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FMC Continues to Grow U.S. Biologicals Portfolio

Dan Industry News Release, Research, Soybeans

Submits two new strains for EPA approval (FMC) — FMC Corporation has announced the submission of two new active ingredient microbial pesticide strains, RTI 301 and RTI 477, and associated formulated products to the EPA Office of Pesticide Programs Biopesticides and Pollution Prevention Division (BPPD). Submissions have also been made in the EU and field work is continuing in Canada …

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Rodale Launches Organic Research and Training Center in Georgia

Dan Education, Georgia, Industry News Release, Organic, Research

(NAFB) — The Rodale Institute will launch a new organic research and training center in Georgia this fall. The Southeast Organic Center aims to innovate agriculture and increase healthy food access in the region, according to the organization. The regional resource center will focus on the unique challenges of farmers in the southeast United States, at Many Fold Farm, outside …

florida

Northeast Florida Farms Test ‘Eyes in the Ground’ Through UF Program

Dan Florida, Industry News Release, Research, Soil, Technology, Water

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (UF/IFAS) — Farming is a business of uncertainty. Through droughts and downpours, generations of Florida farmers have continued to till the land and contribute to a multibillion-dollar industry for the state. But agricultural innovations aim to minimize that uncertainty, and among the technological advances working to improve farmers’ crop yields are soil moisture sensors, which a University of …

soil

Beneath the Earth, the ‘Black Box’ of Soil Holds a Key to Crop Growth

Dan Citrus, Florida, Fruits, Industry News Release, Research, Soil, Specialty Crops, Vegetables

IMMOKALEE, Fla. (UF/IFAS) — Like much of what lies just beneath the earth’s surface, soil microbes present a mystery. University of Florida scientist Sarah Strauss seeks to help untangle the web of intrigue surrounding soil microbes to improve agricultural production in Florida and globally. “There are microbial activities going on that we don’t exactly understand. It’s known as the ‘black …

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A One of a Kind Collection Reaches a Major Milestone

Dan Aquaculture, Cattle, Industry News Release, Livestock, Research

When the sample of semen from the Duroc boar—a breed of domestic pig—arrived in Fort Collins, Colorado this spring, it went largely unnoticed. But the scientists and staff at the Agricultural Research Service’s National Animal Germplasm Collection knew they had reached a milestone. The boar semen was the one millionth sample of animal germplasm to arrive at the facility, which …

watermelon

Novel Watermelon Rootstock Knocks Out Disease and Pests

Dan Fruits, Industry News Release, Research, Specialty Crops, Vegetables

CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA (USDA/ARS) — A new watermelon line, developed by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and Clemson University scientists, gets to the root of the problem of a major disease and pest of watermelon crops in the southern United States. Carolina Strongback is a rootstock watermelon that is resistant to Fusarium wilt and the southern root-knot nematode, according to William “Pat” …

vaccine

Vaccine Investigators Use Bacterium’s Own Protein Against It

Dan Cattle, Industry News Release, Research

(USDA/ARS) — A team of Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and university scientists is investigating a new “ingredient” for use in vaccinating cattle against Johne’s disease, a chronic wasting affliction that costs the U.S. dairy industry more than $200 million per year. The ingredient in question is a type of protein on the surface of the bacterium Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis (MAP), which causes Johne’s …

ars

ARS Efforts Should Help Ensure Our Wheat Supply

Dan Industry News Release, Research, Wheat

Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists and their partners published a study that should boost efforts to develop new varieties of wheat that are better equipped to resist a fungal disease that threatens global wheat production each year. The report in Nature Genetics, by Guihua Bai and his colleagues identifies a key gene that could be used as an important genetic resource by wheat …

butterfly pea

UF Eyes Butterfly Pea as Natural Food-Color Source

Dan Florida, Industry News Release, Nursery Crops, Research

It provides a natural food coloring. It gives nurseries another ornamental to grow and sell, and it might provide health benefits to those who eat it with their food. It is the Butterfly Pea, and University of Florida researchers are studying the flower to see if it will grow in Florida. Much of what we eat every day contains added …