SCOOP NZ: New Database Paves Way For Trees To Thrive In Face Of Climate Change, Biodiversity Loss

SCOOP New Zealand: New Database Paves Way For Trees To Thrive In Face Of Climate Change, Biodiversity Loss . “The database, Tree Globally Observed Environmental Ranges or TreeGOER, for short, documents the observed environmental ranges for the majority of known tree species. It was developed at the Center for International Forestry Research and World Agroforestry (CIFOR-ICRAF), an international research and development organization on trees, forests, agroforestry and landscapes. The open-access database is available on Zenodo and described in the journal Global Change Biology. TreeGOER documents the global environmental ranges for 51 variables for observed occurrences of 48,129 tree species.”

Michigan State University: MSU Libraries’ Turfgrass Information Center TGIF database now open access

Michigan State University: MSU Libraries’ Turfgrass Information Center TGIF database now open access. “The TGIF database indexes material from a wide variety of sources including governments, higher learning institutions, professional organizations and private publishers. Materials include articles from peer-reviewed publications, technical reports and conference proceedings, trade and professional publications, local professional newsletters, popular magazines, monographs, theses and dissertations, fact sheets and brochures, images, software, and web documents.”

Carnegie Mellon University: Student SURF Project Amplifies Unheard Voices in Kingdom of a Million Rice Fields

Carnegie Mellon University: Student SURF Project Amplifies Unheard Voices in Kingdom of a Million Rice Fields. “[Andy] Jiang received a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) to create an interactive, online archive of the stories shared by villagers in this area of Thailand, also known as the Kingdom of a Million Rice Fields. Drawing inspiration from engaging site designs like Refugee Republic, he hopes the archive will amplify the people’s voices and increase the public’s awareness around the new developments, the city’s growth and the loss of agricultural land.”

FSIS Launches New Data Tool: Recall and Public Health Alert API (USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service)

US Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service: FSIS Launches New Data Tool: Recall and Public Health Alert API. “The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) launched a new feature on its website that enables software developers to access data on recalls and public health alerts through an application programming interface (API).”

Penn State: New updates come to ‘Beescape,’ an online tool for supporting pollinators

Penn State: New updates come to ‘Beescape,’ an online tool for supporting pollinators. “Beescape is a mapping tool that allows users to highlight a particular location or area and get information about the habitat quality for bees. The updates include several changes to make the website more interactive and user-friendly, based on feedback given by stakeholders including growers, beekeepers, scientists and conservationists.”

Global Coffee Report: WCR releases Arabica genetic fingerprint database

Global Coffee Report: WCR releases Arabica genetic fingerprint database. “Verification of coffee varieties ensures quality control of plant material is available to farmers worldwide. WCR is making the database openly accessible to the scientific community so that it can be used by public and private labs for variety verification.”

National Center for Appropriate Technology: Farmer Funding Opportunities Database Launched

National Center for Appropriate Technology: Farmer Funding Opportunities Database Launched . “Community Alliance with Family Farmers has launched a new Farmer Funding Opportunities Database, available online in English and Spanish. The database offers listings for grant programs and cost-share opportunities for farmers and local food systems.”

Forests News: New citizen science platform allows everyone to shape agroecological transitions

Forests News: New citizen science platform allows everyone to shape agroecological transitions . “Developed together with the Agroecology Map team, the One Million Voices of Agroecology platform easily allows users – be those farmers, producer organizations, consumers or anyone else interested in agroecology – to characterize and evaluate their diverse agroecological practices and locate them on a worldwide map.”

US Department of Agriculture: USDA introduces geospatial data product to show crop rotation patterns

US Department of Agriculture: USDA introduces geospatial data product to show crop rotation patterns. “[Crop Sequence Boundaries] is a cutting-edge map of agricultural fields that provides crop acreage estimates and historical planting decisions across the contiguous United States. The open-source product uses satellite imagery and other public data to allow users to analyze planted U.S. commodities, enhancing not only agricultural science and research, but providing producers an innovative resource to help make farming decisions.”

North Carolina State University: New Online Tool Maps ‘Beans Gone Wild’

North Carolina State University: New Online Tool Maps ‘Beans Gone Wild’. “Recently, NC State Extension released an online tracking tool called Beans Gone Wild to capture and share in-season crop problems and recommendations. The new visual mapping tool, funded by the NC Soybeans Producers Association and the NC Agricultural Foundation, uses crowd-sourced field data from public and private partners to document soybean problems (and recommended actions) across the state.”

Gilroy Dispatch: Google’s Gilroy farm plans to sell trees to the public

Gilroy Dispatch: Google’s Gilroy farm plans to sell trees to the public. “The 40-acre piece of land is owned by Google, the Silicon Valley tech giant that purchased the Gilroy property in 2019 with the goal of growing trees in an environmentally sound way for its future and current campuses. But Google, in an era of remote work and a shifting economy, has lately reevaluated its real estate portfolio, shedding office spaces in the northern end of the county. As a result, the 15,000 trees growing in Gilroy—including coast live oak, alder, willow, California maple and more—won’t all end up at a Google project as originally intended.”

ERR: Estonia’s strawberry database helps fight crime

ERR: Estonia’s strawberry database helps fight crime. “A reference database cataloging varieties of Estonian strawberries will help prevent fraud and will be able to test if fruit advertised as locally grown really did originate in Estonia. Knowing the geographical origin of strawberries is important because it helps protect the Estonian market and supports farmers and strawberry growers. Until now it has not been possible to do so thoroughly.”

Harpers UK: Old Vine database goes live

Harpers UK: Old Vine database goes live. “The Old Vine Registry currently has 2,200 vineyards recorded from entries collected over 13 years. Portugal and Spain lead with 822 and 383 old vineyards registered respectively. The United States comes in third with 334 vineyards, followed by Australia and France with 208 and 142 respectively.”

Agriland: New website to show effect of farm practices on environment

Agriland: New website to show effect of farm practices on environment. “The website was created by the EU Science Hub and EU Agriculture, and displays content gathered from the collection of published scientific evidence on the impacts of farming practices on the environment, climate and agricultural productivity.”