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  1. AGRIS

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    Caponio, Joseph F.; Moran, Leila

    1975-01-01

    Describes the establishment of an international information system for the agricultural sciences and technology referred to by the acronym AGRIS. Presents AGRIS objectives, implementation stages, and relationships with other systems. (GS)

  2. AGRIS: Description of computer programs

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    The set of computer programs used at the AGRIS (Agricultural Information System) Input Unit at the IAEA, Vienna, Austria to process the AGRIS computer-readable data is described. The processing flow is illustrated. The configuration of the IAEA's computer, a list of error messages generated by the computer, the EBCDIC code table extended for AGRIS and INIS, the AGRIS-6 bit code, the work sheet format, and job control listings are included as appendixes. The programs are written for an IBM 370, model 145, operating system OS or VS, and require a 130K partition. The programming languages are PL/1 (F-compiler) and Assembler

  3. Growth model of agri-food production

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    Bezat-Jarzębowska, Agnieszka; Rembisz, Włodzimierz; Sielska, Agata

    2012-01-01

    Consumer, agricultural producer and agri-food processors in the model. Role of the processor in the growth model of agri-food production. Growth factors of agricultural production in the developed model.

  4. Agri-Environment Programme for Croatia

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    Znaor, Darko; Karoglan Todorović, Sonja

    2004-01-01

    In the period 2002-2004, the Netherlands Government's Pin-Matra programme funded an international project aiming to support the introduction of an agri-environment programme (AE) in Croatia. The project resulted in proposals for national and pilot agri-environment programmes. The project addressed key actors working on agri-environmental issues in Croatia, such as government representatives, scientists, farmers, environmental and nature conservation NGOs. An AE Programme has been operatin...

  5. INIS/AGRIS training seminar

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    The second joint INIS/AGRIS Training Seminar for the two essentially compatible information systems, INIS (International Nuclear Information System) and AGRIS (International System for the Agricultural Sciences and Technology), was held in Vienna, the first having taken place a year ago in Ankara. This year saw an expansion in the number of courses offered, which increased from nine to a total of 16. Additional courses in input preparation, and output utilization were offered, and improved retrieval facilities were available. Two joint courses for INIS and AGRIS magnetic tape users were given. With an increasing number of countries preparing input in machine-readable form, and with increasing utilization of magnetic tape output products, a forum for tape users was a logical addition at this time. Five courses were given in abstracting. INIS ATOMINDEX became the only international abstracting journal in the nuclear sciences with the cessation of Nuclear Science Abstracts at the end of June 1976, when INIS assumed responsibility for the inclusion of good abstracts. The significance of abstract quality and INIS specifications in terms of machine-readable format and characters, length and language were considered in specific courses. The courses on abstracting consisted of basic instruction on general principles, followed by abstracting in the areas of physics, chemistry, engineering and reactor technology, and the life sciences, where aspects specific to the particular field were emphasized. Participants were given an opportunity to attend demonstrations of the optical character recognition equipment and related hardware in use at the IAEA. Five computer terminals were placed at the disposal of seminar participants, thus permitting interactive retrieval of documents in on-line dialogue. An adaptation of STAIRS (STorage And Information Retrieval System by IBM) was used. An INIS test data-base of 60 000 documents and AGRIS test data-base of 80 000 documents were

  6. Fort Benton Agri-Industry Curriculum Outline.

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    Fort Benton Public Schools, MT.

    The agri-industry curriculum for the Fort Benton school system was developed with funds under Title III of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act as part of the vocational technology curricula to develop skills and attitudes that will permit students to find satisfaction and success in their careers. The curriculum consists of agri-industry…

  7. Agri-Business Manpower Project Manual.

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    Amberson, Max L.; And Others

    A final segment of the Montana research effort on agri-business manpower, this report summarizes the methods involved in and the conclusions and recommendations resulting from a study to develop an economical, efficient, and effective method of assessing current and anticipated agri-business employment opportunities and educational needs in…

  8. Risk Management in Agri-food Chain

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    Bachev, Hrabrin

    2012-01-01

    This paper incorporates the interdisciplinary New Institutional Economics and presents a comprehensive framework for analyzing the risk management in agri-food sector. First, it specifies the diverse (natural, technical, behavioral, economic, policy etc.) type of agri-food risks, and the (market, private, public and hybrid) modes of their management. Second, it defines the efficiency of risk management and identifies (personal, institutional, dimensional, technological, natural) factors of go...

  9. Living Lab voor Informatiemanagement in Agri-Food

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    Wolfert, J.

    2010-01-01

    Het Living Lab is een specifieke open innovatie aanpak waarbij in feite het laboratorium naar de praktijk wordt gebracht. het Agri-Food Living lab is een informatiemanagementsysteem specifiek voor de agri-food sector.

  10. The OpenAGRIS (s)mashup Using linked data and web services to augment AGRIS repository content

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    Celli, Fabrizio; Anibaldi, Stefano; Jaques, Yves; Subirats-Coll, Imma; Stellato, Armando; Ying-Sean, Lim; Keizer, Johannes

    2012-01-01

    “The AGRIS Network is an international initiative based on a collaborative network of institutions, whose aim is to promote free access to information on science and technology in agriculture and related subjects”. AGRIS (http://agris.fao.org), a collection of almost 3 million bibliographic references, is one of the most important world-wide information systems in the agricultural domain.

  11. Contributions de Maurice Clerc dans l'Agri 2009

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    Clerc, Maurice

    2009-01-01

    Maurice Clerc (2012): Affouragement des animaux bio. Agri, 25.12.2009, page 19 Maurice Clerc (2012): Bovins: l'obligation de la stabulation libre est momentanément écartée. Agri, 25.12.2009, page 19 Maurice Clerc et Ulrich Widmer (2009): Produire de la betterave à sucre bio. Agri, 31.07.2009, page 13 Maurice Clerc (2009): Ce qui change lors du passage au bio. Agri, 10.07.2009, page 18 Maurice Clerc (2009): Les "bio" ont besoin du soutien des cantons. Agri, 30.01.2009, page 5

  12. Contributions de Maurice Clerc dans l'Agri 2013

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    Clerc, Maurice

    2013-01-01

    Maurice Clerc (2013): Biogaz et partage des digestats entre bio et PER. Agri, 20.12.2013, page 11 Maurice Clerc (2013): Engrais de ferme: échanges entre paysans bio et PER. Agri, 29.11.2013, page 18 Maurice Clerc (2013): Les collaborations entre agriculteurs bio et PER. Agri, 15.11.2013, page 8 Maurice Clerc (2013): Il faut vérifier la pression des pneus des tracteurs. Agri, 11.10.2013, page 23 Maurice Clerc (2013): Faites davantage de tests à la bêche! Agri, 20.09.2013, page 23 ...

  13. Creating Culturally Sustainable Agri-Environmental Schemes

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    Burton, Rob J. F.; Paragahawewa, Upananda Herath

    2011-01-01

    Evidence is emerging from across Europe that contemporary agri-environmental schemes are having only limited, if any, influence on farmers' long-term attitudes towards the environment. In this theoretical paper we argue that these approaches are not "culturally sustainable," i.e. the actions are not becoming embedded within farming cultures as…

  14. Venezuelan Soils Bibliography with AGRIS System

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    The adoption of the AGRIS system to develop the soils bibliographical database, implies: 1) To adopt a bibliographical information system, specially designed for the agricultural area. 2) To use with precision the methodological rules and the computer platform offered by the system. 3) The possibility to be flowingly inserted in the bigger agricultural information network of in the Hispanic World. 4) The interinstitucional cooperation for the gathering and exchange of the Venezuelan documental information, related to the soils area. 5) To contribute to the enrichment of the documental information contained in the Venezuelan Agricultural Bibliographic Database, managered by the AGRIS/CARIS National Center, CENIAP headquarters (considered as the main agricultural investigation center, with a higher trajectory in the FONAIAP). The document briefly presents: the AGRIS (Agricultural Information System), the projects AGRIS/CARIS and VARIBEV (Valuation of Venezuelan Edaphology Bibliographic Information Files), the tematic contain characteristics and other bibliometric elements, the searching aided process, and the development of an agricultural vocabulary (AGROVOC), that became a Dictionary. Finally, the labor of the Venezuelan Edaphologists is recognized for the maintenance of the Venezuelan Edaphologic Bibliography, specialized in soils and related areas

  15. Determinants of Romanian Farmers' Participation in Agri-Environmental Programmes

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    Toma, Luiza; Mathijs, Erik

    2005-01-01

    The paper aims to identify the factors underlying farmers' propensity to participate in agri-environmental programmes in a Romanian rural region that confronts non-point source pollution. For this, we employ structural equation modelling with latent variables using data collected through an agri-environmental farm survey in 2001. The model includes one 'behavioural intention' latent variable ('propensity to participate in agri-environmental programmes') and five 'attitude' and 'socioeconomic'...

  16. Contribitions de Maurice Clerc dan l'Agri 2010

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    Clerc, Maurice

    2010-01-01

    Maurice Clerc (2010): Comment faire soi-même de l'azote pour les grandes cultures bio. Agri, 09.07.2010, page 21 Veronika Maurer et Maurice Clerc (2010): Potentiels et limites des races de poules à double fin. Agri, 18.06.2010, page 16 Maurice Clerc, Paul Mäder et Alfred Berner (2010): Le travail réduit u sol est-il possible? Agri, 07.05.2010, page 23 Maurice Clerc (2010): Renaissance d'une plante: la caméline. Agri, 12.03.2010, page 21

  17. Contributions de Maurice Clerc dans l' Agri 2012

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    Clerc, Maurice

    2012-01-01

    Maurice Clerc (2012): Semis d'automne: choisir les cultures. Agri, 31.08.2012, page 22 Maurice Clerc (2012): Des races rustiques de pondeuses pour les petits élevages en vente directe. Agri, 03.08.2012, page 14 Stephan Juan et Maurice Clerc (2012): Reconversion: s'annoncer maintenant. Agri, 20.07.2012, page 8 Nicolas Rossier et Maurice Clerc (2012): Quels engrais verts après les céréales. Agri, 06.07.2012, page 19 Bernadette Oehen et Maurice Clerc (2012): Culture des OGM en Suisse...

  18. Orientation manual for INIS and AGRIS (OMINAS)

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    The manual is intended as a basic introduction to the computerized information systems, INIS (International Nuclear Information System) and AGRIS (International Information System for the Agricultural Sciences and Technology). Both systems contain information on already published literature, and include non-conventional literature (i.e. literature not available through normal commercial channels). Full bibliographic details and a subject classification are given. INIS, in addition, supplies descriptors, data-flagged where appropriate, and abstracts with every item of literature reported. The guiding principle followed by INIS and AGRIS is one of shared responsibility in development and operation. Both input is decentralized. The collection and preparation of documents relevant to the defined subject scopes are the responsibility of the country of publication. This decentralized input is transmitted to Vienna where centralized processing, merging and dispatching take place. The main output products are two printed journals, INIS Atomindex and AGRINDEX, and magnetic tape services. The manual is divided into four parts. The first is intended as a general introduction, and gives a bird's-eye view of the principles involved in the operation of the two systems. The second and third deal with INIS and AGRIS, respectively, and offer orientation in greater depth. The last part deals with the computer aspects of the system. The manual contains several appendices, a subject index and a list of basic references

  19. Output Effects of Agri-environmental Programs of the EU

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    Salhofer, Klaus; Streicher, Gerhard

    2002-01-01

    By definition agri-environmental programs of the EU aim not only at improving environmental quality, but also at reducing overproduction while supporting farm income. The aim of the study is to empirically measure the success of agri-environmental programs in regard to the objective of reducing or stabilizing production levels.

  20. Building Alternative Agri-Food Networks: Certification, Embeddedness and Agri-Environmental Governance

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    Higgins, Vaughan; Dibden, Jacqui; Cocklin, Chris

    2008-01-01

    This paper examines the role of certification in alternative agri-food networks (AAFNs), which are "in the process" of building markets for their produce outside conventional supply chains. Drawing upon recent writing on "embeddedness", we argue that certification provides an important focus for exploring the relationship and tensions between…

  1. Nanotechnology in agri-food sector.

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    Kumari, Avnesh; Yadav, Sudesh Kumar

    2014-01-01

    The emergence of nanotechnology developments using nanodevices/nanomaterials opens up potential novel applications in agriculture and food sector. Smart delivery systems, biosensors, and nanoarrays are being designed to solve the problems faced in agriculture sector. Similarly, food sector is also benefited through the use of smart biosensors, packaging materials, and nanonutraceuticals. Despite the great potential of nanotechnology in agri-food sector, people are ambiguous about use in food applications because of suspected potential health risks and environmental concerns. Nanoparticles, due to their unique characteristics, including small size, shape, high surface area, charge, chemical properties, solubility and degree of agglomeration can cross cell boundaries or pass directly from the lungs into the blood stream and ultimately reach to all of the organs in the body. This is the reason why they may pose higher risk than the same mass and material of larger particles. In this paper, we have made an attempt to give an overview of nanotechnology developments in agri-food sector, risks associated with nanomaterials and toxicity regulations for policy framework. PMID:24499116

  2. Solutions for Destination Management on Agri-Tourism Farm

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    Ioan Petroman; Cornelia Marin; Constantin Buzatu; Adrian Dumitrescu; Ştefan Coman; Andreea Stan; Daniela Avramescu

    2012-01-01

    Farm tourism can be an alternative to agricultural jobs in rural communities with real agri-tourism potential. To improve destination management, we need to implement a type of management based on knowledge management. A second type of management that is a must in farm tourism is the integrated management of agri-tourism destination quality based on a code of good practices in the integrated management of quality. In order to improve agri-tourism management quality, we need to apply best mana...

  3. Risk Management in the Agri-food Sector

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    Hrabrin Bachev

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available This paper incorporates the interdisciplinary New Institutional Economics in a comprehensive framework for analyzing risk management in the agri-food sector. First, it specifies the diverse types of agri-food risks (natural, technical, behavioral, economic, policy, etc. and the modes of their management (market, private, public, and hybrid. Second, it defines the efficiency of risk management and identifies the factors (personal, institutional, dimensional, technological, and natural of governance choice. Next, it presents stages in the analysis of risk management and the improvement of public intervention in the governance of risk. Finally, it identifies the contemporary opportunities and challenges for risk governance in the agri-food chain.

  4. Solutions for Destination Management on Agri-Tourism Farm

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    Ioan Petroman

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Farm tourism can be an alternative to agricultural jobs in rural communities with real agri-tourism potential. To improve destination management, we need to implement a type of management based on knowledge management. A second type of management that is a must in farm tourism is the integrated management of agri-tourism destination quality based on a code of good practices in the integrated management of quality. In order to improve agri-tourism management quality, we need to apply best management practices, i.e. 15 basic principles that contribute to the improvement of farm tourism management. These three types of management, if implemented on any agri-tourism farm, can contribute to the improvement of destination management.

  5. AGRIS: Categorization and information retrieval based on IBM's IRMS

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    The subject breakdown of the AGRIS data base by categories interlinked with object and geographical codes is described. The use of these categories and codes in a mechanized information retrieval system is then considered. The system is a modification of IBM's Information Retrieval and Management System (IRMS); it allows for batch processing on an IBM/360 or /370 computer operated under OS or VS. As IRMS was developed for use with a controlled vocabulary, the search possibilities on the AGRIS files are necessarily limited. An artificial vocabulary is presented, derived from the AGRIS subject categories, object codes, geographic codes, language codes, and bibliographic data: type of record, literary indicator, volume/issue number, and the country code of the submitting centre. The use of the IRMS system for AGRIS is described, with details of programming deliberately omitted. Program descriptions with data set definitions and file formats are presented separately

  6. An analysis of conditions and the state of development of the agri-food clusters in Poland

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    Figiel, Szczepan; Kuberska, Dominika; Kufel, Justyna

    2014-01-01

    The economic substance of the cluster concept. Key conditions for the emergence and development of agri-food clusters in Poland. Identification and spatial distribution of agri-food clusters. Examples of global agri-food clusters.

  7. European Agri-Environmental Policy Facing the 21st Century

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    Latacz-Lohmann, Uwe

    2000-01-01

    This paper: reviews the development to date of agri-environmental policy in Europe; provides a critical assessment of its achievements and shortcomings; explores its likely future trajectory in the context of continuing CAP reform; highlights potential conflicts that may result; and draws comparisons with policy approaches in Australia and the US. The paper argues that the first generation of agri-environmental measures, implemented by northern European states in the early 1980s, focused on p...

  8. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IN AGRI-FOOD SUPPLY CHAINS

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    Salin, Victoria

    1998-01-01

    High-tech information systems can offer competitive advantages to agri-food firms when the systems support a supply chain strategy that suits the demand for the product. This article discusses differences between supply chains for functional versus innovative products and the relevance for managers in agri-food firms. Unique characteristics of agriculture and food products and economic concentration in food industries affect the appropriate supply chain approach.

  9. Environmental evaluation of agri-environment schemes using participatory approaches: Experiences of testing the Agri-Environmental Footprint Index

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    Mauchline, Alice L.; Mortimer, Simon R.; Park, Julian R.;

    2012-01-01

    The Agri-Environment Footprint Index (AFI) has been developed as a generic methodology to assess changes in the overall environmental impacts from agriculture at the farm level and to assist in the evaluation of European agri-environmental schemes (AES). The methodology is based on multi-criteria......The Agri-Environment Footprint Index (AFI) has been developed as a generic methodology to assess changes in the overall environmental impacts from agriculture at the farm level and to assist in the evaluation of European agri-environmental schemes (AES). The methodology is based on multi......-criteria analysis (MCA) and involves stakeholder participation to provide a locally customised evaluation based on weighted environmental indicators. The methodology was subjected to a feasibility assessment in a series of case studies across the EU. The AFI approach was able to measure significant differences in...... applicability of the AFI in routine monitoring of AES impacts and in providing feedback to improve policy design is discussed....

  10. Environmental evaluation of agri-environment schemes using participatory approaches: Experiences of testing the Agri-Environmental Footprint Index

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    Louwagie, Geertrui; Mauchline, Alice L.; Mortimer, Simon R.; Park, Julian R.; Finn, John A.; HAYSOM Karen; Westbury, Duncan B.; PURVIS Gordon; Northey, Greg; Primdahl, Jørgen; Vejre, Henrik; SØDERKVIST KRISTENSEN Lone; VIND TEILMANN Kasper; Vesterager, Jens Peter; KASPERCZYKE Nadia

    2011-01-01

    The Agri-Environment Footprint Index (AFI) has been developed as a generic methodology to assess changes in the overall environmental impacts from agriculture at the farm level and to assist in the evaluation of European agri-environmental schemes (AES). The methodology is based on multicriteria analysis (MCA) and involves stakeholder participation to provide a locally customised evaluation based on weighted environmental indicators. The methodology was subjected to a validatio...

  11. Policy Mixes for the Provision of Agri-environmental Public Goods and Additionality: Some country experiences

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    Uetake, Tetsuya

    2014-01-01

    Agriculture is a provider of food, feed, fibre and, to a certain extent, public goods. In order to secure the provision of agri-environmental public goods, some form of public intervention may be needed. Indeed, various agri-environmental policies are implemented in many countries. However, it is not clear which policy measures target which agri-environmental public goods, and identifying the appropriate policy mix for providing specific agri-environmental public goods is still open to debate...

  12. AGRIS: providing access to agricultural research data exploiting open data on the web.

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    Celli, Fabrizio; Malapela, Thembani; Wegner, Karna; Subirats, Imma; Kokoliou, Elena; Keizer, Johannes

    2015-01-01

    AGRIS is the International System for Agricultural Science and Technology. It is supported by a large community of data providers, partners and users. AGRIS is a database that aggregates bibliographic data, and through this core data, related content across online information systems is retrieved by taking advantage of Semantic Web capabilities. AGRIS is a global public good and its vision is to be a responsive service to its user needs by facilitating contributions and feedback regarding the AGRIS core knowledgebase, AGRIS's future and its continuous development. Periodic AGRIS e-consultations, partner meetings and user feedback are assimilated to the development of the AGRIS application and content coverage. This paper outlines the current AGRIS technical set-up, its network of partners, data providers and users as well as how AGRIS's responsiveness to clients' needs inspires the continuous technical development of the application. The paper concludes by providing a use case of how the AGRIS stakeholder input and the subsequent AGRIS e-consultation results influence the development of the AGRIS application, knowledgebase and service delivery. PMID:26339471

  13. Genome Sequence of Pectin-Degrading Alishewanella agri, Isolated from Landfill Soil

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    Kim, Jisun; Jung, Jaejoon; Sung, Jung-Suk; Chun, Jongsik; Park, Woojun

    2012-01-01

    Alishewanella agri BL06T (= KCTC 22400T = JCM 15597T) was isolated from landfill soil in Pohang, South Korea. A. agri showed the ability to degrade pectin, a structural heteropolysaccharide present in the cell wall of plants. Here we report the genome sequence of Alishewanella agri BL06T, the second sequenced strain in the genus Alishewanella.

  14. Genome sequence of pectin-degrading Alishewanella agri, isolated from landfill soil.

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    Kim, Jisun; Jung, Jaejoon; Sung, Jung-Suk; Chun, Jongsik; Park, Woojun

    2012-09-01

    Alishewanella agri BL06(T) (= KCTC 22400(T) = JCM 15597(T)) was isolated from landfill soil in Pohang, South Korea. A. agri showed the ability to degrade pectin, a structural heteropolysaccharide present in the cell wall of plants. Here we report the genome sequence of Alishewanella agri BL06(T), the second sequenced strain in the genus Alishewanella. PMID:22933763

  15. Factors influencing visitor loyalty at an agri-festival in South Africa / Monique Fourie

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    Fourie, Monique

    2014-01-01

    The agri-tourism sector is an important sector, especially in South Africa, since there are rural areas that can still be developed for these purposes. Agri-tourism can be achieved when both the agricultural and tourism sector work together in achieving an entrepreneurial advantage. Some of the benefits of agri-tourism include job creation, new ideas and innovation, it serves as additional income and it has an educational aspect attached to it. Agri-tourism is a form of rural tourism and agri...

  16. Utilization of INIS and AGRIS by the food industry

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    The Technical Information Centre of the Food Industry has begun publishing user handbooks on various foreign services, such as Chemical Abstracts and the CAS, the International Food Information Service - Food Science and Technology Abstracts, the magnetic tape service Engineering Index - COMPENDEX, the DERWENT patent service, a handbook on the services provided by INIS and by AGRIS/FAO. (M.D.)

  17. AGRI-INDUSTRY VALUE CHAIN MODEL: A TOOL FOR INDUSTRY BENCHMARKING AND SCENARIO ANALYSIS

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    Nazrul, Islam; Xayavong, Vilaphonh

    2010-01-01

    Agri-industry stakeholders need to respond to the challenge of meeting the demands for higher quality products at competitive prices under increased competition in volatile markets. Development and application of an appropriate computer-based agri-industry value chain model can provide strategic options to deal with these challenges. This paper presents an overview of the theoretical foundation and the structure of an agri-industry value chain model and demonstrates its application as a tool ...

  18. AGRI-FOOD CLUSTERS: IS FRENCH POLICY IN LINE WITH REAL SPATIAL DYNAMICS?

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    Ben Arfa, Nejla; Daniel, Karine; Fanny FONTAINE

    2013-01-01

    This paper attempts to ascertain to what extent the selected agricultural and agri-food cluster policies rely on a spatial dynamic involving real agricultural and agri-food activities in the relevant geographic area. An explanatory spatial data analysis (ESDA) is used to detect the spatial structure and dynamics of agri-food activities and to connect them to the cluster policies’ locations. Results show that some cluster policies are not based on real agglomeration dynamics of agriculture and...

  19. Agri-Environment Programme for Žumberak-Samoborsko Gorje Nature Park

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    Franković, Matija; janev Hutinec, Biljana; Karoglan Todorović, Sonja; Znaor, Darko

    2004-01-01

    In the period 2002-2004, the Netherlands Government's Pin-Matra programme funded an international project aiming to support the introduction of an agri-environment (AE) programme in Croatia. The project resulted in proposals for national and pilot agri-environment programmes. This publication summarises the proposal for the Pilot project. The Agri-Environment Programme is an integral part of the EU Rural Development Regulation (1257/1999). It is the only obligatory measure under this re...

  20. Agri-food clusters: Does French policy match with real spatial dynamics?

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    Daniel, Karine; ARFA, Nejla BEN; Amisse, Sylvain; Fanny FONTAINE

    2011-01-01

    In this paper, we attempt to ascertain to what extent the clusters identified in the agricultural and agri-food space rely on a spatial dynamic involving real agricultural and agri-food activities in the relevant geographic area. We use explanatory spatial data analysis (ESDA) to detect the spatial structure and dynamics of agri-food activities and to connect them to the competitiveness clusters’ locations. Results show that the six clusters specifically studied have different profiles beca...

  1. Importance and competitive advantage of the European Union countries in trade in agri-food products

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    Pawlak, Karolina

    2012-01-01

    The aim of the paper was to show the importance and competitive advantage of the EU countries in trade in agri-food products. It was proved that old member states of the EU, especially Holland, Germany and France, play a dominant role in the agri-food trade. Although agri-food products occupy an important position in the total trade structure of the Central and East European countries, their significance in the exchange of agri-food products in the Community is incomparably smaller.

  2. Geographic Origin as a Branding Tool for Agri-Food Producers

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    Angela Tregear; Matthew Gorton

    2005-01-01

    Origin indication is a well-established means of differentiation in the agri-food sector, and is likely to become even more popular in light of market growth trends. However, agri-food producers face additional problems to other sectors when using origin due to the particular characteristics of agri-food products and systems. Drawing from the branding and country-of-origin (COO) effects literatures, this paper examines the challenges agri-food firms face when using origin, and discusses alter...

  3. SEGMENTATION AND DIFFERENTIATION OF AGRI-FOOD NICHE MARKETS: EXAMPLES FROM THE LITERATURE

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    Phillips, Jon C.; Peterson, H. Christopher

    2001-01-01

    ABSTRACT Niche marketing has recently received a great deal of attention in the agri-food trade press and in academic circles as a legitimate strategy for small- and medium-sized agri-food firms. Due to the limited theoretical treatment of agri-food niche marketing strategy, the paper will apply marketing concepts from the general management literature (e.g., Porter; Linneman and Stanton) to agri-food industries. The first objective of the paper is to introduce the three elements of niche mar...

  4. AgriBMPWater: systems approach to environmentally acceptable farming

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    N. Turpin; Bontems, P; Rotillon, G.; Bärlund, I.; Kaljonen, M.; Tattari, S.; Feichtinger, F.; P. Strauss; Haverkamp, R.; Garnier, M; Lo Porto, A.; Benigni, G.; Leone, A.; Ripa, M.N.; Eklo, O.M.

    2005-01-01

    To help local regulators mitigate non-point source agricultural pollution and implement environment-friendly agricultural practices, a comparison between different existing or simulated best management practices (BMPs) has been carried out within a pluridisciplinary project called AgriBMPWater (FP5 founded). The project has been imagined and built in a pluridisciplinary approach and framework. The approach developed corresponds to a cost/effectiveness assessment of several BMPs in sever...

  5. GeoTraceAgri final project report (GTA)

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    Debord, Michel; Chauchard, Alain; Tychon, Bernard; Viau, Alain; Oger, Robert; Danet, Vianney

    2005-01-01

    Are the universalisation and the globalisation of trade exchanges synonymous with a standardization in which agro-food products uprooted of their soil will no longer be differentiated from manufacturers or supermarket brands? Original food products belong to the inheritance of the territories and the consumers are attracted more and more by their authenticity. The GeoTraceAgri project resolutely supports agriculture and the sustainable promotion of the territory as opposed t...

  6. COMPETITIVENESS INFRASTRUCTURE ASSESSMENT OF MOLDOVA'S AGRI-FOOD EXPORT

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    Cornel COSER

    2014-01-01

    Quantifying the agri-food export competitiveness of the Republic of Moldova sets the task to determine those indices and aspects that actually form the sectoral image. Going beyond the familiar expressions of export performance, the paper highlights the competitiveness' dynamics, logistical and tariff approach items. Making abstraction of other factors, we reach conclusions and recommendations on reflected nuances both in terms of micro-management, as well as government policies.

  7. MARKETING OF AGRI-BUSINESSES IN ICT ENVIRONMENT

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    Davorin Turkalj

    2012-01-01

    By means of quantitative and qualitative research the doctoral dissertation has attained methodical insights into competences and usage levels of new technologies for marketing purposes in agri-businesses in the Republic of Croatia. The results and observations provided in the thesis indicate that swift action is required in order to improve the current situation and prepare farmers for forthcoming changes. In biotechnical sciences there is a need for continuous updati...

  8. MARKETING OF AGRI-BUSINESSES IN ICT ENVIRONMENT

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    Davorin Turkalj

    2012-01-01

    By means of quantitative and qualitative research the doctoral dissertation has attained methodical insights into competences and usage levels of new technologies for marketing purposes in agri-businesses in the Republic of Croatia. The results and observations provided in the thesis indicate that swift action is required in order to improve the current situation and prepare farmers for forthcoming changes. In biotechnical sciences there is a need for continuous updating, research and control...

  9. Multilingual indexing and retrieval in bibliographic retrieval systems: The AGRIS experience

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    In the field of agriculture, experience with AGRIS has shown that the language barrier is among thr greatest obstacles to preparing input to the database as well as to using its output products. The implementation of the multilingual thesaurus AGROVOC in AGRIS is described in this paper

  10. On Application of ABC Approach in Management of Agri- scientific Research Cost

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    Liangchun; ZHA

    2014-01-01

    This paper firstly introduced theoretical background of the Activity-Based Costing(ABC). Then,it analyzed necessity,extension resistance and difficulty of ABC approach in agri-scientific research institutions. Finally,it came up with some recommendations for scientifically learning and steadily promoting ABC method in agri-scientific research field.

  11. A conceptual framework for supply chain governance: An application to agri-food chains in China

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    Zhang, X.Y.; Aramyan, L.H.

    2009-01-01

    Purpose - Chinese agri-food chains consist of the millions of small scale farmers, who are not well structured and organized in the supply chain. Owing to market liberalization and globalization, one of the most challenging issues along agri-food chains in China is becoming the issue of how to link

  12. On Application of ABC Approach in Management of Agri-scientific Research Cost

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    Zha, Liangchun

    2014-01-01

    This paper firstly introduced theoretical background of the Activity-Based Costing (ABC). Then, it analyzed necessity, extension resistance and difficulty of ABC approach in agri-scientific research institutions. Finally, it came up with some recommendations for scientifically learning and steadily promoting ABC method in agri-scientific research field.

  13. Nanotechnology in agri-food production: an overview.

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    Sekhon, Bhupinder Singh

    2014-01-01

    Nanotechnology is one of the most important tools in modern agriculture, and agri-food nanotechnology is anticipated to become a driving economic force in the near future. Agri-food themes focus on sustainability and protection of agriculturally produced foods, including crops for human consumption and animal feeding. Nanotechnology provides new agrochemical agents and new delivery mechanisms to improve crop productivity, and it promises to reduce pesticide use. Nanotechnology can boost agricultural production, and its applications include: 1) nanoformulations of agrochemicals for applying pesticides and fertilizers for crop improvement; 2) the application of nanosensors/nanobiosensors in crop protection for the identification of diseases and residues of agrochemicals; 3) nanodevices for the genetic manipulation of plants; 4) plant disease diagnostics; 5) animal health, animal breeding, poultry production; and 6) postharvest management. Precision farming techniques could be used to further improve crop yields but not damage soil and water, reduce nitrogen loss due to leaching and emissions, as well as enhance nutrients long-term incorporation by soil microorganisms. Nanotechnology uses include nanoparticle-mediated gene or DNA transfer in plants for the development of insect-resistant varieties, food processing and storage, nanofeed additives, and increased product shelf life. Nanotechnology promises to accelerate the development of biomass-to-fuels production technologies. Experts feel that the potential benefits of nanotechnology for agriculture, food, fisheries, and aquaculture need to be balanced against concerns for the soil, water, and environment and the occupational health of workers. Raising awareness of nanotechnology in the agri-food sector, including feed and food ingredients, intelligent packaging and quick-detection systems, is one of the keys to influencing consumer acceptance. On the basis of only a handful of toxicological studies, concerns have

  14. Work Culture and Developing Agri-Entrepreneurial Skills among Farmers

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    M. Zainalabidin

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Problem statement: The government of Malaysia has established several agencies within the Ministry of Agriculture and agri-based Industry such as the Farmers’ Organization Authority to provide technical and motivational training to individual members involved in farming practices to become agri-entrepreneurs. Approach: The objectives of the study are to identify and determine the entrepreneurial work culture as perceived by Farmers’ Organization Authority members. Members of Farmers’ Organization Authority were interviewed via a structured questionnaire. The factor analysis determines 6 latent factors that were realized by the Farmers’ Organization Authority members as being important for promoting an entrepreneurial work culture and therefore should be enhanced and re-inculcated among the Farmers’ Organization Authority farming community. Results: These factors translate into the community having to become more innovative, responsible and accountable, profit oriented, visionary, better at performing their study practices in a more systematic way and finally to become more self confident. Conclusion/Recommendation: Efforts should be intensified to encourage Farmers’ Organization Authority members with training to focus not on modern technologies only, but on enhancing the entrepreneurial work culture and fundamental changes in attitude towards treating farming as a business. Formal entrepreneurship training should be instituted to all Farmers’ Organization Authority members who are interested in taking a loan in enhancing their farming activities. This conditionality can be implemented to ensure that the loan is being spent accordingly and the development of agri-entrepreneurship skills can be enhanced.

  15. Feed or bioenergy production from agri-industrial residues?

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    Tonini, Davide; Hamelin, Lorie; Astrup, Thomas Fruergaard

    consequences on the food/feed market, or on the carbon balance of the soil. The first are commonly called indirect land-use changes (iLUC), as they cause an increase in the international demand of a food/feed product, finally inducing an expansion of cropland into other ecosystems. Failing to account for these...... consequences may lead to misrepresent the actual environmental impacts. This study quantified, by use of consequential life cycle assessment (cLCA), the environmental impacts associated with a number of bioenergy scenarios involving selected agri-industrial residues. Three relevant conversion pathways were...

  16. Moral Hazard and Risk Management in Agri-Environmental Policy

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    Fraser, Rob W.

    2002-01-01

    This paper develops the key finding of Hogan, Ozanne and Colman (2000) that risk aversion among farmers ameliorates the moral hazard problem in relation to agri-environmental policy compliance. It is shown that risk averse farmers who face uncertainty in their production income are more likely to comply with such a policy as a means of risk management. In addition, it is shown that a principal who has control over both the level of monitoring and the size of penalty if detected can reduce non...

  17. COMPETITIVENESS OF CANADIAN AGRI-FOOD EXPORTS AGAINST COMPETITORS IN ASIA: 1980-97

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    Chen, Kevin Z.; Duan, Yufeng

    2001-01-01

    Asia is the second largest market for the Canadian agri-food exports after the United States market. The competition in Asia has become more intensive in recent years as the agri-food sector in developed nations such as Australia, Canada, Europe, and the United States has increasingly relied on exports for growth because of their own slow-growing domestic food consumption. How did the performance of Canadian agri-food exports to Asia measure up to the performances of its main competitors? Thi...

  18. IMPLICATIONS OF FUKUSHIMA NUCLEAR DISASTER FOR JAPANESE AGRI-FOOD CHAINS

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    Hrabrin Bachev

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available There are few English publications on various impacts of Fukushima nuclear disaster on agri-food secor in Japan. This paper fills the gap and presents results of a study on implications of Fukushima nuclear disaster for Japanese agri-food chains. Firsly, immediate and short-term radiation effects, and effects on nearby population, safety regulation and inspection system, markets and consumer’s behavior, agrarian and food products, health, and economic impacts on farming and agri-businesses, are assessed. Next, overall shorter and longer-term impacts on agriculture, food industries, and consumers in Fukushima region, neighboring regions, and other parts of Japan are estimated.

  19. ETHICAL ASPECTS OF DECISION-MAKING IN AGRI-FOOD ENTERPRISES

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    Patricia RAÞIU; Maria MORTAN

    2013-01-01

    Ethical decisions making in the agri-food sector is a topic of multiple dimensions. In the present paper we have choose to focus on aspects regarding ethical and unethical activities of agri-food enterprises in relation with its stakeholders. Based on literature review we highlight the role of ethics in decision making and then the objective was to link the body of literature on business ethics to the food sector, and especially to the agri-food enterprises. Taking into account that the food ...

  20. Localised agri-food systems: concept development and diversity of situations

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    Muchnik, José

    2010-01-01

    Localised agri-food systems (syal: from the French systèmes agroalimentaires localisés) are a type of organisation of agri-food activities, in which territorial dynamics play a decisive role in terms of the coordination between stakeholders and the development of production activities. The aim of this paper is to analyse: (i) the construction and evolution of the syal concept, (ii) the integrated character of the syal concept and its conceptual basis, (iii) how agri-food activities are linked...

  1. Specific elements of communication on agri-food products resulting from EU legislation

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    Laura Timiras

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available In the European Union a significant number of regulations aimed at agricultural and food sector thus creating the legal framework regarding the mode of production, pricing, distribution and communication in relation to agri-food products. Specificity agri-food marketing communication at EU level resulting in most of the measures taken with regard to ensuring consumer protection, food safety and security, some of them, in force in early 2012, referring to the labeling, presentation and advertising of agri-food products, sponsorship and distinctive signs of quality are shown in this paper.

  2. Nanotechnology in agri-food production: an overview

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    Sekhon BS

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Bhupinder Singh SekhonInstitute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, PCTE Group of Institutes, Ludhiana, IndiaAbstract: Nanotechnology is one of the most important tools in modern agriculture, and agri-food nanotechnology is anticipated to become a driving economic force in the near future. Agri-food themes focus on sustainability and protection of agriculturally produced foods, including crops for human consumption and animal feeding. Nanotechnology provides new agrochemical agents and new delivery mechanisms to improve crop productivity, and it promises to reduce pesticide use. Nanotechnology can boost agricultural production, and its applications include: 1 nanoformulations of agrochemicals for applying pesticides and fertilizers for crop improvement; 2 the application of nanosensors/nanobiosensors in crop protection for the identification of diseases and residues of agrochemicals; 3 nanodevices for the genetic manipulation of plants; 4 plant disease diagnostics; 5 animal health, animal breeding, poultry production; and 6 postharvest management. Precision farming techniques could be used to further improve crop yields but not damage soil and water, reduce nitrogen loss due to leaching and emissions, as well as enhance nutrients long-term incorporation by soil microorganisms. Nanotechnology uses include nanoparticle-mediated gene or DNA transfer in plants for the development of insect-resistant varieties, food processing and storage, nanofeed additives, and increased product shelf life. Nanotechnology promises to accelerate the development of biomass-to-fuels production technologies. Experts feel that the potential benefits of nanotechnology for agriculture, food, fisheries, and aquaculture need to be balanced against concerns for the soil, water, and environment and the occupational health of workers. Raising awareness of nanotechnology in the agri-food sector, including feed and food ingredients, intelligent packaging and quick-detection systems, is

  3. Curriculum Development for the Achievement of Multiple Goals in the Agri-Food Industry.

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    Stonehouse, D. P.

    1994-01-01

    The agri-food industry is concerned with maximizing global food output while preventing environmental damage. Agricultural education focuses on multidisciplinary, holistic, and integrative approaches that enhance student capabilities to address this complex issue. (SK)

  4. Läti püüdlemas Euroopa rahaliidu liikmeks / Agris Kipurs

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    Kipurs, Agris

    2005-01-01

    Ülevaade Läti valmisolekust eurotsooniga liitumiseks. Kokkuvõte Agris Kipursi lõputööst Concordia Audentes International University's. Graafik: Inflatsioon Lätis taas tõusmas. Tabel: Kuuinflatsioon

  5. Development Environmental Marketing In The Context Of Ecological-Economic Security Agri-Food Markets

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    Irina Voronetskaya

    2011-01-01

    Improved methodological approaches to environmental management that take into account environmental marketing goals at all stages of product life cycle and can solve complex problems in the area of ecological-economic security of agri-food markets.

  6. Consumer perception of safety in the agri-food chain

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    Verbeke, Wim; Scholderer, Joachim; Frewer, Lynn J.

    2006-01-01

    on consumer behaviour with respect to food safety issues, this chapter both provides some basic principles of consumer behaviour and a selection of topical case studies. First, this chapter envisages introducing basic principles of consumer behaviour and consumer decision-making that are applicable in food...... consumer research. To this end, consumer motivation for food choice and a classical model of consumer decision-making with related information processing concepts and influencing factors are set forth. Particular attention is paid to the potential role of risk perception in shaping consumer attitudes...... budget and, in accordance with perceived product value, consumers pay prices that makes up the profit of all previous agri-food chain participants. Hence, understanding consumer behaviour is critical to making the right managerial and marketing decisions, including strategic choices with respect to risk...

  7. Farm data needed for Agri-environmental reporting

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    Oenema, O.; Amon, B.; van Beek, C.;

    that will serve primarily European and national statisticians for creating the agreed 28 agrienvironmental indicators (AEIs) and thus serve policy makers, but as well agricultural and environmental researchers, observers of climate change and other environmental issues linked to agriculture”. The analysis of EU...... structural management aspects (e.g., buildings, machines, labour) and should be carried out once every ~5 years. 3. Combine FSS and SAPM with questions on animal feeding into a condensed new questionnaire to be carried out once every 3 years. In addition, derive key data related to farm inputs and management...... from the annual surveys of the annual Farm Accountancy Data Network (FADN) and sales data of market organization. Evidently, this proposal has the lowest farm data collection burden, but may face some loss of accuracy. Finally, the 28 AEIs capture the main agri-environmental interactions...

  8. Bridging Scientific Knowledge and Stakeholders’ Visions for Agri-Environmental Assessment: Editorial

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    Carlo Giupponi

    Full Text Available In this fourth issue of the new series of the Italian Journal of Agronomy we have collected a selection of papers dealing with agri-environmental issues. We have organised this issue as a sort of methodological path departing from the core of agri-environmental research (in particular those studies focusing on modelling and indicators and taking the reader towards a new frontier of agricultural research, where agronomy and ecology meet sociology.

  9. SLOVENIAN AGRI-FOOD SECTOR – A DECADE AFTER THE EU ACCESSION

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    Kozar, Maja; PINTAR, Marjeta; Volk, Tina

    2014-01-01

    The paper outlines the most noticeable economic effects of the 2004 accession of Slovenia to the European Union (EU) on its agri-food sector. The main national statistical data are used to compare the situation in the Slovenian agri-food sector in the pre- and postaccession period. The main expected effects were related to joining the vast Common market through increased market competition and opportunities, as well as through the structural and organizational adjustments of a relatively smal...

  10. Evaluating agri-environmental schemes using a spatially explicit agent-based modelling approach

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    Schouten, M.A.H.; Polman, N.B.P.; Westerhof, E.J.G.M.; Opdam, P.F.M.

    2012-01-01

    Networks of nature reserves are being proposed as a solution when the degree of fragmentation is considered to endanger the long-term persistence of species diversity. Agri-environmental schemes are supposed to make a positive contribution to these networks. The spatially explicit agent-based model presented in this chapter combines spatial dynamics in land ownership, land use and the importance of agri-environmental schemes in conserving biodiversity by capturing the heterogeneity of individ...

  11. Collaboration and Sustainable Agri-Food Suply Chain: A Literature Review

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    Prima Dania Wike Agustin; Xing Ke; Amer Yousef

    2016-01-01

    Maintaining collaboration among the entire stages in the agri-food supply chain to achieve sustainability is complex. All the stakeholders involved in the activities have to prioritize their financial benefits without putting aside social development and environmental responsibilities. Some scholars have paid attention to this topic. The objective of this paper is to review current research on sustainable supply chain and collaboration model in agri-food industry. Sustainability aspects that ...

  12. On Improving Automation by Integrating RFID in the Traceability Management of the Agri-Food Sector

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    Sanchez Sanchez, Erwing Ricardo; Gandino, Filippo; Montrucchio, Bartolomeo; Rebaudengo, Maurizio

    2009-01-01

    Traceability is a key factor for the agri-food sector. RFID technology, widely adopted for supply chain management, can be used effectively for the traceability management. In this paper, a framework for the evaluation of a traceability system for the agri-food industry is presented and the automation level in an RFID-based traceability system is analyzed and compared with respect to traditional ones. Internal and external traceability are both considered and formalized, in order to classify ...

  13. Agri-food in search of sustainability: cognitive, interactional and material framing

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    Zwartkruis, J.V.; E. H. M. MOORS; Farla, J.C.M.; Lente, H. van

    2012-01-01

    The agri-food sector is under pressure to move towards sustainability and broad socio-technical changes are needed. In such encompassing innovation processes that concern the whole agri-food chain, actors with different institutional backgrounds are confronted with each others interests, ideas and perspectives. Framing, then, may both support and hinder the alignment of actors and interests. In this paper we investigate how framing occurs in multi-actor innovation projects and how it facilita...

  14. The economics of geographically differentiated agri-food products : Theoretical considerations and empirical evidence

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    Teuber, Ramona

    2010-01-01

    Geographical names for agri-food products and particularly the legal protection of those names are discussed more than ever. The reasons for this recent interest are manifold. First, an increasing consumer segment is concerned about food safety and food quality issues and thus wants to know where the food they eat comes from. Second, from a policy point of view it is assumed that the protection and promotion of geographically differentiated agri-food products (GDAFPs) can foster rural develop...

  15. Effectiveness of the Swiss agri-environment scheme in promoting biodiversity

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    2006-01-01

    1. Increasing concern over the loss of biodiversity in agricultural landscapes was one of the reasons for the introduction of agri-environment schemes in Europe. These schemes compensate farmers financially for any loss of income associated with measures aimed to benefit biodiversity. Nevertheless, more than a decade after the introduction of the schemes, only a limited number of studies evaluating their ecological effects have been published. We assessed the effect of the Swiss agri-environm...

  16. RFID Application Strategy in Agri-Food Supply Chain Based on Safety and Benefit Analysis

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    Zhang, Min; Li, Peichong

    Agri-food supply chain management (SCM), a management method to optimize internal costs and productivities, has evolved as an application of e-business technologies. These days, RFID has been widely used in many fields. In this paper, we analyze the characteristics of agri-food supply chain. Then the disadvantages of RFID are discussed. After that, we study the application strategies of RFID based on benefit and safety degree.

  17. Agri-food Trade Specialisation Pattern in the New EU Member States

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    Drabik, Dusan; Bartova, Lubica

    2008-01-01

    The paper analyses development of agri-food trade specialisation pattern in eight EU Member States of the 2004 and 2007 enlargements (NMS) during the period 2000 – 2005. Over the period analysed, the NMS were not able to hold trade positions in the most competitive commodities, but on the other hand, positions of a number of previously uncompetitive commodities improved. We show convergence of dynamism of agri-food trade specialisation across NMS in trade with the partners/groupings investiga...

  18. Towards an agri-environment index for biodiversity conservation payment schemes

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    Dittmer, Franziska; Groth, Markus

    2010-01-01

    The aim of the paper is to give suggestions about how an agri-environment index can be designed by taking into account specific ecological and economical factors that reflect benefits and costs of biodiversity conservation. Main findings are that the general structure of an agri-environment index is recommended to be a benefits-to-cost ratio, whereby the conservation benefits are accounted for by the following factors which evaluate i) certain criteria that value the ecological quality of a s...

  19. New Version of the AGRIS Web Portal – Overcoming the Digital Divide by Providing Rural Areas with Relevant Information

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    P. Šimek

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available The present paper brings the outcomes of the second stage of a complex AGRIS web portal upgrade (technological, functional, content and design upgrade called Agris 5.0. The Agris 5.0 version is recently being tested and will be launched in January 2012 on http://www.agris.cz. Agris 5.0 is built and runs on Microsoft technologies (MS Windows Server 2008, MS IIS 7 web server, MS SQL Server 2008 Enterprise Edition, SP2 using the Model-View-Controller (MVC SW architectural pattern version 3, .NET framework 4, programming language C#, Razor template system, XML and XHTML 1.1 markup languages, CSS 2.1 styles and JavaScript encoding with the jQuery framework. From the user point of view, the Agris portal usability and availability meeting international standards were the utmost priority of the present upgrade.

  20. Changes in Agri-Food Trade of the New Member States since EU Accession – A Quantitative Approach

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    Torok, Aron; Jambor, Attila

    2012-01-01

    In 2004 and 2007 twelve New Member States (NMS) joined the European Union (EU), causing several changes in the field of agriculture. One of the major changes was the transformation of national agri-food trade. The aim of the paper is to analyse the effects of EU accession on NMS agri-food trade, especially considering revealed comparative advantages. Results suggest that the intensity of NMS agri-food trade has increased significantly after accession, though there was a serious deterioration ...

  1. Developments and Development Directions of Electronic Trade Platforms in US and European Agri-Food Markets: Impact on Sector Organization

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    Fritz, Melanie; Hausen, Tobias; Schiefer, Gerhard

    2004-01-01

    Electronic trade platforms support trading transactions between enterprises. They have entered the business landscape including the agri-food sector only a few years ago. However, there already have been dramatic changes in the agri-food sectorÂ’s platform infrastructures. This paper analyzes developments in electronic trade platform infrastructures in the agri-food sector of the US and Europe between 2000 and 2002 and identifies development strategies of successful platforms. Of 85 platforms...

