Agriculture

Watching Grass Grow Becomes Critical in Hunt For New Biofuels
September 6, 2007 07:18 AM - University of Cornell, Lauren Chambliss

Watching grass grow is not normally the most exciting activity -- unless the future of New York's energy needs, rural economic development and reducing the human contribution to global climate change depend on it.

China Launches Food Recall System
September 6, 2007 07:12 AM - , Worldwatch Institute

China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine (AQSIQ) has established a new recall system for food products produced or sold in the country. The regulation requires manufacturers to take the primary responsibility for recalling any problematic food items and to remove the products from the market within one week or less, depending on the severity of the associated health effects.

Fairbank Farms Recalls Beef Patties
September 6, 2007 06:56 AM - Associated Press

Fairbank Farms, a national company that sells ground beef, announced a recall Wednesday of 85 percent lean ground beef patties sold in Shaw's Supermarkets. The ground beef patties, sold fresh under the Shaw's label, could have been purchased by consumers in New England between about 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 5.

U.S. farm groups deflect pressure on Doha cuts
September 5, 2007 08:23 AM - Missy Ryan -Reuters

U.S. farm groups bristled this week at calls for deeper cuts to American agriculture subsidies, just as trade negotiators urged the United States to do more to break a stubborn stalemate in world trade talks.

Novel insecticidal toxins from bacteria
September 5, 2007 08:07 AM - Society for General Microbiology

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Eco-Tilling Detects Resistance
September 4, 2007 08:01 AM - NSW Dept. of Primary Industries

A new molecular tool developed by Australian and Japanese researchers is expected to help farmers address what has become one of the major threats to conventional agricultural practices - herbicide resistance. More than 305 types of weed in more than 50 countries have been reported to be resistant to at least one herbicide, and an increasing number of weeds owe their success to their genetic diversity.

Mo. Wineries Expect Tiny Harvest
September 4, 2007 07:46 AM - The Associated Press

A combination of the Easter freeze and hungry birds has left Missouri's wineries predicting a tiny harvest this year and big economic losses. Vineyards across the state are reporting 85 to 100 percent losses of certain types of grapes, while the overall loss is estimated to be around 60 percent. Agricultural officials are still assessing the damage, but they say losses could total $2 million to $3 million. Wine enthusiasts likely won't see much difference because wineries said they'll buy grapes from other states to make up the difference. But that does little to assuage the economic bite.

Lettuce, leafy greens and E. coli
September 3, 2007 08:51 AM - Society for General Microbiology

The rise in year-round consumption of fresh leafy greens such as lettuce and baby spinach is increasing the difficulty of keeping produce free from contamination by food poisoning bacteria, according to US scientists speaking today (Monday 3 September 2007) at the Society for General Microbiology’s 161st Meeting at the University of Edinburgh, UK, which runs from 3-6 September 2007.

Environmental effects kept in check on farms
September 3, 2007 08:31 AM - University of Guelph

Environmental activists have long criticized pharmaceutical use by hog farmers and veterinarians in treating swine disease, saying pharmaceuticals are being overused and errantly contaminating the environment. But new research from the University of Guelph has shown that environmental contamination from antibiotics does not pose appreciable risks to soil and aquatic organisms.

Experts Urge Gene Bank of Rare Livestock Breeds to Ensure Healthy Diversity
September 3, 2007 08:19 AM - Frank Jordans, Associated Press

Precious genetic material that could protect farm animals from future threats posed by disease and climate change might be lost unless action is taken to protect rare breeds from extinction, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization said Monday.

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