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Oct 19, 2011
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World Food Programme making a difference in Horn of Africa

One of the worst droughts in memory is raising the specter of famine once again in the Horn of Africa. The World Food Programme is rushing humanitarian aid to nearly 8 million people in places like Somalia and Ethiopia. This time, the WFP’s Josette Sheeran says, the food aid appears to be gaining a foothold in preventing the nearly 1 million deaths from starvation that occurred in the region in the 1980s....More
Oct 17, 2011
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Smallholder farms are the key to solving world hunger

Nearly one-third of the world’s population depends on what are often called “smallholder farms” for their food and for their livelihoods. What happens on those farms may help determine long-term food security, according to Syngenta CEO Michael Mack. Mack talked about smallholder farms and efforts to help them in a speech at the World Food Prize Symposium in Des Moines, Iowa....More
Oct 14, 2011
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Science key to increasing agricultural productivity

The major agricultural chemical manufacturing companies have been working to reduce their carbon footprint and become more sustainable. DuPont, for example, has saved more than $6 billion in energy costs in the last decade. DuPont CEO Ellen Kullman told reporters attending the World Food Prize Symposium in Des Moines that science has to play a role in increasing ag productivity and that industry needs to do more to educate consumers about the role of science....More
Oct 14, 2011
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Deficit reduction threatens world food safety net

The House and Senate Agriculture Committees are scheduled to make their deficit reduction proposals to the Select or Super Committee on Deficit Reduction in Washington tomorrow. The Rev. David Beckmann, co-winner of last year’s World Food Prize, made an impassioned plea for avoiding more cuts in food assistance programs during a press briefing at this year’s WFP Symposium in Des Moines. Beckmann, president of Bread for the World, says the food safety net is working in this country and in regions like Africa, but the cuts threaten the progress made in recent years....More
Oct 5, 2011
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Actuality: South and Southwest to get some needed moisture

USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey on Texas and Oklahoma producers who have long been awaiting rain this growing season....More
Sep 30, 2011
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Farmers will have to make do with current herbicides for foreseeable future

The crop protection industry has done a good job of responding to growers’ needs for new herbicides in recent decades. But the pipeline for new compounds has about dried up, says Iowa State University’s Mike Owens....More
Sep 23, 2011
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Danforth scientists fighting poverty in Africa

Dr. Claude Fauquet and a team of scientists at the Danforth Plant Science Center are working on solutions that could help African farmers grow more crops and, in turn, lift millions out of poverty....More
Sep 20, 2011
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‘Don’t do what you’ve been doing,” weed scientist advises Iowa farmers

As resistance to glyphosate in Palmer amaranth has spread west and then north through the South, weed scientists in the Midwest have been advising farmers to make changes in their weed control strategies to avoid the same thing happening in common waterhemp in their region....More
Sep 16, 2011
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Fewer companies are being called on to do more for the world population

Fewer and fewer basic manufacturers are doing research and development in agriculture, but those companies are being called on to do more to feed the world. Bayer CropScience’s Jim Blome says the pressure is on for those companies to work even more closely with public and private researchers to increase the use of technology....More
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