Mark Varner

7 Flips | 1 Magazine | 3 Likes | 12 Following | @DairyAdviser | A retired college professor now working in ag and food development.

No-Till agriculture may hamper yield

No-till farming, a key conservation agriculture strategy that avoids conventional ploughing and otherwise disturbing the soil, may provide …

Why ‘climate-smart agriculture’ isn’t all it’s cracked up to be

There’s a new phrase in town. A growing number of governments, corporations and NGOs are using the term “climate-smart agriculture” to describe their activities. With climate change affecting farming worldwide, you might assume we should be celebrating this as a step in the right direction.<p>But many …

Fruit flies controlled in orange crops without pesticide use

Welcome to EcoTopical Your daily eco-friendly green news aggregator.<p>Leaf through planet Earths environmental headlines in one convenient place. Read, …

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Via Farmworkers, Superbugs Find a Route Away from Drug-Using Farms

One of the persistent questions regarding antibiotic use in meat production, and its effect on the health of humans who live far away from production …

Keys to Reliable Soil Test Information | Agronomy Library

Key Points<p>The reliability of your soil test can be no better than the sample submitted and the methodologies used in the soil testing lab.<br>• Depending …

Can cheap food be produced sustainably?

A new Defra report says agriculture needs to change if food prices are to be kept low and the environment preserved. But how? Leo Hickman, with your help, investigates. Post your views below, email <b>leo.hickman@guardian.co.uk</b> or tweet <b>@LeoHickman</b><p>10.10am: Jim Paice, the farming minister, has today …

California Central Valley agriculture: Drought and climate change (PHOTOS).

If there’s one thing that struck me during my monthlong drought-themed road trip through the American West earlier this year, it was the colossal …