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ARS and U.S. Army Join Forces to Revitalize Soil with Paper

by Sandra Avant

Posted on Thursday October 24, 2019, 7:31 pm

The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is helping to arm the U.S. military with a solution to two major environmental problems: the disposal of paper waste and revegetating damaged training grounds. Under federal regulations, U.S. Army classified papers must be pulverized to a fine consistency, which leaves the material unsuitable for recycling. Continued disposal of this waste in landfills presents environmental concerns and is expensive. Secondly, army training areas become barren of vegetation from constant use by heavy equipment and foot soldiers. Soil erosion can occur, making it difficult to reestablish native grasses.

ARS teamed up with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to help address these issues. Their research focused on evaluating the use of pulverized or finely ground paper as a soil amendment to improve soil health and the ability to establish desirable native...

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USDA Opens 2020 Enrollment for Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage Programs


Posted on Thursday October 24, 2019, 7:28 pm

Agricultural producers now can enroll in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs – two U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) safety net programs – for the 2020 crop year. Meanwhile, producers who enrolled farms for the 2018 crop year have started receiving more than $1.5 billion for covered commodities for which payments were triggered under such programs. “These two programs provide income support to help producers manage the ups and downs in revenues and prices,” said Richard Fordyce, Administrator of USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA). “USDA is here to support the economic stability of American agricultural producers by helping them maintain their competitive edge in times of economic stress. We encourage producers to consider enrolling in one of these programs.” ARC provides income support payments on historical base acres when actual ...

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The end of chlorpyrifos in California will profoundly impact alfalfa IPM and pest resistance: What are the alternatives?

by Rachael Freeman Long Author - Farm Advisor for Field Crops, Pest Management By Daniel H Putnam Author - Cooperative Extension Specialist, Agronomist in the AES By Ian Grettenberger Author - Assistant

Posted on Thursday October 24, 2019, 7:24 pm

The end is near for chlorpyrifos (Lorsban) applications in many California crops, now on a faster timetable than previously anticipated. This results from a recent agreement between CA Department of Pesticide Regulation (CA-DPR) and pesticide manufacturers to withdraw their products beginning in a few months (February 2020).

This is a major issue for alfalfa, since it is one of the most popular wide-spectrum insecticides for management of key alfalfa pests. These include the alfalfa weevil, Hypera postica, which chews on the foliage and the aphid complex (several species) which suck juices from the plant – see UC IPM website ).

Use of chlorpyrifos has declined in the past two years (due to increased restrictions) but still it was used on 153,000 acres of alfalfa hay in California 2017 (CA-DPR Pesticide Us...

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Beauty from the Inside Out: Pilot Study Investigates the Effects of Daily Almond Consumption on Facial Wrinkles

by Almond Board

Posted on Thursday October 24, 2019, 7:20 pm

New research using high-resolution imaging shows reduced measures of wrinkle width and severity in postmenopausal women who ate almonds as a daily snack Email
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Anti-aging regimens abound but emerging research suggests that one delicious addition to your skincare routine may be in your pantry instead of your makeup kit: almonds.

A new pilot study by researchers at the University of California, Davis[1] found that a daily snack of almonds in place of other nut-free snacks improved measures of wrinkle width and severity in postmenopausal women. The study was funded by the Almond Board of California and is the first of its kind to examine almonds’ effects on skin health. A larger and longer-term follow-up study is underway.

In this 16-week randomized controlled trial, 28 healthy postmenopausal women with F...

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Sweet cherry consumption improves sleep, sleep patterns

by Northwest Cherry Growers

Posted on Thursday October 24, 2019, 7:17 pm

Studies show cherries are great source of melatonin, perfect for Daylight Savings.

With Daylight Savings coming to an end, sweet cherries are the perfect superfood to help your body adjust to the time change and ensure a great night's rest. Amongst other studies, the comprehensive "A Review of the Health Benefits of Cherries," published in March 2018 in the journal Nutrient, shows sweet cherries are a natural source of melatonin which helps control the body's internal clock while improving and regulating sleep patterns.

Along with being a natural source of melatonin ideal for the upcoming time change, sweet cherries have been found to offer other health benefits in recent studies as well.

• Cherries can help reduce inflammation. Cherries are full of anthocyanins, antioxidants that help fight inflammation by shutting down the enzymes that cause t...

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