The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has given an award of $1,123,463 to the University of California, Davis to develop “relatively small, inexpensive robots” to aid in harvesting strawberries.

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US (GA): High tunnels are hitting the mark for farmers who sell their produce at the Athens Farmers Market. In the past, the market operated once a week on Saturday mornings between April and October. But now, because some northeast Georgia growers are using the tunnels to extend their growing seasons, the market is open twice a week, from April until mid-December—a full eight months! 

, posted in Grow
Tuesday, 26 February 2013 09:41

Pakistan: PARC focuses on watershed management

Technologytimes- Chairman PARC Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad has said that various irrigation and watershed management technologies have been developed and are being tested to meet future challenges.

, posted in Technology

By Tom Oder

Contrary to common belief, most bugs are harmless. Here's how to tell the good guys from the bad guys and organic control solutions if you decide you have a problem.

If you’re the squeamish type, take a deep breath and think of the things that creep, crawl, slither, slide and flit among the plants in your garden as your friends.
“I have read that most insects are helpful or benign, as much as 90 percent of them,” Colleen Golden, senior horticulturist at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, said recently. “It may seem that many more than 10 percent of the insects out there are pests, but I think that is because we’re looking for them and also attracting them by growing plants they enjoy eating. Also, many of them are small and inconspicuous, so an untrained eye would have a hard time noticing them.”

, posted in Science

Now that Philips’ LED range has been certified for the American market a number of projects have immediately been started. One of them is taking place at Purdue University in the United States, to investigate the effects of LEDs during floriculture young plant (plug) production.

Purdue started in 2010 with a four-year United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Specialty Crops Research Initiative grant to improve and evaluate LED lighting for greenhouse use. The project is titled "Developing LED Lighting Technology and Practices for Sustainable Specialty-Crop Production."

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The USDA's animal and plant health inspection service has released a new application for iPhones and iPads, called Save Our Citrus. The app is designed to make it easier to identify and report the four most significant diseases to affect citrus production - citrus greening, citrus canker, citrus black spot and sweet orange scab.   

In just a few steps, the Save Our Citrus app, available in English and Spanish, allows individuals to report their symptoms, upload a photo and receive an individual response back from citrus experts specific to the four leading citrus diseases.

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By Dr. Adnan Younis, IHS, University of Agriculture Faisalabad Pakistan

Gladioli are herbaceous perennials with long, sword-like leaves and tall spikes of showy, colorful flowers. Numerous cultivars have been bred with extended vase life, floral novelty, or extended flowering periods. Recent focus has included transformation for potential creation of a genetically modified organism (GMO) cultivar. Most of the Gladiolus spp. are originally from South Africa, although they are widely distributed to as far north as Russia and into the Mediterranean. Winter-hardy species from Russia include G. imbricatus and G. palustris. It has been reported that several species are adaptable to cultivation. Modern G. hybrids are derived from S. African species. Modern gladioli are primarily grown as summer-growing cut flowers and tender annuals.

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By Anthony Gucciardi, Contributor of Natural News 

NaturalNews: Biotech giant Monsanto has been genetically modifying the world's food supply and subsequently breeding environmental devastation for years, but leaked documents now reveal that Monsanto has also deeply infiltrated the United States government. With leaked reports revealing how U.S. diplomats are actually working for Monsanto to push their agenda along with other key government officials, Monsanto's grasp on international politics has never been clearer.

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The News: Pakistan’s kinnow export target of 300 million tons for this year seems difficult to achieve due to the hurdles created by the customs authorities, an exporter said on Thursday.

The Co-chairman of All Pakistan Fruit and Vegetable Exporters, Importers and Merchants Association (PFVA) told The News that exporters suffered a loss of $10 million on export of kinnow, as shipments were delayed because of complete checking of consignments. “In many consignments planes left and cargo was not taken,” he said.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is amending its fruit and vegetable regulations to allow, under certain conditions, the importation of fresh mango fruit from Pakistan into the continental United States, according to the department's website.

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