Blog Highlights from 1/21/2014 – 2/3/2014

  2014 National Biodiesel Conference + Expo – Official Blog Highlights from January 27 Highlights from official blog of the 2014 National Biodiesel Our Sustainable Path To Success: A Progress Report – This report focuses on issues material to our business, organized into three primary sections: Environmental Stewardship, Social and Governance. WSP Media Highlights – 2013 – WSP research on the water soft path approach is mentioned in this December 2013 article in The Castlegar Source about the need to “think outside the box” when it comes to long-term planning for water use in B.C.’s Kettle River watershed Smart Blog On Food and Beverages – As packaging becomes almost as important as the product it holds, packaging design has been elevated to an art form. NRDC Blog Highlights Cornell’s Sports Greening Efforts | Cornell Sustainable Campus Blog highlights form Cornell University 2012 Highlights: Sustainable Forestry This week, we are celebrating our achievements from the past year, where we have seen our rates of growth soar. Today, we focus on our efforts in sustainable forestry…...

New FDA And Federal Government Regulations Of Livestock

New FDA requirements for livestock antibiotics There have been several significant changes announced by the Food and Drugs Administration regarding the use of antibiotics in livestock. According to the new regulations of the U. S FDA, and Veterinary Feed Directives (VFD), a veterinary will need to supervise the use of antibiotic drugs on livestock. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has been supportive of sensible drug use by veterinarians, and has been working with the U. S FDA to shape regulations to standardize the medical use among animals to develop processes and principles that promote proper use of antimicrobial among animal farmers. The announcement made by FDA on December 11 2013was somewhat a result of a lawsuit in 2012 by the Defense Council, which put pressure on FDA. Pressure from other public health organizations as well as AVMA made it easier for FDA to make its decision. Requirement for livestock identification by Federal Government The federal government has recently launched a “livestock identification” program. According to experts, this would not be an extra burden for the cattle farmers. The Federal and State laws require that dairy cows and cattle over the age of 18 be registered when they are being transported across the state lines. Some acceptable forms of identifications such as a ear tag has to be displayed on the livestock while transporting them. Each animal is given an identification number attached with the ear tags. In some cases farmers also use tattoos or old fashioned branding on animals, which is also acceptable. The new regulations of the animal identification will help the government to track animals in...

Livestock Health – Causes Care & Cures Of Common Cattle Diseases

If you are raising cattle in your farm, it is very important to know the types of diseases your cattle can suffer from to best manage and treat these diseases. Most of the diseases of cattle or any farm animal can be prevented through proper management and care. Tick Damage If your farm animals are suffering from ticks, they can cause severe damage to your cattle if left untreated for a long time, especially around ears and udder. The wounds made by ticks can be worsened by flies or bacterial infections. It is important to identify the tick attack early. Some ticks are more dangerous than others and cause greater damage, such as the ticks that cause heart water, red water and gall sickness in cattle. Prevention and tick control Use tick control products that are easy to use on your cattle. You may find pour-on, spray-on, or plunge-dip products found at your local farm supply stores. If you have the proper facilities, use the plunge dip methods. Pour-on could be expensive but the easiest method to use. To prevent tick attacks, keep the heavily effected animals separate as soon as identified. Check for ticks once a week in the wet seasons and once every two weeks in the dry seasons. Use vaccination to protect your cattle against tick borne disease. Anthrax Anthrax is a fatal disease caused by bacteria in cattle. It is also highly infections and causes fatality in farm animals across every continents of the world. Animals usually show signs of illness within two to seven days after swallowing the spores of bacteria, which produce extremely...

Sustainable Systems For Fish Farming – Managing Pests & diseases

Through fish farming, our source of protein and nutrition has found new sources and possibilities. Using our ponds and fresh water, we are able to produce more food in the water and benefit from it. It has also boosted our seafood industry, making the seasonal seafood supply available at any time of the year. The aquaculture industry is growing rapidly and with it many have questioned the sustainability issues of fish farming. It is also important to manage pests and diseases effectively to increase production. Enhancing fish habitat Improving the natural habitat in your pond can increase the fish production and population of your fish farm. Create structures to cover and provide shelters for your young fish in case they are attacked by predators or unwanted reptiles, increasing their chances of survival and growth. Managing Predators and water quality Managing unwanted predators for fish farm such as birds, reptiles, unwanted carnivorous fish, wild fish, insects, and fishing by man is essential for any fish farm. Fish production can also be affected by diseases, reduction of quality feed, water quality, overcro wded ponds, and so on. Fish farm quality can also be reduced if enough oxygen is not supplied, especially for delicate and exotic fish farming. Decomposition or fouling weed and dead animals can also harm the water quality, reduce water quality and limit the fish movement on the surface. · Placing a swan decoy Placing a swan decoy on your fish pond can limit geese from attacking your pond. Swans are highly territorial. Once a swan decoy is placed, gees will be discouraged to opt the pond and go...

Sustainable Organic Farming – A Better Way Of Livestock Production

We have heard the old saying that “we are what we eat.” This saying has a great significance because what we eat has a great impact on how we live. It is closely related to our health and environment. In recent years, there has been an increased demand for food that is ethically produced and also sustainable. Along with an increase in the amount of organically grown farm lands around the world in the recent years, the concern for growing animals with organic products and awareness for livestock welfare has also increased. Organic farming has now reached new international standards with 84 countries around the world implementing it. There are many aspects of organic farming that benefits the ecology and environment because organic farming does not input any harmful chemical fertilizers, toxic insecticides or synthetic materials into the plant and soil. It also relies on ecological process such as waste recycling and natural pest control methods. Organic farming can especially outperform the conventional farming methods and benefit the land which has been farmed for a long time and has been going through droughts. The conventional agricultural methods, on the other hand, may degrade the quality of the land and may cause soil erosion, excessive water withdrawal and may cause loss of biodiversity to the land. For many third world countries like Africa and Asia, agriculture is the only way to address the growing poverty, to increase self dependency and to reduce need for foreign aids to support their economy. Even in America, the food grown with organic products can significantly reduce our chances of damaging the environment through insecticides...

Hydroponics – What Is It And How It May Work For You

Many of us have done this as a child. We have clipped a part of a plant and kept it in water hoping that the plant will grow with roots coming out. This works with some plants. You are able to see roots grow from the clipped piece and soon it starts to grow into a complete plant. This is hydroponics, and we have done this without knowing that it is a part of agriculture. The term hydroponics derived from two Greek words, “Hydros,” which mean water, and “Ponos,” meaning work. It can often be confused with fish farming or gardening, but the term closely relates to agriculture and scientific researches, rather than gardening or fishing. Hydroponic farming can be a great way to address shortage of food and the increasing demand of food around the world as the population keeps on growing and the resources does not.  The land available for agriculture is decreasing as farm lands are continuously being used for developing other sectors and industries around the world. Hydroponic can especially benefit the third world nations where land is scarce and overpopulated. If you would like to have a kitchen garden in your house, but have no space in your backyard, hydroponics could be the right thing for you to grow your own fresh vegetables.   What is Hydroponic agriculture? Hydroponic is a part of agriculture where plants are grown in a solution or liquid with nutrients. This is usually done in water with fertilizers in it for plants to grow, and it does not require any other medium such as soil, sand, rocks, gravel, etc. This...