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Switching to climate-smart agriculture

October 23, 2017

Pakistan has been asked to fully adopt the climate-smart agriculture (CSA) approach to achieve food security and broader development goals under a changing climate and increasing food demand. The proposal has been incorporated in a study carried out by the World Bank in association with the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), the CGIAR Research Programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), and the UK government’s Department for International Development (DFID). The study provides a snapshot of a developing baseline created to initiate discussion, both within countries and globally, about entry points for investing in CSA. Commenting on the new initiative, Dr Muhammad Azeem Khan, director general of the National Agricultural Research Centre, Islamabad, says that concerted efforts have been made over time to develop technologies to address climate-change issues.

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Source: DAWN By: Amin Ahmed

Northeast Florida Farmers Stepping up to Save Water

October 19, 2017

Is there any resource more precious than water to a farmer? You’d be hard pressed to find one. Enhancing the ability to conserve the element is among top priorities for many Florida growers. This practice is much to the delight for stakeholders in the St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD). There has been a concerted effort to improve the health of the St. Johns River through on-farm and regional water management projects and best management practices that reduce the movement of nutrients to the river, enhance water conservation, and result in more efficient farm management while maintaining the long-term viability of agriculture in the region.

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Source: Growing Produce By: Paul Rusnak

CDFA and DWR Award Grant to Improve Water Efficiency

October 19, 2017

The recipients of a joint water efficiency grant were announced recently by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and the Department of Water Resources (DWR). A total of $4.6 million will be distributed to the North San Joaquin Water Conservation District, along with 19 farming operations who submitted applications for funding, to  improve water delivery and on-farm water efficiency by reducing reliance on ground water for vineyards and orchards.

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Source: Ag Net West By: NA

How to Keep Track of Climate Change

October 18, 2017

Among the many, many tools and resources developed, maintained, supported, or compiled by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) are a wide variety of references and planning assistance applications related to carbon sequestration and climate change. NRCS maintains a climate change portal as a home base for understanding and for planning for reducing the impacts of agricultural practices on the climate combined with building in climate resiliency to minimize the impacts of climate change in the U.S. and around the world.

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Source: Growing Produce By: John Whitney

Technology continues to boost efficiency in cotton

October 17, 2017

U.S. cotton growers always hope that higher production input costs are countered by improved fiber prices but that’s not been the case in recent years. This means producers even more turn to technology to yield more efficiency to better manage their margins to achieve profitability. Randy Norton is no stranger to cotton technology and production inputs as the University of Arizona’s statewide cotton specialist. He has 38 cotton projects this year in the Grand Canyon State (mostly varietal trials) designed to evaluate inputs, reduce costs, protect the crop, and increase yields. Norton discusses ongoing technology advances in cotton and how these generate value to the grower.

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Source: Western Farm Press By: Cary Blake

Irrigation rehab channels life back into Zimbabwe’s parched fields

October 17, 2017

In this drought-prone region of eastern Zimbabwe, relying on rain to grow crops no longer makes sense. As climate change has brought worsening droughts over the last decade, Zimbabwe is looking to rebuild parts of its damaged or abandoned irrigation network as a bulwark against hunger.

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Source: Reuters By: Andrew Mambondiyani

Drones are buzzing toward increased crop production

October 17, 2017

A new research project funded by the United States Department of Agriculture and the Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska seeks to deploy unmanned aircraft (drones) in search of improved crop irrigation efficiency. The funding provided by the half million-dollar grant will be used to explore using new aerial robotic technologies to help farmers make informed decisions about managing their complex center pivot irrigation systems.

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Source: Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska By: NA

Water Conservation Areas offer flexibility, home-grown control

October 16, 2017

In Kansas, the push is on to save the Ogallala Aquifer from irrelevance as a water resource. Over the last two generations, efforts ranging from development of groundwater management districts to installation of flow meters on wells coupled with tougher enforcement efforts have given way to ever more locally-based systems of water conservation.

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Source: High Plains/Midwest AG Journal By: Larry Dreiling