Updated : Apr 07, 2020 in Feature

How are coastal farmers responding to salty soils?

April 7, 2020 – The agriculture landscape along the Eastern Shore of Maryland is changing. What was once land filled with fields of corn is…

Updated : Apr 02, 2020 in Research Articles

Impacts of cover crop planting dates on soil properties after four years

Cover crop impacts on soil properties depends on cover crop productivity. Planting cover crops early and in a diverse mix of species could be an…

Updated : Mar 25, 2020 in Announcement

NMU Launches Indoor Agriculture Program

Northern Michigan University will launch a new, multidisciplinary indoor agriculture associate degree this fall. The program will prepare students for careers in medicinal plant and…

Updated : Mar 23, 2020 in Feature

Why do farmers care about conservation?

March 23, 2020 – An American poet once said, “Nature is not a place to visit, it is home.” This quote especially rings true for…

Updated : Mar 20, 2020 in Research Articles

Impact of a second Dust Bowl would be felt worldwide

The American Dust Bowl of the 1930s - captured by the novels of John Steinbeck - was an environmental and socio-economic disaster that worsened the…

Updated : Mar 17, 2020 in Expert Pitch

Amidst COVID-19, transportation disruptions pose biggest threat to food supply

As Americans head to their local grocery stores and see shortages on products, concerns are rising about food supply shortages. Cornell University agricultural economist Andrew Novakovic says…

Updated : Mar 16, 2020 in Research Articles

California’s strict air quality regulations help farmers prosper, UCI-led study finds

Irvine, Calif., March 16, 2020 – Farmers in California’s Central Valley are not known for their love of government regulations, but those same growers have…

Updated : Mar 13, 2020 in Research Articles

Long-term analysis shows GM cotton no match for insects in India

Genetically modified (GM) Bt cotton produces its own insecticide. The seeds were introduced in India in 2002 and today account for 90% of all cotton…

Updated : Mar 11, 2020 in Research Articles

Bumblebees aversion to pumpkin pollen may help plants thrive

ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell University researchers have found that squash and pumpkin pollen have physical, nutritional and chemical defense qualities that are harmful to bumblebees. The…

Updated : Mar 11, 2020 in Research Articles

Microbes play important role in soil’s nitrogen cycle

March 11, 2020 – Under our feet, in the soil, is a wealth of microbial activity. Just like humans have different metabolisms and food choices,…

Updated : Mar 09, 2020 in Research Articles

New test measures corn nitrogen needs with greater accuracy

AMES, Iowa – The soil fertility tests farmers have used for decades to measure nitrogen levels don’t account for the vast majority of the nitrogen…

Updated : Mar 09, 2020 in Feature

How does flooding affect farms?

March 9, 2020 – Severe flooding caused devastation for farmers across the Midwest in the spring of 2019. The March 7th Sustainable, Secure Food blog explores the…

Updated : Mar 05, 2020 in Feature

CCE educators help farmers meet new produce safety codes

ITHACA, N.Y. – Dean and Betsy Brightly of Brightly Farms, a 2,000-acre family farm in Hamlin, New York, expect federal food safety inspectors to pay…

Updated : Mar 05, 2020 in Feature

A hunger fighter empowers farmers with NextGen Cassava

ITHACA, N.Y. – Cassava dominated Alfred Ozimati’s childhood in Uganda. The leafy shrub grew high in the fields of his parents’ farm; posho, a porridge…

Updated : Mar 03, 2020 in Announcement

Grant funds high-tech system to improve grapevine pruning

ITHACA, N.Y. – Researchers from Cornell and Pennsylvania State Universities are developing a high-tech, portable imaging system that will increase profits and yields by making…

Updated : Feb 26, 2020 in Research Articles

CT scanning wheat grains for stress tolerance

Scientists have developed a computed tomography (CT) scanning method for screening large samples of wheat for drought and heat tolerance. They believe the new system…

Updated : Feb 24, 2020 in Feature

How do my food choices affect the environment?

