Agriculture systems and technology

Safe Haven from Natural Disasters

Last year, residents of southern Louisiana were hit by storms that damaged more than 100,000 homes.

Bumble Bee Queens Under Pressure

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside found that environmental threats are piling onto the stress faced by nest-building bumble bee queens. The team found that exposure to a widely used insecticide and a poor diet negatively impacted bumble bee queens’ health and work, which could have dramatic consequences on an already dwindling pollinator group.

Michigan Prepares Youth for Success

A U.S. Department of Education study found that only 16 percent of high school seniors are interested in pursuing careers in science, technology, education and math (STEM), despite the fact that STEM employment is far outpacing non-STEM job growth. To address this shortfall, Michigan State University(MSU) Extension is making science education a priority in its 4-H Youth Development programming.

Nitrogen Fertilizer Provides Production Benefits

When applied properly, nitrogen fertilizer can offer environmental and agricultural production benefits, according to a recent study by agronomists from Iowa State University.

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.