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Cornell University Lends a Hand to New York’s Rapidly Growing Craft Beer Industry

In *All, Agricultural Systems by Ag is America

As demand grows, New York’s craft beer producers are rushing to keep up. From 2012 to 2016, the number of breweries increased from 95 to 302, bringing in $3.5 billion annually to the state’s economy. Despite the growing number of producers interested, brewing craft beer is no easy process. Cultivating hops can lead to pest issues and pervasive diseases, which …

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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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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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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 Encourages Texans to Make Healthy Choices with New Cookbook

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

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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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 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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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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Cornell University Lends a Hand to New York’s Rapidly Growing Craft Beer Industry

In *All, Agricultural Systems by Ag is America

As demand grows, New York’s craft beer producers are rushing to keep up. From 2012 to 2016, the number of breweries increased from 95 to 302, bringing in $3.5 billion annually to the state’s economy. Despite the growing number of producers interested, brewing craft beer is no easy process. Cultivating hops can lead to pest issues and pervasive diseases, which …

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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 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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Cornell University Holds Conference for Stakeholders in Controlled Environment Agriculture

In *All, Agricultural Systems by Ag is America

In early November, indoor farming experts and entrepreneurs came together at Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Their goal was to create viable businesses for local vegetables and produce grown indoors using controlled environment agriculture (CEA). CEA works by combining heating and lighting with hydroponic and soilless production, resulting in year-round production of fresh vegetables. This exciting development …

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UC Davis and Other Schools Help NASA Explore Farming on Mars

In *All, Agricultural Systems by Ag is America

NASA is currently working on plans for its first manned mission to Mars, and since the round trip to Mars and back to Earth totals to about four years, it’s crucial astronauts are supplied with enough food. However, packing enough food for four years within the rocket is difficult, expensive, and risky. The solution? Growing food on Mars. NASA needed …

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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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University of New Hampshire’s Consumer Survey Shows Great Potential for Local Farmers

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

As the local agriculture industry in New England continues to grow, so does the legislation enhancing and expanding the local agriculture production in Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire. In order to ensure the success of the industry’s expansion, the University of New Hampshire surveyed the region to find out what consumers care and think about when it comes to local …

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Montana University Releases Report on the Impact of Climate Change on the State

In *All, Agricultural Systems by Ag is America

The 2017 Montana Climate Assessment is the first in a planned series of analyses focused on climate trends and their consequences for three of Montana’s vital sectors: water, forests, and agriculture. The report was put together by Montana University System’s Institute on Ecosystems, the Montana Climate Office, the Montana Water Center, and the Montana State University Extension in an effort …

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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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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 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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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 New Hampshire Graduate Makes Use of the Leftovers – Leftover Meal Points, That Is

In *All, Food Security by Ag is America

Recent University of New Hampshire graduate, Alana Davidson, grew up wanting to be a baker. But a volunteering experience led to a research project that made her passion clear – addressing food insecurity at the college level. Food insecurity can be defined as being “without reliable access to enough affordable, nutritious food.” Through campus-wide surveys, she learned how the health …

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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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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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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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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 Encourages Texans to Make Healthy Choices with New Cookbook

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

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 Connecticut Boosts Nutrient Value in Everyday Food

In *All, Nutrition & Health by Ag is America

Functional foods are foods that have a potentially positive effect on health beyond basic nutrition. This means that in addition to specific vitamins and nutrients, they can also reduce the risk of disease or promote other types of wellness. The issue with functional foods is that their nutrients are not always fully ingested due to limited bioavailability (the proportion of …

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University of Wisconsin-Madison Makes Exciting Breakthrough in E. coli Research

In *All, Nutrition & Health by Ag is America

Researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Biochemistry have discovered a new way of combatting E. coli bacteria. Their discovery could rewrite almost 50 years of thinking. Previously, doctors were only able to use a cellular pump to move antibiotics out of E. coli bacteria. UW-Madison biochemistry professor Katherine Henzler-Wildman recently discovered that a transporter can also move drugs …

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The University of Arkansas Supports Producers in Adjusting to New Food Safety Standards

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

The Food Safety Modernization Act was originally developed to strengthen safeguards in the U.S. food supply, and new rules and regulations within the act are meant to shift from reacting to outbreaks of food-borne illness to preventing them. These regulations are meant to prevent contamination straight from the source by setting standards for agricultural water, farm worker hygiene and cleanliness, …

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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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Oklahoma State University Revamps the State’s School Cafeterias

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

Cooking for Kids is Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension’s culinary training program designed to change the school nutrition landscape across the state. Trained chefs will partner with 15 school nutrition professionals to provide fresher, tastier food in their school cafeterias. The chefs will help develop a new menu for each school, procure proper ingredients and equipment, create marketing strategies, and …

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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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Penn State University Researcher Protects Crops from Disease with New Mobile App

In *All, Technology by Ag is America

The cassava brown streak disease and cassava mosaic disease are spreading across Africa, threatening the food and income security of over 30 million farmers in the eastern and central parts of the continent. The diseases are hard to identify by farmers alone and the experts lack the data to support them. Fortunately, there is hope thanks to the CGIAR (Consultative …

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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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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

In *All, Water Security by Ag is America

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

In *All, Water Security by Ag is America

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

In *All, Water Security by Ag is America

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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UCONN Water Conservation Program Combats Shifting Precipitation Patterns

In *All, Water Security by Ag is America

Connecticut is experiencing a change in its precipitation trends with more intense but less frequent rainfall patterns. These long stretches of dryness can quickly turn into droughts, so UCONN Extension is partnering up to work on a two-year water conservation project funded through the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Regional Conservation Partnership. The project’s mission is to get proactive about …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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University of Delaware Donates a Football Field’s Worth of Books to Kids Across the State

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

The University of Delaware Cooperative Extension donated 7,000 children’s books to kids throughout the state, thanks to the Books Across Delaware grant that they received from the Molina Foundation. The Molina Foundation is a national nonprofit that works to reduce disparities in access to education and health. Through this partnership, the University of Delaware’s donation was big enough to fill …

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University of New Hampshire’s Consumer Survey Shows Great Potential for Local Farmers

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

As the local agriculture industry in New England continues to grow, so does the legislation enhancing and expanding the local agriculture production in Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire. In order to ensure the success of the industry’s expansion, the University of New Hampshire surveyed the region to find out what consumers care and think about when it comes to local …

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Students Get Hands-On Agriculture Experience Inside the Classroom, Thanks to Oklahoma State University

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

For the past ten years, the Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension’s Farm to You interactive exhibit has been educating and entertaining kids across the state. The program is run at different schools to give kids hands-on agricultural experience and teach them about the industry in a way that textbooks can’t. “Kids can be disconnected when it comes to knowing where …

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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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Aspiring Farmers Can Learn Everything They Need at NC State University’s Farm School

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Want to become a farmer but don’t know where to start? NC State University’s Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics and NC State Extension have all the answers at the NC Farm School. The eight-session program guides aspiring farmers through developing their business plan and introduces them to successful farmers and their strategies. Offered in different locations each year, NC …

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University of Tennessee Extension’s Top Tips to Tackle Tailgate Trouble

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There isn’t much you can do to prevent your favorite team from losing, but there is a lot you can do to prevent food poisoning from ruining your tailgate. University of Tennessee Extension has all the tips to keep your pre- and post-game gatherings safe: Stock-up on supplies: Pack the car with a food thermometer, disposable plates, disposable utensils, disposable …

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