New Test Genetically IDs Fungal Wheat Threat

Jan 02, 17 New Test Genetically IDs Fungal Wheat Threat

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By Jan Suszkiw A team of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and university scientists has developed a sensitive new assay method for detecting the fungus that causes “wheat blast,” a disease of wheat in South America and, most recently, Bangladesh. The fungus Magnaporthe oryzae triticum (MoT) was first detected in Brazil in...

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New, Easy-to-Harvest Raisin Grape Reduces Production Cost

Jan 02, 17 New, Easy-to-Harvest Raisin Grape Reduces Production Cost

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By Dennis O’Brien A new raisin grape developed by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists in California is proving to be very popular among producers because it costs less to harvest. With many grapes, crews must go out about two weeks before the harvest and cut the canes, which are the long branches on the vines that...

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Scientists crack genetic code determining leaf shape in cotton

Jan 02, 17 Scientists crack genetic code determining leaf shape in cotton

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by North Carolina State University Researchers know that the variation in leaf shapes can mean big differences in a farmer’s bottom line. Now, a new discovery gives plant breeders key genetic information they need to develop crop varieties that make the most of these leaf-shape differences. In a paper published Dec. 20 in the...

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Migratory Mites Threaten Bee Hives

Jan 02, 17 Migratory Mites Threaten Bee Hives

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By Jan Suszkiw Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists are tracking a honey bee killer, and their investigations have taken them from hives in Tucson, Arizona, to Bismarck, North Dakota. Led by ARS entomologist Gloria DeGrandi-Hoffman, the team is staking out hive entrances and monitoring the comings and goings of foraging...

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UF/IFAS Extension Desoto County combines library and agriculture to draw youth to 4-H

Nov 30, 16 UF/IFAS Extension Desoto County combines library and agriculture to draw youth to 4-H

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By: Beverly James, 352-273-3566, beverlymjames@ufl.edu ARCADIA, Fla. — Families in Desoto County who visit their local library could walk away as gardeners and healthier eaters. That’s because the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension Desoto County has implemented a program that creates a...

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Feeding the world: UGA geneticist enhancing sorghum’s drought resiliency

Nov 30, 16 Feeding the world: UGA geneticist enhancing sorghum’s drought resiliency

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By Allison Floyd  When University of Georgia plant geneticist Andrew Paterson started to look for lines of sorghum that might survive in some of the most parched places in the world, he didn’t plant trials in the desert. He started out by researching which plants could survive a winter in Georgia. “We don’t see a lot of...

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Solar panels help poultry farmers to conserve energy

Nov 30, 16 Solar panels help poultry farmers to conserve energy

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By Kyle Dawson University of Georgia Cooperative Extension poultry scientist Claudia Dunkley believes solar panels are a way to help poultry farmers become more energy-efficient. “Since the bounceback from the economic downturn, poultry production has been steadily on the rise,” Dunkley said. “As a part of our greenhouse gas...

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Rain simulation project aimed at improving Georgia vegetable production

Nov 30, 16 Rain simulation project aimed at improving Georgia vegetable production

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By Kyle Dawson A simulated rain research project coordinated by two University of Georgia scientists is aimed at enhancing and improving vegetable production. A custom-built rainfall simulator previously developed by scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Southeast Watershed Research Laboratory in Tifton, Georgia,...

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A Better Lure to Detect and Control an Avocado Pest

By Dennis O’Brien An Agricultural Research Service (ARS) researcher has developed a new tool to help Florida avocado producers concerned about a disease that is killing their trees. It’s a lure that makes it easier to detect and control the invasive pest that spreads the disease. Laurel wilt disease is spread by the redbay...

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Eating dairy cheese may protect against sodium-related health risks

by Marjorie S. by Penn State Consuming dairy cheese instead of other sodium-laden foods may actually protect against some of sodium’s effects on the cardiovascular system, such as high blood pressure, according to researchers at Penn State. The researchers say the protection comes from antioxidant properties of dairy proteins in...

