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Oregon State University Solves Three Soil Problems in One Discovery

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Oregon State University plant pathologist Jennifer Parke was only trying to treat a specific disease in container nurseries, when she ended up solving a lot more growing issues in the process. Her soil solarization research allows farms to trap the sun’s energy under a layer of plastic that heats the soil enough to kill pathogens and weeds. Parke discovered that …

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Kids Explore New Foods and New Lessons on Money Management with the University of Kentucky

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The Power of Produce Club is a program lead by University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service’s Dayna Parrett, the county’s extension agent for family and consumer sciences. The club allows local children of all ages to earn up to $4 a day by completing an agriculture-related activity and trying a featured food. Through this program, children are able to try …

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Fort Valley State University Brings the Farming and Nutritional Benefits of Dairy Goats to Guatemala

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This summer, dairy goat production and dairy technology expert Dr. Young Park was invited by the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer training program. Dr. Park is a professor of food science at Fort Valley State University, and was tasked to educate and train the Guatemalan dairy goat industry about the benefits of goat milk and its dairy products. …

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Ohio State University Encourages a Greater Focus on Safety and Education on the Farm

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As one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States, frequent safety education and training are crucial for farmers. The 2017 Farm Science Review is taking place on September 19-21, and Ohio State University’s Agricultural Safety and Health program will be there to share information on how to stay safe on the job. Here are some of the displays …

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Quinoa Finds a New Home with the University of New Hampshire

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Quinoa is a high-demand crop for consumers, but it’s also a high-value crop for farmers. New Hampshire will be able to reap those benefits, thanks to the University of New Hampshire’s Agricultural Experiment Station. Researchers at the center are exploring ways to “re-domesticate” quinoa so that it can grow suitably under New England’s growing conditions. Giving farmers the ability to …

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University of Nebraska-Lincoln Investigates and Improves Rice and Wheat Growth with Exciting Research Project

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As farmers finish up a long day’s work of tending to their crops in the sun, they head to bed and leave them be for the night. A team of researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are looking into what happens to those wheat and rice crops after the sun goes down, specifically in high temperatures. High temperatures can have …

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The University of Delaware Cooperative Extension is Beautifying and Feeding the State by Developing Urban Farms

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Food insecurity in Delaware is improving thanks to the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension. They have been developing urban farms and gardens across the state, bringing fresh produce and flowers to areas that wouldn’t have access to otherwise. The Cooperative Extension helps these areas by providing various maintenance services including soil testing, plant pest identification, and disease diagnostics. However, these …

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The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Promotes Arkansas’ No. 1 Crop Through New Program

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Soybeans are Arkansas’ number one crop, providing its residents with plenty of amino acids and as much protein as animal products. Now, soybeans are also providing a social connection within the state’s communities. It’s called the “Soybean Science Challenge,” and it is supported by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. The goal is to encourage high school students …

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Happy 127th Birthday to the Original Land-Grant Universities!

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Since 1890, America’s land-grant universities (LGUs) have created a legacy of cutting edge science, education, and community service. Providing incredible research for the agriculture industry in the United States and beyond, the LGUs have made a huge impact on the world and those who inhabit it. From Lincoln University’s cost-effective water treatment method to Delaware State University’s molecular genetics techniques …

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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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Oregon State University Solves Three Soil Problems in One Discovery

In Agricultural Systems, All by Ag is America

Oregon State University plant pathologist Jennifer Parke was only trying to treat a specific disease in container nurseries, when she ended up solving a lot more growing issues in the process. Her soil solarization research allows farms to trap the sun’s energy under a layer of plastic that heats the soil enough to kill pathogens and weeds. Parke discovered that …

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Kids Explore New Foods and New Lessons on Money Management with the University of Kentucky

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The Power of Produce Club is a program lead by University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service’s Dayna Parrett, the county’s extension agent for family and consumer sciences. The club allows local children of all ages to earn up to $4 a day by completing an agriculture-related activity and trying a featured food. Through this program, children are able to try …

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Fort Valley State University Brings the Farming and Nutritional Benefits of Dairy Goats to Guatemala

In Agricultural Systems, All by Ag is America

This summer, dairy goat production and dairy technology expert Dr. Young Park was invited by the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer training program. Dr. Park is a professor of food science at Fort Valley State University, and was tasked to educate and train the Guatemalan dairy goat industry about the benefits of goat milk and its dairy products. …

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Ohio State University Encourages a Greater Focus on Safety and Education on the Farm

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As one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States, frequent safety education and training are crucial for farmers. The 2017 Farm Science Review is taking place on September 19-21, and Ohio State University’s Agricultural Safety and Health program will be there to share information on how to stay safe on the job. Here are some of the displays …

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Oregon State University Extension Service Combats Childhood Obesity Through New Program in Rural Schools

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The children’s obesity epidemic in America stretches to all ends of the country, including rural communities. Oregon State University Extension Service is determined to make a change with their new toolkit that aims to help teachers engage rural Oregon youth in healthier lifestyles. The Balanced Energy Physical Activity Toolkit integrated fitness and nutrition concepts through education and activity, providing teachers …

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Don’t Let Your Refrigerated Food go to Waste. Get the facts from North Dakota State University!

