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USDA Forecast For Cotton Higher Than Last 2 Years

USDA Forecast For Cotton Higher Than Last 2 Years | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
The World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates, or WASDE, is a crop-estimate meeting at the U.S. Department of Agriculture building in Washington, D.C.

The December meeting is Friday, when forecasts will be released beginning at 9 a.m. EST. University of Arizona agricultural economist George Frisvold said there's a reason no information is shared ahead of time.

“They kind of do the pre-announcement briefing. It’s called lockdown. The idea is if you knew what the price forecast was going to be before futures markets opened, then you could affect the trading position,” Frisvold said.

The USDA in Arizona collects information to forecast cotton and other commodity prices. They do it to predict for farmers, like those in Pinal and Yuma, what they can sell it for once it’s grown.

The monthly price report influences what a farmer decides to plant, Frisvold said.

“December is an important one because it’s kind of the outlook right before people start thinking about what kinds of crops they are going to grow in the coming year,” said Frisvold.

The USDA forecast for cotton prices is higher than it was the last two years, he said.

For the average person, the changing price of cotton won’t show up so much in the price of clothing or goods at the store, but rather in rural economies who depend on the jobs supplied by the growers, Frisvold said.
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Arizona Professor Finds Few Studies Address LGB Youth Of Color

Gay, lesbian and bisexual youth face dramatic challenges, even as tolerance generally grows in the U.S. and being open with one’s sexuality is finding more areas of encouragement. For LGBT youth of color, the difficulties can be multiplied.
At the same time, not much research into their lives and experiences has been done.
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What Is This #AZCritter? Leaf Beetle Larvae

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Meet The Man Who's Been Stung Almost 1,000 Times — For Science

Meet The Man Who's Been Stung Almost 1,000 Times — For Science | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
You’ve probably been stung or bitten by something — whether it’s an ant, a bee or something more dramatic and damaging like a scorpion.
University of Arizona entomologist Justin Schmidt has been stung nearly 1,000 times by various insects in the course of his research.
It’s been part of his work in quantifying pain and figuring out what humans can learn from insects on societal evolution.
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U Of A Professor Pleads Guilty To Taking Tens Of Thousands From School | KJZZ (Radio-Tempe)

U Of A Professor Pleads Guilty To Taking Tens Of Thousands From School | KJZZ (Radio-Tempe) | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
A tenured University of Arizona professor has pleaded guilty to taking thousands of dollars from the university.
John Marchello pleaded guilty to felony theft and could face up to four years’ probation or prison time.
According to a statement from the university, the Pima County Attorney’s Office has initiated a civil forfeiture case against Marchello for the $223,000 they say he diverted from the school. The U of A has also filed a claim in that case in hopes of recovering the funds in addition to any criminal restitution.
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Yuma Cancels Long-Running Lettuce Days Food Festival

Yuma Cancels Long-Running Lettuce Days Food Festival | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Yuma's Lettuce Days, the annual event that draws thousands of people and was once named best food festival in Arizona, has been cancelled.The Yuma Visitors Bureau on Tuesday announced it won't take place in 2017."We have very mixed emotions about it because we love Lettuce Days and we're very attached to it. But it's a business decision that we need to stop and regroup because it's a big endeavor," executive director Linda Morgan said.
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Arizona Expert Says New Federal Catfish Regulations A 'Red Herring'

Arizona Expert Says New Federal Catfish Regulations A 'Red Herring' | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
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Agri-Bots: US Department Of Energy Invests Millions In Cutting-Edge Arizona Crop Scanner

Agri-Bots: US Department Of Energy Invests Millions In Cutting-Edge Arizona Crop Scanner | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
In the middle of a field of sorghum, near Maricopa, a giant robot is at work. Scientists are using that machine to study biofuel crops under drought conditions. To do this, the U.S. Department of Energy has invested millions into this first of its kind robotic recording system. This new tool will help fuel and feed a growing population, with dwindling water supplies.
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Stung By 83 Different Insects, Biologist Rates His Pain On A Scale Of 1 To — OW!

