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NIFA-Funded Research Results in Technological Innovation That Saves Florida Citrus Industry

The citrus industry in the United States is valued at more than $3.3 billion with major production concentrated in Florida, California and Texas. However, citrus production in the United States is threatened by an invasive bacterial…

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NIFA-Funded Research Helps Reduce Food Loss

Farmers face unpredictable weather and dwindling yields.

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Better Berries, Cold-Tolerant Sugarcane, Precision Breeding Is Making It Possible

With support of USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Land-grant Universities across the nation are maximizing plants’ positive genetic traits through targeted plant breeding efforts.

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Voices Carry: National 4-H Conference Provides Youth Voice on National Issues

Taylor Marrs waves away the microphone on the table in front of him, stands up from his padded chair, and addresses a crowded room of people who cannot help but listen to his every word. The Oklahoma teenager is speaking with the…

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Vector-borne Diseases Are Taking a Bite Out of Our Health and Safety

Climate change is one factor linked to growing threat of vector-borne diseases. Vectors are organisms that carry disease. Vectors such as mosquitoes and ticks spread diseases like Lyme disease and West Nile virus among others. …

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Extension Boosts Profitability for Nation’s Farmers

Producers and ranchers need a trusted resource to help them improve the viability of their operations. For more than 100 years, Cooperative Extension, a nationwide educational and outreach network based at the nation’s Land-grant…

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Pollinators Support Agriculture Profitability

Pollinators are essential to the environment, but they face a growing variety of stressors that impact their health, overall numbers and ability to effectively pollinate plants.

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NIFA Makes Important Contributions to Environmental Justice Initiative

Rural and agricultural communities are on the front lines of dealing with the cumulative impacts of environmental degradation and climate change. USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is working to bring the…

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Extension Disaster Education Network Provides Important Resources

Hurricane season has just begun, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecast predicts an "above average" hurricane season this year.

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Rising to the Challenge: Lifelong Love of 4-H Sparks Leadership Role at National 4-H Conference

A third generation 4-H club member, Madilyn Lawson has been involved in the youth development organization since she was seven years old. In April, the Ohio State University (OSU) freshman attended National 4-H Conference in…

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Farmers Will Benefit from New Fertilizer Recommendation Support Tool

A web-based Fertilizer Recommendation Support Tool (FRST) released recently can help farmers make decisions on applying phosphorus and potassium fertilizers using data from across the U.S., with the potential to save farmers millions…

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Oregon State Extension Trains New B-Team to Assess the Status of Oregon’s Wild Bees

U.S. producers face challenges in areas such as stewardship of natural resources and challenges to pollinator health. USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture supports projects addressing these specific areas through a…

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NIFA’s FRSAN Connects Farmers and Ranchers to Stress Assistance Programs

Battling unexpected weather conditions, farm equipment repairs and excessive workloads are just a few stress factors experienced by farmers and ranchers in the United States.

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NIFA Funding Helps Veterinary Clinic Better Serve Large Animal Clients

With funding from USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Cambria Veterinary Care in Johnstown, Penn., now can better serve its large animal clients. The veterinary clinic leveraged a $125,000 Veterinary Services Grant to…

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Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory Scientists Develop Tool to Rapidly Detect Devastating Swine Disease

Endemic animal health threats such as Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus (PRRSV) result in large losses of revenue to U.S. producers every year and pose ongoing challenges to the biosecurity and biocontainment…

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Emerging Technologies Aid Conservation and Management

Climate change and biodiversity losses pose extraordinary challenges for the sustainability of natural ecosystems and the species that inhabit them.

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Tropical Birds Could Tolerate Warming Better Than Expected

How climate change will impact wildlife species including birds is a research question that scientists are trying to answer.

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Cultivating the Future: Agricultural Innovations for Climate Resilience

As the world grapples with the impacts of climate change, extreme temperatures and tragic weather events tend to dominate the news. But a slower moving, less conspicuous threat looms in our future: the challenge of maintaining a…

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Nevada Researcher Aims to Improve Sorghum Hybrids for Dairy Cattle Feed

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) recognizes the need for the continuing development of new plant cultivars to meet the growing challenges posed by climate change and the growing global population.

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Grupo De Mujeres Provides Education, Community for Spanish-Speaking Women

In partnership with the Land-Grant University and Cooperative Extension System, USDA’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture supports efforts that promote learning and development for individuals and families. Formal and non…

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

Producers working on small-scale farms often face different challenges than their counterparts farming larger acreages. With support from USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, a number of 1890 Land-grant Institutions are…

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Aquaculture America 2024 Features NIFA-Funded Research and Extension Projects

Aquaculture America 2024, the most prominent national aquaculture conference and exposition in the United States, will feature research and Extension projects supported by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). The…

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

With funding from USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Mississippi State University and Kansas State University researchers have developed many safe and cost-effective methods and technologies over the last 15 years for…

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Research Supporting Midsize Producers

This impact story was first published on the Multistate Research Fund website and is reprinted with permission. Midsize farms are vital to the long-term resilience of the global food system and the wellbeing of rural communities, the…

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

Jawed vertebrates comprise more than 99% of living vertebrate species, including humans. And when the immune systems of these animals are stimulated by an infection or immunization, they generate proteins called antibodies that fight…

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