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January 27, 2022   •   News

Being a successful scholar today requires scientists to deliver their insights beyond the academic community and show that their research has real-world value. But how can scientists better communicate their research, data and analysis? We ask this question in the first part of the 2022 CLIFF-GRADS Science Collaboration series and seek answers together with science communications experts.

The online event series kicked off with speaker Jonathan Schwabish, an economist and science communications expert at the Urban Institute, who shared his insights about the fundamentals of an effective science communication strategy. The topics he covered included content hierarchy, strategic planning, and audience analysis. He recently published the book “Elevate the debate: A multi-layered approach to communicating your research”, which served as the basis for discussions at the first session of our event series. This blog provides an overview of the main points from the event.

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January 12, 2022   •   News

The September/October 2021 edition of the Soil Science Society of America Journal (SSSAJ) features a special section titled “The Role of Conservation Agricultural Practices on Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Enhancing C Sequestration“.

The section brings together studies from across the globe and was edited by Craig Drury (Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada, Ontario Canada), Chuck Rice (Kansas State University, Kansas USA) and Jane Johnson (United States Department of Agriculture, Minnesota, USA). The editors had the idea for a SSSAJ special section in 2019 at the Global Research Alliance’s (GRA) meeting of the Croplands Research Group and implementation has been led by the Conservation Agriculture Network.

Ten peer-reviewed papers are published in the special section. They include seven field studies, two modeling studies (using field data), and one meta-analysis paper. The conservation agriculture (CA) practices covered in these manuscripts include conservation tillage, crop rotations, cover crops, and residue management. Several studies include a combination of CA practices (e.g., two papers included both tillage and residue management treatments). The research represents field sites in four countries (United States, Canada, Argentina, and Denmark) across three continents (North and South America and Europe). The meta-analysis study uses published data from 121 field sites in 19 countries across six continents. Collectively, these articles provide examples of CA benefits related to reducing N2O emissions and enhancing C sequestration in soils.


December 14, 2021   •   News

We are pleased to announce a new in-depth assessment of ten leading compounds being studied for efficacy to methane mitigation in ruminant livestock. The analysis assesses the most promising compounds for mitigating ruminant methane emissions.

The report aims to inform policymakers, industry investors and feed industry advisers on the effectiveness, applicability, and broader commercial issues surrounding methane reducing feed additives.

This concise resource can guide investment and management decisions by all actors in the livestock supply chain.

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Key findings of the 10 reviewed additive groups

  • Only two additives (3-Nitrooxypropanol) and dried Asparagopsis (red algae) have routinely delivered over 20% mitigation of enteric methane by the consuming ruminants. Dietary nitrate is the third most effective additive and can safely deliver 10% or more mitigation when consumed. The other classes of additive cannot be expected to deliver 10% mitigation when fed.
  • Two major constraints for all reviewed additives achieving substantial global impact on livestock emissions in the immediate future, include:
    • Insufficient evidence to show any of these additives will increased production while decreasing methane output.
    • Almost all studies relied on additives mixed into a total mixed ration. There is almost no evidence of the efficacy of administering additives as a supplement, as in rangeland systems.
  • Further research is needed to establish a business case for on-farm use of these additives.
  • A small survey of the actors in the feed additive pipeline from the manufacturers through feed millers to livestock managers, shows:
    • A poor understanding of the efficacy and co-benefits of potential additives.
    • All livestock managers recognized they need more information on additives.
    • No additive manufacturers identified the grazing industry as a high priority market for a methane mitigating product.

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January 2022

Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA)

January 24 @ 8:00 am - January 28 @ 5:00 pm CET

The Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) is an international conference on central issues of vital importance for global agricultural and food policies. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic that has not yet been overcome worldwide, the GFFA will once again take place in a virtual format. The GFFA is hosted by the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) in cooperation with the Berlin Senate, Messe Berlin GmbH and GFFA Berlin e.V. The five-day forum features a large number…

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Linkages between Policy Interventions and SOC Increase

January 27 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm CET

This is a Climate-Soil Community of Practice Meeting. After our last insightful event in October this year, we will follow up with another event on incentives in January 2022. This time the focus will be on the linkages between policy interventions and SOC increase. The event will start with two keynote speeches and afterwards it’s time for you to get involved! We invite you to present projects and exchange on experiences regarding policy interventions, that helped carbon sequestration in agriculture.…

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Circular Food System studies exchange meeting

January 28 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm CET

One of the Circular Food Systems Network’s objectives is to support collaboration, share knowledge and connect researchers from all over the world. During the 2021 CFS Network kick-off workshop, several new collaborations to research circularity in different food systems around the world emerged. On 28th January 2022, four case study leaders will share their approach, first insights and questions they have. It is an informal meeting, in which exchange between the case studies is key. We would like to invite…

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Webinar: Building a vision for achieving net-zero food systems by 2050

January 28 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm CET

The Alliance of Bioversity and CIAT, Multifunctional Landscapes Research Area, and OneCGIAR invite you to attend the webinar 'Building a vision for achieving net-zero food systems by 2050' on 28 January at 5:30 pm CET (11:30am EST/ 5:30am NZ/ 10:00pm Delhi). The purpose of this webinar is to put into perspective major actions towards a vision for achieving net-zero food systems by 2050. A panel of representatives from global food system companies, value-chains and finance communities are brought together by…

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February 2022

WEBINAR: Development of bio-based fertilisers for a circular bioeconomy

February 16 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am CET

Join the Manure Management Network on 16 February from 08:00 - 10:00 (CET) for a webinar titled "Development of bio-based fertilisers for a circular bioeconomy". Speakers: • Patrick Forrestal, Teagasc, Ireland• Laia Llenas Argelaguet, UVIC-UCC, Spain• Lars Stoumann Jensen, University of Copenhagen, Denmark Plus time for Q&A. REGISTER NOW BY CLICKING HERE. Agenda below:

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April 2022

Conference [email protected]: Living within planetary boundaries

April 11 @ 8:00 am - April 13 @ 5:00 pm CEST
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A transition towards a circular bio-based and climate smart society is the answer to many of the societal challenges we are facing today. Circular systems in the green and in the blue domain will close water, nutrient and carbon cycles and from this, minimize resource losses and climate change effects, and hence assure that society can live within the planetary boundaries. Based on the call for sessions, the organizing committee has developed an inspiring program that supports the identification of…

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May 2022

International Conference on Zero GHG Emission in High Productive Agriculture

May 3 - May 5

The international conference on 'Zero Greenhouse Emission in High Productive Agriculture - ZEA' will be held 3 - 5 May 2022 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The conference is organised by Aarhus University and hosted and financially supported by Novo Nordisk Foundation and the venue is Tuborg Havnevej 19, DK-2600 Hellerup. Greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture originate from livestock, manure, soils, land use and fossil fuels. Society is increasingly successful in reducing emissions from non-agricultural sectors, and within a few years, agriculture will…

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