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NMSU Extension Offers Online Produce Safety Training June 29-30

Harvesting of vegetables and fruits is beginning. Soon fresh produce will be available at growers’ markets.   In preparation for providing for this season’s harvest and sales, a food safety practices course is available to growers to meet the regulatory requirements included in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule.New Mexico State University’s Cooperative …

Central Valley UC Farm Advisor’s Commitment to Help Hmong Farmers Prosper

Keeping current on government regulations, agricultural marketing news and crop research advances can be challenging for California farmers, especially for those who speak English as a second language. Hmong farmers in the San Joaquin Valley can tune in at 2 p.m. on Tuesday afternoons to listen to farm-related news delivered to their radios in their native language from Michael Yang, …

New Potato Varieties Have Lower Levels of Probable Carcinogen

Mary Ellen Camire has some good news about french fries. Fries made with the new potato varieties AF4296‐3 and Easton have much lower levels of a probable carcinogen than those made with the popular Russet Burbank variety, says the University of Maine professor of food science and human nutrition. Acrylamide is a probable carcinogen in fried potatoes; during the frying …

Flower Losses Due to Shrinking Habitats and Climate Change Hurt Prime Pollinators

Without enough sugar in their diets, bumblebee queens can experience difficulty reproducing and shorter lifespans.  Hollis Woodard, assistant professor of entomology at UCR, has conducted multiple studies showing how loss of plant availability negatively affects the prolific pollinators. Previous research indicates a queen’s diet can impact how quickly her brood develops, or whether she’s able to live through hibernation. In …

National Watermelon Promotion Board Wraps Up Fitness Sponsorships

The National Watermelon Promotion Board (NWPB) recently wrapped up a cross-country tour of fitness events including the Fit Foodie Festivals in Denver and San Diego and concluded with the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington D.C. From 5ks to ultra-marathons, and distances in between, over 35,000 watermelon samples found their ways into participants and attendees’ hands helping them rehydrate, refuel and …

What is the Value of Using Crop Wild Relatives in Potato Breeding?

It may surprise you to learn that wild potatoes grow like weeds in South America. While farmers in the United States battle weeds like pigweed and lamb’s quarters, farmers in the Andes Mountains have to keep weedy potatoes in check. These wild relatives of our potato varieties grow in agricultural fields and roadsides, as well as in forests and grasslands. …

NMSU Farmington Research Center Participating in Potatoes USA Variety Study

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FARMINGTON – Approximately 5,000 semi-truck loads of potatoes leave the Four Corners region every year. The spuds are headed to dinner tables via retail stores and snack processors. The dinner potatoes are grown by Navajo Agriculture Products Industry, while those headed to potato chip processing are grown by an independent contractor renting NAPI farm land. Located in the middle of …

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