Agriculture

Hydroponics Technologies Market size is set to grow by USD 737.5 mn from 2024-2028, Facilitation in soil and space-saving to boost the market growth, Technavio

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The market is expected to continue expanding due to its numerous benefits for farmers and consumers alike.

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  • The market is expected to continue expanding due to its numerous benefits for farmers and consumers alike.
  • The global vertical farming technologies market is experiencing rapid growth, driven by increasing urbanization and demand for sustainable agriculture.
  • Vertical farms utilize innovative techniques like hydroponics and aeroponics to grow crops in controlled environments, minimizing water usage and maximizing land efficiency.
  • The world's population continues to grow, increasing the demand for fresh, organic produce, creating significant market opportunities for hydroponics technologies.

Global Lignin Market Analysis, Size, Trends and Forecasts 2023-2024 & 2029: Businesses Expanding R&D Activities to Expand Product Portfolios and Increase their Market Share - ResearchAndMarkets.com

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Friday, July 19, 2024

The global lignin market value stood at US$995.24 million in 2023, and is expected to reach by US$1.33 billion by 2029.

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  • The global lignin market value stood at US$995.24 million in 2023, and is expected to reach by US$1.33 billion by 2029.
  • The global lignin market is relatively fragmented with large number of companies, ranging from established brands to smaller regional players and niche manufacturers catering to the industry demand.
  • Most of the businesses are investing substantially in R&D activities to expand product portfolio and increase their lignin market share.
  • By Form: The report provides the bifurcation of the global lignin market into two segments on the basis of form: liquid and solid.

Research Developments in Food-Away-From-Home: A look at methods, data, and consumer choice

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MILWAUKEE, July 19, 2024 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- The 2024 AAEA Annual Meeting Track Session sponsored by the Food and Agricultural Marketing Policy Section as well as the Health Economics Section, "Research Developments in Food-Away-From-Home: A look at methods, data, and consumer choice" will focus on Food-away-from-home consumption and expenditures have been increasing for decades representing a large share of consumer budgets and energy intake. Given its importance, economic shocks that dramatically alter how much and where Americans purchase foods, like the COVID-19 pandemic, will have implications upstream on food producers and downstream on consumer's diet quality.

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  • Given its importance, economic shocks that dramatically alter how much and where Americans purchase foods, like the COVID-19 pandemic, will have implications upstream on food producers and downstream on consumer's diet quality.
  • This session brings together researchers from government and academia at various stages of career development to discuss novel research on U.S. food away from home.
  • Each presentation emphasizes different aspects of food-away-from-home choices, which is often overlooked in policy analysis because of lack of information.
  • The research presented will examine the: (1) role of consumer preferences in restaurant visitation, (2) entrance of a new restaurants impacts consumer choice (3) impact of peer effects on online restaurant ordering behavior, and (4) nutritional implications of choosing food items from restaurants or retail.

Fewer bees and other pollinating insects lead to shrinking crops

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Niklas_Weidner/500px via Getty ImagesMany plants, from crops to carnations, cannot bear fruit or reproduce without bees, beetles, butterflies and other insects to pollinate them.

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  • Niklas_Weidner/500px via Getty Images

    Many plants, from crops to carnations, cannot bear fruit or reproduce without bees, beetles, butterflies and other insects to pollinate them.

  • Bees are the primary pollinators for a lot of plants, but flies, wasps, beetles and butterflies also play an important role.
  • Although birds, bats and other mammals also pollinate, insects are the main pollinators for the vast majority of those plants.
  • Have insect pollinator populations declined?

    Mallinger: Recent studies have shown pretty dramatic declines in insects generally, and this has been shown even in conservation lands.

Global and Regional Sulfur Dust Market Analysis and Forecasts, 2024-2034 Featuring Prominent Players - Grupa Azoty, Jaishil Sulphur & Chemical, Maruti, Shadong Hubin Rubber, & Georgia Gulf Sulfur - ResearchAndMarkets.com

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Who are the key players in the global sulfur dust market, and what are their respective market shares?

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  • Who are the key players in the global sulfur dust market, and what are their respective market shares?
  • What is the current estimation of the global sulfur dust market and what growth trajectory is projected from 2024 to 2034?
  • What could be the impact of growing end-use industries in the global sulfur dust market?
  • Which regions demonstrate the highest adoption rates for global sulfur dust market, and what factors contribute to their leadership?

Press release - MEPs debate with Ursula von der Leyen ahead of EP’s vote on her election

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Friday, July 19, 2024

MEPs debate with Ursula von der Leyen ahead of EP’s vote on her election This morning, Ursula von der Leyen outlined her priorities if re-elected Commission President, followed by reactions from MEPs.

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  • MEPs debate with Ursula von der Leyen ahead of EP’s vote on her election This morning, Ursula von der Leyen outlined her priorities if re-elected Commission President, followed by reactions from MEPs.
  • Ursula von der Leyen put forward her vision for a stronger and more prosperous Europe.
  • Ms von der Leyen also suggested a plan for agriculture to address the need to adapt to climate change and a Roadmap for Women’s Rights.
  • Ms von der Leyen reiterated the EU’s unwavering support for Ukraine, reaffirming that “Europe will stand with Ukraine for as long as it takes”.

Why the stinky durian really is the ‘king of all fruits’

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Thursday, July 18, 2024

There’s little else in the food world that brings about as much social turbulence as the durian.

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  • There’s little else in the food world that brings about as much social turbulence as the durian.
  • This so-called “king of all fruits” is considered a delicacy across its native Southeast Asia, where durian season is currently in full swing.

