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  • World's 2030 goals put hunger and agriculture at the center of global policy

    "Eradication of hunger the linchpin for sustainable development agenda, FAO chief tells world leaders

    25 September 2015, New York - Food security, nutrition and sustainable agriculture are key to achieving the entire set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva has told world leaders in a plenary address at United Nations headquarters.

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  • CF Industries in Merger Talks With Dutch Chemical Maker OCI

    "LONDON — The American fertilizer maker CF Industries said on Monday that it was in preliminary discussions with OCI of the Netherlands about a potential merger “involving certain of OCI’s businesses.”

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  • Getting Real About Finance for Development: A new shared platform

    Enabling people and their goods to stay on the move by rebuilding rural roads in the Democratic Republic of Congo; keeping young children in elementary school in the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Yolanda; setting up low carbon energy programs for several Central Asian countries; supporting more sustainable and resilient cities across Europe; advising governments on how to collect tax to maintain crucial public services in Peru; providing microfinance for shopkeepers and small businesses in Uruguay, and helping people get back on their feet after Nepal’s devastating earthquake.

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  • Fertilizer curbs pose 'massive threat' to German wheat exports

    "Pending fertilizer legislation could threaten Germany's role as a key exporter of hard wheat, by cutting the protein content in grain, industry players warned.

    Verein der Getreidehändler der Hamburger Börse (VgD) the German grain trade body, warned of "drastic consequences" for Germany's high protein wheat industry if draft legislation on curtailing use of nitrogen fertilizers is not altered.

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  • "Rethink Zero" - the Zero Hunger Challenge

    The Zero Hunger Challenge is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's vision of a world free from hunger and malnutrition, where all food systems are sustainable, women and family farmers are empowered, and everyone enjoys their Right to Adequate Food. Working together, we can make this vision a reality!

    View the video on YouTube.

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  • The Precision Agriculture Revolution: Making the Modern Farmer

    "Thousands of years ago, agriculture began as a highly site-specific activity. The first farmers were gardeners who nurtured individual plants, and they sought out the microclimates and patches of soil that favored those plants. But as farmers acquired scientific knowledge and mechanical expertise, they enlarged their plots, using standardized approaches—plowing the soil, spreading animal manure as fertilizer, rotating the crops from year to year—to boost crop yields.

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  • What is the fertilizer industry doing to promote nutrient stewardship?

    4R Nutrient Stewardship

    A Policy Toolkit

    March 2015

    International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA)

    Optimized use of fertilizers by farmers around the world is necessary for food and nutrition security and for safeguarding natural resources and ecosystems. The fertilizer industry has taken up nutrient stewardship as a priority area of work in support of this fact.

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  • California's Drought: Cut and Dried

    "CALIFORNIA is no longer taking a laid-back approach to its water crisis. This week, for the first time in its history, the Golden State imposed mandatory restrictions on water use. The measure follows four years of severe drought and its lowest ever recorded winter snowpack. On Wednesday Governor Jerry Brown issued an executive order imposing a 25% reduction on the state’s 400 local water supply agencies over the coming year. Those local agencies serve 90% of California residents.

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  • Farm group speaks out in favor of using biosolids

    WHEATFIELD – State and local farm organizations are speaking out in favor of the use of biosolids as fertilizer and against the push to allow individual towns to ban their use.

    The statements from the Niagara County and New York State farm bureaus come as Quasar Energy Group is suing the Town of Wheatfield to try to overturn its biosolids ban, while several towns are asking the State Legislature to allow them the power to pass such bans, too.

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  • Ohio House OKs bill regulating fertilizer runoff

    COLUMBUS — Promising that it’s just one more step, the Ohio House today unanimously approved a bill designed to control agricultural fertilizer runoff that contributes to algal blooms on Lake Erie like those that briefly contaminated Toledo’s water supply last summer.

    Critics characterized the bill as not strong enough while backers of its provisions argued that the state has to proceed carefully so as not to undermine the state’s number-one industry.

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