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Western citrus mostly dodges freeze damage | Western Farm Press

Western citrus mostly dodges freeze damage | Western Farm Press | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Western fresh citrus growers have largely escaped major crop damage from the prolonged, below-freezing cold snap expected to end mid this week in California and Arizona.
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Growers eye FDA's Produce Safety Rule from ground level | Food Safety News

Growers eye FDA's Produce Safety Rule from ground level | Food Safety News | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
esh produce industry is watching closely as enforceable requirements in the FDA’s Produce Safety Rule gradually come into play at ground level. The rule is one of seven the agency has drafted to implement facets of the sweeping 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

Published in the Federal Register on Nov. 27, 2015, the final version of the Produce Safety Rule “establishes, for the first time, science-based minimum standards for the safe growing, harvesting, packing and holding of fruits and vegetables grown for human consumption,” according to the Food and Drug Administration. It covers both domestic and imported produce.

Produce harvestMost produce growers, packers, processors or sellers will be subject to the rule, with staggered compliance deadlines ranging from two to four years, depending on the size of the operation.

However, there are exemptions — and qualified exemptions — from the rule, such as farms having an average of less than $25,000 in annual produce sales during the previous three years.

Also eligible for exemption from the rule is any produce which:

is grown for personal or on-farm consumption;
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Desert Gardener: Age-old skill of gardening sees revival in schools

Desert Gardener: Age-old skill of gardening sees revival in schools | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
There is nothing like a garden to get kids excited. Digging in the dirt, hunting for caterpillars, planting seeds and harvesting vegetables are experiences kids love.
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Organic is not yet titanic, but the industry is still growing in Yuma

Organic is not yet titanic, but the industry is still growing in Yuma | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
A nationwide increase in the demand for organic products is slowly changing aspects of Yuma County’s agriculture industry.
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Trump Isn’t Just a Bully—He’s a Popular Bully. And Those May Be Harder to Reform. | Slate

Trump Isn’t Just a Bully—He’s a Popular Bully. And Those May Be Harder to Reform. | Slate | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
In the movie Mean Girls, wide-eyed protagonist Cady Heron is horrified when she learns the three popular girls she has befriended have created a “Burn
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UA Students and Employees to Participate in Honor Flight | UANews

UA Students and Employees to Participate in Honor Flight | UANews | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
A group of University of Arizona student veterans and employees will accompany 140 World War II and Korean War veterans on a trip this week to Washington, D.C., with the group serving as guardians while the military veterans visit memorials built in honor of service.
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Legacy of Maria Teresa Velez Seen in Members of Class of 2016 | UANews

Legacy of Maria Teresa Velez Seen in Members of Class of 2016 | UANews | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
David Maestas is a legacy student of the late Maria Teresa Velez, who spent her professional career expanding higher education opportunities — especially at the graduate level — to underserved and underrepresented student populations. On Friday, Maestas will be among the University of Arizona's graduating students to directly benefit from Velez's work, which included creating and funding programs and services to recruit, train, retain and graduate students.
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UA's Vet Med to Meet Critical Need

UA's Vet Med to Meet Critical Need | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
The new home for the University of Arizona’s Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree program will be its newest campus: UA Oro Valley. The campus, near the intersection of Oracle Road and Hanley Boulevard, also will support a new UA initiative tied to One Health, a worldwide effort to address disease threats to humans and animals simultaneously and improve the health of both populations. The UA will use supercomputer-driven predictive analytics to detect and diagnose emerging threats to human health.
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Insect Resistance: New Bt Protein Holds Promise – DTN

Insect Resistance: New Bt Protein Holds Promise – DTN | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Thanks to a revolutionary new technique developed in a Harvard lab, Monsanto scientists are working to rapidly produce Bt proteins designed specifically to defeat insects that have evolved resistan…
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11 Arizona day trips | Arizona Republic

Scenic wonders and outdoor activities within 2 hours of Phoenix.
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Six graduating seniors receive scholarships | Nogales International

Six graduating seniors receive scholarships | Nogales International | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
The Anne C. Stradling Equine Foundation has awarded $2,000 four-year renewable Mary Bowman scholarships to two local graduating seniors
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DTN Cotton Close: Declining Dollar Offers Support