  2. Environmental benefit, side effects and objective-oriented financing of agri-environmental measures: Case study of Poland

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    2009-01-01

    In this paper we investigate how to allocate the available budget for agri-environmental measures to maximise environmental benefits and to minimise potential negative side effects resulting for farmers from the implementation of agri-environmental measures. According to the governmental and EU regulations farmers should be fully reimbursed with compensation payments for the implementation of agri-environmental measures and thus for their environmental services. However, research results from...

  3. Status and Prospects of Agri-Tourism in Selected Municipalities of the 4th District of Batangas

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    BIANCA VENUS L. RECIO; KAREEN ANGELICA M. DE ADE; CHRISTINE JOY M. ESQUERRA; SAHARA A. MANDANAS; JISSEL T. MASANGKAY; JESSICA A. MENDANIA; JENNIE MARGARET APRITADO

    2014-01-01

    – The study was to identify the profile of the agri-tourism sites in the selected municipalities in the 4th district of Batangas. Specifically, it determines the status and prospects of agri-tourism in the selected municipalities in the 4th district of Batangas in terms of Socio-Economic and Environmental Aspects; and have proposed an action plan to promote the agri-tourism as a destination. The researchers have conducted the study to see how the agri-tourism benefits the communit...

  4. Status and Prospects of Agri-Tourism in Selected Municipalities of the 4th District of Batangas

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    BIANCA VENUS L. RECIO

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available – The study was to identify the profile of the agri-tourism sites in the selected municipalities in the 4th district of Batangas. Specifically, it determines the status and prospects of agri-tourism in the selected municipalities in the 4th district of Batangas in terms of Socio-Economic and Environmental Aspects; and have proposed an action plan to promote the agri-tourism as a destination. The researchers have conducted the study to see how the agri-tourism benefits the community in terms of their economy and environmental aspects. This study have provided more awareness to the community about the Agri-tourism in the place. In addition this research educates people to be more vigilant enough on giving importance on the Agri-tourism we have in Batangas. Results showed that the three major agri-tourism farms in the fourth district of Batangas were Vilela’s Farm, British Farm and Moca Farm. Agri-tourism in Batangas has socio-economic effects to the residents of the fourth district of Batangas. Agri-tourism has no environmental effect as assessed by the residents of Batangas.

  5. Elementary and Middle School Teacher Ideas about the Agri-Food System and Their Evaluation of Agri-System Stakeholders' Suggestions for Education.

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    Trexler, Cary J.; Johnson, Thomas; Heinze, Kirk

    2000-01-01

    Results of focus groups with 90 Michigan second- through eighth-grade teachers showed that they viewed the agri-food system from a nutrition and health perspective; nutrition education predominated. Production agriculture had little impact on the curriculum. They wanted a centralized resource for supplemental curriculum materials and support in…

  6. Collaboration and Sustainable Agri-Food Suply Chain: A Literature Review

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    Prima Dania Wike Agustin

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Maintaining collaboration among the entire stages in the agri-food supply chain to achieve sustainability is complex. All the stakeholders involved in the activities have to prioritize their financial benefits without putting aside social development and environmental responsibilities. Some scholars have paid attention to this topic. The objective of this paper is to review current research on sustainable supply chain and collaboration model in agri-food industry. Sustainability aspects that consist of economic, environment, and social and the model of sustainable supply chain in agri-food industry are analyzed. Moreover, collaboration in sustainable agri-food supply chain management is also studied thoroughly from vertical and horizontal perspectives. The result shows that there are few studies focusing on the integrated collaboration to achieve sustainable supply chain system. Additionally, not all sustainable aspects are covered thoroughly. The scholars pays more attention to economic and environmental aspects than social aspects. Furthermore, some studies only focus on one type of collaboration in sustainable agri-food supply chain. Often, these studies do not even consider all elements in the triple bottom line.

  7. ‘Festivalscape’ factors influencing visitors’ loyalty to an agri-festival in South Africa

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    Monique Fourie

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Orientation: The NAMPO Harvest Day is the largest festival of its kind in the southern hemisphere. To sustain the festival’s success, it is important to assess which ‘festivalscape’ f actors influence visitors’ loyalty.Research purpose: What combination of ‘festivalscape’ factors contributes to the loyalty ofvisitors to an agri-festival in South Africa?Motivation for the research: Agri-tourism is a relatively new concept and limited research has been done; thus this research makes a contribution to the current literature base on thetopic.Research approach and method: A probability sampling method was used during NAMPO Harvest Day 2014 to distribute 422 questionnaires by means of stratified sample. Factor analysis was performed to identify the ‘festivalscape’ factors that influence loyalty, after which structural equation modelling was applied to identify the relationships between thefactors and loyalty.Main findings: Nine loyalty factors were identified. The analysis revealed a direct positive relationship between loyalty and lifestyle, escape and socialisation as well as loyalty and agricultural exposure and education.Practical implications and contribution: This research gives valuable insights into the ‘festivalscape’ factors that influence loyalty to an agri-festival in South Africa. Loyalty amongst visitors can be created through the management of a variety of factors. The findings from this research can be used by similar agri-festivals in the country to create loyalty amongst visitors as well as to give exposure to the agri-sector.

  8. Agri-environmental collaboratives as bridging organisations in landscape management.

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    Prager, Katrin

    2015-09-15

    In recent years, landscape and its management has become a focus of policies and academic conceptualisation. Landscape is understood as a concept of interconnected natural and human systems. Its management must take into account the dynamic interdependencies and diverging interests of various stakeholders at different levels. Bridging organisations can provide an arena for trust-building, conflict resolution, learning and collaboration between relevant stakeholders. This paper draws on two strands of literature - landscape governance and co-management of social-ecological systems - to investigate the contributions of agri-environmental collaboratives (AEC) to sustainable landscape management. Based on data from 41 interviews with key informants and AEC members in Germany and the Netherlands, six fields of contributions were identified: policy implementation and service provision; coordination and mediation; awareness raising and behaviour change; care for 'everyday' landscapes; maintenance and protection of landscapes (including species and habitats); and income generation and economic benefits. Some of the contributions evolve around the specific role of AEC as bridging organisations, but other contributions such as economic benefits emerge beyond this analytical lens. The paper therefore emphasises holistic, bottom up assessment of AEC contributions and argues that governments should support such organisations through i) funding for facilitators and ii) funding for impact monitoring and data management. PMID:26203877

  9. Magnetotelluric investigation in the High Agri Valley (southern Apennine, Italy)

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    Balasco, M.; Giocoli, A.; Piscitelli, S.; Romano, G.; Siniscalchi, A.; Stabile, T. A.; Tripaldi, S.

    2015-04-01

    In this paper we present the result of a magnetotelluric (MT) investigation carried out across the High Agri Valley (HAV), southern Italy. Several MT soundings were carried out in order to obtain a ~15 km long 2-D resistivity model with an investigation depth of ~10 km. The main aim was to provide valuable data on the geological and structural setting of the HAV. The MT model was compared with pre-existing geological, geophysical and seismic data. The MT model can be schematized as a superposition of three stack lateral varying layers with different thickness and resistivity values: a surficial low-medium resistivity layer associated with the Quaternary deposits and to the allochthonous units; and a deeper high resistivity layer related to the Apulia Platform, separated by a thin layer connected to the mélange zone and to the Pliocene terrigenous marine deposits. Sharp lateral resistivity variations are interpreted as faults that, on the basis of accurate focal mechanism computations, display normal-faulting kinematics.

  10. Magnetotelluric investigation in the High Agri Valley (southern Apennine, Italy

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    M. Balasco

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available In this paper we present the result of a Magnetotelluric (MT investigation carried out across the High Agri Valley (HAV, southern Italy. Several MT soundings were carried out in order to obtain a ~15 km long 2-D resistivity model with an investigation depth of ~10 km. The main aim was to provide valuable data on the geological and structural setting of the HAV. The MT model was compared with pre-existing geological, geophysical and seismic data. The MT model can be schematized as a superposition of three stack lateral varying layers with different thickness and resistivity values: a surficial low-medium resistivity layer, associated to the Quaternary deposits and to the allochthonous units, and a deeper high resistivity layer, related to the Apulia Platform, separated by a thin layer connected to the mélange zone and to the Pliocene terrigenous marine deposits. Sharp lateral resistivity variations are interpreted as faults that, on the basis of accurate focal mechanism computations, display normal-faulting kinematics.

  11. Connecting Payments for Ecosystem Services and Agri-Environment Regulation: An Analysis of the Welsh Glastir Scheme

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    Wynne-Jones, Sophie

    2013-01-01

    Policy debates in the European Union have increasingly emphasised "Payments for Ecosystem Services" (PES) as a model for delivering agri-environmental objectives. This paper examines the Glastir scheme, introduced in Wales in 2009, as a notable attempt to move between long standing models of European agri-environment regulation and emerging…

  12. Co-Construction of Agency and Environmental Management. The Case of Agri-Environmental Policy Implementation at Finnish Farms

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    Kaljonen, Minna

    2006-01-01

    One of the main challenges of European environmental policies is to recruit local-level actors to fulfill set targets. This article explores how targets of European agri-environmental policy have been achieved in Finland. It also analyses how implementation practices produce conditions for agri-environmental management and how policy success-or…

  13. Ethics, sustainability and logistics in agricultural and agri-food economics research

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    Pietro Pulina

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available This study analyzes the changes osberved in the agri-food system with the advent of logistical management of the flow of goods and information along the food supply chain. Agri-food functions and responsibilities towards society are also analyzed. This field of research has been widely explored in recent years following the development of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR certification in agri-business. The analysis starts by examining the coherence of the ethical basis of human choices in a homo oeconomicus framework in which social relationships are merely exploitable activities. CSR development is then studied in the light of the new stakeholder theory for firms. The main fields of economic research into sustainable development and the most important goals achieved are examined and the methodological perspectives of agricultural economics research will also be discussed.

  14. Expanding E-Commerce Opportunities for Farm-Fresh Markets and Agri-Tourism Industries

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    German, Carl L.; Smith, Linda H.; Chambers, Patrick J.; Toensmeyer, U.C.

    2009-01-01

    This proposed project is designed to assist farm.­ fresh market growers, farm retail direct-market operators, and agri-tourism businesses in learning to connect with each other and the consumer by fully utilizing the options available to them for e­-commerce on the Internet. In doing so we will be able to enhance the profitability of the fresh-market and agri-tourism industries and assist in streamlin­ing educational delivery methods.

  15. The Agri-Food trade in Spain: specialization and international competition

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    Grande, María Josefa Garcia; Morales, José María López

    2015-01-01

    Agri-food Industry, as the sum of the Agriculture, Livestock, Forestry and Fishing and Food Industry (Food, Beverages and Tobacco) is, except some service activities, the highlight industry of the Spanish economy, not only for their GVA (5.3% in 2013) and employment contribution (6.4% on the same date), but above all for its relevant presence in international markets. The importance of Agri-Food Industry in the Spanish economy is much higher than this sector has in the European Union (EU-28) ...

  16. Scielo articles available to the agricultural community using OAI-PMH in AGRIS AP XML Format

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    Kaloyanova, Stefka; Fonseca, Gustavo; Batalha, Fabio; Santos, Solange; Murasaki, Renato; Packer, Abel; Katz, Steve; Keizer, Johannes

    2008-01-01

    This article reports a new way of getting access to SciELO full text journal articles using AGRIS AP XML format to harvest SciELO metadata and to include them into the AGRIS repository. It covers the following main steps of the work carried out: • Selecting about 43 journals with agricultural thematic from the Web site of SciELO; • Defining the methodology for harvesting; • Harvesting legacy data and then doing incremental harvesting for the new data from the selected SciELO jo...

  17. MARKETING OF AGRI-BUSINESSES IN ICT ENVIRONMENT

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    Davorin Turkalj

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available By means of quantitative and qualitative research the doctoral dissertation has attained methodical insights into competences and usage levels of new technologies for marketing purposes in agri-businesses in the Republic of Croatia. The results and observations provided in the thesis indicate that swift action is required in order to improve the current situation and prepare farmers for forthcoming changes. In biotechnical sciences there is a need for continuous updating, research and control of interdependent processes and complex relations, which in turn creates a need for a unified system of knowledge dissemination. In order to manage a set of information arising from such processes, it is necessary to have a system that will allow us to store and transfer the acquired knowledge in a safe and simple way in real time, ensuring completeness of information. In today’s world, the key role in this process is to be played by information and communication technologies (ICT encompassing the use of computers and communication technologies, as well as technologies for information management and transfer. Together with other ICT, the Internet is a resource that can bridge the gap between professionals of different expertise on one hand and people living in rural areas and farmers on the other, as it provides a platform for interaction and dialogue. Furthermore, ICT can foster new cooperation and networking through inter-sectoral contacts between government institutions, different support agencies and farmers. The efforts to implement ICT in the agricultural sector are held back by a range of limiting factors, such as: the necessity to reconstruct the sector itself, required investments in new communication systems and adjunct platforms, low levels of computer literacy among farmers, insufficient infrastructure, etc. Taking all this into account, it is obvious that the Internet and modern technologies can be drivers of positive change in agriculture

  18. Some remarks on computational approaches towards sustainable complex agri-food systems

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    Perrot, N.; Vries, de Hugo; Lutton, Evelyne; Mil, van H.G.J.; Donner, Mechthild; Tonda, Alberto; Martin, Sophie; Alvarez, Isabel; Bourgine, Paul; Linden, van der E.; Axelos, M.A.V.

    2016-01-01

    Background: Agri-food is one of the most important sectors of the industry in Europe and potentially a major contributor to the global warming. Sustainability issues in this context pose a huge challenge for several reasons: the variety of considered scales, the number of disciplines involved, the u

  19. Agri-Environmental Schemes and Grassland Biodiversity: Another Side of the Coin

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    Münch, Angela

    2010-01-01

    In this paper, the Agri-Environmental Schemes (AES) of the European Union are evaluated on the basis of county-level data for the German Federal States Thuringia and Bavaria. The purpose is to disentangle the effects of AES on farming practice from their effects on biodiversity. One of the major...

  20. Agri-Environmental Resource Management by Large-Scale Collective Action: Determining KEY Success Factors

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    Uetake, Tetsuya

    2015-01-01

    Purpose: Large-scale collective action is necessary when managing agricultural natural resources such as biodiversity and water quality. This paper determines the key factors to the success of such action. Design/Methodology/Approach: This paper analyses four large-scale collective actions used to manage agri-environmental resources in Canada and…

  1. Work-Related Lifelong Learning for Entrepreneurs in the Agri-Food Sector

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    Lans, Thomas; Wesselink, Renate; Biemans, Harm J. A.; Mulder, Martin

    2004-01-01

    This article presents a study on work-related lifelong learning for entrepreneurs in the agri-food sector. Accordingly, learning needs, learning preferences, learning motivation and conditions in the context of lifelong learning were identified. The results indicate that technology, IT and entrepreneurial competencies will become of increasing…

  2. Exploring the Social Benefits of Agri-Environment Schemes in England

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    Mills, Jane

    2012-01-01

    Recent decades have seen sustainable development emerging as a core concern of European Union (EU) policy. In order to consider how policies can contribute more positively to the goals of sustainable development, major EU policies must undergo an assessment of their potential economic, environmental and social impacts. Within the agri-environment…

  3. Adoption of Agri-Environmental Measures by Organic Farmers: The Role of Interpersonal Communication

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    Unay Gailhard, Ilkay; Bavorová, Miroslava; Pirscher, Frauke

    2015-01-01

    Purpose: The purpose of this study is to investigate the impact of interpersonal communication on the adoption of agri-environmental measures (AEM) by organic farmers in Germany. Methodology: The study used the logit model to predict the probability of adoption behaviour, and Social Network Analysis (SNA) was conducted to analyse the question of…

  4. Development of Industry-Wide IS Integration Model in the Agri-Industry

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    Hedman, Jonas; Henningsson, Stefan

    2013-01-01

    his paper presents a model explaining industrywide information systems (IS) integration in the agri-industry.Using a theoretical frame of value confi guration analysis and IS integration extent we study 15 organizations. We find that product sensitivity, continuous production, value chain captains...

  5. Blurring the Boundaries between Vocational Education, Business and Research in the Agri-Food Domain

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    Wals, Arjen E. J.; Lans, Thomas; Kupper, Hendrik

    2012-01-01

    This article discusses the emergence and significance of new knowledge configurations within the Dutch agri-food context. Knowledge configurations can be characterised as arrangements between VET and (often regional) partners in business and research aimed at improving knowledge transfer, circulation or co-creation. Based on a literature review…

  6. Seas of Change: A report on scaling inclusive agri-food markets

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    Woodhill, A.J.; Guijt, W.J.; Wegner, L.; Blomne Sopov, M.

    2012-01-01

    Can agri-food companies do it all? Develop new markets, secure supply, protect reputations, ensure profits and reduce poverty, create jobs and guarantee food supplies? Company strategies now commonly refer to ‘creating shared value’ and ‘inclusive business’. But with growing pressure on resources, a

  7. Roll-Out Neoliberalism and Hybrid Practices of Regulation in Australian Agri-Environmental Governance

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    Lockie, Stewart; Higgins, Vaughan

    2007-01-01

    In the last 15 years, agri-environmental programmes in Australia have been underpinned by a neoliberal regime of governing which seeks to foster participation and "bottom-up" change at the regional level at the same time as encouraging farmers to become entrepreneurial and improve their productivity and environmental performance without government…

  8. Collective agri-environment schemes: How can regionalenvironmental cooperatives enhance farmers’ intentions foragri-environment schemes?

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    Dijk, van W.F.A.; Lokhorst, A.M.; Berendse, F.; Snoo, de G.R.

    2015-01-01

    The effectiveness of agri-environment schemes (AES) in enhancing biodiversity on farmland and creating a long-lasting change in farmers’ motivation towards a more environmental-friendly practice is still strongly debated. Applying a regional approach has been advocated widely to make AES more ecolog

  9. Transformation to Eco-Agri Tourism: The Case of Casile, Cabuyao City, Laguna, Philippines

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    Tuzon Troy P.

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The study was conducted to determine the acceptability of the residents of Barangay Casile, Cabuyao, Laguna, Philippines in transforming their locality into an eco-agri tourism site. A total of 241 residents participated in the data collection using a survey questionnaire and interviews. Barangay Casile is an agricultural area and is also noted for its natural heritage such as the Matang Tubig River and Falls and the Marcos Twin Tower. Because of this, the local government unit of Cabuyao City plans to develop the area as a nature- based tourism destination specifically as an eco-agri tourism site. The survey revealed that the respondents agreed on the proposition of transforming their area into agri-tourism site. Cultural acceptability ranks the highest which means that the locals are open on the possible effects on their culture that the development could bring them. Economic and social acceptability were also ranked high because of the income they could get from the influx of tourists. Environmental acceptability is the least agreeable because most of the respondents were environment sensitive and are concerned with the changes to the natural façade of their area. It can be concluded that agri-tourism development involving local residents provides control over the development and management of the project.

  10. Effective stakeholder involvement in agri-food governance and policy development

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    Wentholt, M.T.A.

    2014-01-01

    Het doel van dit proefschrift is om inzicht te verkrijgen in het optimale gebruik van deskundigen binnen het agri-food domein voor bestuur en beleidsvorming. Na een systematische review van relevante gepubliceerde literatuur, werd vastgesteld dat de Delphi methode geschikt bleek voor het verkrijgen

  11. Evaluating the Sustainability in Complex Agri-Food Systems: The SAEMETH Framework

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    Cristiana Peano

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available During the last few years, the definition of sustainability and the translation of its general principles into practical and operative tasks have come into the foreground of scientific research and political agendas throughout the world. The understanding and the evaluation of the environmental, social and economic performances of complex agricultural food systems is probably the real challenge, and the design of more sustainable alternatives has been recognized as necessary for a correct territorial management. This study’s primary goal is the proposition of an interpretive structure “Sustainable Agri-Food Evaluation Methodology” (SAEMETH, able to guide the evaluation of the sustainability of the various organizational forms of the small-scale agri-food supply chain. As a case study, the methodology was applied to 10 small-scale agri-food systems. The application of SAEMETH, as a monitoring tool based on qualitative indicators that are user-friendly and strongly communicative, demonstrates that it is possible to carry out sustainability evaluations of the small-scale agri-food systems through a long-term approach that is participatory, interdisciplinary and multi-institutional and that integrates a solid theoretical base with an operative framework tested in the field. SAEMETH can, in this way, generate a cyclical process that increases the probability of success in the design of sustainable alternatives and the implementation of projects and initiatives at the local/regional scale.

  12. Business Process Modelling in Demand-Driven Agri-Food Supply Chains

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    Verdouw, C.N.; Beulens, A.J.M.; Trienekens, J.H.; Wolfert, J.

    2010-01-01

    Agri-food companies increasingly participate in demand-driven supply chains that are able to adapt flexibly to changes in the marketplace. The objective of this presentation is to discuss a process modelling framework, which enhances the interoperability and agility of information systems as require

  13. The development and significance of foreign trade in agri-food products in selected preferential trade agreements

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    Pawlak, Karolina

    2013-01-01

    The aim of the paper is to present the development tendencies and the significance of agri-food trade in selected preferential trade agreements in both Americas, Asia and Africa. The analysis included the values of trade turnover both within the region and in exchange with third countries, the share of the agri-food trade in the total trade in the region and the share of the regions under investigation in the global agri-food trade. The analysis allowed us to indicate the greatest global expo...

  14. The agri-food and other bio-based sectors in Spain. A description based on multiplier analysis

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    CARDENETE FLORES MANUEL ALEJANDRO; BOULANGER PIERRE; DELGADO LÓPEZ MARÍA DEL CARMEN; FERRARI EMANUELE; M'BAREK Robert

    2012-01-01

    The turnover of the EU agri-food sector overtops 2,000 billion Euros a year and employs roughly 22 millions workers. The focus of this paper is on the sectors directly linked to agricultural production and the food industry. Having a comprehensive understanding of extended agri-food economic linkages is critical when designing pertinent policies to deliver the full potential of strong EU agri-food and other bio-based sectors. A more disaggregated view is required. This study stars from a Soci...

  15. AGRIS: providing access to agricultural research data exploiting open data on the web [v1; ref status: indexed, http://f1000r.es/599

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    Fabrizio Celli

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    Full Text Available AGRIS is the International System for Agricultural Science and Technology. It is supported by a large community of data providers, partners and users. AGRIS is a database that aggregates bibliographic data, and through this core data, related content across online information systems is retrieved by taking advantage of Semantic Web capabilities. AGRIS is a global public good and its vision is to be a responsive service to its user needs by facilitating contributions and feedback regarding the AGRIS core knowledgebase, AGRIS’s future and its continuous development. Periodic AGRIS e-consultations, partner meetings and user feedback are assimilated to the development of the AGRIS application and content coverage. This paper outlines the current AGRIS technical set-up, its network of partners, data providers and users as well as how AGRIS’s responsiveness to clients’ needs inspires the continuous technical development of the application. The paper concludes by providing a use case of how the AGRIS stakeholder input and the subsequent AGRIS e-consultation results influence the development of the AGRIS application, knowledgebase and service delivery.

  16. Agri-food sludge management using different co-composting strategies: study of the added value of the composts obtained

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    Morales, Ana Belén; Bustamante, María A.; Marhuenda Egea, Frutos Carlos; Moral, Raúl; Ros, Margarita; Pascual, José Antonio

    2016-01-01

    The growth of the agri-food industry has resulted in a strong increase in its sludge generation. This type of waste is often produced in high amounts, concentrated in certain areas, and shows characteristics similar to those of municipal sewage sludge (except for the absence of heavy metals). Composting has been widely studied as a viable alternative for the treatment and recycling of municipal sewage sludge, but little information is currently available concerning the composting of agri-food...

  17. Co-financing Implications for Regional Policy-Making: A Case Study for the Agri-environmental Programme in Saxony-Anhalt

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    Kirschke, Dieter; Hager, Astrid; Jechlitschka, Kurt; Wegener, Stefan

    2005-01-01

    Financing agri-environmental programmes in the European Union (EU) takes place in a multi-level system with mixed co-financing and shared financial responsibilities. In this paper we analyse how co-financing influences policy-making in regions taking the case of the agri-environmental programme in Saxony-Anhalt. Using an interactive linear programming approach the implications of several co-financing scenarios are analysed. EU co-financing certainly enhances the financial volume for the agri-...

  18. Quality and safety of agri-food systems: technological and economic innovations

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    Domenico Ragazzi

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available This study aims to point out the evolution of the economical approach to the topics of agri-food product quality and safety with particular attention to the schemes developed at European level. Thus, we wish to underline the forces which identified the insurance and certification systems as innovative tools for quality problem management in agri-food systems and what aspects they allow to manage according to the different needs of the stakeholders. In the last years, the proliferation of these schemes was so strong to considered the recent Iso 22000 Law as a possible solution for the harmonization process. Finally, some aspects of traceability systems are examined, apart from law obligations, identifying important opportunity of differentiation and acquisition of competitive advantages for the organization choosing them.

  19. SCOPE OF AGRI-TOURISM IN GENERATING SUPPLEMENTARY INCOME IN KONKAN REGION

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    P. B. Landage

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    Full Text Available Tourism is now well recognized as an engine of growth in the various economies in the world. Several countries have transformed their economies by developing their tourism potential. Tourism has great capacity to generate large-scale employment and additional income sources to the skilled and unskilled. Today the traditional concept of tourism has changed and some new areas of the tourism have emerged like Agri-Tourism. Agri-tourism is a way of sustainable tourism development and multi-activity in rural areas through which the visitor has the opportunity to get aware with agricultural areas, agricultural operations, local products, traditional food and the daily life of the rural people, as well as the cultural elements and traditions. Moreover, this activity brings visitors closer to nature and rural activities in which they can participate, be entertained and feel the pleasure of touring.

  20. Assessing long-term sustainable environmental impacts of agri-environment schemes on land use

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    Vesterager, Jens Peter; Teilmann, Kasper; Vejre, Henrik

    2012-01-01

    indicators of the environmental state at farm level. In a Danish test case, agricultural practices at twenty-five farms in two groundwater protection zones were assessed. Data was collected from databases, registers, maps and interviews with farmers. The index was calculated for 1996/7 and 2006/7 to track......The lack of generic methods to assess the environmental consequences of agricultural practices and the lack of consensus on monitoring and evaluation of environmental, agricultural and socio-economic effects of agri-environment schemes (AES) in EU Member States call for better evaluation methods....... It is important to consider the robustness of each indicator: to assess whether changes will occur over time; whether changes are linked to management practices or external factors; and whether data are available up to date. Indicators dependent upon uptake data from agri-environmental schemes should...

  1. The Evolution of the Agri-Environmental Policies and Sustainable Agriculture

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    Ventura-Lucas, Maria Raquel; Godinho, Maria de Lurdes Ferro; Fragoso, Rui Manuel de Sousa

    2002-01-01

    Sustainable agriculture implies the exploitation of natural resources now, without compromising the natural resources stocks for the future generations. In the context of the paper, agricultural sustainability takes place at the interface between agriculture and the environment. The focus is on the interplay between farming systems and agri-environmental policies. Agricultural policies have major impacts on soil and water quality and on bio-diversity. Support commodity price policies have lea...

  2. Supply chain quality and its managerial challenges: Insights from Ukrainian agri-food business

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    Hanf, Jon; Gagalyuk, Taras

    2009-01-01

    This article analyses the effect of the East-European business environment on quality management as a means of operationalising chain management strategies. The particular focus on the Ukrainian agri-food business in combination with fifteen in-depth expert interviews reveals the infancy of chain (quality) management in transition economies. General mechanisms of chain management are primarily installed by foreign enterprises acting as focal companies in their supply chain networks. At the sa...

  3. Training farmers in agri-environmental management: the case of Environmental Stewardship in lowland England

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    Lobley, Matt; Saratsi, Eirini; Winter, Michael; Bullock, James

    2013-01-01

    Research on voluntary agri-environmental schemes (AES) typically reveals limited engagement on the part of most participants, with the majority enticed into participation by a combination of attractive payment rates and compatibility with the existing farming system. Commentators have argued that changing farmer attitudes towards environmental management should be an outcome of AES. One possible way of doing this is through the provision of educational and advisory programmes designed to help...

  4. Atlantic versus Pacific Agreement in Agri-food Sectors: Does the Winner Take it All?

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    Disdier, Anne-Célia; Emlinger, Charlotte; Fouré, Jean

    2015-01-01

    Two main regional trade agreements are currently under negotiation: The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The former involves the United States and the European Union and deals with the removal of remaining tariffs and the harmonization of non-tariff measures, while the latter currently includes the United States and 11 other countries and focuses mainly on tariffs. Trade liberalization of the agri-food sector is a sensitive topic i...

  5. PEMBENAHAN MANAJEMEN UKM KELOMPOK PETERNAK AGRI MAKMUR DAN KELOMPOK PETERNAK ACAP DI DISTRIK PRAFI KABUPATEN MANOKWARI

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    LUKAS YOWEL SONBAIT; TRISIWI WAHYU WIDAYATI

    2015-01-01

    This Ipteks’ activities for society (IbM) have purpose to identify the real problem faced by farmers groupAgriMakmur and farmers group Acep in beef cattle cultivation. Methods offered to societies to solve conflictsbetween groups and improve management in each farmer group. Each group was given record-training about howto manage good business and sustainable finance management therefore standard of group management can beimproved. This method is expected to increase trust from members to team...

  6. On the Distribution of Net Benefits from Sustainability Initiatives in Agri-Food Supply Chains

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    Ross, Brent; Amanor-Boadu, Vincent; Ross, Kara L.

    2010-01-01

    Sustainability initiatives are frequently imposed on upstream supply chain members by their more powerful downstream partners. This paper assesses the challenges of estimating costs and benefits for participants and the difficulties associated with identifying their locations and effects in the supply chain. The paper argues that the success and endurance of agri-food supply chains that purport to pursue sustainability objectives depend critically on the distribution of the associated costs a...

  7. International Linkages of Agri-Processed and Energy commodities traded in India

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    Sinha, Pankaj; Mathur, Kritika

    2013-01-01

    The current study focuses on the linkages in agri-processed (soy oil and crude palm oil) and energy commodities (natural gas and crude oil) traded on commodity exchanges of India (NCDEX; MCX) and their corresponding international commodity exchanges(Chicago Board of Trade; Bursa Malaysia Derivative Exchange; New York Mercantile Exchange). This paper examines the linkages in futures price, return and volatility of a commodity across commodity exchanges with the help of three models – (a) Price...

  8. Agri-Commodity Price Dynamics: The Relationship Between Oil and Agricultural Market

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    Rosa, Franco; Vasciaveo, Michela

    2012-01-01

    The aim of this paper is to analyze the interactions among the prices of some agricultural commodities in Italy and United States by using the time series analysis method. After a general overview of the world and European agri-markets, the agricultural commodity and oil prices are investigated in order to analyze the cross-market interactions and test the hypothesis that the increased volatility in agricultural prices is caused by the exogenous crude oil prices. For the analysis the data abo...

  9. Management of chemical and biological risks in agri-food chain

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    Bachev, Hrabrin

    2011-01-01

    Paper presents diverse modes of governance of chemical and biological risks in agri-food sector, assesses their efficiency, complementarities, and challenges, and suggests recommendations for public policies improvement. It defines governance as system of social order responsible for particular behavior of agents; specify various (institutions, market, private, public) mechanisms of risk governance and (natural, technological, behavioral etc.) factors of efficiency; and suggest a framework fo...

  10. Predicting Consumer Participation in a Hayride Event of Agri-tourism Activity: A Logit Model Approach

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    Purduri, Venkata; Govindasamy, Ramu; Kelley, Kathleen; Bernard, John C.

    2012-01-01

    This project was supported by the Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP), USDA, Grant # 2009-51181-06035. In the U.S. agricultural system, small and medium-sized farmers with limited land and capital resources are unable to compete in the national commodity markets. Direct marketing and agritourism are used by these enterprises to increase farm income. Agri-tourism may be broadly defined to include a range of farm-related products and services that are educational, interactive, o...

  11. Landscape-moderated biodiversity effects of agri-environmental management: a meta-analysis

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    Batáry, Péter; Báldi, András; Kleijn, David; Tscharntke, Teja

    2010-01-01

    Agri-environmental management (AEM) is heralded as being key to biodiversity conservation on farmland, yet results of these schemes have been mixed, making their general utility questionable. We test with meta-analysis whether the benefits of AEM for species richness and abundance of plants and animals are determined by the surrounding landscape context. Across all studies (109 observations for species richness and 114 observations for abundance), AEM significantly increased species richness ...

  12. On the use of targeting to reduce moral hazard in agri-environmental schemes

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    Fraser, Rob W.

    2003-01-01

    This paper investigates the role of targeting in the context of agri-environmental schemes involving monitoring and penalties and well suited to a geographically-based distinction between participants. By separating participants into a target and a non-target group the aim of targeting is to reduce the moral hazard problem. The paper analyses three approaches to targeting and the focus is on reducing the extent of cheating by participants in the non-target group. By complementing the adoption...

  13. Impact of European Food Safety Border Inspections on Agri-Food Exports: Evidence from Chinese Firms

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    Beestermöller, Matthias; Disdier, Anne-Célia; Fontagné, Lionel Gérard

    2016-01-01

    The cost of complying with a sanitary standard is certain. However, such regulatory measure is a source of uncertainty for exporting firms in relation to border rejections. Shipments may fail to pass inspections and may be refused entry into the importing country. We examine how the risk of rejection at European borders is affecting Chinese agri-food exporters. We combine information on rejections with Chinese firm-level export data. Border rejections amplify the turnover among firms at the e...

  14. Effects of agri-environment schemes in a long-term ecological time series

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    Taylor, Michele E.; Morecroft, Michael D.

    2009-01-01

    We investigated the impact of agri-environment schemes, including organic farming, on contrasting taxa, when the management of a Southern English farm was changed in the middle of a 12-year time series for an ecosystem-monitoring programme. Plant species richness, including butterfly larval food plants, increased, whilst grassland productivity decreased. There was no overall difference in butterfly or carabid beetle abundance or species richness after the management changes, but some individu...

  15. Business process modelling in demand-driven agri-food supply chains : a reference framework

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    Verdouw, C.N.

    2010-01-01

    Keywords: Business process models; Supply chain management; Information systems; Reference information models; Market orientation; Mass customisation; Configuration; Coordination; Control; SCOR; Pot plants; Fruit industry Abstract The increasing volatility and diversity of demand urge agri-food supply chains to become more demand driven, i.e. sensitive and responsive to demand information of the ultimate consumer. Companies that participate in demand-driven supply chains must manage a high va...

  16. Weeds and endangered herbs have unforeseen dispersal helpers in the agri-environment: gastropods and earthworms

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    Türke, Manfred; Blattmann, Tamara; Knop, Eva; Kindermann, Anne; Prestele, Julia; Marquez, Leonardo; Eisenhauer, Nico; Fischer, Christina

    2013-01-01

    Agri-environmental schemes involving organic farming or set-aside management aim at promoting biodiversity and restoring ecosystem functioning in agrarian landscapes. Application of pesticides in these crop fields is strongly regulated facilitating the spread of weeds but also allowing for the establishment of endangered herbs and a variety of animals.Recent studies found gastropods and earthworms to be legitimate dispersers of seeds of wild plants. We assumed that both groups also playa sign...

  17. Territorial resources, limits and strategies of local development processes and agri-food productions of quality

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    Severino Romano; Francesco Marangon; Roberto Polidori

    2011-01-01

    The aim of this work is to analyse the role that typical products can play in the local development process. Territorial resources involved, limits and strategies for their enhancement are analysed; this analysis will permit both to define the results that have been achieved since nowadays in the local development process and to point out future themes for the research in the field of agricultural economics. The typicality of an agri-food product regards qualitative characteristics that deriv...

  18. Agri-Food Traceability Management using a RFID System with Privacy Protection

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    Sanchez Sanchez, Erwing Ricardo; Gandino, Filippo; Rebaudengo, Maurizio; Bernardi, Paolo; Montrucchio, Bartolomeo; Demartini, Claudio Giovanni

    2007-01-01

    In this paper an agri-food traceability system based on public key cryptography and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology is proposed. In order to guarantee safety in food, an efficient tracking and tracing system is required. RFID devices allow recording all useful information for traceability directly on the commodity. The security issues are discussed and two different methods based on public cryptography are proposed and evaluated. The first algorithm uses a nested RSA based st...

  19. Considering the source: commercialisation and trust in agri-environmental information and advisory services in England.

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    Sutherland, Lee-Ann; Mills, Jane; Ingram, Julie; Burton, Rob J F; Dwyer, Janet; Blackstock, Kirsty

    2013-03-30

    Recent decades have seen the emergence and increasing prominence of a range of public and private sector providers of agricultural information and advice, owing to state transition away from direct provision of agricultural advisory services. In this paper, we evaluate the establishment of trust in agri-environmental agricultural advisory services in England. Qualitative field research was undertaken with farmers, advisors and promoters engaged in four contrasting agri-environmental advisory initiatives. Findings suggest that longevity and expertise in service provision are more important than the public, private or charitable status of specific advisory service in engendering trust. Consistent funding allocated to well-known agencies or their affiliates is thus more likely influence farmer behaviour in the short term than 'contract' advisory projects awarded to novice service providers. Study participants also put their trust in services that were perceived as 'impartial' or actively 'pro-agriculture'. However, we suggest this 'pro-farmer' orientation can negatively impact on environmental outcomes: advisors may be incentivised to provide information on the easiest access to agri-environmental grants, rather than the actions with the most environmental benefit. PMID:23399881

  20. Crossflow membrane technologies and applications for the agri-food industry

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    The membrane tangential filtration technologies are separation techniques based on the use of semipermeable filters through which, under a pushing force, it is possible to obtain the separation of components suspended or in solution according to their dimensional characteristics and / or chemical-physical . The membrane technologies are clean separation techniques and energy-efficient, especially suitable for applications in the agro-food sector. At the laboratories of the ENEA Research Center Casaccia, they have been researched and developed various membrane filtration processes in the agri-food sector.

  1. Managing increasing environmental risks through agro-biodiversity and agri-environmental policies

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    Baumgärtner, Stefan; Quaas, Martin F.

    2008-01-01

    Agro-biodiversity can provide natural insurance to risk-averse farmers by reducing the variance of crop yield, and to society at large by reducing the uncertainty in the provision of public-good ecosystem services such as e.g. CO2 storage. We analyze the choice of agro-biodiversity by risk-averse farmers who have access to financial insurance, and study the implications for agri-environmental policy design when on-farm agro-biodiversity generates a positive risk externality. While increasing ...

  2. Seas of Change: A report on scaling inclusive agri-food markets

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    Woodhill, A.J.; Guijt, W.J.; Wegner, L.; Blomne Sopov, M.

    2012-01-01

    Can agri-food companies do it all? Develop new markets, secure supply, protect reputations, ensure profits and reduce poverty, create jobs and guarantee food supplies? Company strategies now commonly refer to ‘creating shared value’ and ‘inclusive business’. But with growing pressure on resources, a billion hungry people and some four billion people at the base of the economic pyramid by 2050, are we making progress fast enough? What options are there with real promise? And, how can all stake...

  3. Gender relations in global agri-food value chains – a review

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    Schumacher, Kim Philip

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available This article reviews the research literature on gender relations in global agri-food value chains. The main focus is on the production side in countries of the Global South, with most examples from sub-Saharan Africa. After a short presentation of the underlying concepts and a review of the existing research literature, an outline is given of the major insights the analysis of gender issues in global value chains has offered. What is striking is the heterogeneity of the findings and proposed actions, as well as the scarcity of conceptual approaches that would integrate gender analyses further into the concept of global value chains.

  4. Characterisation of Agri-Landscape Systems at a Regional Level: A Case Study in Northern Tuscany

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    Mariassunta Galli

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Preserving our landscape in sustainable development processes is now widely considered as fundamental. It is a complex and evolving issue that can be tackled from several perspectives. Agronomy can contribute to analyzing the relationships between agricultural production systems (cropping, farming and agricultural systems at different levels (field, farm, and region and the agricultural landscape (in terms of patches, matrixes, dynamics, etc. This is of particular interest where the relationships between “what and how” are produced by agricultural activities and the landscape are changing. In this case their own reciprocity may represent an opportunity to analyze complex systems, such as the characterization of agri-landscapes at a regional level. We propose a case study developed as an up-scaling analytical process from a farm to a regional level. The result was the identification of six main agri-landscape systems highlighting the landscape drivers that are changing the traditional landscape of a rural region in Northern Tuscany (Lunigiana.

  5. Efficacy and efficiency of Agri-environmental payments in impacts of crops' management

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    Blasi, Emanuele; Martella, Angelo; Passeri, Nicolo; Ghini, Paolo

    2015-04-01

    Since the 90s, in Europe the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) started to activate measures for improving the sustainability of European agriculture, these measures were systematized in 2000 with the tools of rural development, pursuing a synergistic environmental action trough the agri-environmental payments. Since their definition, those payments were designed to ensure the protection, maintenance and enhancement of natural resources (water, soil, forests), biodiversity (species and habitat), and landscape. In particular initiatives as set aside, afforestation, organic agriculture, integrated pest management, low input and precision agriculture have enriched the agricultural management practices. The aim of this work is to check the trend between agro-environmental subsidies and environmental performance (based on Ecological Indicators and CO2 evaluation) at country level in EU, in order to study the regulatory framework impact in addressing the European cropping system towards sustainability. In particular soils and their land use can storage CO2 as pool and so provide environmental services and, on the other hand the agricultural practices can stimulate the emission and the environmental footprint. Impacts (so called emissions/footprints and storage/environmental services) will be compared with the Agri-environmental Payments for calculating performances due to environmental management practices, supported by political initiatives. Such analysis sustains the European policy makers towards more suitable agricultural policies and in particular it can address national sustainability through agricultural practices.

  6. Supplier pricing based on threshold cointegration in agri-supply chain

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    LENG Zhi-jie; TANG Huan-wen

    2008-01-01

    Aiming at the pricing of primary agricultural products for the large-scale suppliers and the wholesalers in agri-supply chain management, an approach for the large-scale supplier pricing is presented based on the threshold cointegration method of wholesale prices online including the GBand-TAR modified Band-TAR model. Our empirical work shows that it is more appropriate for a large-scale supplier pricing with his wholesalers based on the threshold cointegration method than the conventional linear cointegratiun method in spatially separate markets in an agri-supply chain of soybean in China in short time. Firstly, the three pairs of prices in spatially separate markets are of long-run equilibrium and threshold cointcgration. The forecast lest shows that the thresh-old cointegration approach is superior to the conventional linear cointegration approach in short time. Secondly, there are two thresholds of GBand-TAR in which the threshuht parameters represent relative transaction costs. Larger thresholds or wider neutral band corresponds to the greater distance between markets. Thirdly, the esti-mation of M-TAR shows that the large-scale supplier is more sensitive to incrcase of wholesaler prices than de-crease of wholesaler prices. The supplier can price on the forecast of market price by the threshold ECM inclu-ding the GBand-TAR if the equilibrium error of threshold lag is not in the interval of thresholds in which there is not profitable trading opportunities for the supplier.

  7. Recent Developments in Indicators and Models for Agri-environmental Assessment

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    Marta Carpani

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available Over the years there has been a remarkable development in agricultural and environmental sciences and the public is growing increasingly concerned about the relations between agriculture and the environment, and about the sustainability of agricultural production systems in many parts of the world. Policy makers and the general public have asked the scientific community to make more information available, and a great wealth of research studies have been conducted and published in recent years. Many studies include in-depth analyses of agricultural systems based on simulation models for various purposes: understanding the mechanisms involved, comparing alternative scenarios and supporting and evaluating policy measures. Indicators are also frequently used to provide concise quantitative figures of various aspects (economic or productive performances, environmental impacts, etc. and to communicate them to a broad audience. This paper offers a survey of the recent literature dealing with agri-environmental issues and, in particular, of those references presenting the use of models and indicators for the assessment of agricultural systems and their effects on environmental compartments (water, soil, air, from multiple disciplinary perspectives, and at various scales. The references examined for this paper have been classified in order to group the papers according to various criteria, thus facilitating the identification of relevant references, and to compare their contents. The methodological approaches are analysed and compared in order to highlight the contributions of the scientific literature to the assessment of agro-ecosystems and agri-environmental policies.

  8. PEMBENAHAN MANAJEMEN UKM KELOMPOK PETERNAK AGRI MAKMUR DAN KELOMPOK PETERNAK ACAP DI DISTRIK PRAFI KABUPATEN MANOKWARI

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    LUKAS YOWEL SONBAIT

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available This Ipteks’ activities for society (IbM have purpose to identify the real problem faced by farmers groupAgriMakmur and farmers group Acep in beef cattle cultivation. Methods offered to societies to solve conflictsbetween groups and improve management in each farmer group. Each group was given record-training about howto manage good business and sustainable finance management therefore standard of group management can beimproved. This method is expected to increase trust from members to team leaders from each group. Moreover,societies was offered some simple training about how to do daily standardised form/ standardized report withconsidering the education level of members so groups’ management qualit. This was hoped to make better andcreate good communication among members’ group. It was also to increase group performance and develop cattleof livestock population and the last one improve group farmer’s walfare. The result shows that both AgriMakmurand Acap farmers’ group have improved knowledge (Cognitive, skill (Psycho-motoric and Attitude ( Affective in Cultivation management especially in managed skill of beef cattle, daily note/recording, business analysis andavoiding of conflicts among members and group.Keywords: group management, training, beef cattle

  9. Twenty five years of reference material activity at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

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    Ihnat, M

    2001-06-01

    In the mid 1970s, the available RMs, notably Bowen's Kale and Orchard Leaves and Bovine liver from National Bureau of Standards (NBS), although of great benefit, were overwhelmingly insufficiently representative, in respect of matrix and elemental composition, of the wide range of natural products submitted for analysis and in worldwide commerce. To provide additional coverage, an RM development project was initiated with input from cooperating analysts leading to an Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada/National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) cooperative venture and development of a total of 12 different agricultural/food RMs. With a total of 303 concentration values for 34 elements and a wide range of matrix components such as ash, silica, protein, fat, carbohydrate and fiber, these RMs significantly augment the world repertoire of biological control materials. A final material under consideration is a highly reliable, discrete, synthetic RM for quality control and calibration. This paper summarizes the research and developmental activities undertaken during the past quarter of a century related to RM development at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and includes a short historical background, conceptual considerations, preparation, physical characterization, homogeneity estimation, chemical characterization, calculation of recommended reference values and associated uncertainties, methodology development and application, and performance of inorganic analytical methods in a multielement, multilaboratory, collaborative characterization campaign. PMID:11451252

  10. The Symbiotic Food System: An ‘Alternative’ Agri-Food System Already Working at Scale

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    Marc C. A. Wegerif

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available This article is an analysis of the agri-food system that feeds most of the over four million residents of the fast growing city of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. It is based on qualitative research that has traced the sources of some important foods from urban eaters back through retailers, processors and transporters to the primary producers. Particular attention is given to the functioning of the market places and how new actors enter into the food system. These reveal that more important to the system than competition are various forms of collaboration. Of particular interest is how a wide range of small-scale and interdependent actors produce the food and get it to urban eaters at a city feeding scale without large vertically- or horizontally-integrated corporate structures. This “symbiotic food system” is an existing alternative to the corporate-dominated agri-business food system; it can and does deliver at scale and in a way that better responds to the needs of people in poverty who are buying food and the interests of food producers. It is not perfect in Dar es Salaam, but the food system is working and is a model that should be built on.

  11. Optimizing environmental measures for landscape multifunctionality: effectiveness, efficiency and recommendations for agri-environmental programs.

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    Galler, Carolin; von Haaren, Christina; Albert, Christian

    2015-03-15

    Agri-environmental measures differ in their capacity to simultaneously enhance the provision of multiple ecosystem services. Multifunctional approaches are hampered by funding schemes that are usually administered by individual administrative sectors that each predominantly focus on one single environmental objective. Developing integrative management strategies that exploit synergies from implementing multifunctional measures is challenged by the need to quantify expected management effects on different ecosystem services. The objective of this paper is to compare uncoordinated versus coordinated management strategies in their contribution to multiple environmental objectives. We developed and applied a method for quantifying effectiveness, as well as spatial and cost efficiency with respect to four key landscape functions: erosion prevention, water quality conservation, climate change mitigation and safeguarding biodiversity. The case study area was the county of Verden, Germany. The following findings can be drawn: Measures for safeguarding biodiversity and climate change mitigation have generally high multifunctional effects, which makes them suitable for integrative management strategies. To make use of the added value of potential multifunctional measures, a spatially targeted allocation of agri-environmental measures is necessary. Compared to uncoordinated strategies, coordinated integrative management strategies either allow the optimization of the ratio of costs to environmental effects or an increase in the effects that can be achieved within an area unit. This is however, usually not simultaneous. Future research should seek to refine the assessment and valuation indicators. PMID:25577703

  12. A proposal for the geographic delineation of boundaries of the "Val d'Agri-Lagonegrese" National Park

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    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available In this work, different proposal are reviewed that have been moved for geographical delineation and boundaries definition of the National Park "Val d'Agri and Lagonegrese" in Basilicata (Italy and a working methodology is proposed for a better definition of the park boundaries, taking into consideration oil extraction activities carried out in the area.

