Biodegradable Plastic Mulch

Sintim’s Western SARE-funded graduate student project tests four biodegradable plastic mulches. The good news is that in the early stages of the project the biodegradable plastic mulches maintain soil microclimate similar to the polyethylene mulch and provide similar benefits.

Managing Onion Pests and Diseases May Lead to a $13 Million Increase in Crop Value

Cornell University researchers developed an integrated pest management (IPM) program for thrips that combines selective insecticides, appropriate tank mixes and additives, spray thresholds, resistance management, and reduced nitrogen fertilizer use.

Active Management Sustains the Health and Productivity of Working Forests in Washington State

Washington State University Extension -- working with state and USDA partners, and stretching educational services to neighboring Oregon and Idaho landowners, executed a sequence of classroom-based and "out-in-the-woods" educational experiences that helped 1,500 landowners implement forest health and wildfire hazard mitigation practices across 125,000 acres of their ownerships. This impact was featured in the September 13, 2018 Fresh from the Field issue.

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.

Supporting the Aquaculture Industry

A team of researchers from Washington State University and University of Idaho used a $325,000 grant from the NIFA-supported University of Washington-based Western Regional Aquaculture Center to investigate Coldwater Disease in salmon and trout.

What's Impacting the Manila Clam?

A research team from Washington’s Northwest Indian College and Oregon State University have determined that the clam population’s decline is caused by altered sulfur cycling and changes in the clam’s food supply.

Decline in Wild Bees will Sting Agriculture

University of Vermont researchers created a national assessment to help focus both scientific and political efforts to understand and sustain wild bees. NIFA originally published this impact in the NIFA 2017 Annual Report.

Bioenergy, Natural Resources, and Environment

Researchers from 22 organizations are working on a NIFA-funded AFRI-CAP grant, the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA), one of seven regional bioenergy CAP grants, to convert wood waste to renewable aviation fuel. Wood waste includes logging residues that would otherwise end up in landfills. NIFA originally published this impact in the 2015 Annual Report.

'Smart Paper' Can Conduct Electricity, Detect Water

A University of Washington scientist turned a lab accident into an inventive new sensor. NIFA originally published this impact in the 2017 Annual Report.

Powering Flight, from Wood to Wing

On Nov. 14, 2016, Alaska Airlines flew the first commercial flight from Seattle, Washington, to Washington, District of Columbia, powered, in part, by a new renewable fuel made of wood waste.