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.

High Tunnels Improve Shelf Life of Produce

Kansas State University and the University of Florida are sharing a $1 million AFRI grant to learn more about improving the freshness and shelf life of locally-grown produce by using high tunnels, an inexpensive version of a greenhouse. NIFA originally published this impact in the NIFA 2016 Annual Report.

Using Drones to Collect Water Samples

University of Nebraska researchers are using a $956,000 AFRI grant to develop an aerial water sampling system using an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

Developing the Tools and Germplasm for Hybrid Wheat

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln collaborated with the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (Mexico), Texas A&M University, the University of Hohenheim (Germany), Kansas State University, and Genetics and Crop Plant Research – IPK (Germany) to develop the necessary knowledge base and germplasm to support the development of hybrid wheat, which is more climate resilient than pure line wheat. NIFA originally published this impact in the NIFA 2017 Annual Report.

AgrAbility Program Helps Keep Ag Professionals on the Job

The Kansas AgrAbility Project (KAP) is a partnership between Kansas State University, Southeast Kansas Center for Independent Living, and University of Kansas. NIFA originally published this impact in the 2017 Annual Report.

Grazing Beef Cattle Wear GPS Tracking-Equipped Collars

Wearing collars equipped with GPS tracking devices, grazing beef cattle are part of a Kansas State University study tracking beef production vulnerability across the southern Great Plains. NIFA originally published this impact in the 2015 Annual Report.

Separating Devastating Wheat Blast Pathogen from Look-Alikes

Researchers from Kansas State University, University of Kentucky, and USDA’s Agricultural Research Service joined forces to create a sensitive new assay method to detect the fungus Magnaporthe oryzae triticum

Wheat Code Finally Cracked

Kansas State University scientists, in collaboration with the International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium, published a detailed description of the complete genome of bread wheat, the world’s most widely-cultivated crop (a highly complex and elusive genome). This work will pave the way for the production of wheat varieties better adapted to climate challenges, with higher yields, enhanced nutritional quality, and improved sustainability. NIFA funded support of this research through the National Research Initiative.

Up to 60 Million People May Now be Able to Eat

A team of researchers from University of Arkansas, Pennsylvania State University, Ohio State University, Louisiana State University, Kansas State University, and USDA’s Agricultural Research Service have isolated a gene that gives rice resistance to rice blast. NIFA supports this research through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative.