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Keep Your Foodie Gifts Safe This Holiday Season

In *All, Food Safety, Holidays, Safety by Ag is America

Whether you prefer cookies or caviar, food is a great gift for your party hosts, coworkers, or anyone this holiday season. But before you spend time and money on gifting perishable foods, follow these tips from Londa Nwadike, a food safety specialist for University of Missouri Extension and Kansas State University Research and Extension, who will prevent your food gifts …

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Deck the Halls Safely with Easy Ladder Tips

In *All, Holidays, Safety by Ag is America

Holiday decorations are part of what makes this season so special. Unfortunately, they can also have the potential to bring injury and danger. Ladders are used to hang lights and decorations up high for everyone to enjoy, however if they aren’t used correctly, ladders can increase the risk for injury or even death. Here are a few tips from Oklahoma …

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PVAMU Working to End Food Insecurity for Future Holidays

In *All, Food Security, Holidays by Ag is America

The holiday season is full of time with family and friends, and many people spend this time eating large meals together. The thought of big tables of nutritious food can bring happiness to some, but food insecurity to many others. Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) is hoping to end that divide. Food insecurity, or the lack of access to healthy …

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Keep Pets Safe During the Holidays with Tips from OSU

In *All, Food Safety, Holidays, Safety by Ag is America

As you gear up for the holidays, remember that festive decorations, party foods, and other changes to your daily routine may not be good for your pets. Nothing can spoil holiday cheer like an emergency visit to the veterinarian. Luckily, Oklahoma State University developed tips to keep your furry family members stay safe this holiday season: Christmas trees: Although often …

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University of Arkansas obtains Dorper sheep to study forages

In *All, Livestock by Ag is America

Animal science researchers at the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture have attained Dorper sheep to help examine forage and digestion issues. Prior to the Dorper Sheep researchers were buying lambs. However, this was a constant problem because the researchers knew nothing about the lamb’s genetics, heath status or age which made it hard for the groups of lamb …

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Rutgers Researchers Examine the Connection Between Climate Change and Fishery Disruptions

In *All, Agricultural Systems by Ag is America

Warming seas are driving fish toward cooler waters, which are often under the economic jurisdiction of other countries.  The study, published online in the journal Science, showed for the first time that new fisheries are likely to appear in more than 70 countries all over the world because of climate change. In the past this had led to conflict between neighboring countries …

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Rutgers University Research Offers Hope for Coral Reef Existence

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Occupying less than one percent of the ocean floor, coral reefs are home to more than twenty-five percent of marine life. However, they also happen to be highly endangered and in dire need of preservation. The Word Wildlife Foundation (WWF) approximates that 60 percent of the world’s coral reefs could be destroyed within the next 30 years because of three …

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South Korea asks A&M to assist with controlling invasion of fire ants

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South Korea is looking to Texas A&M University for advice on how to deal with their red ant invasion. Entomologists from South Korea plan to visit Texas A&M in establish a network of experts in the areas of ecology, physiology, integrated pest management and genomics in fire ants to help them deal with their rent ant population. With that, they …

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12 Ways to Stop Snakes From Slithering Into Your Yard

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If you live in an area where snakes are all too common, chances are that at some point, you may have walked out into your yard to find an unwelcomed guest! With a direr and hotter summer this year, it’s more likely that you might see one of these guest in your lawn as they are looking for shade and food. …

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Students Assist Peruvian Communities with Developmental Problems

In *All, Agricultural Economy by Ag is America

Students from the University of Vermont enrolled in the Community and International Economic Transformation course travel to Peru every year to help spur development in local communities. This University of Vermont course allows students to apply concepts they have learned in the classroom to the real world. This year’s trip, led by assistant professor Dan Tobin and lecturer Nathan Fry, …

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University of Tennessee Study Predicts Impact of Chinese Tariffs

In *All, Agricultural Economy by Ag is America

Researchers at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture have released a study of the effect of American-Chinese trade disagreements on United States soybean exports. China imports nearly two-thirds of all global soybean exports, accounting for nearly $22 billion in soybeans from the United States alone last year. Potential Chinese tariffs on United States soybeans could mean significant losses for …

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University of Arkansas Building Stronger Economies with Rural Leaders and Developers

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A new collaboration between the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and rural communities seeks to bring a bright economic future to northeast and southeast Arkansas. The Stronger Economies Together program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development, aims to focus local leaders on improving their economies by planning, leveraging current assets, and making regional improvements. The …

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University of Minnesota Researchers Optimize Ecological and Economic Benefits of Conservation

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Conservation and natural resource management have benefits that reach further than previously thought. “There has been an expanded attention on the diverse benefits that nature provides people. It’s called ecosystem services and is a way to quantify and include these benefits in policy decisions,” said Laura Dee, an assistant professor in the University of Minnesota’s Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and …

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Rutgers University Supports Over 2,000 Businesses and Entrepreneurs with Food Innovation Expertise

