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Cornell University Students Present Findings on Lake Treman to New York State Park Officials

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A reservoir dam impounding Lake Treman in Ithaca, New York has been accumulating enough sediment to turn the lake into plodding marsh. Students at Cornell University are stepping up to study and determine ways to manage this. Professor Tom Whitlow led his Restoration Ecology class in examining Lake Treman’s many components. The class worked with the New York State Department …

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A Small Millipede Helps Tell a Larger Story of Our Ecosystem with Virginia Tech Research

In *All, Agricultural Systems by Ag is America

Professor Paul Marek at the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ Department of Entomology made a pretty yet dangerous discovery: the bright colors of the thumb-sized millipede are actually covered in cyanide. Apheloria polychroma, as the millipede is known, inhabits the forest floor of Southwest Virginia’s Cumberland Mountains. This toxic defense protects the millipede from predators, such as …

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Montana State University Wins Over $1 million Grant to Research Safe and Effective Pest Control for Montana Farmers

In *All, Agricultural Systems by Ag is America

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Crop Protection and Pest Management awarded Montana State University more than $1 million in federal grants for research in safer, more effective pest and disease management strategies to support farms and ranches in Montana and beyond. The funds will go toward research and Extension projects addressing critical, state and …

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New Mexico State University is Helping Farmers in Post-Conflict Colombia

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New Mexico State University’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences is helping post-conflict Colombia through the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Farmer-to-Farmer program. Volunteers from NMSU will travel to Colombia to share their knowledge and skills with Colombian farmers to promote sustainable economic growth, food security, and agricultural development. Professor Brenda Seevers in the Department of Agricultural and Extension …

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University of Nevada, Reno Professor Given Exclusive Opportunity for Ice Plant Research

In *All, Agricultural Systems by Ag is America

A professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, has been picked for a partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Joint Genome Institute (JGI) through their Plant Flagship Genomes program. The proposal by Professor John Cushman in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology was one of the 37 selected out of 123 original letters of intent submitted, and 98 …

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University of Maryland Researchers Discovers Gene that Could Increase Strawberry Productivity

In *All, Agricultural Systems by Ag is America

The United States’ strawberry production is a nearly $3 billion industry, and researchers at the University of Maryland, College Park have potentially found a way to further enhance this market.  The researchers have identified and isolated a gene that is directly linked to the production process of the strawberry. This finding provides a greater understanding of how to control this …

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Colorado State University Gives Children with Disabilities the Full Rodeo Experience

In *All, Youth, Family, & Communities by Ag is America

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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Michigan State University’s Lighting Innovations Improves Vertical Farming Methods

In *All, Agricultural Systems, Technology by Ag is America

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

In *All, Agricultural Economy by Ag is America

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

In *All, Agricultural Economy by Ag is America

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

In *All, Agricultural Economy by Ag is America

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

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

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

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

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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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 Missouri Partners with the USDA to Help Rural Farmers Save Money on Energy Bills

In *All, Agricultural Economy by Ag is America

University of Missouri Extension and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) is an exciting new opportunity for rural Missourians to save money on energy bills. The program aims to lower costs through energy audits, financing and grants for farmers who at earn at least half of their income from agriculture and small businesses in rural …

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University of Kentucky Has Advice for Struggling Grain Producers

In *All, Agricultural Economy by Ag is America

Profit margins have been tight for Kentucky’s grain producers, and they’re expected to stay tight in the coming year. Luckily, University of Kentucky agricultural economist Todd Davis has some tips and information for farmers who are struggling in this market: Manage your fertilizer: Use the university’s fertilizer recommendations in order to keep crops full of nutrients and reaching maximum yield …

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A Small Millipede Helps Tell a Larger Story of Our Ecosystem with Virginia Tech Research

In *All, Agricultural Systems by Ag is America

Professor Paul Marek at the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ Department of Entomology made a pretty yet dangerous discovery: the bright colors of the thumb-sized millipede are actually covered in cyanide. Apheloria polychroma, as the millipede is known, inhabits the forest floor of Southwest Virginia’s Cumberland Mountains. This toxic defense protects the millipede from predators, such as …

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Montana State University Wins Over $1 million Grant to Research Safe and Effective Pest Control for Montana Farmers

