Entries by Sandra Módenes


Quebec takes action on regulating pesticides

Quebec’s new pesticide regulations can show the way if the risk management processes are rigorous and transparent, and scientific research stays independent. In 1992, Quebec implemented an agricultural pest-management strategy aimed at reducing pesticide use by half by the year 2000. Despite undeniable progress, this objective was not met. The government then adopted a second strategy in […]

IRTA works towards the development of new high-quality wheat cultivars with resilience to climate change

As a consequence of the climate change drought conditions are expected to worsen in a near future with warmer temperatures, causing increased crop evapotranspiration, and lower and more erratic water availability affecting the major wheat producing areas, including the Mediterranean Basin. Researchers from IRTA’s Sustainable Field Crops programme are conducting a project to provide useful […]

UK agrisupply businesses looking outside the UK due to Brexit uncertainties

With so much uncertainty surrounding what Brexit means, UK agribusinesses are already moving operations out of Britain and others are taking irreversible decisions on business location and investment, a workshop organised in London by the Agri-Brexit Coalition heard recently. Speakers were drawn from across the sectors represented by the Coalition members including machinery, animal health, […]


U.S. Senate unanimously approves Pesticide Registration Improvement Act

U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., recently announced the Senate approved reauthorization of the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act (PRIA). “The U.S. Senate just passed a bipartisan Farm Bill to provide farmers and ranchers with certainty in a tough farm economy,” said Chairman Roberts. […]

Colombia to use drones to fumigate coca leaf with herbicide

Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos on Tuesday authorized the use of drones to fumigate coca leaves at low altitude using the herbicide glyphosate as part of the Andean nation’s battle to eliminate the plant’s use in cocaine production. Santos, who leaves office in August, approved the measure a day after the United States said Colombia’s coca cultivation […]

IFAD attracts business to climate smart investments

Agriculture is stepping up in the fight against climate change with help from the private sector. A new reportfrom the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) shows that investing in climate-resilient agriculture can attract sizeable contributions from the private sector. The Business Advantage – Mobilizing Private Sector Led Climate Actions in Agriculture, a study of […]