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The New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station at Rutgers University-New Brunswick is not just an education hub, but a resource for entrepreneurs in New Jersey and around the world. The Rutgers Food Innovation Center is a business incubator with a growing stream of global and domestic companies contacting them about resources and assistance to develop their businesses. The center has worked …

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University of Georgia Shares their Recommendations for Georgia’s Farmers Regarding 2018 Production Costs

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Before planting next year’s crops, economists from the University of Georgia’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) recommend that Georgia’s farmers have a firm grasp on their production costs. Prices for diesel, some chemicals, and land rent have increased, while seed and fertilizer continue to be significant expenses. Their experts encourage farmers to be diligent in their record keeping …

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As the Pennsylvania Wine Industry Grows, so does Penn State’s Grape and Wine Team

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According to the National Association of American Wineries, Pennsylvania’s grape and wine industry represents about $4.8 billion of the state’s economy due to employment, wine sales, tourism, tax revenue, and related avenues. But it’s not stopping there – the industry is expected to grow as the number of in-state wineries increase every year, going from 64 in 2000 to 257 …

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Virginia State University’s Cooperative Extension Receives $600,000 Grant to Support New Farmers and Ranchers

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The USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture is a program that funds education, extension, outreach, and technical assistance initiatives directed at helping beginning farmers and ranchers. Their latest investment has been a $600,000 grant awarded to Virginia State University’s Cooperative Extension Small Farm Outreach Program. The grant will help the Extension educate and mentor socially-disadvantaged and veteran Virginia beginning …

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University of Rhode Island’s New Learning Center Aims to Support Booming Food Industry

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The University of Rhode Island is launching the URI Food Center to keep up with the area’s growing food sector. Growers, researchers, distributors, and consumers are all enthusiastic about Rhode Island’s local foods and are looking for resources to help them continue the market’s growth. “Rhode Island is the only state in the nation with a director of food strategy, …

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Rutgers Researchers Examine the Connection Between Climate Change and Fishery Disruptions

In *All, Agricultural Systems by Ag is America

Warming seas are driving fish toward cooler waters, which are often under the economic jurisdiction of other countries.  The study, published online in the journal Science, showed for the first time that new fisheries are likely to appear in more than 70 countries all over the world because of climate change. In the past this had led to conflict between neighboring countries …

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University of Missouri Professor Believes Crop Modeling is Key to Getting Nitrogen Amounts Right

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Curtis Ransom, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Missouri’s Plant Sciences Division, has been intrigued by agriculture ever since he was counting wheat heads with his father in Kenya as a child. He has a particular interest in agricultural research, and recently he received a National Institute of Food and Agriculture grant to research how to improve recommendations of …

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New Type of Charcoal Could Solve Excess Nutrient Problem

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Producing charcoal by heating organic material and using it as a crop fertilizer is not a recent phenomenon. However, Kaushlendra Singh, an associate professor at West Virginia University, is attempting to produce a new type of charcoal that traps excess nutrients. The runoff of nutrients is extremely harmful to our nation’s waterways, especially the Chesapeake Bay, as it creates massive …

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Ohio State University Studies Crop-Damaging Lanternfly In Light of Recent Spotting

In *All, Agricultural Systems, Food Security by Ag is America

A tree and crop-damaging insect known as the spotted lanternfly that was found in Pennsylvania has the potential to reach the Ohio border says researcher Celeste Welty from the Ohio State University Extension.  Spotted lanternflies suck sap from fruit crops and trees, which can weaken them and contribute to their death. Trees, such as the tree-of-heaven and the willow, will …

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Genetically Modified Rice Plant, Made Possible by CRISPR/Cas9 Technology, Produces 25% to 31% more Grain

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A team of scientists from Purdue University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences have developed a new type of rice plant with the help of CRISPR/Cas9 technology. The plant produces 25% to 31% more grain than the average rice plant. CRISPR/Cas9 technology allows scientists to genetically edit specific parts of the DNA strand, changing the DNA code. Jian-Kang Zhu, a …

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University of Nevada, Reno professor uses genetic engineering to make plants more resilient against droughts and changes in salinity

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John Cushman, a professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, recently was picked by the United States department of Energy’s Joint Genome Institute to be this year’s winner of the Community Science Program. The program was created to advance research in sequencing genes of specific species of crops that will advance the goals of the DOE. Cushman is researching the …

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Louisiana State University Ensuring the Future of the Sweet Potato

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The LSU AgCenter Foundation Seed Program has partnered with the National Clean Plant Network as a “clean plant center”, a partnership which began in 2015. In addition to providing about $90,000 annually, the network has helped them share information and foster the development of protocols for virus testing in conjunction with sweet potato scientists from other states. Seed programs provide …

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North Dakota State University Helps Farmers Maintain Soil Health

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North Dakota State University Extension is teaching farmers to implement effective methods for improving soil health. Soil health is very farm specific, but common goals include erosion control, water management, efficient nutrient cycling, weed management, livestock grazing and consistent crop yields. Sodicity refers to the level of sodium in soil, and salinity refers to the level of salt. Amending sodicity …

