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United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) 2019

DEVELOPING A TRANS-DISCIPLINARY APPROACH FOR IMPROVING LEAFY GREENS PRODUCTION IN ARID AND SEMI-ARID U.S. GROWING REGIONS

Arid Semi-Arid Leafy Green

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Titre : DEVELOPING A TRANS-DISCIPLINARY APPROACH FOR IMPROVING LEAFY GREENS PRODUCTION IN ARID AND SEMI-ARID U.S. GROWING REGIONS

Identification : 1020297

Pays : Etats Unis

Durée : START : 01 SEP 2019 // TERM : 31 AUG 2022

Résumé
Leafy greens production in arid US growing regions is a multibillion-dollar industry and crucial for year-round availability of leafy greens in the US. The arid Southwest supplies approximately 80% of North America’s leafy greens from November to March, shipping around one billion pounds of lettuce per month. Demand for fresh vegetables has increased in the US and leafy greens are among the vegetables most highly consumed. Productivity must be improved to continue to meet this increased consumer demand, as vegetableconsumption is critical for a healthy population. Conventional and organic production of leafy greens has a critical need for research addressing current challenges such as pest and disease problems, water quality and availability, degradation of soil quality, and human pathogen outbreaks, to enable sustained productivity increases over the long term in the face of climate change and resource limitations. A consensus on high priority research objectives and direct action leading to the development of focused research projects is fundamental to address the industry’s needs. Direct action includes engaging new researchers in agricultural research culminating in practicable results that will be shared and incorporated into production systems.This planning project will identify high-priority research objectives and develop research collaborations to address these objectives. Through agriculture industry groups, Cooperative Extension and the resources of the Yuma Center of Excellence for Desert Agriculture (YCEDA), the agriculture production industry will be engaged to participate in a survey addressing production challenges. Survey results will be compiled into a strategic plan and distributed to researchers and the agriculture industry. The strategic plan may be used by funding agencies to develop research priorities and for researchers to develop research projects important to the leafy greens industry. Theproject will engage researchers in agricultural production challenges through a research symposium, brainstorming session and project planning activities. The project will connect researchers with agriculture industry stakeholders to stimulate research project development addressing the urgent issues that threaten sustainable, profitable leafy greens production in arid and semi-arid regions.By compiling an updated comprehensive list of research priorities for the leafy greens industry and by organizing brainstorming and grant planning activities, this project facilitates the development and execution of research projects of urgent importance to the industry. A long-term benefit of this project is, by creating opportunities for information sharing and discussion, strong collaborations and teams for future research projects will be formed to address some of the biggest challenges to sustainable production of leafy greens which are very important for a healthy diet.

Financement total : $34,297

Performing Institution : UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
Investigator : Slinski, S. L. ; Brierley, PA, E..

Présentation : USDA (NIFA)

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