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Farms receive extension for recording farm structure

The USDA is providing farms a one-time, 30-day extension to the June 1 deadline for recording farm organization structures related to Actively Engaged in Farming determinations. This date is used to determine the level of interest an individual holds... more


Marrone Bio Innovations

Marrone Bio to settle shareholder suits for $12 million

Marrone Bio Innovations has reached an agreement to settle private securities class action suits. Shareholder suits were consolidated in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California on February 13, 2015 as Special Situations Fund I... more


Soil organic matter production varies by manure sources

The use of livestock manure to build up soil health, specifically soil organic matter, is a practice that has been embraced by the agricultural community as well as soil scientists. But a few questions remain to be answered: Is all manure equal? If t... more


Water stock

Irrigation technologies key for California farmers

Despite hopes for a drenching from El Niño, California farmers are facing another drought year in 2016. Even after four years of the worst drought on record, California farm output was a record $54 billion in 2015, accounting for more than half of t... more


FDA issues intentional adulteration final rule

The FDA has finalized a new food safety rule under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) that will help to prevent wide-scale public health harm by requiring companies in the United States and abroad to take steps to prevent intentional adult... more


Northeast Ag Sales to distribute Agro-K products

Agro-K has teamed up with Northeast Agricultural Sales (NEAG) for distribution of the full line of Agro-K foliar fertilizers and soil biological products in northern New England. NEAG has headquarters in Lyndonville, Vermont and offices in Fairf... more


APHIS expands importation of Mexican avocados

USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is amending its regulations to allow the importation of Hass avocados into the continental United States, Hawaii and Puerto Rico from all areas of Mexico under a systems approach. Cur... more


US organic sales reach $43.3 billion in 2015

The U.S. organic industry posted new records in 2015, with total organic product sales hitting a new benchmark of $43.3 billion, according to a survey by the Organic Trade Association. The organic industry is up a robust 11 percent from the previous ... more


Whitefly. Photo: UF/IFAS

Potential whitefly outbreak threatens Florida crops

The Q-biotype whitefly, a significant  tropical and subtropical pest, may threaten Florida crops such as tomatoes, squash, beans, watermelons and many other vegetables and ornamentals if immediate measures are not taken to prevent its spread. Sci... more


Cornell plant breeder Bill Pardee dies at 86

William Pardee, a seed expert who led plant breeding efforts at Cornell during the pivotal era when biotechnology transformed the field, died May 1 in Ithaca. He was 86. Born July 7, 1929, Pardee developed his interest in agriculture while working... more



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