Bioenergy, natural resources, and environment

Dashboard for Agricultural Water Use and Nutrient Management

Agricultural producers in the Corn Belt are navigating increasingly complex decisions as they grow food and energy crops while facing a changing climate and greater extremes in temperature and rainfall. Routine decisions such as crop choice, fertilizer use, and irrigation scheduling have wide-ranging impacts on water availability and quality, nutrient loss, agricultural production, and ecosystem sustainability at multiple scales.

No-Till Practices in Vulnerable Areas Significantly Reduce Soil Erosion

Soil erosion is a major challenge in agricultural production. It affects soil quality and carries nutrient sediments that pollute waterways. While soil erosion is a naturally occurring process, agricultural activities such as conventional tilling exacerbate it. Farmers implementing no-till practices can significantly reduce soil erosion rates, a new University of Illinois study shows.

Climate Change Reduces the Abundance and Diversity of Wild Bees

Wild bees are more affected by climate change than by disturbances to their habitats, according to a team of researchers led by Penn State University. The findings suggest that addressing land-use issues alone will not be sufficient to protect these important pollinators.

Grassland 2.0 Seeks to Transform Upper Midwest Agriculture Through Perennial Grasslands

In an era when farmers have been told to go big or get out, Wisconsin dairy farmers have found a way to make farms more profitable and more sustainable through managed rotational grazing.

Advanced Biofuels Show Promise

Biofuel and bioenergy systems are integral to scenarios for displacing fossil fuel use and producing negative emissions through carbon capture and storage.

University of Hawaiʻi to Receive $1.5 Million for Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources

The University of Hawaiʻi will receive $1.5 million in grant funding from USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to expand education programs focused on food, agriculture and natural resources.

Water for Tomorrow

The largest freshwater aquifer in the world, the Ogallala, has been an entire generation’s primary source for agricultural and public groundwater in eastern Colorado and six Great Plains states.

UNH Research Leads to New Drinking Water Standard in Granite State

Reducing Arsenic Results in Substantial Public Health and Economic Benefits

Determining Combination of Native Flowers to Attract Different Pollinators

Pollinator insects play a critical role in the agricultural world.

Study Shows Universally Positive Effect of Cover Crops on Soil Microbiome

Only a fraction of conventional row crop farmers grow cover crops after harvest, but a new global analysis from the University of Illinois shows the practice can boost soil microbial abundance by 27 percent.