Loved and loathed in equal measure

  • This is mainly due to China, where demand has expanded 12-fold since 2017.
  • And although heavy rain and heatwaves have resulted in lower yields, the projected growth for 2024 looks promising.
  • In 2018, a load of durian delayed the departure of an Indonesian flight after travellers insisted the stinky cargo be removed.

Cultural and historical perspectives

  • For centuries, Indigenous peoples across the region have sustainably grown diverse species of the fruit.
  • At Borobudur, a ninth-century Buddhist temple in Java, Indonesia, relief panels depict durian as a symbol of abundance.
  • These trees are cherished, as they provide generations of family members with food, medicine and shelter.
  • Early Western illustrations of the fruit can be found in Dutch spy and cartographer Jan Huygen van Linschoten’s book Itinerario (1596).

A fruit of contradictions

  • Director Fruit Chan’s film Durian Durian (2000) homes in on these polarising tendencies.
  • While the fruit incites revulsion at first, it eventually becomes an object of affection among the family portrayed in the film.
  • In contrast, the Singaporean film Wet Season (2019) by Anthony Chen highlights various traditional views of the fruit.

The future and conservation

  • Unfortunately, the growing demand for this one type is causing harm by displacing native forests, flora and even Indigenous communities.
  • In Indonesian Borneo, or Kalimantan, oil palm plantations threaten durian diversity by leaving less room for diverse species of durian to be cultivated.
  • As such, effective conservation efforts must engage meaningfully with local people and species.

Strong progress – from a low base: here’s what’s in NSW’s biodiversity reforms

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In response, the state government this week announced a major overhaul of the Biodiversity Conservation Act, introduced in 2016.

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  • In response, the state government this week announced a major overhaul of the Biodiversity Conservation Act, introduced in 2016.
  • The Minns govermment has committed to introducing 49 of 58 recommendations made by the review, either in full or in part.
  • Certainly – especially given the federal government has delayed reforms to national biodiversity laws.

How do you fix the offset problem?

  • You want to develop a prime chunk of waterfront land, even though there are endangered koalas feeding in the trees?
  • That’s fine, as long as you protect and improve koala habitat elsewhere to create an environmental gain equal to your destructive impact.
  • In reality, research has demonstrated offset projects rarely achieve their promise of enabling development with no net-loss of biodiversity.

What else has the government promised?


Other important promises in the NSW government’s plan include: bringing the state’s Biodiversity Conservation Act in line with national and international biodiversity conservation goals introducing a new nature strategy with targets for tackling threats, recovering threatened species, conserving landscapes and working to restore and connect fragmented landscapes across public and private land reviewing conservation programs to boost restoration efforts and support the goal of no new extinctions increasing recognition of First Nations cultural values and connection to Country, including bringing traditional ecological knowledge into environmental assessment processes expanding private land conservation agreements to recognise and protect Aboriginal cultural values and traditional ecological knowledge.

What was missed?

  • While these measures are positive, there’s one big gap – the failure to take stronger action against native vegetation clearing.
  • The speed at which intact natural habitat is being destroyed in NSW has actually increased since the current biodiversity laws were introduced in 2016.
  • The NSW Government’s own data show almost 100,000 hectares of native vegetation was cleared every year after the act was introduced.

Clashing laws

  • The Henry Review found the effectiveness of the state’s biodiversity laws are being actively undermined by other state laws.
  • When environmental conservation and economic growth clash, the economy usually wins.

No-go zones for development

  • But the government did not take up the review’s recommendation to institute development no-go zones around natural places of particular value, such as vital Ramsar-listed wetlands and critical habitat of threatened species.
  • No-go zones would provide clarity for developers and protect the habitat of our most critically threatened native species.

Progress – from a very low base

  • It’s progress, most certainly – but starting from a very low base.
  • The natural infrastructure (functioning ecosystems, habitats and species) that underpin the economy and wellbeing of NSW has been steadily eroding since European arrival.
  • Without major reform, half of these species are projected to go extinct over the next century, according to the Henry Review.

Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. Announces Publication of Fiscal 2023 Sustainability Report

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Thursday, July 18, 2024

Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. (NASDAQ: CALM) today released the Company’s updated Fiscal 2023 Sustainability Report, which highlights Cal-Maine Foods’ progress on the Company’s key sustainability initiatives.

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  • Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. (NASDAQ: CALM) today released the Company’s updated Fiscal 2023 Sustainability Report, which highlights Cal-Maine Foods’ progress on the Company’s key sustainability initiatives.
  • As in previous reports, the Company is providing updated information utilizing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) framework.
  • Sherman Miller, president and chief executive officer of Cal-Maine Foods, stated “We are pleased to present our Fiscal 2023 sustainability report, marking the fifth year to share our progress and honor our commitment to be more transparent about our operations.
  • Based on the feedback we have received, we have made important changes to improve our reporting format and provide more data-focused, concise disclosures.

Farmland Partners Inc. Announces Date for Second Quarter 2024 Earnings Release and Conference Call

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Thursday, July 18, 2024

The call can be accessed live over the phone by dialing 1-800-715-9871 and using the conference ID 5408499.

Key Points: 
  • The call can be accessed live over the phone by dialing 1-800-715-9871 and using the conference ID 5408499.
  • The conference call will also be available via a live listen-only webcast and can be accessed through the Investor Relations section of the Company's website, www.farmlandpartners.com .
  • A replay of the conference call will be available beginning shortly after the end of the event until August 4, 2024, by dialing 1-800-770-2030 and using the playback ID 5408499.
  • A replay of the webcast will also be accessible on the Investor Relations section of the Company's website for a limited time following the event.