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Less is More? WSU Researchers Receive $500k Grant to Discover if Peptide Removal Equals Plant Growth

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Three researchers from Washington State University received a $500,000 USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative grant to study the connection between phosphorylase and photosynthesis. Professors Tom Okita and Helmut Kirchhoff, as well as associate Paul Hwang, all of the Institute of Biological Chemistry, believe the two processes could be related due to the reaction changes in growth when plant phosphorylase …

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Researchers Assemble! Clemson University Gathers Experts at Annual Water Resources Summit

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South Carolina may be impacted by tropical storms and hurricanes, but in the state, researchers say they are always just one month away from a drought. In fact, last summer marked the driest summer season in 122 years. Clemson University organized an annual conference that will bring together experts across the country to discuss resources and research on water use, …

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The Ohio State University Researches the Effects of Soil Erosion on Farmers and Climate Change

In *All, Environmental Stewardship by Ag is America

The Ohio State University researchers conducted a study which found that erosion of topsoil reduces crop productivity and contributes to the release of greenhouse gases. While the effects of this erosion are damaging, their study found that this eroded topsoil can be rebuilt and the harmful effects of the erosion can be reversed faster than previously believed. Topsoil erosion affects …

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University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture Awarded First Accreditation for Wildlife and Fisheries Management Concentration in the Nation

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The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture is now home to the first and only professionally accredited wildlife and fisheries management program in the United States. The Society of American Foresters has granted accreditation to the wildlife and fisheries management concentration of study within the wildlife and fisheries science major in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at …

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University of Arkansas’s 5-Step Guide to Keeping Streets and Creeks Safe in the Snow

In *All, Environmental Stewardship by Ag is America

When wintry precipitation comes along, water quality experts at the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture say that shovels should be the first choice for keeping walkways safe and slip-free. “Applying salt, chemicals, and sand to sidewalks, driveways, and parking lots can harm the environment once the snow melts and becomes runoff into creeks through storm drains,” said Jane …

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University of Illinois Discovers Yet Another Great Benefit of Cover Crops

In *All, Agricultural Systems, Environmental Stewardship by Ag is America

A cover crop is a crop that’s planted primarily to manage soil quality, weeds, pests, and more, in order to protect their farm’s land. Cover crops are great because they have so many benefits yet require only basic care and can grow in nearly every part of the country. As if it couldn’t get any better, the University of Illinois …

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Mississippi State University Provides Tips on How to Reduce Plastic Trash

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The media has been recently flooded by reports of mysterious, microscopic trash particles coming from some of our household goods and damaging the environment. Water bottles, grocery bags, and other common materials can be extremely dangerous to animals and plants when improperly discarded and cleanup can cost over $11.5 billion. Mississippi State University has several tips you can take to …

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University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Creates Working Urban Farm for Youth

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The Tuscan Village Farm is an urban farm created by and for the local youth in Arizona with support from the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension. The farm offers a common space where young people of all backgrounds can enjoy the outdoors and physical exercise, while learning about agricultural practices such as crop rotation, preparing healthy foods, and food budgeting. …

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Peony For Your Thoughts: University of Alaska Finds a Surprising New Industry

In *All, Environmental Stewardship by Ag is America

It’s officially wedding season, and if you’re planning a celebration this summer that uses peonies, you might owe a thank you to the University of Alaska. Several years ago, it might have been hard to find peonies at a decent price, if you could even find them at all. But University of Alaska researchers and Cooperative Extension specialists worked together …

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The Fairest of Them All: North Carolina State University Pretties Up Potato to Prevent Food Waste

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What makes you pick produce at the store? Aesthetics play a large role in consumer’s choice but the impact of size and shape variation between veggies are also causing farmers to make a hard choice, as well. Using sweet potatoes as an example, North Carolina State University discovered that farmers tend to leave misshapen potatoes in the field because of …

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Keep Your Foodie Gifts Safe This Holiday Season

In *All, Food Safety, Holidays, Safety by Ag is America

Whether you prefer cookies or caviar, food is a great gift for your party hosts, coworkers, or anyone this holiday season. But before you spend time and money on gifting perishable foods, follow these tips from Londa Nwadike, a food safety specialist for University of Missouri Extension and Kansas State University Research and Extension, who will prevent your food gifts …

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Keep Pets Safe During the Holidays with Tips from OSU

In *All, Food Safety, Holidays, Safety by Ag is America

As you gear up for the holidays, remember that festive decorations, party foods, and other changes to your daily routine may not be good for your pets. Nothing can spoil holiday cheer like an emergency visit to the veterinarian. Luckily, Oklahoma State University developed tips to keep your furry family members stay safe this holiday season: Christmas trees: Although often …

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PVAMU Working to End Food Insecurity for Future Holidays

In *All, Food Security, Holidays by Ag is America

The holiday season is full of time with family and friends, and many people spend this time eating large meals together. The thought of big tables of nutritious food can bring happiness to some, but food insecurity to many others. Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) is hoping to end that divide. Food insecurity, or the lack of access to healthy …

