[April 10, 2017] “Tropical vegetable oils could be produced sustainably”

“Drawn to the social, economic, and environmental impacts of oil crops in the tropics, Derek Byerlee, Walter Falcon, and Roz Naylor provide context and understanding of the booming vegetable oil sector in their new book, The Tropical Oil… Read More

[Mar. 31, 2017] Participatory sorghum breeding in Burkina Faso: creating new varieties with and for farmers.

“In the mid-1990s, sorghum plant breeders adopted a new varietal creation method in Burkina Faso: participatory plant breeding. It is based on a simple principle: involving producers in all stages of research. This was to be a turning… Read More

[Mar. 24, 2017] A brand new Center for Stress Resilient Agriculture is on its way

The Center for Stress Resilient Agriculture (CSRA) is a new inter-disciplinary center consisting of faculty from diverse departments within IFAS working together on addressing the impacts of biotic and abiotic stresses on the environment, society and agricultural production…. Read More

[Mar. 17, 2017] Hops growing in Florida for first time ever

“Some might call Dr. Brian Pearson a hophead. His life revolves around researching, growing and eventually consuming hops. While on a trip in Europe a few years ago, Dr. Pearson tasted a beer not available stateside. “I couldn’t find… Read More

[Mar. 10, 2017] Ph.D. Graduate Assistanship Opportunities

Interested in starting a Ph.D. at the University of Florida ? Accepting Applications through April 1 Ph.D. Graduate Assistantship Opportunities – Apply to Agronomy major for consideration: FAMU Feeder Program McNair  Graduate Assistantship UF/SFC Development Project Agroecology with… Read More

[Mar. 6, 2017] Magic cover crop carpet ?

“Organic farmers have to make hard choices between protecting soil from erosion and controlling weeds. For example, large-scale organic farming relies heavily on tillage. Tilling breaks up the soil to kill weeds and prepare for planting. But intense… Read More

[Feb. 22nd, 2017] Widely accepted vision for agriculture may be inaccurate, misleading

WASHINGTON — “Food production must double by 2050 to feed the world’s growing population.” This truism has been repeated so often in recent years that it has become widely accepted among academics, policymakers and farmers, but now researchers… Read More

[Dec. 02, 2016] ASA/CSSA/SSSA Meeting “Resilience Emerging from Scarcity and Abundance”

More than 4,000 scientists, professionals, educators and students met in Phoenix, Arizona, this past November to attend the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America and the Soil Science Society of America 2016 Annual Meeting.   Faculty… Read More

[Nov. 19, 2016] Soybean plants with fewer leaves yield more

A recent study conducted by the University of Illinois found that soybean plants with fewer leaves have a higher yield. A plant with fewer leaves requires fewer resources to grow, allowing the plant to allocate more of its… Read More

[Oct. 31, 2016] Diary industry loosing $420 billion from one bull

The dairy industry has taken strides in using technology to advance practices for diary production. Now DNA and genetic testing is being used to determine the best breeders for the industry. A bull name Pawnee Farm Arlinda chief,… Read More