About half of Cornbelt farmers would purchase improved weather forecasts for which they could be 75-100% sure of the weather 6 to 9 months away, all in an effort to make better production decisions. The results of a survey taken 6 years ago found that the average farmer who would subscribe would not pay much […]
Винодельческая карта Европы постепенно сдвигается в северные районы. Причиной тому - глобальное потепление, которое сдвигает временные рамки сбора урожая и влияет на равномерность вызревания винограда. Испанские виноделы уже устремились в северные районы, климатические условия которых более подходят для выращивания винограда.
Межгосударственные связи и отношения в области ветеринарии находятся в компетенции специализированных международных организаций, в частности, Всемирной организации здоровья животных* (World Organization for Animal Health), FАО (Food and Agricultural Organization), a также Всемирной организации здравоохранения (ВОЗ, World Health Organization).
Coping with the consequences of drought is costly for livestock producers. This article focuses on beef cattle and other livestock that use pasture are the main source of feed. Options will vary from farm-to-farm but in each case one of these options is likely to be less expensive that the others. Options include buying various types of forages and feed, reducing animal numbers, or some combination.
In the wake of skyrocketing insurance claims due to natural disasters—hurricanes, wildfires, droughts, blizzards and the like—insurers have been imposing steep rate hikes and, in some cases, fleeing high-risk areas, leaving consumers out in the cold. It's gotten so out of hand, consumer advocates say, that insurers now are even crying climate change as a factor in raising premiums or dumping clients.
Drought-stressed corn silage can have from 75 to 90 percent of the feed value of normal corn silage. Nitrates may be an issue, but don’t write the crop off with out testing. Any corn that has pollinated and stays alive will use any rain to fill grain and that will add to the value of the crop for feed.
A plant that flourished in Europe roughly 3,500 years ago could become a major source of biofuel and a potentially major new crop for Eastern Washington. Researchers say camelina, if planted on millions of acres of marginal farmland from Eastern Washington to North Dakota, might help power the nation's drive for clean energy.
Drought is a recurrent feature of countries of Central Asia and the Caucasus, which requires careful management and mitigation in order to forestall costly damage to the economy, population, and environment. It is a complex phenomenon with greatly varying impacts depending not only on the magnitude, timing, duration, and frequency of precipitation deficits, but also on the differing responses of various soils, plants, and animals to water stress.
There is now growing evidence that intensive factory farming is exacerbating the problems of bird flu and providing conditions for the H5N1 strain to thrive. (Read more...) Large-scale poultry production is the root of the avian influenza crisis. The evidence overwhelmingly supports the hypothesis that human movements of domestic poultry have been the main agent of global dispersal of the virus to date.
Presentation on Risk and Crisis Management in EU was done by Bensted-Smith (EU Comission) at the International Conference in Madrid, Spain. The presentation provides recent information on agricultural risk management initiatives curently introduced in EU countries. The readers can get the update on the situation with agricultural insurance in European States. The conference was conducted in November 2006. This event was organized by the Ministry of Agriculture of Spain.
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