Mehta awarded Cotton Incorporated Grant

Feb 9, 2018
UMES School of Agricultural & Natural Sciences

PRINCESS ANNE, Md.-– A 2018 Cotton Incorporated Curriculum Program Grant has been awarded to Dr. Sunidhi Mehta, assistant professor in the Department of Human Ecology.  The grant will support research aimed at providing in-depth information about cotton as a sustainable and green textile material to fashion merchandising students at UMES.

UMES students to attend USDA Ag Outlook Forum

Feb 6, 2018
UMES Office of Public Relations

Two UMES undergraduates are among 30 university students the U.S. Department of Agriculture has picked to attend its 2018 Agricultural Outlook Forum through the USDA Student Diversity Program. 

Senior Tobechukwu "Toby" Opara and sophomore Alexis Doon will join 28 other undergraduates and graduate students for a week in Washington, D.C. culminating in their participation in the USDA's largest annual meeting Feb. 22-23 that is expected to attract more than 2,000 people.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia is ramping up efforts to promote its agriculture and forestry products worldwide.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe says the state will open two new trade representative offices in Singapore and Dubai.

The state is also hiring a new Richmond-based staff member who will oversee the expanded trade effort. The state is spending $850,000 over the next two fiscal years on the initiative.

Virginia currently has representative offices in Canada, Latin America, Europe, India and China.

Va. peanut growers topped US average crop yield

Mar 3, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia peanut growers had a productive 2014.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says growers broke national records with a yield of 4,350 pounds per acre. That is based on data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service.

The Virginia yield was several hundred pounds more than the national average yield.

Virginia growers credit several factors for their success, including improved seed varieties and longer rotations.

Virginia revises winter wheat crop forecast

Jun 16, 2014

State agriculture officials say this year's winter wheat crop is expected to be larger than what they forecast in May.

But the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says this year's winter wheat crop is still expected to be smaller than last year's crop.

Growers are expected to produce 16.4 million bushels this year. That's 3 percent higher than the May forecast. But the revised forecast is 4 percent decline from 2013's crop.

Virginia's winter wheat average yield is expected to remain unchanged at 62 bushels per acre.