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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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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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Land-Grant Universities Team Up to Help Family Businesses Succeed Despite Crises

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The majority of businesses in the United States are family-owned and, in rural areas, their success is crucial for the economic wellbeing of the entire community. Several universities are stepping in to find ways to support these businesses in times of crisis that go beyond visiting your farmer’s market or choosing local coffee over the name brand. Here are some …

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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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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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University of Minnesota Develops Breakfast Programs with Local Schools

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

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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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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Mindfulness Could be the Key to Weight Management with this NC State Program

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The issue of obesity has been a rising problem within the United States over the past decades, and high proportions of body fat can yield challenges on multiple fronts, resulting in health concerns such as hypertension, type-two diabetes, and heart disease. To address this growing problem, NC State University’s Division of Public health developed a program to help facilitate participant’s …

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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 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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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’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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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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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

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

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

In All, Nutrition & Health by Ag is America

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

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

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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Mindfulness Could be the Key to Weight Management with this NC State Program

In All, Nutrition & Health by Ag is America

The issue of obesity has been a rising problem within the United States over the past decades, and high proportions of body fat can yield challenges on multiple fronts, resulting in health concerns such as hypertension, type-two diabetes, and heart disease. To address this growing problem, NC State University’s Division of Public health developed a program to help facilitate participant’s …

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Utah State University Extension Discusses All Things Great-2-Know about H-2-0

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The summer is officially here in all its sweaty splendor, which means it’s even more important to stay on top of water consumption. Dehydration won’t just slow you down; it can also cause various physical problems like headaches, light-headedness and fatigue. The Utah State University Extension has tips to make sure you’re consuming the recommended 8 glasses a day. When …

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The Next Top Chef: University of Illinois Teaches Teens Cooking Skills

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Many young students have a genuine love for cooking but access to healthy foods can create a bigger challenge for youth in food-desert communities, where fresh produce may not be available. University of Illinois Cooperative Extension 4-H program is partnering with local teens to educate youths from high need areas about healthy eating, while also providing valuable leadership opportunities. The …

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New Mexico State University Launches New Gardening Initiative with Navajo Communities

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Lack of access to nutritious foods, which is typical to many areas with dense Navajo populations, is one cause of the high diabetes rate among Navajo individuals. The Yeégo Gardening project with New Mexico State University is a multiyear, multi-partner program that seeks to promote healthier lifestyles within northeastern Navajo communities. Gardening brings a host of societal and health benefits …

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

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

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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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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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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Land-Grant Universities Team Up to Help Family Businesses Succeed Despite Crises

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

The majority of businesses in the United States are family-owned and, in rural areas, their success is crucial for the economic wellbeing of the entire community. Several universities are stepping in to find ways to support these businesses in times of crisis that go beyond visiting your farmer’s market or choosing local coffee over the name brand. Here are some …

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University of Minnesota Develops Breakfast Programs with Local Schools

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

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

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

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

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

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