Bill Gates Calls for Biotech Crops to Feed Poor

In Biotechnology, Farming, International, Sustainability, Video by Cindy

At the World Food Prize Forum in Des Moines on Thursday, Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates praised the work of Norman Borlaug and called for a new “Green Revolution” to help feed the poorest of the world’s poor. Gates also announced grants totaling about $120 million to help small farmers in developing countries such as Africa. “In the middle …

Corn Interns Mix Laughs and Learning

In Corny News, Education, General, Sustainability by Mark

Summer is rapidly coming to an end and with the return of school those useful and amusing temporary employees called interns are also heading back to college. If you want to educate yourself about corn, or in some cases just laugh at their spin on all things corn, you can enjoy some of the fruits of their summer labor by …

Corn Producers Launch ‘Sustaining Innovation’ Campaign

In Education, General, Sustainability by Mark

Building off a campaign conducted in Washington, D.C., by the National Corn Growers Association and several state corn organizations, the Nebraska Corn Board and Nebraska Corn Growers Association have launched a campaign in Nebraska to promote some of the positive aspects of farming today. Some of the positive messages include the fact that American farmers have slashed the fertilizer needed …

Defining Sustainability

In Audio, Sustainability by Chuck

How many ways can you define sustainability? What does it mean to you? I’m beginning to think the list is endless. During a conference I attended this week I heard three very prominent people offer their definition during a round table discussion. This was at the Alltech Symposium where the theme was The Sustainability Principle. The panelists at this session …

Calculate Your Sustainability

In Classic, Sustainability, Video by Cindy

Farmers will soon have a new tool to analyze their natural resource use and key crop production inputs, introduced this week at the Commodity Classic by Field to Market, The Keystone Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture. The Fieldprint Calculator was developed with input from a diverse group of grower organizations, agribusinesses, food companies, economists and conservation groups, to help farmers evaluate …

21st Century Agricultural Revolution

In Farming, Sustainability by Cindy

“Growing a 21st Century Agricultural Revolution” is the title of a conference that will be held March 18-20 in Landsdowne, Va. The event is being sponsored by The Sustainable Food Lab, a global network of business, public sector and civil society leaders working together to accelerate sustainability in mainstream food and agriculture, in conjunction with Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform …

Less Land in Farms, More Productivity

In Farming, Sustainability, USDA by Cindy

According to the 2007 Census of Agriculture just released this week, the amount of farmland declined dropped from 938,279,056 to 922,095,840 acres since the last census. That is a decline of 16.2 million acres. Despite that decrease, American farmers continue to produce as much or more on less land. This is a tremendous tribute to the productivity of our industry. …

Sustainability More Than Just Buzz Word

In Environmental, Farming, Sustainability by Cindy

Everyone talks about sustainability, a new report now provides a way to measure it. The report released today by the Keystone Alliance, a diverse alliance of companies and organizations, has devised a definition of economic and environmental sustainability focusing on “meeting the needs of the present while improving the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” The Environmental …

Technology that’s really cutting-edge

In Biotechnology, New Products, Sustainability by Ken

Boosting yield — the amount of corn grown per acre — is crucial not just for increasing corn production to meet all needs, but to do it in a sustainable way that uses natural resources more efficiently. And developing new seed technology is one of the most effective ways of boosting yield. But this can be a slow and daunting …