December 1, 2023

We congratulate Ofelia Empian of the Baguio Midland Courier for winning the Best Agriculture News Story – Regional during the 13th Bright Leaf Journalism Awards. Her article dealt on how Benguet farmers have been adapting to frost that damage crops in the highlands.
More articles could be written on environmental stress factors like water stress and heat stress during the dry season, waterlogging during wet conditions, soil acidity, and salinity due to indiscriminate cultivation, ozone and acid rain that crops are subjected to at this time to address climatic changes.
Stress management that deals on the causes of stress, their effects on plants, and techniques of enhancing stress resistance with scientific basis and practical applicability could be discussed to enlighten farmers and enable them to successfully grow crops during severe weather situations. — PERCIVAL B. ALIPIT, Baguio City