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Julie Garden-Robinson, a food and nutrition specialist at the North Dakota State University Extension, is an expert on food quality and its health value. Her professional expertise goes beyond her office at the NDSU Extension, and she’s provided some tips on how long food should stay in your refrigerator until it becomes unsafe. Here are a few of her recommendations: …

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South Carolina State University Makes Their Mark in History During the Solar Eclipse

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South Carolina State University made astronomy history last week during the solar eclipse. As a mark on the path of totality in the United States, SC State captured hundreds of images for a national project. Along with six other teams of researchers, SC State took digital photos of the sun’s outer gaseous atmosphere (the “corona”), which you cannot typically see …

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

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

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Mississippi State University Provides Tips on How to Reduce Plastic Trash

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

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University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Creates Working Urban Farm for Youth

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

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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’s Chow Line Advises on How to Keep Picnic Food Safe and Bacteria Free

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When food temperature is too high or not high enough, it can become a breeding ground for bacteria. This can be a tough balance to strike when packing up for a picnic. Failure to do so could mean unpleasant foodborne illness for you and your fellow picnic goers. As picnic season is officially upon us, the Ohio State’s Chow Line …

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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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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

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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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Oregon State University Extension Service Combats Childhood Obesity Through New Program in Rural Schools

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The children’s obesity epidemic in America stretches to all ends of the country, including rural communities. Oregon State University Extension Service is determined to make a change with their new toolkit that aims to help teachers engage rural Oregon youth in healthier lifestyles. The Balanced Energy Physical Activity Toolkit integrated fitness and nutrition concepts through education and activity, providing teachers …

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Don’t Let Your Refrigerated Food go to Waste. Get the facts from North Dakota State University!

In All, Nutrition & Health by Ag is America

Julie Garden-Robinson, a food and nutrition specialist at the North Dakota State University Extension, is an expert on food quality and its health value. Her professional expertise goes beyond her office at the NDSU Extension, and she’s provided some tips on how long food should stay in your refrigerator until it becomes unsafe. Here are a few of her recommendations: …

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University of Maine Professor Explores the Complexities of Fermenting Food at Home

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With kombucha and kimchi all the rage these days, more and more people are experimenting with food fermentation in their home kitchens. The key to successfully fermenting food is to make sure it’s prepared safely and balanced properly. Although not impossible, it is more difficult to control the cleanliness of a home kitchen compared to a production facility. “People need …

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UCONN Extension Shares How to Keep Fruit from the Farm Fresh

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To wash your berries before storage or not to wash your berries before storage. It can be a disputed question and is just one example of the controversies you may encounter when discussing how to maintain fruit freshness. According to UCONN Extension, the fact of the matter is that different methods work better for different types of fruits (and vegetables …

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University of Georgia Fights Pathogens with Programming

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Identifying the source of a foodborne illness outbreak quickly is essential to reducing the spread of pathogens, but it can be tough to do efficiently. Researchers at the University of Georgia are developing computer software to aid in the detection of problematic foodborne bacteria. The software graphically represents relationships between bacteria genomics in a population, making it easier to differentiate …

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University of Arkansas Educates Off-Campus About the Benefits of Healthy Eating

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In Arkansas, more than 300,000 people have diabetes and healthy habits can be hard to find. But the University of Arkansas Extension, who has been participating in the federally-funded SNAP-Ed program for over 20 years, has learned a thing or two to make sure people have access to healthy eating. The Extension provides educational programs within the school system to …

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University of Florida Joins Other Schools in the Fight Against Obesity

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When children are too young to make their own food choices, their parents tend to do it for them. But if their parents frequently provide them with unhealthy food, habits develop that can create health issues down the road. The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences joined Rutgers University and West Virginia University in accepting a research …

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University of Wisconsin Promotes Fruit and Veggie Consumption with New Campaign

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Out of the $2 billion spent on advertising food and beverage products to youth, only 1% is spent on presenting healthy options. So, the University of Wisconsin Extension has enlisted some help in making healthy produce a little more glamorous. Actresses Kristen Bell and Jessica Alba, superstar athlete Stephen Curry, and several NFL players are joining their new advertising campaign …

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The Ohio State’s Chow Line Advises on How to Keep Picnic Food Safe and Bacteria Free

