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  FEBRUARY 2018 
A Message From CEO of Uralchem and Chairman of IFA’s Communications & Public affairs Committee, Dmitry Konyaev

Through IFA’s 90th Anniversary, the fertilizer industry is proudly looking back on decades of developments, innovations and knowledge building to address changing soil, planting and climatic conditions and respond to the needs of a continuously growing world population.

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Innovation

IFA Strategic Forum 2017 & the Role of Special Fertilizer Products

The role of special fertilizer products was the focus of IFA’s recent Strategic Forum held in Zürich in November last year. The record attendance, leading industry speakers, and stimulating debates reflected the growing interest and excitement around the sector. But what exactly are special products and why use them?

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Portable Soil Scanner Supports Young Kenyan Agropreneurs

A scheme loaning pioneering portable soil scanners to young entrepreneurs is improving crop yields and promoting responsible nutrient management for smallholder farmers in Kenya.

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Scientists Invent Low Cost Wearable Water Use Sensors for Plants

Innovative new graphene-based plant sensors developed by scientists from Iowa State University give farmers and researchers a clearer insight into crop water use and nutrient uptake times.

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Video: Realtime Disease & Nutrient Deficiency Diagnostic App

Plantix uses AI powered image-recognition technology to diagnose nutrient deficiencies, diseases and pests for 30 different crops in real-time.

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Environment & Sustainability

US Farmers Embrace Soil Health Management With Cover Crops & Adaptive Grazing

Despite impressive gains in per-acre productivity over the last 50 years, environmental, economic and social challenges are increasingly forcing US farmers and land managers to shift toward more integrated practices that prioritize soil health.

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Study: Better Soil Could Trap as Much Planet-warming Carbon as Transport Produces

Better management on farmland could increase carbon stored in the organic matter of topsoil by between 0.9 and 1.85 billion tonnes of carbon annually for the next 20 years, according to recently published research.

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Irrigation under Best Practices Creates a Dual Cropping Lifeline in Northern Ghana

New PAVE Irrigation technology has helped break the poverty cycle in eight communities in northern Ghana by creating a dual cropping, double income scheme where farmers can now grow produce twice a year.

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Video: Could Maggots Radically Reduce Global Food Waste?

The BBC reports on an interesting innovation in South Africa that could turn a lot of that waste into high-protein feed

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Around the World

A Global Powerhouse: Developing Brazilian Farming & Fertilizers

In the last few decades Brazil has emerged as one of the world’s major agricultural powerhouses. The country's increasingly efficient agricultural production has made it the number one producer of orange juice, sugar, coffee, meat and cellulose. There are some challenges to overcome for the country to achieve further sustainable increases, however.

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Is the Call for Better Access to Fertilizers in Africa Getting Louder?

Voices within and beyond Africa are increasingly recognizing the vital role of nutrients for raising farm incomes, generating employment and reducing food prices. Some of the barriers to fertilizer on the continent access remain high, however.

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Tulane University Announces $1 Million Nitrogen Reduction Challenge Winner

The recent International Tulane Nitrogen Reduction Challenge has helped to showcase innovative nutrient management solutions while highlighting the role farming can play in reducing nitrogen losses into waterways.

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Interactive Map: Global Croplands

A new interactive map shows croplands by country and a total of 1.87 billion hectares of croplands globally, around 15 to 20 percent higher than previous estimates.

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Impact Makers

IFA Norman Borlaug Winner Dr. Heitor Cantarella: Supporting Sustainable Brazilian Biofuels & Farming

Biofuels could play an important part in helping Brazil to reduce its emissions by 43% by 2030 in line with the Paris Agreement. To achieve this, though, there is an urgent need to ensure the sustainability of the country’s sugarcane-based biofuel production. The problem has been central to the work of the 2017 IFA Norman Borlaug Award winner, Dr. Heitor Cantarella.

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Former IFA Norman Borlaug Award Winner Dr. Abdul Rashid Receives 2017 IPNI Science Award

Dr. Rashid’s cutting-edge work has brought forward scientific knowledge of micronutrients, developed tailored fertilizer practices for farmers in Pakistan, and made significant contributions to crop and soil management worldwide.

 
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