Farmers Increasingly Relying on Agricultural Contractors, New Research Shows

More farmers are relying on external companies to carry out major work, new research shows.A new study has found agriculture is kept operational through family, permanent-hired, outsourced and seasonal labour.The majority of South West farmers – 87 per cent – now employ contractors – firms or indivi

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Abroad and Adaptable: Q&A with Ioana Tudor

Ioana Tudor, global head of Seedcare at Syngenta Crop Protection, discusses living abroad and being adaptable to everything a country has to offer. Our sister publication, Seed World, interviewed this interesting woman.Seed World: What’s your favorite movie? Ioana Tudor: One of my favorite movies of

  Alex Martin

How Plants Work on the Inside

Vascular tissue in plants distributes water and nutrients, thereby ensuring constant growth. Each newly developed cell needs to develop into its respective cell type in the vascular tissue. A team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has now discovered how these cells know which cell type the

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Dogs Can Detect Agricultural Diseases Early

A study out of Florida International University evaluates the use of scent-discriminating canines for the detection of laurel wilt-affected wood from avocado trees. Julian Mendel, Kenneth G. Furton, and DeEtta Mills have ferreted out a possible solution to a serious issue in one corner of the hortic

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EU Continues to Top Global Agri-Food Trade

With an agri-food trade value of €255 billion in 2017, the EU confirms for yet another year its position as largest global exporter and importer of agri-food products.EU exports of agri-food products reached €138 billion in 2017, representing an annual increase of 5.1%. With imports at a value of €1

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DSM and Amulix Collaborate on Bio-Based Seed Coating Solutions

Royal DSM, a global science company active in health, nu­trition and materials, and Amulix, a developer of starch-based solutions for agricultural and industrial applications and daughter company of Dynaplak, announced they will work together under the company name DSM-Amulix to further develop high

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20 Actions to Transforming Food and Agriculture

To help policy makers and other development actors accelerate progress towards global promises to end poverty and hunger, FAO has released a set of 20 inter-connected actions designed to show the impact sustainable agriculture can have on tackling the world’s greatest challenges.Transforming food an

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Competition Means More Choices in India: Q&A with Usha Barwale Zehr

From table tennis to the seed industry, Maharashtra Hybrid Seeds Company’s (MAHYCO) Director and Chief Technology Officer Usha Barwale Zehr shares why plant breeding innovation is important. Our sister publication, Seed World, sat down with the director to talk plant breeding and more.Seed World: Wh

  Alex Martin

ISF World Seed Congress Elects New Leaders and Adopts Position Papers

At the 69th International Seed Federation (ISF) World Seed Congress in Brisbane, Australia, the General Assembly adopted eight position papers that will support the delivery of the Federation’s strategic objectives.The positions will provide ISF members with a clear stance on the key industry issues

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Speaker Line-Up for the 2018 BCPC Congress Taking Shape

Brexit implications feature strongly in the opening sessions of this year’s BCPC Congress, which will feature talks on the wider implications for UK crop production. This continues the thrust – initiated in the 2017 Congress – to broaden the range of topics to provide information, not just for the R

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ESA at the ISF World Seed Congress

The ESA Secretariat is glad to be participating in the ISF World Seed Congress 2018 in Brisbane, Australia, from 3-6 June.More than 1000 seed industry professionals gathering to discuss the global issues facing the seed sector.This year, the International Seed Federation and the Australian Seed Fede

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55th Annual BCPC Weed Review in November 2018

Save the date – the 55th Annual BCPC Weed Review will be held at Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, Herts on Thursday 07 November 2018. The theme for this years event is “Building on the Basics.”This topical and highly informative annual event offers an ideal networking opportunity for people working i

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Going to Great Lengths to Preserve Genetic Diversity

After the seventh session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, there’s still no path forward when it comes to solutions for access and benefitsharing.“Diversity” is how many of something you have, and “genetic” references genes. These

  Julie Deering

Potato Experts From Around the Globe Gathered in Cusco, Peru

More than 800 potato scientists, industry representatives, government officials and other interested parties from 50 countries have gathered in the Andean city of Cusco, Peru for the 10th World Potato Congress (WPC) and the 28th Congress of the Latin American Potato Association (ALAP), held from May

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How Australia Got Planted

A new study has uncovered when and why the native vegetation that today dominates much of Australia first expanded across the continent. The research should help researchers better predict the likely impact of climate change and rising carbon dioxide levels on such plants here and elsewhere. The dom

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ISF Focuses on Strategic Engagement

From the World Bank to the Gates Foundation and from the International Plant Protection Convention to national plant protection organizations, the International Seed Federation must work to identify areas of agreement and build from there — making quality seed accessible to all. “A world where quali

  Julie Deering

UF/IFAS Researchers Will Try to Educate Public on Genetically Edited Food

Genetic improvement of food crops sometimes gets a bad rap, but University of Florida researchers plan to educate consumers so they can make more informed decisions at the grocery store.To help combat misinformation, four UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers are going to better

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Matt Kelly Changes Lives by Talking About Mental Health

The following article appeared in our sister publication, Germination, who has been publishing articles about Canada’s Do More Agriculture Foundation, formed to advance the mental health conversation in Canada’s farming community.Eleven months ago, farmer and seed grower Matt Kelly and his wife Lesl

  Marc Zienkiewicz