New Farm-based Research Guide Now Available

A new educational resource is available from Sustainable Agriculture Research Education (SARE).

Feeding Candy to Cattle Helps Producers Save Cash

News circulated earlier this year about a truck hauling Skittles® candy to a producer in Wisconsin.

AgrAbility of Wisconsin Provides Safety Tips to Local Farmers

NIFA's AgrAbility program supports AgrAbility of Wisconsin.

Our Farms, Our Future

The theme of the NIFA-funded Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) 30th Anniversary Report is “Our Farms, Our Future.” Taken together, the thousands of men and women who received SARE grants and shaped SARE priorities over the years have one objective in common: making American agriculture stronger and more sustainable.

Dairy Cows’ Carbon Footprints from Barn to Field

A University of Wisconsin–Madison researcher began using a specialized device to measure the methane being exhaled or belched by a group of Holsteins and Jerseys. It was the first step in an ongoing study by dairy scientists, engineers, and agronomists to see how a cow’s breed and forage consumption affect the greenhouse gases generated by her gut and her manure.

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.

AgrAbility Provides Essential Assistive Technologies

Mary Dunn, a Wisconsin dairy farmer, suffers from severe arthritis and many other physical obstacles. An infection resulted in her right leg being amputated below the knee, and her left foot had to be fused to her leg at the ankle. Thanks to Wisconsin AgrAbility, funded by NIFA, Dunn was able to acquire essential assistive technologies to keep her in business. NIFA originally published this impact in the 2015 Annual Report.

SmartScape Allows Users to Make Hypothetical Changes to Agricultural Landscapes

The University of Wisconsin-Madison created SmartScape, a web-based application that allows users to make hypothetical changes to agricultural landscapes, and see what effect these changes have on a variety of important goods and services. NIFA originally published this impact in the 2015 Annual Report.

Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities

Researchers at the University of Connecticut are studying the impact of changing climatic conditions on dairy farm productivity in Wisconsin. NIFA originally published this impact in the 2015 Annual Report.