Category: Agriculture

This mask for cows isn’t for COVID—it helps reduce methane emissions

Read the full story at Fast Company.

As the world eats more and more beef, cow’s global warming-causing burps become more of a problem. This bovine wearable could help.

Webinar: Biosolids – Challenges and opportunities for the 21st century

Sep 30, 2021 noon-1pm
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As climate change mitigation, improved soil health, and a circular economy become key policy drivers the benefits of biosolids and their role in meeting policy objectives are gaining recognition. Obstacles remain however which must be met directly. This presentation will present an update on key legislation in California and how it impacts biosolids use there. Key US federal and European Union updates on biosolids issues will also be provided.

About the speaker

Greg serves as both the technical and programmatic contact for CASA members and conduit for emerging issues on the state and federal levels on all biosolids, renewable energy, recycled water, and related issues. He works closely with local, state and federal authorities as well as the private sector on biosolids management, climate change mitigation, energy optimization, and all management options. He is the lead conduit of information for emerging technologies and markets for biosolids management and renewable energy opportunities.

Prior to joining CASA, Greg served as the state biosolids coordinator for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. He represented all states in the nation, by their election, to USEPA on all biosolids issues. He served on the National Academy of Sciences Committee which evaluated federal biosolids regulations and produced the 2002 report: Biosolids Applied to Land: Advancing Standards and Practices.

Prior to earning his engineering degree, Greg drove an 18 wheel tractor-tanker for 10 years, delivering liquid biosolids to agricultural fields for land application through direct injection. This affords him a holistic view of all sides of the biosolids program.

This seminar is a certified green event by the University of Illinois’ Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment.

Webinar: Agriculture Impacts in the Illinois Climate Assessment

Aug 3, 2021 10-11 am CDT
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The climate in Illinois is changing rapidly. Illinois is already warmer and wetter than it was a century ago, and climate change will continue to drive rapid changes across the state. A new report from The Nature Conservancy – the first-ever comprehensive climate assessment for Illinois – details these changes, projects how temperature, precipitation, and extreme weather are expected to change, and explores how the state’s agriculture sector is likely to be affected by climate change.  

In this webinar, leading climate experts and Illinois scientists will discuss the results of the new report. Learn how predicted changes could affect Illinois agriculture & producers, including impacts to hydrology and public health.

Sharing key takeaways from the assessment will be:  Illinois State Climatologist Trent Ford; Jim Angel, former Illinois State Climatologist and co-author of the climate report; and Elena Grossman, Research Specialist, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of Illinois Chicago School of Public Health.

Ocean health is wealth

Read the full story at Progressive Grocer.

Retailers and producers can capitalize on consumers’ preference for eco-friendly seafood.

How genetic engineering will help make fishing more sustainable

Read the full story from the Genetic Literacy Project.

The introduction of the GM salmon should not be cause for controversy but instead should be welcomed as genetic engineering has the potential to make the fishing industry more sustainable at a time when worldwide fishing stocks have plunged in response to overfishing and pollution of the seas and are further threatened by global warming. Judging by present trends of worldwide fishing, ocean fish stocks could be depleted by 2050

The smoke comes every year. Sugar companies say the air is safe.

Read the full story at Pro Publica.

To harvest more than half of America’s cane sugar, billion-dollar companies set fire to fields, a money-saving practice that’s being banned by other countries. Some residents say they struggle to breathe, so we started tracking air quality.

Webinar: Agriculture Impacts in the Illinois Climate Assessment

Aug 3, 2021 10-11 am
Register here.

The climate in Illinois is changing rapidly. Illinois is already warmer and wetter than it was a century ago, and climate change will continue to drive rapid changes across the state. A new report from The Nature Conservancy – the first-ever comprehensive climate assessment for Illinois – details these changes, projects how temperature, precipitation, and extreme weather are expected to change, and explores how the state’s agriculture sector is likely to be affected by climate change.  

In this webinar, leading climate experts and Illinois scientists will discuss the results of the new report. Learn how predicted changes could affect Illinois agriculture & producers, including impacts to hydrology and public health.

Sharing key takeaways from the assessment will be:  Illinois State Climatologist Trent Ford; Jim Angel, former Illinois State Climatologist and co-author of the climate report; and Elena Grossman, Research Specialist, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of Illinois Chicago School of Public Health.

Growing food from air ‘more efficient’ than growing crops, study finds

Read the full story at Food Navigator.

A team of researchers from the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, the University of Naples Federico II, the Weizmann Institute of Science and the Porter School of the Environment and Earth Sciences, compared the efficiency of growing soybeans with a food-from-air technique.

What’s in Your Well? The Hidden Dangers of Nitrates in Rural Drinking Water

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Nitrate is one of the most common water contaminants worldwide and poses significant
risk for ecological and human health. These risks are especially prevalent in rural areas
where land cover is predominantly conventional row-crop agriculture (e.g., corn and
soybeans) and fertilizer application rates are high. Nitrate pollution poses a serious
problem for water quality in Illinois, yet not enough is known about the prevalence and
extent of rural well contamination. This paper examines the problem of nitrate pollution
in these wells and presents solutions for better understanding and addressing the issue.

Fighting on-farm food waste through flexible procurement: Tesco’s response to a bumper strawberry harvest

Read the full story at Food Navigator.

UK retailer Tesco has increased the amount of strawberries it is purchasing this season in response to a bumper harvest in the UK. The elastic approach to procurement fights food waste as the supermarket leans on its promotional tools to drive up demand.

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