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Land-Grant Universities Work Together to Understand Food Systems’ Impact

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Depending on the region, some people do not have access to high-quality, affordable, and fresh food. To further investigate and address the existence of these “food deserts,” researchers and extension specialists have been doing outreach in communities, facilitating reform on an institutional, familial and individual level. Check out some of the latest projects land-grant universities are working on: Workshops called …

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Penn State University Gets Creative with Food Safety Training

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Technology continues to permeate our everyday lives but how do you bring technology to someone who doesn’t use it? Amish and Mennonite farmers, who produce half of Pennsylvania’s produce, do not use technology but still need to be educated on current food safety practices. Penn State University Extension, who usually uses PowerPoint to present, adapted their training to flip charts …

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Washington State University Develops Weather Resistant Crops

In All, Water Security by Ag is America

The dry summer heat has hit the west coast particularly hard and Washington State University is getting more aggressive about preventing drought’s impact on crops. Thanks to a sizable grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Washington State University is continuing its development of drought-resistant crops to maintain Washington and the world’s increased reliance on grains. Further improvement …

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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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Ohio State University Advises on How to Avoid Added Sugar

In All, Nutrition & Health by Ag is America

Quick – did your breakfast this morning have added sugar? The answer might be yes – nearly 60 percent of packaged foods and drinks include some form of added sugar. While added sugar is used to make foods more appetizing, the sugars have little nutritional value and add calories to your intake which can increase weight gain, poor nutrition, and …

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North Dakota State University Extension Asks the Right Questions When It Comes to Food Studies

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How many times have you seen the latest diet fad flash on the news or social media? While the headlines might be interesting, they often do not provide all the details about the study. North Dakota State University Extension has published a list of questions to help you sort through the latest health finding such as asking yourself: Does the …

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North Dakota State University Extension Works with SNAP Families to Increase Healthy Choices

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

The federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides nutrition assistance to low income families and over 80,000 individuals in North Dakota participate in the program, with 46% under the age of 18. The North Dakota State University Extension Services offers SNAP education to individuals who receive, or are eligible, for SNAP benefits. Over 4,000 adults and 10,000 youth across the …

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Soil Sampling Helps Water Conservation Efforts, with Clemson University GPS Technology

In All, Water Security by Ag is America

Clemson University has created a GPS software to track soil sampling that will help farmers not only with profitability but also environmental efforts. The software will locate exactly where soil samples are taken to help producers ensure they are taking adequate samples and then evaluate the soil for nutrient recommendations. With accurate soil data, growers can maximize yields or lower …

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

In All, Energy & Bioproducts, Water Security by Ag is America

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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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

In All, Environmental Stewardship by Ag is America

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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Penn State University Gets Creative with Food Safety Training

In All, Food Security by Ag is America

Technology continues to permeate our everyday lives but how do you bring technology to someone who doesn’t use it? Amish and Mennonite farmers, who produce half of Pennsylvania’s produce, do not use technology but still need to be educated on current food safety practices. Penn State University Extension, who usually uses PowerPoint to present, adapted their training to flip charts …

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North Dakota State University Extension Asks the Right Questions When It Comes to Food Studies

In All, Food Security by Ag is America

How many times have you seen the latest diet fad flash on the news or social media? While the headlines might be interesting, they often do not provide all the details about the study. North Dakota State University Extension has published a list of questions to help you sort through the latest health finding such as asking yourself: Does the …

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North Dakota State University Extension Works with SNAP Families to Increase Healthy Choices

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

The federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides nutrition assistance to low income families and over 80,000 individuals in North Dakota participate in the program, with 46% under the age of 18. The North Dakota State University Extension Services offers SNAP education to individuals who receive, or are eligible, for SNAP benefits. Over 4,000 adults and 10,000 youth across the …

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Land-Grant Universities Work Together to Understand Food Systems’ Impact

In All, Nutrition & Health by Ag is America

Depending on the region, some people do not have access to high-quality, affordable, and fresh food. To further investigate and address the existence of these “food deserts,” researchers and extension specialists have been doing outreach in communities, facilitating reform on an institutional, familial and individual level. Check out some of the latest projects land-grant universities are working on: Workshops called …

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Ohio State University Advises on How to Avoid Added Sugar

In All, Nutrition & Health by Ag is America

Quick – did your breakfast this morning have added sugar? The answer might be yes – nearly 60 percent of packaged foods and drinks include some form of added sugar. While added sugar is used to make foods more appetizing, the sugars have little nutritional value and add calories to your intake which can increase weight gain, poor nutrition, and …

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North Dakota State University Extension Works with SNAP Families to Increase Healthy Choices

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

The federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides nutrition assistance to low income families and over 80,000 individuals in North Dakota participate in the program, with 46% under the age of 18. The North Dakota State University Extension Services offers SNAP education to individuals who receive, or are eligible, for SNAP benefits. Over 4,000 adults and 10,000 youth across the …

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The Ohio State University Finds Age-Old Hobby Grows Opportunities for Inner City Youth

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Poverty can lead to poor health, high rates of unemployment, food insecurity, and lower levels of education, but The Ohio State University looks to change that through one hobby: gardening. The Urban GEMS (Gardening Entrepreneurs Motivating Sustainability) program works to improve health related knowledge, attitudes and behaviors, healthy eating habits, and community engagement of disadvantage youth by teaching them skills …

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Washington State University Develops Weather Resistant Crops

In All, Water Security by Ag is America

The dry summer heat has hit the west coast particularly hard and Washington State University is getting more aggressive about preventing drought’s impact on crops. Thanks to a sizable grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Washington State University is continuing its development of drought-resistant crops to maintain Washington and the world’s increased reliance on grains. Further improvement …

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Soil Sampling Helps Water Conservation Efforts, with Clemson University GPS Technology

In All, Water Security by Ag is America

Clemson University has created a GPS software to track soil sampling that will help farmers not only with profitability but also environmental efforts. The software will locate exactly where soil samples are taken to help producers ensure they are taking adequate samples and then evaluate the soil for nutrient recommendations. With accurate soil data, growers can maximize yields or lower …

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

In All, Energy & Bioproducts, Water Security by Ag is America

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 Finds Age-Old Hobby Grows Opportunities for Inner City Youth

In All, Nutrition & Health, Youth, Family, & Communities by Ag is America

Poverty can lead to poor health, high rates of unemployment, food insecurity, and lower levels of education, but The Ohio State University looks to change that through one hobby: gardening. The Urban GEMS (Gardening Entrepreneurs Motivating Sustainability) program works to improve health related knowledge, attitudes and behaviors, healthy eating habits, and community engagement of disadvantage youth by teaching them skills …

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Planning a Picnic? Check Out Summer Food Safety Tips from the University of Delaware

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Summer might be the time for picnics and barbecues, but warmer temperatures, preparing meals, and eating food outside increases the risk of foodborne illnesses. So before you break out your barbecue grill for the summer, check out these tips from the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension to keep your cookout safe: Cook: Grilled food might taste better but guessing when …

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