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NAS/USDA To Celebrate 20 Years Of Competitive Research Grants In Agriculture
The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Academy of Sciences will celebrate 20 years of competitive research grants in agriculture, April 29, with a symposium and reception at the National Academy of Sciences. (1998-04-27)

UC Davis hosts the second Climate-Smart Agriculture Global Science Conference
The University of California, Davis, will host the second Climate-Smart Agriculture Global Science Conference on March 20-22, 2013. Co-organized by UC Davis and the World Bank, the conference will focus on science-based actions that can provide resilience for food systems despite the future uncertainty of climate change and extreme events. (2013-02-19)

Precision agriculture for small-scale farming systems
Working closely with farmers to use the right input, at the right time, at the right place, and in the right amount can improve crop yields. (2013-10-08)

Scientists succeed at growing noroviruses in human intestinal cell cultures in the lab
The USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture supports NoroCORE, a multidisciplinary research collaborative of 30 researchers from 25 universities who are joining forces to understand and control foodborne virus risks. (2016-08-26)

FAO, Denmark COP15 side event on food security
The Danish minister of agriculture, the director-general of FAO, and the International Fund for Agricultural Development will host a panel on Dec. 10 to highlight the role of agriculture and forestry, not only as victims of climate change but as part of its solution, through adoption of practices that both help agriculture to adapt to a changing climate, thereby bolstering hunger and poverty reduction, and reduce emissions in order to avert catastrophic climate change. (2009-12-08)

WSU researchers taking sustainability of organic farming to new level
Washington State University researchers have received a $1.5 million federal grant to help organic farmers keep a better account of their ecological footprint. Seven researchers in the WSU Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, Biosystems Engineering and USDA Agricultural Research Service will focus in particular on carbon and nitrogen -- two elements central to farming and out of balance with the planet's biological boundaries. (2010-09-29)

Agricultural science helping farmers reduce greenhouse gas
With greenhouse gas reduction increasingly on the public agenda, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada researchers say agricultural science may be part of the solution. (2002-12-17)

For asymbiotic growth of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, feed them fatty acids
Scientists around the world have been working to grow arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi without their host plants because they can be used as organic fertilizer in agriculture and forestry. AM fungi help plants receive nutrients from the soil through a network that is efficient and far more reaching than their own roots can provide. Shinshu University group successfully demonstrated that AM fungi can be grown asymbiotically when given myristate as a carbon and energy source. (2020-11-09)

Iowa Congressman Tom Latham receives Champion of Agronomy Award
Recognizing his strong support for agriculture and the conservation of Iowa and the nation's lands, Congressman Tom Latham (R-IA-4th), received the 2010 Champion of Agronomy Award presented by the American Society of Agronomy on March 9. (2010-03-09)

Study to examine trends in urban agriculture
Farming in the city is a hot topic in some circles, but an exact picture of urban agriculture has not yet been painted. Researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, along with faculty from New York University, will soon begin a study of urban agriculture in the United States. (2012-08-21)

Industrial biotechnology and bioprocessing meeting set for April 21-23
The first world congress on biotechnology and bioprocessing will be held April 21-23 in Orlando, Fla. Organized by the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society, the Biotechnology Industry Organization and the National Agriculture Biotechnology Council, the meeting will examine the connection between biotechnology, chemistry and agriculture. It also will focus on novel applications of industrial biotechnology. (2004-04-15)

Media availability: Agricultural resilience in the face of climate change
Agriculture & Rural Development Day is a one-day event that will seek to build consensus on what has to be done to fully incorporate agriculture into the post-Copenhagen climate agenda. The event will take place on Saturday, Dec. 12, at the Faculty of Life Sciences at the University of Copenhagen. (2009-11-25)

Penn State to focus on obesity prevention training
Sustainable, comprehensive and problem-based training to prevent child obesity will now be possible thanks to a $4.5 million, five-year grant from the US Department of Agriculture. (2011-05-04)

1,200 speak up for Federal research funding for Food and Agriculture
More than 1,200 individuals, companies, organizations, educational and research institutions, and other stakeholders have joined together to stress the vital importance of robust research funding for food and agriculture. This initiative represents one of the largest and most diverse efforts to speak up in support of science for food and agriculture. (2011-11-08)

Report examines use of antibiotics in agriculture
Antibiotics have been used against infectious diseases with great success and have been a part of agriculture for many years, but scientists have long recognized a down side. The concentrated and widespread use of antibiotic agents has resulted in the emergence of drug-resistant organisms, some of which can now survive most commercially available antibiotics. A new report from the American Academy of Microbiology (AAM), (2002-10-24)

Conference on ag biotech and GMOs Nov. 15-16
The controversy over genetically engineered crops and the foods derived from them will be examined by speakers from organizations ranging from Greenpeace to Monsanto Nov. 15-16 at Cornell University's Agricultural Biotechnology and Genetically Modified Organisms Conference. (2000-10-10)

National assessment done on potential invasive snail and slug pests in US
A collaborative team led by a University of Hawaii at Manoa researcher has published the first-ever assessment of snail and slug species that are of potential threat to the nation's agriculture industry and the environment, should they ever be introduced in the US. The article is in the July 2009 issue of American Malacological Bulletin, and is authored by snail/slug biologist Robert H. Cowie of the UH Manoa Center for Conservation Research and Training, and his team. (2009-07-30)

WSU announces $5 million investment to support organic ag, model farm
Washington State University took another giant step in becoming the world's model for research, teaching and extension in organic and sustainable agriculture thanks to a $5 million donor investment announced here this afternoon. (2012-04-20)

