Discover the Benefits of Cover Crops Plus 4R Nutrient Management

Discover the Benefits of Cover Crops Plus 4R Nutrient Management

“What we’ve found is cover crops is a pretty easy way… and a cool practice that can help improve our 4Rs. They really contribute,” says Lisa Kubik, a farmer and the former Iowa Field Manager for the Soil Health Partnership, a farmer-led initiative of the National Corn Growers Association, that worked with farmers from 2014 to 2021 to study the economic and environmental benefits of soil health practices.

For Insect Farming to Work, Scientists Need to Build a Better Bug

For Insect Farming to Work, Scientists Need to Build a Better Bug

Antoine Hubert, CEO of the French insect-farming startup Ÿnsect, says that the ground mealworms he sells to pet food firms makes up more than 50 percent of his company’s revenue.

Conservation-Friendly Farming Can Benefit Both Birds and Crops

Conservation-Friendly Farming Can Benefit Both Birds and Crops

However, there will likely need to be greater community-wide uptake by farmers to really maximize the benefits of birds to farming while minimizing issues from birds.

How Body Farms and Human Composting Can Help Communities

How Body Farms and Human Composting Can Help Communities

The body farm in Western North Carolina was one stop on my yearlong journey to explore human composting, conservation cemeteries, green burial, water cremation, end-of-life doulas, and home funerals.

How Healthy Is a Farm's Soil? Check How Active Its Microbes Are

How Healthy Is a Farm's Soil? Check How Active Its Microbes Are

Since he started farming for himself in the early 1990s, he’s tried any number of tests that measure soil health, like basic nutrient profiles and fatty acid assays.“A lot of what people currently do is look at what the structure of soil is, but not what it does—the microbial activity,” Mohamed says.

Linking Birds, Farmer Attitudes and Conservation

Linking Birds, Farmer Attitudes and Conservation

“Ornithologists and conservationists assume birds provide ecological services, and that farmers want them on their farms,” says Olivia Smith, lead author of the paper.

The New 'Story of Seasons' Is 'Animal Crossing' for Post-Lockdown Life

The New 'Story of Seasons' Is 'Animal Crossing' for Post-Lockdown Life

But if you’ve run out of things to do in Animal Crossing and are deeply missing that contentment you felt when you played it, if you need more of a sense of accomplishment in your entertainment, then Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town just might be your favorite game of 2021.📩 The latest on tech, science, and more: Get our newsletters !Sci-fi writer or prophet?

Offshore Energy Gets a Second Wind Under Biden

Offshore Energy Gets a Second Wind Under Biden

But the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management delayed the project’s approval to review the cumulative impact of US offshore wind farms, while the company itself pulled its application to choose a different kind of turbine.

President Biden, Please Don't Get Into Carbon Farming

President Biden, Please Don't Get Into Carbon Farming

But before putting any taxpayer money on this train, consider some inconvenient truths: First, the carbon farming practices being promoted as something new have all been in use for decades, and all were originally adopted for reasons unrelated to climate change.

An Atlas Reveals Climate Change Is Pushing Birds Further North

An Atlas Reveals Climate Change Is Pushing Birds Further North

Europe’s breeding bird populations have shifted on average 1 kilometer north every year for the past three decades, likely driven by the climate crisis, according to one of the world’s largest citizen science projects on biodiversity.

How Animal Activists Exposed the Brutality of Factory Farming

How Animal Activists Exposed the Brutality of Factory Farming

Last week’s episode of the Get WIRED podcast introduced listeners to Direct Action Everywhere—one of the most radical animal-rights organizations around—and the group’s leader, Wayne Hsiung.Sign up for our Podcasts newsletter and never miss an episode of Get WIRED, Gadget Lab, and Geek's Guide to the Galaxy.

Direct Action Everywhere Uses VR to Take Viewers Inside Factory Farms

Direct Action Everywhere Uses VR to Take Viewers Inside Factory Farms

Hsiung wanted Greenberg to experience, in 360 degrees, “Operation Deathstar"—the name Hsiung and his animal rights group, Direct Action Everywhere, assigned one of their most ambitious projects to date.

Concepts in sustainable aquaculture - IMTA

Concepts in sustainable aquaculture - IMTA

The paper, written by Dr Stenton-Dozey along with NIWA scientist Jeffrey Ren, Phil Heath, formerly of NIWA, and Leo Zamora from the Cawthron Institute and published in the New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research, had its origins in a four-year NIWA research programme into IMTA around salmon farms in the Marlborough Sounds.

Sick of 'Animal Crossing'? Try 'Ooblets'

Sick of 'Animal Crossing'? Try 'Ooblets'

Ooblets’ world is a welcome one, where the player is free to farm, amass tiny Ooblet creatures, accomplish silly quests and drink beanjuice.The Pokémon-like creatures range in concept from “grumpy beetle” to “small yeti” and “long-legged mushroom.” They trail behind your character and fight, too—in dance battles.

Microsoft Courts New Customers on the Farm: Cows

Microsoft Courts New Customers on the Farm: Cows

“One of the things I was also blown away by was the amount of data and tech that is already in what is the oldest industry,” Nadella said when asked why his company pursued the partnership.

New Research Shows Healthy Agriculture Means Healthier Birds

New Research Shows Healthy Agriculture Means Healthier Birds

Latimer / TNC A new study published in the Journal of Applied Ecology finds that birds were generally less stressed and in better condition on more locally-diverse farms and on farms embedded in more natural landscapes .