  13. The Swiss agri-environment scheme enhances pollinator diversity and plant reproductive succes in nearby intensively managed farmland

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    Albrecht, M.; Duelli, P.; Müller, C.; Kleijn, D.; Schmid, B.

    2007-01-01

    1. Agri-environment schemes attempt to counteract the loss of biodiversity and associated ecosystem services such as pollination and natural pest control in agro-ecosystems. However, only a few studies have evaluated whether these attempts are successful. 2. We studied the effects of managing meadow

  14. Chain-wide consequences of transaction risks and their contractual solutions : managing interdependencies in differentiated agri-food supply chains

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    Wever, M.

    2012-01-01

    Agri-food supply chains are characterized by strong interdependencies between the different stages. These interdependencies may lead to risk-spillovers, as when a downstream company is exposed to risks resulting from activities further upstream in the supply chain. For example, a change in the formu

  15. The Difficulties of the Bilingual Social Sciences Teacher Candidates in Educational Activities: A Case of Agri Ibrahim Cecen Univeristy

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    Keçeci Kurt, Songül

    2014-01-01

    This study aims at determining the difficulties experienced by bilingual teacher candidates in education. The study has a qualitative design, semi-structured interview is used and data are obtained with content analysis method. The study group of the research includes 117 students studying at different classes in Agri Ibrahim Cecen University,…

  16. A Qualitative Study of Agricultural Literacy in Urban Youth: What Do Elementary Students Understand about the Agri-Food System?

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    Hess, Alexander J.; Trexler, Cary J.

    2011-01-01

    Agricultural literacy of K-12 students is a national priority for both scientific and agricultural education professional organizations. Development of curricula to address this priority has not been informed by research on what K-12 students understand about the agri-food system. While students' knowledge of food and fiber system facts have been…

  17. The seven challenges for transitioning into a bio-based circular economy in the agri-food sector

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    Borrello, Massimiliano; Lombardi, Alessia; Pascucci, Stefano; Cembalo, Luigi

    2016-01-01

    Background: Closed-loop agri-food supply chains have a high potential to reduce environmental and economic costs resulting from food waste disposal. This paper illustrates an alternative to the traditional supply chain of bread based on the principles of a circular economy. Methods: Six circular

  18. Direct and indirect effects of the most widely implemented Dutch agri-environment schemes on breeding waders

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    Verhulst, J.; Kleijn, D.; Berendse, F.

    2007-01-01

    1. In the Netherlands, agri-environment schemes are an important tool for halting the ongoing decline of meadow birds and, in particular, waders breeding on wet meadows. The effectiveness of the main scheme, postponed mowing, is heavily debated because it does not result in higher breeding densities

  19. Impacts of an agri-environment field margin prescription on the flora and fauna of arable farmland in different landscapes.

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    Marshall, E.J.P.; West, T.M.; Kleijn, D.

    2006-01-01

    The hypothesis that sown 6 m grass margins strips at the edges of arable fields have a positive impact on farmland biodiversity was tested using a paired field approach in southern England. A total of 42 fields were investigated, half with at least 3-year-old margin strips created under the UK agri-

  20. Testing a novel agri-environment scheme based on the ecology of the target species, Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus

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    A.E. Schlaich; R.H.G. Klaassen; W. Bouten; C. Both; B.J. Koks

    2015-01-01

    Farmland birds are in steep decline and agri-environment schemes (AES) to counteract these biodiversity losses are expensive and inefficient. Here we test a novel AES, ‘Birdfields’, designed using detailed ecological knowledge of the target species, Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus. Current AES, su

  1. Testing a novel agri-environment scheme based on the ecology of the target species, Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus

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    Schlaich, Almut E.; Klaassen, Raymond H. G.; Bouten, Willem; Both, Christiaan; Koks, Ben J.

    2015-01-01

    Farmland birds are in steep decline and agri-environment schemes (AES) to counteract these biodiversity losses are expensive and inefficient. Here we test a novel AES, Birdfields', designed using detailed ecological knowledge of the target species, Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus. Current AES, suc

  2. Évaluation technique de l'opération Agri-Mieux "Aquae Seille"

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    DEVILLE, Etienne

    2009-01-01

    Au cours de ces deux dernières décennies, préserver la qualité de l’eau est devenu un enjeu et un objectif pour les organismes publics. La Lorraine compte 8 opérations Agri-Mieux dont le but est de préserver la qualité de l’eau au sein de territoires « sensibles ». Tous les 4 ans, une évaluation de chaque opération doit être réalisée afin de montrer l’évolution des pratiques agricoles au niveau de la gestion de l’azote et de l’utilisation des produits phytosanitaires. Ce rapport présente la p...

  3. DNA markers as a tool for genetic traceability of primary product in agri-food chains

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    Daria Scarano

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available The agri-food components of the Made in Italy are well known all over the world, therefore they may significantly contribute to the Italian economy. However, also owing to a large number of cases of improper labelling, the Italian agro-food industry faces an ever-increasing competition. For this reason, there is a decline of consumers’ confidence towards food production systems and safety controls. To prevent erroneous classification of products and to protect consumers from false instore information, it is important to develop and validate techniques that are able to detect mislabelling at any stage of the food-chain. This paper describes some examples of genetic traceability of primary products in some important plant food chains such as durum wheat, olive and tomato, based on DNA analysis both of raw material and of processed food (pasta, olive oil, and peeled tomato.

  4. Nanotechnology and the millennium development goals: water, energy, and agri-food

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    Cozzens, Susan, E-mail: cozzens@gatech.edu [Georgia Institute of Technology, Technology Policy and Assessment Center, School of Public Policy (United States); Cortes, Rodrigo, E-mail: rfcl40@gmail.com [Universidad de Talca (Chile); Soumonni, Ogundiran, E-mail: diran1@msn.com [University of Witwatersrand, Wits Business School (South Africa); Woodson, Thomas, E-mail: tswoodson@gatech.edu [Georgia Institute of Technology, Technology Policy and Assessment Center, School of Public Policy (United States)

    2013-11-15

    The claim has often been made that nanotechnologies will contribute to the global development process. In 2005, a careful study identified specific areas where nanotechnologies could help developing countries achieve the millennium development goals. This article examines whether the research agenda of nanotechnology in the intervening period, as reflected in publications, has followed the directions identified at that time, in three key areas, water, energy, and agri-food. We find that the research community has taken up the broad directions indicated in the earlier study, although not so often the detailed applications of specific nanoscale techniques or phenomena. However, the impact on global development is unclear, both because the same applications can be useful in both developed and developing countries, and because the conditions in developing countries may not match the socio-technical requirements of the applications.

  5. Price transmission in the agri-food value chain - from a farmer perspective

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    Hansen, Henning Otte

    2015-01-01

    Price transmission in the agri-food value chain - when changes in one price cause another price downstream to change - is an important issue for farmers, markets and the economy as an efficient market price setting is crucial for all market players. However, there are numerous examples of price...... imperfect price transmission, to determine some of the underlying causes and driving forces behind the phenomenon as well as highlight farmers’ interests, role and opportunities in connection with ensuring more effective price transmission. On the basis of an example of a grain-bread value chain, it is...... apparent that the price increases downstream occur relatively quickly and are significant, while the price decreases become smaller and significantly slower as one moves forward in the value chain. Both lags and asymmetric price transmission are present. The example also shows that bread prices increase...

  6. Multi-scale electromagnetic imaging of the Monte Aquila Fault (Agri Valley, Southern Italy)

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    Giocoli, Alessandro; Piscitelli, Sabatino; Romano, Gerardo; Balasco, Marianna; Lapenna, Vincenzo; Siniscalchi, Agata

    2010-05-01

    The Agri Valley is a NW-SE trending intermontane basin formed during the Quaternary times along the axial zone of the Southern Apennines thrust belt chain. This basin is about 30 Km long and 12 Km wide and is filled by Quaternary continental deposits, which cover down-thrown pre-Quaternary rocks of the Apennines chain. The Agri Valley was hit by the M 7.0, 1857 Basilicata earthquake (Branno et al., 1985), whose macroseismic field covered a wide sector of the Southern Apennines chain. The latest indications of Late Quaternary faulting processes in Agri Valley were reported in Maschio et al., (2005), which documented a unknown NE-dipping normal fault thanks to the finding of small-scale morphological features of recent tectonic activity. The identified structure was termed Monte Aquila Fault (MAF) and corresponds to the southern strand of the NW-SE trending Monti della Maddalena Fault System (Maschio et al., 2005; Burrato and Valensise, 2007). The NE-dipping MAF consists of a main northern segment, about 10 Km long, and two smaller segments with cumulate length of ~10 Km, thus bringing the total length to ~20 Km. The three segments are arranged in a right-stepping en-echelon pattern and are characterized by subtle geomorphic features. In order to provide more detailed and accurate information about the MAF, a strategy based on the application of complementary investigation tools was employed. In particular, multi-scale electromagnetic investigation, including Electrical Resistivity Tomography (ERT), Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) and Magnetotelluric (MT) methods, was used to image the MAF from near-surface to several hundred metres depth. Large-scale MT investigation proved to be useful in detecting the MAF location down to several hundred meters depth, but it didn't show any shallow evidence about MAF. Conversely, ERT and GPR surveys evidenced signatures of normal-faulting activity at shallow depth (e.g., back-tilting of the bedrock, colluvial wedges, etc.). In

  7. Value and Path for Farmers’ Citizenship Cultivation from Agri-ecological Security

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    Severe situation faced by China’s agri-ecological security is elaborated.It is believed that cultivation of farmers’ citizenship is the key to solving this problem,because it is favorable to consolidating farmers’ independent and equal ideas,enhancing farmers’ cooperative community idea,cultivating farmers’ concept of rule by law,and strengthening farmers’ fair and just moral concept.It is expected to make farmers fully exercise their civil rights and consciously perform their civil responsibilities.Finally,practical paths for cultivation of farmers’ citizenship are put forward.These include improving market economy to promote equality of subjects,carrying out democratic practice to stimulate public participation,prospering cultural education to make clear public liability,propagating law in villages to carry forward spirit of rule by law,and making definite government responsibility to encourage social supervision.

  8. STUDY ON THE EVOLUTION OF SEASONALITY IN AGRI-TOURISM, BY REGIONS OF ROMANIA

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    Florentina Daniela Matei

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Tourist activity, in general, is influenced by seasonality phenomenon, which means that the company's marketing policy must adapt supply to the specific needs of consumers, no matter the time of year. However, the services demand have identified opportunities in tourism, while implicit threats. It is therefore necessary to analyze the material, financial, technical and managerial aspects of agro pension. These resources illustrates the possibility of upgrading the capacity of existing accommodation. In the study we used as indicators the number of arrivals and the number of overnight stays in agro hostels in Romania, by region, for 2010 and 2014,by months, thus obtaining data on the influence of seasonality. We concluded that agri-tourism records the highest number of tourists in summer (July-September, but in some regions it begins to develop in winter also. The only region with almost permanent activity is Bucharest-Ilfov, which has the lowest number of rural locations.

  9. Does Local Development Exist? Sustainability of Artisanal Agri-Industry of Jatropha Seeds in Yucatan

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    Armando Rucoba Garcia

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available This study seeks to analyze the benefits, as well as the likely risks of cultivating Jatropha curcas in small production units of rain fed lands in Yucatán. In order to analyze the possible development of local artisanal agri-industry in the context of policies related to biofuels in Mexico, interviews with key informants were made to identify the agricultural potential of Jatropha c. in monoculture and associated crops. Its cultivation and using for biodiesel in the country will be possible as long as it not implies competition with crops for family consumption and it not represents an environmental degradation factor. Production of Jatropha c. on small areas could be a productive choice if public policies are established to promote biodiesel production and its use in national industry.

  10. Environmental and economic impacts of agri-environmental schemes designed in French West Indies to enhance soil C sequestration and reduce pollution risks. A modelling approach

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    Blazy, Jean-Marc; Barlagne, Carla; Sierra, Jorge

    2015-01-01

    Agri-environmental schemes (AESs) are the main public policy instrument used in Europe to encourage farmers to adopt environmentally-friendly farming practises. Some AESs designed in French West Indies to replace N fertilizers with composts to reduce nitrate pollution and enhance C sequestration have been unsuccessful because few farmers adopted them despite the subsidies offered for the provision of environmental benefits. To explain this low adoption rate, we assessed the agri-environmental...

  11. Exploring Environmental-Economic Benefits from Agri-Industrial Diversification in the Sugar Industry: An Integrated Land Use and Value Chain Approach

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    Roebeling, Peter C.; Smith, D. Mark; van Grieken, Martijn

    2006-01-01

    The sugar industry in Queensland (Australia) is confronted with increasing economic pressure and environmental constraints. To explore whether agri-industrial diversification of the sugar industry provides a sustainable development pathway for the region, we develop a spatial environmental-economic approach that integrates a land use and value chain model with a hydrological model. Results indicate that agri-industrial diversification can lead to substantial increases in regional income, whil...

  12. Targeted agri-environment schemes significantly improve the population size of common farmland bumblebee species.

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    Wood, Thomas J; Holland, John M; Hughes, William O H; Goulson, Dave

    2015-04-01

    Changes in agricultural practice across Europe and North America have been associated with range contractions and local extinction of bumblebees (Bombus spp.). A number of agri-environment schemes have been implemented to halt and reverse these declines, predominantly revolving around the provision of additional forage plants. Although it has been demonstrated that these schemes can attract substantial numbers of foraging bumblebees, it remains unclear to what extent they actually increase bumblebee populations. We used standardized transect walks and molecular techniques to compare the size of bumblebee populations between Higher Level Stewardship (HLS) farms implementing pollinator-friendly schemes and Entry Level Stewardship (ELS) control farms. Bumblebee abundance on the transect walks was significantly higher on HLS farms than ELS farms. Molecular analysis suggested maximum foraging ranges of 566 m for Bombus hortorum, 714 m for B. lapidarius, 363 m for B. pascuorum and 799 m for B. terrestris. Substantial differences in maximum foraging range were found within bumblebee species between farm types. Accounting for foraging range differences, B. hortorum (47 vs 13 nests/km(2) ) and B. lapidarius (45 vs 22 nests/km(2) ) were found to nest at significantly greater densities on HLS farms than ELS farms. There were no significant differences between farm type for B. terrestris (88 vs 38 nests/km(2) ) and B. pascuorum (32 vs 39 nests/km(2) ). Across all bumblebee species, HLS management had a significantly positive effect on bumblebee nest density. These results show that targeted agri-environment schemes that increase the availability of suitable forage can significantly increase the size of wild bumblebee populations. PMID:25753513

  13. Veterinary Public Health Approach to Managing Pathogenic Verocytotoxigenic Escherichia coli in the Agri-Food Chain.

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    Duffy, Geraldine; McCabe, Evonne

    2014-10-01

    Verocytoxigenic Escherichia coli (VTEC) comprises many diverse serogroups, but seven serogroups, O157, O26, O103, O145, O111, O21, and O45, have been most commonly linked to severe human infections, though illness has also been reported from a range of other VTEC serogroups. This poses challenges in assessing the risk to humans from the diverse range of VTEC strains that may be recovered from animals, the environment, or food. For routine assessment of risk posed by VTEC recovered from the agri-food chain, the concept of seropathotype can be used to rank the human risk potential from a particular VTEC serogroup on the basis of both serotype (top seven serogroups) and the presence of particular virulence genes (vt in combination with eae, or aaiC plus aggR). But for other VTEC serogroups or virulence gene combinations, it is not currently possible to fully assess the risk posed. VTEC is shed in animal feces and can persist in the farm environment for extended periods ranging from several weeks to many months, posing an ongoing reservoir of contamination for grazing animals, water courses, and fresh produce and for people using farmland for recreational purposes. Appropriate handling and treatment of stored animal waste (slurries and manures) will reduce risk from VTEC in the farm environment. Foods of animal origin such as milk and dairy products and meat may be contaminated with VTEC during production and processing, and the pathogen may survive or grow during processing operations, highlighting the need for well-designed and validated Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point management systems. This article focuses on a veterinary public health approach to managing VTEC, highlighting the various routes in the agri-food chain for transmission of human pathogenic VTEC and general approaches to managing the risk. PMID:26104349

  14. Vulnerability Assessment of Agri-ecotourism Communities as Influenced by Climate Change

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    Hanilyn A. Hidalgo

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The growth of tourism in the Philippines can be largely attributed to nature-based destinations but communities in these areas largely depend on farming and fishing to sustain their day-to-day needs.  The need to capacitate the community’s social and human capital in addressing climate change impacts to their livelihood, properties and natural environment is deemed necessary to lessen their vulnerability issues in the management of agriecotourism destinations. The study aimed to 1. characterize and rank hazards that are likely to affect the nature-based tourism communities, 2. describe the nature-based tourism communities’ current sensitivity and exposure to climate stresses; and 3. estimate future vulnerability and risks of nature-based tourism communities.  Three agri-ecotourism communities were selected using five criteria such as attraction uniqueness, hazard type, risk level, tourism dependency and market potential.  The areas were subjected to tourism vulnerability case assessment focusing on services and energy; human health; food, security, water and agriculture; business and continuity; and biodiversity and culture.   Calaguas Island’s top hazards are typhoon, drought and strong wind.  Pecuaria Farm’s main hazards are drought, rat infestation and grass fire while Bulusan Lake’s major hazards are heavy rains and ash falls brought by volcanic eruption.  Generally, vulnerability is high in the human health, services and energy sectors of tourism. The vulnerability of the three agri-ecotourism sites was intensified by factors that merely characterize the kind of community they have: a high marketing dependency, b poor political will, c low level of awareness and preparedness, d poor farming practices and e lack of tourism-related livelihood options. Destinations with functioning agricultural areas are the most affected sites due to an estimated increase in the temperature and increase in rainfall precipitations.  Poverty

  15. The role of agri-environment schemes in conservation and environmental management.

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    Batáry, Péter; Dicks, Lynn V; Kleijn, David; Sutherland, William J

    2015-08-01

    Over half of the European landscape is under agricultural management and has been for millennia. Many species and ecosystems of conservation concern in Europe depend on agricultural management and are showing ongoing declines. Agri-environment schemes (AES) are designed partly to address this. They are a major source of nature conservation funding within the European Union (EU) and the highest conservation expenditure in Europe. We reviewed the structure of current AES across Europe. Since a 2003 review questioned the overall effectiveness of AES for biodiversity, there has been a plethora of case studies and meta-analyses examining their effectiveness. Most syntheses demonstrate general increases in farmland biodiversity in response to AES, with the size of the effect depending on the structure and management of the surrounding landscape. This is important in the light of successive EU enlargement and ongoing reforms of AES. We examined the change in effect size over time by merging the data sets of 3 recent meta-analyses and found that schemes implemented after revision of the EU's agri-environmental programs in 2007 were not more effective than schemes implemented before revision. Furthermore, schemes aimed at areas out of production (such as field margins and hedgerows) are more effective at enhancing species richness than those aimed at productive areas (such as arable crops or grasslands). Outstanding research questions include whether AES enhance ecosystem services, whether they are more effective in agriculturally marginal areas than in intensively farmed areas, whether they are more or less cost-effective for farmland biodiversity than protected areas, and how much their effectiveness is influenced by farmer training and advice? The general lesson from the European experience is that AES can be effective for conserving wildlife on farmland, but they are expensive and need to be carefully designed and targeted. PMID:25997591

  16. THE ASSESSMENT OF THE ROLE OF AGRI-ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAM IN THE PERCEPTION BY FARMERS SELECTED ASPECTS OF ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

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    Janusz R. Mroczek

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    Agricultural producers in the Podkarpackie voivodeship are seeking new opportunities and they see a chance for the development of their farms also in agri-environmental program. Survey research has shown that the majority of the farmers decided to participate in the agri-environmental actions for economic reasons and in the extent of their knowledge and the way in which they perceive environmental issues do not differ much from the surveyed parties who do not carry out agrienvironmental program. Even thought they composted organic waste, do not dispose them in the illegal dumpsites and they claim (98% that they comply with the Code of Good Agricultural Practice (while in the group who do not realize the program that answer was provided only by 20% of the respondents, they did not recognize the threat to the environment due to the deterioration of biodiversity.

  17. Who decides what is fair in fair trade? The agri-environmental governance of standards, access, and price

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    Bacon, Christopher M.

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    The agri-environmental governance of value chains can favour a Polanyian double movement seeking social protection and control over price setting markets or it can advance a neoliberal logic that strives to overcome the few remaining civic and ecologic obstacles to full market dominance. Coupled with a typology that contrasts corporate social responsibility and social economy Fair Trade models, this theoretical framework elucidates positions in the current policy debates about the minimum cof...

  18. Chain-wide consequences of transaction risks and their contractual solutions : managing interdependencies in differentiated agri-food supply chains

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    Wever, M.

    2012-01-01

    Agri-food supply chains are characterized by strong interdependencies between the different stages. These interdependencies may lead to risk-spillovers, as when a downstream company is exposed to risks resulting from activities further upstream in the supply chain. For example, a change in the formula used to calculate the price in a farmer-processor transaction, may reduce incentives for farmers to produce high quality products. This can increase the risks that low quality products are excha...

  19. Intra and Inter organisational determinants of electronic-based traceability adoption: evidences from the French agri-food industry

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    Danielle GALLIANO (LEREPS-GRES & INRA-ETIC ); Orozco, L.

    2008-01-01

    Traceability, the ability to trace the origin of products throughout the supply chain, has become an instrument to assure food quality and safety in agri-food chains. This process is organized within both institutional and market constraints, yet it integrates also a technological sphere marked by the unprecedented development of information and communication technologies. This paper analyses the factors influencing firms’ behaviour, with regards to adopting electronic-based traceability, in ...

  20. Innovation policy in Canada’s agri-food system: The functional food and natural health products’ segment

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    Hodgins, Mary Ellen

    2011-01-01

    Public policy regarding innovation in the Canadian value-added agri-food sector does not appear to meet its intended outcomes. Rather than being a commodity producing nation, Canada has attempted to focus its attention on adding value to products that increase economic returns. Innovation capacity and ability to capture opportunities appear to be limiting factors. This research therefore conducted a general review of the food system in Canada with a specific focus on innovation in the fun...

  1. Changing Face of the Agri-Food Market: A Farmers Response and Possible Solutions from a Provincial Perspective

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    Matoti, Bongiswa; Vink, Nick; Bienabe, Estelle

    2008-01-01

    The rise of supermarkets, together with large-scale food manufacturers, has deeply transformed agri-food markets in many countries. This expansion has been evident in South Africa as well. Increasing attention has been and is being paid to the growth of supermarkets in countries outside of North America and Europe. Numerous studies have been carried out in developing countries, including South Africa. However, these studies, while identifying the growth of supermarkets and the changes in supp...

  2. Responsible tourism: A guide for tourism and sustainability in small-scale fisheries and agri-food

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    Ford, Adriana; Acott, Timothy

    2015-01-01

    ‘Responsible Tourism: a guide for tourism and sustainability in small-scale fisheries and agri-food’ is a product of TourFish, a project funded by the EU INTERREG IVA 2 Seas programme. The aim of TourFish was to explore opportunities for coastal areas through developing responsible tourism that draws together food, small-scale inshore fisheries, regional branding and place-based marketing opportunities.

  3. The Role of Social Capital in Nascent Agri-Food Industries: A Case Study of Michigan Chestnut Growers, Inc.

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    Ross, Brent R.; Victor, Nathaniel

    2013-01-01

    Despite early financial and organizational struggles, Chestnut Growers Inc. continues to play a central role in the industry and membership has increased. The purpose of this study is to explore this apparent paradox. We apply concepts from management and organizational theory to provide a greater understanding of dynamics of new ventures in emerging agri-food industries. In particular, we suggest that organizational identity and social capital may play an important role in explaining the und...

  4. Classification of Agri-Tourism / Rural Tourism SMEs in Poland (on the Example of the Wielkopolska Region)

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    Przezborska, Lucyna

    2005-01-01

    The paper is based on data from a questionnaire survey (interviews) conducted in the western part of Poland on 183 rural tourism and agri-tourism small and medium enterprises. The classification of enterprises was based on the methodology proposed by Wysocki (1996) and included the k-means clustering algorithm. As the result of the research three types of SMEs were separated, including the top resilient enterprises aimed mainly at tourism activity and usually connected with horse recreation, ...

  5. A COGNITIVE-RELATIONAL VIEW OF INNOVATION IN THE AGRI-FOOD INDUSTRY: THE FRESH-CUT BUSINESS

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    TIZIANA RUSSO SPENA; MARIA COLURCIO

    2010-01-01

    The aim of our study is to analyse competitive dynamics in an emerging sector of the wider agri-food industry, namely the fresh-cut business (fruit and vegetable products that are minimally processed and ready to eat). Our work is based on case study research. We propose an interpretive model that we term the cognitive-relational framework. Our framework explains the development dynamics of the emergent fresh -cut business and outlines structural links among resources, relationships, and inno...

  6. A study of the Acceptance of Material Incentives and Non-Material Incentives in Agri-Business Companies

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    Ming Fang; Yan Qi; Xun Liu; Yan Wang

    2014-01-01

    As a vital part of an organization, human resources management has been drawing broad attention both industrially and academically. Motivation is a significant content of HRM, which can be divided into material incentive and non-material incentive. This paper investigated the Chinese agri-business companies’ motivation methods and gave suggestions. This paper uses questionnaire and statistical analysis to explore and confirm that agriculture companies should pay attenti...

  7. Livestock and Ecosystem Services: An Exploratory Approach to Assess Agri-Environment-Climate Payments of RDP in Trentino

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    Alessandra La Notte; Sonia Marongiu; Mauro Masiero; Pietro Molfetta; Riccardo Molignoni; Luca Cesaro

    2015-01-01

    The identification of an appropriate justification for Agri-Environment-Climate (AEC) payments is a crucial issue in the new Rural Development Programme (RDP). Given the environmental importance of grasslands in Trentino (Italy), the Management Authority in charge of the RDP decided to integrate an approach based on Ecosystem Services (ES) into the calculation of AEC payments. The paper presents the methodology used for this approach as well as the preliminary results. The first step entails ...

  8. The role of network bridging organisations in compensation payments for agri-environmental services under the EU Common Agricultural Policy

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    Dedeurwaerderea, Tom; Polard, Audrey; Melindi-Ghidia, Paolo

    2015-01-01

    Compensation payments to farmers for the provision of agri-environmental services are a well-established policy scheme under the EU Common Agricultural Policy. However, in spite of the success in most EU countries in the uptake of the programme by farmers, the impact of the scheme on the long term commitment of farmers to change their practices remains poorly documented. To explore this issue, this paper presents the results of structured field interviews and a quantitative survey in the Wall...

  9. Oil/gas pre-treatment plants and air quality hazards: PM1 measurements in Agri Valley (southern Italy)

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    Trippetta, S.; Caggiano, R.; Sabia, S.

    2014-04-01

    A PM1 (i.e., aerosol particles with aerodynamic diameter less 1.0 μm) short term monitoring campaign was carried out in Agri Valley (southern Italy) in September 2012. This area is of international concern since it houses the largest European on-shore reservoir and the largest oil/gas pre-treatment plant (i.e., Centro Olio Val d'Agri - COVA) within an anthropized context. PM1 measurements were performed in Viggiano, the nearest town to the COVA plant and one of the most populated town of the Agri Valley. During the study period, the PM1 daily concentrations ranged from 1.2 to 8.4 μg m-3 with a mean value of 4.6 μg m-3. Regarding the PM1 chemical composition, it can be observed that S and typical crustal elements were the most abundant constituents of the PM1 collected. By applying the Principal Component Analysis, it was pointed out that crustal soil, biomass and wood burning, secondary atmospheric reactions involving COVA plant emissions and local soil particles, and traffic were the main sources contributing to the PM1 measured in the area under study. Moreover, a possible contribution of the long-range transport of African dust was observed.

  10. Seeing GMOs from a Systems Perspective: The Need for Comparative Cartographies of Agri/Cultures for Sustainability Assessment

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    Amaranta Herrero

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Over the past twenty years, agricultural biotechnologies have generated chronically unresolved political controversies. The standard tool of risk assessment has proven to be highly limited in its ability to address the panoply of concerns that exist about these hybrid techno/organisms. It has also failed to account for both the conceptual and material networks of relations agricultural biotechnologies require, create and/or perform. This paper takes as a starting point that agricultural biotechnologies cannot be usefully assessed as isolated technological entities but need to be evaluated within the context of the broader socio-ecological system that they embody and engender. The paper then explores, compares and contrasts some of the methodological tools available for advancing this systems-based perspective. The article concludes by outlining a new synthesis approach of comparative cartographies of agri/cultures generated through multi-sited ethnographic case-studies, which is proposed as a way to generate system maps and enable the comparison of genetically modified (GM food with both conventional and alternative agri-food networks for sustainability assessment. The paper aims to make a unique theoretical and methodological contribution by advancing a systems-based approach to conceptualising and assessing genetically modified organisms (GMOs and proposing a synthesised methodology for mapping networks of relations across different agri/cultures.

  11. Regulatory aspects of nanotechnology in the agri/feed/food sector in EU and non-EU countries.

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    Amenta, Valeria; Aschberger, Karin; Arena, Maria; Bouwmeester, Hans; Botelho Moniz, Filipa; Brandhoff, Puck; Gottardo, Stefania; Marvin, Hans J P; Mech, Agnieszka; Quiros Pesudo, Laia; Rauscher, Hubert; Schoonjans, Reinhilde; Vettori, Maria Vittoria; Weigel, Stefan; Peters, Ruud J

    2015-10-01

    Nanotechnology has the potential to innovate the agricultural, feed and food sectors (hereinafter referred to as agri/feed/food). Applications that are marketed already include nano-encapsulated agrochemicals or nutrients, antimicrobial nanoparticles and active and intelligent food packaging. Many nano-enabled products are currently under research and development, and may enter the market in the near future. As for any other regulated product, applicants applying for market approval have to demonstrate the safe use of such new products without posing undue safety risks to the consumer and the environment. Several countries all over the world have been active in examining the appropriateness of their regulatory frameworks for dealing with nanotechnologies. As a consequence of this, different approaches have been taken in regulating nano-based products in agri/feed/food. The EU, along with Switzerland, were identified to be the only world region where nano-specific provisions have been incorporated in existing legislation, while in other regions nanomaterials are regulated more implicitly by mainly building on guidance for industry. This paper presents an overview and discusses the state of the art of different regulatory measures for nanomaterials in agri/feed/food, including legislation and guidance for safety assessment in EU and non-EU countries. PMID:26169479

  12. Effects of Agri-star Soil Conditioner on Growth and Economic Traits of Tobacco%Agri-star松土促根剂对烤烟生长发育及经济性状的影响

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    王守刚; 毛家伟; 司贤宗; 刘春增; 张传忠

    2015-01-01

    采用大田对比试验,以中烟100为材料,研究了Agri-star松土促根剂对烤烟生长发育、主要病害及经济性状的影响。结果表明,与不施松土促根剂相比,施用Agri-star松土促根剂处理烟株的农艺性状均有提高,移栽后45 d,株高增加4.4 cm,茎围增加0.26 cm,叶片数增加0.8片,叶面积增加184.1 cm2,其中叶面积提高最明显;降低了烟草花叶病和气候斑点病的发病率,二者分别下降14.3、7.5个百分点,提高了烟株的抗病能力;增加了烟株根、茎、叶干物质质量和根系体积,促进了根系发育;使得烟叶的经济性状有了明显提高。%In this study, a specific Agri-star soil conditioner was tested to investigate its effect on the growth,main diseases and economic traits of tobacco using the variety Zhongyan 100 as tested material. The results indicated that, compared with the conventional fertilization, treatment with Agri-star soil conditioner improved the tobacco agronomic traits, which increased the plant height, stem girth, leaf number and leaf area by 4. 4 cm,0. 26 cm,0. 8 and 184. 4 cm2 at 45 d after transplanted,respectively, with the leaf area increase being the most obvious. The rate of tobacco mosaic and weather speck decreased 14. 3 percentage points and 7. 5 percentage points,respectively. Agri-star soil conditioner could enhance the growth of root, stem, leaf biomass of tobacco significantly, and also improved the economic traits.

  13. An Assessment of Entrepreneurship Programme towards Modern Agri-Technology Usage in Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

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    Muhammad Hafidz Abdul Raman

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    Full Text Available Problem Statement: Malaysia is generally driven by a service oriented industry whereby agriculture was placed at the third ranks of government economic priority. In the agriculture sector, the human capital empowerment has contributed towards agriculture productivity and production success which relates to those people involve in farming as farmers. Recent insight reviled that farmers with quality of an entrepreneur will largely to succeed in agriculture based business. Hence, a lot of agriculture based business depends on agriculture entrepreneur in Malaysia. Thus, an assessment study was done for one of entrepreneurship programme held in Serdang and its relation to entrepreneurship development in Malaysia. Methodology: The research design of this study employs qualitative research method. Data were gathered using social inquiry and in-depth interview techniques. It was used to develop a better understanding of the programme particularly in aspects of course content, their individual perception, and personal experience towards the programme. Sampling method was done via a purposive sampling. Five respondents were chosen and interviewed. Findings and discussions: The interviews of respondents indicated most of farmers or agri-entrepreneur was male, ranging age from 20 to 50 years old and majority mean of agriculture field experience is three years. They became an entrepreneur by inner intuition, learn farming from their parents, and one of them had influenced by his surrounding environments. They were highly specialized in their field, business minded, and very committed to their business venture. All respondents know how to use the technological application of fertigation planting system in growing crops. Finding also shows early acceptance of mediated change to entrepreneurs whereby improving their knowledge, attitude and skill. Thus, entrepreneurship values showed in them are; 1 must have planning and aim, 2 past farming experience, 3

  14. Elementary student and prospective teachers' agri-food system literacy: Understandings of agricultural and science education's goals for learning

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    Trexler, Cary Jay

    1999-09-01

    Although rhetoric abounds in the agricultural education literature regarding the public's dearth of agri-food system literacy, problems arise when establishing educational interventions to help ameliorate illiteracy. Researchers do not fully know what individuals understand about the complex agri-food system. Hence, educational programs and curricula may focus on areas where students already possess well developed and scientifically accurate schemata, while ignoring other areas where incompatible or naive understandings persist. Democratic decisions about complex societal and environmental issues, such as trade-offs of our industrial agri-food system, require individuals to possess understandings of complex interrelationships. This exploratory qualitative study determines what two groups---elementary students and prospective elementary school teachers---understand about selected concepts foundational to agri-food system literacy. To ground the study in current national education curricular standards, a synthesis of both agricultural and science education benchmarks was developed. This helped structure interviews with the study's informants: nine elementary students and nine prospective elementary teachers. Analysis of discourse was based upon a conceptual change methodology. Findings showed that informant background and non-school experiences were linked to agri-food system literacy, while formal, in-school learning was not. For elementary students, high socio-economic status, gardening and not living in urban areas were correlates with literacy; the prospective teacher group exhibited similar trends. Informants understood that food came from farms where plants and animals were raised. For the majority, however, farms were described as large gardens. Additionally, informants lacked a clear understanding of the roles soil and fertilizers play in crop production. Further, few spoke of weeds as competitors with crops for growth requirements. Informants understood that

  15. Territorial resources, limits and strategies of local development processes and agri-food productions of quality

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    Severino Romano

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this work is to analyse the role that typical products can play in the local development process. Territorial resources involved, limits and strategies for their enhancement are analysed; this analysis will permit both to define the results that have been achieved since nowadays in the local development process and to point out future themes for the research in the field of agricultural economics. The typicality of an agri-food product regards qualitative characteristics that derive from its tie with the territory, this tie becomes a relevant element for the differentiation of the typical product from the others. In this context, the typical product maintains all the specificities associated to its origin, involving also aspects related to the traditions and the culture of the territories, to the collective dimension and to the local knowledge. Consumers tent to look for good which are differentiated and to connect authenticity and local specificity of food with healthiness. Due to the strong socio-economic ties that typical products have with the territory, they play a crucial role in the economy of the local systems and can promote development in lagging areas.

  16. Geological and geophysical characterization of the southeastern side of the High Agri Valley (southern Apennines, Italy)

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    Giocoli, A.; Stabile, T. A.; Adurno, I.; Perrone, A.; Gallipoli, M. R.; Gueguen, E.; Norelli, E.; Piscitelli, S.

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    In the frame of a national project funded by Eni S.p.A. and developed by three institutes of the National Research Council (the Institute of Methodologies for Environmental Analysis, the Institute of Research for Hydrogeological Protection and the Institute for Electromagnetic Sensing of the Environment), a multidisciplinary approach based on the integration of satellite, aero-photogrammetric and in situ geophysical techniques was applied to investigate an area located in the Montemurro territory in the southeastern sector of the High Agri Valley (Basilicata Region, southern Italy). This paper reports the results obtained by the joint analysis of in situ geophysical surveys, aerial photos interpretation, morphotectonic investigation, geological field survey and borehole data. The joint analysis of different data allowed us (1) to show the shallow geological and structural setting, (2) to detect the geometry of the different lithological units and their mechanical and dynamical properties, (3) to image a previously unmapped fault beneath suspected scarps/warps and (4) to characterize the geometry of an active landslide affecting the study area.

  17. Effectiveness of incentives for agri-environment measure in Mediterranean degraded and eroded vineyards

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    Galati, Antonino; Gristina, Luciano; Crescimanno, Maria; Barone, Ettore; Novara, Agata

    2015-04-01

    The evaluation of the economic damage caused by soil erosion assumes great importance. It serves to increase awareness of the problem among farmers and policy makers. Moreover, it can promote the implementation of conservative measures at the field and basin level by spurring the development of more sustainable soil management practices. In the present study we have developed a new approach to evaluate the incentive for the adoption of Agri-Environment Measure (AEM) in Mediterranean degraded and eroded vineyards. In order to estimate this incentive, the replacement cost and the loss of income are calculated under two different soil management such as Conventional Tillage (CT) and Cover crop (AEM). Our findings show that the incentive could range between the loss of income due to AEM adoption and ecosystem service benefit (RCCT - RC AEM). In the case of study the incentive ranged between 315 € ha-1 (loss of income) and 1,087.86 € ha-1 (Ecosystem service benefit). Within this range, the incentive amount is determined according to efficiency criteria taking into account the morphological conditions of the territory in which operate the farms. Moreover, a conceptual model on the public spending efficiency has been developed to allocate the incentives where the economic return in term of ecosystem service is higher.

  18. Organisation as a key factor in Localised Agri-Food Systems (LAFS

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    Corrado Giacomini

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    Full Text Available Most studies of Localised Agri-Food Systems (LAFS focus on the localised concentration of members and firms, and pay less attention to organisational factors, particularly those of an exogenous nature. This paper focuses on the role of organisation in a LAFS, assessing the efficacy of EU organisational measures aimed at strengthening the concentration of supply from the recent CAP reform 2014-2020. The paper has three sections. Part One describes the evolution of the concept of LAFS. Part Two examines the leading role played by institutions in organising relationships between firms in a LAFS. The example provided is that of the measures affecting the organisation of supply introduced by the recent CAP reform, 2014-2020. It makes particular reference to the Distretto del pomodoro da industria – Nord Italia (‘Industrial Tomato District – Northern Italy’. Part Three describes how organisational factors can lead to the creation of a LAFS, while the criterion of proximity is necessary but not sufficient.

  19. A CRITICAL REVIEW ON NITROGEN MANAGEMENT IN SPECIALITY CORN UNDER PONGAMIA + MAIZE AGRI-SILVI SYSTEM

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    C. Prathyusha

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    Full Text Available Intercropping of agricultural crops with woody species is an age-old practice in traditional farming systems in the tropics. Food production is the major aim of subsistence farmers with most of their farmland being allocated to food crops rather than to trees and shrubs. Due to increasing population and scarcity of productive lands that cannot sustain intensive exploitation, one method that has been proposed to enhance the sustainability of agricultural production is the growing of trees in association with crops. Alley cropping is an agroforestry system in which food crops are grown in alleys formed by hedge rows of trees or shrubs and these hedge rows are kept pruned during the rainy season. The hedge rows are usually cut to a height of about 2 m when crops are sown and kept pruned to reduce competition with crops. Work done on alley cropping in Pongamia pinnata was less in India and other countries. Hence literature pertaining to tree crop competition studies in agri-silvi system was presented in this chapter. Moreover, it was unable to get sizeable literature related to speciality corn. In view of the paucity of adequate literature related to speciality corn, few citations with respect to grain corn were also presented in brief to know the general scientific idea.

  20. On the conservation of China's Agri-cultural Heritage Systems%中国农业文化遗产保护的思考与建议

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    赵立军; 徐旺生; 孙业红; 闵庆文; 何露

    2012-01-01

    随着经济全球化和工业化的深入发展,农业的多功能性日益凸显.农业除提供食品、纤维等商品产出的经济功能外,还具有与农村环境、农村农业景观、农村生存与就业、食品质量卫生、国家粮食安全保障、农村农业文化以及动物福利等非商品产出相关的环境和社会功能.农业文化遗产的形成与农业的多功能性密不可分.农业文化遗产概念的提出为农业多功能保护、促进农业可持续发展等提供了机遇和挑战.目前,国际社会对于农业文化遗产的重视程度不断提高.我国农业文化遗产数量众多,但随着现代化和工业化的发展,农业文化遗产面临各种威胁,我国对农业文化遗产的保护和可持续利用也给予了广泛关注.本文分析了农业文化遗产的概念和我国农业文化遗产的保护和发展现状,探讨了我国农业文化遗产的价值和意义,主要包括传统动植物品种的保护与利用价值、传统农艺的保护与利用价值、传统中兽医技术的保护与利用价值、传统农业民俗的保护与利用价值和传统农业景观的保护与利用价值等.同时基于这些价值分析提出了我国农业文化遗产保护的政策选择与建议.%Multi-functionality in agriculture refers to the non-trade benefits of agriculture. In terms of WTO definition, this means benefits other than commerce and food production such as environmental protection, landscape preservation, rural employment, and food security. Due to specific natural conditions and human activities, agri-cultural heritage sites always have fragile ecological environments, rich cultures, undeveloped economies and multi-functionality. This implies that agri-cultural heritage sites have production, ecological, cultural and other functions. The concept of multi-functionality has triggered discussions on agri-cultural heritage systems in China and abroad. There are not only so lots of agri

  1. Biogas production from animal manure and agri-organic by-products. An analysis of the environment

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    Growing interest in sustainable energy has been directed to the production of biogas from organic matter in animal manure and agri-organic by-products. The technology of biogas production by anaerobic digestion of organic materials is used in several parts of the world. Based on this experience and on positive results in a Novem study for the Netherlands situation in 1995, an actor survey has been carried out. The introduction of combined digestion of animal manure and agri-organic by-products has been discussed with companies, business associations and governmental organisations in the energy, agricultural and waste sectors. The survey has revealed that commercial exploitation of biogas plants with a capacity of 100 kton per year is possible under the following conditions: (1) costs of investment should not be higher than 100 Dutch Guilders (45 ECU) per ton processing capacity; (2) yield demands on investment capital, both equity and debt, should not be higher than 8%; (3) selling price for biogas should be around 0,30 Dutch Guilders (0,135 ECU) per mo3 natural gas equivalents; (4) supply for processing of agri-organic by-products with a received minimum fee of 35 Dutch Guilders (15,7 ECU) per ton should be guaranteed; (5) dairy, pig and arable farmers involved in the biogas plant should have both financial and quality incentives to participation; (6) environmental legislation on the level of heavy metals in animal manure mixed with agri-organic byproducts should not be different from the accepted levels in 'normal' animal manure; and finally (7) the site of the biogas plant accepted by local authorities should be suitable by logistic standards for the transports of animal manure, agri-organic by-products, the digested mixture and biogas. It has been concluded that these conditions are not unrealistic, although there is no absolute certainty that they will be fulfilled. However, circumstances for the implementation of biogas plants have improved in recent years

  2. Supporting a Regional Agricultural Sector with Geo & Mainstream ICT – the Case Study of Space4Agri Project

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    T. Kliment

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Agriculture is a global issue nowadays. At the European level, it is a sector, in which we are investing many resources. In particular, the Agri-Food sector plays a central role in the policies of the European Commission and the Horizon 2020 research and innovation program, as well as being the main theme of Expo 2015 that will be held in Milan, Lombardy. In the Lombardy region, the farmers represent 2% of the entire population, cultivating about 80% of the agricultural land. Increasing needs to develop a common body of knowledge shared at the regional and national level so as to make it possible to effectively monitor cropping systems, water stress and impacts of climate changes affecting more frequently the territory, are becoming more and more urgent. In this context, the project Space4Agri (S4A intends to support the regional and local needs in terms of management of the agriculture sector, by designing and developing an information and knowledge based platform for managing geospatial and mainstream information by making it accessible over the Internet by standard communication technologies (Geo&Mainstream ICT. This platform has been designed to allow data workflows integrating i spatial data and observations, ii non-spatial information available from existing agronomic databases, iii data collected in the field by farmers, agronomists and volunteers using mobile applications, iv data collected by unmanned aerial sensors, and/or data produced by researchers as a result of applying scientific analysis on high quality remote sensing data. Foreseen results of the Space4Agri project and from other similar ongoing research activities may significantly spur the socio-economic development of Europe and create new growth opportunities for companies, public administrations, students and citizens.

  3. Evaluation of Agri-Environmental Measures in the Venice Lagoon Watershed. Expert Knowledge Elicitation and Multi-Criteria Analysis

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    Carlo Giupponi

    Full Text Available Various tools and approaches have been experimented worldwide to address the externalities arising from agricultural activities, among which the design of agri-environmental policies and the introduction of specific measures to cope with the environmental impacts of agricultural origin. The mechanisms adopted within the Common Agricultural Policy with such aim fall within the category of Agri-Environmental Schemes (AESs, which are market-based policy schemes aimed at providing farmers with the right incentives to adopt farming practices yielding positive environmental externalities and are based on voluntary participation. Given the intrinsic complexity of agro-ecosystems and the effects of farmers’ behaviour, the assessment of the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of AESs is always challenging, and often both the environmental and economic effectiveness of AESs are questionable. The main objective of this paper is to present a framework for assessing the effectiveness of AESs in promoting social and environmental sustainability in Europe, based on experts’ knowledge. Experts’ knowledge, acquired through adequate elicitation strategies and managed with robust and transparent methodologies, can help building a system of information that can then be used to infer the effectiveness of agri-environmental measures, at least in comparative terms, if not in terms of quantitative absolute estimations. In the present study, the NetSyMoD framework approach has been adopted. First, a short introduction of the policy evaluation framework, the role of monitoring and performance indicators and of experts’ opinion is provided. Subsequently the methodology used to identify experts and to elicit their assessment on the effectiveness of AES schemes is presented. Finally, the paper provides a concrete example in which experts’ opinions have been used for the assessment exercise, and presents a framework for collecting, managing and integrating

  4. Evaluation of Agri-Environmental Measures in the Venice Lagoon Watershed. Expert Knowledge Elicitation and Multi-Criteria Analysis

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    Alessandra Sgobbi

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available Various tools and approaches have been experimented worldwide to address the externalities arising from agricultural activities, among which the design of agri-environmental policies and the introduction of specific measures to cope with the environmental impacts of agricultural origin. The mechanisms adopted within the Common Agricultural Policy with such aim fall within the category of Agri-Environmental Schemes (AESs, which are market-based policy schemes aimed at providing farmers with the right incentives to adopt farming practices yielding positive environmental externalities and are based on voluntary participation. Given the intrinsic complexity of agro-ecosystems and the effects of farmers’ behaviour, the assessment of the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of AESs is always challenging, and often both the environmental and economic effectiveness of AESs are questionable. The main objective of this paper is to present a framework for assessing the effectiveness of AESs in promoting social and environmental sustainability in Europe, based on experts’ knowledge. Experts’ knowledge, acquired through adequate elicitation strategies and managed with robust and transparent methodologies, can help building a system of information that can then be used to infer the effectiveness of agri-environmental measures, at least in comparative terms, if not in terms of quantitative absolute estimations. In the present study, the NetSyMoD framework approach has been adopted. First, a short introduction of the policy evaluation framework, the role of monitoring and performance indicators and of experts’ opinion is provided. Subsequently the methodology used to identify experts and to elicit their assessment on the effectiveness of AES schemes is presented. Finally, the paper provides a concrete example in which experts’ opinions have been used for the assessment exercise, and presents a framework for collecting, managing and integrating

  5. A methodology for the sustainability assessment of agri-food systems: an application to the Slow Food Presidia project.

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    Cristiana Peano

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available New and alternative models for agri-food production and consumption have brought up questions regarding the effects they have on local development processes in terms of the economic exploitation of rural areas as well as environmental, cultural, and social factors. The agri-food system proposed by the Slow Food (SF Presidia Project, which focuses on farm-to-market systems for local, high-quality, sustainable products, can respond to the new and emerging needs of both rural and urban populaces via several approaches in addition to food production itself. However, evaluating these parameters is challenging. The aim of this study was to develop an indicator-based tool to monitor the sustainability in agri-food systems that considers quality as well as economic, ecological, social, and cultural aspects. We: (i translated the major SF principles of "good," "clean," and "fair" into five major criteria to evaluate sustainability; (ii designed multiple indicators to monitor progress toward sustainability for each of those criteria; and (iii applied the monitoring tools to three case studies as a first attempt at end-use validation. Indicators and criteria were weighted either equally or based on their importance to surveyed stakeholders, i.e., consumers, producers, and scientists/experts. The proposed approach performed well as a tool for a broad sustainability evaluation by effectively combining the indicators with the same feedback. With this approach, we demonstrated that the SF Presidia project increases all dimensions of sustainability and in particular socioeconomic and cultural capital by preserving the environmental and quality aspects of the food products.

