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Land-grant University Researchers Helping in Fight Against Antimicrobial Resistance

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) occurs when bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites change over time and no longer respond to medicines, making infections harder to treat and increasing the risk of disease spread, severe illness and death…

Researcher looking through a microscope. Courtesy of Adobe Stock.


NIFA-Funded Drought Research Inspires Scientist’s Poetry

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture-funded researcher Jess Gersony, who formerly was a postdoc at the University of New Hampshire, has turned her passion for studying natural resources and the environment into poetry. Now at…

Illustration by Smith College student Marge Poma of a tree surrounded by tall buildings. 


Respecting Roots and Growing for the Future with the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation

Six years ago, there was a 300-acre parcel of wooded land in North Stonington, Connecticut. A dirt road led into the property, and Jeremy Whipple, executive director of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation (MPTN) Department of…

Members of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and Extension educator transplanting hydroponic lettuce at the Meechooôk Farm. Meechooôk Farm produces lettuce, tomato, and herbs hydroponically, and three sisters (corn, bean, and squash), pumpkin, strawberry, blueberry, and many other crops in the field. (Remsberg Inc.)


National Clean Plant Center for Berries Expands Capabilities

The Arkansas Clean Plant Center for Berries at the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station has moved into a renovated laboratory, expanding its capability to assure that nurseries and growers have plants free of harmful pathogens. …

Research scientist Dan Villamor sets up samples in the centrifuge in the Arkansas Clean Plant Center for Berries. The center moved into new and updated facilities in October 2022. Credit: Fred Miller/U of A System Division of Agriculture.


Virginia Tech-led Group that Researched Boxwood Blight Wins USDA Award

The Boxwood Blight Insight Group (BBIG) was awarded a Partnership Award from the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture in the Program Improvement through Global Engagement Category.

Researchers at Virginia Tech studied the emerging destructive disease of boxwood blight, which has destroyed entire crops, resulting in significant economic losses for garden centers and production facilities. Image courtesy of Virginia Tech.


Research and Extension Supports Local Food Systems

In the South, local food systems face numerous complex issues, such as barriers to entry, fragmentation, and racial injustice. These issues can keep producers and consumers from fully participating in local food systems. Strengthening…

A father and son shop at a farmer’s market.


Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Proclaims October 2 - 8 as National 4-H Week 

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has proclaimed October 2 - 8 as National 4-H Week! You can read and download the Proclamation on National 4-H Week, 2022 - United States Department of Agriculture. 4-H engages, enables and empowers…

Image of kids running at 4-H event, courtesy of NIFA


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)


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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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