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Global Agriculture

10/15/2014

In 1944, the year Bir Bahadur (B.B.) Singh was born in the state of Uttar Pradesh in India, Indian agriculture was in shambles. During nearly 200 years of British rule, the country’s...

9/22/2014

Ensuring that corn absorbs the right balance of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium is crucial to increasing global yields. That’s one important conclusion of a...

9/12/2014

Researchers from Purdue University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln have discovered a soybean gene whose mutation affects plant stem growth, a finding that could lead to the development of...

4/22/2014

Wheat, corn, and rice account for about 85% of global cereal production, and these crops contribute a majority of calories eaten around the world. Their production is vital if we are to feed a...

3/16/2014

By all accounts, Norman Borlaug was a hardworking and humble man. When the phone call came to tell him that he had won the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize, he was out working in the wheat fields. His wife...

3/4/2014

As agricultural practices have evolved in recent decades, the total number of plant species grown for food worldwide has decreased. Diets have changed and become more Westernized. These trends...

1/9/2014

Jim Muir was born in Angola, in southwest Africa. His parents were American missionaries, and he spent his youth in Angola, Portugal, Kenya, and Grand Rapids, MI (his mother’s hometown). He...

10/2/2013

About eighty percent of farmers work on less than five acres of land. Many farmers are hungry. How can that be? They have very few resources, money, time, or education. The characteristics of the...

4/18/2013

Conserving “blue water,” using “green water” as efficiently as possible, recycling “grey water”: These keys to achieving water security for agriculture were...

3/18/2013

In 2011, the American Society of Agronomy (ASA) charged a task force of its members with answering a critical question: As competition for water intensifies and the global population soars, how...