Family Farms Try to Raise a New Cash Cow: Solar Power

Family Farms Try to Raise a New Cash Cow: Solar Power

So the Komineks found a compromise: a solar array with plants growing beneath, between, and around rows of photovoltaic panels.In the United States, less than 5 megawatts’ worth of solar arrays have crops planted beneath them, according to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, or NREL.

Scientists Fight Back Against Toxic ‘Forever’ Chemicals

Scientists Fight Back Against Toxic ‘Forever’ Chemicals

Electrodes above and below the surface generate plasma —a highly reactive gas made up of positive ions and free electrons—that interacts with the PFAS and breaks the carbon-fluorine bonds.“Our goal is to completely destroy the compound and not just transfer it from one phase to another,” says Michelle Crimi, an environmental engineer at Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York, who works on emerging technology to remediate PFAS.

On Farming YouTube, Emu Eggs and Hay Bales Find Loyal Fans

On Farming YouTube, Emu Eggs and Hay Bales Find Loyal Fans

Buxton says YouTube has seen an influx of new creators who specifically chronicle what it’s like to open a farm after living in a city or working a corporate job.

Ancient Sippy Cups Could Help Explain a Prehistoric Baby Boom

Ancient Sippy Cups Could Help Explain a Prehistoric Baby Boom

They remained a staple of life in the region through the Bronze Age and into the Iron Age. At first, some archaeologists suggested that the spouted vessels might have been used to feed sick or disabled adults—and there was no way to be certain that the vessels (even the cute animal-shaped ones) were for infants.

The Military Is Locked in a Power Struggle With Wind Farms

The Military Is Locked in a Power Struggle With Wind Farms

“The greatest threat to the viability of military facilities in eastern North Carolina is not wind farms, it’s the encroachment of houses and homes on the training area,” Castellaw says.

Resilience in water – Of Tanzania, groundwater, and gingersnaps

Resilience in water – Of Tanzania, groundwater, and gingersnaps

Instead, it emphasized locally relevant ways for farmers to access, use , and manage water resources in ways which provide more stable revenue streams from sustainable agricultural production. This more diverse set of water sources mobilizes farmer and community-level investment in irrigation equipment and power sources that enhance productivity.

Your Apples May Soon Be Picked By Laser-Shooting Robots

Your Apples May Soon Be Picked By Laser-Shooting Robots

The robot (it’s thus far nameless, in case you were wondering), developed by a company called Abundant Robotics, navigates the rows between apple trees using lidar, which paints the world with lasers , and images the fruits with machine vision.“In real time it’s recognizing apples,” says Dan Steere, CEO of Abundant.

Dirt to Soil: A Farmer’s Tell-all Puts Soil First

Dirt to Soil: A Farmer’s Tell-all Puts Soil First

The next-generation farmer who’s working that same Oklahoma wheat field today could one day sell the plow, forgo chemical fertilizers, and devote himself to renewing the soil.

To Get Antibiotics Off Your Plate, Vote With Your Wallet

To Get Antibiotics Off Your Plate, Vote With Your Wallet

The “Summary Report On Antimicrobials Sold or Distributed for Use in Food-Producing Animals” contains data that pharma companies have given to the FDA on how many antibiotics are sold in the United States to be given to farm animals.This year’s report was highly anticipated, because it would show the numbers from 2017—the first year to reflect tough restrictions put in place in the last days of the Obama Administration.The anticipation was justified.

The Mad Scramble to Claim the World's Most Coveted Meteorite

The Mad Scramble to Claim the World's Most Coveted Meteorite

When he wasn’t roping cattle or gunsmithing with his father, Ward spent his free time searching for rocks among the sagebrush and saguaros.Ward’s father started taking him to gem and mineral shows, and one day young Ward made his way into the booth of Debra Heidelar, a prominent meteorite dealer, who heard a voice saying “Excuse me, ma’am” but couldn’t figure out where it was coming from until she looked down, below her counter, and saw a tiny cowboy asking very politely if he could please buy a piece of the Canyon Diablo iron.

8 Sci-Fi Writers Imagine the Bold and New Future of Work

8 Sci-Fi Writers Imagine the Bold and New Future of Work

“In the early 21st century, perhaps the most important artistic genre is science fiction … [It shapes] how people understand the most important technological, social, and economic developments of our time.” —Yuval Noah Harari, 21 Lessons for the 21st CenturyHalf of being human, give or take, is the work we do.

Exxon Will Use Wind, Solar to Produce Crude Oil in Texas

Exxon Will Use Wind, Solar to Produce Crude Oil in Texas

Under 12-year agreements with Denmark’s Orsted A/S, Exxon will buy 500 megawatts of wind and solar power in the Permian Basin, the fastest growing U.S. oil field.

Fieldays - farming for the future

Fieldays - farming for the future

NIWA’s Chief Scientist, Climate, Atmosphere and Hazards, Dr Sam Dean says that by making sound choices now, and in the future, farmers can adapt, increase resilience, and reduce risks and costs for themselves and future owners of their farms.

Drought-stricken farmers challenge Coalition's climate change stance in TV ad

Drought-stricken farmers challenge Coalition's climate change stance in TV ad

‘We need to stick to the Paris agreement, we need to stop burning coal and we need to commit to more renewable energy,’ Longreach farmer says Longreach sheep and cattle farmer Jody Brown features in the new Australian Conservation Foundation ad about drought and climate change.