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Coverage of farmland since January 22, 2024.

‘Balanced approach': Reaction to Albertas renewable development changes Globalnews.ca

"...The Alberta Government unveiled its new regulations for renewable energy on Wednesday. As the reaction continues to come in, there's disagreement about whether the changes might help or hinder development..."

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A housing shortage is testing Oregon's pioneering land use law. Lawmakers are poised to tweak it

"...PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) A severe lack of affordable housing has prompted Oregon lawmakers to consider chipping away at a 1970s law that made the state a national leader in leveraging land use policy to prevent suburban sprawl and conserve nature and agriculture..."

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Erratic weather fueled by climate change will worsen locust outbreaks, study finds

"...But he hoped that the study could help countries understand and address the impacts of climate variability on locust dynamics, particularly in the context of its repercussions on agricultural productivity and food security and urged better regional and continental cooperation among countries and control organizations to respond quickly and build early warning systems..."

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'A terrible spot': Area farmers concerned over proposed location for new Moose Jaw city landfill

"...A group of Moose Jaw area farmers are concerned over the proposed location of the citys new landfill. Moose Jaws current landfill, east of the city, is over 100 years old and nearing the end of its useful life. The city also says the facility would need upgrades to meet some modern regulations..."

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India's clean energy boom slows as new solar projects get delayed. Experts say it can pick back up

"...BENGALURU, India (AP) For years, renewable projects in India have been growing steadily, from small-town rooftop solar installations to large-scale projects across the desert and long stretches of wind turbines and solar panels on farmland all contributing to the country's climate goal of transitioning to clean energy..."

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Laval greenlights construction of massive film studio project

"...City officials have approved the rezoning of a massive swath of farmland on the eastern side of the island to construct a collection of film studios, including one that will be among North America's biggest..."

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NTP finds curious inconsistency in 2010 Leamington, Essex County tornado data

"...That data review has now launched a second look at the data concerning the tornadoes that hit in the overnight hours of June 6, 2010. According to Sills, new technology, radar techniques, and tornado expertise may glean new understanding of the natural disaster..."

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Atmospheric rivers still coming, flood watch added for Sumas: B.C. forecast centre

"...Environment Canada has downgraded a rainfall warning for parts of Metro Vancouver, but British Columbia's River Forecast Centre has added a flood watch for the Sumas area as a series of atmospheric rivers deluge the province's South Coast..."

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Weather warning alert system improved, says premier CityNews Vancouver

"...The November 2021 atmospheric river caused widespread damage — especially in the Fraser Valley — and hit without people being warned of the gravity of the situation. The record-breaking floods washed away bridges, swamped farmland, and spurred landslides that killed five people..."

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Small farmers hit by extreme weather could get assistance from proposed insurance program

"...The flooding affected nearly 28,000 acres of farmland in Vermont, causing over $16 million in losses and damage, Welchs office said. That came after the May frost that caused $10 million in losses, particularly to apple and grape growers..."

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Farmers in Alberta face growing risk of soil erosion events as drought persists Globalnews.ca

"...“The biggest challenge is once you lose it, it's hard for the soil to recover,” Chau said. “Losing a bit of soil on the surface, you might not think it's such a concern, but to replenish it or build up soil over a certain amount of time takes a lot of effort. ”Erosion is also expensive..."

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Growing risk of soil erosion for Alberta farmers as drought lingers

"..."If you have a vulnerable field, as soon as particles of soil start moving, there's a chain reaction. The next thing you know you've got the whole field moving," Coles said. "It's a very extreme example of aerial soil erosion, something we saw much more in the '30s..."

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"...natural setting, with its attractive scenic backdrop of rolling hills, rich farmland and clean waterways, creates a healthy environment for working, living, and raising a family..."

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Podcasts

Recent episodes that mention farmland.

Expect variability in 2024 southwestern Ontario land prices

Duration: 9:28

"...Southwestern Ontario is home to some of Canada's most productive farmland..."

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Land values remain strong despite economic headwinds

Duration: 15:21

"...Even as inflation continues to grow and increasing borrowing costs have put pressure on farm incomes, farmland values across Canada rose 7. 7 per cent in the first half of 2023, according to Farm Credit Canada's Mid-Year Land Value report..."

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Canada's largest irrigation district faces challenges following another season of drought

Duration: 11:50

"...The largest irrigation district in Canada is counting on above average snowpack this winter to replenish water supplies for the 2024 growing season..."

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RealAg Radio: By-elections as punishment, farmland development, and MacAulay's wish list, Aug 11, 2023

Duration: 55:04

"...It's Fri-yay! Fridays mean the RealAg Issues Panel on RealAg Radio..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about farmland.

