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UC Davis Receives $1 Million Grant to Develop Sustainable Agricultural Businesses

September 19, 2012 |

News Release – UC Davis is one of six recipients nationwide, and the only one in California, to receive a $1 million award in the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration’s 2012 i6 Challenge Grant competition. The university will use the grant to establish the Clean AgTech Innovation Center.

Reps. Doris Matsui and Mike Thompson, whose districts take in parts of UC Davis, announced the grant on Sept. 13. Read More

LEDs spark surprising collaboration between Penn State’s theatre arts and horticulture

September 14, 2012 |

Daniel Frechen monitored the health of a bush bean plant on Aug. 14 in an experimental growth chamber in Tyson building on Penn State's University Park campus. Click on the image above for more photos. Photo Credit: Patrick Mansell

News Release — UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — It’s a rare event when one technological breakthrough can have far-reaching effects in fields as diverse as stage lighting, horticulture, entomology, energy management, and potentially, space colonization. Penn State researchers from theatre arts and horticulture have collaborated with the Office of Physical Plant (OPP) to fine-tune lighting for improved plant growth and energy conservation in greenhouses.

Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) have been used for years because of their energy-efficient properties and theatre arts professionals are well aware of the lighting sources’ ability to enhance drama on stage. But now a research grant, secured in 2010, is helping to show how the same lights can have a multi-pronged benefit in greenhouses. Read More

Penn State and NYU to Launch Study to Investigate State of Urban Agriculture in US

August 21, 2012 |

News Release – UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Farming in the city is a hot topic in some circles, but an exact picture of urban agriculture has not yet been painted.

However, researchers in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, along with faculty from New York University, soon will begin a study to examine the state of urban agriculture in the United States today. Read More

Training Program Helps Refugee Farmers Establish Urban Farms in their New Homeland

August 14, 2012 |

New Entry graduate Adisson with his daughter Gemina at his one-acre farm, “Adsaint Farm,” in Andover, MA. Adisson is originally from Haiti and graduated from New Entry’s Farm Business Planning Class in 2008. He manages his farm in addition to his full-time job and family responsibilities.

In 1998, a group of Cambodian immigrants and former farmers living in the economically depressed city of Lowell, Massachussets reached out to Tufts University for help. Their objective: to learn the business side of farming. Out of this request emerged the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, a partnership between Community Teamwork, Inc. – a community action action agency based in Lowell, MA – and the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition.

Immigrants have flocked to Lowell since the days of the mills. Once hailed as the cradle of the American industrial revolution, the city fell into a deep depression with the collapse of the New England textile industry nearly a century ago and has been trying recover ever since. Read More

UD Researchers Look to Honeybees’ Natural Behavior for Solutions to Improve Hive Health

August 9, 2012 |

Photo by Zachary Huang,

Across the nation, beekeepers, entomologists, and farmers have watched in horror as colony after colony of the country’s precious honeybees have died or just plain disappeared. While researchers all over the country have been scrambling to pinpoint the cause of the massive bee deaths, scientists at the University of Delaware have been wondering if the honeybees themselves might have a solution. Read More