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  • Tinted solar panels could boost farm incomes

    August 4, 2020

    University of Cambridge – Researchers have demonstrated the use of tinted, semi-transparent solar panels to generate electricity and produce nutritionally-superior crops simultaneously, bringing the prospect of higher incomes for farmers and maximising use of agricultural land. By allowing farmers to diversify their portfolio, this novel system could offer financial protection from fluctuations in market prices […]

  • Latin America urged to boost green jobs for pandemic recovery

    Bogota | Thomson Reuters Foundation – Latin America could create 15 million new green jobs in climate and nature protection over the next decade if countries aim to cut carbon emissions as part of a sustainable economic recovery from the coronavirus crisis, researchers said July 29. Reducing planet-heating emissions to net zero by 2050, in […]

  • Manitoba to open more Crown lands to haying, grazing

    July 28, 2020

    Glacier FarmMedia | Manitoba Co-operator – Manitoba livestock producers up against dry conditions can now apply for temporary passes to get onto Crown land not normally designated for grazing or haying. The province announced July 24 that it will make such lands available this year for agricultural use “under certain circumstances.” Permits and land uses […]

  • Rising temps put desert shrubs in high-efficiency mode

    University of Utah – Death Valley doesn’t seem like the most ideal place to ride out rising temperatures amid a changing climate. But for the desert plants that live there, it’s home–and they face the choice to adapt or die. Research from the University of Utah shows that one shrub, the brittlebush, is adapting, and […]

  • Water-saving alternative forage crops for livestock

    July 21, 2020

    American Society of Agronomy – In the semi-arid Texas High Plains, growers and producers are concerned about the sustainability of beef and dairy industries, which rely heavily on irrigated corn for feed-grain and silage. A main source of irrigation – the Ogallala Aquifer – is declining rapidly. The aquifer’s decline emphasizes the need for producers […]

  • A climate change conundrum for farmers: Low yields or revenue instability?

    Cornell University – Climate change will leave some farmers with a difficult conundrum, according to a new study by researchers from Cornell University and Washington State University: Either risk more revenue volatility, or live with a more predictable decrease in crop yields. As water shortages and higher temperatures drive down crop yields in regions that […]

  • Tackling both hunger and food-related emissions may take trade-offs

    July 13, 2020

    Securing healthy diets worldwide isn’t going to reduce greenhouse gas emissions everywhere, and not all diets tailored to limit emissions are going to improve health outcomes for everyone, so it may take trade-offs to accomplish both goals, a new report suggests. The 2020 edition of The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World, […]

  • Hail, floods hit Prairie crops

    Heavy rain and flooding are contributing to crop damage from hailstorms in parts of Western Canada, according to the Canadian Crop Hail Association as its members tally up the impact of the storms seen on the Prairies between June 20 and 28 and July 2-4. CCHA member insurance companies, in their July 13 report, say […]

  • Farmers report crop damage across Western Canada

    July 7, 2020

    Canadian Cop Hail Association – Farmers reported damage to multiple crops after storms produced pea-to-quarter size hail in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, according to according to the Canadian Crop Hail Association. The storms occurred June 20, 23, 24, 25, 27 and 28. CCHA member companies are investigating about 100 claims of crop damage during the […]

  • Earth still running hot

    While our part of the world hasn’t been breaking any heat records of late, plenty of places on the planet have been. Looking at the overall picture, global temperatures for May were either the warmest or second warmest on record, depending on which agency you look at. According to both NOAA and NASA, May 2020 […]




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