Agriculture systems and technology

Organic Study Uses Domestic Sheep to Facilitate Sustainable Farming

Environmental and economic management of weeds and pests is a priority for organic farmers and they typically use tillage to address these issues. However, frequent mechanical tillage can reduce soil integrity, which increases costs for farmers and negatively impacts future crop growth. Now, Montana State University (MSU) researchers are studying an alternate technique to manage these issues—domestic sheep.

Creating a Gentler, More Profitable Way to Harvest Blueberries

Although automation in agriculture is often synonymous with efficiency, that has not been the case with harvesting and processing berries. That is about to change.

High Five: NIFA-Funded Research Improves Agriculture

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) invests in agricultural sciences that turn research into action by taking groundbreaking discoveries from laboratories to farms, communities, and classrooms. Scientific advances that result from NIFA-funded research – more than $1.5 billion in fiscal year 2015 – enhance the competitiveness of American agriculture, ensure the safety of the nation’s food supply, improve the nutrition and health of communities, sustain the environment and natural resources, and bolster the economy. The following blogs are examples of the thousands of NIFA projects that impact the lives of Americans every day.

Automated Weeder Separates Friend from Foe

This is not your granddad’s weed whacker.

AgrAbility Helps Farmers, Ranchers Get Back to Work

AgrAbility Helps Farmers, Ranchers Get Back to Work

Technology Enables Vermont Dairy Farmer to Measure Positive Impacts of Conservation

Technology Enables Vermont Dairy Farmer to Measure Positive Impacts of Conservation

No Till, Cover Crops Help Minimize Erosion, Surface Runoff

No Till, Cover Crops Help Minimize Erosion, Surface Runoff

New website makes it easier for farmers to find land, and landowners to find farmers

New website makes it easier for farmers to find land, and landowners to find farmers

New system to restore wetlands could reduce massive floods, aid crops

New system to restore wetlands could reduce massive floods, aid crops

Anchorage's refugee gardeners

Anchorage's refugee gardeners