Quarantine Effective at Preventing Spread of the Glassy-Winged Sharpshooter
The Glassy-winged sharpshooter (HOMALODISCA VITRIPENNIS) feeds on plants and can spread the disease- causing bacterium Xylella fastidiosa to a variety of commercially sold plants.
Market Match Means More Money, Healthful Food on the Table
Market Match offers a dollar-for-dollar match (up to, on average, $10) to shoppers who participate in SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
Capacity Funding Power
NIFA released a new report that measures the effectiveness of its investments to our nation’s land-grant universities — investments that benefit the American public through agriculture and food research, extension, and education projects.
Almonds, Wildflowers, Bees, Oh My!
Some almond growers have started planting wildflowers on the edges of managed fields as a way to help bees do their jobs in the face of pollinator pressures. There are, however concerns that the wildflowers may pull valuable pollination services away from the almond crops. New research reveals that almond growers can put this particular concern aside.
What Wild Bees Need
A new national assessment estimates that wild bees declined in 23 percent of the contiguous United States between 2008 and 2013. The team of Project ICP researchers, led by Insu Koh at the University of Vermont, found that the decline was generally associated with conversion of natural habitats to row crops. Areas of intense agriculture (e.g., the Midwest Corn Belt and the Central Valley of California) have among the lowest levels of predicted wild bee abundance.
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.