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Coverage of crop diversification since October 9, 2020.

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Soil Health Can Positively Affect Farm Revenue JSTOR Daily

"...The authors suggest that farms can diversify their crops to increase soil fertility, or even mix livestock and crops. In turn, a more diverse ecosystem is more likely to be resilient to the many issues farmers face today and in the future, like climate change, evolving markets, and land degradation. In future studies, the researchers want to increase the length of the dataset to see if these findings are true over time..."

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Consumers are willing to pay for ecosystem services

"...Many consumers are willing to pay for improved environmental quality and thus non-market values of impacts of food production on e. g. water quality, C sequestration, biodiversity, pollution, erosion or GHG emissions may even be comparable to the market value of agricultural production..."

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Manitoba Crop Alliance Appoints Officer Positions

"...Misko farms 6,200 acres with his family and parents near Roblin. Misko’s previous and current board experience includes Reeve for the Rural Municipality (RM) of Hillsburg, Association of Manitoba Municipalities director for the Parkland Region, delegate for Manitoba Pool and Agricore, director with MWBGA, director for Cereals Canada and director and research representative for Western Grains Research Foundation. He is currently Head of Council for the RM of Roblin and sits on the Parkland Crop Diversification Foundation Board..."

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Sustainable cropping systems for the future

"...The land use requirements of agriculture are enormous, and it is crucial for researchers and policymakers to understand how they are affected by external factors and interact with other land uses. Mora and colleagues generated a set of scenarios of how future agricultural land use may be impacted by climate change and a range of socioeconomic factors [13]. These hypothetical scenarios can be used as tools in planning how best to adapt agriculture and food systems to future realities..."

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The pesticides in contact with plastics for mulch take longer to degrade

"...Diverfarming is a project financed by the Horizon 2020 Programme of the European Commission, within the challenge of "Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, Marine, Maritime and Inland Water Research and the Bioeconomy", under agreement 728003. It counts on the participation of the Universities of Cartagena and Córdoba (Spain), Tuscia (Italy), Exeter and Portsmouth (United Kingdom), Wageningen (Netherlands), Trier (Germany), Pecs (Hungary) and ETH Zurich (Switzerland), the research centres Consiglio per la ricerca in agricoltura e l'analisi dell'economia agraria (Italy), the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (Spain) and the Natural Resources Institute LUKE (Finland), the agrarian organisation ASAJA, and the companies Casalasco and Barilla (Italy), Arento, LogísticaDFM and Industrias David (Spain), Nieuw Bromo Van Tilburg and Ekoboerdeij de Lingehof (Netherlands), Weingut Dr. Frey (Germany), Nedel-Market KFT and Gere (Hungary) and Paavolan Kotijuustola and Polven Juustola (Finland)..."

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Sheep show the contamination by microplastics in the agricultural soils of Murcia

"...Reverting this trend will therefore require a change in paradigm in current agricultural production so as to relegate intensive cropping to a secondary role. The Diverfarming project, financed by the H2020 call of the European Commission seeks, in this sense, to bring about a change in European agriculture towards an agriculture that is more sustainable and respectful to the environment. By means of the combination of crop diversification and sustainable farming practices they seek to look after the planet whilst ensuring the farmers' economic benefits..."

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Study: crop diversification can improve environmental outcomes without sacrificing yields

"...Agriculture in the Midwest is dominated by just a few crops, mainly corn and soybeans. But the study looked at a range of farming practices aimed at introducing more diversity to cropland. Those diversification practices include crop rotations, planting prairie strips within and along fields, establishing wildlife habitat near fields, reducing tillage and enriching soil with organic matter..."

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A mathematical model facilitates inventory management in the food supply chain

"...The model developed is based on the methodology of system dynamics, a recognised way of dealing with problems related to dynamic processes, such as the supply chain. This set of equations, input data and relationships among variables is tested in a frozen products supply chain at national level. This enables to determine the best configuration of parameters to obtain the best decision alternative in terms of costs and inventory levels, optimising the procedure with regard to the costs and stock levels..."

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Irrigation Key Part Of Ottawa's Infrastructure Funding

"...Included in that is $1. 5 billion dollars for agricultural irrigation projects in Western Canada, including the addition of an estimated 700,000 acres of newly irrigated land..."

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Farmers? adaptation to climate-smart agriculture (CSA) in NW Turkey

"...The targets of this approach included sustainable increase in agricultural production, resistance and adaptation to climate change and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions..."

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Crop rotation reduces the frequency of anaerobic soil bacteria in Red Latosol of Brazil

"...The changes prompted by crop succession have implications for efficient soil organic matter decomposition, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, higher root activity, and overall soil productivity, which compromise to agriculture sustainability..."

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Climate Resilience in Agriculture

"...These sustainable agriculture practices include improvement of land preparation such as no-tilling and composting, introduction of disease-resistant and climate hardy seed varieties, crop diversification, integration of crops and livestock, soil health improvement through cover crops, management of intensive grazing, reduction in the use of off-farm inputs, development of whole-farm planning, and improvement of agriculture enterprises and marketing..."

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Farmers? Adoption of Climate Smart Practices for Increased Productivity in Nigeria

"...It is pertinent to note that most of the CSAPs adopted by the rural farmers in this study are conservation agriculture, use of organic manure, crop diversification, use of wetland (Fadama), planting of drought tolerant crops, relocation from climate risk zones, prayers for God?s intervention, and improvement on farmers? management skills..."

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The Role of Diversity in Improving Environmental Indicators: A Case Study in Mahidasht Plain, Iran

"...Given the importance of diversity in the sustainability of agricultural ecosystems, the present study empirically investigates the economic and environmental effects of crop diversification and integration of crops and livestock on the farm in Mahidasht plain of Kermanshah province..."

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Explaining the impact of agroecology on farm-level transitions to food security in Malawi

"...How does agroecology influence household food security? While previous studies have found that adopting agroecological practices can have a positive effect on smallholder household food security, there is limited understanding of how this transition occurs..."

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Impact of Watershed Programmes in Bundelkhand Region of Madhya Pradesh, India: How Beneficiaries Perceive?

"...However, yield enhancement, groundwater recharge, saving of resources and augmentation of income were the major benefits of various watershed-based interventions as perceived by the beneficiary households..."

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Aphid honeydew may be the predominant sugar source for Aphidius parasitoids even in nectar-providing intercrops

"...Intercropping is a common crop diversification scheme that may bring complementary nectar sources for parasitoids and increase herbivore pest control..."

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Farm households' perceptions and adaptation strategies to climate change risks and their determinants: evidence from Raya Az

"...Crop diversification (99%), mulching (88%), soil and water management practices (78%), and use of alternative tillage practices (74%) were reported to be the most, while the use of improved seed (27%), planting trees (26%), mixed farming (12%), and home farm practice (3%) were reported to be the least adopted adaptation strategies..."

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Levels and Efficiency of Agricultural Development

"...This chapter brings out that the selected indicators of agricultural development and diversification explain more than 70% of total cumulative variance where soil quality, ensured irrigation, and socioeconomic quality of farmers are better..."

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Crop diversification affects weed communities and densities in organic spring cereal fields in northern Europe

"...Within organic crop production, weed interference remains one of the main constraints on productivity, yet diverse weed vegetation supports the ecosystem services of arable fields..."

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Farm income, inequality, and poverty among farm families of a flood-prone area in Bangladesh: climate change vulnerability asse

"...It is, therefore, recommended that proper management of agricultural farms, crop diversification, and appropriate technology interventions are necessary to reduce income inequality and losses of farm income from climate change impact..."

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