  6. An approach to describe the agri-food and other bio-based sectors in the European Union. Focus on Spain

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    CARDENETE FLORES MANUEL ALEJANDRO; BOULANGER PIERRE; DELGADO LÓPEZ MARÍA DEL CARMEN; FERRARI EMANUELE; M'BAREK Robert

    2012-01-01

    The European agri-food and other bio-based sectors exceed 2 000 billion euros a year in turnover and employ roughly 22 million workers. This paper adopts an inclusive definition of the agri-food and other bio-based sectors that encompasses agriculture, forestry, fisheries, food and pulp and paper production, as well as parts of industries that use natural and renewable resources in their production processes, i.e. the chemical, biotechnological and energy industries. However, the focus is cle...

  7. Supporting a Regional Agricultural Sector with Geo & Mainstream ICT – the Case Study of Space4Agri Project

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    Kliment, T.; G. Bordogna; Frigerio, L; D. Stroppiana; Crema, A.; Boschetti, M; Sterlacchini, S.; Brivio, P. A.

    2014-01-01

    Agriculture is a global issue nowadays. At the European level, it is a sector, in which we are investing many resources. In particular, the Agri-Food sector plays a central role in the policies of the European Commission and the Horizon 2020 research and innovation program, as well as being the main theme of Expo 2015 that will be held in Milan, Lombardy. In the Lombardy region, the farmers represent 2% of the entire population, cultivating about 80% of the agricultural land. Increasing needs...

  8. Current use of impact models for agri-environment schemes and potential for improvements of policy design and asseessment

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    Primdahl, Jørgen; Vesterager, Jens Peter; Finn, John A.;

    2010-01-01

    Agri-Environment Schemes (AES) to maintain or promote environmentally-friendly farming practices were implemented on about 25% of all agricultural land in the EU by 2002. This article analyses and discusses the actual and potential use of impact models in supporting the design, implementation and...... depended on whether scheme objectives were related to natural resources, biodiversity or landscape. A higher proportion of schemes dealing with natural resources (primarily water) were based on quantitative impact models, compared to whole-farm schemes and broad, horizontal schemes. We conclude that...

  9. Evaluation of Agri-Environmental Measures in the Venice Lagoon Watershed. Nitrogen Budgets and Surplus Indicators

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    Patrizia Trevisiol

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available One of the main concerns of the environmental scientists and policy makers is related to the environmental compatibility of current agricultural systems and, in particular, to the losses of chemical fertilizers and manure in surface and ground-waters, as a consequence of run-off and leaching phenomena. In most cases European recent agrienvironmental schemes envisaged specific measures for the reduction of fertilizer rates and the control of manure applications, in order to limit the releases of nutrients in surface and ground-waters. Substantial financial resources are invested in those measures and therefore the issue raises interest in monitoring and evaluating their effectiveness. Nutrient balance indicators are often used for quantitative assessment of the effectiveness of the measures in limiting the environmental impact of farming activities. N-surplus is one of the most commonly used indicators. The paper refers the results of a research project aimed at assessing the outcomes of agri-environmental measures implemented in the Venice Lagoon Watershed with an approach based upon the gross nitrogen balance, called “Nboxes”. The results of applying the Nboxes procedure to a sample of 550 farms set are presented, evidencing the expectations of greater effectiveness in terms of nitrogen surplus reduction from the measure C.5.1.3a and C.5.1.3b (low input farming and buffer strips. Measures supporting improved irrigation systems, controlled drainage and more rational livestock nutritional programmes and technologies, showed instead only limited potential for tangible contributions to the reduction of nitrogen surplus in cultivated soils.

  10. L'obligation de résultat pour les mesures agri-environnementales "prairies fleuries" et "gestion pastorale" Implementation of two Agri-environment measures based on a commitment to results: the "flowering meadows" and the "pastoral management" measures

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    NETTIER, Baptiste ; DOBREMEZ, Laurent ; FLEURY, Philippe

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Afin de répondre aux exigences de la société en faveur d'une agriculture plus respectueuse de l'environnement, un système de mesures agri-environnementales a été mis en place en Europe. Certaines permettent permettent de tester l'engagement sur des résultats. Quels en sont les intérêts et les limites, quels changements cela peut-il induire dans les exploitations agricoles ? Quelques réflexions à partir de l'étude de la mise en œuvre des mesures « prairies fleuries » et « gestion pastorale » dans trois parcs naturels régionaux français...Two agri-environment measures allow to test commitment to results. As farming practices are left free, it facilitates the farmers' adhesion, who see it as social recognition. But the commitment to results has also limits when agricultural and environmental objectives are incompatible or when the result is hard to control only by agricultural practices. Sharing a diagnosis and understanding objectives and constraints of the different stakeholders are then key-factors.

  11. Applications of Computer Vision for Assessing Quality of Agri-food Products: A Review of Recent Research Advances.

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    Ma, Ji; Sun, Da-Wen; Qu, Jia-Huan; Liu, Dan; Pu, Hongbin; Gao, Wen-Hong; Zeng, Xin-An

    2016-01-01

    With consumer concerns increasing over food quality and safety, the food industry has begun to pay much more attention to the development of rapid and reliable food-evaluation systems over the years. As a result, there is a great need for manufacturers and retailers to operate effective real-time assessments for food quality and safety during food production and processing. Computer vision, comprising a nondestructive assessment approach, has the aptitude to estimate the characteristics of food products with its advantages of fast speed, ease of use, and minimal sample preparation. Specifically, computer vision systems are feasible for classifying food products into specific grades, detecting defects, and estimating properties such as color, shape, size, surface defects, and contamination. Therefore, in order to track the latest research developments of this technology in the agri-food industry, this review aims to present the fundamentals and instrumentation of computer vision systems with details of applications in quality assessment of agri-food products from 2007 to 2013 and also discuss its future trends in combination with spectroscopy. PMID:24689735

  12. Bio-transformation of agri-food wastes by newly isolated Neurospora crassa and Lactobacillus plantarum for egg production.

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    Liu, P; Li, J; Deng, Z

    2016-03-01

    Using bio-transferred feedstuff was a cost-effective approach to improve egg quality and production; particularly, the nutritive diet came from agri-food wastes. In this study, optimization of fermentation conditions and co-cultivation of Neurospora crassa with Lactobacillus plantarum was performed in a simple bioreactor. The optimized fermentation of beer lees substrates through N. crassa led to the hydrolysis rates of crude fiber increasing to 43.27%. Compared to that of using N. crassa alone, the combination of N. crassa and L. plantarum enhanced the content of amino acids (13,120 to 18,032 mg/100 g) on oil-tea seed cake substrates particularly. When hens were fed 10% fermented oil-tea seedcake substrate, the ratio of feed to egg decreased from 3.1 to 2.6, egg production ratio increased from 65.71 to 80.10%, and color of vitelline (Roche) increased from 8.20 to 10.20. Fifteen kinds of carotenoids were identified by HPLC in fermented oil-tea seed cake substrates. The results of this study highlighted that the mixed-fermentation by N. crassa and L. plantarum may be an effective way to convert agri-food wastes into high-valued biomass products, which could have a positive effect on hens and their eggs. PMID:26740129

  13. Etude Climat no. 39 'More than 800 agricultural and agri-food sites affected by the EU ETS'

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    Among the publications of CDC Climat Research, 'Climate Reports' offer in-depth analyses on a given subject. This issue addresses the following points: Agriculture accounts for 9% of Europe's anthropogenic emissions, counting only emissions of methane and nitrous oxide from cattle, crops and pasture. These emissions have two characteristics making their inclusion in the European Emission Trading Scheme (EU ETS) difficult: they are diffuse and depend on a range of fairly complex pedo-climatic factors. Taking into consideration the whole of the agricultural sector, including upstream activities such as production of fertilizer, phyto-sanitary products, animal feed etc., as well as downstream emissions, dominated by the agri-food sector, and also emissions linked to energy consumption by farming installations, the sector's emissions contribution increases considerably. Within this expanded scope, some emissions sources are included in the EU ETS - mainly agri-food industries, but also producers of fertilizer, heated greenhouses and knackers' yards. Even if the proportion of the agricultural and agri-food sector's emissions covered by the emissions trading scheme is minimal, with just 1.5% of all emissions falling within the scope of the EU ETS, more than 800 industrial sites are covered, accounting for 8% of installations covered by the system. The agricultural and agri-food sector are among the net beneficiaries of the EU ETS in the first two phases (2005-2012), with a surplus of 33 million allowances over the period 2008-2011. This surplus, combined with gains from trading in allowances and credits, represents an estimated asset of 495 million euros. Although it has not been fully exploited on the market, this asset largely exceeds the cost of transactions associated with emissions monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) procedures and compliance work, which is estimated at 30 million euros over the same period. The emission trading scheme has therefore been

  14. The Potential for Collaborative Agri-Environment Schemes in England: Can a Well-Designed Collaborative Approach Address Farmers' Concerns with Current Schemes?

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    Emery, Steven B.; Franks, Jeremy R.

    2012-01-01

    There is increasing recognition that whilst agri-environment schemes in England have had discernable benefits, their success in relation to certain species and resources has been inhibited by the piecemeal implementation of Environmental Stewardship (ES) on the basis of single farm agreements. In this paper we examine the receptivity of farmers to…

  15. The development of integrated accounting in small and medium-sized companies in the agri-and foodsector of the Russian federation

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    Burykin, Y.; Klichova, G.; Bremmers, H.J.

    2012-01-01

    This paper focuses on the regulation of financial accounting in SMEs in the agri- and food sector in Russia. The paper presents the factors which influence the accounting system and the quality of the information it provides. The information and reports that are prepared according to international s

  16. The green information chain : Groen Kennisnet brings agricultural knowledge from research to the classroom, on the farm, and into agri-business

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    Genderen, van R.A.; Ringersma, J.

    2014-01-01

    “Groen Kennisnet” creates a content collection and professional “green” knowledge base (agriculture, horticulture, animal welfare, environmental protection, water management, food, fisheries). “Groen Kennisnet” makes these available to the Dutch agricultural education system and agri-business, and o

  17. Public and Private Agri-Environmental Regulation in Post-Socialist Economies: Evidence from the Serbian Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Sector

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    Gorton, Matthew; Zaric, Vlade; Lowe, Philip; Quarrie, Steve

    2011-01-01

    Using primary survey data and interview evidence this paper analyses the implementation and enforcement of public and private environmental regulation in the Serbian Fresh Fruit and Vegetable (FFV) sector. This provides a basis for engaging in a wider debate on the nature of agri-food regulation in post-socialist economies. Depictions of the…

  18. ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGY VERIFICATION: JOINT (NSF-EPA) VERIFICATION STATEMENT AND REPORT: BROME AGRI SALES, LTD., MAXIMIZER SEPARATOR, MODEL MAX 1016 - 03/01/WQPC-SWP

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    Verification testing of the Brome Agri Sales Ltd. Maximizer Separator, Model MAX 1016 (Maximizer) was conducted at the Lake Wheeler Road Field Laboratory Swine Educational Unit in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Maximizer is an inclined screen solids separator that can be used to s...

  19. Val d'Agri: structural settings by using gravity gradient tensor (ggt) components.

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    Fedi, M.; Ferranti, L.; Florio, G.; Giori, I.; Italiano, F.

    2003-04-01

    Within the investigated area, which covers the median and frontal zone of the Campano-Lucano segment of the Southern Apennines, the gravity field shows a clear spatial relation with the tectonic structure of the belt. The fold and thrust belt formed in response to late Miocene-Early Pleistocene shortening and allochthon emplacement toward the northeast, and was subsequently affected by extensional faulting which migrated to northeast ahead of the thrust system. As a result, contractional structures are found associated to Pliocene-Early Pleistocene thrust-top basins in the NE part of the area, whereas extensional faults shape Middle Pleistocene-Holocene basin on the SW sector. The main structural grain of the belt is NW-SE, but E-W structures are widespread in the area as a result of phases of non-coaxial thrusting and strike-slip faulting. Gravity anomalies mirrors the spatial distribution of thrust-top and extensional basins and of the deeper bedrock structures controlling basin deposition. The gravity gradient is a second rank tensor containing the second spatial derivatives of the gravity potential. At present gravity gradient airborne surveys are just at the beginning, while gradiometry instrumentations have not yet being implemented for land surveys over rugged terrains. In order to access to this important geophysical quantity for land surveys, we use here a stable technique to compute it from gravity data. The gradient tensor of gravity helps detecting the geometrical parameters of a geological body and has been used in regions traditionally difficult for reflection seismic, such as those where sub-salt and sub-basalt structures occur. The analysis, one by one, of the components of the gradient tensor of gravity has proved to yield a fine image of the structural setting of the Val d'Agri. The Tzz component allows accurate location of the anomalies and appreciation of their spatial relation with basins and structures, but other components of the GGT provide

  20. Evaluating farm performance using agri-environmental indicators: recent experiences for nitrogen management in The Netherlands.

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    Langeveld, J W A; Verhagen, A; Neeteson, J J; van Keulen, H; Conijn, J G; Schils, R L M; Oenema, J

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    Intensive agriculture, characterized by high inputs, has serious implications on the environment. Monitoring and evaluation of projects aiming at designing, testing and applying more sustainable practices require instruments to asses agronomic as well as environmental performance. Guidelines for Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) or Good Farming Practice (GFP) define sustainable practices but give limited insight into their environmental performance. Agri-environmental indicators (AEIs) provide information on environmental as well as agronomic performance, which allows them to serve as analytical instruments in research and provide thresholds for legislation purposes. Effective AEIs are quantifiable and scientifically sound, relevant, acceptable to target groups, easy to interpret and cost-effective. This paper discusses application of four AEIs for nitrogen (N) management in three Dutch research projects: 'De Marke', 'Cows and Opportunities' and 'Farming with a future'. 'De Marke' applied Nitrogen Surplus and Groundwater Nitrate Concentration in the design and testing of environmentally sound dairy systems. 'Cows and Opportunities', testing and disseminating dairy systems designed at 'De Marke', mainly applied Nitrogen Surplus, while 'Farming with a future' used Nitrogen Surplus, Groundwater Nitrate Concentration and Residual Mineral Soil Nitrogen to support arable farmers in complying with Dutch legislation (MINAS). Nitrogen Surplus is quantifiable, appealing and easy to interpret, but lacks scientific soundness or a good relationship with groundwater quality. Nitrogen Use Efficiency is sensitive to changes in management, while Residual Mineral Soil Nitrogen is appealing and cheap, but has difficulties in scaling. Groundwater Nitrate Concentration lacks clear rules for sampling, is labor consuming, expensive and mainly used in combination with other indicators. AEIs enhanced improvements in N management by facilitating (i) definition of project goals, (ii) design

  1. Structure, Composition and Diversity of Horticulture Trees and Agricultural Crops Productivity under Traditional Agri-Horticulture System in Mid Hill Situation of Garhwal Himalaya, India

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    Arvind Bijalwan

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    Full Text Available Productivity of agricultural crops under traditional agri-hortculture system alongwith structure, composition and diversity of fruit trees and shrub species in mid hill situation of Garhwal Himalaya, India between 1000 to 2000 m asl during summer and winter seasons on northern and southern aspect were studied. The tree density, composition and diversity in the system varied depending upon aspect, landholding and requirements of the farmers. A total of 12 fruit tree species were recorded in agri-horticulture system; of which 4 trees were common in northern and southern aspect and 6 trees were only noticed in northern aspect while 2 in the southern. The apple tree (Malus domestica was recorded to be dominant fruit tree species with highest IVI values on both northern and southern aspect with prime preference by the farmers for high additional economic return in agri-horticulture system. Among the shrubs, the 6 shrub species were recorded on the northern aspect whereas there number was 16 on southern aspect. The agricultural crop diversity was higher on the northern aspect in summer and winter season. The average annual productivity of grain under agri-horticulture system recorded 1106 kg·ha–1·year–1 on northern aspect and 1122 kg·ha–1·year–1 on southern with a reduction of 34.56% and 38.29% compared to the sole agriculture crops. The aspect and season also played significantly role in grain, straw and biological productivity of agricultural crops present in agri-horticulture and sole cropping systems. In general there was reduction in yield of agricultural crops under fruit trees but this reduction is supplemented by fruit production which support and sustain the rural community of this hilly region.

  2. The role of agri-environment schemes in conservation and environmental management

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    Batáry, Péter; Dicks, Lynn V; Kleijn, David; Sutherland, William J

    2015-01-01

    Over half of the European landscape is under agricultural management and has been for millennia. Many species and ecosystems of conservation concern in Europe depend on agricultural management and are showing ongoing declines. Agri-environment schemes (AES) are designed partly to address this. They are a major source of nature conservation funding within the European Union (EU) and the highest conservation expenditure in Europe. We reviewed the structure of current AES across Europe. Since a 2003 review questioned the overall effectiveness of AES for biodiversity, there has been a plethora of case studies and meta-analyses examining their effectiveness. Most syntheses demonstrate general increases in farmland biodiversity in response to AES, with the size of the effect depending on the structure and management of the surrounding landscape. This is important in the light of successive EU enlargement and ongoing reforms of AES. We examined the change in effect size over time by merging the data sets of 3 recent meta-analyses and found that schemes implemented after revision of the EU's agri-environmental programs in 2007 were not more effective than schemes implemented before revision. Furthermore, schemes aimed at areas out of production (such as field margins and hedgerows) are more effective at enhancing species richness than those aimed at productive areas (such as arable crops or grasslands). Outstanding research questions include whether AES enhance ecosystem services, whether they are more effective in agriculturally marginal areas than in intensively farmed areas, whether they are more or less cost-effective for farmland biodiversity than protected areas, and how much their effectiveness is influenced by farmer training and advice? The general lesson from the European experience is that AES can be effective for conserving wildlife on farmland, but they are expensive and need to be carefully designed and targeted. El Papel de los Esquemas Agro-Ambientales en

  3. Fluid injection induced seismicity reveals a NE dipping fault in the southeastern sector of the High Agri Valley (southern Italy)

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    Stabile, T. A.; Giocoli, A.; Perrone, A.; Piscitelli, S.; Lapenna, V.

    2014-08-01

    On 2 June 2006 the wastewater produced during the oil and gas field exploitation in High Agri Valley (southern Italy) started to be managed by disposal through pumping the fluids back into the subsurface at the Costa Molina 2 (CM2) injection well, located in the southeastern sector of the valley. The onset of microearthquakes (Ml ≤ 2) after 4 days at about 1.3 km SW of CM2 well suggests fluid injection induced seismicity by the diffusion of pore pressure. Moreover, the space-time evolution of 196 high-resolution relocated events reveals a previously unmapped NE dipping fault. We investigate the physical processes related to the fluid injection induced seismicity and delineate the previously unmapped fault by jointly analyzing seismicity data, geological observations, fluid injection data, the stratigraphic log of the CM2 well, and the electrical resistivity tomography survey carried out in the study area.

  4. Utilisation de la théorie de possibilités pour calculer un indicateur agri-environnemental

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    Assaghir, Zainab; Girardin, Philippe; Napoli, Amedeo

    2008-01-01

    Les indicateurs développés et utilisés en agronomie sont généralement calculés a partir de données de nature imparfaite. Les sources fournissent de l'information a propos d'une quantité mal connue. Dans cet article, nous étudions une méthode de fusion fondée sur la théorie des possibilités et la notion de sous-ensembles maximaux cohérents pour calculer un indicateur agri-environnemental estimant le risque des pratiques phytosanitaires sur les eaux souterraines. Il s'agit de trouver les bornes...

  5. Results of gas flux records in the seismically active area of Val d'Agri (Southern Italy

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    V. Lapenna

    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available The Val d Agri area is well-known for oil exploration. An old 500 m deep exploration well in the northern part of this area has been used for long-term hydrogeochemical investigations. The well is characterized by a discharge of about 500 L/min of thermal water (27.8°C and a simultaneous methane gas emission of about 200 L/min. Gas analyses gave evidence that the methane come from a multiple deep reservoir. Continuous records of gas emission showed some anomalous variations occurred during the past three years. The gas flux anomalies were in a distinctive coincidence with self-potential anomalies of one station close to the hydrogeochemical station. The present paper describes the interpretation of these anomalies in relation to the geodynamic activity in the area.

  6. Livestock and Ecosystem Services: An Exploratory Approach to Assess Agri-Environment-Climate Payments of RDP in Trentino

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    Alessandra La Notte

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available The identification of an appropriate justification for Agri-Environment-Climate (AEC payments is a crucial issue in the new Rural Development Programme (RDP. Given the environmental importance of grasslands in Trentino (Italy, the Management Authority in charge of the RDP decided to integrate an approach based on Ecosystem Services (ES into the calculation of AEC payments. The paper presents the methodology used for this approach as well as the preliminary results. The first step entails building a probabilistic model for the ES, named Sustainable Fodder Production. Model outputs are then integrated with the accounting results based on the Farm Accountancy Data Network (FADN database (2009–2012 with the aim of calculating the additional costs and income waived due to the environmental commitments deriving from the sustainable management of permanent grassland in livestock farming. Sustainability measures imply more extensive management practices that maintain meadows in a healthy state.

  7. High resolution seismic imaging of an active normal fault in the Agri Valley, Southern Apennines, Italy

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    Improta, L.; Bruno, P.; di Fiore, V.; Mariani, S.

    2004-12-01

    The Agri Valley is an intermontane basin located in the Southern Apennine seismic belt (Italy) whose formation in tied to large NW-trending trastensional and extensional faults active since Early Pleistocene. Recent faulting activity in the area is documented by faulted paleosoils and suggested by a M7 earthquake that struck the basin in 1857. On the contrary, present-day background seismicity in the area is extremely low. Despite intense geomorphic investigations, the identification of the source responsible for this historical event and of further large seismogenic faults in the area is still a matter of debate. A new NW trending normal faulting system has been recently recognized based on subtle geomorphic expressions on the ridge bounding the basin westward. Recent faulting activity along this structure is locally documented by a trench. Aimed at yielding new information about the shallow structure of the fault, we conducted a high resolution seismic experiment in a small lacustrine basin, located 4 km south of the trench, in which the presence of the fault is inferred by a linear surface warping but trench excavation is impractical. Both multi-fold wide-angle data and multichannel near vertical reflection data have been collected along a 220-m-long profile in order to obtain an accurate model of the basin combining seismic velocity and reflectivity images. About 3600 first arrival traveltimes picked on 36 wide-angle record sections have been inverted by a non-linear tomographic technique that is specially designed to image complex structures. The tomographic inversion provides a high-resolution velocity model of the basin down to 60 m depth. The model is strongly heterogeneous and displays sharp lateral velocity variations. Seismic reflection processing has been applied to both data sets. Data have been edited for trace quality and first (refracted and direct) arrivals have been muted. A following FK dip filtering on the shot gathers reduced the energy

  8. Pushing the boundaries of the social: private agri-food standards and the governance of Fair Trade in European public procurement

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    Fisher, Eleanor; Sheppard, Hannah

    2013-01-01

    The article explores how fair trade and associated private agri-food standards are incorporated into public procurement in Europe. Procurement law is underpinned by principles of equity, non-discrimination and transparency; one consequence is that legal obstacles exist to fair trade being privileged within procurement practice. These obstacles have pragmatic dimensions, concerning whether and how procurement can be used to fulfil wider social policy objectives or to incorporate private standa...

  9. A decision support system coupling fuzzy logic and probabilistic graphical approaches for the agri-food industry: prediction of grape berry maturity

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    Perrot, Nathalie; Brousset, Jean-Marie; Abbal, Philippe; Guillemin, Herve; Perret, Bruno; Goulet, Etienne; Guerin, Laurence; Barbeau, Gérard; Picque, Daniel

    2015-01-01

    Agri-food is one of the most important sectors of the industry and a major contributor to the global warming potential in Europe. Sustainability issues pose a huge challenge for this sector. In this context, a big issue is to be able to predict the multiscale dynamics of those systems using computing science. A robust predictive mathematical tool is implemented for this sector and applied to the wine industry being easily able to be generalized to other applications. Grape berry maturation re...

  10. Assessing farmers' acceptance and perception of agri-environment schemes by ex-post application of the 'Theory of Planned Behaviour' - A case study in England

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    Schroeder, Lilli Aline

    2012-01-01

    A better understanding of farmers' behaviour regarding agri-environment schemes (AES) can be one step towards further improving the schemes. To assess farmers' acceptance and perception of AES, the 'Theory of planned Behaviour' (TPB) was applied to identify factors influencing farmers' willingness to join AES. In a region in England, standardized face-to-face interviews were conducted with 32 farmers already participating in AES. The results show that the general attitude and acceptance of th...

  11. Does Cloud Computing offer small to medium sized businesses in the Agri-Trading industry strong enough advantages to warrant adoption? A case study on Dalmark Grain

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    Madelil, Nitin George

    2011-01-01

    The objective of this research is to evaluate the potential of cloud computing for small to medium sized businesses in the Agri-Trading industry. The research uses Dalmark Grain as the focal point for analysis and recommendations. Dalmark Grain provides an ideal case example for the purpose of this research as its core business application – the trading platform - is dated and the management is currently contemplating a major upgrade. Given the investment associated with a typical upgrade,...

  12. A Decision Support System Coupling Fuzzy Logic and Probabilistic Graphical Approaches for the Agri-Food Industry: Prediction of Grape Berry Maturity

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    Nathalie Perrot; Cédric Baudrit; Jean Marie Brousset; Philippe Abbal; Hervé Guillemin; Bruno Perret; Etienne Goulet; Laurence Guerin; Gérard Barbeau; Daniel Picque

    2015-01-01

    Agri-food is one of the most important sectors of the industry and a major contributor to the global warming potential in Europe. Sustainability issues pose a huge challenge for this sector. In this context, a big issue is to be able to predict the multiscale dynamics of those systems using computing science. A robust predictive mathematical tool is implemented for this sector and applied to the wine industry being easily able to be generalized to other applications. Grape berry maturation re...

  13. Preparation of an Immunoaffinity Column with Amino-Silica Gel Microparticles and Its Application in Sample Cleanup for Aflatoxin Detection in Agri-Products

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    Xiaofeng Hu; Wen Zhang; Qi Zhang; Fei Ma; Peiwu Li; Ran Chen

    2013-01-01

    This study established an immunoaffinity column for selective extraction of aflatoxins in agri-products. Specifically, the immunoaffinity column was developed by covalently coupling monoclonal antibody 1C11 against aflatoxins to amino-silica gel microparticles and then packing these into a cartridge. The extraction conditions were thoroughly optimized in terms of loading, washing and eluting solutions. Under the optimal conditions, the immunoaffinity column had a capacity of 200 ng of aflatox...

  14. An integrated approach for the evaluation of technological hazard impacts on air quality: the case of the Val d'Agri oil/gas plant

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    Calvello, M.; Esposito, F.; Trippetta, S.

    2014-08-01

    The Val d'Agri area (southern Italy) hosts one of the biggest onshore European reservoir and the largest oil/gas pre-treatment plant, named Centro Olio Val d'Agri (COVA), located in a rural/anthropized context. Several hazards are associated with this plant. These are mainly represented by possible impacts of the COVA atmospheric emissions on the local air quality and human health. This work uses a novel approach based on the integration of air quality measurements from the regional monitoring network, additional experimental measurements (i.e. sub-micrometre particulate matter (PM1) and black carbon (BC)) and advanced statistical analyses to provide a preliminary evaluation of the Val d'Agri air quality state and give some indication of specific areas potentially affected by COVA hazards. Results show that the COVA plant emissions have a particular impact on the air quality of the area closest to it. In this area several pollutants specifically related to the COVA combustion processes (i.e. nitrogen oxides, benzene and toluene) show the highest concentration values and significant correlations. The proposed approach represents a first step in the assessment of the risks associated with oil/gas exploration and pre-treatment activities and a starting point for the development of effective and exportable air quality monitoring strategies.

  15. PM1 measurements at a site close to an oil/gas pre-treatment plant (Agri Valley - southern Italy): a preliminary study

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    Trippetta, S.; Caggiano, R.; Sabia, S.

    2014-09-01

    A PM1 (i.e. particulate matter with an aerodynamic diameter less than 1.0 μm) short-term monitoring campaign was carried out in the Agri Valley (southern Italy) in September 2012. This area is of international concern, since it houses one of the largest European on-shore reservoirs and the largest oil/gas pre-treatment plant (i.e. the Centro Olio Val d'Agri - COVA) within an anthropised context. PM1 measurements were performed in Viggiano, the nearest town to the COVA plant and one of the most populated towns of the Agri Valley. During the study period, the PM1 daily concentrations ranged from 1.2 to 8.4 μg m-3, with a mean value of 4.6 μg m-3. Regarding the PM1 chemical composition, it can be observed that S and typical crustal elements were the most abundant constituents of the PM1 collected. By applying principal component analysis (PCA), it was pointed out that crustal soil, biomass and wood burning, secondary atmospheric reactions involving COVA plant emissions and local soil particles, and traffic were the main sources contributing to the PM1 measured in the area under study. Moreover, a possible contribution of the long-range transport of African dust was observed.

  16. Features of Solving Retrospective (Successive Tasks of the Monitoring Subsystem in Systems for Strategic Control of the Regional Structure and Territorial Organization in the Agri-Food Sphere

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    Tkachenko Serhii A.

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available The given article highlights features of solving retrospective (successive tasks of monitoring production and economic activity of the territorial-production system through a profound using of scientific principles in the developed and introduced enlarged block diagram of the control system for a functionally advanced solution of the task of monitoring labour force turnover at the entity in the agri-food sphere. Solving the task of monitoring the labour force turnover in the territorial-production system by means of electronic digital machines allows: to reduce the complexity of calculations performed by employees of Human Resources Department and make time for other research and control functions; to accelerate submission of necessary accounting and economic as well as analytical information on the labour force turnover at the entity in the agri-food sphere to consumers; increase the quality of accounting and economic as well as analytical information by eliminating errors, which occur at manual calculation; to build a real scientific basis for developing measures of technical, organizational and socio-economic nature aimed at reducing the labour force turnover. The given list of issues solved at development of the monitoring subsystem in strategic control systems of the regional structure and territorial organization of the agri-food sphere is not complete, the use of industrial methods for creating a monitoring subsystem, training specialists and a number of other issues, which are no less important, should be mentioned as well.

  17. An integrated approach for the evaluation of technological hazard impacts on air quality: the case of the Val d'Agri oil/gas plant

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    M. Calvello

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available The Val d'Agri area (southern Italy hosts the biggest on-shore European reservoir and the largest oil/gas pre-treatment plant, named Centro Olio Val d'Agri (COVA, located in a rural/anthropized context. Several hazards are associated to this plant. These are mainly represented by possible impacts of the COVA atmospheric emissions on the local air quality and human health. This work uses a novel approach based on the integration of air quality measurements from the regional monitoring network, additional experimental measurements (i.e., sub-micrometric particulate matter – PM1 and Black Carbon – BC and advanced statistical analyses to provide a preliminary evaluation of the Val d'Agri air quality state and give some indications of specific areas potentially affected by COVA hazards. Results show that the COVA plant emissions exert an impact especially on the air quality of the area closest to it. In this area several pollutants specifically related to the COVA combustion processes (i.e., nitrogen oxides, benzene and toluene show the highest concentration values and significant correlations. The proposed approach represents a first step in the assessment of the risks associated to oil/gas exploration and pre-treatment activities and a starting point for the development of effective and exportable air quality monitoring strategies.

  18. Land cover changes and forest landscape evolution (1985–2009 in a typical Mediterranean agroforestry system (High Agri Valley

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    T. Simoniello

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available The present study focuses on the transformations of a typical Mediterranean agroforestry landscape of southern Italy (High Agri Valley – Basilicata region occurred during 24 years. In this period, the valuable agricultural and natural areas that compose such a landscape were subjected to intensive industry-related activities linked to the exploitation of the largest European on-shore oil reservoir. Landsat imagery acquired in 1985 and 2009 were used to detect changes in forest areas and major land use trajectories. Landscape metrics indicators were adopted to characterize landscape structure and evolution of both the complex ecomosaic (14 land cover classes and the Forest/Non Forest arrangement. Our results indicate a net increase of 11% of forest areas between 1985 and 2009. The major changes concern: increase of all forest covers at the expense of pastures and grasses, enlargement of riparian vegetation, expansion of artificial areas. The observed expansion of forests was accompanied by a decrease of the fragmentation levels likely due to the reduction of small glades that break forest homogeneity and to the recolonization of herbaceous areas. Overall, we observe an evolution towards a more stable configuration depicting a satisfactory picture of vegetation health.

  19. Water flows in the Spanish economy: agri-food sectors, trade and households diets in an input-output framework.

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    Cazcarro, Ignacio; Duarte, Rosa; Sánchez-Chóliz, Julio

    2012-06-19

    Seeking to advance our knowledge of water flows and footprints and the factors underlying them, we apply, on the basis of an extended 2004 Social Accounting Matrix for Spain, an open Leontief model in which households and foreign trade are the exogenous accounts. The model shows the water embodied in products bought by consumers (which we identify with the Water Footprint) and in trade (identified with virtual water trade). Activities with relevant water inflows and outflows such as the agrarian sector, textiles, and the agri-food industry are examined in detail using breakdowns of the relevant accounts. The data reflect only physical consumption, differentiating between green and blue water. The results reveal that Spain is a net importer of water. Flows are then related to key trading partners to show the large quantities involved. The focus on embodied (or virtual) water by activity is helpful to distinguish indirect from direct consumption as embodied water can be more than 300 times direct consumption in some food industry activities. Finally, a sensitivity analysis applied to changes in diets shows the possibility of reducing water uses by modifying households' behavior to encourage healthier eating. PMID:22612260

  20. A satellite-based analysis of the Val d'Agri (South of Italy) Oil Center gas flaring emissions

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    Faruolo, M.; Coviello, I.; Filizzola, C.; Lacava, T.; Pergola, N.; Tramutoli, V.

    2014-06-01

    In this paper the Robust Satellite Techniques (RST), a multi-temporal scheme of satellite data analysis, was implemented to analyze the flaring activity of the largest Italian gas and oil pre-treatment plant (i.e. the Ente Nazionale Idrocarburi - ENI - Val d'Agri Oil Center - COVA). For this site, located in an anthropized area characterized by a~large environmental complexity, flaring emissions are mainly related to emergency conditions (i.e. waste flaring), being the industrial process regulated by strict regional laws. With reference to the peculiar characteristics of COVA flaring, the main aim of this work was to assess the performances of RST in terms of sensitivity and reliability in providing independent estimations of gas flaring volumes in such conditions. In detail, RST was implemented on thirteen years of Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) medium and thermal infrared data in order to identify the highly radiant records associated to the COVA flare emergency discharges. Then, exploiting data provided by ENI about gas flaring volumes in the period 2003-2009, a MODIS-based regression model was developed and tested. Achieved results indicate that such a model is able to estimate, with a good level of accuracy (R2 of 0.83), emitted gas flaring volumes at COVA.

  1. Land cover changes and forest landscape evolution (1985-2009) in a typical Mediterranean agroforestry system (high Agri Valley)

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    Simoniello, T.; Coluzzi, R.; Imbrenda, V.; Lanfredi, M.

    2015-06-01

    The present study focuses on the transformations of a typical Mediterranean agroforestry landscape of southern Italy (high Agri Valley - Basilicata region) that occurred over 24 years. In this period, the valuable agricultural and natural areas that compose such a landscape were subjected to intensive industry-related activities linked to the exploitation of the largest European onshore oil reservoir. Landsat imagery acquired in 1985 and 2009 were used to detect changes in forest areas and major land use trajectories. Landscape metrics indicators were adopted to characterize landscape structure and evolution of both the complex ecomosaic (14 land cover classes) and the forest/non-forest arrangement. Our results indicate a net increase of 11% of forest areas between 1985 and 2009. The major changes concern increase of all forest covers at the expense of pastures and grasses, enlargement of riparian vegetation, and expansion of artificial areas. The observed expansion of forests was accompanied by a decrease of the fragmentation levels likely due to the reduction of small glades that break forest homogeneity and to the recolonization of herbaceous areas. Overall, we observe an evolution towards a more stable configuration depicting a satisfactory picture of vegetation health.

  2. Study of the seismicity temporal variation for the current seismic hazard evaluation in Val d'Agri, Italy

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    Baskoutas, I.; D'Alessandro, A.

    2014-12-01

    This study examines the temporal variation of the seismicity in the Val d'Agri (southern Italy) and adjacent areas, for the current seismic hazard evaluation. The temporal variation of the seismicity is expressed as time series of the number of earthquakes, b value of Gutenberg-Richter relationship or b value of the frequency-magnitude distribution and the seismic energy released in the form of logE2/3. The analysis was performed by means of a new research tool that includes visualizing techniques, which helps the interactive exploration and the interpretation of temporal variation changes. The obtained time series show a precursory seismicity pattern, characterized by low and high probability periods, which preceded earthquakes of magnitude M ≥ 4.0. The 75% of the examined cases were successfully correlated with a change in seismicity pattern. The average duration of the low and the high probability periods is 10.6 and 13.8 months respectively. These results indicate that the seismicity temporal variation monitoring in a given area and the recognition of the low and high probability periods can contribute to the evaluation, in regular monthly intervals, of current seismic hazard status.

  3. Geological and geophysical characterization of the south-eastern side of the High Agri Valley (southern Apennines, Italy)

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    Giocoli, A.; Stabile, T. A.; Adurno, I.; Perrone, A.; Gallipoli, M. R.; Gueguen, E.; Norelli, E.; Piscitelli, S.

    2014-10-01

    In the frame of a national project funded by Eni S.p.A. and developed by three institutes of the National Research Council (the Institute of Methodologies for Environmental Analysis, the Institute of Research for Hydrogeological Protection and the Institute for Electromagnetic Sensing of the Environment), a multidisciplinary approach based on the integration of satellite, aero-photogrammetric and in situ geophysical techniques was applied to investigate an area located in the Montemurro territory in the south-eastern sector of the High Agri Valley (Basilicata Region, southern Italy). This paper reports the results of the in situ geophysical investigation. Electrical Resistivity Tomography (ERT) and Horizontal to Vertical Spectral Ratio (HVSR) by earthquakes and ambient noise measurements were carried out in the study area. The results were supported by interpretation of aerial photos, geological field surveys, morphotectonic investigation and borehole data. The joint analysis of geological, ERT and HVSR data allowed us to (1) show the shallow geological and structural setting, (2) detect the geometry of the different lithological units and their mechanical and dynamical properties, (3) image a previously unmapped fault beneath suspected scarps/warps and (4) characterize the geometry of an active landslide that caused damages to structures and infrastructures.

  4. A detailed analysis of wastewater-induced seismicity in the Val d'Agri oil field (Italy)

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    Improta, Luigi; Valoroso, Luisa; Piccinini, Davide; Chiarabba, Claudio

    2015-04-01

    The Val d'Agri basin in the Apennines seismic belt hosts the largest oil field in onshore Europe. High-quality recordings from a temporary dense network unravel a swarm of 111 small-magnitude events (ML ≤ 1.8) occurred in June 2006 during the first stage of wastewater injection into a high-rate well. High-precision relative locations define a preexisting blind fault located 1 km below the well inside fractured and saturated carbonates where wastewater is reinjected. Seismicity begins 3 h after the initiation of injection. The seismicity rate strictly correlates with injection curves and temporal variations of elastic and anisotropic parameters. Seismicity is induced by rapid communication of pore pressure perturbations along a high-permeability fault zone favorably oriented with respect to the local extensional stress field. Our accurate 3-D locations of 219 events (ML ≤ 2.2) detected by the local operator network after June 2006 concentrate on the preexisting fault measuring 5 km along dip. Over the following 7.5 years, the seismicity rate correlates with short-term increases in injection pressure.

  5. A satellite-based analysis of the Val d'Agri Oil Center (southern Italy) gas flaring emissions

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    Faruolo, M.; Coviello, I.; Filizzola, C.; Lacava, T.; Pergola, N.; Tramutoli, V.

    2014-10-01

    In this paper, the robust satellite techniques (RST), a multi-temporal scheme of satellite data analysis, was implemented to analyze the flaring activity of the Val d'Agri Oil Center (COVA), the largest Italian gas and oil pre-treatment plant, owned by Ente Nazionale Idrocarburi (ENI). For this site, located in an anthropized area characterized by a large environmental complexity, flaring emissions are mainly related to emergency conditions (i.e., waste flaring), as industrial processes are regulated by strict regional laws. While regarding the peculiar characteristics of COVA flaring, the main aim of this work was to assess the performances of RST in terms of sensitivity and reliability in providing independent estimations of gas flaring volumes in such conditions. In detail, RST was implemented for 13 years of Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) medium and thermal infrared data in order to identify the highly radiant records associated with the COVA flare emergency discharges. Then, using data provided by ENI about gas flaring volumes in the period 2003-2009, a MODIS-based regression model was developed and tested. The results achieved indicate that the such a model is able to estimate, with a good level of accuracy (R2 of 0.83), emitted gas flaring volumes at COVA.

  6. A satellite-based analysis of the Val d'Agri (South of Italy Oil Center gas flaring emissions

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    M. Faruolo

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available In this paper the Robust Satellite Techniques (RST, a multi-temporal scheme of satellite data analysis, was implemented to analyze the flaring activity of the largest Italian gas and oil pre-treatment plant (i.e. the Ente Nazionale Idrocarburi – ENI – Val d'Agri Oil Center – COVA. For this site, located in an anthropized area characterized by a~large environmental complexity, flaring emissions are mainly related to emergency conditions (i.e. waste flaring, being the industrial process regulated by strict regional laws. With reference to the peculiar characteristics of COVA flaring, the main aim of this work was to assess the performances of RST in terms of sensitivity and reliability in providing independent estimations of gas flaring volumes in such conditions. In detail, RST was implemented on thirteen years of Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS medium and thermal infrared data in order to identify the highly radiant records associated to the COVA flare emergency discharges. Then, exploiting data provided by ENI about gas flaring volumes in the period 2003–2009, a MODIS-based regression model was developed and tested. Achieved results indicate that such a model is able to estimate, with a good level of accuracy (R2 of 0.83, emitted gas flaring volumes at COVA.

  7. Supporting of disadvantaged areas from Romania through agri-environment measures of the RDP 2007-2013

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    Alina-Mirela MARCU

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available Rural development policy of the European Union provides funding for a wide range of measures that Member States use for supporting the sustainable development of rural areas with the aid of rural development programs (RDP at national level according to their needs. In this respect, Romania has drafted in accordance with Community legislation in effect the National Rural Development Programme 2007-2013 to improve the balance between economicdevelopment and sustainable use of natural resources. In addition to this, it was created the legal basis of agri-environmental measures, measures which encouraged particularly the farmers to protect, to maintain and to improve the environmental quality by promoting a sustainable management of farmland and of forest surfaces. But, at the national level, the results of analysis indicate a low degree of implementing these measures due to very small number of projects completed

  8. Direct and indirect economic impacts of drought in the agri-food sector in the Ebro River basin (Spain)

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    Gil, M.; Garrido, A.; Hernández-Mora, N.

    2013-10-01

    The economic evaluation of drought impacts is essential in order to define efficient and sustainable management and mitigation strategies. The aim of this study is to evaluate the economic impacts of a drought event on the agricultural sector and measure how they are transmitted from primary production to industrial output and related employment. We fit econometric models to determine the magnitude of the economic loss attributable to water storage. The direct impacts of drought on agricultural productivity are measured through a direct attribution model. Indirect impacts on agricultural employment and the agri-food industry are evaluated through a nested indirect attribution model. The transmission of water scarcity effects from agricultural production to macroeconomic variables is measured through chained elasticities. The models allow for differentiating the impacts deriving from water scarcity from other sources of economic losses. Results show that the importance of drought impacts are less relevant at the macroeconomic level, but are more significant for those activities directly dependent on water abstractions and precipitation. From a management perspective, implications of these findings are important to develop effective mitigation strategies to reduce drought risk exposure.

  9. Integrated interpretation of seismic and resistivity images across the «Val d'Agri» graben (Italy

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    E. Ceragioli

    2002-06-01

    Full Text Available Val d'Agri is a «recent SSW - NNE graben» located in the middle of the Southern Apennines thrust belt «chain» and emplaced in Plio-Pleistocene.The recent sedimentation of the valley represents a local critical geophysical problem. Several strong near surface velocity anomalies and scattering degrades seismic data in different ways and compromises the seismic visibility. In 1998, ENI and Enterprise, with the contribution of the European Community (ESIT R & D project - Enhance Seismic In Thrust Belt; EU Thermie fund acquired two «experimental seismic and Resistivity lines» across the valley. The purpose of the project was to look for methods able to enhance seismic data quality and optimize the data processing flow for «thrust belt» areas. During the work, it was clear that some part of the seismic data processing flow could be used for the detailed geological interpretation of the near subsurface too. In fact, the integrated interpretation of the near surface tomography velocity/depth seismic section, built for enhancing the resolution of static corrections, with the HR resistivity profile, acquired for enhancing the seismic source coupling, allowed a quite detailed lithological interpretation of the main shallow velocity changes and the 2D reconstruction of the structural setting of the valley.

  10. Butterfly Density and Behaviour in Uncut Hay Meadow Strips: Behavioural Ecological Consequences of an Agri-Environmental Scheme

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    Lebeau, Julie; Wesselingh, Renate A.; Van Dyck, Hans

    2015-01-01

    Sparing zones from mowing has been proposed, and applied, to improve local conditions for survival and reproduction of insects in hay meadows. However, little is known about the efficiency of refuge zones and the consequences for local populations. We studied population densities of butterflies before and after mowing in the refuge zone of 15 meadows in 2009 and 2011. We also studied the behaviour of the meadow brown (Maniola jurtina) comparing nectar use, interactions and flights in the refuge zone before and after mowing. Densities of grassland butterflies in this zone doubled on average after mowing. The density of females of M. jurtina increased on average fourfold, while males showed a more modest increase. In line with the idea of increased scramble competition in the refuge zone after mowing, M. jurtina increased the time spent on nectar feeding, the preferred nectar source was visited more frequently, and females made more use of non-preferred nectar sources. Maniola jurtina did not interact more with conspecifics after mowing, but interactions lasted longer. Flight tracks did not change in linearity, but were faster and shorter after mowing. After mowing, only a part of the local grassland butterflies moved to the uncut refuge zone. The resulting concentration effect alters the time allocated to different activities, nectar use and movements. These aspects have been largely ignored for agri-environmental schemes and grassland management in nature reserves and raise questions about optimal quantities and quality of uncut refuge sites for efficient conservation of grassland arthropods in agricultural landscapes. PMID:26284618

  11. Modelling the Efficiency of Agri-Environmental Payments to Czech Agriculture in a CGE Framework Incorporating Public Goods Approach

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    Z. Křístková

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Capturing agricultural multifunctionality has been a challenge to agricultural economists for more than a decade. On one hand, researchers increasingly include the provision of environmental protection and landscape maintenance in their commodity based models; on the other hand, there are efforts as contingent valuation to assess the economic value of environmental benefits provided by agriculture. This paper tries to merge both research streams by incorporating supply and demand of landscape as a public good in a CGE framework. The former is done by including an explicit sector of joint commodity and non-commodity production in the model structure; the latter by extending the household demand system of willingness to pay for landscape. The approach is tested on four scenarios which are extensively compared.Research presented in this paper is the result of a research grant MSM 6046070906 “Economics of Czech agricultural resources and their efficient usage within the framework of multifunctional agri-food systems” and a Research Task of UZEI conducted for the Ministry of Agriculture TÚ 4241/2011”.

  12. A new magnetotelluric monitoring network operating in Agri Valley (Southern Italy: study of stability of apparent resistivity estimates

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    L. Telesca

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available Variations detected in geophysical, especially electromagnetic, parameters in seismic active areas have been sometimes attributed to modifications of the stress field. Among the different geophysical methods, magnetotellurics (MT could be one of the most effective because it allows us to explore down to seismogenic depths. Continuous MT recording could allow us to evaluate whether possible variations are significantly correlated with the seismic activity of investigated area. To assess the significance of such observations we must be able to say how well an apparent resistivity curve should be reproduced when measurements are repeated at a later time. To do this properly it is essential to know that the estimated error bars accurately represent the true uncertainties in comparing the transfer functions. In this work we will show the preliminary results obtained from the analysis of the data coming from the new MT monitoring network installed in Agri Valley. This analysis gives us the possibility: i to better study the temporal stability of the signals, ii to better discriminate the noise affecting the measures by remote reference estimation. The performed analysis disclosed a relatively low degree of noise in the investigated area, which is a promising condition for monitoring.

  13. Efeito dos abusos de temperatura no teor de ácido ascórbico em agrião congelado ao longo da cadeia de distribuição

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    Rui M.S. Cruz; Vieira, Margarida C.; Silva, Cristina L. M.

    2007-01-01

    Este trabalho consistiu no estudo do efeito dos abusos de temperatura no teor de ácido ascórbico (AA) em agrião congelado ao longo da cadeia de distribuição. Para tal, simulou-se um conjunto de condições a que os produtos congelados são sujeitos desde a saída da fábrica até ao consumidor. O agrião, antes do processo de congelação, foi branqueado a uma temperatura de 95 ºC durante 20 s, para uma redução de 90% na actividade específica da enzima peroxidase. O teor de ácido ascórbico do agriã...