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Ohio State University Studies Crop-Damaging Lanternfly In Light of Recent Spotting

In *All, Agricultural Systems, Food Security by Ag is America

A tree and crop-damaging insect known as the spotted lanternfly that was found in Pennsylvania has the potential to reach the Ohio border says researcher Celeste Welty from the Ohio State University Extension.  Spotted lanternflies suck sap from fruit crops and trees, which can weaken them and contribute to their death. Trees, such as the tree-of-heaven and the willow, will …

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Fort Valley State University Uses Unique Device for Groundbreaking Food Safety Research

In *All, Food Security, Nutrition & Health, Technology by Ag is America

In addition to being named Color of the Year, ultraviolet is making a statement in food safety research. The USDA has provided Fort Valley State University with a $35,000 device that uses ultraviolet light to kill microorganisms on food surfaces. Dr. Ajit Mahapatra, FVSU associate professor of food and bioprocess engineering, said the system is unique because it’s a safer …

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14 Land-Grant Universities Work Together to Improve Food Safety Practices and Quality Control

In *All, Food Security, Nutrition & Health by Ag is America

When we think of food safety, we usually think of clean kitchen practices at home or handling raw meats properly. But food safety and quality control issues can be a huge issue in grocery stores, too, when it comes to products like packaged salad, carrot sticks, and pre-sliced fruit. These ready-to-eat containers that we buy in grocery stores can spoil …

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Iowa State University Provides Free Resources for Farmers Who Need Financial, Legal, and Psychological Guidance

In *All, Agricultural Economy, Agricultural Systems, Food Security by Ag is America

2017 has been a challenging year for farmers, and 2018 is not guaranteed to be better. Iowa State University doesn’t want farmers to go through it alone and has resources available for those who need help: Iowa Concern: A product of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Iowa Concern is a toll-free number, live chat website, and email service that …

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University of Delaware Helps Us Decode Food Labels and Understand Their Impact on Consumer Behavior

In *All, Food Security, Nutrition & Health by Ag is America

“Organic,” “fair-trade,” “cage free” – what do these terms really mean? For consumers, these terms indicate that the food is healthy, high-quality, and should be purchased. For scientists, they’re misleading and more damaging in the stigma they create, not the content of the food. The University of Delaware recently led a study published in the Applied Economics Perspectives and Policy …

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Kansas State University Investigates the Toxins in Our Food and How to Keep Them Out

In *All, Food Security by Ag is America

Food security has always been a global issue. Although the industry continues to work on preventing toxins from affecting our food, it is a large and challenging problem to tackle. Mycotoxins are a type of toxin that stem from fungal infections in crops. When the toxins go undetected and enter the world’s food supply, it can have extreme effects on …

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Oregon State University Gets to the Source of the Main Issues in Rural, Food-Insecure Communities

In *All, Food Security by Ag is America

An Oregon State University study followed 144 families in three Oregon counties – 40 percent of which were determined to be at risk for food insecurity by OSU researchers. They learned that these families not only have inadequate quantities of quality food, but their children also aren’t provided enough opportunities to be active outside of the school day. The Centers …

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The University of Illinois Brings Issues with Food Insecurity in Rural Areas to our Attention

In *All, Food Security by Ag is America

Despite the beautiful rolling hills of corn and vast rows of apple trees, rural America is not always capable of feeding its own residents. Food insecurity is a major issue in these rural communities, and Craig Gunderson of the University of Illinois College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences is trying to increase awareness and develop solutions. “Just because rural …

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Keep Your Foodie Gifts Safe This Holiday Season

In *All, Food Safety, Holidays, Safety by Ag is America

Whether you prefer cookies or caviar, food is a great gift for your party hosts, coworkers, or anyone this holiday season. But before you spend time and money on gifting perishable foods, follow these tips from Londa Nwadike, a food safety specialist for University of Missouri Extension and Kansas State University Research and Extension, who will prevent your food gifts …

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Deck the Halls Safely with Easy Ladder Tips

In *All, Holidays, Safety by Ag is America

Holiday decorations are part of what makes this season so special. Unfortunately, they can also have the potential to bring injury and danger. Ladders are used to hang lights and decorations up high for everyone to enjoy, however if they aren’t used correctly, ladders can increase the risk for injury or even death. Here are a few tips from Oklahoma …

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PVAMU Working to End Food Insecurity for Future Holidays

In *All, Food Security, Holidays by Ag is America

The holiday season is full of time with family and friends, and many people spend this time eating large meals together. The thought of big tables of nutritious food can bring happiness to some, but food insecurity to many others. Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) is hoping to end that divide. Food insecurity, or the lack of access to healthy …

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Keep Pets Safe During the Holidays with Tips from OSU

