It’s late in the growing season at North Carolina State's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ Castle Hayne Research Station as blueberry breeder Maggie Schaber walks the rows, plucking the occasional berry and popping it into her mouth....More
The truck driver, a lovely Haitian lady, smiled and waved. I took her picture and she smiled and waved some more. But some of the fieldworkers made it clear they didn’t want their pictures taken. And that was OK, too....More
The 2014-2015 Florida orange crop is estimated to be 96.4 million boxes, according to a May 12 report by USDA. This is 5.6 million boxes less than estimates earlier this year and 8 million boxes less than last year’s production....More
Gardenhour Orchards, which encompasses 105 acres within the Chesapeake Bay watershed, is the 100th Maryland farm to receive the Farm Stewardship Certification and Assessment Program certificate and sign from the Maryland Association of Soil Conservation Districts....More
To get a better idea of what blueberries endure as they tumble through a packing line, Charlie Li developed the Berry Impact Recording Device, or BIRD. An embedded electronic chip records all the bumps and bruises as the device rattles along with the berries.
Justin Shealey poked holes, sampled gas and got muddy all in an effort to help the vegetable growers in his area not lose tens of thousands of dollars and time by accidentally killing their spring transplants.
Encouraging younger generations of farmers to get involved in the produce industry can be a daunting task, but the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association executive board members decided it was a necessary one for the association’s operations in 2015....More
Citrus greening causes leaves to store high levels of starch that can rotate the direction of reflected light from its original orientation. Florida scientists used this to develop a sensor to find the disease early in orchards....More
What was formerly known as the Georgia Good Agricultural Practices Food Safety Program, or GA GAPP, has been rebranded as Produce Food Safety Services to more clearly state the program’s mission and primary purpose....More
The Environmental Protection Agency in 2009 began to phase in new regulations for soil fumigant applications. Fumigant labels were introduced requiring stricter safety measures, including buffer zones around fields....More
Currently, more than 60,000 landowners representing 4 million acres are enrolled in U.S. conservation programs. The newly created USDA Regional Conservation Partnership Program looks to accelerate that amount in the coming years....More