Bioenergy, natural resources, and environment

NIFA Supports Disaster Education through EDEN

USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) supports disaster education through the Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN).

Safer Fresh Tomatoes

​Tomatoes are a highly nutritious source of minerals, vitamins, and phytonutrients.

ePaint Serving Biofouling Solutions

ePaint is a company located in East Falmouth, Massachusetts, that has received support from the NIFA’s Small Business Innovation Research program (SBIR).

Beneath the Earth, the ‘Black Box’ of Soil Holds a Key to Crop Growth

Like much of what lies just beneath the earth’s surface, soil microbes present a mystery. University of Florida scientist Sarah Strauss seeks to help untangle the web of intrigue surrounding soil microbes to improve agricultural production in Florida and globally.

'Functional Ice' Shows Food Industry How to Keep Cool and Reduce Loss

Over 133 billion pounds of food per year is lost due to waste at different stages in the farm-to-fork continuum.

When Do Cover Crops Pay? New SARE Report Addresses the Question

Farmers around the country are planting cover crops on millions of acres to protect and improve the soil, and the more that farmers use cover crops, the more they value this conservation practice.

New Ornamental Blueberries Bred for Home Landscapes

University of Georgia plant breeder Scott NeSmith has created blueberry varieties for the commercial market.

Modifying Hen Diets Reduces Egg Facility Emissions

Iowa is the nation's number-one state in egg production.

Pollen Collected By U.S. Honey Bees in Urban Settings Show Dramatic Seasonal Variation

The diversity and availability of pollen foraged by honey bees across urban and suburban areas in the United States varies drastically with the seasons.

Growing with Compost May Protect Guam’s Water Supply

Guam relies heavily on its underground aquifer for water sources in the northern part of the island. At the University of Guam, Soil Scientist Dr. Mohammad Golabi wanted to find out whether the application of composted organic waste to crops would have any potential adverse effects on Guam’s underground aquifer.