In *All, Food Safety, Holidays, Safety by Ag is America

As you gear up for the holidays, remember that festive decorations, party foods, and other changes to your daily routine may not be good for your pets. Nothing can spoil holiday cheer like an emergency visit to the veterinarian. Luckily, Oklahoma State University developed tips to keep your furry family members stay safe this holiday season: Christmas trees: Although often …

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University of Arkansas obtains Dorper sheep to study forages

In *All, Livestock by Ag is America

Animal science researchers at the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture have attained Dorper sheep to help examine forage and digestion issues. Prior to the Dorper Sheep researchers were buying lambs. However, this was a constant problem because the researchers knew nothing about the lamb’s genetics, heath status or age which made it hard for the groups of lamb …

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Deep Trouble for New Mexico’s State Fish

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New Mexico’s state fish, the cutthroat trout, is in trouble, as their habitat is being taken over by invasive species, the brown trout. Lauren Flynn, a New Mexico State University graduate student in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences’ Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology, is conducting research to find what can be done to preserve Rio …

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The University of Arizona Supports Local Rancher Needs Through Educational Workshops

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The University of Arizona is supporting the needs of local livestock producers through educational workshops on best industry practices. The University’s College Agriculture, Life and Veterinary Sciences with the Cooperative Extension Service hosted a Livestock Producer Workshop for 63 participants from eight counties across Arizona and New Mexico. Ranchers and stakeholders requested educational training from the University of Arizona Extension …

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Auburn University’s Research Continues Advancing the Poultry Industry Thanks to Generous Donation

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Auburn University is able to continue developing a state-of-the-art research and education facility thanks to a $500,000 donation from Alabama-based D&F Equipment Sales Inc. and the Fortenberry family, the company’s founding family. The donation will specifically go to adding a processing plant to the ongoing construction of the Charles C. Miller Research and Education Center. The future plant will be …

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Louisiana State University Ag Center Finds Bees and Cattle Mutually Benefit Each Other

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The Louisiana State University Ag Center is working to prevent bee populations from declining and ensuring vibrant pastures for cattle. Scientists at the Ag Center have found reach both objectives simultaneously by placing bee hives at cattle pastures. The team found that clover-covered pastures will benefit both populations. Beekeepers looking to prevent bee population decline found flowering clover to be …

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Purdue University Unveils New State-of-the-Art Animal Science Facility

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Purdue University formally dedicated its new $60 million, 123,000 square-foot animal sciences complex in a ceremony on March 22. The dedication ceremony represents the university’s commitment to innovating and improving Indiana’s $6 billion livestock industry, which accounts for more than 35,000 jobs. The facility will serve as a center for interactive student learning and advanced research. “These wonderful state-of-the art …

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University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture Awarded First Accreditation for Wildlife and Fisheries Management Concentration in the Nation

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The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture is now home to the first and only professionally accredited wildlife and fisheries management program in the United States. The Society of American Foresters has granted accreditation to the wildlife and fisheries management concentration of study within the wildlife and fisheries science major in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at …

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University of Missouri Receives $300,000 Grant to Expand Cattle Research

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Thanks to a $300,000 grant from the USDA, University of Missouri’s Division of Animal Sciences will be able to expand on their leadership opportunities regarding their vast research and work with beef cattle reproduction and genetics. The grant will be used to develop The National Center for Applied Reproduction and Genomics (NCARG) in Beef Cattle. The goal of the project …

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Poultry Research at the University of Arkansas Can Teach Us a Lot About Chicken and Human Health

In *All, Livestock, Nutrition & Health by Ag is America

Walter Bottje is a poultry scientist and at the University of Arkansas, and has recently started researching the complex connection between human health and the poultry industry. He is curious about the impact chicken cells’ mitochondrial activity has on a bird’s ability to convert food into muscle. It’s all about feed efficiency– the ability for chickens to turn feed nutrients …

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Do Food Pantry Environments Encourage Healthy Food Choices?

In *All, Nutrition & Health by Ag is America

Many individuals who struggle with food insecurity rely heavily on food pantries to feed themselves and their families. In fact, food pantry environments provide over 46.5 million people in the United States with food every year. However, these same food pantries may not be providing the heathiest options, and the University of Illinois wants to change that. They are working …

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University of Connecticut Researchers Look at Bariatric Surgery as Study Examines Food and Activity Preferences

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Weight loss surgery has been gaining popularity in recent years, and is a healthy option for certain people who have been persistently unsuccessful at losing weight.  Bariatric surgeries, which reduce the stomach size, are often highly effective and have become increasingly common over the past several decades.  For patients thinking about the surgery or waiting to undergo the process, assessing …

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Study on Immunity Wins $1.2 million Grant to find Cure for Diseases Once Thought Incurable

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Brad Day, a professor at Michigan State, and his team were recently awarded a $1.2 million grant from the National Institute of Health to study cell immunity. Day’s lab has been studying immunity since 2006 and Day’s next project could have big ramifications for the treatment of human and crop diseases. Every cell has a cytoskeleton, which consists of tiny …

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Oregon State University researchers discover extreme health benefits associated with raspberries

