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Agriculture is the cultivation of land and the breeding of both animals and plants for the purpose of sustaining life. The development of agriculture allowed the expansion and growth of the human race. The major agricultural products are grouped into foods, fuels, fibres and raw materials. then sub-groups such as cereals, vegetables, fruits oils etc. within food.


Modern agronomy, plant breeding, pesticides and fertilisers have massive enhanced the yields from cultivation. However, the effects of these have caused widespread ecological and environmental damage. Problems are also present when concerning selective breeding. Although the results are prosperous there are active concerns about animal welfare. Backlash against the environmental effects of conventional agriculture. This resulting in organic, regenerative and sustainable agricultural movements.


School of Integrative Plant Science

School of Integrative Plant Science

School of Integrative Plant Science aims to progress fundamental insights into better plants and sustainable growth in order to help serve the world
farming scheme

Environmental farming scheme given green light

The Environment Secretary has today announced that the Payment by Results (PBR) project will be the first agri-environment scheme directly funded by the UK
ammonia emissions

New voluntary guide to help farmers reduce ammonia emissions

A new guide has been released which sets out simple steps farmers, advisors and contractors can take to reduce ammonia emissions to help improve air quality.
British farming

Government salutes pioneering females in British farming at Royal Welsh Show

Leading women from the food and farming sectors from around the country will join Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns at an event to celebrate Welsh women’s contributions to British farming at the Royal Welsh Show today
agriculture industry

Agriculture industry has highest death rate, report shows

The latest report from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has revealed that the agriculture industry still has the highest rate of fatal injuries compared to any other sector.

Agriculture, climate, change

Research crop scientist from the K-State Northwest Research-Extension Center, Professor Robert Aiken explores agriculture, drought and crop research issues, as well as climate change and the crucial role of satellite imagery in the field

The research priorities for the cereals and oilseeds sector

Tim Isaac, Head of Arable at the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board shares his thoughts on research into the cereals & oilseeds sector
Genomics and precision agriculture

Genomics and precision agriculture: A perfect match for improving farm sustainability

Nicolas Friggens, coordinator of the GenTORE project at INRA, France reveals why genomics and precision agriculture are a perfect match for improving farm sustainability
Healthy Minor Cereals Project

Small grain cereal production and the challenges of diversity

HealthyMinorCereals discuss the challenge to diversify cultivation of small grain cereals. HealthyMinorCereals aims to boost cultivation and consumption of currently less cultivated cereal species in order to diversify cereal production in Europe
sustainable development

Common Agricultural Policy (CAP): Helping the EU to implement Sustainable Development Goals

Commissioner Phil Hogan shared his views on how the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is helping to shape the EU to implement Sustainable Development Goals, during a speech he delivered on 11th May 2018 at the at German Catholic Days, Muenster in Germany
crop research

Crop resilience gets multi-million pound government investment

Environment secretary, Michael Gove has announced that UK universities and research centres which improve the resilience, sustainability and quality of major crops, will be the lucky recipients of a £5.3 million government fund.
Agricultural Systems for Sustainable Development

Agricultural systems are key for sustainable development

Cristina Cruz from the Foundation for Science and Technology discusses agricultural systems and their crucial link to maintaining sustainable development.  

Carmen Rottenberg

Carmen Rottenberg Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) USDA: Protecting Americans from foodborne illness
crop productivity

Water, temperature and crop productivity research

Prof Robert Aiken, research crop scientist at Northwest Research—Extension Center tells us about his fascinating research into water and temperature, including the extent to which they limit crop productivity.
blockchain resolution

Could blockchain provide a boost to post-Brexit farming?

University of Hull, School of Politics, Philosophy and International Studies, Graduate Student, Tom Jones, asks if blockchain technology might provide a boost to post-Brexit farming.
sustainable intensification of agriculture

The sustainable intensification of agriculture in Europe

In this in-depth analysis, Cristina Cruz, Professor Auxiliar at Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa (FCUL) shares her thoughts on the sustainable intensification of agriculture (SIA) in Europe today
agricultural problems

Finding new solutions to agricultural problems in the U.S.

Open Access Government looks at the work of the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) in finding new solutions to agricultural problems in the United States

National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)

The work of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is examined here by Open Access Government
rural development

Agriculture, forestry and rural development in Portugal

The background and current work of Luís Capoulas Santos, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development is placed under the spotlight by Open Access Government
plant protection

How right-sizing regulation can optimise plant protection

Greg Rosenthal of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service explains how right-sizing regulation can optimise plant protection

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