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New data reveals pesticide peril in beehives

Honeybees – employed to pollinate crops during the blooming season – encounter danger due to lingering and wandering pesticides, according to a new Cornell University study that analyzed the bee’s own food. Researchers used 120 pristine hone... more


Plant Protection and Quarantine releases 2016 annual report

The USDA Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) has released its 2016 Annual Report, outlining accomplishments from throughout the year. PPQ reports it achieved one of its top 10 goals: eliminating European grapevine moth from the United States. Th... more


MSU Extension updates insecticide fact sheet for greenhouse production

Some ornamental plant producers are venturing into growing vegetables in the greenhouse. Greenhouse vegetable crops are susceptible to similar pests as ornamental plants, such as aphids, fungus gnats, spider mites, whiteflies and thrips. Greenhouse v... more


Costs, returns of producing transplanted processing tomatoes

The University of California (UC) Agricultural Issues Center has released an updated study on the costs and returns of producing transplanted processing tomatoes under sub-surface drip irrigation (SDI). The study focuses on California's Sacramento Va... more


Plastic mulch used to control verticillium wilt in watermelons

Verticillium wilt, caused by the soilborne fungus Verticillium dahliae, is a significant disease affecting watermelon (Citrullus lanatus) production in Washington State. This field study at three locations in Washington in 2015 compared verticillium ... more


National Organic Program alerts of fraudulent organic certificates

The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service National Organic Program (NOP) is alerting the organic trade about the presence of fraudulent organic certificates. Fraudulent organic certificates listing the following businesses are in use and have been repo... more


OSU bee expert wins top Entomological Society award

Ramesh Sagili of Oregon State University’s (OSU) College of Agricultural Sciences won an award from the Pacific branch of the Entomological Society of America. [caption id="attachment_11339" align="alignright" width="258"] Ramesh Sagili, left, h... more


GAP Harmonized Food Safety Standards to be updated

The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is updating the Produce Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) Harmonized Food Safety Standards for field operations, harvesting and postharvest operations. The changes will align the USDA food safety audit c... more


Bio Huma Netics, Mesa Verde Resources form partnership

Arizona-based Bio Huma Netics (BHN) has recently formed a partnership with Reid Enterprises, which does business as Mesa Verde Resources (MVR) in New Mexico. Mesa Verde Resources is a humic substance mining company that produces, manufactures and sel... more


Researchers seek citizen-scientists for ‘Great Pumpkin Project’

A researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is reaching out to Master Gardeners, teachers, students and other interested parties to participate in a citizen-science project that ultimately could benefit growers, crops, pollinators a... more



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