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Dr. Oscar Liburd conducts research on the management of thrips in blueberries.

New method could quash squash pests

Florida grows more zucchini squash than anywhere else in America – to the tune of $70 million a year. To help improve production, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers are developing a method to keep squash p... more


Strawberry forecasting feature photos for the 2010 IFAS Annual Research Report.  UF/IFAS Photo by Tyler Jones.

Web tool saves money for strawberry growers in several states

A UF/IFAS-developed web tool – which has been shown to save Florida strawberry growers $1.7 million a year – is now being used in several other states, including Maryland, Georgia, South Carolina and California. Florida’s strawberry crop is ... more


Members of the first place team in the Apps for Ag hackathon, GivingGarden, (from left) Scott Kirkland, Josh Livni, Deema Tamimi and John Knoll. Photo: UC ANR

UC ANR names Apps for Ag hackathon winners

A gardening and produce-sharing app took top prize in the Apps for Ag hackathon, after contestants pitched judges at the California State Fair in Sacramento on July 17. The first place team, GivingGarden, took home $7,500 in prize money, custom rodeo... more


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New regulations expand drone use for agriculture

On June 21, the Federal Aviation Administration released the much anticipated new Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) or drone regulations, also referred to as Part 107. These rules go in effect Aug. 29, and cover a broad spectrum of commercial uses for dr... more


CFVGA to host annual conference Feb. 21

The Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) will host its third annual conference on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017. The full-day conference will build on last year's event, which was attended by more than 300 people, including 20 produce b... more


Farmers markets are one form of direct marketing. Photo: Karin Higgins/UC Davis

Direct-marketing farms have twice the regional impact

Sacramento-area farmers and ranchers who sell their products directly to consumers generate twice as much regional economic impact per dollar of output as do area food producers who don’t engage in direct marketing, reports a UC Davis agricultural ... more


Bayer ‘disappointed’ in Monsanto’s rejection

Bayer is disappointed in Monsanto’s decision to reject its increased all-cash offer of $125 per share, the company said in a statement. The offer represents a 40 percent premium over Monsanto’s closing share price on May 9, according to Bayer. ... more


Farmobile expands Minnesota Data Store

Farmobile, a farm data company, has expanded its Minnesota Data Store. Beginning in this year’s harvest season, any Minnesota farmer who automatically collects their Electronic Field Record (EFR) harvest data via a Farmobile PUC (passive uplink c... more


Monsanto rejects second proposal from Bayer

Monsanto has rejected a revised $65 billion acquisition proposal from Bayer AG. Monsanto’s board of directors viewed the revised proposal as financially inadequate and insufficient to ensure deal certainty, according to the company. The all-c... more


MDARD awards Value Added & Regional Food Systems grants

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) has awarded eight projects funds under the competitive Value Added and Regional Food System Grant Program. "The awarded proposals reflect the opportunities within Michigan's di... more



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