california coffee

Coffee Grown in California

Dan Specialty Crops, This Land of Ours

There is a new crop in town. Cathy Isom informs us about the unique way farmers are growing coffee in California. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Coffee Grown in California California-grown coffee? You heard that right. The Golden State is famous for its strawberries, avocados, grapes, raisins, dates, apples, citrus and so much more. But now, it seems, …

California Cherries Poised for Record Year

Brian German Specialty Crops, Weather

Cherry harvest in California is just about wrapped up and growers are excited to make up for the previous years of disappointing returns.  The official estimate was 8.5 million boxes but Executive Director for California Cherry Board, Chris Zanobini noted they are already closer to 9 million boxes. The 2016 harvest of only 5.17 million boxes was the most successful …

hemp research

Organic Research Institution Launches Industrial Hemp Research Project

Dan Education, Industry News Release, Soil, Specialty Crops

The Rodale Institute has started a new industrial hemp research project focused on examining the crop’s role in soil health and regenerative organic agriculture. Proclaimed as the nation’s leading organic farming research institution, Rodale is overseeing one of 16 pilot projects to grow industrial hemp in Pennsylvania, the first legal cultivation of the crop in the state in 80 years. …

pest diseases funding

Funding to Support Specialty Crop Pest Management

Dan Industry News Release, Specialty Crops 51 Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced $11 million in available funding through the Minor Crop Pest Management Program (also known as Interregional Research Project or IR-4). “The IR-4 funding allows NIFA to ensure that new, robust crop protection products are created,” said NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy. “These investments will lead to improved …

farm policy

Subcommittee Evaluates Effectiveness of Specialty Crop Production Programs

Dan Industry News Release, Specialty Crops 50 Comments

Rep. Rodney Davis (IL-13), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research, held a hearing to evaluate the effectiveness of the 2014 Farm Bill programs aimed at benefiting specialty crop production. Members heard from a panel of witnesses who highlighted the various programs available for specialty crops ranging from promotion programs and crop insurance to trade …

USDA Seeks Nominees for the National Watermelon Promotion Board

Dan Industry News Release, Specialty Crops 46 Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking nominations to fill 13 seats on the National Watermelon Promotion Board. The board is seeking nominees for two producer member seats and two handler member seats in District One. It is also seeking nominees for one public member seat and eight importer member seats. Selected representatives will serve three-year terms.

spinach

Making Spinach with Low Oxalate Levels

Dan Industry News Release, Specialty Crops 51 Comments

by Sharon Durham, Agricultural Research Service Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists identified 8 spinach varieties that have low oxalate levels, which is sometimes linked to better health. Oxalic acid, or “oxalate,” is a naturally occurring plant chemical and in the human diet it’s been linked to kidney stone formation. It also can react with calcium, iron, and other minerals to …

Funding for Potato Breeding Research

Dan Industry News Release, Specialty Crops 53 Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced the availability of $1.85 million in funding for regional potato breeding research to support the development of superior-performing varieties that can be brought to market as soon as possible. The United States is one of the top potato producers worldwide, and industry sales estimates topped $3.6 billion in …

Almond Orchard of the Future Fuels Industry Growth

Taylor Hillman AgNeTVideo, Specialty Crops, Tree, nut & vine crops 275 Comments

Almond Board of California President and CEO Richard Waycott went into detail about the state of the industry presentation at this year’s Almond Conference. The industry is seeing growth among challenging times, and Waycott said focusing on the almond orchard of the future is spurring innovation and fueling that gain.