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University of Connecticut Supports Connecticut’s Greenhouse Industry – An Integral Part of Agriculture

Greenhouses in Connecticut represent over one third of the state’s vibrant $4.7 billion agricultural economy and are integral to the success of all agricultural businesses, according to a 2021 study by Farm Credit East. The total economic impact of the 583 greenhouse businesses in the state was $390 million in 2020.

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Nanotechnology in Agriculture and Food Systems 

Nanotechnology refers to the science and engineering of tiny objects between one and 100 nanometers (a nanometer is one billionth of a meter). Researchers and farmers need nanotechnology, such as nanoscale biosensors and nanoparticles, to get an inside look at and manipulate processes like the spread of pathogens.

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Yes, Allergy Seasons Are Getting Worse. Blame Climate Change

If you live with seasonal allergies and feel like the pollen seasons feel longer and longer every year, you may be right. New research shows that pollen seasons start 20 days earlier, are 10 days longer, and feature 21% more pollen than in 1990—meaning more days of itchy, sneezy, drippy misery. Led by William Anderegg of the University of Utah School of Biological Sciences, the researchers found that human-caused climate change played a significant role in pollen season lengthening and a partial role in pollen amount increasing. Their research, funded in part by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Horticulture Champion

Sue Barton’s role at the University of Delaware (UD) is the perfect embodiment of the University’s Land-grant mission. She teaches. She conducts research. And she takes UD’s knowledge to the public. Barton is both a professor in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences and Cooperative Extension specialist of ornamental horticulture.

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Hope to Dream: Mobile County SNAP-Ed Educator Facilitates Bed Donation

The suspense grew and grew one recent Saturday afternoon at Craighead Elementary School in Mobile, Alabama. Suspicions were eventually met with screams of joy as 75 third-grade students learned they were getting their own twin Sealy mattress, frame and bedding ensemble to be delivered to their home. The beds were donated to the students through a partnership with the Alabama Extension Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education department (SNAP-Ed), 1915 South, and Ashley Furniture’s Hope to Dream program.

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Building Legacy Together: Our Communities’ Journey of Strength and Resilience

With support from USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Land-grant Universities in the Pacific Islands carry out innovative education, applied research and related community development programs that create stronger, more resilient Pacific Islander communities. Learn about the innovative research being conducted at the University of Guam.

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Illinois Program Turns Cowgirl Dreams into Livestock Research Reality 

The moment 4-year-old Sarah Graham sat in a saddle for the first time, she announced she wanted to be a cowgirl. For the suburban Chicago preschooler, it was an unlikely dream. But it stuck.

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From Pests to Protein: Edible Insects Emerge as a Sustainable Food Source

Bugs. They get a bad rap. Some bite. Some sting. Some stink. But what if they could be considered beyond their pesky traits? What if certain insects could actually benefit the health of humans, of animals, of the entire planet?

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Texas A&M AgriLife Tick Research Gets $1M Boost

Two NIFA-funded projects by Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists aim to protect the U.S. cattle industry from the emerging and significant threat of pesticide-resistant cattle fever ticks.

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Solving the Honeycrisp Apple Ancestry Mystery

Thanks to DNA-based tracking, NIFA-supported researchers at the University of Minnesota (U of M) have finally traced the family tree of the Honeycrisp apple — one of the top 10 varieties produced in the United States. Recently published in HortScience, the findings are the result of sifting through thousands of DNA markers to unwind the pedigrees of many of the U of M’s best apple cultivars.

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University of Nebraska Continues to Assist with 2019 Flooding Recovery

When the COVID-19 pandemic descended on the world in March 2020, Nebraska and its neighboring states already had been reeling for a year from a previous, record-setting, climate disaster.

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Nebraska Faculty Lead National Cover Crop Course

With a lot of time, planning, collaboration with other institutions and a $10 million NIFA Coordinated Agricultural Project grant, an idea from two University of Nebraska professors became a reality and they were able to offer a cover crop course like none other in the country.

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Genomics-Assisted Breeding Tools Improving, Gaining Users and Uses

Thanks to the development and adoption of specialized computational tools, the past several years have seen major advancements in the breeding of “polyploid plants” — plants with more than two sets of chromosomes in their cells.

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How Toddler-Mother Attachment Impacts Adolescent Brain and Behavior

Interpersonal trust is a crucial component of healthy relationships. When we interact with strangers, we quickly gauge whether we can trust them.

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NIFA Celebrates Women's History Month

Get to know University of North Carolina-Greensboro’s Dr. Kasie Raymann, assistant professor in the Department of Biology and the lead investigator on a NIFA-funded project.

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NIFA-Funded Program to Integrate Indigenous Perspective into Ag, Science

A NIFA-funded program to boost student interest in science and agriculture is coming to the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota.

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Helping the Honey Bee at the Honey Bee Lab

With support from NIFA, Oregon State University (OSU) Extension researchers are making sure that bees are healthy and thriving. The OSU Honey Bee Lab is estimated to save Oregon's beekeepers about $5 million a year in reduced colony losses and costs for medications. For more information, watch the video.

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A Century of Farming: Black Farmers Partner with VSU to Help Family Operation Thrive

Virginia State University has worked with Virginia Cooperative Extension to generate ideas on how to improve the profitability of Black farmers. Although small-scale farms operated by producers of all races have fallen into bankruptcy, Black producers have lost the most land and businesses due to decades of discrimination and debt.

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Researchers Discover a Unique Bacterial Property, Potential Target for Treating and Diagnosing Lyme Disease

With support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA), Virginia Tech researchers have discovered a unique property in the bacterium that causes Lyme disease

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Treating Mastitis with Good Bacteria

​Since 2009, the U.S. goat industry has experienced a 57% increase in dairy operations, according to USDA’s Animal and Plant Inspection Service. Today, U.S. goat milk sales exceed $90 million.

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Building STEM Pathways for Students of Color

A shortage of skilled graduates with science degrees in natural resources exists in the United States, creating a need for the next generation of natural resource scientists.

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Researchers Reveal Strategies to Help Dairy Farmers Adapt to Climate Change

Dairy farmers in the Northeast facing a warming climate that exacerbates nutrient pollution but lengthens the growing season can reduce the environmental impact of their operations and maximize revenues by double cropping and injecting manure into the soil, rather than broadcasting it.

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Destructive Onion Virus Evolving, Spreading

Iris yellow spot virus is continuing to pose a danger to onion crops by evolving and spreading, according to research from Washington State University (WSU) virologists. Named for its original host plant, Iris yellow spot has caused significant damage to onion crops around the world.

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Microbe Sneaks Past Tomato Defense System, Advances Evolutionary Battle

When we think of evolution, many of us conjure the lineage from ape to man, a series of incremental changes spanning millions of years. But in some species, evolution happens so quickly we can watch it in real time.

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Incorporating Alfalfa in Forage Systems Could Lead to Environmental Benefits

Alfalfa, once a dominant forage in Georgia, is the third-highest crop for economic returns in the United States. Combined with cheap nitrogen prices, difficulty growing the desirable forage crop in Georgia’s challenging climate led to a decline in alfalfa production in the state after its peak in the 1960s.
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