Agriculture economics and rural communities

Supporting Veterans and Responding to Farm Stress

Farmers and ranchers across the country continue to struggle amidst the current farm crisis.

Missouri Food Finder

The Missouri Food Finder is a new online tool that easily connects Missouri consumers with people growing and selling locally produced food in their region.

Determining Combination of Native Flowers to Attract Different Pollinators

Pollinator insects play a critical role in the agricultural world.

Study Shows Universally Positive Effect of Cover Crops on Soil Microbiome

Only a fraction of conventional row crop farmers grow cover crops after harvest, but a new global analysis from the University of Illinois shows the practice can boost soil microbial abundance by 27 percent.

Creating a Sustainable Future for the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and its People

University of Maryland College of Agriculture and Natural Resources leads soil health, nutrient management, and water quality efforts in a rigorous 5-year study to develop environmentally sustainable agricultural systems in Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay.

Natural Habitat Around Farms a Win for Strawberry Growers, Birds and Consumers

Conserving natural habitat around strawberry fields can help protect growers’ yields, their bottom line and the environment with no detectable threat to food safety, indicates a study led by the University of California, Davis.

​Big Data Helps Farmers Adapt to Climate Variability

A new Michigan State University (MSU) study shines a light on how big data and digital technologies can help farmers better adapt to threats, both present and future, from a changing climate.

Wild Tomatoes Resist Devastating Bacterial Canker

Many New York tomato growers are familiar with the scourge of bacterial canker.

NIFA Supports Disaster Education through EDEN

USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) supports disaster education through the Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN).

When Do Cover Crops Pay? New SARE Report Addresses the Question

Farmers around the country are planting cover crops on millions of acres to protect and improve the soil, and the more that farmers use cover crops, the more they value this conservation practice.