Latest Agricultural science News

Tennessee wins grant to study genetic information of cattle

Dec. 4, 2019 6:44 AM EST

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Researchers at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture have landed a $156,000 grant to look into opportunities to market cattle using genetic information. The money from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service will fuel the study at the...

Cranberry farmers want to build solar panels over their bogs

Nov. 27, 2019 5:55 AM EST

CARVER, Mass. (AP) — Plummeting cranberry prices and the country's ongoing trade wars have America's cranberry industry eyeing a possible new savior: solar power. Some cranberry farmers in Massachusetts, the nation's second largest grower after Wisconsin, are proposing to build solar panels above the bogs...

Grant aimed at making cattle ranching more sustainable

Nov. 26, 2019 12:02 AM EST

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State University is getting a grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture to study how to make cattle ranching more sustainable. The $8.9 million grant has been awarded to NMSU’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. The work...

New Mexico Livestock Board gets new executive director

Nov. 25, 2019 10:44 AM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — For the first time, a woman will lead the New Mexico Livestock Board. The state Agriculture Department says Belinda Garland was appointed executive director of the board earlier this month. Garland has nearly 30 years of experience in state and county government. She was most...

Perdue defends, celebrates USDA agency moves to Missouri

Nov. 15, 2019 5:52 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said Friday that he has “absolutely zero regrets” about moving the headquarters of two research agencies from Washington, D.C., to Kansas City, despite continuing criticism that the move would harm agricultural research and...

High-tech chestnuts: US to consider genetically altered tree

Nov. 6, 2019 4:22 PM EST

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Chestnuts harvested from high branches on a chilly fall morning look typical: they're marble sized, russet colored and nestled in prickly burs. But many are like no other nuts in nature. In a feat of genetic engineering, about half the chestnuts collected at this college experiment...

USDA picks Missouri office building as its Kansas City site

Oct. 31, 2019 5:24 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is renting permanent office space for two of its research agencies in downtown Kansas City, Missouri, despite the union concerns that relocation from the nation's capital has left the agencies critically understaffed and lacking vital expertise....

Cranberry farmers want to build solar panels over their bogs

Oct. 30, 2019 6:11 AM EDT

CARVER, Mass. (AP) — Plummeting cranberry prices and the country's ongoing trade wars have America's cranberry industry eyeing a possible new savior: solar power. Some cranberry farmers in Massachusetts, the nation's second largest grower after Wisconsin, are proposing to build solar panels above the bogs...

Vermont biologists: Fall food supply good for wildlife

Oct. 13, 2019 8:12 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. (AP) — Vermont wildlife biologists say food is abundant for wildlife in the state's forests this year. Every fall, staff from the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife survey mast stands around the state. Last year they found a low amount of important berry and nut species which...

Who says you can't eat red meat? Food advice questioned anew

Oct. 13, 2019 8:07 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — So is red meat good or bad for you? If the answer were only that simple. A team of international researchers recently rattled the nutrition world by saying there isn't enough evidence to tell people to cut back on red or processed meat, seemingly contradicting advice from prominent health...