Bioenergy, natural resources, and environment

Irrigation Education in Arkansas

A collaborative effort among the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s Cooperative Extension Service, Natural Resource Conservation Service, and the County Conservation Districts has increased educational efforts on Irrigation Water Management practices.

Adding Value to Used Railroad Ties and Utility Poles

Over 20 million new wooden railroad ties are installed every year in the United States. The University of Tennessee (UT) is helping the wood industry’s contribution to sustainability by helping them re-use or dispose of treated wood coming out of service.

Agroecology Stewardship and Community Engagement in North Dakota

United Tribes Technical College increased community outreach through its children’s gardening project, the Arikara Garden, or “Medicinal Wheel Garden,” and the continued rejuvenation of indigenous plants in the Dragonfly Garden plots.

New Pilot System Turns Scum into Biodiesel

Scum, a dark, muddy substance produced during wastewater treatment, presents a significant waste disposal challenge, but also a potential energy source.

Wildfire Response in Oklahoma

In April 2018, wildfires scorched nearly 350,000 acres in northwest Oklahoma. It also claimed 1,600 head of cattle and compromised 2,100 miles of fencing. Damages exceeded $26 million.

United States and Israel Collaborative Research: Safe Recycle of Aquaponics and Hydroponics Water

Scientists from the University of Illinois and Agricultural Research Organization in Israel are collaborating to reduce the use of water in aquaponics and hydroponics.

Alabama Ensuring the Cotton Industry Doesn’t Shrink

From the shirts on our backs to the bandages we use to help heal our wounds, cotton is an important part of our daily lives.

Good and Bad Worms

To assist farmers, producers, crop advisors, and others interested in learning more about managing parasitic worms, the Multistate Research Fund, a NIFA initiative to foster collaboration among universities, has implemented a project to provide simple, low-cost tools and methods for effectively managing nematodes and protecting soil health.

Managing Utah’s Pest Problem

Utah State University Extension includes entomologists and plant pathologists who serve the communities by addressing various plant and pest issues. The Utah Plant Pest Diagnostic Lab (UPPDL) serves on the Utah School Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Coalition and provides IPM training to public health employees and public, private, and charter school faculty and staff.

Bees and Trees

A University of Kentucky (UK) entomology doctoral student, Bernadette Mach, has developed a list of bee-friendly trees and shrubs for the Ohio Valley region. The list can help homeowners find the right plants for their yards to help conserve bees.