In *All, Agricultural Systems by Ag is America

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Crop Protection and Pest Management awarded Montana State University more than $1 million in federal grants for research in safer, more effective pest and disease management strategies to support farms and ranches in Montana and beyond. The funds will go toward research and Extension projects addressing critical, state and …

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University of Nevada, Reno Professor Given Exclusive Opportunity for Ice Plant Research

In *All, Agricultural Systems by Ag is America

A professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, has been picked for a partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Joint Genome Institute (JGI) through their Plant Flagship Genomes program. The proposal by Professor John Cushman in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology was one of the 37 selected out of 123 original letters of intent submitted, and 98 …

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University of Maryland Researchers Discovers Gene that Could Increase Strawberry Productivity

In *All, Agricultural Systems by Ag is America

The United States’ strawberry production is a nearly $3 billion industry, and researchers at the University of Maryland, College Park have potentially found a way to further enhance this market.  The researchers have identified and isolated a gene that is directly linked to the production process of the strawberry. This finding provides a greater understanding of how to control this …

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Michigan State University’s Lighting Innovations Improves Vertical Farming Methods

In *All, Agricultural Systems, Technology by Ag is America

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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Cranberry Counting Just Got Faster with This Technological Boost from the University of Wisconsin-Madison

In *All, Agricultural Systems by Ag is America

Can you imagine hand-counting thousands of acres of cranberries? Well that’s what growers in big cranberry-producing states such as Massachusetts and Wisconsin face, with their collective 21,000 acres of cranberry bogs. To get important information about berry quality and the projected harvest, cranberry growers endure the time-consuming and laborious task of hand-counting berry crops. According to Wisconsin-based scientist Ben Tilberg, …

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Auburn University Receives Grant for Biomass Crop Research

In *All, Agricultural Systems by Ag is America

Biomass crops are a densely planted, high-yielding species with the potential to be processed into biofuel to generate power. But the lack of information about potential yields and marketability has hindered the production of these crops in the past. Auburn University researchers are hoping to reduce some of the risks and uncertainties of growing biomass crops with a project that …

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Protect your Plants from the Cold with Clemson University’s Tips

In *All, Agricultural Systems by Ag is America

With extreme temperatures and “bomb cyclone” blizzards hitting the Southeast this winter, Clemson University encourages people to bundle up… their plants. “Freezing temperatures can damage plants by rupturing plant cells as temperatures drop and ice crystals form on leaves and stems,” said Bob Polomski, Clemson University Extension horticulturist. When plants are damaged by the cold, they may look wilted, blackened, …

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Virginia Tech Contributes to Exciting Potato Research, Starting at the Crop’s Early Origins

In *All, Agricultural Systems by Ag is America

About 8,000-10,000 years ago, potatoes were domesticated for a wild species native to the Andes Mountains in southern Peru. Spanish conquistadors later transported the rugged root-like vegetable across the Atlantic around the 16th century. Today, a group of researchers from Virginia Tech and other institutions have charted the potato’s lineage in order to learn about how it was domesticated and …

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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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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

In *All, Environmental Stewardship by Ag is America

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

In *All, Environmental Stewardship by Ag is America

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

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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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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Purdue Extension Program Gets Excess Ag Crops into Food Pantries

In *All, Food Security, Youth, Family, & Communities by Ag is America

Every year, crops on small farms go to waste simply because the cost of harvesting and packaging them is not financially viable. Simultaneously, food banks are seeking a reliable source of fresh produce, as they typically can only afford aging produce that can no longer be sold in stores. To combat both of these problems, Purdue Extension created the “Waste …

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New Mexico State University Supports Startup Fighting Food Insecurity with Sustainable Ag

In *All, Food Security by Ag is America

Lack of access to fresh food is a serious problem in economically-depressed southwestern areas. The dry, arid climate makes farming tough, leading to food insecurity and limited agricultural exports. A Mexico State University program called AgSprint is supporting a new military veteran run start up, Revolution Agriculture, which seeks to mitigate food insecurity while giving New Mexico an economic boost. …

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

In *All, Livestock by Ag is America

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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The Ohio State University Launches New Research Department Focused on Human-Animal Interaction

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

The Ohio State University’s new Center for Human-Animal Interactions Research and Education (CHAIRE) helps us answer the question we’re all thinking about: we love how our dogs, our cats, and all our pets make us feel, but why? The center was started by assistant animal sciences professor Kelly George, who along with the Veterinary Medicine, Public Health, Social Work, Nursing, …

