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New Digital Tools for Fruit and Vegetable Growers

Tools have always played an essential role in agriculture, but they have evolved dramatically over the years. I recently visited the Lyles Station Museum in…

Climate Analogs for Specialty Crops: See the Future Now

“It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.” So said Yogi Berra, repeating a version of the apparently Danish proverb whose origins have been…

Waste a Lot, Warm a Lot – Reducing Food Waste is Part of Climate-Friendly Eating

While many scientists, producers, and consumers recognize the importance of quantifying the carbon footprint of agriculture, most efforts focus on on-farm activities. The journey food…

Out of the Frying Pan and into the Fryer: Climate Mitigation Opportunities for French Fries

Efforts to quantify the carbon footprint of agriculture are often focused on the greenhouse gas emissions resulting from on-farm activities, mostly from fertilizer production and…

Our Five-Year Mission… to Boldly Go Where No Integrated Model Has Gone Before

As a child of the sixties, I can still remember our family sitting together to watch the coolest show on television, Star Trek (Figure 1).…

A Cornucopia of Opportunities for Domestic Produce

Most of our moms urged us to “eat our fruits and vegetables,” and multiple studies confirm this motherly advice. For instance, the U.S. National Institutes…

Extreme Adaptation: Navigating the Troubled Waters of the ‘New Normal’

Water. H-2-O. It’s the dominant molecule of our lives. We are 60% water (on average). Life as we know it is only possible because our…

The ‘Carbon Market Bazaar’: Future Windfall for Producers or Just Hot Air?

I’m a fan of action movies, where a Middle Eastern bazaar is a popular place for high-speed chases. Even without the careening bullets and motorcycles,…

Will I be able to get fries with that? A new approach for answering life’s big questions about the future of food

It’s been a long, hot, dry, fiery, smoky summer in much of the American West. That’s where the U.S. gets most of its fruits and…