The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that it is seeking nominations of qualified watermelon producers and handlers for four seats on the National Watermelon Promotion Board. Secretary Sonny Perdue will appoint individuals to serve terms of office that will begin Jan.1, 2021, and end Dec. 31, 2023. This was reported on the USDA […]
65 years after its debut, the “Charleston Gray” watermelon is back in the spotlight. In a long-term study, a research team led by ARS geneticist Amnon Levi at the U.S. Vegetable Laboratory collaborated with scientists at the Boyce Thompson Institute to unlock the genome of “Charleston Gray.” Read the article from USDA
University of Georgia scientists are assisting in a study to find a cantaloupe variety with less netting on the rind in the hopes that the fruit will be less susceptible to the bacteria or pathogens that settle in the netting on the outside of the fruit. Read more about this USDA funded research on cantaloupes.
A group of fungi might fight a disease that’s dangerous to tomatoes and specialty crops. Using a $770,000, three-year grant from the USDA, Gary Vallad, associate professor of plant pathology, hopes to harness the advantages of fungi known as trichoderma to fight Fusarium wilt. We are focusing on tomato production Florida, Maryland and Pennsylvania,” he […]
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued a statement providing clarification on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) oversight of plants produced through innovative new breeding techniques which include techniques called genome editing. Read More at VSC news
Field days are educational events hosted by a producer or an educator and held on-farm or on-ranch. The events usually include demonstrations of specific management practices and equipment and/or highlight research methods and results. Source: Farmer Field Day Toolkit
The USDA publishes an annual risk management fact sheet that provides a general overview of the crop insurance program. Causes of loss can include plant disease. Fact sheets are available for Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Maryland and Delaware. Information includes details about program eligibility, important dates, reporting requirements, and more.
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced the appointment of 13 individuals to serve on the National Watermelon Promotion Board. Read the announcement from the USDA here. More information about the board is available on the National Watermelon Promotion Board page on the USDA-AMS website and the National Watermelon Promotion Board website.