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Cornell indoor ag training programs get NIFA funding

Fueled by year-round market demand for local food and by advancements in greenhouse technology, controlled environment agriculture (CEA) is a rapidly growing field. In this intensive form of agriculture, plants are grown in a controlled environment,... more »

Kalera opens Texas’ largest vertical farming facility in Houston

Technology-driven vertical farming company Kalera announced July 13 that it will open a new state-of-the-art growing facility in Houston, Texas in the spring of 2021. The new Houston facility – which will be the largest... more »

JV Smith Companies’ Mexicali operation achieves EFI certification

Promotora Agricola El Toro, a JV Smith Companies facility with more than 3,500 workers and nearly 10,000 acres, has recently achieved Equitable Food Initiative certification, becoming the largest operation to have done so. As part... more »

Virginia summer squash is thriving despite spring frost

Summer squash is an ancient fruit that is still enjoyed on modern dinner tables, and the summer staple is thriving on farms and in gardens across Virginia despite a late spring frost. John Marker, operator... more »

Florida farms surveyed to get update on worker issues during pandemic

The COVID-19 crisis has hit Florida’s agricultural industry hard with new challenges on how to protect workers who are essential to keeping our nation’s food supply flowing. The UF/IFAS Extension team that works with producers... more »

Treatments tested for invasive pest on allium crops

Native to Europe but discovered in Pennsylvania in 2015, the Allium leafminer is a fly whose larvae feed on crops in the Allium genus, including onions, garlic and leeks. An adult... more »

Empire Farm Days’ Virtual Soil Health Center programs set

When this year’s annual Empire Farm Days – the largest outdoor agricultural trade show in the Northeast – was forced online due to COVID-19, organizers of the trade show’s Soil Health Center quickly transformed it... more »

Northeast growers monitor diseases following dry June

June proved to be a dry month across much of Pennsylvania and the Northeast region except for a few areas around Harrisburg and Scranton that received normal to slight above-normal precipitation. The average precipitation across... more »


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