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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…

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…

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…

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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SCSU Team Finds Ozone Treatment to Manage Stored-Product Pests

South Carolina State University researchers have found that ozone treatment could be an alternative for managing all life stages of select stored-product insect pests.

Dr. Rizana Mahroof, left, demonstrates how to sort male and female pupae of the red flour beetle. Photo courtesy of ARD Updates and South Carolina State University.

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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…

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…

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. 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…

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 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…

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 photo

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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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Reducing Runoff to Save Farmers Money and Protect Water Quality

University of Maryland researchers are tracing the different types of nitrogen and phosphorus flowing into drainage ditches, tile drains and overland flow at the edges of farm fields during rainfall events.

University of Maryland researchers have set up a network of sophisticated monitoring stations across Maryland to identify what flows off the land every few minutes when it rains. Photo courtesy of the University of Maryland.

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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…

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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NIFA Invests Over $6M in Plant Biotic Interactions

This joint NIFA - National Science Foundation (NIFA-NSF) Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Plant Biotic Interactions program supports research on the processes that mediate interactions between plants and their viral,…

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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…

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…

image of butterfly on flower 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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Research Makes National Strawberry Month Sweeter

Five pounds of strawberries might seem like a lot, but that is approximately how much each person eats each year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Given that much consumption, it’s good that strawberries are grown in…

New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station researchers Becky Sideman, Lise Mahoney and Tom Davis. Photo courtesy of the University of New Hampshire

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NIFA Invests Over $1M in Economic and Social Implications of Food and Agricultural Technologies

Examining the economic and social implications of technology is a form of technology assessment that anticipates the unforeseen and unintended consequences of technological innovation, including cultural, health, welfare, equity,…

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USDA Invests in New HBCU Agribusiness Innovation Center at NC A&T State University

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced today a $1.92 million investment to establish an Agriculture Business Innovation Center at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical (NC A&T) State University, a Historically Black College…

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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…

image of ocean waves 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.

image of root vegetables courtesy of Adobe Stock
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