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Horticulture Champion

Sue Barton’s role at the University of Delaware (UD) is the perfect embodiment of the University’s Land-grant mission. She teaches. She conducts research. And she takes UD’s knowledge to the public. Barton is both a professor in the…

Sue Barton explains the benefits of a bioswale installation in South Bethany to landscape architecture majors. Courtesy of the University of Delaware.

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Planting for the Future

A name like Junior Master Gardeners evokes images of planting seeds with a hope for a bountiful harvest. But the bountiful harvest that Cooperative Extension educators want to achieve isn’t vegetables or fruits. Rather, the Junior…

Collage of images - planting by hand and machine, courtesy of AdobeStock

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University of Hawaiʻi Maui College Expands Aquaponics Training

At the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College, educators have launched the Adapting Precision Farming Technologies for Sustainable Aquaponics Systems

Students in the apprenticeship program showcase the fresh produce raised in hydroponic systems. Courtesy of the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College.

Announcement

The General Services Administration (GSA)/System for Award Management (SAM) is Experiencing Delays

The General Services Administration (GSA)/System for Award Management (SAM) is experiencing delays processing certain private entity registration information for new registrants, updates to existing entity registrations and annual…

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AgMIP Co-Founder Cynthia Rosenzweig Receives 2022 World Food Prize

Dr. Cynthia Rosenzweig, a senior research scientist and head of the Climate Impacts Group at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), has received the 2022 World Food Prize from the World Food Prize Foundation. According to…

Cynthia Rosenzweig, winner of the 2022 World Food Prize and senior research scientist and head of the Climate Impacts Group at NASA GISS. (Credit: Courtesy of Kisha Bari/NASA)

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You Say Tomato, I Say Okay!

May is National Salad Month! Created by the Association for Dressing and Sauces in 1992, National Salad Month encourages people to incorporate more salads into their daily food regimen. 

National Salad Month

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May: Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental health is an often-overlooked challenge farmers face nationwide. Farmland loss and land access issues, rising production costs, plummeting farm incomes, climate change and, most recently, the COVID-19 pandemic are contributing to…

May: Mental Health Awareness Month

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May 13 - National Apple Pie Day: Getting to the Core of NIFA-funded Apple Research

Apples are the most consumed fruit in the U.S., followed closely by oranges. In 2019, the average U.S. per person consumption of all forms of apples had increased to about 26.3 pounds. 

various images of apples and apple pie courtesy of AdobeStock

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Hope to Dream: Mobile County SNAP-Ed Educator Facilitates Bed Donation

The suspense grew and grew one recent Saturday afternoon at Craighead Elementary School in Mobile, Alabama. Suspicions were eventually met with screams of joy as 75 third-grade students learned they were getting their own twin Sealy…

Students sprint to a bed and jump up and down with excitement. Courtesy of the Alabama Extension Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education department (SNAP-Ed).

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Building Legacy Together: Our Communities’ Journey of Strength and Resilience

With support from USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Land-grant Universities in the Pacific Islands carry out innovative education, applied research and related community development programs that create stronger, more…

Novel agroforestry experiment plots located at the Ija Research & Education Center in southern Guam. Credit: Western Pacific Tropical Research Center

Press Release

NIFA Invests Nearly $4M in Two New Centers of Excellence at 1890 Land-grant Institutions

NIFA announced today an investment of nearly $4 million for two new 1890 Centers of Excellence grants.

Person sits on a sofa looking at laptop and wearing head phones. Image courtesy of Getty Images.

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Utah Plant Pest Diagnostic Lab Wins NPDN’s Rotten Tuber Award for ‘Hazmat Team Called for Bee Excrement!’

The Utah Plant Pest Diagnostic Lab at Utah State University recently was awarded first place in the National Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN)’s Rotten Tuber Awards for its submission, “Hazmat Team Called for Bee Excrement!” The Rotten…

Utah Plant Pest Diagnostic Lab Wins NPDN’s Rotten Tuber Award for ‘Hazmat Team Called for Bee Excrement!’

