Agriculture systems and technology

Collaborating to Increase Educational Opportunities

The University of Texas at El Paso recently led a collaborative network of four regional universities to introduce students to the agricultural sciences. BGREEN was supported through the NIFA's Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program.

Flying Waterway Sampling

Monitoring and predicting water quality poses a significant challenge since sources of fresh water and contaminants come from vast areas of land and waterways.

Low-cost Greenhouse Alternative Means Higher Profits for Growers

Kansas State University and the University of Florida are sharing an AFRI grant to learn more about improving the freshness and shelf life of locally grown produce by using high tunnels, an inexpensive version of a greenhouse.

Rapid Safety Testing for Fruits and Vegetables

A research team at the Auburn University Detection and Food Safety Center developed a new, portable, and easy-to-use screening tool to test fresh fruits and vegetables for the presence of bacteria that cause foodborne illnesses.

Diagnosis at Your Fingertips

A NIFA-funded venture by the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva and the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, University of Hawaii-Manoa has resulted in a new iPad application, Estimate, that helps determine plant disease diversity.

New App Will Help Montanans Identify Mystifying Plants, Pests and Diseases

Montanans who might otherwise text, email, or send samples through the mail to the Schutter Diagnostic Lab at Montana State University may now use a phone app.

Check Out a Wealth of Resources at Farm Answers

Farm Answers is supported by NIFA’s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP), providing resources to help both new and experienced farmers and agricultural producers.

Producers Battle Sugarcane Aphids

While sugarcane aphids have been difficult to suppress in past years due to their natural traits and limited insecticide options, Texas A&M AgriLife scientist Dr. Ada Szczepaniec shows resistant sorghum varieties and beneficial predators could provide a solution.

Buying Local Dairy May Have Unexpected Effects

If more Northeast consumers buy local dairy, that could have some positive and negative effects on the supply chain, according to research from Penn State and Cornell universities.

Natural Plant Could Help Cancer and Alzheimer’s Disease

A natural defense that helps plants ward off insect predators could lead to better crops and new treatments for cancer and Alzheimer’s disease, as discovered by NIFA-supported researchers at Washington State University (WSU).