Agriculture

November 10, 2014--USGS launches a billion-dollar initiative to map the West in 3D (High Country News)

LIDAR, or Light Detection and Ranging, uses lasers to create intricate three-dimensional maps in places where bad weather or thick vegetation hampered traditional aerial mapping.


November 8, 20144--Farmers harmed by decline in nation's public seed supply (Mother Earth News)

Everything starts with seeds.  Whether you’re an organic farmer looking for seeds that will work with your specific organic growing practices or looking for wheat varieties adapted to your specific growing climate, seeds are the foundation of every piece of food we put on our plate and central to everything crop farmers do.


November 6, 2014--Climate change is disrupting flower pollination, research shows (The Guardian)

Sexual deceit, pressed flowers and Victorian bee collectors are combined in new scientific research which demonstrates for the first time that climate change threatens flower pollination, which underpins much of the world’s food production.


November 5, 2014--GMO labeling fails in Colorado, Oregon; GMO ban passes in Maui (Reuters)

The defeat of twin measures in Oregon and Colorado that would have required labeling of foods made with genetically modified ingredients sets the stage for a battle over the issue in the nation's capital, both sides of the debate said on Wednesday.


November 5, 2014--Silt water district freed from TABOR (Glenwood Post Independent)

The Silt Water Conservancy District was successfully “de-Bruced,” according to unofficial election results, with 1,943 voters in favor (58.5 percent) and 1,381 against. The approval will mean the district will be able to collect money for repair and replacement of irrigation equipment for Rifle Gap and Harvey Gap reservoirs.


November 4, 2014--Inexpensive, easy way to filter arsenic from water (Science Daily)

A University of Florida professor has developed a quick, cheap and easy way to filter from water one of the world's most common pollutants: arsenic. Bin Gao's team used iron-enhanced carbon cooked from hickory chips, called biochar, to remove the toxin. He is an associate professor with the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences' in agricultural and biological engineering.


November 3, 2014--Earth pushes back (Circle of Blue)

There’s nothing demur about Mother Earth these days. She’s fuming and pushing back hard. Very hard. The Ebola emergency that began in West Africa and has since spread to two more continents has produced 5,000 deaths and is accelerating. Deep droughts engulf Brazil’s largest city and America’s largest state. Hurricanes drowned two major American cities since 2005.


November 2, 2014--Changing landscape for Colorado agriculturists (Montrose Daily Press)

Creamer looks after a group of Lazy JB Angus show hiefers, part of the livestock recently sold via an online market.


Nov 1, 2014--NMSU professor experiments with uses for highly saline water (Las Cruces Sun News)

What can you do when water is scarce and the available water is too salty? One New Mexico State University professor's solution is to find salt-loving plants. As drought continues to plague New Mexico, alternatives such as using wastewater have been tested and used for agriculture and urban irrigation.


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