Agricultural Science

Algae plague raises doubts about voluntary runoff prevention

Nov 16, 2017

Federal and state policies on preventing harmful algae in waterways depend largely on voluntary use of farming practices intended to prevent fertilizer runoff

Toxic algae flourishes despite vast sums spent to prevent it

Nov 16, 2017

Pungent, ugly and often-toxic algae is spreading across U.S. waterways, even as the government spends vast sums of money to help farmers reduce fertilizer runoff that helps cause it

Lawsuit: Bighorn sheep threatened by domestic sheep grazing

Oct 18, 2017

Environmental groups say in a lawsuit that the U.S. Forest Service is illegally jeopardizing bighorn sheep with deadly diseases by allowing thousands of domestic sheep to graze in eastern Idaho as part of agricultural research activities

European court sides with Italian farmer pushing GM crops

Sep 13, 2017

The European Union court has ruled in favor of an Italian activist farmer who has defied his nation's laws by planting genetically modified corn

Farmer suicides rise in India as climate warms, study shows

Aug 1, 2017

A new study shows a correlation between rising temperatures and the rate of farmer suicides in India

Rene Preval, who led Haiti amid catastrophe, dies at 74

Mar 3, 2017

Rene Preval, a low-key technocrat who led Haiti as president during the devastating January 2010 earthquake and a messy and prolonged recovery, has died

US approves 3 types of genetically engineered potatoes

Mar 1, 2017

Federal officials say three types of potatoes genetically engineered to resist the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine are safe for the environment and safe to eat

Arctic 'doomsday' seed vault receives 50,000 new deposits

Feb 23, 2017

Nearly 10 years after a "doomsday" seed vault opened on an Arctic island, some 50,000 new samples from seed collections around the world have been deposited in the world's largest repository.

Punitive damages allowed in farmer lawsuit against Syngenta

Feb 22, 2017

A Minnesota judge will let some farmers seek punitive damages against the Syngenta seed company for selling genetically modified corn seeds before China approved imports of crops grown from them

Middleton plant laboratory turned into crop research center

Feb 4, 2017

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has turned a $10 million commercial biotechnology plant laboratory in Middleton into the hub of a new crop research center

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