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Neil Shay and a team of Oregon State University researchers recently conducted a study that shows the enormous health benefits of raspberries. These benefits are attributed to the high amounts of fiber and tannins found in raspberries. OSU researchers conducted a study with three groups of mice, all receiving different treatments. The first group was given a high-fat diet similar …

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Penn State is Expanding Food Safety Education Around the World

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Penn State Extension assistant director and food safety professor Catherine Cutter hopes to internationalize education programs to make an impact on improving food safety around the world. While basic knowledge of preparing food in a safe way may be more common knowledge in the United States, there are low levels of food safety knowledge in other countries. Americans take these …

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University of Illinois Researchers Study the Effects of Diet on the Human Gut

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Researchers at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign are studying the role diet plays in development of children’s microbiota composition.  The research was focused on 4 to 8-year-old children and has discovered which microbes reside in the microbiota composition and the functions they serve in human health. While the microbiota refers to the micro-organisms and viruses associated with the human …

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Virginia Tech Researchers Fight Back Against Antibiotic Resistance in Leprosy and Tuberculosis

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Researchers at Virginia Tech, in collaboration with the University of Missouri-Columbia, have made a ground-breaking discovery into why the bacteria causing tuberculosis and leprosy have become resistant to antibiotics. Rifampicin is a popular antibiotic used to treat both tuberculosis and leprosy that prevents the bacterial growth that causes these diseases. However, a problem has arisen due to antibiotic resistance: both …

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University of Illinois Researchers Study the Effect of High-Carb Diets on Head and Neck Cancer

In *All, Nutrition & Health by Ag is America

Professor Anna E. Arthur at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign has partnered with fellow researchers to conduct a study that advances research on how nutrition may affect cancer rates and prognosis. This study, believed to be the first of its kind, offers observational data and insight to therapeutic potential to benefit cancer treatment. The study found that patients who had …

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New Research on Omega-3s in Poultry

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Researchers at Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences became the first to discover a potential hindrance to enriching eggs with heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Conducted by Kevin Harvatine, associate professor of nutritional physiology in the Department of Animal Science, Robert Elkin, professor of avian nutritional biochemistry, along with undergraduate student Alexandra Kukorowski, the study is important to the egg industry …

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Keep Your Foodie Gifts Safe This Holiday Season

In *All, Food Safety, Holidays, Safety by Ag is America

Whether you prefer cookies or caviar, food is a great gift for your party hosts, coworkers, or anyone this holiday season. But before you spend time and money on gifting perishable foods, follow these tips from Londa Nwadike, a food safety specialist for University of Missouri Extension and Kansas State University Research and Extension, who will prevent your food gifts …

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Deck the Halls Safely with Easy Ladder Tips

In *All, Holidays, Safety by Ag is America

Holiday decorations are part of what makes this season so special. Unfortunately, they can also have the potential to bring injury and danger. Ladders are used to hang lights and decorations up high for everyone to enjoy, however if they aren’t used correctly, ladders can increase the risk for injury or even death. Here are a few tips from Oklahoma …

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Keep Pets Safe During the Holidays with Tips from OSU

In *All, Food Safety, Holidays, Safety by Ag is America

As you gear up for the holidays, remember that festive decorations, party foods, and other changes to your daily routine may not be good for your pets. Nothing can spoil holiday cheer like an emergency visit to the veterinarian. Luckily, Oklahoma State University developed tips to keep your furry family members stay safe this holiday season: Christmas trees: Although often …

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Google highlights Penn State app helping African farmers

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Google showcased a mobile app created by a team of Penn State researchers that diagnoses crop diseases at the tech company’s TensorFlow Developer Summit 2018, on March 30 in Mountain View, California. The team, called PlantVillage, is led by David Hughes, associate professor of entomology and biology and includes Amanda Ramcharan, postdoctoral fellow in entomology, and Peter McCloskey, research technologist …

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Mountaineer Alumnus Donates Technology, Inspires Next Generation of WVU Foresters

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Forestry students at West Virginia University will cruise into their careers and studies with state-of-the-art technology developed and donated by a WVU graduate.  Michael McWhorter, a 1986 forest resources management graduate, donated over $38,000 of equipment and software to the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design. The software, named Cruise Control, was developed by McWhorter as a tool …

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Kansas State University Supports Young Local Entrepreneurs

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The Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge in Kansas features regional entrepreneurship competitions around Kansas to promote entrepreneurship and small business development in Kansas. The competition brings in many local Kansas youth who have some innovative thoughts far beyond their ages. This year’s winners will advance to the state competition next month at Kansas State University. With sponsorship from Kansas State University, this …

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West Virginia University Professor Receives Funding to Improve Hospital Experiences Through Virtual Reality Technology

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West Virginia University’s Professor Shan Jiang was selected to receive funding for her team’s research in utilizing immersive virtual reality technologies to make patients’ hospital visits less overwhelming. Professor Jiang’s team is studying the functional complexity of large hospitals, which refers to how the confusion of navigating around a large hospital can often lead to spatial disorientation for patients and …

