USDA Invests $9M to Expand Climate-Smart Efforts

On Wednesday, the USDA announced a $9 million investment in new Cooperative Extension and USDA Climate Hubs partnerships. The investment seeks to bolster climate research and connect and share climate-smart solutions directly with the agricultural community.  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the partnerships “will strengthen climate research efforts and accelerate the development, adoption and application […]

California Farmers Lose Billions Over Supply Chain Challenges

After already struggling with drought, California farmers have lost big overseas sales numbers because of a serious shortage of shipping containers brought on by COVID-19. A study from the University of California-Davis says the state’s farm belt lost $2.1 billion in exports during a five-month stretch this year because of “containergeddon.” A University of Connecticut […]

Global Horticulture Research Beneficial Abroad, And At Home

In September, the U.S. Agency for International Development announced it will provide a base $15 million investment, over the next five years, to support global research program led by UC-Davis. The research will focus on advancing fruit and vegetable production as well as improve handling and consumption efforts in struggling or developing nations. Beth Mitcham, […]

Growers Reminded To Watch Out For Grape Pruning Disease

Grapevine pruning diseases can be extremely harmful in established grapevines, occurring after the vines are pruned back after the growing season. Dr. Akif Eskalen, plant pathology, Cooperative Extension Specialist and lecturer in the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of California, Davis, has done extensive research on the causes, prevention and treatment of grapevine […]

UC Davis Review Looks At How Machines Help Wine Grape Industry Survive Labor Shortage

Wine grape growers, like most of the farming economy, are facing increased labor costs and labor shortages, which make it difficult to manage and harvest a vineyard while maintaining profitability. A new review by researchers at UC Davis takes a look at how growers can best utilize existing equipment. Kaan Kurtural, professor of viticulture and […]

UC Davis Researchers Find New Life For Wine Grape Residue

According to research from the University of California Davis, chardonnay wine grape pomace could potentially transition from waste to a useful tool for human health. Lead author, Amanda Sinrod, said this research is one of the first to investigate the potential bioactive compounds in Chardonnay marc, particularly, oligosaccharides and phenolics. “Both of them are known prebiotics, so they’re really […]

UC Davis: COVID Cases In Meatpacking Plants Costs Rural Economies Over $11 Billion

One of the sectors of the Ag community hit especially hard during the spread of COVID-19 last year was meatpacking plants nationwide. But, according to UC Davis, the impact was much more severe than initially thought. Researchers say an estimated 334,000 cases of COVID-19 are attributable to meatpacking plants, resulting in $11.2 billion in economic […]

UC Davis Study: Feeding Cattle Seaweed Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions By 82%

According to a new study by researchers at the University of California-Davis, adding a bit of seaweed in the feed could reduce methane emissions from cattle by as much at 82%. Researchers said this could pave the way for the sustainable production of livestock throughout the world. UC-Davis’ Ermias Kebreab said the seaweed, Asparagopsis taxiformis, […]

How Does Ag Become Carbon Neutral?

Can U.S. agriculture become carbon neutral by the year, 2050? And if so, how will it be accomplished? “The answer is, we don’t know but we’re gonna try, and we’re goonna find out,” said University of Arkansas’s Marty Matlock. “There are many sectors of society that actually really need to go net zero because they […]