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National Plant Diagnostic Network Recognizes Outstanding Service, Lifetime Achievement

The National Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN) recently recognized several members for outstanding service and lifetime achievement. The NPDN is an internationally respected consortium of plant diagnostic laboratories. It was established…

Photo provided by Clarissa Balbalian, Diagnostic Lab Manager, Mississippi State University

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Lettuce Celebrate National Salad Month

May is National Salad Month. Created by the Association for Dressing and Sauces in 1992, National Salad Month encourages people to incorporate more salads into their daily food regimen.

Lettuce Celebrate National Salad Month

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Illinois Program Turns Cowgirl Dreams into Livestock Research Reality 

The moment 4-year-old Sarah Graham sat in a saddle for the first time, she announced she wanted to be a cowgirl. For the suburban Chicago preschooler, it was an unlikely dream. But it stuck.

Photo of Sarah Graham, courtesy of ACES News

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From Pests to Protein: Edible Insects Emerge as a Sustainable Food Source

Bugs. They get a bad rap. Some bite. Some sting. Some stink. But what if they could be considered beyond their pesky traits? What if certain insects could actually benefit the health of humans, of animals, of the entire planet?

Image of fried crickets courtesy of AdobeStock

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Research Tackling Lyme Disease and Other Tick-borne Diseases

Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases pose very real threats to human health. A 2021 estimate suggested that more than 470,000 people in the United States are diagnosed annually for Lyme disease alone, according to the Centers for…

Research Tackling Lyme Disease and Other Tick-borne Diseases

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May the 4th Be With You

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) may not fund light saber or droid research but, with support from NIFA, scientists are developing advanced technologies to meet the complex agricultural challenges faced by the…

May the 4th Be With You - May 4, 2022

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Beefing Up the Cattle Industry

May is National Beef Month. As of January 1, there were 91.9 million head of cattle and calves on farms in the United States. In 2021, cattle production was forecasted to represent about 17% of the $391 billion in total cash receipts…

Image of cow courtesy of AdobeStock

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NIFA’s Evergreen Commitment to Protecting Trees, Forests

This year marks the 150th anniversary of Arbor Day, which began in Nebraska after the newly arrived settlers sorely felt the absence of trees — as windbreaks and shade, or as building material and fuel — in their new lives on the plains…

National Arbor Day May 2, 2022

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National Wildflower Week

Hundreds of wildflower species bring immense beauty to the United States throughout the year from Maine’s red trilliums and Texas bluebonnets to Alaska’s fireweed and Nevada’s desert sand verbena. Whether growing in their native…

images of wildflowers courtesy of AdobeStock

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NIFA-Funded Research Works to Strengthen Veterinarian Career Field

April 30 is recognized as World Veterinary Day, created by the World Veterinary Association in 2000 to celebrate the veterinary profession and promote the amazing work that veterinarians do. USDA’s National Institute of Food and…

Image of veterinarian with cow courtesy of AdobeStock

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Texas A&M AgriLife Tick Research Gets $1M Boost

Two NIFA-funded projects by Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists aim to protect the U.S. cattle industry from the emerging and significant threat of pesticide-resistant cattle fever ticks.

Adela Chavez, Ph.D., is expanding her tick research to seek a vaccine to treat cattle infected by cattle fever ticks. Credit: Laura McKenzie, Texas A&M AgriLife.

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NIFA-Funded Research and Outreach Helping Producers Meet High Demand for Blueberries

Blueberries are the second-most produced berries in the United States, after strawberries, according to USDA’s Economic Research Services. Over the past 10 years, the supply of fresh blueberries available for American consumption has…

National Blueberry Pie Day

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Squashing the Spread of the Spotted Lantern Fly

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is working with states to detect, contain, control and suppress spotted lanternfly, a deadly nonnative invasive pest that threatens American agriculture and natural resources.

Image of spotted lanternfly courtesy of AdobeStock
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