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10/31/2014 - IrriExpress Irrigation Design Software

Senninger Irrigation has introduced IrriExpress, the latest in irrigation design software. It provides users with a simple and intuitive workflow for designing comprehensive irrigation projects using pivots, laterals and drip lines. The program uses Google Maps to gather the topography data of a specified location and let users add pipes, pivots and other components over the highlighted area using...


10/31/2014 - High Mowing Organic Seeds Offers Nation's First Full Line of Non-GMO Project Verified Seeds

High Mowing Organic Seeds announced that its entire line of seeds, all certified organic, has now been verified by the Non-GMO Project, an independent nonprofit committed to preserving and building the non-GMO food supply. High Mowing now offers the first full line of organic, Non-GMO Project Verified seeds for farmers and gardeners. "This is an unprecedented achievement," said High Mowing...


10/30/2014 - New Educational Resource From the NC Strawberry Association

The North Carolina Strawberry Association is pleased to announce its new North Carolina Strawberry Investigations (NCSI) curriculum for grades K-5. NCSI is a set of lesson plans for grades K-5, with five to seven lessons for each grade, each of them organized around the current curriculum standards for science, social studies, math and language arts. The NCSI lessons may be done as a full-year...


10/29/2014 - Verdesian Life Sciences Increases Sales Staff

In continuing efforts to remain customer-centric, Verdesian Life Sciences, LLC is expanding its sales staff. The new account managers will drive sales growth and support relationships with key customers in the plant nutrition and seed treatment and inoculants product categories. "As we continue to grow and attract new talent, we strive to keep the focus on our customers," said Greg Thompson, chief...


10/28/2014 - RedLine Solutions Releases "Produce Traceability For Dummies"

RedLine Solutions, the leader in produce traceability and inventory solutions, announced the release of "Produce Traceability For Dummies," the essential guide to understanding produce traceability for grower-shippers. "We worked with Wiley Publishing because of the accessible style of the Dummies books. This book is meant to be a quick read to gain an understanding of produce traceability...


10/27/2014 - UF/IFAS Receives Part of $4.5 Million in USDA Grants for Specialty Crops

The University of Florida is partnering with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the United States Department of Agriculture on two dozen projects to strengthen markets for specialty crops in the state. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services called for project proposals, reviewed them and awarded more than $4.57 million in grants from the USDA....


10/24/2014 - Center Receives $38K Organic Apple Research Grant

The Alson H. Smith Jr. Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Winchester was recently awarded a two-year, $38,000 grant by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Sciences as part of the department's specialty crop block program. Assistant professor of horticulture Gregory Peck said this is the first time the extension center has received the grant to do this type of research. "The...


10/23/2014 - UF/IFAS-Created Strawberry Monitoring System Set to Expand

A strawberry monitoring system that will soon expand to South Carolina is one of many reasons a University of Florida faculty member has won the Lee M. Hutchins Award from the American Phytopathological Society (APS). The Hutchins award goes to the author or authors of significant published research on basic or applied aspects of diseases of perennial fruit plants, according to the society's website....


10/22/2014 - Weed Scientists Uproot Common "Superweed" Myths

The Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) issued a new fact sheet to uproot common misconceptions about "superweeds" -- a catchall term used by many to describe weeds resistant to herbicides. The paper explores the truth behind two widespread fallacies. Fallacy 1: Superweeds are a product of rampant gene transfer from genetically modified field crops. The truth: WSSA scientists say gene transfer...


10/21/2014 - CropLife America Elects Board Leadership and Honors Award Recipients

During its annual meeting at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado, CropLife America (CLA) announced annual election results. "The CLA board of directors offers immeasurable leadership and guidance, and we thank them for their time and dedication to serving in this role," said Jay Vroom, president and CEO of CLA. "The board holds a strong commitment to advancing modern agriculture, and this...


10/20/2014 - T-L Irrigation Introduces Precision Mobile Drip Irrigation

With an eye toward helping farmers deal with water shortages and pumping restrictions, T-L Irrigation Co.is teaming with Netafim, Inc., a world leader in drip irrigation products, in introducing a new version of T-L's unique PMDI (Precision Mobile Drip Irrigation) system. According to Dave Thom, vice president of sales at T-L, the PMDI technology combines the benefits of T-L's hydrostatically...


10/19/2014 - USDA Specialty Crop Block Grants Create New Economic Opportunities and Grow Markets for Local Producers

Agriculture Commissioner Walter Whitcomb announced that Maine is partnering with the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program to invest $602,678.57 to support Maine specialty crop producers. Maine will conduct 10 initiatives to increase the competitiveness of Maine specialty crops by enhancing and strengthening markets for specialty crops such as potatoes, wild blueberries, maple syrup, and other fruits...


10/18/2014 - Navazio Joins Johnny's Selected Seeds

Johnny's Selected Seeds welcomed Dr. John Navazio, veteran plant breeder, agroecologist, author and organic seed production specialist, as manager of its plant breeding program. Navazio is a natural fit for Johnny's, renowned for its prodigious introduction of traditionally bred, award-winning new crop varieties to direct-market growers and avid home gardeners. Navazio, who holds a Ph.D. in plant...


10/17/2014 - Syngenta Supports the Future of Plant Breeding with Breeding Academy, University Partnerships

As growers decide which hybrids and varieties they will select for the 2015 season, plant breeders continue to refine and improve the science behind the seed. Rapid developments in genomics, analytics and other technologies currently under way are increasing the need for not only breeders, but molecular biologists, computer scientists and numerous other specialists working together to bring advanced...


10/16/2014 - Gowan Announces EPA Registration of Captiva

Gowan Co., LLC announced that its Captiva, a natural repellent bio-insecticide, has received federal registration from the EPA. Captiva controls thrips and spider mites and will be sold into a wide variety of specialty crop segments. This registration represents a significant milestone, as Captiva is the first product from Gowan's distribution partnership pipeline with Ecoflora Agro to receive...


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