Agriculture economics and rural communities

Cotton IPM Saves Millions

Integrated pest management (IPM) seeks to reduce risks to people and the environment and economic risks to growers while effectively managing pests.

Pesticide Residues in Cotton and Polyester Garments

Understanding safe pesticide use is critical in the protection of pesticide handlers, not just during the mixing, loading, and application of chemicals, but also to any residues in their clothing after application.

Broadband Research in Rural Oklahoma

Many Oklahoma households with incomes less than $25,000 cannot afford internet access, and in rural communities, high-speed internet is often not available.

Farms to Food Banks in Kentucky

In 2017, The Kentucky Association of Food Banks received a $400,000 Community Food Projects grant for the Farms To Food Banks Capacity Building project.

Food Desert Receives Help Through FVSU’s 4-H Program’s Healthy Living Agri-STEM Community Garden

The rural, poverty-stricken community of Sylvester, Georgia, with a population of less than 6,200, is bridging arts and agriculture to create the world’s largest sculpture that feeds people. Agricultural researchers and 4-H extension staff at Fort Valley State University combine aeroponic technology with a bee farm, banana farm, and integrated black plastic research to grow traditional crops that feed more than 1,000 households annually for free.

VetLink Mobile App at Prairie View A&M: Agricultural Technology Breaking Through Barriers

VetLink is a mobile goat application developed by Dr. Paul Johnson, a research scientist in Prairie View A&M University’s Cooperative Agricultural Research Center (CARC).

Informing Economic Development Decisions in Minnesota

Economic development and public finance decisions, especially in rural areas with fewer committed resources, may be based on assumptions, fears, and antiquated information.

Improved Wheat Varieties Help Minnesota Farmers

Minnesota wheat farmers need new high yield and disease-resistant wheat varieties, and education and outreach aimed at specific locations within the state to help them improve profitability.

Natural Parasite Management Improves Sustainability and Profitability of Small Ruminant Production

Fort Valley State University’s (FVSU) research and outreach on the tannin-containing legume sericea lespedeza (Lespedeza cuneata) as a natural alternative to ineffective anthelmintic drugs has shown improved sustainability and profitability of small ruminant production systems in the United States.

University of Tennessee Extension Beef Cattle Programs

Challenges facing the beef cattle industry in Tennessee range from the adoption of very basic management practices to complicated global market drivers that affect input costs.