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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 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 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 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 beneficiaries like myself to the educational opportunities that ensued at the 19 institutions in the southern region.
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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Application Deadline: Open Data Framework Funding Opportunity

The Open Data Framework program will build a framework needed to create a neutral and secure data repository and cooperative where producers, universities and nonprofit entities can store and share data in ways that will foster agricultural

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Open Data Framework

image of data illustrations around crops in field courtesy of AdobeStock

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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 in vulnerable populations, and ensure that nutritious foods are available at affordable prices.
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, education, and extension programs advancing pollinator health.
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 every state in the U.S. and every province in Canada. In 2021, New Hampshire producers grew nearly 720,000 pounds of strawberries, generating more than $2.3 million in farm sales of the crop, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.
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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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 and University (HBCU) located in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Image of NC A&T State University

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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. and protect our coastal waters.
image of ocean waves courtesy of Adobe Stock

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Application Deadline: Urban, Indoor, and Emerging Agriculture Funding Opportunity

The Urban, Indoor, and Emerging Agriculture (UIE) program supports research, education, and extension work by awarding grants to solve key problems of local, regional, and national importance that facilitate development of urban, indoor, and

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NIFA Programs Increasing Access to Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) supports programs that are working toward a safe, nutritious food supply while also developing, delivering and disseminating evidence-based nutrition education and promotion.
Image of fruits and vegetables 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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How NIFA Champions Greater Access to Higher Education

Today is National Higher Education Day, which occurs annually on June 6 to champion accessibility to higher education. USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture supports higher education by partnering with the Land-grant University System to find innovative solutions to the most pressing local, national and global problems.
Rear view of audience in raise hand up response for answer the question in a classroom. Image courtesy of Adobe Stock.

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Sweet Dreams Are Made of Cheese, Who Am I to Diss a Brie?

June 4 is National Cheese Day! USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) understands the importance of cheese, not only to consumers but to dairy farmers and producers as well.
a collection of cheeses, courtesy of AdobeStock

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National Egg Day: An Egg-cellent Source of Nutrition

On National Egg Day, we are sharing a few USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)-funded research projects conducted by Land-grant Universities that explore the health benefits associated with egg consumption.
On National Egg Day, we are sharing a few USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)-funded research projects conducted by Land-grant Universities that explore the health benefits associated with egg consumption. Image courtesy of Adobe Stock.

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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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USDA NIFA Invests $40M to Improve Dietary Health and Reduce Food Insecurity

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced the availability of nearly $40 million to support the Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program (GusNIP) Produce Prescription Program. The funding is part of the USDA American Rescue Plan Act.
Assorted fresh fruits and vegetables in a wicker basket. Image courtesy of Getty Images.
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