Entries tagged with: Research

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

Compensation report profiles pay of produce employees

Executives saw a 2.9 percent increase in salary for the current fiscal year, according to the 2013 Produce Industry Compensation and Benefits Report compiled by the United Fresh Produce Association. The 130-page research report presents data collected earlier this year through a confidential survey of produce industry companies. The report is designed to assist produce industry employers in understanding critical compensation benchmarks. The 2013 report, which measures employee compensation and benefit data for more than…  » Read more

Report summarizes latest food industry research

A new report released by Produce Marketing Association (PMA) and Western Growers aims to help produce industry members understand the latest food safety research and how to apply key findings to their day-to-day operations. The report summarizes and interprets research presented at the third annual Center for Produce Safety (CPS) Research Symposium held June 27, 2012, at the University of California, Davis, Calif. Covered in the report are results from 18 CPS-funded projects in four…  » Read more

Prediction: Vegetables to take spotlight in 2013

Foodservice research and consulting firm Technomic has assembled 10 food trends that may significantly impact the restaurant industry in 2013. These expert insights are based on site visits evaluating the restaurant scene in cities across the country as well as interviews and surveys of operators, chefs and consumers, backed up by qualitative data from its Digital Resource Library and quantitative data from its MenuMonitor database. At the top of the list: vegetables take their star…  » Read more
CPS announces produce research awards

CPS announces produce research awards

The Center for Produce Safety (CPS) at the University of California Davis has awarded 10 new grants for research aimed at food safety practices for fresh produce. The objective is to provide the produce industry with practical, useable research data that can be used at all levels of the supply chain for fruit, vegetable and tree nut production, harvest and post-harvest handling. The CPS Technical Committee in charge of making the awards reviewed 50 proposals.…  » 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
FDA awards contract for technology to speed identification of pathogens on produce

FDA awards contract for technology to speed identification of pathogens on produce

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has awarded Illumina, Inc. of San Diego, Calif., a five-year $17 million contract to develop technology that will provide faster identification of pathogens on produce. Illumina will provide its MiSeq sequencing systems and reagents for conducting whole genome analysis on produce and produce-related environmental salmonella and shigatoxigenic E. coli isolates. FDA currently employs several MiSeq systems  and is building its capacity to provide resources and training to enhance whole…  » Read more