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Texas A&M University Teams Up with the OIE to Improve the Wellbeing of America’s Animals

In *All, Livestock by Ag is America

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) officially opened their U.S.-based liaison office in College Station, TX at Texas A&M’s Agrilife Center. OIE is an intergovernmental organization responsible for improving animal health and welfare across the globe. The office will be running in partnership with the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases, a part of Texas A&M University System, with the …

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Ohio State University tells us everything we need to know about the E. coli outbreak

In *All, Nutrition & Health by Ag is America

In recent news, you may have seen information about an E. coli outbreak in Canada’s lettuce. American consumers are worried about the impact this strain could have on their produce. Luckily, the Ohio State University has come in to tell us what we do know, and encourage us to remain calm. Ohio State reports that the CDC has officially linked …

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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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Stick to your New Year’s Resolutions with Help from North Dakota State University

In *All, Nutrition & Health by Ag is America

Sticking to your New Year’s resolutions is always hard. Creating a list with great potential starts with a better goal-setting process. North Dakota State University has some helpful tips on how to set your goals wisely and really accomplish them this year: Set a specific goal for yourself. “I’m going to eat more healthfully” is not specific enough as a …

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Penn State University Receives USDA Grant for Helping Farmers with Disabilities

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

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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Don’t Risk Sickness at your Holiday Party this Weekend

In *All, Nutrition & Health by Ag is America

Going to a holiday potluck this weekend? Don’t be the one to bring the dish that gets everyone sick. With the cold weather and all the sharing, it’s important you take extra precautions when preparing your food. With Ohio State University’s food safety tips, holiday potlucks don’t have to be scary. Just follow these guidelines and your dish will be …

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Texas A&M Agrilife Extension is Clearing the Confusion About Food Labels

In *All, Nutrition & Health by Ag is America

Don’t be confused by complicated food labels and misleading marketing. Products labeled with “non-GMO” and “natural” are not always what they seem, making it hard for consumers to make the best choices. Texas A&M Agrilife Extension knows how tricky grocery shopping can be these days and are rolling out a new program to help guide consumers through it. Path to …

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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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It’s Almost that Time of Year: The Ohio State University Reminds Us to Eat Our Fruits and Veggies Every Day

In *All, Nutrition & Health by Ag is America

We all know that eating healthy and maintaining a balanced diet is good for us, but are we really eating enough fruits and veggies? Probably not. The U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans says that adults should eat 1.5-2 cups of fruit and 2-3 cups of vegetables per day, including a variety of vegetables from all sub groups (starchy, dark greens, …

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Michigan State University’s Lighting Innovations Improves Vertical Farming Methods

In *All, Agricultural Systems, Technology by Ag is America

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

In *All, Technology by Ag is America

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

In *All, Agricultural Systems, Technology by Ag is America

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

In *All, Agricultural Systems, Technology by Ag is America

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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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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Purdue University’s New Research Allows Scientists to Access Thousands of Plant Protein Complexes Immediately

In *All, Technology by Ag is America

When scientists begin to research a plant, they must identify their proteins, discover the machinery responsible for most of the tasks done in cells, and figure out how they interact with each other. By using traditional methods, scientists can identify a single protein. But that individual protein could be one of thousands they’re trying to learn about. Purdue University has …

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University of Washington Creates Paper that can Conduct Electricity and Prevent Water Leaks

In *All, Technology, Water Security by Ag is America

Water leaks are such a pain when they happen in your house, but even more of an issue when they occur in cities and large-scale manufacturing pipes. The American Water Works Association indicates that nearly a quarter-million water line breaks occur each year across the country, costing public water utilities about $2.8 billion annually. The University of Washington wants to …

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University of Kentucky Finds Solutions for Soybeans with New Mobile App

In *All, Agricultural Systems, Technology by Ag is America

Soybean storage is not a cheap process for producers, whether they outsource the process to a soybean storage elevator or have their own storage facility on the farm. Delivery fees, storage fees, and the loading process can all have a significant impact on profits and soybean moisture levels (which again hurts the producer’s profits). Luckily, the Kentucky Soybean Board and …

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Cornell University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and more Inspire Kids During 4-H’s National Youth Science Day

In *All, Technology, Youth, Family, & Communities by Ag is America

Earlier this month, the 10th annual 4-H National Youth Science Day (4-H NYSD) empowered kids across the country to unlock their passion for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) through activities and events. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln led this year’s challenge, Incredible Wearables, which had participants engineering and designing wearable fitness tracking devices. These hands-on experiences are not only great …

