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Conversion of agricultural land to urban and low-density residential development between 1992 and 2012 The development of agricultural land is shown in relationship to the low-to-high continuum of productive, versatile, and resilient values for agricultural land. The conversion of agricultural land to urban and low-density residential uses between 1992 and...
If you find this image disturbing as your heart goes out to the US citizens who live and work in these animal sweatshops, you may find it interesting that Canadians are really no better off. Canadian livestock produced approximately 164 billion kilograms of manure in 2001. That amount of...
A bigger role for Canada providing the food for the world as heat rises For Canada, most analysts and farmers believe the potential rewards of climate change will outweigh the risks - at least over the next 30 years. But if heat keeps on rising and causes greater water shortages and...
What does it mean to honor the harvest in the 21st century? This is the question that Erin Fitzgerald, CEO of United States Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA), set out to answer in her recent presentation at AEM's March Ag Sector Board Meeting. Fitzgerald discussed public perceptions of agriculture and...
Future statistics “Total harvested area of wheat in Canada is expected to increase 9.4% from 2017, to 24.3 million acres in 2018,” Statistics Canada said. “Total yields at the national level are expected to fall 11.5%, from an average of 49.6 bushels per acre in 2017 to 43.9 bushels per...
Canada has more than 50.5 million hectares of agricultural land classified as dependable agricultural land—areas deemed suitable for long-term cultivation. From 2001 to 2011, farm area located on dependable agricultural land declined by 969 802 hectares (-2.6%), according to "Agriculture in Canada," a new study in Human Activity and the Environment. Ecological infrastructure for agriculture Not all land is suitable...
With the heavy rains and/or heavy snows in parts of the U.S., you may be considering starting planting operation in less than desirable planting conditions because of what the date on the calendar reads. But, be patient. Getting off to a good start with proper field conditions is critical to maximizing...
Planting is the most important trip you’ll make across your fields each year. Some of the biggest and most impactful steps you can take toward reaching your yield potential are completed as soon as your planter leaves the field. Here are 10 things you’ll want to consider before your planter...
There really are two different Americas: the heartland, and the coasts. Driving through the farmlands of Iowa looking for fresh food to eat is a lot like sailing through the ocean looking for fresh water to drink. In the ocean, you're surrounded by water that you can't drink; in Iowa,...
USDA’s 2018 Farm Sector Income Forecast projected farm sector debt at a record-high $409.5 billion, up 4.2 percent, or $16.4 billion, from 2017 levels. Real estate debt in 2018 was projected at a record $250.9 billion, up 5.4 percent or $12.8 billion. Non-real estate debt was also projected to...

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