Agriculture economics and rural communities

Cutting through the Barriers of Local Meat Sales for Virginia’s Small Farmers

When a Virginia sheep farmer told small ruminant scientist Dr. Dahlia O’Brien that transporting his livestock to quality, inspected slaughter facilities stressed the animals and caused measurable decreases in meat quality, she took action.

Enhancing Agricultural Opportunities for Military Veterans

​The Servicemember Agricultural Vocation Education (SAVE) - Farming for the Future program in Manhattan, Kansas, is developing a 320-acre diversified regional training center.

Bringing Achachairú to Puerto Rico

Achachairú is a tropical fruit native to Bolivia with enormous economic potential for Puerto Rico.

Food Safety in Puerto Rico

Crops and agroenvironmental sciences researchers at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez assessed food safety risks in the fruit, vegetable, and leafy greens of Puerto Rico’s agricultural system.

Helping West Virginia’s Communities Succeed

In West Virginia, over one million acres of land are unable to be farmed due to improper soils and flood-prone locations.

Hispanic-Serving Institutions Develop LEADERS

The LEADERS program is a collaborative project between Texas A&M University-Kingsville and New Mexico State University to increase the number of underserved animal science students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Agroecology Stewardship and Community Engagement in North Dakota

United Tribes Technical College increased community outreach through its children’s gardening project, the Arikara Garden, or “Medicinal Wheel Garden,” and the continued rejuvenation of indigenous plants in the Dragonfly Garden plots.

Wildfire Response in Oklahoma

In April 2018, wildfires scorched nearly 350,000 acres in northwest Oklahoma. It also claimed 1,600 head of cattle and compromised 2,100 miles of fencing. Damages exceeded $26 million.

United States and Israel Collaborative Research: Safe Recycle of Aquaponics and Hydroponics Water

Scientists from the University of Illinois and Agricultural Research Organization in Israel are collaborating to reduce the use of water in aquaponics and hydroponics.

It’s a Small World After All

Delaware State University (DSU) used a Capacity Building Teaching grant to give its students the world. In turn, they also built stronger ties of research and learning with other 1890 institutions, universities in Costa Rica, and USDA.