DTN Cotton Close: Declining Dollar Offers Support | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
December hit a new high for the move. Scattered showers brought only dabs of moisture to a chilly Texas High Plains over the weekend, while flooding rains fell in the southern Delta. Cotton futures…
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Water Wise: Designing with succulents

Water Wise: Designing with succulents | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
It has been said that “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. This simple, yet oft used, expression is clearly applicable to designing with succulents. Where some people see
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Arizona Gardeners: Get carbon to nitrogen ratio right

Arizona Gardeners: Get carbon to nitrogen ratio right | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
If you are using compost or other shredded bits of plant debris to build the soil in your garden, it is important to understand and properly manage the carbon-to-nitrogen ratio.
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UA researchers working to predict spread of Zika virus

UA researchers working to predict spread of Zika virus | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Major question: Can Zika can be transmitted from a female mosquito to its eggs?
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Tucson's hidden glorious gardens are open to all

Tucson's hidden glorious gardens are open to all | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
An extravaganza of color awaits visitors to the grounds of the UA and Pima County Cooperative Extension site.
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Advancing rice varieties to feed burgeoning world | Western Farm Press

Advancing rice varieties to feed burgeoning world | Western Farm Press | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
It’s almost universally agreed that a perfect storm is developing and agriculture faces a gargantuan task - feeding the world’s population expected to approach the 10 billion mark by 2050.

And if that’s doable, the challenge is how to accomplish this while wrestling with variables including less land, water, farmer numbers, plus the impact of climate change.
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Ouch! An Interview with Entomology's King of Sting | Scientific American

Ouch! An Interview with Entomology's King of Sting | Scientific American | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Justin Schmidt’s book chronicles—in excruciating detail—the stings he has collected to understand insect socialization
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TGAC Installs largest SGI UV 300 Supercomputer for Life Sciences

TGAC Installs largest SGI UV 300 Supercomputer for Life Sciences | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
We won an award recently to build an iPlant U.K. here at TGAC. W
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PROPOSED MINE NEAR OAK FLAT: Anger, concern running deep

PROPOSED MINE NEAR OAK FLAT: Anger, concern running deep | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Nearly 100 people left Superior High School disappointed and anxious after a long night of grueling questions and harsh realities at a public meeting in April. Many lived nearby and came to tell the Tonto National Forest Service their concerns over a proposed copper mine a few miles away in Oak Flat.
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Tips to Help Hone Your Green (Desert) Thumb

Tips to Help Hone Your Green (Desert) Thumb | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
A monthly checklist for your Phoenix desert garden for the month to help you maintain healthy grass, flowers, vegetables, trees, and bushes.
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Yuma Ag & You: Keep your eyes and ears open for creepy critters | Yuma Sun

Other than the wind, this spring is very enjoyable. No crazy high temperatures or humidity and you can still sleep with the doors open! The wheat that was planted during December is headed out and beginning to mature for harvest in early June. Other fields will take somewhat longer, but will ripen in June. Melon vines are looking healthy and the seed crops, broccoli, cauliflower, artichoke, and onion heads are being cut and laid on plastic sheeting to dry. The seed heads are harvested before they are totally dry because the seed is very light and if the heads dry completely, much of the crop is lost in harvest. After drying, the seed heads are combined from the plastic sheets, with loose seeds falling on the plastic to be collected after combining. Vegetable seed crops are not known for producing bountiful seed crops so every seed is important. The deep green Sudan grass is almost ready for the first harvest. Sudan is a forage crop used in animal feeding operations and shipped overseas to countries that do not have the land to grow forage crops. Cotton stands across the valleys look healthy as do the alfalfa fields.
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The Benefits of Alfalfa to the Southwest Ecosystem | Arizona Farm Bureau

The Benefits of Alfalfa to the Southwest Ecosystem | Arizona Farm Bureau | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Arizona alfalfa is good for our environment.
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Contestants make waves at The Cove

Contestants make waves at The Cove | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Hoorays, whoops and squeals of delight echoed through The Cove Friday afternoon as participants of the 19th Annual Water Wise Youth Water Conservation Poster Contest were rewarded for all their
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