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The Agricultural Community Is Buzzing to Protect the Bees

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If you eat, you need bees. In fact, one in three bites of our food relies on honey bee pollination. This, naturally, means that farmers rely on honey bee pollination. With increasing food demands due to population growth, we all need modern agriculture to be successful. That success requires healthy honey bee colonies.  

Frey Vineyards – Out of the Ashes

Growing again after the Napa fires of October 2017
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By Katrina Frey, CEO, Frey Vineyards, Ltd.

This true story begins with a strange orange glow in the sky that awakened me at 1:00am on the morning of Oct 9th, 2017. Stepping outside into a howling wind, I watched in horror as a huge wildfire burned on the distant ridge. The wind was blowing away from us, so I was very concerned about our neighbors below the ridge in Potter Valley, never dreaming that at the same time the Redwood Complex Fire was racing around the bottom of the ridge and heading straight to Frey Vineyards and engulfing the only paved road out.

The Real Price of Madagascar’s Vanilla Boom

By David Pilling
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In the humid Sava region of northern Madagascar, where vanilla vines grow in the shaded canopy of the jungle, villagers guard their crop as though it were a precious metal. Well they might. Strong demand for natural vanilla, speculation, bad harvests and money laundering have driven prices as high as silver. Farmers often awake to find their vines stripped bare, carried off in the night by gangs of thieves filling orders for buyers in the far-off capital of Antananarivo, who in turn supply the markets of western Europe, the US and Asia.

Monsanto and Iowa State Partner to Improve Water Quality

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ST. LOUISJune 5, 2018 /3BL Media/ – Monsanto Company, along with its subsidiary, The Climate Corporation, today announced a partnership with the Iowa State University (ISU) Department of Agronomy to create an infrastructure project designed to monitor water quality and downstream nitrate loss.

Ways Farmers Support Biodiversity on the Farm

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Farmers realize the importance of biodiversity. Thanks to the combined efforts of many groups in agriculture, farmers today have access to a variety of tools and practices that help them grow crops in a sustainable way that protects biodiversity.

Sporting Sustainability Launches to Reduce Food Waste

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Sporting Kansas City announced on Tuesday the launch of Sporting Sustainability, a collaborative platform that unites prominent industry leaders to reduce food waste and achieve additional key sustainability outcomes in the Midwest.

The initiative features the following five founding partners, who have each committed to addressing causes of food waste, supporting external efforts across the supply chain and building a network of advocates for food conservation:

Global Launch of New Climate-Based Water Resilience Criteria

Boost for green bond investment in water infrastructure, sustainable ecosystems, cities, agriculture and energy
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May 22, 2018 /3BL Media/ - The Water Consortium, a global group of climate finance and sustainability organisations, has formally launched the new Water Infrastructure Criteria of the Climate Bonds Standard marking a major turning point in best practice for sustainable investment in water-based infrastructure and green/grey hybrid systems. 

Announcing the Global Engagement Forum: Live, Hosted by PYXERA Global, October 10 - 11

Advancing four solvable problems within the global Goals—skills gap: STEM, energy poverty, post-harvest loss, and marine debris
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WASHINGTON, D.C., May 16, 2018 /3BL Media/ - PYXERA Global is proud to announce the third Global Engagement Forum: Live, to be held on October 10-11, 2018 in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. The invite-only forum focuses on four solvable problems within the Sustainable Development Goals. Leaders and experts from business, government, and nonprofit organizations will come together for two days of intensive collaboration.

Gender Relations and Gaps in the Cocoa Value Chain in Peru

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Working with smallholders in the region of the Valleys of the Rivers Apurimac, Ene and Montaro (VRAEM) in Peru is a challenging task. The region produces approximately 70% of Peru’s illicit coca and is home to the last remnants of the Shining Path, an armed group that has fought a war against the state between the 1980s and early 2000s.

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