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Organic Agriculture Key to Feeding the World Sustainably

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Study analyzes 40 years of science against 4 areas of sustainability.

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Scientists Discover How Plants Tailor Growth to the Seasons

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Not Your Grandfather’s Cotton

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Cotton's genetic history is full of surprises. From transoceanic travels to inter-species cross-breedings, cotton’s story is one of plant and seed survival, adaptation, and human cultivation. What started as a naturally tough, unspinnable fiber has been transformed into something most folks adore for its soft, comforting feel.

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Risk of Lead Poisoning From Urban Gardening Is Low, New Study Finds

A new University of Washington study looked at potential risks associated with growing vegetables in urban gardens and determined that the benefits of locally produced vegetables in cities outweigh any risks from gardening in contaminated soils.

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Researchers Figure Out How Super-Hot Peppers Pack Their Punch

Researchers at NMSU’s Chile Pepper Institute have discovered that super-hot chile peppers, those with more than one million Scoville Heat Units, are built differently than other peppers.

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How Plant Science Can Grow Small Business

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UA mushroom experts are teaching a workshop on how to raise mushrooms — a highly lucrative crop.

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Brexit Could Place British Farming in Jeopardy Warns New Report

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The future of many UK farming businesses looks uncertain, according to a new report on the agricultural implications of leaving the EU written by a University of Warwick academic.

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“Green Industry” Generates Nearly $200 Billion; 2 Million Jobs Nationwide

The "Green Industry" has recovered from the recession. It includes sod, flowers, bedding plants, tropical foliage, trees and shrubs, among other types of plants as well as many businesses that provide services such as landscape design, installation and maintenance, plus firms -- such as lawn and garden stores -- for wholesale and retail distribution of horticultural products

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UF/IFAS Researchers Find Shallow Flooding Reduces a Major Rice Pest

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UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researcher Ron Cherry and his team discovered that shallow flooding of rice fields can help reduce rice water weevil populations during Florida’s growing season, between April and September. Previous studies of the effect of flood depth on the pest have been inconsistent.

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Florida Consumers Prefer “Fresh From Florida” Plants

UF/IFAS researchers say the main implication of their finding is that producers and retailers could take steps to improve consumer awareness of the promotional program, which in turn, would help to increase sales.

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Andean Bean: Small Bean for Sweet Dreams

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Andean beans (for example, red kidney beans) were overlooked by researchers because other beans were easier to breed. However, researchers took notice of the Andean bean. They recognized its potential to play a role in feeding the world.

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FAU's Harbor Branch, Aquaculture Without Frontiers Partner to Alleviate Poverty and Hunger

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The old proverbial saying, “Give a Man a Fish and You Feed Him for a Day. Teach a Man to Fish and You Feed Him for a Lifetime,” aptly describes the newly-formed partnership between FAU’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute and Aquaculture without Frontiers. They will work jointly to support and promote responsible and sustainable aquaculture farming to help enhance food security and alleviate poverty and malnutrition in developing and impoverished countries.

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Peanut Expert Reports Good Season Despite Excess Rainfall for New Mexico Growers

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While abundant rainfall helped peanut farmers in New Mexico through the growing season, it became too much of a good thing during the fall harvest as rains persisted. Peanut expert Naveen Puppala outlines the challenges and economic impact of the peanut crop.

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Mounting Evidence Suggests Early Agriculture Staved Off Global Cooling

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A new analysis of ice-core climate data, archeological evidence and ancient pollen samples strongly suggests that agriculture by humans 7,000 years ago likely slowed a natural cooling process of the global climate, playing a role in the relatively warmer climate we experience today.

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UF/IFAS Scientists Preserve the Endangered Ghost Orchid

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This rare orchid is unique for several reasons. First, it resembles a ghost when its white flower moves at night; hence, it is known as the Ghost Orchid. It is also leafless, and its roots attach to the bark of the host tree. About 2,000 ghost orchids remain in Florida, all the more reason to step up efforts to stabilize the current populations. Ghost orchids became more famous through a popular book, “Orchid Thief,” about a man arrested for stealing them from trees in a forest in Collier County, near the Everglades.

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Media Alert - Florida Agricultural Policy Outlook Conference Comes to Apopka on Thursday

More than 100 industry executives, association leaders, elected local and state policy makers, private and public sector economists, and other allied professionals are expected to attend

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Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame Adds 4 New Inductees on Feb. 9

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The inductees are Joe Joyce, Tom Braddock, Chip Hinton and Billy Kempfer

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UF/IFAS Study Shows 10-Day Weather Forecasts Can Increase Farmers’ Profits

Scientists now want to know how a real – meaning, imperfect – 10-day weather forecast will affect farmers’ decisions on when to plant and fertilize. They may apply their new findings on a fresh study that would predict crop yield based on 10-day forecasts in the United States.

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World Wheat Experts to Meet in Saskatoon, Canada in 2019

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Saskatoon, Canada will play host to the 2019 International Wheat Congress, where scientists will discuss advances in research and the future of wheat in helping avert a global food security crisis.

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Data-Driven Decisions on South Dakota Land

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Changes in how land is used are inevitable. Those that work the land are making decisions about what rangeland to make into cropland--and vice versa. When it comes to these land use changes, the smartest decisions are driven by data. To assist, researchers have developed a "measurement approach...above dispute" for gathering land use data.