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The scarce presence of trees that characterizes extensive livestock production, brings problems such as the degradation of soil and water resources, increased temperatures, low quality and availability of forage, which results in low productivity and sustainability of production.

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The importance of winter cover for weed control was one of the topics discussed in the second module of the training in the winter grain production chain - Embrapa agreement and OCB System, held from April 23 to 25 at Embrapa Wheat in Passo Fundo, RS.

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Nanotechnology reached the development of slow-release and controlled fertilizers. With this, the nano fertilizers become an alternative of sustainable agriculture to generate more production in the field.

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Farmers spend a lot of time and money controlling weeds and other pests, and often have to turn to chemical fumigants to keep the most destructive pests at bay. Farmers also wrestle with what to do with low-value byproducts of crop production, such as skin, seeds and hulls from fruit, vegetable and nut processing.

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International discussions on climate change increasingly recognize the importance of agriculture in adaptation and mitigation efforts. Adaptation has been generally prioritized in the most vulnerable countries, where a failure to adapt can constitute a threat to food security.

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Traditional agricultural research and extension relies on replicated field experiments, on-farm trials, and demonstration plots to evaluate and adapt agronomic technologies that aim to increase productivity, reduce risk, and protect the environment for a given biophysical and socio-economic context.