  14. Finite element modelling of stress field perturbations and interseismic crustal deformation in the Val d'Agri region, southern Apennines, Italy

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    Candela, Stefania; Mazzoli, Stefano; Megna, Antonella; Santini, Stefano

    2015-08-01

    The Val d'Agri area provides the opportunity to analyse active structures in a seismic region for which a large amount of subsurface data is available. This area, which was struck in 1857 by one of the most destructive earthquakes in Italy (MW = 7.03), represents a unique natural laboratory to gain new insights into geometry, modes and rates of faulting controlling crustal deformation in an actively extending orogen. In this study, a crustal geological section through the southern Apennines is discretized into a finite element model (FEM). We present a 2D elastoplastic FEM that reproduces stress perturbations and strain field around the Val d'Agri active fault system. The influence of fault strand activity on interseismic crustal deformation is tested by a series of computer models, whose predictions are compared with the horizontal velocity components of continuous GPS sites in the region and with stress directions and geological data. The best fit with available geological and geophysical constraints is obtained with a 300 km long, 29 km deep model formed by a multilayer including three components having different rheological characteristics and including several shallow, locked fault segments, which branch into a freely slipping major basement fault at depth. Finite element modelling provides new insights into the controversial and widely debated active tectonic setting of the study area, pointing out the fundamental role played by a structural reactivation process involving inherited, long-lived, mature fault systems at depth. Our FEM, reconciling apparently contrasting geological and geophysical constraints from the study area, points to maximum stress build up and strain accumulation at a depth of 15 ± 5 km. Such a depth range is suggested as the most likely one for the nucleation of large events such as the 1857 Val d'Agri earthquake.

  15. The role of food irradiation in terms of value addition and extension of shelf life of agri. materials (from FARM to Consumer)

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    Today, with the advent of modern processing techniques in the area of value addition to agri resources, food irradiation has made a big dent in terms of extension of shelf life and confidence of making the food free from microbial and other contaminants and need to be really harnessed more than what we are doing. However, there is still certain amount of stigma attached to this technology not because the technology is un-ripe but it is because of lack of awareness with the masses as regards to the safety of the foods that are processed by irradiation

  16. Supporting a Regional Agricultural Sector with Geo & Mainstream ICT – the Case Study of Space4Agri Project

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    Kliment, T.; G. Bordogna; Frigerio, L; D. Stroppiana; Crema, A.; Boschetti, M; Sterlacchini, S.; Brivio, P. A.

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    Agriculture is a global issue nowadays. At the European level, it is a sector, in which we are investing many resources. In particular, the Agri-Food sector plays a central role in the policies of the European Commission and the Horizon 2020 research and innovation program, as well as being the main theme of Expo 2015 that will be held in Milan, Lombardy. In the Lombardy region, the farmers represent 2% of the entire population, cultivating about 80% of the agricultural land. Increasing needs...

  17. Controle em pós-emergência e características germinativas de agriãozinho Postemergence control and germination characteristics of Synedrellopsis grisebachii

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    P.R.F. Giancotti; P.L.C.A. Alves; M.S. Yamauti; A.A.M Barroso

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    O agriãozinho é uma planta daninha de grande importância em pastagens do Brasil e apresenta destacada agressividade, sendo seu controle, portanto, desejável para o sucesso da produção forrageira. O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar o controle químico de Synedrellopsis grisebachii na fase reprodutiva e as suas consequências sobre as características germinativas dos aquênios da planta daninha. Os tratamentos constaram da aplicação dos herbicidas glyphosate (100, 200, 900 e 1.800 g ha-1), para...

  18. Is it worth protecting groundwater from diffuse pollution with agri-environmental schemes? A hydro-economic modeling approach.

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    Hérivaux, Cécile; Orban, Philippe; Brouyère, Serge

    2013-10-15

    In Europe, 30% of groundwater bodies are considered to be at risk of not achieving the Water Framework Directive (WFD) 'good status' objective by 2015, and 45% are in doubt of doing so. Diffuse agricultural pollution is one of the main pressures affecting groundwater bodies. To tackle this problem, the WFD requires Member States to design and implement cost-effective programs of measures to achieve the 'good status' objective by 2027 at the latest. Hitherto, action plans have mainly consisted of promoting the adoption of Agri-Environmental Schemes (AES). This raises a number of questions concerning the effectiveness of such schemes for improving groundwater status, and the economic implications of their implementation. We propose a hydro-economic model that combines a hydrogeological model to simulate groundwater quality evolution with agronomic and economic components to assess the expected costs, effectiveness, and benefits of AES implementation. This hydro-economic model can be used to identify cost-effective AES combinations at groundwater-body scale and to show the benefits to be expected from the resulting improvement in groundwater quality. The model is applied here to a rural area encompassing the Hesbaye aquifer, a large chalk aquifer which supplies about 230,000 inhabitants in the city of Liege (Belgium) and is severely contaminated by agricultural nitrates. We show that the time frame within which improvements in the Hesbaye groundwater quality can be expected may be much longer than that required by the WFD. Current WFD programs based on AES may be inappropriate for achieving the 'good status' objective in the most productive agricultural areas, in particular because these schemes are insufficiently attractive. Achieving 'good status' by 2027 would demand a substantial change in the design of AES, involving costs that may not be offset by benefits in the case of chalk aquifers with long renewal times. PMID:23722175

  19. Feasibility of ASD AgriSpec analysis to indicate mineralogy of a potential shale gas reservoir from west Lancashire, UK

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    Fleming, Claire; Hough, Edward; Kemp, Simon; Cave, Mark

    2016-04-01

    Mudrocks rich in organic matter present an attractive exploration target for unconventional gas and oil. The mid-Carboniferous (Visean - Bashkirian) Bowland Shale is developed in a series of fault-bound basins and is considered the principal accumulation of gas-prone shales in the UK. One risk with exploitation of shales is that the rocks may exhibit ductile behaviour and will not respond in an optimal way to hydraulic stimulation programmes. The brittle behaviour of the rock is strongly influenced by mineralogical composition. Approximately 15 m of core from the lower part of the Bowland Shale, has been used to test the feasibility of using Natural Infra-Red (NIR) Spectrometry to characterise the mineralogy of the shale, and compared to analysis using standard XRD techniques (both whole-rock and affect the 'frackability' of the shale. Clay minerals are also easily detected using NIR spectrometry as they display distinctive absorption features in the Short Wave Infrared region of the electromagnetic spectrum. The benefits of using a handheld NIR spectrometer (AgriSpec) is that it provides a rapid, non-destructive and highly portable method for characterising clay mineralogy. This method may represent a simple solution to the initial characterisation of what are challenging rocks to characterise: thick accumulations (locally in excess of 3500 m) with few marker horizons to enable correlation between basins. Results demonstrate that clay minerals such as dickite, kaolinite and smectite (as well as other characteristic minerals such as siderite; calcite and gypsum) can be identified within the Bowland Shale using this technique.

  20. Creating a Competitive Advantage by Developing an Innovative Tool to Assess Suppliers in Agri-Food Complex

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    Dedina Daniel

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available The main aim of this paper is to introduce a new certified applied methodology for Assessing Suppliers in Agri-Food Complex as a tool for company competitiveness. The work is based on the results obtained in the research project NAZV QG60148/2005 funded by the Czech Ministry of Agriculture and on the requirements of agricultural practice. The novelty lies in the use of practices of the worldwide respected GLOBALG.A.P. standard (formerly EUREPGAP as yet not well known in our country. Based on the practical experience of the authors with the application of food safety standards in the food manufacturing industry and application of GLOBALG. A.P. standard in agricultural primary production, risk and hazard analysis was developed for the product group of fruit and vegetables. Subsequently, a checklist was designed for the implementation of the suppliers’ audit. The result is a methodology for food manufacturers based on the identification of sources of risks in primary production, which can threaten food safety. As part of the introduced methodology are proposed methodological criteria for evaluating suppliers of fruit and vegetables, including rating scales and the possibilities of its implementation. Different variations of the introduction of this approach are discussed from the management, time, and financial viewpoints. The use of this procedure in practice aims to reduce the likelihood of hygiene and health hazards of the basic input raw material according to the principles of the certified standards and thus strengthen the competitiveness of a given manufacturer on the market.

  1. PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT AND BUSINESS PERFORMANCE IN AGRI-FOOD INDUSTRY FROM IAȘI COUNTY-ROMANIA

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    Stejărel BREZULEANU

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Solutions and development proposals for agriculture and for increasing of business performance must be sustainedby an analysis of the factors involved in agriculture, of the causes which affects the development of agriculture innormal conditions, of the advantages offered by the natural and economical conditions. First of all must be analysedthe possibility of agriculture development function of human resources involved in this sector. In establishing theresearch plan we have in mind the development level of agri-foods units from Romania and in the studied area, Iași County, Romania and also the strategic priorities of this domain in the context of creating of new jobs in ruralareas. As gathering technique for the information presented in the current paper we utilised the explicative casestudy, because we wanted a deep and complex investigation at Societatea Agricola Moldova (Moldova AgriculturalSociety from Ţigănaşi village, Iaşi County. From the main indicators of the agricultural production were analysedfor a period of three consecutive years the physical main production and merchandise production, and fromeconomical indicators were analysed: turnover, added value, revenues, expenses and profit. Based on this system ofindicators could be identified organizational structures, activity domains and products at which were recorded anunfavourable dynamics of profitability or a favourable dynamics, but which is not at the level of competitivenessdegree requested by the domestic and foreign market, giving the possibility of applying of some measures forincreasing of profitability of the whole economical-financial activity at a high level. At the end of the current studythe conclusion is that the society have a profitable activity obtaining profit in all three analysed years, respectively2010, 2011, 2012 resulting that the performance is a synthetic form of expressing the efficiency of the wholeeconomical activity of the firm.

  2. AgriSense-STARS: Advancing Methods of Agricultural Monitoring for Food Security in Smallholder Regions - the Case for Tanzania

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    Dempewolf, J.; Becker-Reshef, I.; Nakalembe, C. L.; Tumbo, S.; Maurice, S.; Mbilinyi, B.; Ntikha, O.; Hansen, M.; Justice, C. J.; Adusei, B.; Kongo, V.

    2015-12-01

    In-season monitoring of crop conditions provides critical information for agricultural policy and decision making and most importantly for food security planning and management. Nationwide agricultural monitoring in countries dominated by smallholder farming systems, generally relies on extensive networks of field data collectors. In Tanzania, extension agents make up this network and report on conditions across the country, approaching a "near-census". Data is collected on paper which is resource and time intensive, as well as prone to errors. Data quality is ambiguous and there is a general lack of clear and functional feedback loops between farmers, extension agents, analysts and decision makers. Moreover, the data are not spatially explicit, limiting the usefulness for analysis and quality of policy outcomes. Despite significant advances in remote sensing and information communication technologies (ICT) for monitoring agriculture, the full potential of these new tools is yet to be realized in Tanzania. Their use is constrained by the lack of resources, skills and infrastructure to access and process these data. The use of ICT technologies for data collection, processing and analysis is equally limited. The AgriSense-STARS project is developing and testing a system for national-scale in-season monitoring of smallholder agriculture using a combination of three main tools, 1) GLAM-East Africa, an automated MODIS satellite image processing system, 2) field data collection using GeoODK and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and 3) the Tanzania Crop Monitor, a collaborative online portal for data management and reporting. These tools are developed and applied in Tanzania through the National Food Security Division of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives (MAFC) within a statistically representative sampling framework (area frame) that ensures data quality, representability and resource efficiency.

  3. Assessment of atmospheric trace element concentrations by lichen-bag near an oil/gas pre-treatment plant in the Agri Valley (southern Italy

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    R. Caggiano

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available The atmospheric concentrations of 17 trace elements (Al, Ca, Cd, Cr, Cu, Fe, K, Li, Mg, Mn, Na, Ni, P, Pb, S, Ti and Zn were measured by means of the "lichen-bag" technique in the Agri Valley (southern Italy. The lichen samples were collected from an unpolluted site located in Rifreddo forest (southern Italy. The bags were exposed to ambient air for 6 and 12 months. The exposed-to-control (EC ratio values highlighted that the used lichen species were suitable for biomonitoring investigations. The results showed that the concentrations of almost all the examined trace elements increased with respect to the control after 6–12 month exposures. Furthermore, Ca, Al, Fe, K, Mg and S were the most abundant trace elements both in the 6 and 12 month-exposed samples. Moreover, principal component analysis (PCA results highlighted that the major sources of the measured atmospheric trace elements were related both to anthropogenic contributions due to traffic, combustion processes, agricultural practices, construction and quarrying activities, and to natural contributions mainly represented by the re-suspension of local soil and road dusts. In addition, the contribution both of secondary atmospheric reactions involving Centro Olio Val d'Agri (COVA plant emissions and the African dust long-range transport were also identified.

  4. Geostatistical methodology for assessing the impact of agri-environmental measures on groundwater quality. With application developed for in the State of Baden-Wuertenberg, Germany

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    Vasile, Alexandru

    2014-05-01

    The EU has implemented agri-environmental programs to minimize the negative environmental impacts of agriculture. This study investigates the correlation between the implementation of these measures and the groundwater nitrate concentration in Baden Wurttemberg. Groundwater quality data from the monitoring network was used in a geo-statistical methodology, using two methods, to generate maps of groundwater nitrate distribution from 1990 to 2012. The covered area of each agri- environmental measure that is considered to have a beneficial impact on groundwater quality was attributed to each county in the state for the period of 2000-2012. Using ArcGIS 10.1 and R statistical software, the correlations between the evolutions of these two phenomenon were determined using Spearman's correlation coefficient and the corresponding p value, using three different methods (that incorporate different degrees of additional information such as the evolution of the TUAA and the spatial positioning and extent of agricultural land). Also the evolution of groundwater nitrate concentration was determined for different land use types for the period of 1990-2012. Variations were visible between the different used methods, however, all of them showed very similar patterns: there were significantly more negative correlations than positive; this was also true for the intensity of the correlations (the value of the correlation coefficient), in some instances negative correlation coefficients went above 0.9 (p permanent crops > heterogeneous agricultural areas > pastures >= urban fabric >= industrial, commercial and transport units > forests > artificial non-agricultural areas > scrubs and/or herbaceous vegetation.

  5. Assessment of atmospheric trace element concentrations by lichen-bag near an oil/gas pre-treatment plant in the Agri Valley (southern Italy)

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    Caggiano, R.; Trippetta, S.; Sabia, S.

    2015-02-01

    The atmospheric concentrations of 17 trace elements (Al, Ca, Cd, Cr, Cu, Fe, K, Li, Mg, Mn, Na, Ni, P, Pb, S, Ti and Zn) were measured by means of the "lichen-bag" technique in the Agri Valley (southern Italy). The lichen samples were collected from an unpolluted site located in Rifreddo forest (southern Italy), about 30 km away from the study area along the north direction. The bags were exposed to ambient air for 6 and 12 months. The exposed-to-control (EC) ratio values highlighted that the used lichen species were suitable for biomonitoring investigations. The results showed that the concentrations of almost all the examined trace elements increased with respect to the control after 6-12-month exposures. Furthermore, Ca, Al, Fe, K, Mg and S were the most abundant trace elements both in the 6-month and 12-month-exposed samples. Moreover, principal component analysis (PCA) results highlighted that the major sources of the measured atmospheric trace elements were related both to anthropogenic contributions due to traffic, combustion processes agricultural practices, construction and quarrying activities, and to natural contributions mainly represented by the re-suspension of local soil and road dusts. In addition, the contribution both of secondary atmospheric reactions involving Centro Olio Val d'Agri (COVA) plant emissions and the African dust long-range transport were also identified.

  6. Construction of a Bayesian Network for the Assessment of Agri-Environmental Measures – The Case Study of the Venice Lagoon Watershed

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    Marta Carpani

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available A methodological framework was designed to assess the effectiveness of agri-environmental policy measures adopted by the Veneto Region to reduce diffuse water pollution of agricultural origin. Two already existing methodologies were combined in a new flexible approach for policy assessment: Conceptual Modelling and Bayesian Networks (BNs. The former supported the development of a shared conceptual model (a cognitive map of the agro-ecosystem of the study area; while the latter allowed the development of a probabilistic model coherent with the cognitive map. BNs were selected because they allow analyses with scarce data; they can be updated when further information becomes available, and are easily understandable by layperson. The paper reports the results obtained in the Venice Lagoon Watershed (VLW case study, where the current agri-environmental measures were assessed in order to identify their effectiveness in terms of reduction of nitrogen releases in water bodies connected to the lagoon ecosystem. Preliminary results obtained by implementing expert opinions in the BN pointed out the likely limited effects of the measures on the declared objective of

  7. Environmental monitoring of the area surrounding oil wells in Val d'Agri (Italy): element accumulation in bovine and ovine organs.

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    Miedico, Oto; Iammarino, Marco; Paglia, Giuseppe; Tarallo, Marina; Mangiacotti, Michele; Chiaravalle, A Eugenio

    2016-06-01

    In this work, environmental heavy metal contamination in the Val d'Agri area of Southern Italy was monitored, measuring the accumulation of 18 heavy metals (U, Hg, Pb, Cd, As, Sr, Sn, V, Ni, Cr, Mo, Co, Cu, Zn, Ca, Mn, Fe, and Al) in the organs of animals raised in the surrounding area (kidney, lung, and liver of bovine and ovine species). Val d'Agri features various oil processing centers which are potentially a significant source of environmental pollution, making it essential to perform studies that will outline the state of the art on which any recovery plans and interventions may be developed. The analysis was carried out using official and accredited analytical methods based on inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry, and the measurements were statistically processed in order to give a contribution to risk assessment. Even though five samples showed Pb and Cd concentrations above the limits defined in the European Commission Regulation (EC) No 1881/2006, the mean concentrations of most elements suggest that contamination in this area is low. Consequently, these results also suggest that there is no particular risk for human exposure to toxic trace elements. Nevertheless, the findings of this work confirm that element accumulation in ovine species is correlated with geographical livestock area. Therefore, ovine-specific organs might be used as bioindicators for monitoring contamination by specific toxic elements in exposed areas. PMID:27165602

  8. Integration and self regulation of quality management in Dutch agri-food supply chains : a cross-chain analysis of the poultry meat, the fruit and vegetable and the flower and potted plant chains

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    Plaggenhoef, van W.

    2007-01-01

    Introduction During the last decade, concerns about quality and safety in agri-food supply chains have been raised. Several sector-wide crises, such as the BSE and the dioxin crises, classical swine fever and foot-and-mouth disease and Aviaire Influenza have fuelled these concerns. These conc

  9. Two Sides of the Same Coin? Analysis of the Web-Based Social Media with Regard to the Image of the Agri-Food Sector in Germany

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    Justus Boehm

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available  Never before has food been as safe and secure as it is today, but simultaneously, society has become increasingly critical towards agricultural and food related issues. This two-sided development between society and agribusiness will be analyzed using Framing Theory. A quantitative semantic analysis was applied to evaluate the web-based social media in Germany. 50,931 web posts were collected covering 21 issues identified as relevant for the agri-food sector. The results show that all contentious issues are mainly framed in a two-sided way. The modern productivity-driven industry is judged as a negative development, trends returning to a more natural food production are seen as positive.

  10. Proceedings of the 65. conference of the Ordre des agronomes du Quebec : Effects of climate change on agriculture and agri-food sectors : local solutions

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    This conference provided a forum for the exchange of scientific knowledge concerning new management tools and agricultural practices that will ensure sustainable development in the agriculture and agri-food sectors in Quebec in light of climate change. Agricultural practices were examined in an effort to see how greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions can be reduced. A review of the knowledge accumulated to date on climate change was presented along with a look at the impact of greenhouse gas emissions on Quebec's agricultural sector. Climate and the greenhouse effect were discussed, with particular emphasis on a European perspective of the agricultural sector. Nine presenters also participated in 3 smaller conferences on specific themes which examined GHG sources and methods to reduce emissions in animal and plant production. The impacts of climate change and adaptation methods in Quebec were discussed. Twelve of the 13 papers were indexed separately for inclusion in this database

  11. The environmental balance of the Alta Val d'Agri: a contribution to the evaluation of the industrial risk and strategic sustainable development

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    Loperte, S.; Cosmi, C.

    2015-09-01

    This study presents the preliminary environmental balance of the Alta Val d'Agri (Basilicata Region, Southern Italy), an area of great naturalistic interest characterized by the presence of huge oil and gas fields. The Driving Forces-Pressure-State-Impact-Responses (DPSIR) methodology was used to outline the background in terms of environmental impacts mainly caused by oil extraction activities, as well as potential existing responses. The study aims at providing stakeholders with an exhaustive framework to identify the existing data, the main sources of pollution, their potential impacts, the associated industrial risks and the existing policy strategies. Moreover, the DPSIR approach allows the identification of the vulnerable areas and the definition of targeted actions for a sustainable development of the area.

  12. THE REALIZATION OF THE AGRI-ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SCHEME IN THE AREA OF NATURA 2000 IN THE VALLEY OF BIEBRZA RIVER

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    Full Text Available The aim of the research was to analyse the functioning of agricultural farms located in the areas of Natura 2000 network. The research was conducted in 2015 among 70 farmers whose lands were located in the Valley of Biebrza River in Podlaskie Voivodeship. The main research method was a questionnaire. According to the results of the research, the agri-environmental scheme is a proper tool that combines the environmental protection and local producers’ interests; however, it requires the implementation of a supplement adjusted to the nature of the areas. It is also indicated that even though the economic part of the program does not raise any doubts, the natural eff ects are practically not recognized, which may lead to an incomplete protection of precious species and habitats.

  13. Comparison of meteorological forcing (WFDEI, AGRI4CAST) to in-situ observations in a semi arid catchment. The case of Merguellil in Tunisia.

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    Le Page, Michel; Gosset, Cindy; Oueslati, Ines; Calvez, Roger; Zribi, Mehrez; Lilli Chabaane, Zohra

    2015-04-01

    Meteorological forcing is essential to hydrological and hydro-geological modeling. In the case of the semi-arid catchment of Merguellil in Tunisia, long term time series are only available in the plain for a SYNOP station. Other meteorological stations have been installed since 2010. Therefore, this study aims at qualifying the reliability of the meteorological forcing necessary for an integrated model conception. We compare the meteorological data from 7 stations (sources: WMO and our own station), inside and around the Merguellil catchment, with daily gridded data at 25*25 km from AGRI4CAST and 50*50km from WFDEI. AGRI4CAST (Biaveti et al, 2008) is an interpolated dataset based on actual weather stations produced by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) for the Monitoring Agricultural Resources Unit (MARS). The WFDEI second version dataset (Weedon et al, 2014) has been generated using the same methodology as the widely used WATCH Forcing Data (WFD) by making use of the ERA-Interim reanalysis data. The studied meteorological variables are Rs, Tmoy, U2, P, RH and ET0, with the scores RMSE, bias and R pearson. Regarding the AGRI4CAST dataset, the scores are established over different periods according to variables based on stepping between the observed and interpolated data. The scores show good correlations between the observed temperatures, but with a spatial variability bound to the stations elevations. The moderate and interpolated radiations also show a good concordance indicating a good reliability. The R pearson score obtained for the values of relative humidity show a good correlation between the observations and the interpolations, however, the short periods of comparisons do not allow obtaining significant information and the RMSE and bias are important. Wind speed has an important negative bias for a majority of stations (positively for only one). Only one station shows concordances between the data. The study of the data indicates that we shall have to adjust

  14. 世界主要农业发达地区农产品追溯体系发展现状%Development of agri-products traceability in main developed agriculture region of the world

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    王东亭; 饶秀勤; 应义斌

    2014-01-01

    Nowadays, agri-products production and distribution systems are becoming more and more interdependent, integrated, and globalized. The two main themes toward agri-products around the modern world include maintaining safety and improving quality. Based on the information communication technologies (ICTs) and the internet of things (IOT) technologies, traceability through the entire agri-products supply chain will effectively address safety, quality, and defense issues of agri-products by providing precise, real-time, transparent, and reliable information from the farm to the table. Traceability systems are capable of minimizing the degree of information asymmetry between producers and consumers by collecting and sharing information among all partners of the supply chain, promoting the agri-products safety responsibility by implement track and trace functions along the supply chain, and helping strengthen confidence of the customers toward agri-products. Since traceability systems are becoming an important tool for monitoring and managing agri-product flows through the supply chains, many developing and developed countries around the world put great focus on them and try to introduce traceability into various kinds of agri-products supply chains. This review described and summarized the latest progress of the agri-products traceability development in the most advanced regions of agriculture produce all over the world, which comprised three main aspects:laws and regulations, standards and norms, and promotion and implementation. The agri-product traceability legal system has been developed in the Europe Union (EU), which puts "No. 178/2002 Act"at its core. It is divided into two levels:the upper level is the basic laws that set general principles, relatively; the lower level is specific articles and requirements for different kinds of agri-products based on the upper level. The EU started the Promoting European Traceability Excellence&Research (PETER) project from

  15. 台湾农产品安全热点问题剖析%Analysis on Hotspots of Safety of Agri-products in Taiwan

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    周琼; 曾玉荣

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    农产品安全问题层出不穷,本文分别以美国牛肉进口事件、禽流感事件、塑化剂事件等为例,对台湾地区进口农产品质量控制与安全管理、原产地农产品防疫检验、加工食品安全管理以及转基因食品的控制管理等热点问题进行剖析,研究表明,台湾地区在农产品安全问题上,当局的相关管理应该来说是理性而有效的,但应进一步加强与国际检测认证标准接轨,加大财政支持,推动产销履历制度,并加强沟通,取得民众的认同,全面推广“安全容许”与“强制标示”制度。%There are more and more questions on the safety of agri-products. The incidents such as importation of American beef, avi- an flu, di- (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate were taken for examples to analyze the questions on the safety of agri-product in Taiwan. Results showed that the measures for importation, native, processed agricultural products and genetically modified food in Taiwan were rational and effective, but some standards should be made to meet international need, the traceability system should be promoted and the communication with popular should be strengthened, and acceptable daily intake and compelling marking should be popularized.

  16. Potential benefits of commercial willow Short Rotation Coppice (SRC) for farm-scale plant and invertebrate communities in the agri-environment

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    Rowe, Rebecca L.; Hanley, Mick E.; Goulson, Dave; Clarke, Donna J.; Doncaster, C. Patrick; Taylor, Gail [University of Southampton, Faculty of Natural and Environmental Sciences, Life Sciences Building, Southampton, S017 1BJ (United Kingdom)

    2011-01-15

    The cultivation of bioenergy crops (BECs) represents a significant land-use change in agri-environments, but their deployment has raised important issues globally regarding possible impacts on biodiversity. Few studies however, have systematically examined the effect of commercial scale bioenergy plantations on biodiversity in agri-ecosystems. In this study we investigate how the abundance and diversity of two key components of farmland biodiversity (ground flora and winged invertebrates) varied between mature willow Short Rotation Coppice (SRC) and two alternative land-use options (arable crops and set-aside land). Although the abundance of winged invertebrates was similar across all land-uses, taxonomic composition varied markedly. Hymenoptera and large Hemiptera (>5 mm) were more abundant in willow SRC than in arable or set-aside. Similarly although plant species richness was greater in set-aside, our data show that willow SRC supports a different plant community to the other land-uses, being dominated by competitive perennial species such as Elytrigia repens and Urtica dioica. Our results suggest that under current management practices a mixed farming system incorporating willow SRC can benefit native farm-scale biodiversity. In particular the reduced disturbance in willow SRC allows the persistence of perennial plant species, potentially providing a stable refuge and food sources for invertebrates. In addition, increased Hymenoptera abundance in willow SRC could potentially have concomitant effects on ecosystem processes, as many members of this Order are important pollinators of crop plants or otherwise fulfil an important beneficial role as predators or parasites of crop pests. (author)

  17. Integrated landscape planning and remuneration of agri-environmental services. Results of a case study in the Fuhrberg region of Germany.

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    V Haaren, Christina; Bathke, Manfred

    2008-11-01

    Until now, existing remuneration of environmental services has not sufficiently supported the goals of spending money more effectively on the environment and of motivating farmers. Only a small share of the budgets for agriculture in the EU, as well as in US and other countries, is available for buying environmental goods and services beyond the level of good farming practice (GFP). This combined with the insufficient targeting of compensation payments to areas where special measures are needed leads to an unsatisfactorily low impact of agri-environment measures compared to other driving forces that stimulate the intensification of farming. The goal of this paper is to propose a management concept that enhances the ecological and cost efficiency of agri-environment measures. Components of the concept are a comprehensive environmental information base with prioritised goals and targets (available in Germany from landscape planning) and new remuneration models, which complement conventional compensation payments that are based upon predetermined measures and cost. Comprehensive landscape planning locates and prioritises areas which require environmental action. It contains the information that authorities need to prioritise funding for environmental services and direct measures to sites which need environmental services beyond the level of GFP. Also appropriate remuneration models, which can enhance the cost efficiency of public spending and the motivation of the farmers, can be applied on the base of landscape planning. Testing of the planning methodology and of one of the remuneration models (success-oriented remuneration) in a case study area ("Fuhrberger Feld" north of Hanover, Germany) demonstrated the usability of the concept and led to proposals for future development of the methodology and its application in combination with other approaches. PMID:17703871

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    Reynisdottir, Eva Margret; Hedegaard, Rikke; Harder, Henrik

    2009-01-01

    Siden 1970'erne har den primære vision for den bæredygtige byudvikling været at reducere bygningers energiforbrug for derved at reducere udslippet af drivhusgasser. Hvad der derimod stadigvæk mangler at blive sat fokus på er, hvordan bæredygtige designløsninger med fokus på reduceret energiforbru...

  19. A novel approach to compare simultaneous size-segregated particulate matter (PM) concentration ratios by means of a dedicated triangular diagram using the Agri Valley PM measurements as an example

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    Speranza, A.; Caggiano, R.; Margiotta, S.; Trippetta, S.

    2014-06-01

    This work presents a novel approach to compare and graphically represent simultaneous concentration measurements of PM10, PM2.5 and PM1 (i.e., aerosol particles with aerodynamic diameters less than 10, 2.5 and 1 μm, respectively) with similar data reported in literature using PM2.5/PM10 and PM1/PM10 concentration ratios. To this aim, a dedicated triangular diagram was used. The proposed approach was applied to size-segregated PM concentrations recorded in Agri Valley (Basilicata Region - southern Italy). Results shows that the PM10, PM2.5 and PM1 concentrations recorded in the Agri Valley are comparable both in terms of PM concentration ratios and PM levels to an urban site.

  20. A novel approach to comparing simultaneous size-segregated particulate matter (PM) concentration ratios by means of a dedicated triangular diagram using the Agri Valley PM measurements as an example

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    Speranza, A.; Caggiano, R.; Margiotta, S.; Trippetta, S.

    2014-10-01

    This work presents a novel approach to comparing and graphically representing simultaneous concentration measurements of PM10, PM2.5 and PM1 (i.e., aerosol particles with aerodynamic diameters less than 10, 2.5 and 1 μm, respectively) with similar data reported in the literature using PM2.5/PM10 and PM1/PM10 concentration ratios. With this aim, a dedicated triangular diagram was used. The proposed approach was applied to size-segregated particulate matter (PM) concentrations recorded in the Agri Valley (Basilicata region - southern Italy). Results show that the PM10, PM2.5 and PM1 concentrations recorded in the Agri Valley are comparable both in terms of PM concentration ratios and PM levels to an urban site.

  1. Integration and self regulation of quality management in Dutch agri-food supply chains : a cross-chain analysis of the poultry meat, the fruit and vegetable and the flower and potted plant chains

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    Plaggenhoef, van, W.

    2007-01-01

    Introduction During the last decade, concerns about quality and safety in agri-food supply chains have been raised. Several sector-wide crises, such as the BSE and the dioxin crises, classical swine fever and foot-and-mouth disease and Aviaire Influenza have fuelled these concerns. These concerns may not only be limited to safety and quality issues, but also important ethical concerns are raised, for example, concerning preventive slaughtering of animals. Due to all this attention, consumers ...

  2. Learning our way towards a sustainable agri-food system Three cases from Sweden: Stockholm Farmers market, Ramsjö Community Supported Agriculture and Järna Initiative for Local Production

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    Adler, Steffen; Fung, Stephanie; Huber, Gwendolyn; Young, Lee

    2003-01-01

    This research is based on case studies of the Stockholm Farmers Market, Ramsjö Community Supported Agriculture, and Järna Initiative for Local Production. These cases are examples of alternative consumerproducer links in the Swedish agri-food system. An adapted SWOT analysis highlights key strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and constraints in each case from the multiple perspectives of producers, consumers, the organization, as well as the environment and society. Diagrams show where learni...

  3. The effectiveness of integrated farm management, organic farming and agri-environment schemes for conserving biodiversity in temperate Europe - A systematic map

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    Randall Nicola P

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Agriculture is the dominant land use throughout much of Europe. Changes to farming practices have led to concerns about negative impacts on biodiversity, and current agricultural policy has an emphasis towards conservation. The objective of this study was to investigate and describe the nature and coverage of research pertaining to the effectiveness of integrated farm management, organic farming and agri-environment schemes as interventions for conserving biodiversity in temperate Europe. Systematic mapping methodology was adapted from social sciences, and used to create a searchable database of relevant research. Methods Searches were made of 10 electronic databases containing peer reviewed journals, PhD theses, conference proceedings and organisational reports. Web searches for relevant research were also made. The title and abstracts of results were examined for relevance. Studies were included when published in English, when an intervention was applied to increase biodiversity or species diversity on farmland, and where there was a measured effect on study organism(s. Correlative and manipulative studies from temperate Europe were included. The research was incorporated into a searchable database (systematic map and key wording used to describe, categorise and code studies. Results The searches identified 83,590 records. Following removal of duplicates and the application of inclusion criteria, 743 references were coded for the final systematic map database. Most of the studies reported were from Western Europe, particularly from the UK. Invertebrates were the most commonly studied organism followed by plants and birds, and field margins were the most commonly studied biotope. Conclusions The systematic map describes the scope of research on the topic. It can be used to inform future primary research, or research synthesis and evaluation methods such as systematic review. Areas for which there appear to be evidence gaps

  4. PM1 geochemical and mineralogical characterization using SEM-EDX to identify particle origin - Agri Valley pilot area (Basilicata, southern Italy)

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    Margiotta, S.; Lettino, A.; Speranza, A.; Summa, V.

    2015-07-01

    A PM1 geochemical and mineralogical study using Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) was performed on a pilot site in the Agri Valley which is close to the oil pre-treatment plant (C.O.V.A) of Europe's largest on-shore hydrocarbon reservoir. The study identified PM1 geochemical and mineralogical characters in the period before, during and immediately after a burning torch flare event. The finer fraction (DFe μm) consisted mainly of secondary particles and soot. In the coarser fraction (DFe ≥ 0.7 μm), natural particles originating from crustal erosion and soot were abundant. Fine quartz particles and lower Al / Si ratios are markers for desert dust origin, proving that a Saharan dust episode which occurred during the observation period played a significant role in supplying geogenic aerosol components to the PM1. Largest amounts of ≥ 0.7 μm fraction particles observed on the day of flare event may be due to a greater supply of Saharan geogenic particles. Soot had been significantly increasing long before the flare event, suggesting that this increase is also related to other causes, although we cannot exclude a contribution from flaring. S-rich aerosol consisted mainly of mixed particles originating from deposition and heterogeneous nucleation of secondary sulfates on mineral dust. Only-S particles were identified in the ≥ 0.7 μm fraction following the flare event. These particles may be indicators of larger amounts of sulphur in the atmosphere.

  5. Orthogonal relation between wavefield polarization and fast S wave direction in the Val d'Agri region: An integrating method to investigate rock anisotropy

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    Pischiutta, M.; Pastori, M.; Improta, L.; Salvini, F.; Rovelli, A.

    2014-01-01

    polarization is investigated using 200 seismograms recorded by a network of 20 stations installed on rock outcrops in the Val d'Agri region that hosts the largest oil fields in the southern Apennines (Italy). Polarization is assessed both in the frequency and time domains through the individual-station horizontal-to-vertical spectral ratio and covariance-matrix analysis, respectively. We find that most of the stations show a persistent horizontal polarization of waveforms, with a NE-SW predominant trend. This direction is orthogonal to the general trend of Quaternary normal faults in the region and to the maximum horizontal stress related to the present extensional regime. According to previous studies in other areas, such a directional effect is interpreted as due to the presence of fault-related fracture fields, polarization being orthogonal to their predominant direction. A comparison with S wave anisotropy inferred from shear wave splitting indicates an orthogonal relation between horizontal polarization and fast S wave direction. This suggests that wavefield polarization and fast velocity direction are effects of the same cause: The existence of an anisotropic medium represented by fractured rocks where shear wave velocity is larger in the crack-parallel component and compliance is larger perpendicularly to the crack strike. The latter is responsible for the observed anisotropic pattern of amplitudes of horizontal ground motion in the study area.

  6. Assessing the Impact of Sustainability Improvement Options on the Agri-food Supply Chain Governance Structures: Development of an Evaluation Tool

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    Cosimo Rota

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available The competitiveness of a supply chain is driven by the ability of supply chain governance structures to adapt to the chains’ continuously changing technical and organizational characteristics. The present study addresses the adoption of sustainability improvement options in the area of organization and management in the agri-food sector; within this framework the study proposes a tool for assessing the impact of sustainability oriented processes on the supply chain governance structures, in turn influencing the competitiveness of the supply chain. Two different approaches, proposed by (Gereffi et al., 2005 and (Hobbs and Young, 2000 have been linked to provide a theoretical framework for the tool development. The proposed new conceptual framework links the dimensions defining five different governance structures complexity of transaction, ability to codify and capabilities in the supply-base (Gereffi et al., to the product characteristics, regulatory and technology aspects defined by Hobbs and Young as drivers influencing the vertical coordination of supply chains. The method suggested for measuring the relations between improvement options and the chain governance structure is the adoption of experts’ evaluations. This method improves the tool capacity to provide a context-related supply chain governance structure assessment and management.

  7. Amphibians in Southern Apennine: distribution, ecology and conservation notes in the “Appennino Lucano, Val d’Agri e Lagonegrese” National Park (Southern Italy

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    Antonio Romano

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Italy is the European country with the highest amphibian richness and endemism. However distributional data from some Southern Italy areas are scanty, in particularly for the Basilicata region. In this study, we present the results of field and bibliographic survey on the amphibians of the “Appennino Lucano, Val d’Agri e Lagonegrese” National Park (almost 70,000 ha. We recorded breeding activity of 12 amphibian species in 307 sites, for a total of 493 records. For some endemic species we provide new ecological data, such as new altitudinal limit (Salamandrina terdigitata or expansion of the annual activity cycle (Bombina pachypus. Indices of diffusion, density and rarity were applied to test the status of each species in the Park. Correspondence analyses showed a clear aquatic habitat partitioning between anurans and urodelans and, concerning the latter, between newts and salamanders, newts being strictly dependent on artificial water bodies. Our results support the growing idea, recently formalized by the IUCN, that maintaining and restoring artificial water bodies may be fundamental for an appropriate conservation management of amphibian communities in Mediterranean rural landscapes.

  8. PM1 geochemical and mineralogical characterization using SEM-EDX to identify particle origin – Agri Valley pilot area (Basilicata, Southern Italy

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    S. Margiotta

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available A PM1 geochemical and mineralogical study using Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM was performed on a pilot site in the Agri Valley which is close to the oil pre-treatment plant (C.O.V.A of the Europe's largest on-shore hydrocarbon reservoir. The study identified PM1 geochemical and mineralogical characters in a period before, during and immediately after a burning torch flare event. The finer fraction (DFe DFe ≥ 0.7 μm, natural particles originating from crustal erosion and soot were abundant. Fine quartz particles and lower Al/Si ratios are markers for desert dust origin, proving that a Saharan dust episode which occurred during the observation period played a significant role in supplying geogenic aerosol components to the PM1. Largest amounts of ≥0.7 μm fraction particles observed on the day of flare event may be due to a greater supply of Saharan geogenic particles. Soot had been significantly increasing long before the flare event, suggesting that this increase is also related to other causes, although we cannot exclude a contribution from flaring. S-rich aerosol consisted mainly of mixed particles originating from deposition and heterogeneous nucleation of secondary sulfates on mineral dust. Only-S particles were identified in the ≥0.7 μm fraction following the flare event. These particles may be indicators of larger amounts of sulphur in the atmosphere.

  9. A Decision Support System Coupling Fuzzy Logic and Probabilistic Graphical Approaches for the Agri-Food Industry: Prediction of Grape Berry Maturity.

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    Nathalie Perrot

    Full Text Available Agri-food is one of the most important sectors of the industry and a major contributor to the global warming potential in Europe. Sustainability issues pose a huge challenge for this sector. In this context, a big issue is to be able to predict the multiscale dynamics of those systems using computing science. A robust predictive mathematical tool is implemented for this sector and applied to the wine industry being easily able to be generalized to other applications. Grape berry maturation relies on complex and coupled physicochemical and biochemical reactions which are climate dependent. Moreover one experiment represents one year and the climate variability could not be covered exclusively by the experiments. Consequently, harvest mostly relies on expert predictions. A big challenge for the wine industry is nevertheless to be able to anticipate the reactions for sustainability purposes. We propose to implement a decision support system so called FGRAPEDBN able to (1 capitalize the heterogeneous fragmented knowledge available including data and expertise and (2 predict the sugar (resp. the acidity concentrations with a relevant RMSE of 7 g/l (resp. 0.44 g/l and 0.11 g/kg. FGRAPEDBN is based on a coupling between a probabilistic graphical approach and a fuzzy expert system.

  10. Preparation of an Immunoaffinity Column with Amino-Silica Gel Microparticles and Its Application in Sample Cleanup for Aflatoxin Detection in Agri-Products

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    Xiaofeng Hu

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available This study established an immunoaffinity column for selective extraction of aflatoxins in agri-products. Specifically, the immunoaffinity column was developed by covalently coupling monoclonal antibody 1C11 against aflatoxins to amino-silica gel microparticles and then packing these into a cartridge. The extraction conditions were thoroughly optimized in terms of loading, washing and eluting solutions. Under the optimal conditions, the immunoaffinity column had a capacity of 200 ng of aflatoxins. The detection limits (S/N = 3 for aflatoxin G1, B1, G2 and B2 were 0.03, 0.07, 0.05 and 0.09 μg·kg−1, and the corresponding quantification limits (S/N = 10 were 0.10, 0.25, 0.18 and 0.30 μg·kg−1, respectively. The recoveries of aflatoxins in samples were 90.1%–104.4% and RSDs were <4.4%. The developed method was further applied to the determination of aflatoxins in peanut, vegetable oil and tea samples, and the results indicated that peanut (26.9%, vegetable oils (28.0% and tea (5.3% samples were contaminated with aflatoxins, with levels ranging from 0.49 to 20.79 μg·kg−1.

  11. A new MODIS based approach for gas flared volumes estimation: the case of the Val d'Agri Oil Center (Southern Italy)

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    Lacava, T.; Faruolo, M.; Coviello, I.; Filizzola, C.; Pergola, N.; Tramutoli, V.

    2014-12-01

    Gas flaring is one of the most controversial energetic and environmental issues the Earth is facing, moreover contributing to the global warming and climate change. According to the World Bank, each year about 150 Billion Cubic Meter of gas are being flared globally, that is equivalent to the annual gas use of Italy and France combined. Besides, about 400 million tons of CO2 (representing about 1.2% of global CO2 emissions) are added annually into the atmosphere. Efforts to evaluate the impact of flaring on the surrounding environment are hampered by lack of official information on flare locations and volumes. Suitable satellite based techniques could offers a potential solution to this problem through the detection and subsequent mapping of flare locations as well as gas emissions estimation. In this paper a new methodological approach, based on the Robust Satellite Techniques (RST), a multi-temporal scheme of satellite data analysis, was developed to analyze and characterize the flaring activity of the largest Italian gas and oil pre-treatment plant (ENI-COVA) located in Val d'Agri (Basilicata) For this site, located in an anthropized area characterized by a large environmental complexity, flaring emissions are mainly related to emergency conditions (i.e. waste flaring), being the industrial process regulated by strict regional laws. With reference to the peculiar characteristics of COVA flaring, the RST approach was implemented on 13 years of EOS-MODIS (Earth Observing System - Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) infrared data to detect COVA-related thermal anomalies and to develop a regression model for gas flared volume estimation. The methodological approach, the whole processing chain and the preliminarily achieved results will be shown and discussed in this paper. In addition, the possible implementation of the proposed approach on the data acquired by the SUOMI NPP - VIIRS (National Polar-orbiting Partnership - Visible Infrared Imaging

  12. A MODIS-based analysis of the Val d'Agri Oil Center (South of Italy) thermal emission: an independent gas flaring estimation strategy

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    Pergola, Nicola; Faruolo, Mariapia; Irina, Coviello; Carolina, Filizzola; Teodosio, Lacava; Valerio, Tramutoli

    2014-05-01

    Different kinds of atmospheric pollution affect human health and the environment at local and global scale. The petroleum industry represents one of the most important environmental pollution sources, accounting for about 18% of well-to-wheels greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The main pollution source is represented by the flaring of gas, one of the most challenging energy and environmental problems facing the world today. The World Bank has estimated that 150 billion cubic meters of natural gas are being flared annually, that is equivalent to 30% of the European Union's gas consumption. Since 2002, satellite-based methodologies have shown their capability in providing independent and reliable estimation of gas flaring emissions, at both national and global scale. In this paper, for the first time, the potential of satellite data in estimating gas flaring volumes emitted from a single on-shore crude oil pre-treatment plant, i.e. the Ente Nazionale Idrocarburi (ENI) Val d'Agri Oil Center (COVA), located in the Basilicata Region (South of Italy), was assessed. Specifically, thirteen years of night-time Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) data acquired in the medium and thermal infrared (MIR and TIR, respectively) bands were processed. The Robust Satellite Techniques (RST) approach was implemented for identifying anomalous values of the signals under investigation (i.e. the MIR-TIR difference one), associated to the COVA flares emergency discharges. Then, the Fire Radiative Power (FRP), computed for the thermal anomalies previously identified, was correlated to the emitted gas flaring volumes, available for the COVA in the period 2003 - 2009, defining a satellite based regression model for estimating COVA gas flaring emitted volumes. The used strategy and the preliminary results of this analysis will be described in detail in this work.

  13. Lutein in selected Canadian crops and agri-food processing by-products and purification by high-speed counter-current chromatography.

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    Tsao, Rong; Yang, Raymond

    2006-04-21

    This study mainly focused on lutein content in several selected crops grown in southern Ontario, Canada. Marigold flower, a good rotation crop for the control of nematodes in tobacco fields was found to contain 0.77% lutein (after saponification, on dry basis). A high-speed counter-current chromatography (HSCCC) method using a two-phase solvent system consisting of hexane-ethanol-water (6:4.5:1.5, v/v/v) was developed for the purification of lutein from the saponification mixture of marigold flower extract. The purity of lutein prepared using this HSCCC method was 97%. Free lutein was found to be the predominant form in three squash varieties, and it was mostly found in the peel rather than the commonly consumed flesh. Sweet Mamma, Buttercup and Pepper squash varieties contained 25.4, 18.4 and 30.1mg/100g fresh weigh (FW) of lutein in the peels, respectively. These concentrations were significantly higher than that in spinach and kale (3.7 and 12.3 mg/100 g FW). beta-Carotene was found most in the peel of Sweet Mamma squash at 13.6 mg/100g FW, whereas it was below 2mg/100g FW in all other samples. Cooking increased extractable free lutein by 22-65% in squash peels. Lutein in Yukon Gold potato was at ca. 0.4 mg/100 g FW. Certain Yukon Gold was also found to contain violaxanthin (0.35 mg/100 g FW). Structures of lutein, beta-carotene and violaxanthin were identified by LC-atmospheric pressure chemical ionization MS in positive ion mode, and by comparing the retention time and UV-vis spectral data with standards. Results from this study suggest the selected crops and agri-food industrial processing by-products of these can be a good source of free lutein. PMID:16242702

  14. When does State Interference with Property (now Amount to Expropriation? An Analysis of the Agri SA Court's State Acquisition Requirement (Part II

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    Ernst Jacobus Marais

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    Full Text Available Section 25 of the Constitution provides two ways in which the state may interfere with property rights, namely deprivation (section 25(1 and expropriation (section 25(2. As only the latter requires compensation, there is an incentive for property holders to label any infringement with their property as expropriation in the hope of being compensated for their losses. It is therefore essential to have a principled distinction between deprivation and expropriation, especially given the danger that uncertainty in this regard can hold for legitimate land reform initiatives, which often entail severe limitations on property. This contribution attends to Agri South Africa v Minister for Minerals and Energy 2013 4 SA 1 (CC, where the Constitutional Court recently revisited this distinction and held that the distinguishing feature of expropriation is that it entails state acquisition of property. Without state acquisition the interference can (at most amount to deprivation. Unfortunately, viewing state acquisition as the "key requirement" for expropriation is problematic. Firstly, it ignores the true nature of this feature in that it is only a consequence of a valid expropriation rather than a pre-requisite for it – at least in terms of pre-constitutional law. It is therefore inaccurate, concerning both pre- and post-constitutional expropriation case law, to regard acquisition as an indispensable requirement for expropriation. Secondly, limiting the constitutional property inquiry to whether or not the state acquired property appears inadequate as a means of solving difficult cases where the state acquires property pursuant to infringements like taxation and criminal forfeiture. As both these examples result in state acquisition, there must be another explanation of why they do not amount to expropriation.

