Specialty crops

Summer sweetness: Getting the best shelf life of stone fruit

· July 27, 2018

Aw summer … the one time of the year where we can sink our teeth into some delicious, juicy stone fruit. Whether you prefer munching on cherries or biting into peaches and plums, stone fruit are absolutely delicious when they are consumed at their peak of ripeness. Unfortunately, that window of opportunity is quite short […]

USDA tackles food safety with $7M specialty crop funding

· April 30, 2018

The USDA has announced the funding of $7 million to support 11 projects in six states to develop solutions to challenges affecting the specialty crop industries that cross state boundaries. The awards are managed through the Specialty Crop Multi-State Program (SCMP) administered by the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). “The best way to tackle many of […]

Could robotic weeders replace hand-weeding someday?

· January 11, 2018

Robotic weeders come to a farm near you in the future? Maybe. The growing popularity of robotic weeders for specialty crops has grown partly out of necessity, says Steven Fennimore, an extension specialist at the University of California, Davis. The need for robotic weeders stems from two issues. One is a lack of herbicides available […]

$35 million in funding injected into specialty crop research

· August 28, 2017

Twelve new grants totaling $35 million for science-based solutions and new technology for the specialty crop industry are being doled out by the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Specialty crops are defined as fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, and horticulture and nursery crops, including floriculture, and the money has been authorized from the […]

House Ag Subcommittee reviews Farm Bill specialty crops

· March 10, 2017

In preparation for the next Farm Bill, a House Agriculture Subcommittee took a second look at specialty crop production assistance. Rep. Rodney Davis (IL-13), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research, held a hearing Thursday to evaluate the effectiveness of the 2014 Farm Bill programs aimed at benefiting specialty crop […]

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