agriculture

Feb. 26, 2024

New Law in Italy Establishes Role of Farmers in Protecting Environment

Along with protecting Italy’s natural landscapes and promoting the cultivation of traditional crops, the law seeks to curb the rural exodus with economic incentives.

Jan. 2, 2024

Greece to Provide Work Permits to 30,000 Migrants to Curb Labor Shortage

By easing vetting procedures for migrants already in the country, Athens plans to increase the agricultural workforce.

Oct. 31, 2023

California Farmers Plant Hedgerows to Conserve Water, Improve Soil Health

Hedgerows improve water retention in the soil and create natural habitats for beneficial birds and other pest predators. Farmers said they add aesthetic value, too.

Sep. 25, 2023

E.U. Chief Promises Strategic Dialogue with Farmers

Despite the pledge, analysts point out that Ursula von der Leyen expressed no clear intention in her speech to boost the E.U.’s initiatives on sustainability and climate neutrality.

Sep. 15, 2023

Using Effective Microbes to Boost Organic Olive Yields in New Zealand

Ross Vintiner, award-winning biodynamic olive farmer in New Zealand, believes that microbes are the future of farming.

Sep. 7, 2023

Better Soil Management Can Save Mediterranean Olive Groves

It feels like climate change has arrived, and the olive oil industry might be first in the firing line. Luckily, we already know what to do.

Mar. 27, 2023

Farm to Fork Strategy Under Fire Ahead of European Elections in 2024

Supporters of the landmark sustainable agriculture strategy say Farm to Fork must be codified into law by September, 2023.

Mar. 2, 2023

Organic Farms Produce Less, but Are More Cost Effective, Study Finds

Researchers in Germany highlighted the difference between conventional and organic farming in terms of real costs and yields.

Mar. 1, 2023

AI Tools May Not Transform Agriculture, but Will Help Farmers, Experts Predict

ChatGPT lacks reasoning abilities and cannot predict the future, but it may prove useful for farmers in other ways.

Feb. 16, 2023

Report: Climate, Environmental Degradation Threaten European Food Security

While there is no immediate food security threat in Europe, the report found that many different factors affect food production and could upset food availability.

Feb. 6, 2023

Small Farms in Spain Exempted from Ban on Burning Agricultural Waste

Spanish government officials announced exceptions to the burning bans found in national regulations and the E.U.’s Common Agricultural Policy.

Jan. 30, 2023

Andalusian Farmland Will Be Monitored from Space

A nanosatellite will provide local farmers with data about agriculture's effect on the regional environment.

Nov. 30, 2022

New Tool Measures Soil-Atmosphere Interactions to Optimize Farming Practices

Mapping soil heat transmission may help determine optimal land management practices and appropriate crops to plant as the climate changes.

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Sep. 9, 2022

Drought on Iberian Peninsula Expected to Persist Through November

With no signs of significant rains anytime soon, the debate about the future of agriculture on the peninsula is underway.

Aug. 23, 2022

Researchers Find a Way to Expedite Photosynthesis

By manipulating the genes that affect photosynthesis, the researchers increased yields in soybeans by 20 percent. The process could be repeated in other crops.

Aug. 10, 2022

Brussels Approves Plan to Use Treated Wastewater for Irrigation

Brussels has published new guidelines paving the way for the widespread use of treated urban wastewater in agriculture.

Jul. 25, 2022

European Commission Proposes Eliminating Tariffs on Fertilizer Ingredients

Inflation, supply chain issues and the Russian invasion of Ukraine have resulted in skyrocketing ammonia prices and rising urea prices, forcing the E.U. to act.

Jul. 18, 2022

Spain Launches a New Strategy Against Desertification

Desertification in the world’s top olive oil-producing country is being fueled by the ongoing drought and poor land management practices.

Jul. 11, 2022

Report: Mediterranean Agricultural Biodiversity at Risk

The Agrobiodiversity Index Report 2021 shows diversity is the key to MedDiet survival in a world increasingly dominated by monocultures and provides recommendations.

Jun. 27, 2022

Pakistani Government Launches Agricultural Development Program

The new government in Islamabad will continue previous olive growing projects as part of its initiative to modernize the agricultural sector.

Jun. 22, 2022

Northern Italy's Drought Continues to Worsen

Farmers’ associations estimate that crop yields will be significantly impacted as local authorities put limits on the amount of water available for irrigation.

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