  15. Fine Increment Soil Collector (FISC): A new device to support high resolution soil and sediment sampling for agri-environmental assessments

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    Mabit, Lionel; Meusburger, Katrin; Iurian, Andra-Rada; Owens, Philip N.; Toloza, Arsenio; Alewell, Christine

    2014-05-01

    Soil and sediment related research for terrestrial agri-environmental assessments requires accurate depth incremental sampling of soil and exposed sediment profiles. Existing coring equipment does not allow collecting soil/sediment increments at millimetre resolution. Therefore, the authors have designed an economic, portable, hand-operated surface soil/sediment sampler - the Fine Increment Soil Collector (FISC) - which allows extensive control of soil/sediment sampling process and easy recovery of the material collected by using a simple screw-thread extraction system. In comparison with existing sampling tools, the FISC has the following advantages and benefits: (i) it permits sampling of soil/sediment samples at the top of the profile; (ii) it is easy to adjust so as to collect soil/sediment at mm resolution; (iii) it is simple to operate by one single person; (iv) incremental samples can be performed in the field or at the laboratory; (v) it permits precise evaluation of bulk density at millimetre vertical resolution; and (vi) sample size can be tailored to analytical requirements. To illustrate the usefulness of the FISC in sampling soil and sediments for 7Be - a well-known cosmogenic soil tracer and fingerprinting tool - measurements, the sampler was tested in a forested soil located 45 km southeast of Vienna in Austria. The fine resolution increments of 7Be (i.e. 2.5 mm) affects directly the measurement of the 7Be total inventory but above all impacts the shape of the 7Be exponential profile which is needed to assess soil movement rates. The FISC can improve the determination of the depth distributions of other Fallout Radionuclides (FRN) - such as 137Cs, 210Pbexand239+240Pu - which are frequently used for soil erosion and sediment transport studies and/or sediment fingerprinting. Such a device also offers great potential to investigate FRN depth distributions associated with fallout events such as that associated with nuclear emergencies. Furthermore, prior

  16. A Combined Monitoring and Modelling Approach to Maximise Environmental, Social and Economic Outcomes from Agri-environment Subsidies at a National Scale

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    Emmett, B.; Anthony, S.; Chadwick, D.; Cross, P.; Swetnam, R.; Jackson, B. M.; Smart, S.; Skates, J.

    2014-12-01

    Planning, delivery and monitoring of integrated environmental, social and economic outcomes from agri-environmental payments to land owners has rarely been attempted at a national scale. Wales has launched one of the most ambitious projects ever within the EU to frame both delivery of payments and ongoing integrated assessment of outcomes within an ecosystem framework. Payment and evaluation activities are running simultaneously, which when combined with scenario analysis from a suite of biophysical and landscape quality models, allows for adaptive management as the scheme progresses. Social and economic benefits and constraints to uptake of scheme measures and desired outcomes are embedded within the project to ensure benefits to the wider population are realised. Initial modelling results in the first year of the monitoring and evaluation programme quantified potential benefits from a range of management options offered under the subsidy scheme. At a national scale these ranged from: 1 to 9% improvement in flood mitigation; 5 to 10% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions; increased accessible land for 'generic' broadleaf focal species by 3 to 12%, increased national carbon storage by ca. 0.4%, and reduced eroded soil and phosphorus delivery by up to 15% due to reduced connectivity of erodible land to rivers and lakes. Results at local / farm scales could be as high as 80% in some locations. A 75% improvement in habitat for selected 21 indicator plant species was also projected. The inter-dependency between outcomes is being explored through a major integrated rolling monitoring programme taking co-located measurements of soil, vegetation, landuse, soils, water, birds and pollinators, GHG fluxes, landscape and historic features and farmer / landowner surveys using a stratified sampling approach across the country. In addition to scenario analysis, modelling is being used to upscale and integrate findings and to explore the extent of co-benefits and trade

  17. A detailed analysis of micro-seismicity induced by a high-rate wastewater disposal well in the Val d'Agri oilfield (Italy)

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    Improta, L.; Valoroso, L.; Piccinini, D.; Buttinelli, M.; Chiarabba, C.

    2015-12-01

    The Val d'Agri basin in the Apennines extensional belt hosts the largest oilfield in onshore Europe. High-quality recordings from a temporary dense network unravel a swarm of 111 small-magnitude events (ML ≤ 1.8) occurred in June 2006 during the first stage of wastewater injection into a high-rate well. 3D absolute locations and high-precision relative locations define a high-angle fault located 1 km below the well inside fractured and saturated carbonates where wastewater is re-injected. Seismicity begins 3 hours after the initiation of injection. The seismicity rate strictly correlates with injection curves and temporal variations of elastic and anisotropic parameters. Seismicity is induced by rapid communication of pore pressure perturbations along a high permeability fault-zone favorably oriented with respect to the extensional stress field. The spatiotemporal distribution of events agrees with an isotropic hydraulic diffusivity of 0.8 m2/s, which corresponds to high permeability values on the order of 10-13 m2/s. Such high permeability values are coherent with hydraulic well-tests in the very productive hydrocarbon reservoir and with the presence of a widespread system of open and conductive fractures in the carbonates that strike NW-SE parallel to the maximum horizontal stress of the extensional stress regime. Over the following 8 years, 235 events (ML ≤ 2.2) were recorded within 5 km of the disposal well by permanent stations of the local operator network and of Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia. Accurate 3D locations concentrate on the fault and unravel that after June 2006 micro-seismicity migrated upwards and downwards along the fault measuring 5-km along dip. Subsurface data show that the fault is a pre-existing blind back-thrust of an inherited fold-thrust system developed in the carbonate reservoir during Pliocene-Early Pleistocene. The seismicity rate correlates with short-term increases in injection pressure of the disposal well.

  18. 基于模糊AHP建构休闲农业营销绩效评价模式之研究%Using Fuzzy AHP Approach to Construct Marketing Performance Measurement Model for Agri-tourism Farms

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    柯彬发; 吕本富; 刘泳伦

    2011-01-01

    目的是以台湾地区休闲农场为研究对象,首先以德尔菲法,结合许多专家意见来建立休闲农业在营销评价指针项目,并以平衡计分卡观点,建构休闲农业绩效评估因素,接着利用模糊层级分析法分析出休闲农场在营销服务方面相关因素及权重比,并推导各因素构面重要性及大小顺序,提供业者作为一有效经营参考指标.研究结果显示:休闲农业营销绩效评价指标有3项一级指标(主构面),14项二级指标(次构面).在一级评价指标当中,依序为游客满意度(0.564)、游客贡献度(0.247)、休闲农场对游客吸引力(0.189).在对应于一级指标中,各二级指针最重要项目分别为:年度游客量(0.086)、服务满意度(0.116)、年净利润(0.154).而依两层级串联后权重值×100得知,14项指标中最重要的前三项分别为:游客对休闲农场人员服务满意度(6.543)、整体环境满意度(4.738)、餐饮满意度(5.584).%The objective of this paper is to construct a marketing performance indication model for the agri-tourism farms in Taiwan. At first, the Delphi method was used to collect a number of indicators related to the marketing performance conducted by agri-tourism farms, and then applied the approach of BSC (Balanced Scorecard) to build up the crucial factors which greatly affect the marketing performance, and the fuzzy AHP (Fuzzy Analytic Hierarchy Process: FAHP) is applied to analyze the weight of each factors in the dimension of marketing performance, and gave the various factors weight indicator and ranking order. These findings would be very useful for the decision-makers of the agri-tourism farms to improve their performance in the operations of marketing. The findings of this paper are: Three dimensions in first level, 14 secondary indicators in second level (subordinate, dimension). Secondly, in an evaluation of performance of agricultural marketing, which, the higher the value of fuzzy solution, and

  19. Controle em pós-emergência e características germinativas de agriãozinho Postemergence control and germination characteristics of Synedrellopsis grisebachii

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    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available O agriãozinho é uma planta daninha de grande importância em pastagens do Brasil e apresenta destacada agressividade, sendo seu controle, portanto, desejável para o sucesso da produção forrageira. O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar o controle químico de Synedrellopsis grisebachii na fase reprodutiva e as suas consequências sobre as características germinativas dos aquênios da planta daninha. Os tratamentos constaram da aplicação dos herbicidas glyphosate (100, 200, 900 e 1.800 g ha-1, paraquat (34, 68, 300 e 600 g ha-1 e triclopyr (75, 150, 667 e 1.334 g ha-1, além da testemunha sem aplicação. Foram coletados aquênios aos 15 dias após a aplicação, sendo estes submetidos ao teste de germinação, determinando-se a porcentagem e o índice de velocidade de germinação. Após 29 dias em germinação, verificou-se a viabilidade dos aquênios não germinados, através do teste de tetrazólio. A eficácia dos herbicidas foi avaliada por meio de notas visuais de controle aos 7, 14, 21 e 28 DAA. Conclui-se que para o controle total de S. grisebachii, em estádio reprodutivo, é necessária a aplicação de 1.334 g ha-1 de triclopyr. Nesse estádio, a planta apresentou grande tolerância ao glyphosate e também ao paraquat. Quanto às características germinativas da progênie, o herbicida triclopyr nas doses de 150 e 667 g ha-1 promoveu redução na velocidade de germinação e na viabilidade, enquanto o glyphosate e paraquat não proporcionaram efeito.Synedrellopsis grisebachii is a weed of great importance for pastures in Brazil, presenting outstanding aggressiveness, with its control being thus desirable for successful forage production. The aim of this work was to evaluate the chemical control of S. grisebachii at their reproductive phase and their effects on the germination characteristics of the weed's achenes. The treatments consisted of applying the herbicides glyphosate (100, 200, 900, and 1.800 g ha-1, paraquat (34, 68

  20. La globalización agro-alimentaria: sus características y perspectivas futuras Agri-food globalization: its characteristics and future perspectives

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    Alessandro Bonanno

    2003-01-01

    las compañías pero que no se traduce necesariamente en desarrollo social. Esta situación indica la exclusión de los circuitos globales como una estrategia democrática de desarrollo socio-económico.This article is aimed at examining the main characteristics of the process of globalization of the agri-food system regarding Latin America's socioeconomic development. The vast literature on globalization is summarized in three distinct groups. Radical neoliberals argue that globalization represents the necessary prescription for advancing the world socioeconomic development. Interventionist-centrists sustain that even though market dynamics have a central role, it is not possible to keep social and economic balance without state intervention. The third group criticizes globalization and defines it as a contradictory system that widens the gap between rich and poor countries and the gap between social classes within individual countries. Based on three case studies, this work examines three hypotheses generated by this debate. The first one concerns the workings of free market; the second one refers to the state's power and role; and the third one is related to the issue of democracy. The conclusion is that the market is strongly conditioned by transnational corporations and their actions negatively affect several social groups. It is also argued that the state keeps important powers, which, however, are being used to advance transnational corporations' interests, thus creating favorable conditions to capital's hypermobility. Regarding the third subject it is pointed out that globalization restrains popular participation in decision-making processes but simultaneously generates resistance and social mobilization. The conclusions underline that globalization generates a crisis in national development programs since economic growth is more based on the regional-global axis. It is also said that inclusion in global circles tends to increase benefits to companies but that

  1. FY 1990 report on the development of wood-waste/agri-waste pyrolytic gasification technology and utilization technology of gas product; 1990 nendo mokushitsukei haikibutsu no netsubunkai gas ka gijutsu to seisei gas no riyo gijutsu kaihatsu hokokusho

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    It is urgently necessary for the Philippines, which has no promising energy source to replace imported oil and lacks hard currencies, to reduce dependence on oil. The country, consisting of a number of islands, has faced many difficulties in construction of large-scale power transmission grids covering wide areas, which greatly retard development of local industries and dissemination of electricity. Therefore, great expectations have been placed on the techniques this project plans to develop for utilization of wastes as the energy source. This 5-year project (FY 1990 to 1994) is aimed at joint research and development of (thermal decomposition/gasification and power generation system) for transforming large quantities of wood-wastes/agri-wastes left unutilized into electric power, in which thermal decomposition/gasification of the wastes is combined with gas engine/power generator systems, and thereby to establish the systems suitable for the developing country. The major R and D results obtained in FY 1990 as the initial year include negotiations with the Philippines, on-the-spot surveys for the demonstration plant sites and conditions, and conceptual designs of the demonstration plant. (NEDO)

  2. IMPORTANCE OF THE AGRI-ENVIRONMENTAL AND CLIMATE SCHEME WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION SYSTEM (IN THE LIGHT OF THE POLISH RURAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME 2014–2020

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    Bartosz Mickiewicz

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    Full Text Available The study discusses the agri-environment scheme, which gained a high position in the process of integration of environmental protection in the framework of the CAP. The purpose of the payments was to encourage farmers to protect and improve the environment. The farmers were required to apply environmentally friendly techniques and practices for a period of fi ve years. Received payments had additional reimbursement of extra costs and decreased income resulting from the application of environment-friendly practices. Agrienvironmental scheme was realized through packages and variants, whose number diff ered in time. In 2004–2006, agrienvironmental scheme included approximately 70 thousand of agricultural holdings, which labored on the surface of the 1.4 million ha. In the next programming period (2007–2013 the benefi ciaries submitted 448,6 thousand applications, and the level of payment amounted to PLN 6.7 billion. The program of the current fi nancial perspective (2014–2020 includes 2058,9 thousand ha of agricultural land, as compared to the total area of agricultural land in the country in the amount of 14609 ha of agricultural land represents 14.1%

  3. 西北地区农业技术扩散环境的空间分异——以陕、甘、宁县域为例%Spatial differences of agri-technique diffusion environment in Northwestern China: A case study of counties in Shaanxi-Gansu-Ningxia region

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    于正松; 李同昇; 李献波; 孙东琪

    2013-01-01

    The agricultural technology diffusion is a complex system which is composed of technology centers, technology receivers and diffusion environment. The diffusion environment is a multidimensional synthesis, and as a external influence factor of the agricultural technology diffusion, it plays an important role in the diffusion. The development level and the spatial pattern effect the direction, speed and the mode of the diffusion. Therefore, the special analysis of the agricultural technology diffusion environment for the specific regions is meaningful to the understanding of these regions' agri-technique diffusion. The quantification and evaluation of the agri-technique diffusion environment can provide many beneficial references to the diffusion. This paper take the 169 counties in Shaanxi-Gan su-Ningxia region as the research objects, choose the 12 main indices, and use the principal component analysis to description the gap among the 169 counties. Then uses the spatial analysis provided by GeoDa to reveal the spatial char acteristics. The result shows that there are three main factors affect the agri-technique diffusion environment, includes the agriculture output efficiency and cultural atmosphere, agricultural resources conditions, agricultural input level; the agri-technique diffusion environment in 169 counties has significant differences and geographical spatial agglomeration; "hot-spots" counties concentrate on Guanzhong region, Hexi corridor and the irrigated area by Yellow River in north Ningxia province, the most "cold-spots" counties are located in middle and north part of Gansu province; the space differentiations of the environment of agri-technique diffusion of Northwest China are mainly caused by the spatial differences of the natural conditions and the social economy and culture. The results of the study tell us that we must do something to optimize the agri-technique diffusion environment: using the space connection to achieve collaborative

  4. Análisis bibliométrico de la producción científica de México en ciencias agricolas a través de las bases de datos internacionales, "Agricola", "Agris", "Cab Abstracts", "Science Citation Index", "Social Science Citation Index" y "Tropag & Rural", en el periodo 1983-2002

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    Bravo Vinaja, Ángel

    2006-01-01

    En este trabajo de investigación se caracteriza la producción científica mexicana en el área de las Ciencias Agrícolas, utilizando para ello indicadores bibliométricos unidimensionales y multidimensionales de actividad científica, mediante los cuales se analiza por un lado la producción obtenida en las bases de datos: Agricola, Agris, Cab Abstracts, Tropag & Rural, Science Citation Index (SCI) y Social Science Citation Index (SSCI), y por el otro, la producción indexada solamente en las bases...

  5. Coordenação da qualidade: proposta de estrutura e método para cadeias de produção agroalimentares Quality coordination: a proposal of structure and method for agri-food production

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    Miguel Angel Aires Borrás

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available A realidade competitiva vivenciada pelas empresas desestimula que elas ajam de forma isolada, requerendo ações coordenadas com outras empresas da mesma cadeia. Por essa razão, a busca pela coordenação de cadeias de produção visando à melhoria da qualidade do produto e à redução dos custos associados às perdas da produção e aos custos de transação está se tornando uma prática mais comumente adotada por empresas que partilham o objetivo de adicionar valor e competitividade ao produto final da cadeia. Este artigo aborda o problema da coordenação da qualidade em cadeias de produção agroalimentares (CPAs. Com base em conceitos da revisão bibliográfica e de evidências empíricas, são propostos uma Estrutura (ECQ - Estrutura para Coordenação da Qualidade e um Método (MCQ - Método para Coordenação da Qualidade para a coordenação da qualidade em CPAs. Em algumas cadeias, a implementação da ECQ/MCQ vem sendo ilustrada bem como usada como alternativa técnica possível e confiável para coordenar e garantir a qualidade do produto final.Today's reality prevents companies in general from planning or acting alone, requiring that they engage in coordinated action with others in the same production chain. For this reason, production chain coordination to improve product quality and reduction of production wastes and transactions costs is becoming a widespread practice to promote integrated management of companies that share the goal of adding value to the chain's final product. This paper discusses the problem of quality in agri-food supply chains (ASC. Based on wide bibliography review, a structure (ECQ and a method (MCQ are proposed for the quality coordination in ASC. In some chains the ECQ/MCQ implementation has been studied and used as a possible and liable technical alternative to coordinate and assure the final product quality.

  6. Decomposição fúngica de ácido tânico e outros compostos em efluente agroindustrial = Fungic decomposition of tannic acid and other compounds from agri-industrial effluent

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    Natalino Perovano Filho

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available Durante o processamento da matéria-prima da indústria sucroalcooleira, gerase grande quantidade de efluentes com qualidades que impossibilitam seu lançamento em corpos de água sem o tratamento prévio. A biorremediação é usada para decompor resíduos orgânicos até um estado inócuo ou abaixo da concentração limite da legislação, tendo os fungos papel muito importante nessa estratégia por secretarem enzimas hidrolíticas. Neste trabalho, avaliou-se o comportamento de fungos isolados de resíduos da estação de tratamento de efluentes de uma indústria sucroalcooleira frente à degradação de fenóis como o ácido tânico e de outros compostos de efluentes agroindustriais suplementados com nutrientes específicos. Dentre diferentes isolados, aqueles identificados como Aspergillus sp.e Cladosporium sp. apresentaram as melhores taxas de produção de enzimas degradadoras de ácido tânico, como a lacase, por exemplo, enquanto Mucor sp. foi o que melhor removeu a Demanda Química de Oxigênio (DQO e o conteúdo de fenóis totais, seguido por Cladosporium sp., Phanerochaeta chrysosporium e Geotrichum candidum.During the processing of raw materials from the sugar-alcohol industry, large quantities of wastewater is produced, which is inappropriate to release into water bodies without previous suitable treatment. The bioremediation is used to decompose organic waste until an innocuous condition or to a concentration below the limit under legislation; moreover fungi have very important role in this strategy due to the secretion of hydrolytic enzymes. In the present study, we evaluated the behavior of fungi isolated from residuals of the waste treatment station from a sugar-alcohol industry in faceto the phenols degradation, as tannic acid and other compounds of agri-industrial wastewater supplemented with specific nutrients. Among different fungi, those identified as Aspergillus sp. and Cladosporium sp. presented the best rates of

  7. Agri土壤调理剂用量对烟叶香气质量的影响%Effects of Application Rate of Agri Soil Conditioner on Aroma Quality of Flue-cured Tobacco Leaves

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    薛超群; 王建伟; 奚家勤; 杨立均

    2012-01-01

    Field experiments were carried out to study the effects of different Agri soil conditioner application rates (0,3.75,7.50,11.25,15.00 kg/ha) on aroma components,sensory quality and economic characteristics of flue-cured tobacco leaves. The results showed that increasing soil conditioner application rates, the contents of Maillard reaction products,carotenoid catabolites,aromatic amino acid catabolites and total aroma components, aroma quality and yield of leaf increased, output value, average price and proportion of high grade leaf raised at first and then reduced. At the conditioner application rate of 11.25 kg/ha, the contents of Maillard reaction products,carotenoid catabolites, aromatic amino acid catabolites, and total aroma components,aroma quality and yield of leaf were higher,and output value,average price and high grade leaf proportion were the highest.%通过田间试验研究了Agri土壤调理剂不同用量(0,3.75,7.50,11.25,15.00 kg/hm2)对烟叶香味物质、感官质量和经济性状的影响.结果表明:随土壤调理剂用量的增加,烟叶美拉德反应产物、类胡萝卜素降解产物、芳香族氨基酸降解产物、总香味物质含量和香气质量提高,烟叶产量增加,烟叶产值、均价和上等烟比例先提高再降低.土壤调理剂用量11.25 kg/hm2时烟叶美拉德反应产物、类胡萝卜素降解产物、芳香族氨基酸降解产物、总香味物质含量、香气质量得分和产量较高,产值、均价和上等烟比例最高.

  8. Agri-aqua farming in Thailand

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    Buendia, R.Y.

    1997-01-01

    Integrated agriculture-aquaculture systems have been in existence in Thailand for centuries. This country has the most varied integrated farming operations in southeast Asia; pig, cattle, buffalo, chicken, duck, vegetable, aquatic plant, rice and orchard in combination with fish are practices. The systems most preferred by subsistence farmers are rice-fish, duck-fish and chicken-fish culture. A brief outline is given of these 3 systems.

  9. Agri-Manpower Forecasting and Educational Planning

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    Ramarao, D.; Agrawal, Rashmi; Rao, B. V. L. N.; Nanda, S. K.; Joshi, Girish P.

    2014-01-01

    Purpose: Developing countries need to plan growth or expansion of education so as to provide required trained manpower for different occupational sectors. The paper assesses supply and demand of professional manpower in Indian agriculture and the demands are translated in to educational requirements. Methodology: The supply is assessed from the…

  10. A Study for Brucellosis Seroprevelance in Agri

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    Duran Tok

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available AIM: We evaluated retrospectively laboratory test results of 520 patient who has brucellosis suspect between 2002-2004 years. METHOD: We use to Rose-Bengal test, Wright agglutination test and the other laboratory results and demographic properties for diagnosis. RESULTS: Rose-Bengal test was positive in 39 patients (11.3 % sera. Wright agglutination test was found positive for 1/160 or higher titers in 18 (3.4% sera. CONCLUSION: Wright agglutination test gave higher positive results in summer and autumn months. [TAF Prev Med Bull 2009; 8(6.000: 485-488

  11. Basis for strategizing agri-food innovation

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    Rasmussen, Birgitte; Vedsmand, Tomas

    , erfaringer fra danske dialogprojekter samt review af danske regionale strategier. Workshops er gennemført perioden 2007 til 2009 i samarbejde med: • Jordbrugsklyngen under Bornholms Vækstforum: ’Innovationsworkshop om jordbrugs- og fødevaresektorens fremtidige udviklingsmuligheder på Bornholm...

  12. Rumo ao desenvolvimento espacial sustentável? Explorando as implicações da nova bioeconomia no setor agroalimentar e na inovação regional Towards sustainable spatial development? Exploring the implications of the emerging bio-economy in agri-food and regional innovation

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    Ina Horlings

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available O paradigma da bioeconomia pode ser descrito como o conjunto das atividades econômicas que captam o valor latente em processos biológicos e nos biorecursos renováveis, para produzir melhores condições de saúde, além de crescimento e desenvolvimento sustentáveis. Este artigo faz uma revisão crítica do impacto da bioeconomia emergente sobre o desenvolvimento rural. São descritas algumas das consequências do desenvolvimento rural bioeconômico, na esfera agroalimentar e da inovação regional baseada em uma definição específica -e, de nosso ponto de vista, fraca -de Modernização Ecológica. A questão central, então, é: quais são as bases conceituais, a força impulsora, as expressões empíricas e as implicações do desenvolvimento bioeconômico? Argumenta-se que, embora a bioeconomia faça duras cobranças em relação à sustentabilidade, também deixa lacunas, apresenta al-guns efeitos secundários negativos, tanto ambientais como sociais, e corre o risco de ser uma economia parcial. Sustentamos, ainda, que a trajetória do desenvolvimento ecoeconômico pode constituir uma boa alternativa para localidades particularmente vulneráveis que queiram aumentar sua resiliência.The bio-economic paradigm can be described as those economic activities which capture the latent value in biological processes and renewable bioresources to produce improved health and sustainable growth and development. This article is a critical review of the impact of the emerging bio-economy in rural development. It describes some of its consequences in the sphere of agri-food and regional innovation based on a specific -and in our opinion weak - definition of Ecological Modernization. The central question then is: what are the conceptual roots, driving forces, empirical expressions and implications of bio-economic development? We argue that although the bio-economy makes severe sustainability claims, it also shows some missing links, has some negative

  13. Effects of electrically transferred molecular information on the germination of garden cress Efectos de información molecular transferida eléctricamente sobre la germinación de berro Efeitos de informação molecular transferida eletricamente sobre a germinação do agrião

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    Robert T. Leskovar

    2008-09-01

    Full Text Available We followed a hypothesis that biologically relevant information from various substances can be non-chemically transferred to organisms through a combination of a high voltage electric field that can stably imprint information into water or a water solution. A special device was constructed, and a thoroughly tested biological sensor system (i.e. cress seedlings exposed to a defined heat stress, was used. The results demonstrate a clear evidence of biological effects of electrically imprinted information of biologically active substances into water solution, however not necessarily with an obvious connection to the effects of the original (donor substance. The growth reaction of cress seedlings was either stimulatory or inhibitory, depending on the time of the application. Keywords:  Molecular information, electromagnetic transfer, heat stress, herbicide, cytokine, cress, germination.   Efeitos de informação molecular transferida eletricamente sobre a germinação do agrião Resumo Seguimos a hipótese de que informação biologicamente relevante de várias substâncias pode ser transferida de maneira não química a organismos, através da combinação de um campo elétrico de alta intensidade, que pode imprimir estavelmente informação na água ou sistemas aquosos. Foi construído um aparelho especial e foi utilizado um sistema sensor especial, amplamente provado (plantas de agrião expostas a estresse térmico definido. Os resultados demonstram evidência dos efeitos de informação eletricamente impressa de substâncias biologicamente ativas em soluções aquosas. No entanto, estes efeitos não estão necessariamente ligados aos próprios da substância original (doadora. A reação de

  14. The agri - environment - economic relationships in the developing countries

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    KARAER, Feza; Serkan GÜRLÜK

    2003-01-01

    Environmental issues has been rather important topics and given priority in the public agenda of both developed and developing countries. It is a fact that in developed countries highly industrialized agriculture based on intensive input use creates a lot of problems on environment such as soil degradation, pesticide pollution etc. The economies of the most developing countries depend proportionately more on primary industries than do developed ones. They usually have a greater proportion of ...

  15. Water stress and harmful insects in agri-forest ecosystems

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    Mario Solinas

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available Present knowledge on ecological services supplied by insects to natural terrestrial ecosystems, allow us to identify many homeostatic mechanisms regulating biological balance as well as life perpetuation of the said ecosystems; at the same time, that knowledge represents a sound referring point to understanding how those mechanisms do work so as to manage them in the anthropized ecosystems (i.e., agriculture and forests, and especially in order to identify in the latter the natural meaning of the so called insect outbreaks, so as to forecast and possibly prevent them; as well as, when needed, to conceive and formulate efficient control strategies having minimal environmental impact. Water factor is crucial with genesis, configuration and conservation of a terrestrial ecosystem (both natural or anthropized as a whole or in its individual components, but especially concerning plant life as well as plant interactions with phytophagous invertebrates, mainly insects. Insect-plant trophic interactions are principally influenced by the water conditions in the ecosystem, and the impact of phytophagous insects on crops is markedly affected. Extremely severe water stress, especially if prolonged, prevent insect life just like plant’s life but a moderate and not so prolonged water stress, while depressing plant vigour, paradoxically can improve development and multiplication of phytophagous arthropods, with severe consequences on woody plants especially, and forest trees markedly.

  16. Water stress and harmful insects in agri-forest ecosystems

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    Full Text Available Present knowledge on ecological services supplied by insects to natural terrestrial ecosystems, allow us to identify many homeostatic mechanisms regulating biological balance as well as life perpetuation of the said ecosystems; at the same time, that knowledge represents a sound referring point to understanding how those mechanisms do work so as to manage them in the anthropized ecosystems (i.e., agriculture and forests, and especially in order to identify in the latter the natural meaning of the so called insect outbreaks, so as to forecast and possibly prevent them; as well as, when needed, to conceive and formulate efficient control strategies having minimal environmental impact. Water factor is crucial with genesis, configuration and conservation of a terrestrial ecosystem (both natural or anthropized as a whole or in its individual components, but especially concerning plant life as well as plant interactions with phytophagous invertebrates, mainly insects. Insect-plant trophic interactions are principally influenced by the water conditions in the ecosystem, and the impact of phytophagous insects on crops is markedly affected. Extremely severe water stress, especially if prolonged, prevent insect life just like plant’s life but a moderate and not so prolonged water stress, while depressing plant vigour, paradoxically can improve development and multiplication of phytophagous arthropods, with severe consequences on woody plants especially, and forest trees markedly.

  17. Italian agri-food exports in the international arena

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    Anna Carbone

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the paper is to highlight the positioning of the so-called Made in Italy agro-food exports in foreign markets considering global world tendencies as well as country specific trends. Besides, we aim at disentangling the role of product quality from price competition as a driver of competitive advantages.To these ends, the work combines two different methodologies, applied in three steps. First, we estimate the elasticities of Italian exports, with respect to world imports, Italian export prices and the competitors’ prices. Second, an index of the sophistication of exports’ flows that captures the role of quality in global competition is calculated. Third, the estimated elasticities are compared with the changes in the sophistication levels.Results allow for product-specific trends to stem out from the overall picture. Exports’ performance varies according to the type of product and to the degree of market completion. Although, the Made In Italy aggregate seems overall competitive, the analysis pinpoints some drawbacks in the positioning of some products in the world arena. Focus on wine and on olive oil, two major Italian exporting sectors, helps in understanding the potential of the joint methodology adopted.

  18. DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN TURKEY: AN EXAMPLE OF AGRI PROVINCE

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    DOĞUTAŞ, Yrd. Doç. Dr. Aysun; DOĞUTAŞ, Doç. Dr. Cemil

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    This study examines the profiles of the victims of domestic violence in Ağrı province in Turkey. In this regard, thestudy focuses on the ages of women victims, the number of years of their marriage, having a job or not, and havingmarriage contract or not. Looking at the stories of women victims during the filling a complaint against their abuser,what they did following the domestic violence, and if they demand for government protection, this study exploresthe issues on domestic violence.Withi...

  19. Comparison of Czech and French Organic Agri-Food Sector

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    Šrámková, Helena

    2011-01-01

    This Thesis deals with organic agriculture and its past as well as present situation in France and in the Czech Republic. General principles and history of organic farming are defined, followed by a more detailed history of organic agriculture implementation and current organic food market trends in each of the described countries, and an economic analysis on the development of organic agriculture in time. Differences and similarities between the two countries and major weak points of organic...

  20. Pallet standards in agri-food sector: a brief survey

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    Alessandro Trevisani

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available In food industry wooden pallet and fruit and vegetables crates are the most used for handling and delivering. Regulatory aspects and test procedure are relatively young as regards to the packaging sector of wooden. Currently many standards are in development or implementation. In this context the objective of the following paper is a brief overview on technical standards governing the use of wooden packaging, with particular reference to the agricultural-food sector. In this review, as wooden packaging, are taken into account, wood or its derivatives used to support, packaging and transport goods, such as cages, wooden pallets, wooden frame, wooden kegs, rods or timber. Particularly European standards are briefly described in their technical content and historic development. Market data, emerging technology and environmental problems are even recalled.

  1. Innovation capabilities and governance in the agri-food sector

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    Tepic, M.

    2012-01-01

    Company performance is increasingly dependent on continuous improvement and innovation. In order to manage innovation projects effectively, a number of internal and external business capabilities are important: The results of this study show that functional, and in particular integrative firm capabi

  2. Agri-energy chains: from field to land planning

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    Marco Mazzoncini

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available A general consensus on bio-energy and renewable energetic sources is expressed by modern societies; at the same time, some concerns and uncertainties are related to the actual ecological and environmental standards that these new technologies are able to fulfill. The overall energy demand is permanently rising as the economic growth spread through new developing countries. The consciousness about the limited petroleum availability and the negative environmental consequences related to fossil fuels exploitation, inevitably calls for a new global energy model based on a drastic improvement on energy use efficiency, energy savings and renewables. On this respect, biomass could play an important role to meet these new constraints and requirements. The development of bio-energy needs a reliable biomass availability, a well organized and integrated chain-supply and reasonable costs of the biomass feedstock in order to be competitive with respect to conventional fossil-fuels. Different productive and distributive chain-supply can be depicted, at the large as well as at the local-scale; pros and cons can be identified for both, but locally produced bio-energy and “distributed” energy generation is mostly favored by general society and some stakeholders; it seems to better support landowners, rural economy and local market; at the same time, the environmental benefits seems to be higher. Rigorous evaluation procedures, such as “Life Cycle Assessment”, must be ordinarily implemented to proper compare such alternatives with each other and choose the one that fits better.

  3. Trust, Contracting, and Adaptation in Agri-Food Hybrid Structures

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    Gaetano Martino

    2011-01-01

    The paper considers the relationship between trust and governance structure from a Transaction Cost Economics perspective. The role of trust in the coordinating decisions is variously conceptualized according to the theoretical view adopted by the scholars. The present study adopt the three-level schema introduced by Williamson (1996) and suggest that determinants of trust may operate both at institutional and governance structure level. The analytical framework depicted maintains that trust ...

  4. Performance indicators in agri-food production chains

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    Aramyan, L.H.; Ondersteijn, C.J.M.; Kooten, van O.; Oude Lansink, A.G.J.M.

    2006-01-01

    The last decade has seen an increasing interest in indicators of supply-chain performance. A large number of various performance indicators have been used to characterize supply chains, ranging from highly qualitative indicators like customer or employee satisfaction to quantitative indicators like

  5. Trust and Contracting in Agri-Food Hybrid Structures

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    Martino, Gaetano

    2007-01-01

    The paper aims at examining the hypothesis that the influence of trust on contract can be thought of as a dynamic factor of organizational choices in supply chains. The relationship between contract and trust is delineated on the basis of institutional environment, contractual incompleteness, safeguards and restrictive provisions. The interaction between individual and system elements in the formation of trust and its influence in hybrid contracting is considered. According to a New Instituti...

  6. Life cycle assessment and the agri-food chain

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    Hermansen, John Erik; Nguyen, T Lan T

    2012-01-01

    Our food consumption is responsible for a major part of the environmental impact related to our total consumption. Life cycle assessment (LCA) is a product-oriented tool that can be used efficiently to identify improvement options within the food chain covering a product’s life cycle from cradle...... to grave, which is very complex for many foods, and to support choices of consumption. The LCA methodology is supported by public standards and public policy measures and has proved its value in business development for more environmentally friendly products. It is an essential feature that the effects...... framework for aggregation facilitates the coherent use of the LCA results in different purposes and by different stakeholders. There is a need, nonetheless, to further develop the methodology, including land use impacts resulting from increased demand for food. It has been demonstrated that this inclusion...

  7. Price Insurance, Moral Hazard and Agri-environmental Policy

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    Fraser, Rob W.

    2012-01-01

    Motivated by recent EC proposals to “strengthen risk management tools” in the CAP in relation to farmers’ increased exposure to market price risk, this paper draws attention to a potential negative consequence of such a change in the CAP – an associated increase in cheating behaviour by farmers in the context of environmental stewardship. A theoretical framework for this policy problem is developed and used not just to illustrate the problem, but also to propose a solution – specifically to c...

  8. Agri-cultural Connotation and Conservation Measures of Traditional Dong Villages: A Case Study on Xiaohuang Village,Congaing County, Guizhou Province%传统侗族村落的农业文化涵义与保护策略——以贵州省从江县小黄村为例

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    张凯; 闵庆文; 许新亚

    2011-01-01

    , these traditional villages have a strong local characteristic and a wealth of knowledge about local culture. They are valuable asset of humans with a unique living concept, cultural traditions and science and technology, which should be appropriately protected. After long-term agricultural development, Dong villages exhibit the cultural characteristics of agriculture. The agri-cultural connotation of traditional Dong villages were analyzed in this paper. The location of the Dong villages is closely related to the production of the Dong ancestors, e.g., the center of the Dong villages' structure is the Drum Tower, which is a reflection of traditional forms of social organization, the layout of the village and building construction is affected by the agriculture, and the shape of national construction, decoration and construction process have a close relationship with the agriculture. Development measures of the traditional Dong villages were proposed. It is important to involve the village as a part of the cultural system of agriculture and the holistic protection and to seize the opportunity of “GIAHS” project, for example, considering tourism as the dynamic conservation approach, and improving the livelihood of the local community.

  9. Significance of earthquake-related anomalies in fluids of Val D'Agri (southern Italy)

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    ltaliano, F.; Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Sezione Palermo, Palermo, Italia; Martelli, M.; Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Sezione Palermo, Palermo, Italia; Martinelli, G.; ARPA Emilia Romagna, Via Amendola 2, 42100 Reggio Emilia, Italy; Nuccio, P. M.; Univ.Palermo; Paternoster, M.; Univ. Basilicata

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    Geochemical investigations carried out at the Campano-Lucano Apennine (Southern Italy) revealed the presence of fluids composed of a mixing between components of shallow and deep origin, where mantle-derived helium is also detectable. For the gas phase, the deep component is represented by both CH4 and CO2-rich gases, while the shallow one is N2-dominated. Coinciding with the 3 April 1996 ML = 4.9 earthquake, the CH4- rich component mixed with the shallow, NZ-dominated on...

  10. Agri-environmental conservation – the case for an environmental levy

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    Crean, Jason

    2003-01-01

    Recent environmental assessments have highlighted the extent of land degradation in Australia and the significant costs involved in addressing it. With projected investment costs running into tens of billions of dollars, it is not surprising that greater attention is now being focussed on who should pay. One idea gathering significant momentum has been the imposition of an environmental levy. Such a levy would raise public funds to be spent on resource degradation issues and has been proposed...

  11. A CRITICAL REVIEW ON NITROGEN MANAGEMENT IN SPECIALITY CORN UNDER PONGAMIA + MAIZE AGRI-SILVI SYSTEM

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    C. Prathyusha; J. Padmaja; S. Hemalatha; V. Praveen Rao; G. Jayasree

    2013-01-01

    Intercropping of agricultural crops with woody species is an age-old practice in traditional farming systems in the tropics. Food production is the major aim of subsistence farmers with most of their farmland being allocated to food crops rather than to trees and shrubs. Due to increasing population and scarcity of productive lands that cannot sustain intensive exploitation, one method that has been proposed to enhance the sustainability of agricultural production is the growing of trees in a...

  12. AGRI-ENERGY EFFICIENCY OF CULTIVATION OF NEW VARIETIES AND HYBRIDS OF SWEET SORGHUM

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    Metlina G. V.

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available The organization of animal feeding in the summer and procurement of fodder for the winter are of great importance. The sowings of sugar sorghum can become a reliable and stable source of fodder even in the regions with insufficient humidity. It is a unique drought tolerant crop, which can be used as green mass, hay, silage, grain, mono fodder, briquettes. The article gives the study results of green mass and absolutely dry substance, and the assessment of cultivation efficiency of such sugar sorghum varieties and hybrids grown in FSBSI ‘I.G. Kalinenko ARRIGC’ as ‘Zernogradsky yantar’, ‘Debyut’, ‘Listvenit’, ‘Zersil F1’, ‘Elisey F1’. The productivity of green mass and dry substance of the new variety ‘Listvenit’ and the hybrid ‘Elisey’ exceeded the standard variety on 7,0-5,0 t/ha and 2,30-0,74 t/ha respectively. The cultivation technologies of sweet sorghum varieties and hybrids produced the high net energy of 69,6-121,9 GJ/ha with the coefficient of energy efficiency of 3,72- 5,08. As for the energy, the cultivation technology of the sweet sorghum hybrid ‘Elisey’ can be considered as the most efficient variant, as it produced the maximum net energy of 121,9 GJ/ha with the coefficient of energy efficiency of 5,08

  13. AGRI-ENERGY EFFICIENCY OF CULTIVATION OF NEW VARIETIES AND HYBRIDS OF SWEET SORGHUM

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    Metlina G. V.; Gorpinichenko S. I.; Kovtunova N. A.; Vasilchenko S. A.

    2015-01-01

    The organization of animal feeding in the summer and procurement of fodder for the winter are of great importance. The sowings of sugar sorghum can become a reliable and stable source of fodder even in the regions with insufficient humidity. It is a unique drought tolerant crop, which can be used as green mass, hay, silage, grain, mono fodder, briquettes. The article gives the study results of green mass and absolutely dry substance, and the assessment of cultivation efficiency of such sugar ...

  14. Local Food Marketing as a Development Opportunity for Small UK Agri-Food Businesses

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    Martin Hingley

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available  The study explores local food as a marketing opportunity for small food producers and identifies barriers to development. Research was conducted primarily through depth interviews, supplemented by a survey of food marketing group members in North-West England. The results of this local study were consistent with national survey data showing increasing consumer interest in food provenance, traceability and support for the local economy. Lack of an official and recognised definition of the term "local food" hindered marketing. Restricted access to finance and the burden of regulations were identified as barriers. Further, small business success was subjective and difficult to identify, since goals may be based on sustaining a lifestyle rather than profit.

  15. Empirical Analysis of Process Quality Aspects in the German Agri-Food Sector

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    Schreiner, Julia Anette

    2016-01-01

    The present dissertation examines determinants of farmers' decision behavior to approve or disapprove process quality schemes in food production. A key methodology used in this study is discrete choice experiments (DCE) that are applied to reveal farmers' preferences and willingness-to-accept for production schemes. Although many people are critical towards modern agricultural practices and some consumers are willing to pay price increments for certain process qualities, the availability of m...

  16. Constructing Agri-food Industry Input-Output Data: A Value Chain Modelling Approach

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    Xayavong, Xila; Islam, Nazrul

    2009-01-01

    Various methods can be used to construct input-output data for sectoral modelling. These methods are broadly classified in the literature as commodity based survey, non-survey and hybrid approaches. Each approach has its own strengths and weaknesses. This paper presents an alternative approach to map the flows of goods and services. The case study of generating inputoutput data for agricultural industries in Western Australia is used to show how value chain modelling can accurately and reliab...

  17. Udvikling af videnplatform for strategizing agri-food innovation i et regionalt perspektiv

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    Rasmussen, Birgitte; Andersen, Per Dannemand

    Denne rapport indeholder en kortfattet beskrivelse af viden til udvikling af processer og produkter inden for fødevaresektoren. I rapporten kalder vi det en ’videnplatform’. Videnplatformen er orienteret mod anvendelse af viden til vurdering af udviklingsmuligheder på det regionale niveau inden f...

  18. Educational Managers' Opinions Regarding the Inservice Training in Turkey: A Case Study of the Agri Province

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    Demirel, Ihsan Nuri

    2015-01-01

    In this study, research was carried out in order to find out whether the certificate system which requires attendants of in-service training is adequate; whether their achievements are sufficiently evaluated in the appointment and ranking processes; whether in-service training is accepted as both a right and a responsibility of the institutions;…

  19. Knowledge Constructions in Research Communities: The Example of Agri-Rural Researchers in Denmark

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    Madsen, Lene Moller; Adriansen, Hanne Kirstine

    2006-01-01

    Construction of scientific knowledge can be seen as a struggle over who should define the terms and conditions of legitimate fields of research. Sociologists of scientific knowledge (SSK) have pointed to the importance of analysing scientific knowledge in the same way as other types of knowledge. This idea guides the present paper on Danish…

  20. New Applications of Portable Raman Spectroscopy in Agri-Bio-Photonics

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    Voronine, Dmitri; Scully, Rob; Sanders, Virgil

    2014-03-01

    Modern optical techniques based on Raman spectroscopy are being used to monitor and analyze the health of cattle, crops and their natural environment. These optical tools are now available to perform fast, noninvasive analysis of live animals and plants in situ. We will report new applications of a portable handheld Raman spectroscopy to identification and taxonomy of plants. In addition, detection of organic food residues will be demonstrated. Advantages and limitations of current portable instruments will be discussed with suggestions for improved performance by applying enhanced Raman spectroscopic schemes.

  1. The Verdesca landslide in the Agri Valley (Basilicata, southern Italy): a new geological and geomorphological framework

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    Gueguen, E.; Bentivenga, M.; Colaiacovo, R.; Margiotta, S.; Summa, V.; Adurno, I.

    2015-11-01

    A landslide, to the west of Montemurro (a small village in southern Italy), has recently caused damage to buildings and other infrastructure in an urbanized area; as a result the development of new economic activities has been prohibited. The landslide phenomenon started in the last century and has been studied since the 1990s using classical geotechnical methods; however the sliding body continues to move. This paper presents the results of a study carried out using field surveys, geognostic investigations and TDR (time domain reflectometry) measurements in order to reconstruct the stratigraphy of the sediments involved and to further understand the geological and geomorphological context of the slope. This study is part of a larger multidisciplinary project, the results of which will also be presented in this paper. The landslide (rotational slide in the upper sector, developing into a translational slide in the lower part) affects Quaternary continental clastic deposits resting on a bedrock formed by Tertiary siliciclastic sediments of the Gorgoglione Flysch. TDR measurements did not show any significant movement during the period monitored (January 2013-January 2014). Slip zone geometries were hypothesized using inclinometric measurements taken from previous studies, stratigraphic data and geomorphological interpretations of topographic scarps. Feedback from monitoring will confirm this hypothesis.

  2. Social Responsibility and Competitiveness Strategies of Agri-food Enterprises: A Theoretical and Methodological Approach

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    Marotta, Giuseppe; Nazzaro, Concetta

    2012-01-01

    In recent years a number of ongoing social, economical and institutional changes have progressively led, on the one hand, to the emergence of intricate competitive scenarios, and, on the other, to a more extensive role of the food industry in modern society. Two fundamental issues – the question of the environment and that of food safety – have prevailed upon the political and institutional scene, setting the conditions which have successively brought about significant changes in consumer dem...

  3. Japan’s Agri-Food Sector and the Trans-Pacific Partnership

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    Dyck, John; Arita, Shawn

    2014-01-01

    Japan’s agriculture has been inward oriented, protected by trade barriers from foreign competition. Even though the share of Japan’s food consumption provided by Japanese production has gradually fallen, Japan’s farm sector remains the second-largest among the countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Japan’s food industry is increasingly integrated with TPP economies, although the TPP share of Japan’s agricultural imports has fallen over time. The proposed TPP agreement woul...

  4. Minnesota agri-power project. Quarterly report, January--March 1997

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    Baloun, J.

    1997-04-01

    This project involves the growing of trial quantities of alfalfa for gasification pilot plant tests and the use of by-products of alfalfa plants as animal feeds for beef and dairy cattle and turkeys. The various tasks under this project are described. Tasks are: design; review and confirm feedstock supply plan; performance guarantees and warranties; sales contracts; site plan construction and environmental permits report; environmental monitoring plan; and project management, engineering, and administration.

  5. La veille, projet collaboratif: le projet AgriBEA et la plaforme de veille Digimind

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    Sireyjol, Christine; Wacrenier, Nathaële

    2012-01-01

    Les projets de veille à l'Inra diffèrent par leur périmètre, leurs objectifs, leur ampleur et leur organisation. Les chercheurs assurent leur veille scientifique mais certains projets de recherche transverses ou certains projets d'animation scientifique nécessitent une veille collective assurée par des équipes pluridisciplinaires, réparties dans plusieurs unités voire plusieurs sites. La veille partagée permet de croiser les approches, les points de vue, Les informations sont partagées, mises...

  6. Multi-Stakeholder Sustainability Alliances in Agri-Food Chains: A theory of Reasoned Action Approach

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    Dentoni, D.; Peterson, H.C.

    2011-01-01

    This study provides a definition of Multi-Stakeholder Sustainability Alliances (MSSAs) based on describing the platforms formed and/or joined by the fifty largest food and beverage multinational corporations (MNCs). It develops an inductive framework on how MNCs use MSSAs to effectively signal to their stakeholders that they are sustainable and suggests a set of methods to test the developed framework in future research. Results provide management scholars a research agenda that can be implem...

  7. Environmental assessment of agro-ecosystems. An integrated approach to manage agri-environmental risks.

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    Gabrielle, Benoit

    2006-01-01

    Les « révolutions vertes » des 50 dernières années ont permis à l'agriculture de répondre à une demande croissante pour ses produits, grâce aux progrès génétiques et à l'apport de produits de synthèse (engrais et pesticides). Ces derniers ont en effet permis de s'affranchir de contraintes qui limitaient auparavant la croissance des plantes cultivées. Cette évolution rapide des pratiques agricoles n'a toutefois pas été sans conséquences pour les écosystèmes en général, mettant en danger le...

