distillers grains (DG) were inactivated during the production process or are present in sub-lethal concentrations, according to recently published research at the University of Minnesota and involving SGS North America, Inc.
    The study, on the presence and biological activity of antibiotics used in fuel ethanol and corn co-product production by D.M. Paulus Compart [...]