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UC ANR using science-based solutions to improve lives

DAVIS, Calif. -- UC Agriculture and Natural Resources reflected on some of its most compelling achievements in a report that provides an overview of the sweeping impacts its scientists and educators made in 2018. UC ANR's...
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Workshops to aid dairy program applicants


SACRAMENTO -- Two public stakeholder workshops are scheduled in January 2020 to assist applicants interested in the Dairy Digester Research and Development Program (DDRDP). The aim of these workshops is to provide more information about the program, and to provide assist...

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Dairy Defined: Thankful for dairy's global success

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Despite the seasonal pressures to buy, buy, and buy, the holidays are best as a season for giving. Yes, that means solicitations – deserving charities fill mailboxes, and...
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National News


At each end of Pacific, skepticism over China farm purchases

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- President Donald Trump likes to joke that America's farmers have a nice problem on their hands: They're going to need bigger tractors to keep up with surging Chinese demand for their soybeans and other agricultural goods under a preliminary deal between the world's two l...
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FAS builds global markets for U.S. ag in 2019

WASHINGTON -- Throughout 2019, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) continued to deliver on its promise to pursue free, fair and reciprocal trade and open markets around the world for America’s farmers, ranchers, and agribusinesses. “Under Secretary Sonny Perdue’s leadership, and with ...
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Pilot insurance coverage for hemp growers

WASHINGTON -- USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) today announced a new crop insurance option for hemp growers in select counties of 21 states in 2020.  The pilot insurance program will provide Actual Production History (APH) coverage under 508(h) Multi-Peril Crop Insurance (MPCI) for eligible pr...
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Advice to first-time gardeners: Think small. Find your spot.

WASHINGTON -- Another growing season is building momentum with the arrival of the 2020 seed catalogs, and gardeners are drafting plans for new harvests. There’s such a thing as being too enthusiastic, though, especially among novices. Beginners can achieve their best planting results b...
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A new tomato is ideal for urban gardens (and space)

COLD SPRING HARBOR, N.Y. -- Farmers could soon be growing tomatoes bunched like grapes in a storage unit, on the roof of a skyscraper, or even in space. That's if a clutch of new gene-edited crops prove as fruitful as the first batch. The primary goal of this new research is to engineer a wider v...
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On the Lighter Side


Girl donates 600 lbs. of food to animal shelter instead of getting toys for Christmas

PASCO, Wash. -- Landyn Wadsworth, 8, had a generous Christmas wish: to support the cats and dogs at Tri-Cities Animal Shelter in Pasco, Washington. In place of toys, she asked for money to buy food for the animals. Landyn has even started to collect goods for next year's Christmas gift....
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