  8. A proposed consolidation strategy for agri-businesses in South Africa / J.C. Meintjes.

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    Meintjes, Jacobus Cornelius

    2012-01-01

    Agriculture has always been a very volatile industry, mainly due to fluctuating commodity prices (specifically white maize) and irregular rainfall patterns. Furthermore, the agricultural industry is confronted with finite resources of which limited arable land and water scarcity are among the most troubling. Many agribusinesses in the industry have also achieved a level of maturity as far as market share is concerned, leaving little room for further growth. On the other hand, most of these ag...

  9. The centrality of food; sustainability and competitiveness of the agri-food system

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    The challenges of food production are enormous and will be even more pressing in order to meet the growing need for food worldwide. It must therefore be at the center of international policy the theme of food and encourage a process of development and intensification of research and innovation policies, to address an epochal challenge like the one we face. The paradigm to be used and what the Green Economy in a multidisciplinary perspective, an integrated approach that considers not only the primary production of food, linked to agriculture, its industrial processing and distribution, but also the energy issue, the environment and the territory with its cultural and social values, nutrition, nutrition and health, consumer eating habits. A new approach to sustainable production of food that has interest and impact both to the general public, both to the world of production, industrial and scientific. The new idea is based on the possibility of treating the issue as an integrated system based on a finite number of sub-systems (agriculture, environment, food security, water, health, energy, infrastructure, economy etc.), To manage in a coordinated way to address the future challenges we have ahead, pursuing five objectives. Objective 1: Maintains the agricultural land available for food production Objective 2: Increasing agricultural production and reduce losses Objective 3: Making the most efficient and sustainable agriculture Objective 4: To adopt sustainable consumption patterns and reduce waste Objective 5 : Ensuring quality and food safety

  10. Fuzzy Logic Approach to Represent and Propagate Imprecision in Agri-Environmental Indicator Assessment.

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    Assaghir, Zainab; Girardin, Philippe; Napoli, Amedeo

    2009-01-01

    The indicator of groundwater contamination developed and used in agriculture is calculated from data available in the field or data estimated by an expert. The modeling of this indicator generally requires a large number of parameters whose measure is imprecise. Several information sources provide information about the same imprecise quantities which have to be combined for defining what is called an "indicator of groundwater contamination " (Igro). This indicator estimates the impact of cult...

  11. SOCIO-ECONOMICAL AND AGRI-ENVIRONMENTAL IMPLICATIONS OF AGRICULTURAL PRACTICES IN THE URBAN AREAS PROXIMITY

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    Monica Dumitrascu; Mihaela Lungu; S. L. Stefanescu; R. Lacatusu

    2005-01-01

    Sociological investigations regarding urbanization processes show an irreversible tendency: the number of urban residents will double in the next 35 years. Big cities rather than villages and provincial boroughs become our common habitat. Agriculture practiced in the proximity of big urban areas (intra- and peri-urban agriculture) is one of the powerful and positive activities that the municipal residents can carry out in their effort to take control of their food security, aberrant social be...

  12. SOCIO-ECONOMICAL AND AGRI-ENVIRONMENTAL IMPLICATIONS OF AGRICULTURAL PRACTICES IN THE URBAN AREAS PROXIMITY

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    Monica Dumitrascu

    2005-10-01

    Full Text Available Sociological investigations regarding urbanization processes show an irreversible tendency: the number of urban residents will double in the next 35 years. Big cities rather than villages and provincial boroughs become our common habitat. Agriculture practiced in the proximity of big urban areas (intra- and peri-urban agriculture is one of the powerful and positive activities that the municipal residents can carry out in their effort to take control of their food security, aberrant social behavior and environment degradation in the urban communities. This paper approaches the central themes of the researches carried out in the field of urban agriculture: magnitude and dynamics of agricultural practices in the proximity of big urban areas, types of agriculture practiced, benefits and hazards associated to these practices, social implications and economical results of agricultural initiatives in urban sites, environmental impact of the mutual influence urban environment – agricultural sites, accessibility, cropping suitability, and ecological conversion of land in the proximity of urban areas. Socio-economical impact is analyzed, referring to the agricultural used land, its legal status, and crop structure in Bucharest municipality, social and economical motivation of agricultural producers, incomes from agricultural activities, identified constraints in the development of agricultural activities and perspectives, information sources, connection degree with the specific institutions and to the demands of ecological agriculture practice. Environment impact assessment was carried out by processing some fertility and contamination/pollution macro-indicators, which refer to the soil and ground water loading and pollution with nitrates, organochlorines, polychlorinated byphenyls (PCB, polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH and heavy metals.

  13. Minnesota Agri-Power Project. Quarterly report, January--March, 1998

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    Wilbur, D.

    1998-05-01

    The Minnesota Valley Alfalfa Producers propose to build an alfalfa processing plant integrated with an advanced power plant system at the Granite Falls, Minnesota industrial park to provide 75 MW of base load electric power and a competitively priced source of value added alfalfa based products. This project utilizes air blown fluidized bed gasification technology to process alfalfa stems and another biomass to produce a hot, clean, low heating value gas that will be used in a gas turbine. Exhaust heat from the gas turbine will be used to generate steam to power a steam turbine and provide steam for the processing of the alfalfa leaf into a wide range of products including alfalfa leaf meal, a protein source for livestock. This progress report describes feedstock testing, feedstock supply system, performance guarantees, sales contracts, environmental permits, education, environment, economy, and project coordination and control.

  14. Key Success Factors of Innovation in Multinational Agri-food Prospector Companies

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    Fortuin, F.T.J.M.; Batterink, M.H.; Omta, S. W. F.

    2007-01-01

    The Wageningen Innovation Assessment Tool (WIAT) compares the self assessment of the drivers and barriers to innovation at the company level and the critical success and failure factors of innovation at the project level with data of agrifood prospector firms around the world. In total 46 innovation projects, 11 successfully concluded and 6 failed projects, as well as 29 running projects in 12 multinational agrifood prospector companies in the Netherlands and France, two innovation consortia ...

  15. Management of Official Overseas Trips of Staff in Agri-scientific Research Institutions

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    Lizhen; CHEN; Yu; ZHENG; Haiyan; LUO; Qingqun; YAO

    2014-01-01

    Taking Tropical Crops Genetic Resources Institute( TCGRI) of Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences( CATAS) as an example,this paper discussed current situation of management of official overseas trips of staff in agric-scientific research institutions,analyzed existing problems,and finally came up with pertinent recommendations.

  16. STUDY ON THE EVOLUTION OF SEASONALITY IN AGRI-TOURISM, BY REGIONS OF ROMANIA

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    Florentina Daniela Matei

    2015-01-01

    Tourist activity, in general, is influenced by seasonality phenomenon, which means that the company's marketing policy must adapt supply to the specific needs of consumers, no matter the time of year. However, the services demand have identified opportunities in tourism, while implicit threats. It is therefore necessary to analyze the material, financial, technical and managerial aspects of agro pension. These resources illustrates the possibility of upgrading the capacity of existing accommo...

  17. Vulnerability Assessment of Agri-ecotourism Communities as Influenced by Climate Change

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    Hanilyn A. Hidalgo

    2015-01-01

    The growth of tourism in the Philippines can be largely attributed to nature-based destinations but communities in these areas largely depend on farming and fishing to sustain their day-to-day needs.  The need to capacitate the community’s social and human capital in addressing climate change impacts to their livelihood, properties and natural environment is deemed necessary to lessen their vulnerability issues in the management of agriecotourism destinations. The study aimed to 1.) character...

  18. Agri-environmental Instruments for an Integrated Rural Policy: An Economic Analysis

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    Komen, M.H.C.; Feinerman, E.

    2003-01-01

    The new Rural Development Regulation of the EU reflects the shift of attention within rural areas from agricultural production towards rural development and embraces both farmers and non-farm residents. While agricultural production is required to comply with environmental standards, rural areas als

  19. MOLDOVAN AGRI-FOOD TRADE UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF INTEGRATION PROCESSES

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    Alexandru STRATAN

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available The paper aims at the assessment of the main effects of signing the Association Agreement on the Moldovan agricultural sector, while examining its reaction, if the Republic of Moldova would have opted for its integration in the Customs Union - Russian Federation, Belarus, and Kazakhstan. During the period 2010-2013, Republic of Moldova launched a number of trade policy development initiatives in order to ensure a more facilitating legal framework for the economic and trade relations with the key external partners. An agreement on the establishment of a free trade area in the CIS was signed in this period. Similarly, Republic of Moldova started negotiating the Association Agreement with the European Union, which was signed in June this year and has as component part the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA. The paper reveals that the signing of the Association Agreement with the EU could serve as instrument to stimulate the agricultural sector, but the DCFTA establishment will present some challenges, which are to be properly addressed, in order to exclude their turning into risks.

  20. Agri-environmental evaluation of traditional and alternative corn production systems in Chiapas, Mexico

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    Carlos Ernesto Aguilar-Jiménez

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available This study evaluates the effects of environmental variables on traditional and alternative agroecosystems in three Ejidos (communal lands in the Chiapas rainforest in Mexico. The tests occurred within two seasonal agricultural cycles. In spring-summer, experiments were performed with the traditional slash, fell and burn (S-F-B system, no-burn systems and rotating systems with Mucuna deeringiana Bort., and in the autumn-winter agricultural cycle, three no-burn systems were compared to evaluate the effect of alternative sowing with corn (no-burn and topological modification of sowing. The results show a high floristic diversity in the study area (SS = 4 - 23%, with no significant differences among the systems evaluated. In the first cycle, the analysis of the agronomical variables of the corn indicated better properties in the fallowing systems, with an average yield of 1950 kg ha‑1, but there was variation related to the number of years left fallow. In the second cycle, the yields were positive for the alternative technology (average yield 3100 kg ha‑1. The traditional S-F-B systems had reduced pests and increased organic matter and soil phosphorous content. These results are the consequence of fallow periods and adaptation to the environment; thus, this practice in the Chiapas rainforest constitutes an ethnocultural reality, which is unlikely to change in the near future if the agrosystems are managed based on historical principles.

  1. Progress in Working Towards a More Sustainable Agri-Food Industry

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    The human health and environmental issues related to food, feed, and bio-based systems, range widely from greenhouse gas emissions and energy use to land use, water availability, soil quality, water quality and quantity, biodi-versity losses, and chemical exposure. Threats that s...

  2. Promoting the Use of Life Cycle Assessment for a Sus-tainable Agri-Food Industry

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    The number of studies that address the holistic human health and environmental impacts related to food, feed, and bio-based fuel roduction has steadily increased in recent years. Studies on agricultural systems have identified environmental issues ranging from greenhouse gas emis...

  3. Mesures agri-environnementales : quels mécanismes d’allocation?

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    Sophie Thoyer; Sandra Saïd

    2007-01-01

    Les politiques agricoles adoptées dans la plupart des pays développés après la seconde guerre mondiale ont favorisé un accroissement très rapide de la productivité du travail et de la terre, passant par une intensification des pratiques culturales, basée sur la généralisation de la mécanisation et de la motorisation, l’utilisation massive de substances agrochimiques, et l’adoption de nouvelles variétés et races sélectionnées. Cette évolution économique et technologique a permis non seulement ...

  4. AgriDrupal : repository management integrated into a content management system

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    Pesce, Valeria; Subirats-Coll, Imma; Picarella, Antonella; Keizer, Johannes

    2011-01-01

    One of the main obstacles towards a more efficient management and sharing of agricultural knowledge is the lack of good standard-compliant tools whose adoption and maintenance is really sustainable. In particular, in the implementation of repositories, agricultural Institutions have often faced some common issues in the selection of appropriate software tools, like the need to integrate a repository search and browse interface with their website, the need to implement custom content models, o...

  5. Local Food Marketing as a Development Opportunity for Small UK Agri-Food Businesses

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    Martin Hingley; Julie Boone; Simon Haley

    2010-01-01

     The study explores local food as a marketing opportunity for small food producers and identifies barriers to development. Research was conducted primarily through depth interviews, supplemented by a survey of food marketing group members in North-West England. The results of this local study were consistent with national survey data showing increasing consumer interest in food provenance, traceability and support for the local economy. Lack of an official and recognised definition of th...

  6. The Agri-food Competitive Performance in the EU Countries: A Fifteen Years Retrospective

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    Carraresi, Laura; Banterle, Alessandro

    2013-01-01

    The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the competitive performance of different European countries at sector level in the intra-EU market from 1995 to 2011, comparing food industry and agricultural sector. In particular, we aim to assess the effect of the EU enlargement (first period) and the economic crisis (second period) on the competitiveness of EU countries. The data come from the Eurostat database of international trade. The competitive performance of EU countries is measured through ...

  7. Sustainable supply chain management : The influence of local stakeholder expectations in China's agri-food industry

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    Kao, Pao T.; Redekop, William; Mark-Herbert, Cecilia

    2012-01-01

    Multinational food processing corporations are facing rapid growth in emerging markets like China and a concurrent need for sustainable supply chain management (SSCM). These firms attempt to address supply risk and threat to the triple bottom line through managing suppliers and inputs, and at the same time need to overcome the uncertainty raised by the unfamiliar host environment. An exploratory qualitative case study of two multinational food processing corporations in China finds their SSCM...

  8. Minnesota Agri Power Project. Quarterly report, July 1, 1997--September 30, 1997

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    1997-10-01

    Program status and accomplishments for a project to develop alfalfa as a biomass fuel for power generation are summarized in this report. The main areas of reporting include: (1) alfalfa separation pilot plant testing, (2) design of gasification plant, (3) alfalfa leaf meal feeding trials and analysis, (4) integrated plant design and cost estimate, and (5) site plan construction and environmental permits. The alfalfa separation pilot plant fractionation equipment encountered operating problems from rocks and other tramp materials in the alfalfa bales. An investigation of techniques and equipment to remove the tramp materials resulted in the selection of a vibrating conveyor system. The Carbona gasification plant design basis and the Westinghouse scope of supply and design basis for the hot gas filter are provided in the report. The alfalfa leaf meal feeding trials showed that this economically critical co-product can be a viable livestock feed ingredient if favorable price, availability, and quality are maintained. The Stone and Webster basis of design for the integrated plant is included, and the basis for development of gas turbine performance runs is also detailed.

  9. Techno-economic assessment of anaerobic digestion systems for agri-food wastes

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    Lau, A.; Baldwin, S.; Wang, M. [British Colombia Univ., Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    2010-07-01

    Activities in British Columbia's Fraser Valley generate an estimated 3 million tones of agriculture and food wastes annually, of which 85 per cent are readily available for anaerobic digestion. The potential for energy generation from biogas through anaerobic digestion is approximately 30 MW. On-farm manure-based systems represent the most likely scenario for the development of anaerobic digestion in British Columbia in the near future. Off-farm food processing wastes may be an alternative option to large centralized industrial complexes. Odour control, pathogen reduction, improved water quality, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and reduced landfill usage are among the environmental benefits of anaerobic digestion. The economical benefits include power and heat generation, biogas upgrading, and further processing of the residues to produce compost or animal bedding. This paper described a newly developed anaerobic digestion (AD) calculator that helps users regarding their investment decision in AD facilities. The calculator classifies various technology options into several major types of AD systems. It also constructs kinetic and economic models for these systems and provides a fair estimation on biogas yield, digester volume, capital cost and annual income. The calculator takes into consideration factors such as the degradability of wastes with different compositions and different operating parameters.

  10. The Role of Inter-Organizational Leadership in Agri-Food Value Chains

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    Dooley, Lawrence B.; Luca, E.

    2008-01-01

    For many years research on marketing channel behaviour was focused on power and conflict between channel members. More recently, as a result of globalisation, firms have become more dependent on each other and more collaborative models of channel behaviour have developed to meet the demands of the global marketplace. Research suggests that closer relationships involving trust, commitment, co-operation, co-ordination, and collaboration are needed between chain members to ensure the success of ...

  11. Hacia una ontología de la Agri-Cultura en perspectiva del pensamiento ambiental

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    Giraldo, Omar Felipe

    2013-01-01

    Desde el enfoque del pensamiento ambiental estético-complejo, el artículo presenta un esbozo de lo que podría llamarse una ontología de la agricultura. Su objetivo es aportar con algunas reflexiones para la construcción de una epistemología de los estudios agroecológicos. Partant de l’approche propre à la pensée environnementale esthético-complexe, cet article présente une ébauche de ce que l’on pourrait appeler une ontologie de l’agriculture. L’objectif est de contribuer à certaines réfle...

  12. An Assessment of Entrepreneurship Programme towards Modern Agri-Technology Usage in Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

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    Muhammad Hafidz Abdul Raman; Azizan Asmuni; Khairuddin Idris; Salmizi Saad; Vikrul Adzim Azmin

    2014-01-01

    Problem Statement: Malaysia is generally driven by a service oriented industry whereby agriculture was placed at the third ranks of government economic priority. In the agriculture sector, the human capital empowerment has contributed towards agriculture productivity and production success which relates to those people involve in farming as farmers. Recent insight reviled that farmers with quality of an entrepreneur will largely to succeed in agriculture based business. Hence, a lot of agricu...

  13. Multi-Stakeholder Sustainability Alliances in Agri-Food Chains: A theory of Reasoned Action Approach

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    Dentoni, D.; Peterson, H.C.

    2011-01-01

    This study provides a definition of Multi-Stakeholder Sustainability Alliances (MSSAs) based on describing the platforms formed and/or joined by the fifty largest food and beverage multinational corporations (MNCs). It develops an inductive framework on how MNCs use MSSAs to effectively signal to th

  14. Importance of Trust Building Elements in Business-To-Business Agri-Food Chains

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    Meixner, O.; Ameseder, C.; Haas, R.; Canavari, M.; Fritz, M.; Hofstede, G.J.

    2009-01-01

    In marketing literature, trust is perceived as a pivotal aspect of business transactions. However, trust is still a concept that needs to be clarified. Therefore, the purpose of this paper is to measure the importance of trust building elements in establishing a trustful relationship between trading

  15. Agri-environmental indicators in the management of farms. the Spanish case

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    Elisa I. Cano Montero; Muñoz Colomina, Clara Isabel; Urquía Grande, Elena

    2007-01-01

    The current reform of the EC Agricultural Policy decouples subsidies from production and introduces the new concept of “eco-conditionality” which makes the receipt of subsidies contingent on compliance with a number of environmental standards. This reform, put in place by the Commission, involves a high risk that the cultivation of some Mediterranean products will be abandoned. Their producers will have to meet the challenge of competitiveness and avail themselves of appropriate mechanisms...

  16. Research for the innovation of the agri-food system in international cooperation

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    Stefano Bocchi

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available In the last few decades, characterized by intense environmental, landscape and socio-economic-financial changes, unexpected issues concerning the primary sector are arising and asks to researchers an urgent and deep reformulation both of the conceptual and technological tools used in the applied research. The concept of innovation is now radically changed, starting from a prevailing formula of linear top-down technology transfer, which has characterized the green revolution of the 1960s, to nowadays approach characterized by the innovation of a complex system, aimed at creating sustainable and shared opportunities through economic and institutional development. Those who now work in public or private bodies oriented to research for innovation are struggling to maintain their specific study area, but within integrated schemes where technical and scientific aspects are in interaction with organizational, institutional and political issues. Innovation can tackle several issues: new products, new technologies, new markets, new procedures (institutions and new policies. The series of scientific and conceptual tools framed into the Agro-ecology domain seems appropriate to plan development initiatives of which the primary objective is ensuring a sustainable management of all the resources involved in agricultural production processes, while promoting food security and sovereignty, as well as protecting the rural landscape. By studying a target agro-ecosystem it is possible to identify and characterize the relationships between both the internal components and the system structures and functions at different levels of complexity of plot, farm and country, without neglecting the interactions among scientific, technological and socio-economic factors, and ultimately tending towards a science aimed at conflict resolution. Given the challenges that agricultural development is going to face in the next decades, it is indeed essential to support the planning and implementation of sound agro-ecological policies through an appropriate set of advanced tools. Particularly, a key aspect to empower all the stakeholders involved in the research, development, dissemination and application of new methods and technologies is the identification of information and communication systems that farmers and policy makers need in order to cope with fast-changing conditions in a complex system. University and research centers can act as institutional facilitators of dialogue and development policies among different stakeholders, catalyzing participation and promoting participatory problem-solving strategies for agricultural development and cooperation.

  17. Seed preferences by rodents in the agri-environment and implications for biological weed control.

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    Fischer, Christina; Türke, Manfred

    2016-08-01

    Post-dispersal seed predation and endozoochorous seed dispersal are two antagonistic processes in relation to plant recruitment, but rely on similar preconditions such as feeding behavior of seed consumers and seed traits. In agricultural landscapes, rodents are considered important seed predators, thereby potentially providing regulating ecosystem services in terms of biological weed control. However, their potential to disperse seeds endozoochorously is largely unknown. We exposed seeds of arable plant species with different seed traits (seed weight, nutrient content) and different Red List status in an experimental rye field and assessed seed removal by rodents. In a complementary laboratory experiment, consumption rates, feeding preferences, and potential endozoochory by two vole species (Microtus arvalis and Myodes glareolus) were tested. Seed consumption by rodents after 24 h was 35% in the field and 90% in the laboratory. Both vole species preferred nutrient-rich over nutrient-poor seeds and M. glareolus further preferred light over heavy seeds and seeds of common over those of endangered plants. Endozoochory by voles could be neglected for all tested plant species as no seeds germinated, and only few intact seeds could be retrieved from feces. Synthesis and applications. Our results suggest that voles can provide regulating services in agricultural landscapes by depleting the seed shadow of weeds, rather than facilitating plant recruitment by endozoochory. In the laboratory, endangered arable plants were less preferred by voles than noxious weeds, and thus, our results provide implications for seed choice in restoration approaches. However, other factors such as seed and predator densities need to be taken into account to reliably predict the impact of rodents on the seed fate of arable plants. PMID:27547355

  18. Geotraceability: an innovative concept to enhance conventional traceability in the agri-food chain

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    Oger, R.

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available With the globalization of trade, people have become enlightened and demanding consumers as regards the origin of their food and the environment in which it is produced. The concept of geotraceability described in this article responds to that requirement by combining geographical information with conventional traceability data. The inclusion of geographical information relating to the environment of the production plots is based not only on exploiting some functionalities of spatial analysis tools that exist in geographical information systems (GIS but also on developing specific tools such as a geoidentifier and geoindicators. This article also describes the characteristics and methods of implementing a geographical information management system linked with traceability information. Lastly, the potential for using geotraceability systems in supply chains is analyzed, in particular for consumer warnings in cases of food crisis and assistance for certification of differentiated quality agricultural products.

  19. AGRI-ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT: HUNGARY AFTER EU ACCESSION

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    Kovacs, Judit Katona

    2007-01-01

    In Hungary, similarly to developed countries, the share of agriculture in the GDP has declined. Even so, preparation of the sector’s long term strategy is crucial, as the role of agriculture exceeds the results represented in the GDP. Environmental and social functions of agriculture are revaluated in developed countries, and consumers at the end of the food chain actually govern the entire process. This is why information plays an increasingly important role, and gives signals (Verbeke, 20...

  20. Research for the innovation of the agri-food system in international cooperation

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    Stefano Bocchi; Scott Christiansen; Theib Oweis; Andrea Porro; Simone Sala

    2012-01-01

    In the last few decades, characterized by intense environmental, landscape and socio-economic-financial changes, unexpected issues concerning the primary sector are arising and asks to researchers an urgent and deep reformulation both of the conceptual and technological tools used in the applied research. The concept of innovation is now radically changed, starting from a prevailing formula of linear top-down technology transfer, which has characterized the green revolution of the 1960s, to n...

  1. Corporate Social Responsibility in the agri-food sector: the case of GMOs

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    Heyder, Matthias; Theuvsen, Ludwig

    2010-01-01

    Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are handled differently in different countries. Whereas global acreage of GMOs jumped to 134 million hectares in 2009 [Cultivation... 2010], in many European countries opposition to GMOs is still strong, and their acreage is very small. This situation poses a difficult situation for many companies and their corporate social responsibility [CSR] strategies. Against this background, we conducted an online survey of 170 agribusiness firms in order to shed so...

  2. THE EFFECT OF COOPERATIVES ON PRODUCT INNOVATION IN THE AGRI-FOOD SYSTEM

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    Drivas, Kyriakos; Giannakas, Konstantinos

    2006-01-01

    This paper develops a game-theoretic model of heterogeneous consumers to analyze the effect of cooperative involvement on quality-enhancing product innovation activity, the pricing of food products, and the welfare of the groups involved in the context of a mixed duopoly where an openmembership consumer co-op competes with an IOF. Analytical results show that the involvement of the member welfare-maximizing co-op in R&D can be quality and welfare enhancing by increasing the arrival rate of pr...

  3. 4-H Chickquest: Connecting Agri-Science with STEM Standards in Urban Schools

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    Horton, Robert L.; Krieger, Jackie; Halasa, Katrina

    2013-01-01

    While young students are more capable of scientific inquiry than previously believed, elementary school teachers are often inexperienced in and lack confidence with teaching science. ChickQuest is a 4-H-created embryology curriculum for third-graders that meets Ohio state science standards, teaches STEM skills, and promotes ongoing interaction…

  4. OGM : vers une évaluation des impacts agri-environnementaux

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    Icart Jean-Claude

    2000-07-01

    Full Text Available En 1998, les pouvoirs publics français prononçaient un moratoire de deux ans concernant les autorisations de mise sur le marché des variétés de colza génétiquement modifiées. Cette décision donnait suite aux conclusions de la conférence des citoyens des 20 et 21 juin 1998 à l’Assemblée nationale et aux recommandations de l’Office parlementaire des choix scientifiques et technologiques, fondées sur « les incertitudes liées à la diffusion de transgène dans l’environnement à partir de plantes comme le colza, présentant des risques de croisements avec d’autres espèces ».

  5. Kinetics of Ultrasound-Assisted Flavonoid Extraction from Agri-Food Solid Wastes Using Water/Glycerol Mixtures

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    Dimitris P. Makris

    2016-01-01

    Red grape pomace (RGP) and onion solid wastes (OSW) were used as raw material to produce flavonoid-enriched extracts, using ultrasound-assisted solid-liquid extraction. The extraction medium used was composed of water and glycerol and under the conditions used the extraction of flavonoids from both materials was shown to obey first-order kinetics. Maximum diffusivities (De) values were 4.01 × 10−11 and 2.35 × 10−11 m2·s−1, for RGP and OSW extraction, respectively, while the corresponding acti...

  6. SUPURBFOOD project report of the case study Zurich: Agri-food dynamics and governance of the urban food system

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    Schmid, Otto; Jahrl, Ingrid

    2014-01-01

    Conclusion The analysis of the Zurich city region has shown interesting developments but also several blockages (problems or challenges), opportunities and priorities. There are an impressive number of initiatives and organisations in the city dealing with agriculture, sustainable food provisioning, and closing nutrient cycles. However an overall sustainable food strategy for the City of Zurich is missing. The three themes (i) food provisioning, (ii) multifunctional land use, and (iii) ...

  7. Consumer response to novel agri-food technologies: Implications for predicting consumer acceptance of emerging food technologies

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    Frewer, L.J.; Bergmann, K.; Brennan, M.; Lion, R.; Meertens, R.; Rowe, G.; Siegrist, M.; Vereijken, C.

    2011-01-01

    The issue of consumer acceptance of food technologies, and their applications, needs to be addressed early in technology development. However, whether extensive assessment of consumer acceptance is necessary for all food-related technologies a priori is uncertain. A review of studies of seven foodre

  8. Considerations for the development of regulations for the control of the importation of irradiated agri-food products

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    Imported products can host vectors of exotic diseases, insects and weeds which may threaten Canadian livestock or plant stock industry. Feed and food irradiation are viewed as valid options to facilitate trade of agricultural products. The requirements for labelling and process control are currently being reviewed from a regulatory standpoint. (author). 8 refs

  9. PTR-MS in Italy: A Multipurpose Sensor with Applications in Environmental, Agri-Food and Health Science

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    Franco Biasioli

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Proton Transfer Reaction Mass Spectrometry (PTR-MS has evolved in the last decade as a fast and high sensitivity sensor for the real-time monitoring of volatile compounds. Its applications range from environmental sciences to medical sciences, from food technology to bioprocess monitoring. Italian scientists and institutions participated from the very beginning in fundamental and applied research aiming at exploiting the potentialities of this technique and providing relevant methodological advances and new fundamental indications. In this review we describe this activity on the basis of the available literature. The Italian scientific community has been active mostly in food science and technology, plant physiology and environmental studies and also pioneered the applications of the recently released PTR-ToF-MS (Proton Transfer Reaction-Time of Flight-Mass Spectrometry in food science and in plant physiology. In the very last years new results related to bioprocess monitoring and health science have been published as well. PTR-MS data analysis, particularly in the case of the ToF based version, and the application of advanced chemometrics and data mining are also aspects characterising the activity of the Italian community.

  10. Value Chain Dynamics of Agri-Food Exports from Southern Mediterranean to the European Union: End-Market Perspective

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    Samir Mili

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available This contribution explores the buyer side of the value chains of the main agricultural products exported from the Mediterranean Partner Countries (MPCs to the EU, taking Spain as an explorative case study in the broader European context. It draws on the Global Value Chain (GVC approach to provide new survey-based evidence for better profiling the opportunities and constraints for EU trade for orange, strawberry, tomato and olive oil imported from Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt and Turkey. The approach used complements inquiries using quantitative trade models usually based on aggregate sectoral level. Results show differences depending on the product and the country studied. There are in all cases multiple challenges to be solved at the origin of the value chain including better chain organization, further transparency and security, improvement in infrastructure and logistics, keeping transaction costs manageable at the same time. Consumer preferences in buyer markets when sourcing must be taken on the first place. The findings can have relevant policy implications in terms of prospective Euro-Mediterranean Partnership Agreements on agriculture and food.

  11. EU-Level Competence Development Projects in Agri-Food-Environment: The Involvement of Sectoral Social Partners

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    Mulder, Martin

    2006-01-01

    Purpose: The European Commission and social partner organisations at EU level encourage the lifelong development of qualifications and competence. This is reflected in many policy reports and reviews. This paper seeks to show the involvement of social partner organisations at the level of EU-funded competence development projects.…

  12. A Qualitative Study of Agricultural Literacy in Urban Youth: Understanding for Democratic Participation in Renewing the Agri-Food System

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    Hess, Alexander J.; Trexler, Cary J.

    2011-01-01

    Modern agriculture poses ecological problems and opportunities, which defy simple democratic reform without an educated citizenry. Developing an educated citizenry can be accomplished by further developing agricultural literacy in elementary education. While benchmarks for agricultural literacy have been produced, relatively little attention has…

  13. Products and Processes of Agri-Scientific Service-Learning: Adding Harmony to Dopico and Garcia-Vazquez

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    Boggs, George L.

    2011-01-01

    This forum response adds a conceptualization of harmony to Dopico and Vazquez' investigation of pedagogy that combines citizen science, environmental and cross-cultural research, and service-learning. Placing many appropriate and significant aspects of culturally situated science education in an authentically relational context beyond the…

  14. Products and processes of agri-scientific service-learning: adding harmony to Dopico and Garcia-Vázquez

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    Boggs, George L.

    2011-06-01

    This forum response adds a conceptualization of harmony to Dopico and Vázquez' investigation of pedagogy that combines citizen science, environmental and cross-cultural research, and service-learning. Placing many appropriate and significant aspects of culturally situated science education in an authentically relational context beyond the classroom, this paper calls attention to insightful contributions and new directions for research, such as the process of inducing or eluding nihilism regarding ecological issues. How can such a question be researched effectively in order to learn about the family of pedagogies emerging in response to the need for more ecologically conscious and relationally authentic teaching across many disciplines? In this paper, I use a Vygotskian framework and an abbreviated case study of agricultural service-learning from my research, drawing attention to the importance of students' culturally-mediated construction of setting as they interact in older and newer ways.

  15. Modelling the Efficiency of Agri-Environmental Payments to Czech Agriculture in a CGE Framework Incorporating Public Goods Approach

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    Z. Křístková; Ratinger, T.

    2013-01-01

    Capturing agricultural multifunctionality has been a challenge to agricultural economists for more than a decade. On one hand, researchers increasingly include the provision of environmental protection and landscape maintenance in their commodity based models; on the other hand, there are efforts as contingent valuation to assess the economic value of environmental benefits provided by agriculture. This paper tries to merge both research streams by incorporating supply and demand of landscape...

  16. Requirements, Barriers and Advantages for the Adoption of E-commerce in the Spanish Agri-Food Sector

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    Briz, Julian; Fernandez, M. Cristina

    2009-01-01

    The following paper shows the work in progress in the frame of the specific support action Program “E-Trust”. A initial qualitative study was carried out in order to find out evidences and opinions about the performance of e-commerce in the agricultural and food sector. The paper shows a brief description of the barriers, advantages and e-business tools related with the adoption of e-commerce. In order to explore this topic, qualitative interviews were conducted. The results of this first sta...

  17. Influence of foreign direct investments on Supply Chain Management: insights from Russian and Ukrainian agri-food business

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    Belaya, Vera; Gagalyuk, Taras; Hanf, Jon Henrich

    2012-01-01

    The recent developments of Russian and Ukrainian economies and rapid growth of food industries have proven to be one of the key motives for international companies to enter these countries and stirred up active investments into the food sector. It is observable that when foreign food retailers and branded food processing companies enter a new country, they take their business models known from their home countries into the newly entered markets. In this context of particular importance are ma...

  18. Implications of agri-food standards for Sri Lanka: Case studies of tea and fisheries export industries

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    Wijayasiri, Janaka; Jayaratne, Suwendrani

    2011-01-01

    During the past two decades, public awareness and concern regarding food safety in developed countries have increased as a result of a series of highly-publicized food scares and scandals (Henson and Caswell, 1999). In response to these events, regulations governing food production in those countries have been tightened. This has been accompanied by significant institutional changes and intensified border control of food imports in the industrialized countries. Separate and independent regula...

  19. Determinants of horizontal and vertical intra-industry agri-food trade in the new EU member-states

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    JÁMBOR, ATTILA

    2014-01-01

    Az ágazaton belüli kereskedelem egyre komolyabb szerepet tölt be a nemzetközi kereskedelemben, mind ez idáig azonban kevés mezőgazdasági témájú elemzés készült e témában. A cikk célja a horizontális és vertikális ágazaton belüli agrárkereskedelem meghatározó tényezőinek azonosítása az új tagországok és az EU–27 közötti kereskedelemben 1999–2010 között. Ehhez a szerző statikus és dinamikus panelmódszereket alkalmaz különböző specifikációkkal. Eredményei szerint a tényezőellátottság a horizontá...

  20. Kinetics of Ultrasound-Assisted Flavonoid Extraction from Agri-Food Solid Wastes Using Water/Glycerol Mixtures

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    Dimitris P. Makris

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Red grape pomace (RGP and onion solid wastes (OSW were used as raw material to produce flavonoid-enriched extracts, using ultrasound-assisted solid-liquid extraction. The extraction medium used was composed of water and glycerol and under the conditions used the extraction of flavonoids from both materials was shown to obey first-order kinetics. Maximum diffusivities (De values were 4.01 × 10−11 and 2.35 × 10−11 m2·s−1, for RGP and OSW extraction, respectively, while the corresponding activation energies (Ea were 14.00 and 15.23 kJ·mol−1.

  1. The Agri-food Industry and Mineral Water Sector in Basilicata between big Industry and Small Chains

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    Bubbico D.

    2012-01-01

    The food industry is one of the most important sectors of national industry.The big food industry is present in part also in Southern Italy, but this has notalways resulted in the formation of an industrial supply chain.In those regions, the agro-industrial sector is therefore now made up mostlyof small firms in various branches of food industry. In recent years, in order toreinforce small business structures, some projects aimed at supporting activitiesof partnership between firms and local ...

  2. Differences of small-scale farmers and the related short agri-food value chains An empirical evidence from Hungary

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    Benedek, Zsófia; Fertő, Imre; Baráth, Lajos; Tóth, József

    2014-01-01

    Recently, short food supply chains have been thoroughly studied in some countries; however, data are sparse from others. In Hungary, the local food movement has been developing very fast and an outburst in the number of farmers markets has happened, due to the changes of the legal environment. The paper addresses the question whether farmers selling at various short food supply chains are different based on their socio-demographic, farm- and production-related characteristics, expectations an...

  3. PTR-MS in Italy: A Multipurpose Sensor with Applications in Environmental, Agri-Food and Health Science

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    Franco Biasioli; Flavia Gasperi; José Sánchez del Pulgar; Andrea Romano; Eugenio Aprea; Francesco Loreto; Luca Cappellin

    2013-01-01

    Proton Transfer Reaction Mass Spectrometry (PTR-MS) has evolved in the last decade as a fast and high sensitivity sensor for the real-time monitoring of volatile compounds. Its applications range from environmental sciences to medical sciences, from food technology to bioprocess monitoring. Italian scientists and institutions participated from the very beginning in fundamental and applied research aiming at exploiting the potentialities of this technique and providing relevant methodological ...

  4. Seeing GMOs from a Systems Perspective: The Need for Comparative Cartographies of Agri/Cultures for Sustainability Assessment

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    Amaranta Herrero; Fern Wickson; Rosa Binimelis

    2015-01-01

    Over the past twenty years, agricultural biotechnologies have generated chronically unresolved political controversies. The standard tool of risk assessment has proven to be highly limited in its ability to address the panoply of concerns that exist about these hybrid techno/organisms. It has also failed to account for both the conceptual and material networks of relations agricultural biotechnologies require, create and/or perform. This paper takes as a starting point that agricultural biote...

  5. 77 FR 31830 - Opportunity for Designation in the West Sacramento, CA; Frankfort, IN; Indianapolis, IN; and...

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    2012-05-30

    ...-Agri Inspection Company, Ltd. (Cal-Agri); Frankfort Grain Inspection, Inc. (Frankfort); Indianapolis... procedures prescribed in section 79(f) of the USGSA. Areas Open for Designation Cal-Agri Pursuant to Section... to the northern California State line. California Agri's assigned geographic area does not...

  6. Study of China's Agri-product Circulation System Construction%中国农产品流通体系建设研究

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    张喜才; 张利庠

    2012-01-01

    中国农产品流通体系内生于我国经济社会发展、小农经济和流通体制快速变革之中,也受到全球化、信息化等非传统因素影响。在这样的双重趋势下必然出现产销对接困难、市场秩序混乱、标准化规范化落后、宏观调控政策不到位等众多问题,这些问题又与生产环节、公益性批发市场、信息服务体系等几个关键节点密不可分。本文指出我国农产品流通体系建设必须适应我国经济社会及生产和消费模式,必须确保城乡人民生活需要,确保食品安全。建立起多元渠道并存、高效快捷安全的流通体系,政府应着重在改变观念、完善法律制度、做好规划、建立风险机制等方面进行完善。%China's agricultural products circulation system was born in the rapid development of economic and social and rapid transformation of smallholder agriculture and circulation system,and also affected by globalization,information technology and other non-traditional factors.Inevitablely in the double trends,many issues appeared such as production and marketing docking difficulties,market disorder,the backward standardization,and policy of macnoscopical adjusting controt does not reach the designated position and so on.The problems are inseparable with the key nodes such as production chain,public service wholesale markets,information service system.This article pointed out that China's agricultural products circulation system must adapt to China's economic and social production and consumption patterns,and it must satisfy that people's living standards necessary,and ensure food safety.In order to establish a multi-channel co-exist,efficient,safe and fast circulation system,the government should focus on the change of mindset,legal system improvement,good plan,and the establishment of risk mechanism.

  7. The Teachers' Research Self-Efficacy and Attitudes towards Scientific Research Based on Different Parameters: A Case Study of Agri Province

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    Kurt, Murat

    2015-01-01

    The purpose of this study is to develop competencies of teachers, the coordination of the education, learning activities; in having access to innovations, developments and scientific studies in the literature. In addition, the purpose is to determine how teachers' scientific research self-efficacy and attitude towards the scientific research…

  8. Regulating Agri-Biotechnology through Information: The European Union and its System for Labeling Foods Containing, Consisting of, & Produced From Genetically Modified Organisms

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    Banks, Khalisha

    2005-01-01

    There are few issues more controversial in the European Union than the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the food production chain. The original intent of the EU’s GM food regulations was to harmonize the discrepancies in Member States’ laws in order to facilitate the free flow of goods in the internal market and to establish producer-friendly lax standards, such as the absence of mandatory labeling provisions. The type of system constructed...

  9. AgriBMPWater - system approach to environmentally acceptable farming : results in the perspective of potential users as farmers, land managers and water directors

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    N. Turpin; Laplana, R.; P. Strauss; Kaljonen, M.; Bärlund, I.; Benigni, G.; Bioteau, T.; Birgand, F.; Bontems, P; Bordenave, P.; Eklo, O.M.; Feichtinger, F.; Garnier, M; Haverkamp, R.; Leone, A.

    2003-01-01

    A comparison between different existing or simulated BMPs has been carried out through a cost/effectiveness assessment along with the study of their acceptability by farmers on eight European watersheds in a multidisciplinary framework involving eleven research teams. Water quality problems encountered and dealt with in this project for all eight watersheds include: high nitrate loads and concentrations at the outlet of the two western French watersheds associated with dairy production, high ...

  10. Regionalisation of Nitrogen Balances with the CAPRI Model (RegNiBal): Pilot project in support of the Eurostat Working Group on Agri-Environmental Indicators

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    OZBEK FETHI SABAN; Leip, Adrian; WEISS FRANZ; CARMONA GARCIA GEMA; ALTOBELLI Filiberto; GRASSART Laurence; HOFMEIER Maximilian; KUKUCKA Miroslav; PALLOTTI Annalisa; PATAY Agnes; THUEN Thorsten

    2015-01-01

    The report presents the results of the pilot project “Regionalisation of Gross Nitrogen Balances with the CAPRI model” (RegNiBal), which was carried out by Joint Research Centre in cooperation with Eurostat and delegates from the volunteering countries (France, Germany, Hungary and Italy). The objective of the pilot project was to evaluate the differences between national Eurostat/OECD Gross Nitrogen Balances (GNB) and the GNB calculated using the CAPRI model, with the overall goal of using t...

  11. Cowpea (Vigna unguiculata L. Walp), a renewed multipurpose crop for a more sustainable agri-food system: nutritional advantages and constraints.

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    Gonçalves, Alexandre; Goufo, Piebiep; Barros, Ana; Domínguez-Perles, Raúl; Trindade, Henrique; Rosa, Eduardo A S; Ferreira, Luis; Rodrigues, Miguel

    2016-07-01

    The growing awareness of the relevance of food composition for human health has increased the interest of the inclusion of high proportions of fruits and vegetables in diets. To reach the objective of more balanced diets, an increased consumption of legumes, which constitutes a sustainable source of essential nutrients, particularly low-cost protein, is of special relevance. However, the consumption of legumes also entails some constraints that need to be addressed to avoid a deleterious impact on consumers' wellbeing and health. The value of legumes as a source of nutrients depends on a plethora of factors, including genetic characteristics, agro-climatic conditions, and postharvest management that modulate the dietary effect of edible seeds and vegetative material. Thus, more comprehensive information regarding composition, especially their nutritional and anti-nutritional compounds, digestibility, and alternative processing procedures is essential. These were the challenges to write this review, which focusses on the nutritional and anti-nutritional composition of Vigna unguiculata L. Walp, an emerging crop all over the world intended to provide a rational support for the development of valuable foods and feeds of increased commercial value. © 2016 Society of Chemical Industry. PMID:26804459

  12. The relationship between servant leadership and an ethical work climate in an agri-business / Lucas Daniël van Heerden

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    Van Heerden, Lucas Daniël

    2015-01-01

    This study investigates the relationship between perceptions of servant leadership and the ethical climate in an agricultural business. Using the Executive Servant Leadership Scale (ESLS) and the Ethical Climate Questionnaire (ECQ), the data was collected; full-time employees of an agricultural business, rating the servant leadership style of their managers in addition to the ethical work climate of their organisation. The survey was conducted on a convenience sample (N=151) representin...

  13. How too much care kills species: Grassland reserves, agri-environmental schemes and extinction of Colias myrmidone butterfly from its former stronghold

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    Konvička, Martin; Beneš, Jiří; Čížek, Oldřich; Kopeček, F.; Konvička, O.; Vitaz, L.

    2008-01-01

    Roč. 12, č. 5 (2008), s. 519-525. ISSN 1366-638X R&D Projects: GA ČR GD206/03/H034 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z50070508 Keywords : endangered species * habitat quality * landscape management Subject RIV: EH - Ecology, Behaviour Impact factor: 1.838, year: 2008

  14. Alternative marketing options for small-scale farmers in the wake of changing agri-food supply chains in South Africa

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    Louw, Andre; Jordaan, Daniel du Plessis Scheepers; Ndanga, Leah Z.B.; Kirsten, Johann F.

    2008-01-01

    With South Africa’s urban population approaching 60%, supermarkets and fast food chains have become important players in the South African food system. These large players in the food sector have systematically modified their procurement practices especially with regard to fresh fruit and vegetables and are now circumventing spot markets in favour of sourcing via in-house sourcing companies who mainly procure from preferred supplier producers. This paper draws extensively from a global rese...

  15. Feed or bioenergy production from agri-industrial residues?:An overview of the GHG emissions including indirect land-use change impacts

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    Tonini, Davide; Hamelin, Lorie; Astrup, Thomas Fruergaard

    2014-01-01

    Second generation biofuels produced from “residual” biomasses are considered promising ways of producing bioenergy. However, many studies tend to forget that these biomasses are today used for specific purposes, (e.g. feeding). This means that their use for energy would induce cascading consequences on the food/feed market, or on the carbon balance of the soil. The first are commonly called indirect land-use changes (iLUC), as they cause an increase in the international demand of a food/feed ...

  16. Environmental Governance in Hungary - Rural Development Policies and Social Learning during the Implementation of EU Agri-Environmental Policies - A Case Study

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    Nemes, Gusztáv

    2010-01-01

    The Rural Development Regulation (RDR) within the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), as an exemplary manifestation of the New Rural Development Paradigm, has achieved significant results. Nevertheless, it has increasingly become liable to institutional complexity and central control in an emerging system - discussed as 'the project state' or 'projectified world' in recent literature. The intersection of different institutional realities (European, domestic, regional, local, sectoral, spatial, ...

  17. Survey of the World Agricultural Documentation Services, Draft; Prepared on Behalf of the FAO Panel of Experts on "AGRIS" (International Information System for the Agricultural Sciences and Technology).

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    Buntrock, H.

    The purpose of the survey was: (1) to evaluate existing agricultural information services and (2) to propose possible frameworks for an improved world-wide agricultural information service. The principal statistical results of the survey are summarized in the following figures which are based on data collected in nearly all instances for the year…

  18. UNDERSTANDING THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS AND COORDINATION IN AGRI-BUSINESS SUPPLY CHAINS: AN EXAMINATION OF THE NEW ZEALAND MEAT INDUSTRY

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    Moura, Altair Dias de; Mollenkopf, Diane A.; Martin, Sandra

    2003-01-01

    Two phenomena are occurring simultaneously within the agribusiness sector: customers are requiring tighter product specifications and agricultural chains are becoming more coordinated. However, the exact relationship between these two phenomena is not clear. This research explores that relationship. Five New Zealand fresh meat chains were the focus of multiple case-study research, which used a chain-level (multi-dyadic) approach. Chains were assessed as to the nature of product specifications...

  19. Regional production adjustment to import competition: evidence from the French agro-industry

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    Corinne Bagoulla; Emmanuelle Chevassus-Lozza; Karine Daniel; Carl Gaigné

    2010-01-01

    This paper aims at evaluating the impact of increasing imports on the reallocation of agrifood production across regions within countries. From French data for the period 1995-2002, we show that regional agri-food production adjusts differently to increasing imports according to the region where the agri-food firms are located. More precisely, even though proximity to consumers significantly shapes the spatial distribution of agri-food production, an increase in agri-food imports does not mak...

  20. A spatial econometric approach to assess the impact of RDPs agri-environmental measures on the use of Nitrogen in agriculture: the case study of Emilia-Romagna (Italy)

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    Marconi, Valentina; Raggi, M.; D Viaggi

    2013-01-01

    Agriculture is the main source of nitrogen loading (EEA, 2012) and is the sector with the largest remaining emission reduction potential (Sutton et al., 2011). Furthermore, surpluses of nitrogen are forecast to grow in the next decade (FAO, 2008). The objective of this study is to evaluate the determinants of the use of nitrogen inputs in agriculture, and the effects of RDP implementation in Emilia-Romagna on preventing nitrate pollution through a spatial econometric regression model. Firstly...

  1. 天津现代设施农业产品质量安全体系建设构想%Perceiving construction of modem protected agri-food quality and safety system in Tianjin

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    王印来

    2008-01-01

    食品安全关系到广大人民群众的身体健康和生命安全,关系到经济健康发展和社会稳定,关系到政府和国家形象."民以食为天,食以安为先",让百姓真正吃上安全放心的农产品,是构建和谐社会的基本要求.本文根据国家农产品质量安全规划和天津设施农业建设发展的需要,论述了天津现代设施农业农产品质量安全体系建设构想.

