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Davos: Nestlé, Unilever CEOs Join Food Waste Reduction Coalition

Davos: Nestlé, Unilever CEOs Join Food Waste Reduction Coalition

A coalition to reduce food waste made up of CEOs of major companies, government officials, heads of nonprofits and others formed today at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland. The coalition, called Champions 12.3, aims to accelerate progress toward meeting Target 12.3 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals … Read more »

$235 Million Available for Water Conservation Projects

The US Department of Agriculture has announced up to $235 million available for water conservation partnerships. The funding, which aims to improve the nation’s water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat and protect agricultural viability, is being made available through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program, part of … Read more »

USDA Report Reveals Bioeconomy Opportunities

The US Department of Agriculture released a report Tuesday that synthesizes existing bioeconomy literature and explores how government policies and industry business-to-business sustainability programs are driving the biobased economy. The report is a prelude to a more comprehensive upcoming economic study to be released by the USDA’s BioPreferred program on the economic … Read more »

USDA Launches Sustainable Wood Construction Training Program

The US Department of Agriculture has announced an initiative to educate architects, engineers and builders about the benefits of sustainable, advanced wood building materials, and plans for a forthcoming prize competition to design and build high-rise wood demonstration projects. The training program will include a $1 million investment from the Forest … Read more »

Partnership Advances Commercial Cellulosic Nanomaterial Facility

A new public-private partnership aims to advance the development of the first US commercial facility producing cellulosic nanomaterial, a wood fiber broken down to the nanoscale. The partnership, between the US Endowment for Forestry and Communities and the US Forest Service, builds on work done by the Forest Products Laboratory … Read more »

USDA: Expired Farm Bill Conservation Practices Reduced NoX Leaving Fields by 48%

USDA: Expired Farm Bill Conservation Practices Reduced NoX Leaving Fields by 48%

A record number of voluntary conservation practices adopted by Chesapeake Bay farmers since 2006 have significantly reduced the amount of nitrogen, sediment and phosphorus leaving cultivated croplands, according to a USDA report. The report, Impacts of Conservation Adoption on Cultivated Acres of Cropland in the Chesapeake Bay Region, 2003-06 to … Read more »

Cool Planet, CSU Team Wins $10M Biofuel Grant

The US Department of Agriculture has awarded almost $10 million to a consortium of academic, industry and government organizations led by Colorado State University to research using insect-killed trees in the Rockies as a sustainable feedstock for biofuel. Other organizations involved with the Bioenergy Alliance Network of the Rockies project include … Read more »

Sapphire Energy

$181 Million Available to Develop Biorefineries

The US Department of Agriculture has made available $181 million to develop commercial-scale biorefineries or retrofit existing facilities with appropriate technology to develop advanced biofuels. Agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack says the financing is intended to expand the number of commercial biorefineries in the US that are producing advanced biofuels from … Read more »

organic seed alliance

150 Companies, Organizations Urge GMO Crop Trial Action

Organic food manufacturer Amy’s Kitchen, Farm Aid, Clif Bar & Company, The Urban Farm, Organic Seed Alliance and the Center for Food Safety are among more than 150 farm organizations, millers, retailers, bakeries, seed businesses and food processors urging the US Department of Agriculture to improve its oversight of experimental … Read more »