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Virginia Tech Receives $1.5 Million in Grants to Assist Farmers with Robotics

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Researchers at Virginia Tech received two grants from the National Science Foundation for nearly $1.5 million to enhance the quality of life for Virginia farmers via robotics and technological assistance. These two grants from the Partnership for Innovation and the Research Coordination Network, will be used to help farmers, one of the largest demographics in Virginia’s workforce. The Partnership for …

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Michigan State University’s Lighting Innovations Improves Vertical Farming Methods

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Michigan State University is bringing a “flashy” approach to agriculture. MSU researchers are drawing the attention of students with their new Controlled-Environment Lighting Laboratory (CELL) which uses light beams in their work with vertical farming. Vertical farming is a relatively new way of growing food crops and other plants indoors where food and other specialty crops are grown in vertically …

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Virginia Tech Explores the Possibilities of Using Drones for Farm Management

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Farmers are taking to the skies with new drone technology. Researchers at Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences are studying the potential for using drones to help farmers survey farm land and monitor farm animals. Specifically, drone technology is being tested with sheep. The research evaluates how sheep would react to having a drone flying overhead. The drones can be …

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Join Over 2,400 Ohio Businesses and Residents in Powering Your Land with Solar Panels

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If you’re considering powering your farm with solar panels but not sure where to start, you may want to check out the Ohio State University’s new webinar. Starting later this month, a six-part series of webinars will inform participants about Photovoltaic (PV) panels that convert sunlight into electricity. These panels can be installed on a roof or placed on the …

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Check Out Iowa State University’s Interactive Game for Watershed Ecosystem Education

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Iowa State University has recently updated their resource for students learning about the balance between agricultural production and environmental impacts. People in Ecosystems Watershed Integration (PEWI) is an online, educational game that serves as a watershed-scale simulator that students and instructions can use to better understand land use concepts. “With this new version, we’re offering students a more holistic learning …

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The University of California Provides Research and Resources for Drought Relief

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California’s farmers, government officials, land owners and other residents are constantly searching for strategies to adapt to the state’s cycles of drought. According to scientists, the demand for water is likely to exceed its supply more often than not in California in the future. Continual research and implementation of effective water management strategies is critical to learning to live with …

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FBI Honors University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Team for Counter-Agroterrorism Work

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation recognized the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture for their efforts to fight agroterrorism over the last nine years. FBI Special Agent C. Daniel Sturgill presented an award commemorating the university’s support in a ceremony at Little Rock’s Cooperative Extension Service office. Receiving the plaque were Dustan Clark, associate director of the Center of Excellence …

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New Mexico State University Tailors their CES Resources to their Vibrant, Diverse Communities

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The purpose of the land-grant university Cooperative Extension Service (CES) is to help rural, urban, and suburban citizens nationwide by providing research-based information that improves their lives. Agriculture impacts everyone– and the Cooperative Extension Service intends to educate and empower each county through agricultural information. The New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service continues to live by this mantra and …

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Rutgers Research Says Hops Farming Could Be New Trendy Market for New Jersey

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Once upon a time, the northeast possessed a thriving market for hops farming. But after the outbreak of blight and the onset of prohibition in the early 1900s, hops production shifted to the northwest, which caused New Jersey farmers to lose a source of income. However, research conducted by Rutgers University indicates that hops could be making a comeback in …

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Getting By With a Little Kelp from Cornell Cooperative Extension

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Due to various forms of contamination, natural water sources often become overly nutrient-rich, which can yield a host of undesirable effects for the ecosystem. Kelp can lessen this problem by feeding off and reducing nutrient content in water bodies, but that’s just one of the many benefits from this seaweed. Cornell Cooperative Extension researchers have harvested their first kelp crop …

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Colorado State University Researchers Win $5 Million Grant to Join Water Scarcity and Irrigation Innovation Research Consortium

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Research into water scarcity and irrigation is receiving a significant boost of support through a $5 million grant from the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) to launch the Irrigation Innovation Consortium. This collaborative research body will be made up of public and private partners working with Colorado State, including California State University at Fresno and Rubicon Water. The …

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Iowa State University Extension Prescribes Best Practices for Flood and Water Quality Management

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Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has shared a series of publications titled “The Iowa Watershed Approach,” prescribing and detailing a variety of practices that can be implemented to reduce flooding and improve water quality. The publications are intended to make landowners aware of the different bodies of water they may encounter, and educate them on how implementing different management …

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North Dakota State University Works to Save their Water Systems from Uncontrollable Weather Damage

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North Dakota’s bodies of water have suffered for years due to abnormally wet weather patterns, causing issues for farmland and beyond. North Dakota State University’s researchers have been working hard to identify solutions to these challenges with projects including: Using innovative drainage methods to help the flooding Red River. Agricultural drainage and late spring snowmelt flooding are two major problems …

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The University of California Provides Research and Resources for Drought Relief