February 24, 2020 – All food has a footprint. When we buy food, grow food, prepare food, serve food, or eat food, we make choices. …

Updated : Feb 19, 2020 in Research Articles

Count me out of counting seeds

February 19, 2020 – One, two, three, four, five. One, two, three, four, five. Over and over and over. That’s the dull routine of any…

Updated : Feb 17, 2020 in Feature

What are alluvial soils?

February 17, 2020 – Alluvial soils are soils deposited by surface water. You’ll find them along rivers, in floodplains and deltas, stream terraces, and areas…

Updated : Feb 12, 2020 in Research Articles

Do soils need a low-salt diet?

February 12, 2020 – Doctors often tell their patients to reduce their salt intake as part of a healthy lifestyle. When we start looking at food…

Updated : Feb 10, 2020 in Feature

Guy and Naomi Woodroof: They made Georgia’s crops possible

As the story goes, the first time University of Georgia horticulturist Jasper “Guy” Woodroof saw his future wife Naomi Chapman in 1924, she was strolling…

Updated : Feb 05, 2020 in Research Articles

Onion growers have new tool versus fungicide-resistant disease

ITHACA, N.Y. – Five years ago, onion growers in New York state started reporting large incidents of premature leaf death in their fields. It affected…

Updated : Feb 05, 2020 in Research Articles

Global Cooling After Nuclear War Would Harm Ocean Life

A nuclear war that cooled Earth could worsen the impact of ocean acidification on corals, clams, oysters and other marine life with shells or skeletons,…

Updated : Feb 04, 2020 in Announcement

Danforth Center Unveils Robust Line-up for Inaugural AgTech NEXT Summit

ST. LOUIS, MO, February 4, 2020 - The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center today announced the preliminary lineup of presentations and panel discussions by innovative…

Updated : Feb 03, 2020 in Feature

Great American Prairies – the most endangered ecosystem on Earth?

February 3, 2020 – When people think about endangered or threatened ecosystems, often the Amazon rainforest or the Great Barrier Reef come to mind. And,…

Updated : Feb 03, 2020 in Research Articles

Save Your Soybeans and Corn, Iowa’s ‘Goldilocks’ Period Won’t Last

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 3, 2020 -- Over the past few decades, Iowa’s agriculture has experienced a period of consistently high yields. The perfect distribution and…

Updated : Jan 30, 2020 in Research Articles

Lost in translation: Organic matter cuts plant-microbe links

ITHACA, N.Y. – Soil scientists from Cornell and Rice Universities have dug around and found that although adding carbon organic matter to agricultural fields is…

Updated : Jan 27, 2020 in Research Articles

Wild tomatoes resist devastating bacterial canker

ITHACA, N.Y. – Many tomato growers are familiar with the scourge of bacterial canker – the wilted leaves and blistered fruit that can spoil an…

Updated : Jan 23, 2020 in Expert Pitch

Trump pollution control cuts ‘not consistent with science,’ will cost Americans

The Trump Administration is expected to finalize a plan on Thursday to remove Obama era environmental protections for streams and wetlands, and cut pollution controls…

Updated : Jan 22, 2020 in Announcement

Major NSF-sponsored grant will help researchers discover ways to improve urban sustainability

AMES, Iowa – Dense urban areas use up more energy, water and food resources than they can produce themselves, forcing them to rely on external…

Updated : Jan 15, 2020 in Expert Pitch

Thunderbird’s Allen Morrison offers expert analysis of China trade deal phase 1 agreement, says US agricultural trade with China may never return to its previous levels.

Thunderbird's renowned expert on Chinese business, Allen Morrison, offers analysis of phase 1 trade agreement, says US agricultural trade with China may never return to…

Updated : Jan 15, 2020 in Research Articles

Study: Pig virus is easily transmitted among chickens and turkeys

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The first animal study of a pig virus’s potential to jump to another species shows that the virus, once introduced to a…

Updated : Jan 15, 2020 in Research Articles

Are sinking soils in the Everglades related to climate change?

January 15, 2020 – Characterized by alligators, airboats, and catfish, the Everglades is a region of swampy wetlands in southern Florida. In addition to the area’s…

Updated : Jan 14, 2020 in Feature

What is the California state soil?

