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Agricultue, Forestry and Other Land Use Emissions by Sources and Removals by Sinks: 1990-2011 Analysis

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Climate Change,Environment,Statistics,United Nations


This report provides the first comprehensive analysis of emissions releases from agriculture and forestry as extracted from the new FAOSTAT Emission Database.  From the Food and Agriculture Organization


Debt Use by U.S. Farm Businesses, 1992-2011

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Financial Crisis/Markets,Statistics

Presents statistics on debt use patterns by types of U.S. farms and explores key trends in the use of debt over a 20 year period.  From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture


Why Are Americans Consuming Less Fluid Milk? A Look at Generational Differences in Intake Frequency

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Food/Nutrition,Statistics

Declining consumption since the 1970s reflects changes in the frequency of milk consumption, rather than changes in portions. Compared to the 1970s, Americans are now less likely to drink milk with midday and evening meals. From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture


FDA Update on Animal Pharmaceutical Industry Response to Guidance #213

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Animals/Wildlife,Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations

Announces that 25 of 26 pharmaceutical companies have agreed to cooperate with voluntary federal restrictions on the use of antibiotics for growth promotion in animals.  Citing threats to human health and antibiotic effectiveness, the government asked 26 companies to voluntarily stop labeling such drugs as acceptable for animal growth promotion.  From the Food and Drug Administration


Technical Consultation on Low Levels of Genetically-Modified (GM) Crops in International Food and Feed Trade

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Foreign Trade/Investment,Science/Technology,United Nations

Presents results of a survey on low levels of genetically-modified crops turning up in international trade which result in trade disruptions when importing countries block shipments and destroy or return the crops shipped.  From the Food and Agriculture Organization


Global Land Cover-Share of Year 2014

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Climate Change,Environment,Maps/Geography,United Nations


Brings together land cover data for the entire world into one centralized database.  From the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations


Drought in the United States: Causes and Current Understanding

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Climate Change,Natural Resources,Weather/Disasters

Includes discussion of what drought is and why it occurs, a description of recent severe droughts in the U.S., the role of climate change in drought conditions, and drought forecasts for the U.S.

From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


2012 Census of Agriculture Preliminary Results Show Growing Farm Economy

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Statistics

Press release describing the initial results of the 2012 Census of Agriculture.  Provides link to more 2012 Census information in anticipation of May 2014 release.  From the U.S. Department of Agriculture


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