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World Food Day

In 1979, the Food and Agriculture Association of the United Nations (FAO) proclaimed October 16th as World Food Day.

Today is a global observance designed to raise awareness and understanding of different approaches to ending hunger. Food is a wonderful thing, and thanks to new technology and innovation in farming practices, farmers today are able feed around seven billion people globally! However, because our population is growing at such a fast pace, there are still roughly a billion people around the world that do not get enough food. This means that almost 1 in 7 people go to bed hungry every night. As our population has grown, hunger has become an increasingly prevalent issue. World Food Day seeks to remind us of this challenge, and also spotlight the different ways in which we can help the farmers tasked with overcoming it. Every year, World Food Day is accompanied with a theme. Last year, the theme was “Food prices- from crisis to stability.” This year, the theme is “Agricultural Cooperatives- key to feeding the world.” As many farmers know, an agricultural cooperative is a member owned organization which allows farmers to pool all of their resources into different areas of activity. According to the FAO, agricultural Co-ops are fundamental in providing solutions to the hunger problem because they allow smallholder farms to negotiate better prices for resources such as seed, fertilizer, and equipment. Take for example one of AGCO’s customers, Agrifirm. Agrifirm is a Dutch cooperative that serves over 17,000 Dutch farmers and horticulturists. They offer “maximum purchasing advantage of high quality products like animal feeds, seeds, fertilizers and pesticides.” In addition to product purchasing power, Agrifirm also offers knowledge and sustainable solutions to its members. Cooperatives such as Agrifirm allow farmers to access to knowledge and equipment that will help boost farm productivity at a lower cost. The more that small scale farms are able to produce, the better they will be able to support their local regions. This is why the U.N believes agricultural cooperatives to be a key element in providing for our world. It is no secret that farmers are faced with a huge task in supplying food, fiber and fuel for a rapidly growing population. It will not be easy—but with the proper resources, continued advances in technology, and widespread participation—it will be possible. Learn more about world food day, and see how you can help make a difference!

World Environment Day 2012

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the United Nations Environmental Programme’s World Environment Day.


This day stands to remind us that our planet’s resources are limited. With a rapidly growing population, and increased demand for natural resources, it has become apparent that the well-being of our future generations rests on our ability to adopt a more sustainable way of life. Raising awareness of the sustainability issue is a critical step in moving towards a cleaner world, and a better future. That’s why the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) created World Environment Day, and that is why it is important that we as individuals remain open to learning more.
The theme of this year’s World Environment Day is Green Economy. UNEP defines a Green Economy as one that results in improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities. In the most basic sense, a Green Economy is one driven by jobs and investments that focus on becoming more energy and resource efficient and improving efforts in carbon reduction. Some may see a Green Economy as an unnecessary cost and believe that investments into becoming more resourceful are essentially wasted, and that the benefits of the resulting efficiencies are too small to make a difference. One way that World Environment Day can influence society it by highlighting some of the many tangible successes around the globe. For example, China has implemented a five year plan that projects the per-unit GDP energy consumption to decrease 20% by 2010, as compared to 2005. This will be accomplished by using renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power. It is estimated that in 2009 alone, 300,000 jobs were created by the renewable energy plan. Are numbers such as these really too small to make a difference?

One of the greatest parts about a Green Economy is that it is designed not only to benefit the environment, but also to benefit you! Economic stimulation, job creation, and social equality are all things that include you. Take a look around, and investigate what is happening around you to support a Green Economy. Are you being included? See how others are celebrating, or share your activity!

Some people may close off the idea of having a Green Economy, we cannot ignore the importance of sustainability. Many companies, such as AGCO, have taken an initiative to embrace sustainability issues into their business. As more people learn about why issues such as these are important, they will understand that sustainable ideas such as moving towards a Green Economy are not only beneficial, but also necessary.

So, if you are looking for something to celebrate, feel free to go to UNEP’s World Environment Day home page to learn more about World Environment Day, and how people around the world are making a difference!

 

Centre Targets Sustainable Improvements

On show at the Soil and Water Management Centre, the Challenger TerraGator 2104 is equipped with many soil-friendly featuresAs preserving water and improving soil becomes increasingly vital, Challenger is supporting the Soil and Water Management Centre in the UK.

Created in response to a report on the current status of soil and water management, the Centre, based at Harper Adams University College in Shropshire in the English Midlands, aims to provide ‘sustainable improvements’ in farming and ecosystem efficiency through better knowledge co-ordination, transfer and development.

Challenger has committed to backing the Centre for three years and will be involved in knowledge transfer days, ongoing research and extensive educational programmes for farmers and agronomists.

“Challenger’s mission statement: ‘Your Soil, Our Territory’ fits particularly well with the project,” explained Martin Hamer, Challenger Manager National Sales, UK. “Our tracked machines are already helping farmers to look after their most valuable resource – the land.”

AGCO Joins the Diesel Technology Forum

AGCO  is proud to be the newest member of the Diesel Technology Forum. DTF is a non-profit organization that promotes the use of the newest clean diesel technologies in the United States.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome AGCO as a partner in the Forum’s national effort to promote the newest and cleanest diesel technology,” said Allen Schaeffer, the Executive Director of the Diesel Technology Forum.

AGCO’s award-winning product lines are playing a key role in advancing the most modern, efficient and environmentally-friendly agricultural equipment in the United States and throughout the world. AGCO’s commitment to engineering and research has made it an international leader in the advancement of more efficient and cleaner diesel engines and equipment.

“The e3 technology developed by AGCO is an excellent example of the clean diesel technology. AGCO’s e3 equipment meets the diverse needs of modern agriculture – cleaner emissions, reliable performance and efficiency – while also providing undiminished horsepower, torque and improved fuel efficiency,” Schaeffer said.

“AGCO is proud to become part of the Diesel Technology Forum and looks forward to the opportunity to participate with other leading Diesel Engine OEM’s and industry partners to promote and support clean diesel technology and its benefits now and in the future. We support the DTF’s approach and vigilance in ensuring that diesel continues to be a viable source of power for agriculture” said Matt Rushing, product management director, global electronics and global engines at AGCO.

 

AGCO at The New Diesel Technology – Clean Air for California Event

AGCO participated in The New Diesel Technology Diesel – Clean Air for California.


The showcase event was held on February 28, 2012 in Sacramento, CA and was a street-side outdoor, partially-tented public event adjacent to the Cal EPA building on 11th Street in Sacramento. The display included agricultural and construction equipment, heavy-duty trucks and technical engine stand displays, light-duty pickup trucks and cars, after treatment cutaways and related information. Other activities included a press conference featuring the ARB Board Chair, the Engine Manufactures Association and top OEM representatives and a Chairman’s Technology Forum on diesel health research. The AGCO Challenger MT 600D Tractor was on display.  This Challenger® MT600D Series Tier IVi-compliant tractor from AGCO Corporation is designed to deliver superior productivity and efficiency for professional farmers feeding the world. And it does so without many of the tradeoffs that have been required to meet U.S. EPA and CARB emissions standards in terms of cost, reliability and fuel efficiency.