Entries tagged with: Research

PEI industry launches agronomy intiative

The Prince Edward Island Potato Board, Cavendish Farms, and the PEI Department of Agriculture and Fisheries have partnered to create the Enhanced Agronomy Initiative. This Initiative has a goal of improving marketable yields of processing potatoes and profitability of potato growers in PEI while also improving environmental sustainability of the industry. To meet these goals, three working groups have been established, with membership of both farmers and industry resource personnel. These working groups will be looking at priorities in…  » Read more

Collaborative report on ag research released

A collaborative report, "Retaking the Field: The Case for a Surge in Agricultural Research," from 13 partnering universities and the Supporters of Agricultural Research (SoAR) Foundation is now available online. The report provides a case to policymakers and the public for increased federal agricultural research funding by highlighting recent advances and exploring the potential of agriculture and food sciences, SoAR said. The report includes examples of research on production, health, food safety, and knowledge transfer from: Cornell…  » Read more

UK laboratory prepares for GM potato trials

The Sainsbury Laborartory (TSL), located in Norwich, U.K., is preparing for trials of genetically modified potatoes. The goal of the project is to develop a Maris Piper potato that is blight-resistant, bruises less and produces less acrylamide, the Eastern Daily Press reports. The research team behind the project hopes to begin testing plants in the field in 2017. Here's more from the Eastern Daily Press: A previous field trial in 2011/12 found that a single gene…  » Read more

Potato cyst nematode’s ‘toolkit’ revealed

Parasitic nematode worms are the `hidden enemy’ of farmers world-wide, causing billions of pounds worth of crop damage every year. Now an international research collaboration led by the University of Dundee and the James Hutton Institute (JHI) has detailed the genome sequence and inner workings of the yellow potato cyst nematode (PCN), giving scientists new insights into how it can be stopped. “This is an exciting discovery which reveals the potato cyst nematode’s ‘parasitism toolkit’,” said Sebastian Eves-van…  » Read more

More than $14.5 million for plant research

USDA has awarded more than $14.5 million in grants to support research into plant health, production and resilience. These grants were made through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Foundational program, authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill and administered by USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The grants were awarded through AFRI's Plant Health and Production and Plant Products (PHPPP) area, which supports basic and applied research in the following areas: understanding plant-associated microorganisms and…  » Read more

Potato storage research advances

Researchers in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Wisconsin, Madison conduct potato storage research to assess new varieties.  Variety-specific best practices are developed at the UW, Madison Hancock Agricultural Research Station, said Troy Fishler, storage facility manager. Fishler sat down with University of Wisconsin Extension's Sevie Kenyon to discuss research used to determine best practices in storing potatoes. A full transcript is provided below. For audio, view the interview on the University of Wisconsin…  » Read more

$130 million available for foundational ag research

The USDA is making $130 million in funding available for research, education, and extension projects to support sustainable, productive and economically viable plant and animal production systems, including certified organic production. This funding is available through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Foundational Program, authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill and administered by USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). This funding is offered through the AFRI Foundational Program, which funds projects that continue building a foundation…  » Read more

PMN webinar discusses statistics in research

Plant Management Network is offering a new webinar on the significance of using statistics in agricultural research. The webinar is available through May 31. Jeff Miller, president and CEO of Miller Research in Rupert, Idaho, narrates the 34-minute presentation.  The webinar will also explain how information is used in relation to making claims about performance of products used in crop production.  Examples will be given on how data are collected from small plot and large-scale…  » Read more

Potato D.C. Fly-In postmortem

Between Feb. 22 and Feb. 25, the National Potato Council (NPC) hosted the 2016 Potato D.C. Fly-In. More than 130 U.S. potato growers and industry partners came to Washington, D.C., to advocate for the industry’s most pressing federal policy priorities. Growers blanketed Capitol Hill and met with federal regulators at USDA and EPA. During their visits, growers urged Congress and agency officials to address key industry issues, including the Potato Research Special Grant, Trans-Pacific Partnership…  » Read more

New research hub set for West Suffolk

The Eastern Agri-Tech Growth Initiative in the U.K. is funding a new Regional Research & Demonstration Hub in West Suffolk.  The hub will be located at Elveden Farms, and will established as a Strategic Potato (SPot) Farm. Here's more from the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership: The project, coordinated and co-funded by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board’s Potatoes Division (AHDB Potatoes), has been awarded £109,273. The site will promote improved business and agricultural productivity and…  » Read more

USDA to fund nanotechnology research

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced an investment of more than $5.2 million to support nanotechnology research at 11 universities. The universities will research ways nanotechnology can be used to improve food safety, enhance renewable fuels, increase crop yields, manage agricultural pests, and more. The awards were made through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), a competitive, peer-reviewed grants program for fundamental and applied agricultural sciences. Universities receiving funding include: Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama Connecticut…  » Read more

Western Growers donates $1M to produce safety research

Western Growers (WG) announced it's $1 million donation to the Center for Produce Safety (CPS) to advance food safety research and develop ready-to-use solutions to improve the safety of fresh produce globally. WG’s contribution puts CPS over the $10 million mark for their Campaign for Produce Safety, which aims to raise $20 million by 2020 to fund critically needed, actionable food safety research.  “With nearly a decade of cooperation and collaboration between our two organizations, we are honored to help…  » Read more

USDA grants $3 million for robotics research

The USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has announced $3 million in grants to advance the use of co-robots that benefit and assist stakeholders in America’s production agriculture field. These three grants are part of the National Robotics Initiative (NRI), a federal research partnership that includes NIFA, the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Department of Defense, and Department of Energy. The goal of the NRI is to accelerate the development and use of robots in the U.S. that…  » Read more

Major study on genetically-engineered crops almost complete

Conclusions from a soon-to-be completed study from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine addressing genetically engineered crops will be published in the spring of 2016.  A 20-person, multidisciplinary scientific panel has spent nearly two years gathering and analyzing information. Carol Mallory-Smith, a past president of the Weed Science Society of America from Oregon State University, is serving on the panel.  The group’s upcoming report will explore a wide variety of agronomic, environmental, health and…  » Read more

Registration open for free webinar on nutrient management

Spudman magazine is sponsoring a free webinar, "Protecting Current and Future Profitability with Responsible Nutrient Management," on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 2 p.m. (EST).   Duane "Sarge" Preston, professor emeritus and retired Extension educator-potatoes with the University of Minnesota, Alan Parkinson, field agronomy manager at Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers (ACLF), and Dr. Brian Levene, specialty crop research manager at ACLF, will discuss various aspects of responsible nutrient management for potatoes. Learn about the history of Agro-Culture Liquid…  » Read more