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USDA pledges $2.5 million to expand new farmer education

Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden today announced that $2.5 million in grants is now available for projects to educate new and underserved farmers about more than 20 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency... more »

Robotics drive crop, harvest mechanization

In recent years, there has been an increase in the agriculture industry's level of interest in the development and deployment of driverless tractors, aerial surveying of farmlands, data collection, field management and other technology-based systems.The... more »

Hot sauce puts jalapeno grower on the hot list

Craig Underwood can't explain exactly why Huy Fong Foods' Sriracha Hot Sauce has exploded in popularity in the last few years, but he can always speculate. For one thing, consumers have developed a taste for... more »

Pumpkin and winter squash harvest and storage

Continuing dry conditions throughout the state are hastening the decline of pumpkin vines in many fields. This raises the question of when pumpkins should be cut from the vine, and how best to store them... more »

Dutch company offers asparagus weighing machine

Christiaens Agro Systems, a Dutch company, is offering a weighing machine for making asparagus packages.The machine consists of a line with a conveyor belt and a packaging apparatus. The line weighs every single spear and... more »

Mississippi grower awarded for on-farm activities

Mississippi vegetable grower Allen Eubanks was recently selected as his state's winner of the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year award. He was nominated by Patricia Knight of Mississippi State University's Coastal Research... more »

Ground truthing technology utilizes sensors to determine crop trends

Agriculture today has transformed into a high-tech enterprise that most 20th century farmers might barely recognize.Alex Thomasson, professor of biological and agricultural engineering at Texas A&M University, said it was only 100 years ago that... more »

Court rules Washington growers must pay for rest breaks

The Washington Supreme Court has ruled that piece-rate workers must be paid separately for their rest breaks, a decision that will have a significant impact on the way the state's growers pay their employees.Dan Fazio... more »

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