View Post

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 …

View Post

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 …

View Post

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 …

View Post

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 …

View Post

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 …

View Post

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 …

View Post

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 …

View Post

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 …

View Post

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 …

See All *All Posts
View Post

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 …

View Post

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 …

See All Agricultural Economy Posts
View Post

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 …

View Post

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 …

View Post

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 …

View Post

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 …

View Post

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 …

View Post

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 …

View Post

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, …

View Post

Cornell University Takes a Closer Look at the Benefits and Stability of Urban Farming

In *All, Agricultural Systems by Ag is America

There are many benefits of urban farming because of the control growers have over the environment. The ability to grow year-round, reduction of transportation costs and water use, improving land-use efficiency, and providing educational opportunities for the community are all great reasons for growing indoors. However, there isn’t a lot of legitimate research that directly compares conventional field agriculture and …

View Post

Displaced Coal Miners are Finding New Opportunities with University of Delaware’s Beekeeping Initiative

In *All, Agricultural Systems by Ag is America

Coal miners learn a lot of great things on the job, that can also be applied to beekeeping. University of Delaware’s professor of entomology and Appalachian Beekeeping Collective consultant Debbie Delaney is helping displaced miners in 14 of southern West Virginia’s counties get involved with their beekeeping efforts. The Appalachian Bee Keeping Collective’s headquarters are located at an old camp …

See All Agricultural Systems Posts
View Post

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, …

See All Energy & Bioproducts Posts
View Post

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 …

View Post

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 …

View Post

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. …

View Post

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 …

View Post

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 …

See All Environmental Stewardship Posts
View Post

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 …

View Post

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 …

View Post

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 …

View Post

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 …

View Post

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 …

View Post

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. …

View Post

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 …

View Post

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 …

View Post

Penn State University Gets Creative with Food Safety Training

In *All, Food Security by Ag is America

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

See All Food Security Posts
View Post

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 …

See All Livestock Posts
View Post

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, …

View Post

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 …

View Post

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 …

View Post

Refrigerator Cleanliness 101 by University of Connecticut

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

Refrigerators might be one of our most important food safety innovations, but colder temperatures also grow and multiply food spoilage microorganisms, leaving these machines prone to pathogens that cause foodborne illness and spoilage. Unfortunately, it’s hard to see these pathogens coming until they’ve done their damage to your dairy products, produce, and more. That’s why it is important to focus …

View Post

New Mexico State University Recieves Grant for Dietetic Internship Program

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

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation recently awarded a grant to New Mexico State University’s Dietetic Internship Program in order to increase the number of qualified registered dieticians and nutritionists in the region. They hope that increasing this workforce will improve the health of the area’s residents by increasing fresh produce consumption and reduce sedentary lifestyles. The grant will allow …

View Post

Kansas State University Partners with PepsiCo, Inc. to Develop Innovative, More Nutritious Products

In *All, Nutrition & Health by Ag is America

Kansas State University and PepsiCo, Inc. have partnered up to make nutritious food and beverage products more accessible and affordable. The university’s faculty and students will use their food and life sciences research expertise to help PepsiCo, Inc. to develop new product ideas. The partnership is a segment of PepsiCo, Inc.’s 2025 sustainability agenda, in which they hope to reduce …

View Post

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

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

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 …

View Post

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: …

View Post

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

In *All, Nutrition & Health by Ag is America

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 …

See All Nutrition & Health Posts
View Post

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 …

View Post

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 …

View Post

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 …

See All Technology Posts
View Post

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 …

View Post

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 …

See All Uncategorized Posts
View Post

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 …

View Post

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 …

View Post

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 …

View Post

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 …

View Post

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 …

View Post

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 …

View Post

Auburn University Promotes Clean Water in Floridian Aquifer with NIFA Grant

In *All, Water Security by Ag is America

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. …

View Post

Washington State University Develops Weather Resistant Crops

In *All, Water Security by Ag is America

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

See All Water Security Posts
View Post

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 …

View Post

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 …

View Post

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 …

View Post

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 …

View Post

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

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

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 …

View Post

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

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

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 …

View Post

New Mexico State University Expands Student Greenhouse Program

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

For the past 11 years, New Mexico State University and Research Youth Agricultural Science Center has given middle school students the opportunity to learn about nature firsthand in their self-sustaining greenhouse and garden. Their new Seed-to-Plate project will allow them to expand the program across the district to grades K-12, creating a collaborative space for enhanced education and economic development …

View Post

Oregon State University Leads Young Students in Outdoor Education Program

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

Last November, Oregon voters elected a new leader and a new pipeline for funds to fund outdoor education programs in their school districts. The new Outdoor School program will give Oregon’s fifth- and sixth-graders the opportunity to have at least three consecutive days of outdoor education as part of their school experience. Kristopher Elliott is a science educator who was …

View Post

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 …

See All Youth, Family, & Communities Posts