DuPont and Purdue Host Plant Science Symposium

Kelly Marshall

Purdue University and DuPont Pioneer are teaming up to host the first Purdue Plant Science Symposium.  This event is part of a series co-sponsored by DuPont and various university around the globe.  The program was designed to improve collaboration and problem-solving between universities, government organizations, and agriculture.  The symposium at Purdue will be held on August 4, from 8 a.m. …

Ag Group, Dupont Pioneer, Events, University

Dukes Honored with John Deere Gold Medal Award

Kelly Marshall

Michael Dukes has been honored with the 2016 John Deere Gold Medal award. Dukes is the director of the Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.  He has received national recognition for his expertise in irrigation and water conservation.  The award is given by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological …

Award, Research, Soil, University

Arizona Installs Revolutionary Robotics System

Lizzy Schultz

The University of Arizona Maricopa Agricultural Center has installed a revolutionary new agricultural robotics system has been installed on 1.5 acres of cultivated land as part of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) Transportation Energy Resources from Renewable Agriculture (TERRA) program. The ARPA-E TERRA program works to facilitate the improvement of advanced biofuel crops, specifically energy sorghum. The scanalyzer that …

Ag Group, computers, Data, Robot, University

USDA Awards $16.5 Million in Research Grants

Lizzy Schultz

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded $16.5 million in research grants to universities that are pursuing methods of boosting agriculture productivity and ensuring food security in the face of pests, diseases, and a changing climate. USDA is also seeking applications for the next round of projects, which will focus on pollinator health and plant and animal phenomics. The …

Ag Group, Food, Research, University, USDA

Cutting Edge CropClimate Platform Launched

Taylor Truckey

CropClimate, a state-of-the-art platform that uses cutting edge technology in climate-, soil- and crop-modeling is able to link the effects of environmental conditions, weather and crop yield history and field management to develop more resilient crop production systems. The platform has the ability to transform trillions of model realizations into a simple website platform that will help farmers reduce risk …

Agribusiness, agronomy, climate, Corn, Crop Protection, environment, University

Record Student Poster Presentations at #ASTACSS

Cindy Zimmerman

The American Seed Trade Association has stepped up its efforts to “Seed the Future” with a new generation of seed industry professionals, which resulted in a record number of students participating in the ASTA CSS 2015 and Seed Expo last week. “We designed the entire Thursday program this year to be a one day event for student track…and it just …

ASTA, Education, Research, seed, University

USDA Gives $3 Mil in Critical Ag Production Research Grants

John Davis

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is giving $3 million in grants to address critical issues affecting agriculturally-important plants and animals. This news release from the agency’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) says the science developed from these grants will provide timely assistance and have an immediate impact for the agriculture community. The awards were made under the …

Research, University, USDA

Peanut Research Future Includes Georgia Tech

Cindy Zimmerman

Georgia Tech is new to the peanut research world but Doug Britton who manages the Agricultural Research Program at the university believes they are bringing a new perspective and expertise to the table. “Georgia Tech has a great engineering and science faculty,” said Britton. “A lot of things that we develop are in manufacturing or other aspects of engineering and …

Audio, Peanuts, Research, UAV, University

Michigan State Wins IFAMA Global Student Case Competition

John Davis

Students at Michigan State University have taken first place in a competition to demonstrate analytical and problem solving skills. This article from the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA), a nonprofit of industry, students, academics, government leaders and other key stakeholders across the value chain of food production and consumption, says the school’s Tatevik Avetisyan, Kendra Levine, Andrea Leschewski, …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, University

Cornell Proves Honeybee Hives May Be Unnecessary

Kelly Marshall

Researchers from the Cornell Horticlutrue Section of the School of Intergrative Plant Science and the Department of Entomology have experimented with a rather surprising subject. The Cornell orchards in Ithaca are producing crisp apples– all without the aid of commercial hives of honeybees. “This is a food security issue,” said entomology professor Bryan Danforth. “We need to know if growers …

Fruit, Honeybees, Research, University