Bioenergy, natural resources, and environment

Improving Lives in Rural America

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

New Drought Website Assists Alabama Farmers and Residents

​In the 2016-2017 season, Alabama continues to face drought conditions.

A Watershed Success Story in Tennessee

The Oostanaula Creek Watershed in McMinn County, Tennessee, has seen its share of sediments, pathogens, and pollutants.

New Report Helps Flood-prone New England Communities

New England floods, like those that devastated the region in 2011, can be mitigated with relatively little additional cost and regulation, according to a University of Massachusetts - Amherst study supported by NIFA.

Blue-bellied Insects May Combat Citrus Greening

The Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) is a primary vector for citrus greening, currently one of the most devastating citrus disease worldwide.

From Camelina Oil to Commercial Jet Fuel

The camelina plant, which shows promise as a biofuel because of the oil contained in its seeds, could become an economically feasible alternative to conventional jet fuel.

Wheat Virus in the Great Plains

In 2013,Texas A&M AgriLife researcher Dr. Shuyu Liu received a research grant on plant disease management through the NIFA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative.

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.

Climate-Induced Soil Changes may Cause More Erosion and Flash Flooding

A University of California- Riverside (UCR) team of researchers predicts a climate-induced reduction in large soil pores, which may intensify the water cycle and contribute to more flash flooding and soil erosion by the end of the 21st century. This is the first study to show that the development of macropores is influenced by climate at short timescales and it reinforces the hypothesis that climate change will probably intensify the water cycle.

Protecting Georgia's Pollinators

Many gardeners do not realize how insecticides work in the garden, or how essential pollinating insects are to the success of the food garden. University of Georgia Extension created its Pollinator Spaces Project in response to this issue.