Agricultural fires light up central Africa
It is currently the dry season in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite captured this image on May 24, 2014. MODIS detected hundreds of active fires (location marked in red) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and northeastern Angola, a sign that the agricultural burning season is underway. (2014-05-27)

Prospects for EU agricultural markets and income 2010-2020
The outlook presented in this publication consists of a set of market and sector income prospects elaborated on the basis of specific assumptions regarding macroeconomic conditions, the agricultural and trade policy environment, weather conditions and international market developments. (2012-01-20)

Continued world food supply depends on character, virtuous leadership, authors say
If the world's food supply and natural resources are to be sustained for future generations, visionary leadership is a must. And what better model to look to than the virtues known since antiquity? That's the gist of a new book, (2013-05-15)

New book explores history, future of international agriculture
A new book take both a historical look at the impact of the American Society of Agronomy in international agriculture, and a look forward into the future. (2010-09-09)

Precision agriculture improves farming efficiency, has important implications on food security
Precision agriculture promises to make farming more efficient and should have an important impact on the serious issue of food security, according to a new study published in Significance, the magazine of the Royal Statistical Society and the American Statistical Association. In an article about the study in the magazine's May issue, University of Reading Professor Margaret A. Oliver, BSc, Ph.D., assesses how there is potential to manage land more effectively to improve the farming economy and crop quality, and to ensure food security. (2013-04-24)

Organic agriculture more profitable to farmers
A comprehensive study finds organic agriculture is more profitable for farmers than conventional agriculture. (2015-06-01)

Implementing no-till and cover crops in Texas cotton systems
Healthy soil leads to productive and sustainable agriculture. Farmers who work with, not against, the soil can improve the resiliency of their land. Because of this, practices such as no-till and cover crops and topics such as regenerative agriculture and soil biology have become increasingly important in the agricultural conversation. (2019-11-18)

Ecological insect pest management for Guam
Agriculture professionals on Guam and the region will benefit from SARE grant for integrated pest management. (2009-03-18)

Improving water security with blue, green, and gray water
With limited water and an increasing number of people depending on it, water security is tenuous. But integrated water management plans using (2013-10-03)

Texas extension to lead efforts to stabilize Iraq through agriculture
Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns today announced that these universities have been awarded $5.3 million from the US Department of Agriculture for a project that will focus on strengthening agricultural extension and training in Iraq. (2006-12-14)

Can organic crops compete with industrial agriculture?
An analysis of 115 studies comparing organic and conventional farming finds that the crop yields of organic agriculture are higher than previously thought. Researchers also found that taking into account methods that optimize the productivity of organic agriculture could minimize the yield gap between organic and conventional farming. (2014-12-09)

Scientists across the nation want to emulate MSU's long-term research success
A paper in the July/August issue of the journal BioScience calls for the United States to use a Michigan State University program as a model for agricultural research and set up a network of similar sites across the country. (2008-07-10)

Texas A&M agriculturists set framework to safeguard food supply
Agricultural experts with Texas Cooperative Extension have created a process to help local jurisdictions across the nation assess the vulnerability of the food supply for terrorist attacks. (2002-10-03)

Amphibians can become tolerant to pesticides, but at a cost
Amphibians can develop tolerance to pesticides, but this tolerance can lead to increased susceptibility to parasites, according to new research from Binghamton University, State University of New York. (2017-07-17)

Agriculture and health sectors collaborate to address population health
In at least 18 states around the United States, academic health science centers are partnering with cooperative extension systems to better address population health. This research appears in the September/October 2017 Annals of Family Medicine. (2017-09-12)

Livestock and poultry farming should be the future focus of agricultural ammonia emissions control
Livestock and poultry farming is the largest contributor to agricultural ammonia emissions and should be the future focus of agricultural ammonia emissions control. (2020-04-13)

Conservation agriculture increases carbon sequestration in extensive crops
A study performed by UCO (University of Cordoba) and IFAPA (Institute of Agricultural Research and Training) analyzed the potential of no-till farming in order to achieve the aims of the 4perMille initiative, that seeks to increase the amount of organic carbon in soil. (2020-07-07)

Impressive lineup of speakers at Tufts nutrition conference
The Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University will host the 5th Annual Friedman School Symposium, Nov. 5-6, 2010, in Boston, Mass. (2010-08-12)

U of M researcher's 'Darwinian Agriculture' explains how evolution can improve agriculture
While an extreme, this summer's drought is a reminder of a larger challenge facing agriculture -- to use limited resources like water in an effective and sustainable manner. R. Ford Denison, an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota, seeks to address these challenges through the dual prism of science and nature in his new book, (2012-07-25)

Impact of climate change on agriculture
When climatic patterns shift, the spatial distribution of croplands, habitats and fish populations soon follows, significantly impacting agriculture and food production. Ariel Dinar at the University of California, Riverside and Robert Mendelsohn at Yale University have co-edited a (2011-12-19)

UTIA student fellows to tackle sustainable agriculture in the Rainforest
Producing sustainable yields in harmony with conserving the rainforest: a win-win for the people of Belize and the world. As part of the highly competitive Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, faculty with the University of Tennessee Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries, the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and the UTIA Office of International Programs will recruit 14 undergraduate Research and Extension Fellows over three years to explore agro-ecological farming. (2017-03-22)

Research highlights the importance of 'self-DNA' for maintaining diversity among species
In natural plant communities, diversity is maintained by limits set on each plant by itself. This involves a detrimental effect of self-DNA -- DNA from the same species released during decomposition -- on the plant's and its offspring's growth. New research finds that this process not only regulates plant populations but may also be generalized to a range of additional organisms including algae, protozoa, fungi, and animals. (2015-04-20)

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