Bioenergy, natural resources, and environment

Restoring a Tennessee Watershed

The Oostanaula Creek watershed in eastern Tennessee was typical of waterways that run Will Digital Agriculture Create a Healthier Environment in both rural and urban areas: full of sediment, pathogens, chemicals, and other pollutants. NIFA originally published this impact in the 2017 Annual Report.

Protecting Soil and Water for Agriculture

University of Nebraska Extension scientists and educators are helping residents manage agricultural systems to ensure clean water, optimize soil health, and improve sustainability. NIFA originally published this impact in the 2017 Annual Report.

St Louis River Watch Watches Mercury

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, Minnesota, participates in the St. Louis River Watch Special Emphasis Project, keeping track of mercury levels in the watershed.

Reclaiming Strip Mine Fields for Biofuel Crop Production

Researchers at Pennsylvania State University are returning life to damaged lands with a crop that can be a source of sustainable fuel and put to other agricultural purposes. NIFA originally published this impact in the 2017 Annual Report.

'Smart Paper' Can Conduct Electricity, Detect Water

A University of Washington scientist turned a lab accident into an inventive new sensor. NIFA originally published this impact in the 2017 Annual Report.

One Person's Waste is Another Person's Fuel Oil

NIFA-funded researchers from USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) at the Eastern Regional Research Center in Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania, developed a way to produce a renewable fuel called bio-oil from agricultural and food waste.

On-Farm Processing Leads to Economical Creation of Biofuels

A major hurdle in the production of biofuels is the sheer volume of biomass that must be harvested, transported, and stored to provide a continuous fuel supply. NIFA originally published this impact in the 2017 Annual Report.

From Pond Scum to Health Supplement and Fuel

Plant biologists and biochemists from University of California, Berkeley have produced a gold mine of data by sequencing the genome of a type of green algae. NIFA originally published this impact in the 2017 Annual Report.

A New Way to Fight Bed Bugs

Bed bug infestations have grown exponentially and researchers at Pennsylvania State University answered the call. NIFA originally published this impact in the NIFA 2017 Annual Report.

Reducing Greenhouse Gas - One Cow at a Time

​A five-year, NIFA-funded Dairy CAP is putting the U.S. dairy industry on target to reduce its Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions by 25 percent by 2020. NIFA originally published this impact in the in the NIFA 2016 Annual Report.