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

In Uncategorized by Ag is America

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

In *All, Uncategorized by Ag is America

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

In *All, Uncategorized by Ag is America

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

In *All, Water Security by Ag is America

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

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

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 Washington Creates Paper that can Conduct Electricity and Prevent Water Leaks

In *All, Technology, Water Security by Ag is America

Water leaks are such a pain when they happen in your house, but even more of an issue when they occur in cities and large-scale manufacturing pipes. The American Water Works Association indicates that nearly a quarter-million water line breaks occur each year across the country, costing public water utilities about $2.8 billion annually. The University of Washington wants to …

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University of Florida’s FAWN System Continues to Save the State’s Farmers Millions of Dollars and Gallons of Water

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

For the past 19 years, University of Florida’s FAWN system (The Florida Automated Weather Network) has provided weather decision-making data in agricultural regions. The system mimics the National Weather Service tools used in airports but repurposes them for farming areas. The system is aimed at helping farmers determine when they should irrigate their crops while saving millions of dollars and …

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Schools Across the Country Participate in Project to Improve Water Quality Nationwide

In *All, Water Security by Ag is America

Agriculture is all about causes and effects on the environment, and some agricultural practices can have unintended consequences that damage the quality of our water resources. Land-grant university researchers have conducted studies, provided education, and lead outreach programs to improve awareness of water quality issues, but we need government agencies and nonprofit organizations to turn awareness into action. The Multistate …

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University of Arkansas Improves Water Quality by Turning Trash into Treasure

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The citizens of Arkansas’ Jefferson County were struggling with discarding their trash appropriately, and their water systems were taking a hit from it. “If trash accumulates, water can’t flow. If water can’t flow, then it comes up on the streets and you’re sitting at a light and your radiator is almost flooded because of the water,” said Jefferson County Extension …

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Join the UConn Extension in the 40 Gallon Challenge to Conserve Water

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The University of Connecticut Extension is encouraging Connecticut residents to participate in the 40 Gallon Challenge. The challenge is a national activation to promote water consideration among residents and businesses, and hopes to reduce water use on average by 40 gallons per person each day. Since the challenge started in 2011, Connecticut has had 10 pledges compared to 2,000 in …

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Texas A&M University Recommends New Practice for Water Conservation

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Texas A&M University has found a new effective practice for water conservation and maintaining water quality. Multi-paddock grazing, where one paddock is grazed while the other is recovering from use, can significantly influence an ecosystem and have positive impacts on soil infiltration, surface runoff, and water quality issues on the farm. Multi-paddock grazing can be more effective than rotational grazing …

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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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University of Tennessee Creates Helpful At-Home Resource for the State’s Gardeners

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Home gardeners and growers across the state are getting an exciting gift this holiday season: The Tennessee Home Garden Vegetable Calendar from the University of Tennessee Extension Fruit and Vegetable Workgroup. The calendar aims to help users create a comprehensive plan for home vegetable gardens that can help gardeners of all skill levels successfully plant a variety of vegetables. The …

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Texas A&M Encourages Texans to Make Healthy Choices with New Cookbook

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Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service’s Dinner Tonight program provides families with recipes, demonstration videos, and tips to encourage healthy eating and home cooking for Texas families. As part of their latest statewide public outreach initiative on chronic disease prevention, Dinner Tonight has created a cookbook featuring more than 100 healthy recipes. The book is titled Essentials and includes starters, recipes …

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University of Illinois Discovers Significant, Long-Term Health Benefits for Kids Who Drink Water with their School Lunch

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A new study by the University of Illinois finds serving water with school lunches could prevent more than 500,000 youths from becoming overweight or obese, and reduce medical costs and indirect societal costs associated with these problems by more than $13 billion. These findings come from a cost-benefit analysis conducted by Ruopeng An, a kinesiology and community health professor at …

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West Virginia State University Celebrates 13th Anniversary of its Charleston Community Garden

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On the east end of Charleston, West Virginia, fresh produce used to be hard to find. There are no supermarkets within walking distance, causing residents to constantly struggle to find and afford quality food. This especially became a challenge for the residents of Carroll Terrace, an inner-city housing complex for the elderly and disabled. This year, West Virginia State University’s …

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