How does agriculture affect vulnerable insect-eating birds?

Aerial insectivores—birds that hunt for insect prey on the wing—are declining across North America as agricultural intensification leads to diminishing insect abundance and diversity in many areas. A new study from The ...

Survey probes past and future grassland conversions

Prairie Pothole Region farmers who added converted North and South Dakota grasslands into their cropland base in the past decade report that the new acreage represents a sizable share of their total acreage in 2014.

Ecosystem services: Looking forward to mid-century

As population grows, society needs more—more energy, more food, more paper, more housing, more of nearly everything. Meeting those needs can lead to changes in how land is used.

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Farm

A farm is an area of land, or, for aquaculture, lake, river or sea, including various structures, devoted primarily to the practice of producing and managing food (produce, grains, or livestock), fibres and, increasingly, fuel. It is the basic production facility in food production. Farms may be owned and operated by a single individual, family, community, corporation or a company. A farm can be a holding of any size from a fraction of a hectare to several thousand hectares.

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