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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 Washington…

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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 number…

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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…

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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,…

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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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A Look Back at 2023

The past year was an exciting time at NIFA – a time of growth, change, renewed focus and impact. NIFA investments play a critical role in not only inspiring innovation but providing the crucial funding needed to pursue those…

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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. With support from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, a research team led…

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Improving Wine Grapes for American Growers and Winemakers

This impact story was first published on the Multistate Research Fund website and is reprinted with permission.The National Institute of Food and Agriculture supports a number of projects through the Hatch Multistate Research Fund…

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

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture supports research across a broad spectrum of agricultural crops, including the turfgrasses that comprise not only lawns, but also playing fields across the nation.

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

The Extension, Education & USDA Climate Hubs Partnership is part of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s (NIFA) Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) portfolio. It supports projects developing effective and…

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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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