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Julian M. Alston and Philip G. Pardey

funding for R&D directed to specialty crops and draw policy implications. Of interest is the extent of public support for research into specialty crops and how that has fared in the context of the generally evolving patterns of federal and state government

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Hye-Ji Kim

ecological health but also to human health by restricting food and nutritional constituents available for human consumption ( Burlingame and Dernini, 2010 ; Díaz et al., 2006 ). These concerns have stimulated interest in seeking alternative specialty crops

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Shannon Caplan, Bryan Tilt, Gwen Hoheisel, and Tara A. Baugher

There is a need for increased automation in specialty crop production in the United States, especially in response to increasing labor costs and the potential for labor shortages. Technological innovations are being developed to address such

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Tara Baugher, Montserrat Fonseca Estrada, Kelly Lowery, and Héctor Núñez Contreras

The 2012 Census of Agriculture [ U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), 2014 ] indicates that Hispanic/Latino farm owners represent a promising next generation of specialty crop growers. While principal operators of all farms decreased by 4% between

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Kristin E. Gibson, Alexa J. Lamm, Fallys Masambuka-Kanchewa, Paul R. Fisher, and Celina Gómez

commodity, young-plant producers represent a significant portion of the specialty crop industry in the United States, and the quality and value of young plants directly impact overall profits of the entire industry. Therefore, research focused on indoor

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Analena B. Bruce, Elizabeth T. Maynard, and James R. Farmer

The global production of specialty crops, such as high-value vegetables, has been transformed by the use of high tunnels to moderate extreme weather events and climate conditions, allow for extended growing seasons, and offer protection against some

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Wesseh J. Wollo*, Lurline Marsh, and Rufus Jones

Specialty crop production has the potential to diversify traditional crop agriculture and improve profits. The primary purpose of this research was to determine the number of small farmers in Missouri who grow crops other than the traditional crops (soybeans, corn, wheat, cotton), and to identify issues they face in their production. A survey questionnaire consisting of fifteen questions was sent to 401 small farmers in Missouri in Fall 2002. The response was a 27% return rate. Most (77%) of the respondents grew tomato and many (50%) used irrigations. Among those who did not grow the nontraditional crops, 46% cited lack of interest as the reason while 32% cited lack of labor. The reasons given by 80% of respondents who at one time grew nontraditional crops but stopped, were lost interest, profit, and insufficient labor. Many respondents also grew herbs and other specialty vegetables in addition to the nontraditional crops. Garlic and chives were grown by 19% of respondents. Most (80%) respondents who grew specialty crops were interested in seminars, workshops or field days on their production, marketing or financing. Among respondents who grew nontraditional crops but stopped, 39% cited drought as the reason while 25% cited insects. These results indicate that small farmers of specialty crops in Missouri need training and information, to profitably produce the nontraditional crops.

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Marife B. Anunciado, Larry C. Wadsworth, Shuresh Ghimire, Carol Miles, Jenny C. Moore, Annette L. Wszelaki, and Douglas G. Hayes

Plastic mulch films are employed for agricultural production of vegetables and other specialty crops due to the numerous benefits they provide. The benefits include, but are not limited to, reduction of weeds and diseases, modulation of soil

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Dean A. Kopsell, Carl E. Sams, and Robert C. Morrow

specialty crops produce higher concentrations of chlorophyll pigments in response to higher intensities of blue wavelengths in the light environment; however, responses may differ based on plant ontogeny and species genetics. Carotenoids function to help

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Tessa Pocock

supplemental lighting; 2) development of lighting strategies for high-density vertical farming; 3) the use of electric lights as the sole light source for high-value specialty crops such as medicinal plants; and 4) the ability to regulate and control plant