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California’s farmers, government officials, land owners and other residents are constantly searching for strategies to adapt to the state’s cycles of drought. According to scientists, the demand for water is likely to exceed its supply more often than not in California in the future. Continual research and implementation of effective water management strategies is critical to learning to live with …

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Washington State University Focuses on Water Quantity, Quality for Today and for the Future

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Washington State University’s research covers a myriad of water issues aimed at protecting local water quality and quantity with topics including: Columbia River Basin Water Supply and Demand Reporting. The Office of Columbia River (OCR) is responsible for various conservation and water supply projects that serve eastern Washington’s economic and environmental needs. Every five years, OCR teams up with Washington’s …

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Making Water Safe and Accessible for Georgia Residents

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Like many states across the nation, Georgia faces serious water challenges. Booming population stressing the supply, environmental impacts on quality and developing technologies to improve efficient use. For the past 30 years, the University of Georgia has been at the forefront of research and programs aimed at increasing water use efficiency including: Improving Irrigation Technology. The Agricultural Water Efficiency Team …

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Improving Water Quality and Accessibility for Floridians

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Like many states across the country, Florida faces serious water challenges. From droughts to regular  flooding of coastal communities, algae blooms to mobile irrigation labs, the University of Florida (UF) has been at the forefront of research and programs that seek to protect and improve the state’s water supply including: Free Post-Hurricane Water Tests. After Hurricane Irma, many communities were …

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The Ohio State University Fact-Checks the Dangerous New Trend of Consuming “Raw” Water

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While some foods and drinks are safe to consume raw, water is certainly not one of them. The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences addresses the dangers associated with the emerging health trend of drinking “raw” water. “Raw” water refers to water that is unfiltered, untreated with chemicals, and coming directly from natural springs. The trend …

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University of Kentucky Brings Revolutionary Irrigation System Home from Myanmar

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Brent Rowell, a professor at the University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment, has spent a chunk of his career in Myanmar. During his time there, he tested and instructed farmers on how to install and use a gravity-fed drip irrigation system that can operate under extremely low pressure. After perfecting his method abroad, he realized that American …

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University of Maryland is Helping Maryland Farmers with Farm Transition Planning

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The University of Maryland, College Park is helping Maryland farmers better understand business and farm succession planning. With a recent grant of over $42,000 from the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture and the Northeast Risk Management Education Center, the university will fund estate and transition planning resources for Maryland family farmers. Farm succession planning refers to the planning …

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University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service Makes Ag Dreams Come True

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The University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service is working to make a local young man’s dreams come true by helping him share his love of animals with his community. 19-year-old Jonathon Sink was born with a disability making communication difficult. While speaking with others may be challenging, Jonathon found comfort in interacting with animals. He wanted to share his love …

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Kansas State University Supports Young Local Entrepreneurs

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The Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge in Kansas features regional entrepreneurship competitions around Kansas to promote entrepreneurship and small business development in Kansas. The competition brings in many local Kansas youth who have some innovative thoughts far beyond their ages. This year’s winners will advance to the state competition next month at Kansas State University. With sponsorship from Kansas State University, this …

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University of New Hampshire Supports Local Nursing Home Growing Project

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Near the University of New Hampshire, the Hillsborough County Nursing Home hosts a horticulture therapy program called “Elders on the Grow.” Every Thursday afternoon, members of the nursing home are joined by a Master Gardener to tend and care for  different types of flowers and herbs. The diligent care these plants often require is a therapeutic exercise for the residents …

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Colorado State University Gives Children with Disabilities the Full Rodeo Experience

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Children with physical and developmental disabilities got a firsthand rodeo experience at the Exceptional Rodeo, a program supported by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Associations (PRCA). Several PRCA cowboys and rodeo queens volunteered to lead 22 children through some traditional rodeo stations, including steer wrestling, barrel racing, roping, bull riding, and bronc riding. Participants even got to visit with the Denver …

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University of Rhode Island’s Successful Gardening Education Program Begins Plans for 2018

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Last year, the University of Rhode Island Master Gardener Program partnered with the Providence Public Library to host an introductory workshop series of gardening classes for urban and low-income residents of the greater Providence area. Participants ranged from beginner to experienced, all hoping to develop their knowledge base for gardening fresh food. The program was so successful that they’ve already …

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Penn State University Receives USDA Grant for Helping Farmers with Disabilities

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According to a report from the CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 401 farmers and farm workers died from a work-related injury in 2015, and 12,000 youths were injured on farms in 2014. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture recently awarded Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences a grant that will fund programs …

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Clemson University Students Redesign Healing Garden for Local Hospital

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As a part of Clemson University’s Sustainable Landscape Garden Design laboratory class, a group of agricultural education, architecture and horticulture students put their heads together to brighten the Greenville Heath System (GHS) hospital experience for patients. Funded by the Clemson Miracle, the university’s largest student-run nonprofit organization which benefits GHS Children’s Hospital, the students are redesigning the Clemson Miracle Healing …

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