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July 29, 2015
Greenhouse gas source underestimated from the US Corn Belt
St. Paul MN (SPX) Jul 29, 2015
Estimates of how much nitrous oxide, a significant greenhouse gas and stratospheric ozone-depleting substance, is being emitted in the central United States have been too low by as much as 40 percent, a new study led by University of Minnesota scientists shows. The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, measured how much nitrous oxide is emitted from streams in an agriculturally dense area in southern Minnesota. Agriculture, and specifically nitrogen ferti ... read more

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Researchers identify plant cultivation in a 23,000-year-old site in the Galilee
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Chinese consumers concerned about counterfeit cognac will soon be able to verify the authenticity of a bottle of Remy Martin via their cellphone, the French cognac giant said on Wednesday. ... more
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Scientists create low-methane rice
Scientists said Wednesday they had created a rice variety with starchier grains that emits less methane, a step towards the twin goals of feeding more people and curbing global warming. ... more
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Australia opens door to major live cattle trade with China
Australian farmers Tuesday welcomed a breakthrough which paves the way towards exporting up to one million live cattle to China each year, with the government saying the new market could open up within months. ... more
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Clemson scientists stopping small insects from doing big damage to corn
There are almost 275,000 acres of corn planted in South Carolina, with an economic impact of approximately $130 million. Though this is dwarfed by Midwest states such as Iowa (13.7 million acres, $8 ... more
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Smart cornfields of the future
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Ghana bans sale, movement of live poultry to stop bird flu spread
Ghana has banned the sale and transport of live poultry after the H5N1 virus killed thousands of birds, while there has been no record of human infection, the ministry of agriculture has said. ... more
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Insects may be the answer to consumer demand for more protein
The growing consumer demand for protein--and the lack of new farmland to raise more livestock--could make insects an attractive alternative to traditional protein sources, according to a July 13 sym ... more
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3-D printers poised to have major implications for food manufacturing
The use of 3D printers has the potential to revolutionize the way food is manufactured within the next 10 to 20 years, impacting everything from how military personnel get food on the battlefield to ... more
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After China woes, Vietnam's lychee farmers head to new markets
A bevy of workers are carefully sorting and grading an enormous pile of lychees at a packing house in northern Vietnam. The best of the bunch will go to China. ... more
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Oregon study suggests organic farming needs direction to be sustainable
Large-scale organic farming operations, based on a review of almost a decade of data from 49 states, are not reducing greenhouse gas emissions, says a University of Oregon researcher. The incr ... more
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