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Illinois State, elected officials praise cover crop research

Oct. 17, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ill. (AP) — Illinois State University researchers and administrators joined elected officials in praising what they say is an environmentally friendly and financially beneficial alternative to corn and soybeans during an event at the school's research farm. John Sedbrook, ISU professor of...

Tennessee State researchers, others study wood-boring beetle

Oct. 12, 2020 4:09 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A group of researchers from Tennessee State University will help develop new ways to manage a wood-boring beetle that attacks trees, the university said. The university has received a $6 million federal grant to lead a nationwide team of researchers on the project. The funds come...

Study shows importance of agriculture to Nebraska economy

Oct. 2, 2020 10:28 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A new study shows that the agricultural economy in Nebraska remains resilient despite some recent down years. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln on Thursday released the 2017 Economic Impact of the Nebraska Agricultural Production...

UT ag institute draws $500K grant to study organic grains

Sep. 21, 2020 5:21 AM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture has landed a $500,000 federal grant to study the organic production of grains. The research beginning this fall will focus on four organic grain crop rotations tested at UT’s Organic Crops Unit in Knoxville and Middle...

Scientists work in Arizona to reshape desert food production

Sep. 20, 2020 11:30 AM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — In the cool shade of solar panels, a lush plot of herbs and vegetables hints at one possible future for farming in the desert. At the moment, that future includes more basil than researchers know what to do with. “We’ve been pulling out pounds of it every week,”...

FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2020, file photo, a firefighter watches a brush fire at the Apple Fire in Cherry Valley, Calif. La Nina, which often means a busier Atlantic hurricane season, a drier Southwest and perhaps a more fire-prone California, has popped up in the Pacific Ocean, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Thursday, Sept. 10. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu, File)

Q&A: La Nina may bring more Atlantic storms, western drought

Sep. 10, 2020 3:51 PM EDT

La Nina — which often means a busier Atlantic hurricane season, a drier Southwest and perhaps a more fire-prone California — has popped up in the Pacific Ocean. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Thursday that a La Nina, the cooler flip side of the better known El Nino,...