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Georgia’s dry summer is contributing to a great year for Georgia’s grape harvest

Nov 01, 16 Georgia’s dry summer is contributing to a great year for Georgia’s grape harvest

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By Merritt Melancon Fall may be known as harvest time for peanuts, cotton and apples in Georgia, but the state’s winemakers would like Georgians to start thinking about grapes when the leaves start to transition to red and orange. Between August and mid-October, Georgia’s 70 or so traditional vineyard owners will harvest just...

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Soybean nitrogen breakthrough could help feed the world

Nov 01, 16 Soybean nitrogen breakthrough could help feed the world

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by Will Ferguson • Washington State University.  Washington State University biologist Mechthild Tegeder has developed a way to dramatically increase the yield and quality of soybeans. Her greenhouse-grown soybean plants fix twice as much nitrogen from the atmosphere as their natural counterparts, grow larger and produce up to 36...

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Commissioner Putnam Announces 2017 Agricultural Hall of Fame Honorees

Nov 01, 16 Commissioner Putnam Announces 2017 Agricultural Hall of Fame Honorees

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Contact the Office of Communications: (850) 617-7737 •  Communications@FreshFromFlorida.com TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam and the Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame Foundation announced today four honorees who will be inducted into the Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame for 2017. These...

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Two New Berries for You from ARS

Oct 31, 16 Two New Berries for You from ARS

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By Sharon Durham Agricultural Research Service (ARS) geneticist Chad Finn and his colleagues at the Horticultural Crops Research Unit in Corvallis, Oregon, developed two new berry varieties—a blueberry and a blackberry—and recently released them to the public. Baby Blues, a blueberry cultivar, is a vigorous, high-yielding,...

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UF/IFAS researchers head to Cuba for scientific exchange to benefit Florida agriculture

Oct 31, 16 UF/IFAS researchers head to Cuba for scientific exchange to benefit Florida agriculture

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By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is sending an inter-departmental team of scientists to Cuba as part of a grant that is believed to be the first federally-funded project for scientific field research in Cuba. The project’s...

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UF/IFAS report: Florida agriculture, natural resources employment up 29 percent in 13 years

By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — About 1.56 million people worked full- or part-time in agriculture, natural resources and food industries in 2014, an increase of about 40,000 workers from 2013, and nearly 29 percent from 2001, according to a new University of Florida Institute of Food and...

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Hay producers at mercy of weather as fall armyworms reduced hay supply

Oct 03, 16 Hay producers at mercy of weather as fall armyworms reduced hay supply

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By Adam Speir While drivers spend extra time in the car in search of fuel during the recent gasoline shortage, farmers are dealing with a more long-term shortage — a low supply of hay for their livestock. Prolonged drought and a large fall armyworm infestation left many cattle and hay producers “running on empty” at a critical...

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FeedMix poultry feed mixing app aims to help small farmers optimize flock health

Oct 03, 16 FeedMix poultry feed mixing app aims to help small farmers optimize flock health

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By Merritt Melancon Whether you are working with three laying hens in a backyard coop or a farm full of broilers, chickens need proper nutrition to live healthy, low-stress lives. Providing the correct balance of protein, vitamins and other nutrients can be challenging for those mixing their own feed, and that can lead to...

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Commissioner Adam Putnam Names Judi Whitson as 2016 Woman of the Year in Agriculture

Aug 31, 16 Commissioner Adam Putnam Names Judi Whitson as 2016 Woman of the Year in Agriculture

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Contact the Office of Communications: (850) 617-7737 Communications@FreshFromFlorida.com TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam today announced that Florida native Judi Whitson has been named the 2016 Woman of the Year in Agriculture. Judi Whitson has dedicated herself to the advancement of Florida...

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UF/IFAS research findings could eventually save $30 million annually for strawberry growers

Aug 31, 16 UF/IFAS research findings could eventually save $30 million annually for strawberry growers

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By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Strawberry growers may eventually save $30 million a year with genetic findings from a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences study. UF/IFAS researchers are looking for ways to thwart angular leaf spot, a pathogen that can destroy up to 10...

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