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Rio del Rey bean field with worker

Federal funding leads to new commercial organic bean varieties

Funding from the USDA Organic Research and Education Initiative and Western SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education) helped plant scientists at the University of California, Davis, develop organic dry bean varieties that taste good, can survive the bean common mosaic virus and are viable in organic systems.
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US propels vision of global farm tech solutions to climate change

The U.S. doesn’t just want to employ modern farming technology and practices to combat climate change. It wants to work with governments and the private sector around the globe to collaborate on research through a new platform to improve the way farmers and ranchers produce food and fiber while reducing carbon emissions and preserving the environment.
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Compost is spread on a research field. (Courtesy UC Davis)

Animal compost helps reduce risk of foodborne illness

A new study finds animal compost may prevent harmful microorganisms from surviving in farm fields. The research, published today in the Journal of Applied Microbiology, could inspire changes in soil management. Some farms have veered away from animal compost in favor of synthetic fertilizers in part because of fear the compost would introduce pathogens that, when they hitch a ride on fresh produce, make people sick.
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