Microbial Control of Insect Pests

While many insects are important to agriculture and society, some are serious pests that harm crops, livestock, humans, and the environment. The damage they inflict and resources to control them cost the United States over $120 billion each year.

EFNEP Provides Nutrition Education to Low-Income Families

NIFA’s Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) provides nutrition education to low-income families, especially those with young children. NIFA originally published this impact in the 2015 Annual Report.

Biosensors Screening for Bacteria

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 can cause foodborne illnesses.

Silvopasture Increases Productivity and Profitability

Researchers at Alabama A&M University developed an integrated research, extension, and outreach program to promote sustainable loblolly-pine/meat goat silvopasture systems. NIFA originally published this impact in the NIFA 2017 Annual Report.

International Partnerships to Strengthen Agricultural Research, Education, and Cultural Experiences

Fort Valley State University, Georgia, and Alabama A&M University have developed collaborative partnerships with Universidad Nacional de Agricultura Honduras, where students and faculty learned about sugarcane, coffee, tobacco, cashew, wine, shrimp, and tilapia production.

Putting the Sting into Integrated Pest Management

Auburn University entomologists have discovered a wasp that may help out soybean producers and other farmers in the Southeast. NIFA supports this research through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative.

New Vaccine Could be Huge Catch for Catfish Industry

Columnaris is a fatal disease that attacks fish through the mucous membrane covering their skin and gills. At Auburn University, researchers have produced a vaccine that can immunize catfish against columnaris in a laboratory and are now testing it in the field. NIFA supports the research through Aquaculture Research.

Auburn University researchers work to ensure safety of local foods

An increasing number of consumers want to know where their food comes from and are buying it at farmers markets and through community-supported agriculture programs. However, one of the problems is making sure that locally produced foods are produced and distributed safely.

Fighting the Opioid Crisis in Alabama

One of the growing problems facing our nation today is the rising opioid drug crisis. In 2017, an opioid overdose resulted in approximately 60,000 deaths and public health officials do not see a decline in the near future. In August 2017, the Governor of Alabama established the Alabama Opioid Overdose and Addiction Council.

Development of Sustainable Food Packaging Systems Derived from Renewable Biomass

Tuskegee University, Alabama, researchers are using biomass wastes to create food packaging systems with advanced antimicrobial properties. NIFA originally published this impact in the 2017 Annual Report.