NIFA Update Aug. 15

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Editor: Kelly Sprute                                                                                          Aug. 15, 2018

Making a Difference

“Baby ginger” photo by University of New Hampshire
“Baby ginger” photo by University of New Hampshire

Early-Season Heating Shows Promise Boosting Ginger Harvest

For the relatively new crop known as “baby ginger,” delaying the harvest date increases yields in New Hampshire, according to preliminary research from the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of New Hampshire. NIFA supported the research. 

U.S. consumers are likely most familiar with the golden cured rhizomes of mature ginger plants, but recently, growers in the northeastern United States have been successfully producing ‘baby ginger,’ or rhizomes from young ginger plants grown for just a single growing season. Unlike mature ginger, the baby ginger is pink, tender, non-fibrous, and perishable. It can be used for cooking and can be candied or pickled, and keeps well in the freezer for culinary use year-round,” said Dr. Becky Sideman, professor of plant biology and extension professor. Read the full UNH impact


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Learn about NIFA’s Data Gateway

NIFA’s Data Gateway is a one-stop repository of NIFA’s impact success enabling users to find funding data, metrics, and information about research, education, and extension projects. Learn tips on how to use our Data Gateway through this instructional video developed by NIFA’s Communication Staff Intern Prali Chitnis. 

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Indoor and vertical farming may be part of the solution, photo by Oasis Biotech

Vertical Farming for the Future

Imagine walking into your local grocery story on a frigid January day to pick up freshly harvested lettuce, fragrant basil, juicy sweet strawberries, and ripe red tomatoes – all of which were harvested at a local farm only hours before you’d arrived. You might be imagining buying that fresh produce from vertical farms where farmers can grow indoors year-round by controlling light, temperature, water, and oftentimes carbon dioxide levels as well. The potential opportunities vertical agriculture presents to address food security is why USDA-NIFA has some funding and research opportunities in place. Read the full USDA blog.

Indoor and vertical farming may be part of the solution to rising demands for food and limited natural resources. Photo credit: Oasis Biotech

News for You

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OSU Names New Dean for College of Agricultural Sciences

A new dean is coming to the Oregon State University College of Agricultural Sciences. The university on Tuesday named Alan Sams to lead the college, succeeding Dan Arp, who will retire at the end of August. He will also serve as director of the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station at OSU. Sams has spent the last nine years as executive associate dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University. Read the full OSU release

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UW Extension Communications Office Wins National Honors

Video and podcasting products from University of Wyoming Extension earned first-place national awards, and print publications received silver and bronze honors in the 2018 Association for Communication Excellence (ACE) critique and awards program.

Members of Extension’s Office of Communications and Technology were recognized during the organization’s annual conference Aug. 3-8, in Scottsdale, Arizona. ACE members include communication teams and faculty members in colleges of agriculture and extension offices across the nation’s land-grant universities and agricultural-related organizations and associations. Read the full University of Wyoming article

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Improve Resilience and Stability with Farmers’ Guide to Business Structures

Selecting the right business entity for your farm is like building the foundation of a house. Without the right foundation, the house will falter. Choosing an appropriate business structure encourages you to follow good business practices in accounting and decision-making, and it protects your personal assets should your farm get into financial trouble. SARE’s newest book, Farmers’ Guide to Business Structures, provides practical tools to help you choose the best business entity for your operation. Download the free online version of the Farmers’ Guide to Business Structures