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Cooperative Extension Grows People and Communities

As the United States celebrates its founding this Fourth of July, it is a good time to reflect on how Cooperative Extension based at the nation’s Land-grant Universities works to grow both people and communities.
Left image of a family of four celebrating Independence Day. Right image of fireworks and an American flag in the background. Both images courtesy of Adobe Stock.

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National Pollinator Month Profile: Dr. Ramesh Sagili

In celebration of National Pollinator Month, USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is highlighting NIFA-funded researcher Dr. Ramesh Sagili, who serves as an associate professor at Oregon State University.
Dr. Sagili’s current research program aims to address current and emerging problems pertaining to commercial beekeeping industry. Image provided by Dr. Sagili.

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Celebrate the 160th Anniversary of the Morrill Act

Celebrate the 160th anniversary of the Morrill Act with USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture and its history.
July 2: 160th Anniversary of the Morrill Act. Right image of USDA Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. Right image of previous Vermont Congressman Justin Smith Morrill.

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National Dairy Month Profile: Dr. Janos Zempleni

In celebration of National Dairy Month, USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is highlighting NIFA-funded researcher Dr. Janos Zempleni.
Dr. Zempleni serves as the director of the Nebraska Center for the Prevention of Obesity Disease through Dietary Molecules at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Image provided by Dr. Zempleni.

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Vilsack Announces Bioproduct Pilot Program Funded by Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

Secretary Vilsack announced the USDA is accepting applications for a new pilot program created under President Biden’s historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to support the development of biobased products that have lower carbon footprints and increase the use of renewable agricultural materials.
image of farm combine harvesting corn, courtesy of AdobeStock

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Land-grant Universities Conducting Agricultural Safety and Health Research and Extension

Agriculture is one of the most hazardous industries in the U.S. Across the nation, people who work or live on farms and ranches are regularly exposed to dangerous machinery, sharp tools, toxic chemicals, biological pathogens, confined spaces, extreme temperatures and other hazards that can cause injuries or deaths.
A farmer on a tractor prepares the land for the next growing season. Photo courtesy of Adobe Stock.

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National Pollinator Month Profile: Amy Vu

In celebration of National Pollinator Month, USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is highlighting NIFA-funded Extension Specialist Amy Vu.
University of Florida’s Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory offers train-the-trainer events to equip county agents with the knowledge and materials they need to implement their own programs. Image by Amy Vu.

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National Pollinator Month Profile: Dr. Anahí Espíndola

In celebration of National Pollinator Month, USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is highlighting NIFA-funded researcher Dr. Anahí Espíndola. Dr. Espíndola serves as an assistant professor in the Department of Entomology at University of Maryland (UMD).
Dr. Espindola serves as an assistant professor in the Department of Entomology at University of Maryland.

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National Pollinator Month Profile: Dr. Andony Melathopoulos

In celebration of National Pollinator Month, USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is highlighting NIFA-funded researcher Dr. Andony Melathopoulos. Dr. Melathopoulos serves as an Extension pollinator specialist for Oregon State University.
Dr. Andony Melathopoulos conducts outreach education at the Oregon Zoo. Image provided by Dr. Melathopoulos

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Mango Magic

June is National Mango Month. In this video, learn about tropical fruits grown in Florida that you might not have heard of before from University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences' Tropical Fruit Specialist Dr. Jonathan Crane.
A pile of fresh mangos, courtesy of Adobe Stock. 

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National Dairy Month Profile: Dr. Li Ma

In celebration of National Dairy Month, USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is highlighting NIFA-funded researcher Dr. Li Ma.
Dr. Li Ma working with computers and big data generated from the dairy industry. Image provided by Dr. Ma.

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Pollination—Day or Night

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture supports pollinator research in a variety of ways including through competitive grants and capacity funding.
butterfly in field of wildflowers, courtesy of AdobeStock

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SCSU Team Finds Ozone Treatment to Manage Stored-Product Pests

South Carolina State University researchers have found that ozone treatment could be an alternative for managing all life stages of select stored-product insect pests.
Dr. Rizana Mahroof, left, demonstrates how to sort male and female pupae of the red flour beetle. Photo courtesy of ARD Updates and South Carolina State University.

