Climate change: why farmers are among our best guides for making sense of topsy-turvy weather

Farmer interviews offer a rich and detailed perspective on extreme weather and climate change.

Paul Merchant, Oral Historian and Researcher, British Library • conversation
July 2, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: climate-change agriculture farming drought extreme-weather farmers oral-history

Rethinking what research means during a global pandemic

In the wake of COVID-19, researchers can become trusted figures of authority who can re-appropriate their networks, skills and knowledge to better the lives of vulnerable populations.

Ann M. Cheney, Assistant Professor, Department of Social Medicine Population and Public Health, University of California, Riverside • conversation
June 26, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus covid-19-front-lines farmers southern-california community-health-workers health-care-access

A global mask shortage may leave farmers and farm workers exposed to toxic pesticides

One way that farms can handle shortages of protective gear for workers is by switching to less-toxic pest control methods.

Melanie Bateman, Lecturer in Integrated Crop Management, University of Neuchâtel • conversation
April 27, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: covid-19 agriculture pesticides n95-masks integrated-pest-management farmers occupational-safety farmworkers natural-pesticides labor-costs

COVID-19 could put long-lasting strain on farmers

Farmers are facing challenges related to demand, workforce, and uncertainty during the COVID-19 pandemic. An expert warns the impact could be long-lasting.

Austin Fitzgerald-Missouri • futurity
April 10, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 agriculture food jobs money farmers society-and-culture

Insecticide-making cotton actually boosted pesticide use in India

Thanks to genetically modified Bt cotton, "farmers in India are spending more on seeds, more on fertilizer, and more on insecticides."

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL • futurity
March 25, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: insects pesticides genetic-engineering india money crops farmers earth-and-environment

California’s strict air pollution laws are good for farmers

"The irony is that by fighting against certain environmental regulations, these folks may be damaging their own earning capacity."

Brian Bell-UC Irvine • futurity
March 18, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: sustainability climate-change pollution agriculture food california farmers earth-and-environment laws

Cold plasma can kill dangerous airborne pig virus

Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome virus (PRRSv) can make pigs super sick. But it's no match for a cold plasma reactor, researchers say.

U. Michigan • futurity
March 11, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: agriculture viruses plasma farmers pigs health-and-medicine

New test is a better gauge of how much nitrogen corn needs

A better test for gauging nitrogen needs in corn fields could mean economic benefits for farmers and be better for the environment, too.

Fred Love-Iowa State • futurity
March 10, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: machine-learning soil nitrogen farmers earth-and-environment corn

Biodiversity can be good for farmers’ bottom line

Increasing biodiversity on their land could help farmers boost their revenues, a new study shows.

Peter Rüegg-ETH Zurich • futurity
Feb. 7, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: biodiversity agriculture plants crops farmers earth-and-environment

School gardens reconnect kids with food

In a world where it can seem to children that food miraculously appears on the plate, school gardens offer a way to get them back in touch with their food

Austin Fitzgerald-Missouri • futurity
Jan. 21, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: schools food gardens farmers featured earth-and-environment health-and-medicine

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