Agriculture economics and rural communities

Solving the Mystery of Fertilizer Loss from Midwest Cropland

Farmers cannot predict their annual corn harvest with certainty, but with the help of new research from Michigan State University (MSU), they can now pinpoint specific parts of their fields that consistently produce either good or bad yields.

Consumer Economics Programs Reducing Debt in Tennessee

Because they spend too much and save too little, many Tennesseans will not have enough money to live securely throughout life.

Ramping Up for Home Harvesting

North Carolina State University Extension continued its Backyard Ramp Patch Project, giving out more than 15,000 ramp bulbs to the community to establish their own resources and lessen the impact of overharvesting native stocks.

Bringing Independent Farmers into the Marketplace and Local Supermarkets

Access to profitable retail and wholesale markets is a challenge for small- to mid-scale family farmers. “The days of showing up with your cantaloupes in the back of the pickup are no longer a way to make a living,” said Diana Endicott of Kansas City, Missouri.

Montana’s Schutter Diagnostic Laboratory Impacts Citizen’s Lives

Montana’s Schutter Diagnostic Laboratory is a critical component of extension outreach, and routinely processes over 2,000 samples per year for county extension, agricultural professionals, and citizens.

Incentivizing Feedstock Supply for the Bioeconomy

The emerging cellulosic biofuel and bioproduct industry requires the development of biomass markets where economic and policy challenges need to be overcome for farmers to engage as viable suppliers.

Nebraska Extension Offers Resources to Flood Victims

As Nebraskans begin returning to their homes in the aftermath of widespread historic flooding, Nebraska Extension has mobilized a number of resources to aid in the road to recovery.

HOOHIAPO - Renewing Ancestral Education Pathways in Agroecology

The University of Hawaii uses NIFA funding to create a comprehensive agriculture program, engaging students in the multidisciplinary analysis of the food and farming system of Hawaii, the United States and beyond.

Resource Management in Commercial Greenhouse Production

Across the country, controlled environments make year-round agriculture possible.

Curating the Farmers of Tomorrow

Ensuring the long-term sustainability of U.S. agriculture requires introducing agricultural education to young people.