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

When food temperature is too high or not high enough, it can become a breeding ground for bacteria. This can be a tough balance to strike when packing up for a picnic. Failure to do so could mean unpleasant foodborne illness for you and your fellow picnic goers. As picnic season is officially upon us, the Ohio State’s Chow Line …

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University of Minnesota Develops Breakfast Programs with Local Schools

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We’ve all heard it before: breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Yet, too many teenagers forgo their morning meals, waiting all the way until lunch for their first serving of food for the day. Eating habits like this cause energy to sag throughout the morning, inhibiting learning and engagement. In response to this all too common trend, …

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

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

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Getting By With a Little Kelp from Cornell Cooperative Extension

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

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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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UCONN Water Conservation Program Combats Shifting Precipitation Patterns

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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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Auburn University Promotes Clean Water in Floridian Aquifer with NIFA Grant

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The Florida Aquifer holds an extremely significant role within the southeast, providing irrigation for farms, billions of dollars annually to the economy, and drinking water to approximately 10 million people. The preservation of the aquifer and its surrounding ecosystems is essential. However, some agricultural and industrial practices typical to the surrounding areas pose a threat to the Aquifer’s quality maintenance. …

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Washington State University Develops Weather Resistant Crops

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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

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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

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

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Oregon State University Extension Service Combats Childhood Obesity Through New Program in Rural Schools

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The children’s obesity epidemic in America stretches to all ends of the country, including rural communities. Oregon State University Extension Service is determined to make a change with their new toolkit that aims to help teachers engage rural Oregon youth in healthier lifestyles. The Balanced Energy Physical Activity Toolkit integrated fitness and nutrition concepts through education and activity, providing teachers …

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University of Arkansas Teams Up with Sheriff’s Department to Develop Community Garden for Inmates

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“The Teaching Garden,” is a partnership between the Garland County Sheriff’s Department in Hot Springs, Arkansas and the University of Arkansas System Cooperative Extension Service. Together, they aim to provide inmates at the Garland County Detention Center with leadership opportunities, responsibility, teamwork exercises, and marketable skills during their time at the center. The cycle of the garden’s usage begins in …

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Michigan State University Helps Students Explore the Possibilities in the STEM Industry

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The U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy reports that STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) jobs are growing at almost two times the rate of non-STEM jobs. However, the U.S. Department of Education reports that only 16 percent of high school seniors are interested in pursuing STEM careers. Luckily, Michigan State University has a solution. In order to excite …

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Washington State University Extension Brings Fresh Produce to Neah Bay with Farm Stand

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Neah Bay, Washington is the most northwestern point of the entire United States. As fun as that fact is, the residents of Neah Bay are suffering from the location. The nearest big town is two hours away, which causes Neah Bay’s single grocery store to get deliveries only once per week. This made access to fresh fruits and vegetables quite …

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The University of Delaware Cooperative Extension is Beautifying and Feeding the State by Developing Urban Farms

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Food insecurity in Delaware is improving thanks to the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension. They have been developing urban farms and gardens across the state, bringing fresh produce and flowers to areas that wouldn’t have access to otherwise. The Cooperative Extension helps these areas by providing various maintenance services including soil testing, plant pest identification, and disease diagnostics. However, these …

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Virginia State University Offers Program to Train New Urban Famers

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Urban farming offers no shortage of benefits, creating sources for locally grown food, alleviating food deserts, and decreasing carbon emissions by shortening distribution paths. However, there are too few individuals with urban farming training to keep up with growing demand. To address this, Virginia State University’s College of Agriculture is now offering a semester-long course, providing a science-rich curriculum, culminating …

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University of Minnesota Extension Uses Grant Money to Help Increase Local Farm Competitiveness

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As the agriculture industry grows bigger and bigger, small and mid-sized farms are facing challenges to remain competitive in the industry. A Regional Sustainable Development Partnership grant is being developed by the University of Minnesota Extension to create farm-grocery-wholesale networks, employing “backhauling” to increase economic viability for local ag businesses. Backhauling sends locally-grown foods from rural farms back to wholesale …

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Garden Serves as Recovery Tool for Addicts with the Help of the University of Kentucky

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Recovering from an addiction is not an easy journey but, at The Healing Place in Louisville, women find that gardening is an effective outlet for staying calm and focused. The residents take full care of the garden with the help of Bethany Pratt, a horticulture agent at the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service. Gardening is found to be extremely …

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Cornell University’s “Seed to Supper” Course Connects Students with The Community and Its Gardeners

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Horticulture students at Cornell University may be skilled in agricultural practices, but the university’s new Seed to Supper course is also specializing in the effect of gardening on low-income communities to build community engagement. Students learn more than technical gardening skills in this class, such as ways to connect with diverse audiences by hosting webinars about the nutritional benefits of …

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