Agriculture systems and technology

Managing Utah’s Pest Problem

Utah State University Extension includes entomologists and plant pathologists who serve the communities by addressing various plant and pest issues. The Utah Plant Pest Diagnostic Lab (UPPDL) serves on the Utah School Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Coalition and provides IPM training to public health employees and public, private, and charter school faculty and staff.

Family Tree of Forestry

A recent Pennsylvania State University project looked at the issue of intergenerational land transfer to help land-owning families preserve forests and address other challenges, such as invasive species.

Citrus Greening and Florida

University of Florida (UF) researchers are a step closer to finding a treatment for a disease called Huanglongbing (HLB), or citrus greening, which has decimated citrus trees in the state.

Farm Ditch is Home, Sweet Home, to Tiny Aquatic Species

Seasonal agricultural streams and flooded ditches, remnants of when the Willamette Valley was one big wetland, are full of aquatic life. Scientists at Oregon State University (OSU) ventured into farmers’ flooded fields in southern Williamette Valley and discovered that this biodiversity persists.

Pigweed is No Match for DNA Testing

The typical testing method of testing seed lots (batches of seeds) involves growing a sample of seeds until the plants are large enough to be identified, but this is a slow and potentially unreliable process. Researchers developed a way around these issues, identifying Palmer amaranth DNA from within a mixed sample without having to grow the plants.

May the Forest Be With You

Whole Trees, LLC, of Madison, Wisconsin, uses trees as turn-key structural systems in commercial and residential building construction. The Whole Trees team has developed a process that allows them to cost-effectively grade, engineer, and manufacture the small trees removed from routine forest thinning.

60,000 Have Been Impacted by Beginning Farmer Programs

A new report, "Cultivating the Next Generation," examines the impact of USDA’s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP), the only federal program explicitly dedicated to training the next generation of farmers.

Improving Ethylene Inhibitors to Increase Shelf Life

Hazel Technologies, in Skokie, Illinois, is taking industrial-level application of ethylene inhibitors and downsizing it to a continuous application method at the box level.

Impacts of Stress on Animal Welfare and Performance

Environmental and management conditions can stress livestock and impair their health.

Water Saving Measures for California

Ceres offers a unique, proprietary product to measure chlorophyll content and its guidance for growers is also unique. Ceres has teamed up with the University of California Cooperative Extension to conduct several studies, including a trial for the Almond Board of California that measured the response of nuts to different rates of watering.