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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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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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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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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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Have you Herd? It’s National Dairy Month

For National Dairy Month, we are highlighted Land-grant Universities conducting research aimed at improving dairy production.
Dairy cattle grazing in a green pasture. Courtesy of Adobe Stock.

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NIFA-Funded Research Projects Advance U.S. Aquaculture, Protect Our Oceans

To mark World Oceans Day this June, we’re highlighting the collaborative work that Land-grant Universities are doing, through support from USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), to both advance aquaculture in the U.S. and protect our coastal waters.
Aerial view of the ocean wave. Image courtesy of Adobe Stock.

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NIFA Programs Increasing Access to Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) supports programs that are working toward a safe, nutritious food supply while also developing, delivering and disseminating evidence-based nutrition education and promotion.
Healthy fruits and vegetables background. Courtesy of Adobe Stock.

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Increasing Food Security in a Mohican Tribal Community

Like many rural communities, the Stockbridge-Munsee Community, a Mohican Indian tribe in north central Wisconsin, wanted to increase its access to fresh produce, but faced multiple barriers.
Variety of root garden vegetables such as carrot, garlic, purple onion, beetroot, parsnip and celery with tops over black texture background. Image courtesy of Adobe Stock.

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How NIFA Champions Greater Access to Higher Education

Today is National Higher Education Day, which occurs annually on June 6 to champion accessibility to higher education. USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture supports higher education by partnering with the Land-grant University System to find innovative solutions to the most pressing local, national and global problems.
Rear view of audience in raise hand up response for answer the question in a classroom. Image courtesy of Adobe Stock.

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Sweet Dreams Are Made of Cheese, Who Am I to Diss a Brie?

June 4 is National Cheese Day! USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) understands the importance of cheese, not only to consumers but to dairy farmers and producers as well.
a collection of cheeses, courtesy of AdobeStock

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National Egg Day: An Egg-cellent Source of Nutrition

On National Egg Day, we are sharing a few USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)-funded research projects conducted by Land-grant Universities that explore the health benefits associated with egg consumption.
On National Egg Day, we are sharing a few USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)-funded research projects conducted by Land-grant Universities that explore the health benefits associated with egg consumption. Image courtesy of Adobe Stock.
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