Northeast

Virginia State gets $600,000 to aid socially disadvantaged, veteran farmers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) recently announced more than $53 million in grant funding across three unique agricultural programs to help U.S. farmers, ranchers and military veterans. USDA-NIFA’s... more »

Story outlines why Northeast US apples may taste different this year

Farmers are often at the mercy of the elements. Severe weather such as derechos, flooding, hurricanes and frost can destroy their crops within several hours or over the span of a season. According to a story by AccuWeather... more »

Study at Penn State to examine potential for birds to eat spotted lanternfly

Do birds find the spotted lanternfly to be a tasty treat or a nauseating nibble? That is one of the questions researchers at Penn State hope to answer, and they are seeking citizen scientists, especially... more »

New research may help revive New York’s fall berry industry

The farm is experiencing one of its best seasons to date, thanks to better management of fall infestations of spotted wing drosophila (SWD), part of a research collaboration with Greg Loeb, professor of entomology at Cornell AgriTech,... more »

New Jersey organic outlets may qualify for reimbursement of certification costs

New Jersey organic producers and handlers may be eligible for reimbursement of a portion of their organic certification costs under a federal program. Please note that there have been changes to the Cost Share Reimbursement... more »

ARS scientists seek answers from spotted lanternfly dispersal

The black spots and beautiful colors can be deceiving. At first glance, the spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) is a beautiful insect whose colors mimic the beloved ladybug with its polka-dotted outer wings and red hind... more »

Research seeks better test, water filtration for Cyclospora

Kali Kniel is navigating the relatively uncharted waters of developing a more accurate test for Cyclospora cayetanensis, an emerging pathogenic protozoan parasite possibly found in agricultural water supplies. "Cyclospora is kind of an enigma -... more »

Another challenging pest has made Pennsylvania its home

A few weeks back, you were alerted that the Swede midge was found on a Pennsylvania farm. We now warn you about another invasive pest, jumping worms. Jumping worms (Amynthas spp., also known as Asian... more »


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