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Nitrogen-fixing genes could help grow more with less

Scientists have transferred a collection of genes into plant-colonizing bacteria that let them draw nitrogen from the air and turn it into ammonia, a natural fertilizer. The work could help farmers around the world use... more »

Undergraduate initiates urban farm on campus

Urban farming comes in many forms, and now one of those, vertical farming, is helping feed students at Texas A&M University. The project is part of an experiential learning initiative, which is a required part... more »

Michigan trails poblano pepper varieties

In 2018, Michigan State University grew eight varieties of poblano peppers and one cross between a poblano and another type of Mexican chile pepper (WI Wroaster). The goal was to evaluate early ripening of these... more »

Ag census glimpses New Mexico traditional crops

Farming has been a part of New Mexico for over 2,500 years, ever since Native Americans first grew corn, squash, and beans throughout the region. The 2017 Census of Agriculture provides a rare look into our state’s... more »

North Carolina cuts farm-level food loss

At harvest time, fruit and vegetable farmers must make tough decisions. After investing significant time and money to ensure high yields, they have to decide when it makes financial sense to keep harvesting crops from... more »

USDA releases a new strawberry, ‘Keepsake’

A new strawberry cultivar, Keepsake, was released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). 'Keepsake' is a midseason, spring-bearing, or short-day strawberry (Fragaria xananassa Duch ex Rozier). The new strawberry is the first resulting from an increased... more »

Researchers to tackle bacterial diseases in peppers

Whether it’s bell peppers or jalapenos, peppers are a popular food among consumers. But like all crops, peppers face the threat of disease. The National Institute of Food and Agriculture, an arm of the U.S.... more »

Wild watermelon genes harvested to improve crop

When people think of watermelon, they likely think of Citrullus lanatus, the cultivated watermelon with sweet, juicy, red fruit enjoyed around the world. Indeed, watermelon is one of the world’s most popular fruits, second only... more »


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