Impacts of Stress on Animal Welfare and Performance

Environmental and management conditions can stress livestock and impair their health.

Water Saving Measures for California

Ceres offers a unique, proprietary product to measure chlorophyll content and its guidance for growers is also unique. Ceres has teamed up with the University of California Cooperative Extension to conduct several studies, including a trial for the Almond Board of California that measured the response of nuts to different rates of watering.

Wine, Water and California

In San Joaquin Valley, California, researchers are investigating the benefits of using machines to manage growth and production of wine grape vines.

From Slime to Fuel and Medicine

Plant biologists and biochemists from University of California at Berkeley and other partners have produced a gold mine of data by sequencing the genome of a type of green algae called Chromochloris zofingiensis (C. zofingiensis) with funding from NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) grant program.

A Watershed Moment for Students

All too often, limited financial resources pose a barrier to completing undergraduate or graduate degrees. A program led by California State University-San Bernardino offered financial support to help students develop skills needed to pursue careers in natural resources and watershed management. Watershed Management Experiential Learning for USDA Careers was supported through NIFA’s Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program.

Wood Pellets Outperform Fossil Fuels, Natural Gas in Reducing Greenhouse Gases

The research team of University of New Hampshire (UNH) and Spatial Informatics Group in Pleasanton, California, discovered that using wood pellet fuel reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 54 percent vs. home heating oil, and by 59 percent vs. natural gas.

Improving Fine Wine Grapes

Grapes are the highest-value fruit crop grown in the United States.

The Future of Food Processing Disinfectants

With support from NIFA's Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), a research team from University of California, Davis is developing new disinfection methods to reduce cross-contamination during food processing. While many traditional methods for disinfection exist; they do not completely remove or deactivate bacteria in protected structures called “biofilms."

Support of Farmers Markets throughout the United States

The Center for Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Law School, Farmers Market Coalition, and Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT) launched an online Farmers Market Legal Toolkit.

Chew on This: Ruminant Research Makes for Healthier Cows and Sheep

Researchers at the University of Alaska and other land-grant institutions are investigating the factors that improve fertility among cattle and sheep.