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Haiti “For Profit” Sustainable Agroforesty Program Bears New Fruit in Wake of Hurricane Matthew

Having achieved an initial goal of engaging local smallholder farming communities in planting 5 million trees, Haiti’s Smallholder Farmers Alliance and Timberland continue down an extraordinary path that’s helping smallholder farmers in southwest Haiti recover from Hurricane Matthew and promoting revivial of smallholder farm cotton production in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Events in Drought-Stricken India Parallel Recent Experience in California

Groundwater aquifers are being sucked dry amidst a two year-long drought as Indian farmers drill and pump more groundwater in bids to make up for shortfalls in precipitation resulting from the delayed onset of weaker summer monsoon rains.

An Oregon vineyard producing renewable energy. One example of sustainable agriculture

How Modern, Sustainable Agriculture Is Working Toward a Greener Future

Agriculture has an enormous impact on the environment. And with the world’s population on the rise, we need to produce more food than ever before. By 2050, we’ll need about 50 percent more food than we currently produce. Agriculture is changing in ways that will reduce the environmental impact of producing more food while helping create a greener future. Specifically,…

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Federal Funding for 76 Water-Energy Conservation Projects in 13 Western States

The Dept. of Agriculture and Dept. of Interior’s Bureau of Land Reclamation are investing $47 million in shared-cost funding in joining with local authorities, farmers and ranchers to improve water conservation and energy efficiency, as well as enhance drought response,

Lofty Agricultural Ambitions Fall in Face of Political-Economic Realities

Broad-based international ambitions aimed at reorienting the globalized system of agricultural development are falling in the face of dominance of multinational enterprises. Nonetheless, taking a bottom-up, “grass roots” approach that supports small farms and farmers would be the best means of fostering positive, broad-based agricultural development and gains, as well as enhancing overall socioeconomic and ecological sustainability, according to the German League for Nature, Animal Protection and Environment.

South Dakota Project Reveals Benefits of Healthy Soils

With 2015 the International Year of Soils, agriculture scientists using no-till methods including planting crop cover that enhanced and conserved soil also retained much more water and raised crop yields substantially.

Netafim Winds Stockholm Industry Water Award

Israeli-based irrigation company Netafim was presented with the Stockholm Industry Water Award at World Water Week earlier this month. Netafim specializes in “smart drip” and micro-irrigation solutions targeted specifically for small and family-owned farms. In the mid-1960’s water engineer and Netafim founder Simcha Blass discovered the effectiveness of slow and steady drip irrigation for enhanced plant growth. Building on this realization Blass…

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