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School’s Out for Summer

It’s the first day of summer, and through USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture funding, 4-H and youth development programs across the nation are providing youth with the opportunity to stay busy and learn while away from school.
Children participating in computer coding class. Image courtesy of Adobe Stock.

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Celebrating Juneteenth with Dr. Misty Blue-Terry

USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture is celebrating Juneteenth by highlighting Dr. Misty Blue-Terry who serves as 4-H science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) specialist at North Carolina Agriculture and Technical State University.
USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture is celebrating Juneteenth. Various images of farmers working in the field and a family spending time together. Courtesy of Adobe Stock.

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Celebrating Juneteenth with Shaun Francis

USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture is celebrating Juneteenth by highlighting Shaun Francis who serves as an Extension horticulture specialist for the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.
USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture is celebrating Juneteenth. Various images of farmers working in the field and a family spending time together. Courtesy of Adobe Stock.

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Celebrating Juneteenth with Chandra DeRamus

USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture is celebrating Juneteenth by highlighting Chandra DeRamus who serves as a Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent with Kentucky State University’s Cooperative Extension College of Agriculture, Community and the Sciences.
USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture is celebrating Juneteenth. Various images of farmers working in the field and a family spending time together. Courtesy of Adobe Stock.

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Celebrating Juneteenth with Gill Finley

USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture is celebrating Juneteenth by highlighting Gill Finley who serves as serves as the program leader at Kentucky State University.
Gill Finley serves as the state specialist in community economic development at Kentucky State University. Image provided by Gill Finley.

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Celebrating Juneteenth with Dr. Andrea Morris

USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture is celebrating Juneteenth by highlighting Dr. Andrea Morris who serves as interim associate director, and health and nutrition specialist at Alabama Cooperative Extension System at Alabama A&M University.
USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture is celebrating Juneteenth. Various images of farmers working in the field and a family spending time together. Courtesy of Adobe Stock.

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Celebrating Juneteenth with Dr. Angela Williams

USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture is celebrating Juneteenth by highlighting Dr. Angela Williams who serves as the 4-H and youth development specialist at Alabama Cooperative Extension System at Alabama A&M University.
USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture is celebrating Juneteenth. Various images of farmers working in the field and a family spending time together. Courtesy of Adobe Stock.

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Celebrating Juneteenth with Dr. Arvazena Clardy

USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture is celebrating Juneteenth by highlighting Dr. Arvazena Clardy serves as an associate professor of horticulture and Extension specialist at Tennessee State University.
Dr. Arvazena Clardy, photo courtesy of Dr. Clardy

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Reducing Runoff to Save Farmers Money and Protect Water Quality

University of Maryland researchers are tracing the different types of nitrogen and phosphorus flowing into drainage ditches, tile drains and overland flow at the edges of farm fields during rainfall events.
University of Maryland researchers have set up a network of sophisticated monitoring stations across Maryland to identify what flows off the land every few minutes when it rains. Photo courtesy of the University of Maryland.

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Entering the Heart of Juneteenth

The origin of the Juneteenth holiday might be unfamiliar to many in other parts of America but those students, faculty, researchers and Extension staff from the 1890 Land-grant University community know it well, as many are beneficiaries like myself to the educational opportunities that ensued at the 19 institutions in the southern region.
Part of the 5,000-square-foot mural in the Galveston Downtown Cultural Arts District includes former President Lincoln holding a set of broken shackles -- faces the spot where General Order No. 3 was signed on June 19, 1865, freeing the last enslaved people months after the Civil War ended. Image provided by Dr. Samuel-Smith.

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USDA NIFA Projects Producing Stronger, Healthier Produce

June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month, and USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) supports projects that are finding innovative ways to meet the growing global food demand, fight hunger and food insecurity in vulnerable populations, and ensure that nutritious foods are available at affordable prices.
Shopper puts fruits and vegetables in cotton produce bag at food market. Image courtesy of Adobe Stock.

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Protecting Pollinators Critical to Food Production

To help address overall pollinator decline, USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) partners with Land-grant Universities (LGUs), U.S. government laboratories, and private and nonprofit organizations to support research, education, and extension programs advancing pollinator health.
A monarch pauses on an Echinacea blossom. Courtesy of Adobe Stock.
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