Agriculture systems and technology

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).

New Farm-based Research Guide Now Available

A new educational resource is available from Sustainable Agriculture Research Education (SARE).

Feeding Candy to Cattle Helps Producers Save Cash

News circulated earlier this year about a truck hauling Skittles® candy to a producer in Wisconsin.

Making Organic Farms More Resilient

Researchers at Iowa State University, the University of Minnesota, and Rodale Institute are evaluating the production, environmental, and economic benefits of growing cash crops in rotation with forage crops used for grazing.

Improving Lives in Rural America

The University of Wyoming Extension delivers multiple agricultural programs in communities throughout the state.

AgrAbility of Wisconsin Provides Safety Tips to Local Farmers

NIFA's AgrAbility program supports AgrAbility of Wisconsin.

KSU Patents Biodegradable Adhesive

Kansas State University researchers have patented the first plant-based resin of its kind that would be ideal for re-adherable painters' tape, labels, packing tapes, stationery notes and other adhesive uses.