Michigan Tech looks to convert tobacco fields to solar farms

· February 6, 2018

Two Michigan Technological University researchers say converting tobacco fields to solar farms could profitably serve two purposes: Reduce preventable deaths and meet the growing need for solar energy to combat climate change. Ram Krishnan, now an engineer designing large solar systems in the rapidly expanding U.S. solar industry, and Joshua Pearce, professor of materials science […]

North Carolina tobacco growers diversify with stevia

· December 5, 2017

For North Carolina farmers looking to get out of tobacco, stevia cultivation may be an option. PureCircle, the world’s leading producer and innovator of great-tasting stevia sweeteners for the global beverage and food industries, is launching a new stevia farming program that will provide economic opportunities for tobacco farmers looking for a sustainable crop which […]

Virginia farmer is 2017 Sunbelt Expo Farmer of the Year

· October 19, 2017

A first generation Virginia farmer who grows tobacco and raises beef cattle and pullet breeder chickens has been selected as the overall winner of the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year award for 2017. As an eighth grade student in an agriculture class, Robert Mills, Jr. decided to become a farmer. As soon […]

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Shark Farmer podcasts with Greg Manning

· July 28, 2017

First Shark Farmer chats with Greg Manning, a North Carolina farmer about growing tobacco and getting married. Then stay tuned as Rachael Spangelo gives a quick update on the wildfires. Please follow Rob, Greg and Rachael on Twitter!

Insights into how plant roots react to specific pathogens

· July 26, 2016

As hard as we fight against plant pathogens, we have to be aware that those pathogens are doing what they can to fight us. One such microbe, Ralstonia solanacearum, enters roots through wounds or natural openings and chokes off the water-transport system of a plant. The result is that the plant — commonly tobacco, tomatoes, and […]

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