Stung By 83 Different Insects, Biologist Rates His Pain On A Scale Of 1 To — OW! | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Biologist Justin Schmidt has traveled all over the world looking for bugs ... and getting stung by them. He documents his travels/travails in his new book The Sting of the Wild.
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Looking For New Sources Of Water To Irrigate Arizona's Crops

A team of researchers is working to come up with new sources of water to irrigate crops.
They’re hoping to come up with data that will be useful to farmers within the next two years. Chuck Gerba, a professor in the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture at the University of Arizona is part of the team. He spoke about the kind of information they are looking for.
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New Ideas Wanted For Keeping Birds Out Of Arizona Crops | KJZZ (Radio-Tempe)

A flock of birds can damage acres of fresh produce.
“Not only can they eat the produce or eat your seedlings or your seeds, but they also poop in the field. So there could also be fecal material left behind,” said Paula Rivadeneira, University of Arizona professor at the Yuma Agricultural Center. “And that’s a real, genuine concern for food safety.”
To keep birds away, growers have tried more than just scarecrows — including cannons, noises that mimic predators and even lasers. Nothing really works.
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El Niño Brings Rain Late In The Season For Phoenix Area

El Niño Brings Rain Late In The Season For Phoenix Area | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
While the monsoon season in Arizona is officially over, residents may have noticed the rain hasn’t got the memo.
Mike Crimmins, a climatologist at the University of Arizona, said the wet weather this late in the season is a result of a strong El Niño, which, while unusual, was predicted to happen.
“It’s not unusual related to an El Niño and I don’t think it was unforeseen," Crimmins said. "I think we were just hoping it would dry out more than it probably will this October."
He said the resultin
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Trials In Yuma Begin To Test New Resistance Against Lettuce Wilting Disease | KJZZ (Radio-Tempe)

Fusarium wilt — a lettuce disease caused by a soil-dwelling fungus — is becoming a more common problem in fields. The disease causes lettuce to droop and turn brown, making it unsuitable for sale.Typically, when lettuce wilt appears, the grower would then rotate to another crop like broccoli or cauliflower. But one farmer in Yuma dedicated three acres of his troubled field to research led by the University of Arizona.
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What Is This #AZCritter? Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly

What Is This #AZCritter? Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
What Is This #AZCritter? is a new digital series from the Arizona Science Desk that wants to help you identify and learn more about interesting Arizona animals.
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Refill? You Might Want To Wash That Office Coffee Mug First

Refill? You Might Want To Wash That Office Coffee Mug First | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
When it’s time for an afternoon pick-me-up, if you reach for your mug from the morning to rinse out and refill — wait just a second. There might be something in that mug you don’t want.
“You find all kinds of bacteria. We do find E.coli in coffee cup mugs, and other types of fecal bacteria,” said Dr. Charles Gerba with the University of Arizona.
Gerba did a study 15 years ago about the germs found on office coffee mugs - and the research still gets picked up and circulated on the Internet. It may be a morbid fascination with just how gross the office mug can get.
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Longtime UA Professor Pleads Guilty To Defrauding School | KJZZ (Radio-Tempe)

Longtime UA Professor Pleads Guilty To Defrauding School | KJZZ (Radio-Tempe) | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
A long-serving University of Arizona professor has pleaded guilty to taking tens of thousands of dollars from the university.KVOA-TV reports that 80-year-old John Marchello on Aug. 11 pleaded guilty to felony theft and has agreed to pay $83,020 in restitution to the university.
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Accreditor: University Of Arizona’s New Veterinary School Not Ready For Students | KJZZ (Radio-Tempe)

Accreditor: University Of Arizona’s New Veterinary School Not Ready For Students | KJZZ (Radio-Tempe) | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
The University of Arizona’s proposed veterinary school has hit a stumbling block with its accreditor, which says the school is not ready to enroll students this fall.
The American Veterinary Medicine Association said it does not have enough information to give the UA’s veterinary school approval to move forward in its development. The UA is appealing that decision.
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Fish In The Desert? Arizona Farmer Nets Sustainable, Commercial Farming Technique | KJZZ (Radio-Tempe)

Fish In The Desert? Arizona Farmer Nets Sustainable, Commercial Farming Technique | KJZZ (Radio-Tempe) | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Arizona doesn’t have a lot of fish farms compared to coastal states, like California or Louisiana.Here in the desert where water is scarce, some experts are pushing for a process called aquaponics, where the wastewater from the fish is used to fertilize crops. One Arizona fish farm could become a new standard in sustainable agriculture.Two workers in galoshes waded through a shallow pond on a recent July day. Just a few hours ago, it was teeming with thousands of shiny, wriggling fish.
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What Is This #AZCritter? Giant Mesquite Bugs

What Is This #AZCritter? Giant Mesquite Bugs | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
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Agri-Bots: US Department Of Energy Invests Millions In Cutting-Edge Arizona Crop Scanner | KJZZ (Radio-Tempe)

Agri-Bots: US Department Of Energy Invests Millions In Cutting-Edge Arizona Crop Scanner | KJZZ (Radio-Tempe) | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
In the middle of a field of sorghum, near Maricopa, a giant robot is at work. Scientists are using that machine to study biofuel crops under drought conditions. To do this, the U.S. Department of Energy has invested millions into this first of its kind robotic recording system. This new tool will help fuel and feed a growing population, with dwindling water supplies.
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