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Helping Western Tribal Communities Understand the Impacts of and Adaptation Options for Climate Change

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is providing important financial support through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative program to the Desert Research Institute and its Native Waters on Arid Lands project…
Trent Teegerstrom (UA, Tribal Ext Dir) and Virgil Dupuis (SKC, Extension Dir) looking over agriculture lands fed by the Flathead River on the Flathead Reservation of the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes (CSKT)

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A New Cash Oilseed Cover Crop for Midwest Corn and Soybean Rotations

Thanks to a $10 million dollar grant awarded by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture in 2019, a new oilseed is moving ever closer to becoming a cover crop that can be used both as a component in biofuels and livestock feeds…
Field pennycress. Credit: Ohio State Weed Lab at The Ohio State University.

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Langston University Excels in Daylily Research

Despite its rich environmental, nutritional, medicinal and research history, daylily’s economies evolve mainly around the beauty of its flowers. The diversity and complexity of its colors are unparalleled across ornamental crops. With…
Daylily cultivar Mels Folly, courtesy of Langston University.

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SDSU Researchers Working to Fill Educational Gaps for Rural Students

Two South Dakota State University researchers have begun working to help “fill in the gaps” that rural students might be missing in their education. The idea came from hearing conversations parents were having regarding their children’s…
The curriculum LaunchSkills assists professionals support developing life readiness skills in youth as they make the transition from high school to either college or the workforce. Photo courtesy of SDSU.

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Oregon State Researchers Discover Compounds Contributing to Smoke Taint in Wine and Grapes

With funding from NIFA, an Oregon State University-led research team has discovered a class of compounds that contribute to smoke taint in wine and grapes.
Wine grapes in an Oregon vineyard. Credit: Tiffany Woods/Oregon State University.

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How the Omicron Subvariant BA.5 Became a Master of Disguise – and What It Means for the Current COVID-19 Surge

The omicron subvariant known as BA.5 was first detected in South Africa in February 2022 and spread rapidly throughout the world. As of the second week of July 2022, BA.5 constituted nearly 80% of COVID-19 variants in the United States…
People in masks on a crowded urban street during the COVID-19 pandemic. Courtesy of Adobe Stock.

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Developing New Measures to Assess Factors Associated with Food Insecurity in the U.S.

Tackling food and nutrition insecurity is one of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack’s top priorities. Developing and validating tools to measure the emerging concept of nutrition security will help accelerate USDA’s progress.
A smiling woman cropping the fruit for a fresh fruit salad. Image courtesy of Adobe Stock.

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Building a Network to Enhance Collaboration for Agricultural Biosecurity

NIFA engages in many programs, working groups and networks — in both plant and animal systems that support the tactical sciences for agricultural biosecurity mission — by identifying and preparing for the entry, outbreak or spread of…
USDA African Swine Fever (ASF) research is conducted by lead scientist Dr. Manuel Borca and Senior Scientist Dr. Douglas Gladue (seen), who are working to find solutions to contain ASF and prevent its spread if it ever came to the United States.

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Multistate Project Focused on Protecting One of Nation’s Largest Aquifers

Rapidly dropping reservoir levels in the West are capturing national media attention, but the nation’s underground aquifers are also under threat. The Ogallala aquifer is one of the world’s largest fresh water resources. Communities and…
Aerial view of irrigated and non-irrigated fields in eastern Colorado. Photo by Bill Cotton, Colorado State University.

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Diversity and Inclusion in Agriculture: The Case for Missouri Latino Farmers and Ranchers

Since 2007, the U.S. Census of Agriculture has consistently documented a demographic shift in the agricultural sector. Although this shift reflects a more diverse farming community that collectively contributes to reducing food…
A group of Latino farmers learning grass management practices at a Southwest Missouri Ranch. Photo courtesy of Lincoln University Cooperative Extension.

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A Closer Look at Rural Populations: Multistate Research Monitors Changes and Issues Affecting Rural Areas

Rural areas make up 72% of the nation’s land area, house 46 million people and are essential to agriculture, natural resources, recreation and environmental sustainability.
Downtown Durham, New Hampshire. Image courtesy of University of New Hampshire.

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NIFA Celebrates Disability Pride Month

A collective case study of Land-grant University leaders discovers strategies for the retention of students with learning disabilities. Such outcomes could prevent bullying on campuses and in the workplace.
Illustration of happy people, courtesy of AdobeStock

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Land-grant Universities Conducting Agricultural Safety and Health Research and Extension

Agriculture is one of the most hazardous industries in the U.S. Across the nation, people who work or live on farms and ranches are regularly exposed to dangerous machinery, sharp tools, toxic chemicals, biological pathogens, confined…
A farmer on a tractor prepares the land for the next growing season. Photo courtesy of Adobe Stock.

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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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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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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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The Extension Disaster Education Network Helps Prepare Nation for Hurricane Season

The Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) is a collaborative multi-state effort by Cooperative Extension Services across the country to improve the delivery of services to citizens affected by disasters.
June 1 marks the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season in the United States.

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New CRISPR-Combo Boosts Genome Editing Power in Plants | College of Agriculture & Natural Resources at UMD

Ten years ago, a new technology called CRISPR-CAS9 made it possible for scientists to change the genetic code of living organisms. As revolutionary as it was, the tool had its limitations. Like the first cell phones that could only…
On the left: poplar sprouts containing CRISPR-edited genes. On the right, poplar sprouts with the same CRISPR edit plus gene enhancements to improve growth. Photo courtesy of the University of Maryland.

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University of Connecticut Supports Connecticut’s Greenhouse Industry – An Integral Part of Agriculture

Greenhouses in Connecticut represent over one third of the state’s vibrant $4.7 billion agricultural economy and are integral to the success of all agricultural businesses, according to a 2021 study by Farm Credit East. The total…
David and Joyce Hart, owners of Hart's Greenhouse and Garden Center in Canterbury, Connecticut. Courtesy of UConn Extension.

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Nanotechnology in Agriculture and Food Systems 

Nanotechnology refers to the science and engineering of tiny objects between one and 100 nanometers (a nanometer is one billionth of a meter). Researchers and farmers need nanotechnology, such as nanoscale biosensors and nanoparticles,…
Illustration of nano technology courtesy of AdobeStock

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Yes, Allergy Seasons Are Getting Worse. Blame Climate Change

If you live with seasonal allergies and feel like the pollen seasons feel longer and longer every year, you may be right. New research shows that pollen seasons start 20 days earlier, are 10 days longer, and feature 21% more pollen than…
Rocky Mountain Columbine flower and pollen in southwestern Colorado. Photo courtesy of William Anderegg/University of Utah.

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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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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

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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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