Sheep grazing in solar arrays supports economy, climate

Cornell University – As industrial-sized solar installations pop up throughout New York and New England states, residents fear the loss of agricultural land. One solution is simple: sheep. Cornell University associate professor, Todd Schmit is partnering with farmers, solar companies and the American Solar Grazing Association, a nonprofit trade group that connects solar companies with shepherds, to explore […]

Letting crop residues rot in the field is a climate win

University of Copenhagen/Faculty of Science – For quite some time, farmers and researchers have been focusing on how to bind carbon to soil. Doing so makes food crops more nutritious and increases yields. However, because carbon is converted into CO2 when it enters the atmosphere, there is a significant climate benefit to capturing carbon in […]

Small streams in agricultural ecosystems heavily polluted with pesticides

Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) – Pesticides safeguard agricultural yields by controlling harmful insects, fungi, and weeds. However, they also enter neighbouring streams and damage the aquatic communities, which are crucial for maintaining biodiversity, are part of the food web and support the self-purification of water. In a nationwide monitoring programme, a consortium of […]

Fungus fights mites that harm honey bees

New fungus strain could provide a chemical-free method to help honey bees Washington State University – A new fungus strain could provide a chemical-free method for eradicating mites that kill honey bees, according to a study published this month in Scientific Reports. A team led by Washington State University entomologists bred a strain of Metarhizium, […]

Organic pea-based ingredient processor gets federal backing

An Edmonton processor making a food-grade high-fibre sugar substitute from organic pea starch has picked up federal funding to speed its expansion in Alberta. Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) last month announced a federal interest-free loan worth about $2.94 million for BioNeutra North America. The investment, WD said, will allow the company “to acquire equipment […]

COVID-19 spurs direct marketing growth

Consumer desire to source local food a cash-cow for on-farm direct marketing businesses By Diana Martin Glacier FarmMedia staff Consumers took a more active role in sourcing locally produced protein when COVID-19 exposed challenges in the food supply chain. Mike Dougherty, along with his mom Suzy and brother Doug had been steadily growing their 50-acre […]