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12/21/2016

Tim Close has found himself, happily, stuck in a library. But it’s not your typical library with shelves and books. It’s a genetic library of cowpea varieties, also known as black-eyed...

12/14/2016

In many parts of the world, lack of sufficient water makes it difficult – or impossible – to grow crops. Even in areas with enough water for farming,...

11/30/2016

Corn farmers in Minnesota and across the northern Corn Belt often must plant in cold, damp spring soils that can slow early season growth. This can impact yield at harvest time -- and farmers...

11/16/2016

Americans drink 400 million cups of coffee a day. Where does all of that coffee come from? Brazil is the world’s largest producer and exporter of coffee. But environmental changes could harm...

10/26/2016

We have it easier than cows. When we want to know how much fat, sodium, or carbohydrates are in the food we are eating, we can usually check the nutrition label on the food’s package. But...

10/19/2016

What if there was one crop that could produce a variety of really useful products? Growing this crop would probably seem like a no-brainer. Unless this crop is industrial hemp.

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10/10/2016

There are more chickens in the United States than people in the entire world. Raising huge numbers of chickens generates large quantities of waste. This waste includes feces, feather, and bedding...

9/14/2016

Plant scientist Ann Bybee-Finley says her first field experiment was humbling. ”I felt like a very small scientist in a very big world,” she said.

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9/7/2016

In the Southern Great Plains of the United States, plants have a lot to deal with. Long hot summers, strong winds, low rainfall, disease, and grazing animals challenge growth. Luckily, the plants...

8/31/2016

Available cropland, and the growing season, is limited. Strained soils are in need of rejuvenation. Water can be scarce. Yet the world’s...