Agriculture systems and technology

Support of Farmers Markets throughout the United States

The Center for Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Law School, Farmers Market Coalition, and Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT) launched an online Farmers Market Legal Toolkit.

Lemongrass Oil Being Used as a Natural Approach to Combat Harmful Bacteria on Goat Meat

The recent outbreak of Escherichia coli (E. coli) in romaine lettuce has become a multistate issue, with some cases reported in Georgia. To help prevent such illnesses, an antibacterial essential oil could be the solution to inactivating E. coli and other foodborne pathogens.

CRISPR Mushrooms Coming Soon

Plant pathologist Yinong Yang at Penn State University used the versatile gene-editing tool called CRISPR-Cas9 to design a button mushroom that resists browning and may have a longer shelf life.

Maine Forest Management

Over the last 20 years, Maine’s forests have become younger and less dense. As a result, forests are not providing the most climate benefits that they could through carbon sequestration and storage. However, more carbon could be stored over the next 100 years, according to new research from the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of New Hampshire (UNH).

Smaller Cattle for a Dry Landscape

Ranchers running beef cattle on dry and dusty landscapes should consider smaller cows to get the best out of their herd.

Beekeeping in Rural and Urban Areas of Ohio

Honey bees and other pollinators are vital for the local production of fruits and vegetables as well as locally produced honey. As urbanization continues, expanding the urban bee-keeping market may be the key to honeybee survival.

Wasp Used to Combat Stink Bugs

The brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is an invasive pest that continues to expand its range throughout the United States.

Let the Robot Carry (and Manage) the Bins

Preliminary conceptual development field trials by Washington State University indicate that the productivity of fruit picking could be improved by 50 percent by an intelligent bin-managing system supported by a robotic self-propelled fruit bin carrier.

Robots to Replace Conventional Yield Checks

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have created a camera-equipped vehicle that can detect fruit via automated image analysis.

Artificial Intelligence with Strawberries May Improve Food Quality and Safety While Minimizing Field Labor

Industry Vision Automation Corporation received Phase I and Phase II Small Business Innovation Research grants to design a system to remove the calyx (green leafy stem area) from strawberries processing and packaging. Currently this process is done manually with a knife.