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Improving Drainage Management on Agricultural Lands

A team of 22 Land-grant University researchers are working with USDA scientists and industry partners to develop new technologies and strategies that improve drainage.
Example of water management practice. Improved drainage management could significantly reduce water quality problems and related environmental and human health risks. Image courtesy of Lynn Betts, SWCS. NRCS.

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Farmers Markets Bring Bounty to Tables Across the Country

Summertime would not be complete for most people without at least one visit to a farmers market. In 2020, farmers and producers sold almost $3 billion worth of products directly to consumers through farmers markets and on-farm stores.
Left image of individuals holding tomatoes at a farmers market. Right image of various peppers displayed at a farmers market stand. Images courtesy of Adobe Stock.

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Oyster Researchers Helping Keep Consumers Safe from Dangerous Pathogens

Vibrio parahaemolyticus is the leading cause of seafood-borne bacterial infections in the United States. Contaminated raw oysters can cause Vibriosis, a gastrointestinal illness that can be life threatening and even fatal for people with liver disease, diabetes or a weakened immune system.
Left image of hand holding oyster. Right image of oyster farmer examining oysters. Images courtesy of Adobe Stock. .

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State of Success: Georgia

To celebrate National Georgia Day on Aug. 3, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is highlighting the innovative NIFA-funded research conducted by the University of Georgia (UGA).
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Bioproduct Pilot Program Seeks to Boost Economic Development in Rural America

NIFA’s Bioproduct Pilot Program (BPP) is a new program created by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. This crucial program seeks to study the benefits of using materials derived from covered agricultural commodities for the manufacture of construction and consumer products.
image of farm combine harvesting corn, courtesy of AdobeStock

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Protecting the Environment via Climate Smart Agriculture and Forestry

A healthy environment is a foundation for a stable and healthy human society. On World Nature Conservation Day, learn about how NIFA-supported research and Extension at Land-grant Universities are helping conserve and protect the environment and natural resources via climate smart agriculture and forestry.
Left image of women holding plant. Right image two hands holding together a green young plant. Images courtesy of Adobe Stock.

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Highlighting NIFA’s Efforts on the Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Thirty-two years ago, President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law, following years of focused educational efforts from disability rights groups and a lengthy bipartisan effort in Congress. USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is committed to ensuring its programs are inclusive and provide equal opportunities for all.
Farmers in various fruit orchards. Image courtesy of Adobe Stock.

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Make Your Summer Picnics Shine

Grab your picnic basket – July is National Picnic Month! Picnics are a perfect way to combine outdoor activity, healthy eating and time spent together with family and friends. Extension and research efforts supported by USDA NIFA that create more and better markets for producers and consumers and tackle food and nutrition insecurity and safety can help your family picnic become a favorite summer activity.
July is National Picnic Month! Left image of picnic type food. Middle image of family enjoying a picnic. Right image of sandwiches. Courtesy of Adobe Stock.

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We All Scream for Ice Cream Day

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! At the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, we certainly believe National Ice Cream Day is worth celebrating! The agency is proud to support research that serves the U.S. dairy industry.
Left image of dairy researcher in the lab. Right image of freshly scooped ice cream cone. Both images courtesy of Adobe Stock.

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Wild Blueberries—The Maine Event

Love the juicy pop of flavor in wild blueberries? Thank growers in Maine. Maine is the leading producer of lowbush or wild blueberries. Lowbush blueberries are native to northern New England and Atlantic Canada. Almost 500 farmers manage 36,000 acres of commercial wild blueberry land in Maine.
Left image of farmer carrying a crate of freshly picked blueberries. Right image of blueberries in a basket. Both images courtesy of Adobe Stock.

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What is a Schedule A?

Schedule A refers to a special hiring authority that gives federal agencies an optional, and potentially quicker, way to hire individuals with disabilities. Applying under Schedule A offers an exception to the traditional competitive hiring process. You can apply for jobs using Schedule A if you are a person with an intellectual disability, a severe physical disability or a psychiatric disability.
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Technology Transforming Forest Management

Supported by funding from USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Purdue launched the Integrated Digital Forestry Initiative (iDiF). The initiative’s goal is to develop digital forestry tools to save time, money and achieve a deeper understanding of a vital natural resource.
Left image of individual exploring a forest. Right image of sunlight breaking through forest trees. Images courtesy of Adobe Stock.

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Cooperative Extension Grows People and Communities

As the United States celebrates its founding this Fourth of July, it is a good time to reflect on how Cooperative Extension based at the nation’s Land-grant Universities works to grow both people and communities.
Left image of a family of four celebrating Independence Day. Right image of fireworks and an American flag in the background. Both images courtesy of Adobe Stock.

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National Pollinator Month Profile: Dr. Ramesh Sagili

In celebration of National Pollinator Month, USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is highlighting NIFA-funded researcher Dr. Ramesh Sagili, who serves as an associate professor at Oregon State University.
Dr. Sagili’s current research program aims to address current and emerging problems pertaining to commercial beekeeping industry. Image provided by Dr. Sagili.

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Celebrate the 160th Anniversary of the Morrill Act

Celebrate the 160th anniversary of the Morrill Act with USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture and its history.
July 2: 160th Anniversary of the Morrill Act. Right image of USDA Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. Right image of previous Vermont Congressman Justin Smith Morrill.

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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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