  2. Ação de Micoflora de efluentes agroindustriais sobre diferentes corantes e substratos lignocelulósicos =Action of mycoflora from agri-industrial effluents on different dyes and lignocellulosic substrates

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    Ana Maria Queijeiro López

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Enzimas extracelulares de fungos são importantes para sua sobrevivência em ambientes inóspitos, sendo capazes de degradar compostos recalcitrantes. Fungos filamentosos secretam hidrolases e fenoloxidases capazes de degradar complexos de estruturas aromáticas,como de alguns xenobióticos. O propósito deste trabalho foi testar diferentes corantes (Azul de Metileno, Azure B, Verde Malaquita e Cristal Violeta, em substituição ao composto Poly R478, no método de seleção de microrganismos degradadores de fenóis em meio sólido, além de comparar tal atividade de Micoflora isolada de efluentes de indústria sucroalcooleira com a de outros fungos adquiridos em coleção oficial. Os corantes testados revelaram-se ótimos substitutos do Poly R478. O isolado que apresentou atividade descolorante mais intenso do que a do diâmetro de seu crescimento (Cladosporium sp. foi testado, então, em meio líquido frente a dois substratos naturais e um sintético (bagaço de cana, serragem de madeira e azul de metileno. Este removeu altas concentrações de glic��dios redutores, proteínas e fenóis totais, além de reduzir a DQO em meio com serragem de madeira como substrato fenólico natural. Tal fungo, portanto, mostrou-se promissor para compor consórcios visando cometabolismo ebiorremediação de efluentes nos quais há presença de compostos fenólicos ou outros recalcitrantes com estrutura semelhante à de lignina.Extracellular enzymes of fungi are important for survival in inhospitable environments, as they are able to degrade recalcitrant compounds. Filamentous fungi secrete hydrolases and phenoloxidases that are capable of degrading complexes of aromatic structures, such as certain xenobiotics. The purpose of this study was to test different dyes (methylene blue, Azure B, Malachite Green and Crystal Violet, replacing the compound Poly R478 in the method of selection of phenol decomposer microorganisms in solid medium, and compare this activity of the mycoflora of effluents from sugar-alcohol industry, to the ones of other fungi acquired in official collection. The tested dyes proved to be excellent substitutes for Poly R478. The isolate that showed more intense decolorant activity than the diameter of its growth (Cladosporium sp. was then tested on two natural and one synthetic substrate (sugarcane bagasse, sawing wood, and methylene blue in liquid medium. This isolate removed highconcentrations of reducing sugars, proteins and total phenols, and reduced the COD in medium containing sawdust as natural substrate of phenols. This fungus, therefore, seems promising to form consortia for co-metabolism and bioremediation of effluents in which there is a presence of phenolic or other recalcitrant compounds with similar structure to lignin.

  3. Current Situations of Competitive Scientific Research Projects for Agri-scientific Research Institutions: A Case Study of Tropical Crops Genetic Resources Institute of Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences

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    Haiyan; LUO; Qingqun; YAO; Lizhen; CHEN; Yu; ZHENG

    2015-01-01

    This paper collected and arranged competitive scientific research projects undertaken by Tropical Crops Genetic Resources Institute of Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences in 2003-2014. Through statistical analysis on quantity of projects,funded amount,age of person responsible,professional title of person responsible,academic degree of person responsible,research object,it discussed relevant characteristics and rules. Finally,it came up with pertinent measures and recommendations,in the hope of providing services for decision-making and scientific and technological management.

  4. Commercio elettronico per la dinamica delle catene agro-alimentari internazionali: un’analisi del potenziale [E-commerce for the dynamics of international agri-food chains: an adoption potential analysis

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    Melanie Fritz; Maurizio Canavari; Nicola Cantore; Jivka Deiters; Erika Pignatti

    2008-01-01

    Business-to-business (B2B) e-commerce is an innovative use of information and communication technologies and refers to the exchange of goods and related information between companies supported by Internet-based tools such as electronic marketplaces (also called electronic trade platforms) or online shops. It provides opportunities for cost-efficiency in supply chain management processes and access to new markets. With regard to the food sector with its chain levels input – agriculture – indus...

  5. Assessing local action groups and auctions as institutional alternatives for designing and implementing agri-environmental measures in the EU – results from an expert survey

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    Eggers, Jorg; Mettepenningen, Evy; Beckmann, Volker

    2008-01-01

    The new European Council Regulation on support for rural development (EC) No. 1698/2005 has opened up the opportunity for two important innovations for the design and implementation of agrienvironmental measures: local action groups (LAG) according to the LEADER approach and calls for tender. The article firstly reviews the political and scientific debate on the possible performance of these innovations and, secondly, analyses how agents in public administrations, private associations and res...

  6. Ética y Responsabilidad Social de los Agronenocios en Latinoamerica.

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    Alfredo Aguilar Valdés; Guillermo Guerra Espinal; Agustín Cabral Martell

    2006-01-01

    Article in Spanish Ethics and social responsibility of agri-business in Latin-America The main objective of this work is to remark the relevance of ethics and the social responsibility of agri-business in a globalized World. Initially the concept of globalization is reviewed and its effects on the management of agri-business, and also is showed the relationship between ethics, social responsibility and globalization under this frame. Afterwards a review of entrepreneurial ethi...

  7. Agribusiness in India: Issues and Challenges

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    V. Basil Hans

    2006-01-01

    Agri-business has evolved out of the new input-output matrix. Application of managerial concepts, models and strategies at both individual and institutional levels are concrete with set results. The central Government has introduced a Scheme for Agri-business Development in the current Five Year Plan. Agriprenuers are now realizing the importance of quality changes and value addition in agriculture. Despite all these healthy trends, agri-business has its challenges for rural development in te...

  8. Research Groups & Research Subjects: 2117 [RED

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    Full Text Available 2117 The University of Tokyo Department of Applied Biological Chemistry, Graduate School of Agri ... culture and Agricultural Life ... Science Yamaguchi.Isomaro Cloning and Characteriza ...

  9. Joakim Helenius näeb Eesti piimanduses suuri võimalusi / Silja Lättemäe

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    Lättemäe, Silja, 1952-

    2012-01-01

    Rahvusvaheline investeerimispankur Joakim Helenius on Trigon Agri nõukogu esimees. Omades kindlat usku Eesti piimanduse edukasse tulevikku, tahab ta rajada siia Euroopa Liidu suurima ja moodsaima farmikompleksi

  10. The new era of cyber marketing / interv. Alina Lisina

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    2005-01-01

    Vestlusringis internetireklaamist osalesid Juris Mendzinsh, Linda Saulite, Ilze Taurina, Daina Misina, Edgars Rozentals, Gatis Veikshins, Reinis Zitmanis, Agris Strautnieks, Jurijs Zarinsh, Ivars Bauls, Martinsh Labans ja Vents Dorinsh

  11. Innovations in Rural Financial Services Provision

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    Ndyetabula, Daniel; Temu, Andrew E.

    2013-01-01

    The aim of at investigating innovations related to financial services for the agri-bussiness sector, suing examples from Tanzania......The aim of at investigating innovations related to financial services for the agri-bussiness sector, suing examples from Tanzania...

  12. Food safety in an organic perspective

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    Kristensen, Erik Steen; Alrøe, Hugo Fjelsted; Hansen, Birgitte

    2002-01-01

    The holistic perspective of organic farming implies a broader conception of food safety that includes both product safety and agri-food system safety. The credibility of organic food can only be maintained if the organic agri-food system is developed in correspondence with the basic organic principles. In this way it will be possible to show the whole organic agri-food system as a safer alternative to conventional farming. Thereby trust will be supported in organic foods despite the sparse (a...

  13. AGRICULTURAL TOURISM FOR SUSTAINABLE RURAL DEVELOPMENT

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    P.S. SHEHRAWAT

    2009-01-01

    A study was conducted during the year 2008 in the state of Haryana (India) by interviewing a total numbers of 80 farm and the study revealed that reasons for developing agri-tourism were easy to enter (62.50%), high profit (81.25%), employment opportunity (75.00%), no competition (37.50%). Promotion of agri-tourism were putting hoarding on roadsides (82.50%), through internet web sites (62.50%), advertisement in newspaper (37.50%), and local TV channel (18.75%).Agri-tourism contributes sustai...

  14. Earth Science Goes E-Commerce

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    2000-01-01

    Software packages commercially marketed by Agri ImaGIS allow customers to analyze farm fields. Agri ImaGIS provides satellite images of farmland and agricultural views to US clients. The company approached NASA-MSU TechLink for access to technology that would improve the company's capabilities to deliver satellite images over the Internet. TechLink found that software with the desired functions had already been developed through NASA's Remote Sensing Database Program. Agri ImaGIS formed a partnership with the University of Minnesota group that allows the company to further develop the software to meet its Internet commerce needs.

  15. Epiphytic marine pigmented bacteria : A prospective source of natural antioxidants

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    Pawar, R.T.; Mohandass, C.; Sivaperumal, E.; Sabu, E.; Rajasabapathy, R.; Jagtap, T.G.

    grape pomace peels. J Agri Food Chem 46:2694-2697. Malhotra GK (2010) Chemical Process Simplification: Improving Productivity and Sustainability. Wiley-Blackwell (John Wiley & Sons Ltd), Chicester. Mathew S, Abraham TE (2006) In-vitro antioxidant...

  16. Kes võidavad üha kasvavast ülemaailmsest toidupuudusest? / Mikk Salu

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    Salu, Mikk, 1975-

    2008-01-01

    Trigon Agri kogus välismaa investoritelt 1,7 mld. krooni ning investeerib selle Venemaa ja Ukraina põllumajandusse. Teravilja- ja riisihinna kallinemisest maailmaturul. Tabel: Teravilja ekspordihinnad maailmaturul. Lisa: Eestis on põllumaa defitsiit

  17. Rendi hinnad lähevad lausa hulluks / Merike Pitk, Silja Lättemäe

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    Pitk, Merike, 1959-

    2007-01-01

    Saaremaa laevakompanii omanik Vjatsheslav Leedo ja Agri OÜ omanik Ossi Loukkojärvi on Saaremaal riigimaade rendihinnad nii kõrgele tõstnud, jättes senised maakasutajad maast ilma. Ebakindel maasuhe on probleemiks Eestis paljudele

  18. Valorization alternatives for a highly unused biomass (Small-spotted catshark discards and by-products) in the framework of LIFE iSEAS project

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    Blanco, M.; González Sotelo, Carmen; Vázquez, José Antonio; Pérez Martín, Ricardo Isaac

    2014-01-01

    1 póster presentado en el Total Food Conference 2014 Science and technology for the economic and sustainable exploitation of agri-food chain wastes and co-products, Norwich, Uk, 11-13 November (2014)

  19. Trigon Farming ehitab Kaiu moodsa eurolauda / Heli Talinur

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    Talinur, Heli

    2007-01-01

    Trigon Farming tegutseb Eestis aastast 2003 ning firmal on laudad peale Kaiu veel Saaremaal Kärlas, lisaks tegutseb firma ka Venemaal ja Ukrainas. Farmingu emafirma on Trigon Agri, mis on noteeritud Stockholmi börsil

  20. Measuring effectiveness of food quality management

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    Spiegel, van der M.

    2004-01-01

    Keywords: effectiveness, food quality management, instrument, quality performance, contextual factors, agri-food production, conceptual model, performance measurement indicators, identification, validation, assessment, quality assurance systems, QA systems, HACCP, Hygiene code, ISO, BRC, GMP, bakery

  1. Circuits in de Landbouwvoedselketen. Verscheidenheid en samenhang in de productie en vermarkting van rundvlees in Midden-Italië

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    Meulen, van der, P.

    2000-01-01

    This PhD-thesis describes the diversity and coherence in the beef chain of the Central-Italian region of Umbria as co-existing circuits of interlinked cattle farmers, butchers and consumers. A circuit represents a specific and stereotypical way in which the production annex marketing of a agri-food product is organised. The main hypothesis is that within a geographically delimitated chain of an agri-food product usually a limited number of clearly different vertical segments - circuits - can ...

  2. Les opérations de restructuration des firmes agroalimentaires multinationales entre 1987 et 2003

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    Ayadi, N.; Rastoin, J.L.; Tozanli, S.

    2006-01-01

    Based on a neo-institutionalist theoretical framework and using the Agrodata databank, the present paper analyses the main drivers underlying the restructuring operations of the top 100 multinational food processing enterprises worldwide and draws the map of the world's new agri-food landscape. World's agri-food oligopoly came out during these last decades concentrating an ever increasing financial and economic power (in 2002, the total value production of the top 100 food multinationals weig...

  3. China’s agriculture, smallholders and trade: driven by the livestock revolution?

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    Rae, Allan N.

    2008-01-01

    China’s sustained rapid economic growth and development has contributed to the surge in consumption and production of livestock in that country termed the livestock revolution. Consumption trends are first reviewed, and changes in food consumption patterns include a marked shift away from grains and towards meats and dairy products. A question is to what extent this rapid increase in demand for livestock products is reflected in China’s agri-food trade statistics? While her agri-food imports ...

  4. Appraisal of Hygiene Indicators and Farming Practices in the Production of Leafy Vegetables by Organic Small-Scale Farmers in uMbumbulu (Rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa)

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    Stefan Schmidt; Joyce Thamaga-Chitja; Fezile Mdluli

    2013-01-01

    During October, November and December 2011 (when highest sales of Agri-Hub fresh produce are observed), irrigation water, compost, lettuce and spinach sampled from four different farmer cooperatives supplying the local Agri-Hub in uMbumbulu (KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa) were analyzed monthly for the presence of total and fecal coliforms and Escherichia coli using the most probable number (MPN) technique. The pH values for all irrigation water samples analyzed were within the acceptable range ...

  5. How much flower-rich habitat is enough for wild pollinators? Answering a key policy question with incomplete knowledge

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    DICKS, LYNN V.; Baude, Mathilde; Stuart P.M. Roberts; Phillips, James; Green, Mike; Carvell, Claire

    2015-01-01

    In 2013, an opportunity arose in England to develop an agri-environment package for wild pollinators, as part of the new Countryside Stewardship scheme launched in 2015. It can be understood as a ‘policy window’, a rare and time-limited opportunity to change policy, supported by a narrative about pollinator decline and widely supported mitigating actions. An agri-environment package is a bundle of management options that together supply sufficient resources to support a target group of specie...

  6. Empirical Findings from Dutch Food Industry

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    Jack G.A.J. van der Vorst; Peeters, Lotte; Bloemhof, Jacqueline M.

    2013-01-01

    with environmental and social performance. Therefore, in 2012, we started a collaborative project on this topic named SCALE (Step Change in Agri-food Logistics Ecosystems). SCALE aims to improve the sustainability of food and drink supply chain logistics in the context of rising food demands, increasing energy prices and the need to reduce environmentally damaging emissions. More in particular, SCALE aims to deliver a number of tools and frameworks valuable for the agri-food sector to secure ...

  7. Measuring effectiveness of food quality management

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    Spiegel, van der, M.

    2004-01-01

    Keywords: effectiveness, food quality management, instrument, quality performance, contextual factors, agri-food production, conceptual model, performance measurement indicators, identification, validation, assessment, quality assurance systems, QA systems, HACCP, Hygiene code, ISO, BRC, GMP, bakery sector.In the last decade several incidents have occurred in the agri-food sector, such as the affairs of dioxin and BSE, whereas also the incidence of food-borne diseases and the production of hi...

  8. The EU’s dependency on soya bean import for the animal feed industry and potential for EU produced alternatives

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    de Visser Cornelis Leonardus Maria; Schreuder Remco; Stoddard Frederick

    2014-01-01

    The European Innovation Partnership Agri has set up a consultation process involving 20 experts from 11 EU countries to discuss the potential of a substantial increase in protein crop production in the EU. The dependency of Europe on soya bean meal imports and the associated drivers are described and underline the need for change. The EIP Agri process resulted in the assessment of the present-day yield gap of protein crops using an approach ...

  9. Effects of biogas production on inter- and in-farm competition

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    Ostermeyer, Arlette; Schonau, Franziska

    2012-01-01

    Biogas production is one of the influential innovations of recent decades in German agriculture. Due to high guaranteed energy prices biogas production led to distortions in agricultural and land markets. This paper provides insights in effects of biogas production on farms, farm structures and rural areas for the region Altmark, Germany, for the period 2012-2026 by using the agent-based simulation model AgriPoliS. AgriPoliS enables to simulate agricultural structural change and impacts of po...

  10. Government responses to the world food crisis 2007-08: A political economy perspective

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    Maas, Sarah; Matthews, Alan

    2011-01-01

    This paper examines the performance of African agri-food exports to the EU market over the first decade of the new millennium. The EU is Africa’s single largest export market absorbing just half of all African agri-food exports. Countries are grouped according to the preferential trade regime they enjoy to enter the EU market: North African countries under EuroMed agreements; least developed African countries under the Everything but Arms arrangement; other African countries under the Cotonou...

  11. Retention performance and hydraulic design of constructed wetlands treating runoff waters from arable land

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    Koskiaho, J. (Jari)

    2006-01-01

    Abstract Agriculture is the main source of nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P), which are the nutrients accelerating the eutrophication of waters in Finland. Hence, mitigation measures are needed to reduce the nutrient loading from the arable land. Since Finland's accession to the EU in 1995 and the subsequent adaptation to its agri-environmental policy, constructed wetlands (CWs) have been one of the mitigation measures for which farmers may receive agri-environmental subsidies. The aim of th...

  12. Production of a Dynamic Cropland Mask by Processing Remote Sensing Image Series at High Temporal and Spatial Resolutions

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    Silvia Valero; David Morin; Jordi Inglada; Guadalupe Sepulcre; Marcela Arias; Olivier Hagolle; Gérard Dedieu; Sophie Bontemps; Pierre Defourny; Benjamin Koetz

    2016-01-01

    The exploitation of new high revisit frequency satellite observations is an important opportunity for agricultural applications. The Sentinel-2 for Agriculture project S2Agri (http://www.esa-sen2agri.org/SitePages/Home.aspx) is designed to develop, demonstrate and facilitate the Sentinel-2 time series contribution to the satellite EO component of agriculture monitoring for many agricultural systems across the globe. In the framework of this project, this article studies the construction of a ...

  13. Regulatory enclosures: small scale women livestock farmers

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    McMahon, Martha

    2008-01-01

    "There are efforts by a variety of social movements and civil society organizations to encourage the development of alternative agri-food networks that are socially just, ecological, humane and which ensure food security and food sovereignty. Many activists focus their critiques on the role of large multinational corporations in restructuring and globalizing the agri-food system. They offer in its place a vision of locally oriented, small scale ecological farming. Drawing on th...

  14. Medium Term Outlook for Canadian Agriculture

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    Charlebois, Pierre; Gagne, Stephan

    2008-01-01

    The purpose of this document is to describe the features of the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) Medium Term Outlook for Canadian Agriculture (previously entitled Medium Term Policy Baseline) covering the period 2007 to 2017. The outlook is an attempt to outline a plausible future of the international and domestic agri-food sectors. It serves as a benchmark for discussion and scenario analysis. The outlook makes specific assumptions and outlines their implications. Since it assumes tha...

  15. Medium Term Outlook for Canadian Agriculture - International and Domestic Markets

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    Charlebois, Pierre; Gagne, Stephan

    2009-01-01

    The purpose of this document is to describe the features of the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) Medium Term Outlook for Canadian Agriculture (previously entitled Medium Term Policy Baseline) covering the period 2008 to 2018. The outlook is an attempt to outline a plausible future of the international and domestic agri-food sectors. It serves as a benchmark for discussion and scenario analysis. The outlook makes specific assumptions and outlines their implications. Since it assumes tha...

  16. Medium Term Outlook for Canadian Agriculture - International and Domestic Markets

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    Charlebois, Pierre

    2010-01-01

    The purpose of this document is to describe the features of the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) Medium Term Outlook for Canadian Agriculture covering the period 2009 to 2019. The outlook is an attempt to outline a plausible future of the international and domestic agri-food sectors. It serves as a benchmark for discussion and scenario analysis. The outlook makes specific assumptions and outlines their implications. Since it assumes that policies remain unchanged from existing legislat...

  17. A Gravity approach to evaluate the significance of trade liberalization in vertically-related goods in the presence of non-tariff barriers

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    Ghazalian, Pascal; Tamini, Lota; Larue, Bruno; Gervais, Jean-Philippe

    2007-01-01

    A gravity-based model is developed to explain bilateral trade flows in primary and processed agri-food commodities. It innovates by explicitly accounting for the vertical production linkages between primary and processed agri-food products, tariffs, and subsidies and by estimating the restrictiveness of non-tariff barriers in the upstream sector. Our application focuses on cattle/beef trade flows between forty-two countries. The structural parameters of the model are used to simulate trade fl...

  18. DESARROLLO DE TÉCNICAS COMBINADAS DE SECADO CON AIRE CALIENTE Y MICROONDAS EN LA PRODUCCIÓN DE FIBRA ALIMENTARIA A PARTIR DE SUBPRODUCTOS CÍTRICOS

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    TALENS VILA, CLARA

    2015-01-01

    [EN] Sustainability is nowadays an investment for the future of any economic activity. The current situation of crisis has had an adverse impact in most industries, including the agri-food sector. However, this industry has been relatively the least affected when compared with other industrial sectors. This is mainly attributed to the fact that food products continue to be basic for consumers despite the economic downturn. Therefore, the agri-food sector is a key element in the European econo...

  19. Aktörssamverkan i praktiken

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    Westberg, Lotten

    2005-01-01

    Stakeholder-collaboration is a process for collaborative learning among stakeholders within the agri-food system. The goal of this process is to facilitate stakeholder consensus building and problem solving. This is motivated by the fact that collaborative learning among agri-food stakeholders is an important condition for improvements in food production. Stakeholder-collaboration strives towards certain kinds of learning which includes learning about factual matters, as well as norms and val...

  20. Proteomic and genomic analysis to improve the quality and safety of agricultural productions

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    Miriam Odoardi; Domenico Carputo; Valeria Terzi; Giuseppe Reforgiato Recupero; Stefania Masci; Domenico Lafiandra

    2008-01-01

    Food health and quality are the keywords recurring both into the VII Framework Programme of EU, both in the PNR and development plans arranged by several Italian regions. Essentially, the increase and definition of quality of agri-food products represent necessary tools to give new impulse and renovation to this sector. The late developments of European and Italian laws show a clear trend towards the need to give consumer clear indications on different qualitative aspects of agri-food product...

  1. Análise espacial da redução da queima na colheita da cana-de-açúcar: perspectivas futuras ao cumprimento do protocolo agroambiental Spatial analysis of the sugarcane crop burning reduction: future perspectives to the fulfillment of the agri-environmental protocol

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    Maikon R. de Novaes

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Estimada em quase 8 milhões de hectares, a área cultivada com cana no País possui 60% de sua extensão dentro do Estado de São Paulo e encontra-se distribuída de maneira heterogênea pelo seu território. Em junho de 2007, a União da Indústria de Cana-de-Açúcar (UNICA e a SMA-SP assinaram um protocolo agroambiental para antecipar a extinção da queima da palha para 2014, em áreas com declividade inferior a 12%. O objetivo deste trabalho é realizar uma análise sobre a adesão dos municípios a este protocolo frente à dinâmica da prática da queima, utilizando técnicas de análise espacial. Foram selecionadas duas regiões de acordo com o índice de Moran, e realizadas análises sobre a mudança em relação à prática da queima no período entre 2006 e 2008. Matrizes de transição foram calculadas usando um modelo estacionário baseado na cadeia de Markov. Um segundo modelo, prescritivo, foi elaborado por indicação de especialistas. Os resultados apontaram que há clusters onde a adesão ao protocolo é maior, como no entorno de Barretos e Ribeirão Preto, enquanto em outras áreas a prática da queima ainda prevalece, como nas proximidades de Ourinhos e Jaú. No entanto, as análises feitas mostraram que há forte inclinação à adesão em todas as regiões de estudo.The estimated sugarcane cultivated area in Brazil lies around 8 million hectares, 60% of which are found within the state of São Paulo, unevenly scattered throughout its territory. In June 2007, the Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA and SMA-SP signed an AgrI-Environment protocol, designed to anticipate the end of straw burning in areas with slope under 12% until 2014. The objective of this study is to perform an analysis of São Paulo municipalities' compliance with this protocol, considering the dynamics of burning practices, using spatial analysis techniques. Two study areas were selected according to Moran's index, and analyses on the harvesting practices changes during the period between 2006 and 2008 were performed. Transition matrices were calculated using a stationary model based on the Markov chain. A second model, prescriptive, was elaborated based on expert counseling. The results showed that there are clusters where the compliance with the protocol is higher, close to Barretos and Ribeirão Preto municipalities, while near Ourinhos and Jaú, the practice of burning is still regularly kept. However, the analysis showed that in all study areas there is a strong trend to reduce the pre-harvest burning.

  2. Ação de Micoflora de efluentes agroindustriais sobre diferentes corantes e substratos lignocelulósicos - doi: 10.4025/actascibiolsci.v33i4.6187 Action of mycoflora from agri-industrial effluents on different dyes and lignocellulosic substrates - doi: 10.4025/actascibiolsci.v33i4.6187

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    Ana Maria Queijeiro López

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Enzimas extracelulares de fungos são importantes para sua sobrevivência em ambientes inóspitos, sendo capazes de degradar compostos recalcitrantes. Fungos filamentosos secretam hidrolases e fenoloxidases capazes de degradar complexos de estruturas aromáticas, como de alguns xenobióticos. O propósito deste trabalho foi testar diferentes corantes (Azul de Metileno, Azure B, Verde Malaquita e Cristal Violeta, em substituição ao composto Poly R478, no método de seleção de microrganismos degradadores de fenóis em meio sólido, além de comparar tal atividade de Micoflora isolada de efluentes de indústria sucroalcooleira com a de outros fungos adquiridos em coleção oficial. Os corantes testados revelaram-se ótimos substitutos do Poly R478. O isolado que apresentou atividade descolorante mais intenso do que a do diâmetro de seu crescimento (Cladosporium sp. foi testado, então, em meio líquido frente a dois substratos naturais e um sintético (bagaço de cana, serragem de madeira e azul de metileno. Este removeu altas concentrações de glicídios redutores, proteínas e fenóis totais, além de reduzir a DQO em meio com serragem de madeira como substrato fenólico natural. Tal fungo, portanto, mostrou-se promissor para compor consórcios visando cometabolismo e biorremediação de efluentes nos quais há presença de compostos fenólicos ou outros recalcitrantes com estrutura semelhante à de lignina.Extracellular enzymes of fungi are important for survival in inhospitable environments, as they are able to degrade recalcitrant compounds. Filamentous fungi secrete hydrolases and phenoloxidases that are capable of degrading complexes of aromatic structures, such as certain xenobiotics. The purpose of this study was to test different dyes (methylene blue, Azure B, Malachite Green and Crystal Violet, replacing the compound Poly R478 in the method of selection of phenol decomposer microorganisms in solid medium, and compare this activity of the mycoflora of effluents from sugar-alcohol industry, to the ones of other fungi acquired in official collection. The tested dyes proved to be excellent substitutes for Poly R478. The isolate that showed more intense decolorant activity than the diameter of its growth (Cladosporium sp. was then tested on two natural and one synthetic substrate (sugarcane bagasse, sawing wood, and methylene blue in liquid medium. This isolate removed high concentrations of reducing sugars, proteins and total phenols, and reduced the COD in medium containing sawdust as natural substrate of phenols. This fungus, therefore, seems promising to form consortia for co-metabolism and bioremediation of effluents in which there is a presence of phenolic or other recalcitrant compounds with similar structure to lignin.

  3. Scenario development and assessment of the potential impacts of climate and market changes on crops in Europe : Assessing the adaptive capacity of agriculture in the Netherlands to the impacts of climate change under different market and policy scenarios (AgriAdapt project)

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    Ewert, F.; Angulo, C.; Rumbaur, C.; Lock, R; Enders, A.; Adenauer, M.; Heckelei, T.; Ittersum, van, M.K.; Wolf, J; Rötter, R.

    2011-01-01

    The Netherlands are an important producer and exporter of agricultural products. Changes in climate, markets and policies may have a large impact on the agricultural sector and farmers will need to adapt to these changes. Sector and policy documents have, so far, insufficiently considered the impacts of climate change and increased climate variability on the sector.

  4. 农牧交错区不同牧草时期放牧奶牛采食量与食性的研究%Study on the Pasture Intake and its Composition for Grazing Dairy Cows in Different Period in Agri-pastoral Transitional Zone

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    樊金富; 金海

    2009-01-01

    用饱和烷烃法对不同牧草时期放牧奶牛的采食量进行了测定.结果表明:放牧奶牛在牧草幼嫩期、旺盛期、枯黄期3期的采食量结果分别为:绝对采食量(kg/d)为11.54±0.66、13.83±0.55、5.75±0.32,采食量在牧草旺盛期时达到最高.采食组成幼嫩期以苔草为主、旺盛期以隐子草为主、枯黄期以赖草为主,这与草场植物的生长和奶牛的喜好有关.

  5. Ética y Responsabilidad Social de los Agronenocios en Latinoamerica.

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    Alfredo Aguilar Valdés

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available Article in Spanish Ethics and social responsibility of agri-business in Latin-America The main objective of this work is to remark the relevance of ethics and the social responsibility of agri-business in a globalized World. Initially the concept of globalization is reviewed and its effects on the management of agri-business, and also is showed the relationship between ethics, social responsibility and globalization under this frame. Afterwards a review of entrepreneurial ethics, its instruments and its relation with the organizational culture is made, followed by an analysis of the concept of social responsibility of agri-business and application models to this one, putting emphasis in advantages and disadvantages of each model. Next step shows the related areas to the applicability of social responsibility of agri-business, such as the environmental management, protection of the consumer, and total quality. Finally suggestions of some areas of study and meditation for agri-business professionals are made.

  6. Hydrological impact of rainwater harvesting in the Modder river basin of central South Africa

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    W. A. Welderufael

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Along the path of water flowing in a river basin are many water-related human interventions that modify the natural systems. Rainwater harvesting is one such intervention that involves harnessing of water in the upstream catchment. Increased water usage at upstream level is an issue of concern for downstream water availability to sustain ecosystem services. The upstream Modder River basin, located in a semi arid region in the central South Africa, is experiencing intermittent meteorological droughts causing water shortages for agriculture, livestock and domestic purpose. To address this problem a technique was developed for small scale farmers with the objective of harnessing rainwater for crop production. However, the hydrological impact of a wider adoption of this technique by farmers has not been well quantified. In this regard, the SWAT hydrological model was used to simulate the hydrological impact of such practices. The scenarios studied were: (1 Baseline scenario, based on the actual land use of 2000, which is dominated by pasture (combination of natural and some improved grass lands (PAST; (2 Partial conversion of Land use 2000 (PAST to conventional agriculture (Agri-CON; and (3 Partial conversion of Land use 2000 (PAST to in-field rainwater harvesting which was aimed at improving the precipitation use efficiency (Agri-IRWH.

    SWAT was calibrated using observed daily mean stream flow data of a sub-catchment (419 km2 in the study area. SWAT performed well in simulating the stream flow giving Nash and Sutcliffe (1970 efficiency index of 0.57 for the monthly stream flow calibration. The simulated water balance results showed that the highest peak mean monthly direct flow was obtained on Agri-CON land use (18 mm, followed by PAST (12 mm and Agri-IRWH land use (9 mm. These were 19 %, 13 % and 11 % of the mean annual rainfall, respectively. The Agri-IRWH scenario reduced direct flow by 38 % compared to Agri-CON. On the other

  7. Competitiveness of Small Farms and Innovative Food Supply Chains: The Role of Food Hubs in Creating Sustainable Regional and Local Food Systems

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    Giaime Berti

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available Over the last decades, the economic, social and environmental sustainability of the conventional agri-food system has and continues to be contested within both academic and public institutions. For small farms, the unsustainability of the food system is even more serious; farms’ declining share of profit and the cost-price squeeze of commodity production has increased barriers to market access with the inevitable effect of agricultural abandonment. One way forward to respond to the existing conventional agri-food systems and to create a competitive or survival strategy for small family farms is the re-construction of regional and local agri-food systems, aligning with Kramer and Porter’s concept of shared value strategy. Through a critical literature review, this paper presents “regional and local food hubs” as innovative organizational arrangements capable of bridging structural holes in the agri-food markets between small producers and the consumers—individuals and families as well as big buyers. Food hubs respond to a supply chain (or supply network organizational strategy aiming at re-territorialising the agri-food systems through the construction of what in the economic literature are defined as values-based food supply chains.

  8. Innovazione, qualità e marketing responsabile nel settore agroalimentare

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    Azzurra Annunziata

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available The agri-food enterprises are more and more aware of their responsibilities and their social role and they require the development of innovative marketing strategies, based on the principles of sustainability and characterized by a strong orientation to the society. Starting from the importance of innovation for the sustainable development in socio-economic and environmental terms, the study analyzes the links between sustainable innovation and food quality focusing on the communication innovations. In this regard, the study provides an overview on the evolution of marketing theory (ethical, social, responsible and sustainable, underlining the need to push also the agri-food system towards a responsible valorization as an innovative form of sustainable communication. Finally, it provides useful insights to policy makers and stakeholders on the tools required to foster and support sustainable development of agri-food sector and to create synergies between public and private interests.

  9. Discovering, Indexing and Interlinking Information Resources

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    Celli, Fabrizio; Keizer, Johannes; Jaques, Yves; Konstantopoulos, Stasinos; Vudragović, Dušan

    2015-01-01

    The social media revolution is having a dramatic effect on the world of scientific publication. Scientists now publish their research interests, theories and outcomes across numerous channels, including personal blogs and other thematic web spaces where ideas, activities and partial results are discussed. Accordingly, information systems that facilitate access to scientific literature must learn to cope with this valuable and varied data, evolving to make this research easily discoverable and available to end users. In this paper we describe the incremental process of discovering web resources in the domain of agricultural science and technology. Making use of Linked Open Data methodologies, we interlink a wide array of custom-crawled resources with the AGRIS bibliographic database in order to enrich the user experience of the AGRIS website. We also discuss the SemaGrow Stack, a query federation and data integration infrastructure used to estimate the semantic distance between crawled web resources and AGRIS. PMID:26834982

  10. Discovering, Indexing and Interlinking Information Resources.

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    Celli, Fabrizio; Keizer, Johannes; Jaques, Yves; Konstantopoulos, Stasinos; Vudragović, Dušan

    2015-01-01

    The social media revolution is having a dramatic effect on the world of scientific publication. Scientists now publish their research interests, theories and outcomes across numerous channels, including personal blogs and other thematic web spaces where ideas, activities and partial results are discussed. Accordingly, information systems that facilitate access to scientific literature must learn to cope with this valuable and varied data, evolving to make this research easily discoverable and available to end users. In this paper we describe the incremental process of discovering web resources in the domain of agricultural science and technology. Making use of Linked Open Data methodologies, we interlink a wide array of custom-crawled resources with the AGRIS bibliographic database in order to enrich the user experience of the AGRIS website. We also discuss the SemaGrow Stack, a query federation and data integration infrastructure used to estimate the semantic distance between crawled web resources and AGRIS. PMID:26834982

  11. Rise and fall of a hypothesized seismic gap: source complexity in the 16 December 1857, Southern Italy earthquake (Mw 7.0) .

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    Burrato, P.; Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Sezione Roma1, Roma, Italia; Valensise, G.; Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Sezione Roma1, Roma, Italia

    2008-01-01

    On 16 December 1857, a strong earthquake (M ∼7) struck a large portion of the southern Apennines about 150 km southeast of Naples. The earthquake was thoroughly investigated by Irish engineer Robert Mallet, who wrote an extensive report that is still regarded as a landmark in observational seismology. Because of the concentration of damage in the High Agri valley, and contrary to Mallet’s own findings, for many years the earthquake was referred to as the “Val d’Agri earthquake” and was believ...

  12. Auctions in an outcome-based payment scheme to reward ecological services in agriculture – Conception, implementation and results

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    Groth, Markus

    2005-01-01

    This paper presents an outcome-based payment scheme to reward ecological services in agriculture. It was designed by a research group from the Georg-August-University of Goettingen. Starting in January 2004 the payment scheme is tested upon it’s implementation as an agri-environmental program in a model-region (administrative district Northeim in the south of Lower Saxony – Germany). The intention of the program is to overcome the disadvantages of existing and mostly action-orientated agri-en...

  13. SIBYL: a bibliographic information retrieval program

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    Program SIBYL was designed to make current awareness searches on INIS bibliographic data tapes. It has now been in regular use for about 2 1/2 years. More recently it was tested with AGRIS data tapes and is now being used for regular AGRIS searches as well. Its profiles consist of one or more parameters banded together, each consisting of one or more terms together. Terms may be keywords, keyword fragments, authors, subject categories, journal titles, report prefixes, etc. It is written in PL/l and so far has been used exclusively on an IBM 37-/168 computer, although it should be fairly easily portable. (author)

  14. Food retailers as drivers of supply chain integration: A review

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    Hanf, Jon Henrich

    2008-01-01

    In recent years strictly coordinated supply chains have gained in importance in the agri-food business sector. In this context this article aims to provide a review of the state of the art of verticalisation and of supply chain management in agri-food business. Because today food retailers can be considered to be one of the most powerful actors in this sector the article also aims to provide an overview of the connection between retail developments and verticalisation. The proposition in this...

  15. Trends in Food Product Development: What’s New On The Supermarket Shelf

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    Cruickshank, Anna

    2014-01-01

    The agri-food sector plays an integral part in Ireland’s economy. It is the largest indigenous industry, contributing €26 billion in turnover and generating 12.3% of merchandise exports. The agri-food and drink sector accounts for 7.2% of Ireland's economy-wide GVA and 12.3% of Ireland’s exports. The sector supports around 170,000 jobs or 8.8% of total employment and makes a particularly significant contribution to employment in rural areas. (DAFM 2014). In a rapidly changing environment t...

  16. The establishment of a cession security registration platform for agricultural financiers in South Africa / Derek Linde

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    Linde, Derek

    2014-01-01

    The aim of this study is to conduct a thorough theoretical study on the establishment of a web-based cession collateral registration platform for agri-financiers in South Africa. The agricultural industry is earmarked for growth due to pressures of food security and the role it could play in rural development, job creation and social upliftment. Agri-finance to farmers for primary input costs, is the catalyst which kick-starts the agricultural value chain. Due to many reasons, the traditio...

  17. Advanced Agriculture of lsrael Roots in its Decision Making Mechanism

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    Pengfei SHl; Liqiong LUO; Chen ZHAO; Yao LUO

    2015-01-01

    ln the past 70 years, lsrael has not only realized the self-sufficiency of agri-cultural products, but also make its way to becoming one of leading exporters of agri-cultural products in the world rapidly. Undoubtedly, there are many reasons for this world famous "Miracle of Negev Desert" [1], but we consider the decision making mechanism as one of the most important reasons, because such a perfect integrat-ed system consisting of researching system, experimental system and extension sys-tem is wel organized and it booms the development of agriculture in lsrael.

  18. Old and new partners: similarity and competition in the EU foreign trade

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    Antimiani, Alessandro; Henke, Roberto

    2006-01-01

    The paper analyses the trade relationships among EU- 15 members and some emerging partners: the NMS, Turkey and China. The EU enlargement to 10 countries has modified quite remarkably the features of agri-food trade in Europe. Some of the NMS, such as Poland, Hungary and the Check Republic, contribute to a large extent to the international agri-food trade and, since the beginning of the process of EU accession, have modified dramatically the exchanges with the EU- 15. More recently, other cou...

  19. Research work and demonstration of crop space-induced mutation breeding in Guangdong academy of agricultural science

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    138 entries of crop seeds, seedlings and sources of microbe, including conventional rice varieties, hybrid rice, vegetable, flower, mulberry, tea, and silkworm, were sent for space mutation. Muti-suject combining research had been conducted on the innovation of new gemplasm, breeding for new varieties and elucidating the physiological and molecular mechanism of space induced mutation. Based on the displaying platform fro crop breeding in national Agri- Tech displaying land in Guangzhou, Guangdong. Space Agri-Tech Displaying Land was being constructed large scale displaying land for space induced breeding in Guangdong will be developed in collaboration with the Provincial production management agencies. (authors)

  20. Alignment between chain quality management and chain governance in EU pork supply chains. A Transaction-Cost-Economics perspective.

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    Wever, M.; Wognum, P.M.; Trienekens, J.H.; Omta, S.W.F.

    2010-01-01

    Although inter-firm coordination of quality management is increasingly important for meeting end-customer demand in agri-food chains, few researchers focus on the relation between inter-firm quality management systems (QMS) and inter-firm governance structures (GS). However, failure to align QMSs an

  1. Management and control applications in Agriculture domain via a Future Internet Business-to-Business platform

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    Barmpounakis, S.; Kaloxylos, A.; Groumas, A.; Katsikas, L.; Sarris, V.; Dimtsa, K.; Fournier, F.; Antoniou, E.; Alonistioti, N.; Wolfert, J.

    2015-01-01

    The Agriculture business domain, as a vital part of the overall supply chain, is expected to highly evolve in the upcoming years via the developments, which are taking place on the side of the Future Internet. This paper presents a novel Business-to-Business collaboration platform from the agri-food

  2. ERP in agriculture: Lessons learned from the Dutch horticulture

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    Verdouw, C.N.; Robbemond, R.M.; Wolfert, J.

    2015-01-01

    Farming nowadays is a complex managerial task that imposes stringent requirements on farm management information systems. In other sectors, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems are widely implemented to meet such requirements. This paper assesses the applicability of ERP systems in the agri-fo

  3. How to Perform Precise Soil and Sediment Sampling? One Solution: The Fine Increment Soil Collector (FISC)

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    Soil as well as sediment analysis for agri-environmental research may require the ability to take precise depth increments. Existing equipment (e.g. soil augers and corers, classical bulk density cylinders, scraper plate systems) does not allow collecting millimeter fine increments of soil and there are no standardized existing guidelines for conducting such precise vertical sampling

  4. Additional carbon sequestration benefits of grassland diversity restoration

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    De Deyn, G.B.; Shiel, R.S.; Ostle, N.J.; McNamara, N.P.; Oakley, S.; Young, I.; Freeman, C.; Fenner, N.; Quirk, H.; Bardgett, R.D.

    2011-01-01

    1. In Europe, grassland agriculture is one of the dominant land uses. A major aim of European agri-environment policy is the management of grassland for botanical diversity conservation and restoration, together with the delivery of ecosystem services including soil carbon (C) sequestration. 2. To t

  5. Additional carbon sequestration benefits of grassland diversity restoration

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    Deyn, de G.B.; Shiel, R.S.; Ostle, N.J.; McNamara, N.P.; Oakley, S.; Young, I.; Freeman, C.; Fenner, N.; Quirk, H.; Bardgett, R.D.

    2011-01-01

    1. In Europe, grassland agriculture is one of the dominant land uses. A major aim of European agri-environment policy is the management of grassland for botanical diversity conservation and restoration, together with the delivery of ecosystem services including soil carbon (C) sequestration. 2. To t

  6. Registration of TAM401 wheat

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    'TAM 401', a hard red winter wheat (Triticum aestivum L) cultivar (PI658500) with experimental designation TX03M1096, was developed and released by Texas AgriLife Research in 2008. TAM 401 is an F4 derived line from the cross 'Mason' (PI 594044)/'Jagger' (PI593688). TAM 401 is an early maturing apic...

  7. President Rüütel plaanib traktoriostu / Tiit Reinberg

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    Reinberg, Tiit, 1975-

    2005-01-01

    Ilmunud ka: Järva Teataja 11. juuni, lk. 1. Säreveres põllumajandusmessi "Agri 2005" külastades teatas president Arnold Rüütel, et tal on plaanis endale traktor soetada. Presidendile andis nõu samuti messi külastanud parlamendiliige Tiit Tammsaar. Vabariigi President Türil 10.06.2005

  8. Eestlased Peipsi taga mõisavalitsejaks / Heli Raamets

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    Raamets, Heli, 1975-

    2008-01-01

    AS Trigon Agri Heiki Volveri juhtimisel rajab Pihkva oblastisse Gdovi linna lähedal asuvasse Dobrutshi külla kaasaegset piimafarmi, projekti maksumuseks on ligi 10 miljonit eurot. Vt. samas: Venemaal kestab Vene aeg edasi; Trigon Agril kolmes riigis 35 põllumajandusettevõtet

  9. An ontology-based collaborative service framework for agricultural information

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    In recent years, China has developed modern agriculture energetically. An effective information framework is an important way to provide farms with agricultural information services and improve farmer's production technology and their income. The mountain areas in central China are dominated by agri...

  10. FDI as an Export-Platform

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    Hajderllari, Luljeta; Karantininis, Konstantinos; Lawson, Lartey Godwin

    towards countries with large exports of agri-food, thereby supporting the hypothesis that FDI is used as an export-platform. FDI is coupled with high exports from Denmark, probably of raw or semi-processed food products for further processing and exports. We also find that FDI is higher in countries with...

  11. Envisioning Agricultural Sustainability from Field to Plate: Comparing Producer and Consumer Attitudes and Practices toward "Environmentally Friendly" Food and Farming in Washington State, USA

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    Selfa, Theresa; Jussaume, Raymond A., Jr.; Winter, Michael

    2008-01-01

    A substantial body of sociological research has examined the relationship between farmers' environmental attitudes and their conservation behaviors, but little research has compared the attitudes of producers and consumers toward the environment with their behaviors or practices in support of sustainable agri-food systems. This paper addresses…

  12. Circuits in de Landbouwvoedselketen. Verscheidenheid en samenhang in de productie en vermarkting van rundvlees in Midden-Italië

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    Meulen, van der H.S.

    2000-01-01

    This PhD-thesis describes the diversity and coherence in the beef chain of the Central-Italian region of Umbria as co-existing circuits of interlinked cattle farmers, butchers and consumers. A circuit represents a specific and stereotypical way in which the production annex marketing of a agri-food

  13. Network form of the Danish agricultural council

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    Graversen, Jesper Tranbjerg; Karantininis, Kostas

    The Danish Agricultural Council (DAC) is a joint committee for the Danish farmers' associations and a number of other political and professional organisations of the agri-food industry. Danish farmers are often members of both the local farmer union and at least one cooperative, and both farmer...

  14. The network form of the Danish Agricultural Council

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    Graversen, Jesper Tranbjerg; Karantininis, Kostas

    The Danish Agricultural Council (DAC) is a joint committee for the Danish farmers' associa-tions, Federation of Danish cooperatives and a number of other professional organisations of the agri-food industry. Danish farmers are often members of both the local farmer union and at least one...

  15. Determinants of farmers’ willingness to participate in subsidy schemes for pesticide-free buffer zones - a choice experiment study

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    Christensen, Tove; Pedersen, Anders Branth; Nielsen, Helle Oersted; Mørkbak, Morten Raun; Hasler, Berit; Denver, Sigrid

    2011-01-01

    Danish farmers have been far less interested in agri-environmental subsidy schemes (AES) than anticipated. In order to examine how to improve the appeal of such schemes, a choice experiment was conducted concerning 444 Danish farmers’ preferences for subsidy schemes for pesticide-free buffer zones...

  16. Understanding mechanisms of host resistance against greenbug in cereal crops - an interdisciplinary, collaborative approach

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    At Texas AgriLife Research - Amarillo, we have an ongoing research program focusing on elucidating the mechanisms of interactions between the phloem-feeding aphid pests and cereal crop hosts using the wheat-greenbug as a model system. During this workshop, recent results from our research on the fo...

  17. Competitive Strategy and Influences on E-Learning in Entrepreneur-Led SMEs

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    Roffe, Ian

    2007-01-01

    Purpose: To explore the influence of competitive strategy in entrepreneur-led SMEs and the effects on e-learning HRD. Design/methodology/approach: Performance consulting company reviews provide holistic information on nine case studies on small and medium sized enterprises drawn from the printing, agri-foods and media industries. Findings:…

  18. Decision document on the revision of the VERA protocol on air cleaning technologies. Measuring techniques for the determination of the removal efficiency for ammonia

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    Mosquera Losada, J.; Edouard, N.; Guiziou, F.; Melse, R.W.; Riis, A.L.; Sommer, S.; Brusselman, E.

    2014-01-01

    In the project “ICT-AGRI: Development of harmonized sampling and measurement methods for odour, ammonia and dust emissions” different subgroups have been formed focusing on either ammonia, odour or dust. In this report, the conclusions of the ammonia subgroup regarding harmonization of measurement methods for the estimation of the ammonia removal from air cleaning technologies are summarized.

  19. Decision document on the revision of the VERA protocol on air cleaning technologies March

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    Mosquera Losada, J.; Edouard, N.; Guiziou, F.; Melse, R.W.; Riis, A.L.; Sommer, S.; Brusselman, E.

    2014-01-01

    In the project “ICT-AGRI: Development of harmonized sampling and measurement methods for odour, ammonia and dust emissions” different subgroups have been formed focusing on either ammonia, odour or dust. In this report, the conclusions of the ammonia subgroup regarding harmonization of measurement methods for the estimation of the ammonia removal from air cleaning technologies are summarized.

  20. Registration of sorghum germplasm Tx3408 and Tx3409 with tolerance to sugarcane aphid [Melanaphis saccari (Zehntner)

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    The sorghum (Sorghum bicolor L. Moench) germplasm lines Tx3408 and Tx3409 were developed and released from Texas A&M AgriLife Research and the USDA-ARS in 2015. Both of these lines were developed from intentional crosses using the pedigree method of plant breeding. The breeding crosses for these l...