Agricultural producers rented and farmed 353.8 million acres of farmland, according to the results of the 2014 Tenure, Ownership, and Transition of Agricultural Land (TOTAL) survey results released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). Of these acres, 80 percent are owned by non-farming landlords.
About 100 million acres of tile-drained farmland in the U.S. will be affected by the ultimate decision of a lawsuit filed by the Des Moines Water Works board of directors against three counties’ drainage districts and their directors in northern Iowa.
Varieties of one of the world's most important staple crops will be stored for perpetuity deep in the Arctic ice. José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) joined scientific experts and delegations from Peru, Costa Rica and Norway to witness a ceremony that will help to preserve these vital crops for future generations.
On Aug.19, 2015 a federal judge from the XII District Court overturned a 2013 measure that prevented biotechnology companies, universities, or public research institutes from planting genetically engineered (GE) corn in Mexico. Later that same day, supporters of the injunction appealed the decision. Now a Federal Magistrate will need to pronounce within the next several days if he is agrees or not with the judge to uphold the decision to overturn the 2013 ruling or agrees with the groups supporting the continuation of the injunction.
Monsanto said it would abide by Latvia's and Greece's requests under a new EU opt-out law to be excluded from its application to grow a genetically modified (GM) crop across the European Union, but accused them of ignoring science.
As custom harvesters make their way across the United States and Canada this summer, I keep wondering what happens to all that yield data these machines are collecting. I am sure much of the data is forwarded to the landowners and farmers so that they can make decisions for next year. I hope so. But do custom harvesters address this in their agreements?
Over the past 19 years, tens of millions of farmers have grown over 1.8 billion hectares of biotech crops in dozens of countries. Plant biotechnology has revolutionized agriculture by allowing growers to better control insects, weeds and disease that once devastated harvests and hurt rural communities that rely on farming.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is planning a major “refresh” of the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) for 2016. The Izaak Walton League sees an opportunity to make this program work better for farmers, conservation, and the American people.