Wolves return to Europe: what to do about them is a people problem

"...Featuring Hanna Pettersson, a postdoctoral research associate at the Leverhulme Centre for Anthropocene Biodiversity at the University of York in the UK and Jack Marley, environment and energy editor at The Conversation in the UK..."

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What is the Greenbelt?

"...Since 2005, Ontario has designated a swath of waterways, wetlands, farmland, and parks as under the protection of the Greenbelt..."

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The dirtiest river in the world: Indonesia's Citarum | DW Documentary

"...In spite of how dirty the river is, at least 30 million people across West Java rely on the Citarum to irrigate the farmland that feeds them..."

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Hacking the most potent greenhouse gas in the world

"...Cows are responsible for 10% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions, and its actually their table manners that are an issue..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about farmland relevant to the latest news.

Farm structure and environmental context drive farmers? decisions on the spatial distribution of ecological focus areas in Germ

"...Context Ecological Focus Areas (EFAs) were designed as part of the greening strategy of the common agricultural policy to conserve biodiversity in European farmland, prevent soil erosion and improve soil quality..."

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Aspects of traditional agricultural landscapes: potential alternative development paths for sustainable agriculture?A review

"...Concepts such as traditional agricultural landscapes (TALs), high nature value farmlands (HNV farmlands), organic farming, and agricultural heritage systems are associated with the maintenance or sustainable development of ecological agricultural systems, with an emphasis on providing ecosystem services, biodiversity conservation, and heritage protection..."

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Dynamic Assessment and Sustainability Strategies of Ecological Security in the Irtysh River Basin of Xinjiang, China

"...In light of on the findings, we proposed that future strategies for ecological security enhancement should concentrate on enacting the policy of localizing spatial differentiation, optimizing industrial structure, strengthening scientific and technological support in the field of water conservation, bolstering the treatment capacity of environmental facilities, and implementing the Mountains-Rivers-Forests-Farmlands-Lakes-Grasslands System to support the sustainable development of dryland watersheds..."

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Effects of urbanization on spatial-temporal changes of cultivated land in Bohai Rim region

"...It is suggested that the development of urbanization can be promoted in a timely and appropriate manner, and the harmonious development of urbanization can be promoted by optimizing the layout of land use and avoiding excessive occupation of cultivated land at the expense of food security and ecological environment..."

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Does asymmetric birch effect phenomenon matter for environmental sustainability of agriculture in Tunisia?

"...As recommendations, promoting the agricultural productivity and preserving farmland in Tunisia should be among the main actions for any agricultural policy to improve economic growth and to achieve environmental sustainability..."

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Glyphosate spraying exacerbates nitrogen and phosphorus loss in karst slope farmland

"...Therefore, in the prevention and control of agricultural non-point source pollution, the threat of glyphosate to the surrounding aquatic ecosystem cannot be ignored, especially in karst areas with frequent rainstorms and serious water erosion, long-term monitoring and risk assessment of glyphosate are needed..."

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Spatiotemporal variations of soil respiration under different land uses and their control in Northwestern Ethiopia

"...Understanding the dependence of soil respiration (Rs) on land use can improve our understanding of global carbon dioxide fluxes and provide useful information for designing land management options..."

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Spatiotemporal Variation of Ecosystem Services Value and its Response to Land Use Change in the Yangtze River Basin, China

"...How to understand the impact of land use change on ecosystem service value is of great significance for the utilization of ecological environment protection..."

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The impact of sewage effluents on water quality of Lake Hawassa, Ethiopia

"...The physicochemical characteristics of water samples from Lake Hawassa was determined with the aim of pointing out possible impacts of industrial effluents, agricultural chemicals and domestic sewage on the water quality of the lake..."

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Impact of land grabbing on food security: evidence from Ghana

"...Specifically, we test two main hypotheses on food security impacts of LGDE and LGFE: (i) given that land grabbing leads to farmland loss and fewer job opportunities, food security will decrease under both LGDE and LGFE; and (ii) the decrease in food security will be higher under LGFE as compared to LGDE since foreign actors dominate in land grabbing, and control more land than domestic actors..."

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Barriers and drivers for sustainable business model innovation based on a radical farmland change scenario

"...The new ES in focus connect to radical land-use change, paludiculture, as used in the rewetting of farmland intended to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that drained peat soil causes..."

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African savanna raptors show evidence of widespread population collapse and a growing dependence on protected areas

"...The conversion of natural habitats to farmland is a major cause of biodiversity loss and poses the greatest extinction risk to birds worldwide..."

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