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1890 Land-grant Institutions Strengthening Agricultural Profitability and Sustainability of Small-Scale Farms

1890 Land-grant Institutions are strengthening agricultural profitability and sustainability of small-scale farms through a variety of programs.

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Aquaculture America 2024 Features NIFA-Funded Research and Extension Projects

Thirteen NIFA-funded aquaculture research and Extension projects will be featured at Aquaculture America 2024.

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Researchers Find Environmentally Friendly Solutions to Controlling Mites in Dry-Cured Ham

Researchers have developed safe and cost-effective methods over the last 15 years for the dry-cured pork industry to control pest infestations.

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Research Supporting Midsize Producers

Researchers at land-grant universities nationwide are working together to better understand and support midsize producers.

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University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine Scientists Unravel Mystery of How Fish Develop Immunity to Disease

University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine scientists have discovered that fish develop an antibody response in similar structures.

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A Look Back at 2023

The past year was an exciting time at NIFA – a time of growth, change, renewed focus and impact.

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Conservation Planning Through Genetic Monitoring

Indicator species are crucial for determining and monitoring ecosystem health, as they alert scientists to potential dangers facing an environment.

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Improving Wine Grapes for American Growers and Winemakers

Researchers at Land-grant universities nationwide are developing and evaluating wine grapes for American growers and winemakers.

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Land-Grant University Scientists Are Making Turfgrass Safer, Better for Environment

USDA’s NIFA supports research across a broad spectrum of agricultural crops, including the turfgrasses that comprise not only lawns but also playing fields.

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Climate Change to Drive Surge in Insects That Attack Almonds, Peaches, Walnuts

Climate change is expected to create a surge in agricultural pests. Learn more about NIFA supported work being done by California researchers to model the scope of such a surge.

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Cover Crops’ Value Affirmed in Recent Survey

Cover crops can increase soil organic matter and fertility, reduce erosion, improve soil structure, promote water infiltration, and limit pest and disease outbreaks. Many farmers receive incentive payments from USDA to plant cover…

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Managing Antimicrobial Resistance

Supported by funding from USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, scientists at land-grant universities have teamed up to tackle the complex problem of antimicrobial resistance in agriculture.

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Multi State Research Efforts Focus on Climate Data & Monitoring

Climate information—historical, real-time, and predictive—is vital for the sustainable management of agriculture and natural resources. A committee of researchers and Extension educators from Land-grant Universities coordinates climate…

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Scientists Across the Country Working to Create More Nutrient-Dense Diets

Many American diets don’t include enough basic nutrients, which can lead to health issues as we age. Low-nutrient diets can lead to issues such as macular degeneration, Alzheimer’s disease, obesity and diabetes. Improving the…

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Supporting Healthy Habits Among Young Adults

Researchers and educators at Land-grant Universities across the country are working together to assess the healthfulness of college campuses, develop tailored health promotion programs, and disseminate information that helps campus…

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IR-4 Petition Yields First Conventional Pesticide Tolerance for Hemp

Hemp growers seeking more pest management tools now have a conventional pesticide tolerance for hemp seed as a result of work by the https://www.nifa.usda.gov/grants/funding-opportunities/minor-crop-pest-… Crop Management Program…

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GusNIP Efforts Impacting Rural Communities – and Economies

After the deaths of her husband and daughter, Teresa found herself legal guardian of her 12-year-old grandson – essentially becoming a single mother in her 70s.

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Smart Water Management 

Today, agricultural engineering includes the wide range of technologies and disciplines that must be employed to meet the challenges of a new century. A hundred years ago, agricultural engineers were developing and refining the…

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Reimagining Resilient Agri-food Supply Chains

Consumers may consider local, regional foods a safer option during a crisis. However, shifting is difficult for producers and suppliers. Cooperative Extension professionals and commodity associations can work to make the process easier…

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UC Davis Releases 5 Strawberry Varieties Resistant to Deadly Fungal Disease

The University of California, Davis, has released five new strawberry varieties that are resistant to the soilborne disease Fusarium wilt, have high yields and improved fruit quality. The breeding research was supported by a $6.2…

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GusNIP Program Improves Fruit and Vegetable Intake

The Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program (GusNIP), one of USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s five primary nutrition programs, is increasing the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables by income-eligible…

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Understanding Bioactive Dietary Chemicals

Since 1971, a multistate project has brought together researchers at 22 Land-grant Universities to conduct cutting edge research on the effects of dietary bioactive chemicals on human health, chronic diseases and food safety. …

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1890 Extension Efforts Supporting Nutrition, Health and Wellness of Individuals, Families and Communities

The 1890 Land-grant Universities shape a brighter future for their communities through their Cooperative Extension programs that are providing families with the information they need to make healthy lifestyle choices.

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Science and Engineering for a Biobased Industry and Economy

Biofuels and other bioproducts offer a way to improve energy security, food security and national security while also cutting back on fossil fuel-related pollution and climate change. Biobased industries can also generate new jobs and…

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Study Unravels the Impact of Rockweed Harvest at the Bed-Scale

University of Maine researchers have captured how entire rockweed beds recover from harvest, and the practice has a smaller impact than previously thought.

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