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New advisors, specialists join University of California Cooperative Extension

Eight academics joined the ranks of UC Cooperative Extension advisors, specialists and an academic coordinator over the last few months. The new academics are: Kamyar Aram UCCE specialty crops advisor Contra Costa County Kamyar Aram joined UC AN... more


Mexico-US tomato agreement welcomed by both sides

Grower groups on both sides of the border welcomed a new agreement suspending an investigation of Mexican-grown fresh tomatoes imports to the U.S. market. On Sept. 19 U.S. Department of Commerce finalized an agreement with Mexican tomato growers t... more


H2-A advertising, recruitment process modernized by DOL changes

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) has issued a Final Rule aimed at helping Americans find open agricultural jobs by modernizing the labor market test for H-2A temporary agricultural labor dcertification i... more


Abundant pollen, diversity found in pollinator-dependent crops

A new study provides valuable insights into pollen abundance and diversity available to honeybee colonies employed in five major pollinator-dependent crops in Oregon and California, including California’s massive almond industry. The study, a co... more


Hand-held technology allows farmers to identify plant diseases in the field

Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed portable technology that allows farmers to identify plant diseases in the field. The handheld device, which is plugged into a smartphone, works by sampling the airborne volatile organic co... more


On call with North Carolina veggie doc Lina Quesada-Ocampo

From a holiday sweet potato emergency to persistent cucumber pathogens, North Carolina State’s Lina Quesada-Ocampo is on call and on the front lines with county Extension agents in helping vegetable growers deal with devastating plant diseases. ... more


Clemson researchers armed to combat guava root-knot nematodes

Clemson University researchers, led by nematologist Paula Agudelo, are armed with close to $7 million to design protocols for managing invasive guava root-knot nematodes. The funding comes from the United States Department of Agricultu... more



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