January 14, 2020 – Many states have a designated state bird, flower, fish, tree, rock, etc. And, many states also have a state soil –…

Updated : Jan 14, 2020 in Research Articles

How to Make it Easier to Turn Plant Waste into Biofuels

Researchers have developed a new process that could make it much cheaper to produce biofuels such as ethanol from plant waste and reduce reliance on…

Updated : Dec 11, 2019 in Research Articles

Helping plant nurseries reduce runoff

December 11, 2019 – You may have heard how excess nutrients, such as phosphorus, can run off of crop fields. This can cause harm when the…

Updated : Dec 06, 2019 in Research Articles

Animated videos advance adoption of agriculture techniques

In remote areas with low literacy rates, showing animated videos in the local language demonstrating agricultural techniques results in high retention and adoption rates of…

Updated : Dec 02, 2019 in Announcement

ACSESS names Nick Goeser as CEO

December 2, 2019 – The Alliance of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Science Societies (ACSESS), announced today that Nicholas J. Goeser has been named Chief Executive Officer.…

Updated : Nov 26, 2019 in Announcement

Two Rutgers Professors Named Fellows of AAAS

Two Rutgers professors have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) this year, an honor awarded to AAAS members…

Updated : Nov 21, 2019 in Announcement

UF Open House Invites Community to Engage with Science

The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is committed to discovering science-based solutions that make tangible positive impacts on the lives of people worldwide.…

Updated : Nov 21, 2019 in Feature

From the farm to the feast

November 21, 2019 – As many of us rush to the store for last-minute ingredients in our favorite dishes, it’s easy to forget the full story…

Updated : Nov 20, 2019 in Research Articles

The cause of chewy chicken meat

University of Delaware researchers have discovered that lipoprotein lipase, an enzyme crucial for fat metabolism, may be contributing to wooden breast syndrome in broiler chickens.Wooden…

Updated : Nov 18, 2019 in Announcement

RealEats wins $1M top prize in Grow-NY business competition

ITHACA, N.Y. – RealEats, a Geneva, New York-based company that delivers freshly made meals using locally sourced ingredients, has been named winner of the $1…

Updated : Nov 13, 2019 in Research Articles

After trade deal, unhealthy foods flowed into Central America, Dominican Republic, study finds

BUFFALO, N.Y. — How do free trade agreements impact diet and health? A study on a trade deal between the U.S. and smaller, developing countries…

Updated : Nov 12, 2019 in Announcement

Eurofins BioDiagnostics Joins the International Phytobiomes Alliance

The International Alliance for Phytobiomes Research is pleased to announce that Eurofins BioDiagnostics (EBDI ) has joined the organization as a sponsoring partner. The Phytobiomes…

Updated : Nov 06, 2019 in Research Articles

Helping quinoa brave the heat

November 6, 2019 – Quinoa is a healthy food many know and love. As its popularity grows, more farmers are interested in planting it. However, the…

Updated : Oct 31, 2019 in Research Articles

Non-GM produce earns ‘halo effect’ under new labeling laws

ITHACA, N.Y. – Consumers were more willing to buy unlabeled produce after being shown food tagged as “genetically modified” in a new Cornell University study…

Updated : Oct 30, 2019 in Announcement

Viticulture gets a boost with yield predicting, threat detecting robots

ITHACA, N.Y. – For grape growers, accurately predicting each season’s yield is key to a successful harvest. Underpredict, and you won’t have enough labor on…

Updated : Oct 29, 2019 in Research Articles

Decoding plant chatter could lead to stronger crops

Creating hardy crops to feed and fuel the world's growing population requires many hands - and minds - to accomplish.University of Delaware's Jeffrey Caplan, associate…

Updated : Oct 28, 2019 in Feature

Project partners researchers, librarians and AI to fight hunger

ITHACA, N.Y. – For smallholder farmers in the developing world, adopting crops hardy enough to adapt to the droughts, floods, heat waves and frosts of…