Author Archives: Nathan Luft

Environmental Defense Fund Job

Here’s a job opportunity coming out of beautiful San Francisco, California, courtesy of the Environmental Defense Fund. The EDF is currently accepting applications for the position of Project Analyst, charged with supporting the EDF’s goals on Greenhouse Gas Emissions. According … Continue reading

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Openings for Postdoc Position at Oxford

For doctors looking for research in the field of¬†demography and with a constitution for travel, a job opportunity: The Oxford Institute of Population Ageing is seeking a quantitative researcher to work with Dr George Leeson in collaboration with Dr Mike … Continue reading

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“The New Horse-Powered Farm”

In central New York State, as well as all over the country, an unlikely revival is happening ¬†in sustainably-minded agriculture; the return of work horses and draft mules on the American farm. A recent write-up in the New York Times … Continue reading

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EU Bans Three Pesticides Thought to be Bee-Killers`

For years researchers and beekeepers alike have been trying to make sense of a phenomenon of massive bee die-offs otherwise known as “colony collapse disorder” that has been occurring on a world-wide scale. Many hypothesis have been given as the … Continue reading

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Spring Days at the WPP!

Well, if you hadn’t noticed from the torrential downpours that are threatening to soak through my bookbag and ruin all of my books, spring is upon us, and to commemorate that fact UIUC’s own Woody Perennial Polyculture Research Site is … Continue reading

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April is “Invasive Plant, Pest, and Disease Awareness Month”

Invasive species like the Japanese beetle and African honeybee have been damaging local ecosystem since their introduction to the American landscape, and they are certainly not alone in the disastrous effects that invasive species can have to an environment unequipped … Continue reading

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Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Merrigan steps down

Kathleen Merrigan, who had been serving as Deputy Secretary of Agriculture under Tom Vilsack, announced on March 14 that she would be stepping down from her post at the end of April. Merrigan has been considered a success in the … Continue reading

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County Board Approves Formation of Local Foods Council

By a final vote of 16-9, the Champaign County board voted earlier this month to approve the formation of a Champaign County Local Foods Policy Council. The Council, whose purpose is to encourage the establishment and development of small businesses … Continue reading

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The Ceres Trust Graduate and Ph.D. Scholarships

The Ceres Trust, a private charity-based trust that supports the advancement of sustainable and organic agriculture, recently announced that they will be accepting applications for their competitive Organic Research Initiative, worth up to $10,000 each, until May 1, 2013. The … Continue reading

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Local Food Awareness Day needs you!

On March 13 you can have a chance to directly influence the legislative process at the state capitol in Springfield in the form of Local Food Awareness Day, a lobbying push for small farm-friendly legislation all across the state. The … Continue reading

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