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In this Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020 photo, Kayleen and Larry Ferguson, who donated $50 million to Oklahoma State University, smile during the announcement in Stillwater, Oak.. Half of the donation will create an endowment for OSU agriculture students, and the other half will go toward the building of a new facility for agriculture research and learning at OSU. In recognition of the gift, the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources will be renamed the Ferguson College of Agriculture. (Tanner Holubar/The News Press via AP)

Alumni give Oklahoma State University $50 million donation

Jan. 16, 2020 2:12 PM EST

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Two former students have given Oklahoma State University one of its biggest donations ever, $50 million, which the school will spend on agriculture research and the construction of a new building. The contribution from alumni Kayleen and Larry Ferguson designates $25 million to...

University of Kentucky to host summit on food systems

Jan. 15, 2020 4:31 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A summit to promote local and sustainable food systems in Kentucky is planned for next month. The second annual Kentucky Local Food Systems Summit is scheduled for Feb. 26 at the University of Kentucky’s Gatton Student Center, according to a statement from the Agriculture...

This June 15, 2015 photo shows a dwarf hybrid blueberry plant growing in a container on a residential sidewalk near Langley, Wash. Growers without a lot of living space increasingly are choosing the dwarf varieties of their favorite plants, making this one of the hottest gardening trends predicted for 2020. (Dean Fosdick via AP)

Gardening trends for 2020? Think unconventional, sustainable

Jan. 7, 2020 8:54 AM EST

Gardeners in 2020 will veer from the beaten path, opting for unconventional varieties and eco-conscious surroundings, according to a plant trends study by horticulturalists with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS). Their forecast is based largely on market observations...

Program allows students to gain 2 degrees from 2 colleges

Dec. 29, 2019 10:48 AM EST

WAYNE, Neb. (AP) — Students may receive two bachelor’s degrees from two Nebraska colleges after four years in a new biology and agriculture program. Wayne State College and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln announced the program earlier this month. Students can earn a life sciences degree with a...

This undated photo provided by the Duke Marine Robotics and Remote Sensing Lab shows two humpback whales in the Antarctic. Whales are big, but why aren't they bigger? A new study released on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019 says it's basically about how many calories they can take in. (Duke Marine Robotics and Remote Sensing Lab via AP)

Science Says: Diet plays big role in how huge whales can get

Dec. 14, 2019 9:10 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Whales are big, but why aren't they bigger? A new study says it's basically about how many calories they can take in. That's the conclusion of researchers who used small boats to chase down 300 whales of various species around the world. They reached out with a long pole to attach sensors...

Researchers visit Idaho to see if dogs can detect avian flu

Dec. 14, 2019 3:10 AM EST

HAGERMAN, Idaho (AP) — Dogs, known for their keen sense of smell, can detect things like illicit drugs, invasive species and even if someone is having a stroke. Now a team of researchers from Colorado State University are looking at whether canines may also be able to sense the presence of avian influenza....

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...

In this Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019, photo, cranberry grower Dick Ward, of Carver, Mass., stands near a solar array in a cranberry bog on his farm, in Carver. The revenue that solar power offers has been helpful to farmers as the price of cranberries has dipped in recent years. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

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...