4R Research Fund Awards Over $500,000 to Patrick Brown to Study Impact of 4R Practices in the Field

The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) announced that the Foundation for Agronomic Research, which administers projects for the 4R Research Fund, has awarded nearly $2.7 million in grants to five universities to conduct field research and demonstration projects that evaluate and promote the economic, social, and environmental outcomes of 4R Nutrient Stewardship. The 4R Nutrient Stewardship concept…

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Processing Tomato Production (video #3 of 26)

Processing tomato production in California is a major success story with wide-ranging advances in production technologies that have been achieved through innovation in genetics, management, and mechanization during the past century. Advances such as the development of hybrid tomato varieties suitable for mechanical harvest and with uniform ripening, the mechanical harvester, and the widespread introduction…

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Urban Agriculture — Video #1 in Series of 26 Vegetable Production Videos

Urban agriculture is proliferating across the state of California on both public and private lands, taking the form of school, community, church and backyard gardens, vertical and rooftop farms, for-profit and non-profit enterprises, as well as a whole suite of other food production methods. These urban farms are transforming the landscape of food production, helping…

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New Video Series to Spark Interest in Vegetable Production of the Future

A 26-episode weekly video series will debut Monday, May 13, 2019, on YouTube to help train the next generation of vegetable crop workers and increase their use of effective stewardship practices in vegetable production. Projections for near-future retirements of people working in California’s agricultural production, marketing and postharvest handling sectors indicate severe re-staffing needs in the coming…

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Avocados May Find a Place in Northern California Orchards to Meet Growing Consumer Demand

The good news for Sacramento Valley growers considering avocados is that U.S. consumption has mushroomed to nearly 2.5 billion pounds a year, and doubling every decade, as this versatile fruit has been discovered as a delicious, heart-healthy source of cholesterol-free fat. The sobering news, however, is that though the trees produce an impressive abundance of…

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Investing in 101 Futures: UC Davis Seed Biotechnology Center Partnership with African Orphan Crops Consortium Prepares Underutilized Crops for Success

Crops like corn and rice have relished in research on breeding crop varieties for high yield and disease resistance. Traditional African crops, such as spider plant, finger millet, bambara groundnut or allanblackia, remain highly nutritious in a limited set of varieties but inaccessible. They are “orphaned” into low yielding varieties and limited markets. The UC…

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