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Penn State Led Research Project Receives $10 Million Grant to Develop Perennial Feedstock Production Systems

October 28, 2012 |

News Release — UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Northeast could help lead the way to a renewable-energy-based economy by utilizing marginal and abandoned land to grow energy crops such as perennial grasses and fast-growing woody plants.

That’s the goal of a new research and education project led by Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences and supported by a $10 million grant, Read More

UW-Madison Doctoral Student Focuses Research on Hive Microbes for Clues to Honeybee Disease

September 5, 2012 |

Article Excerpt – University of Wisconsin-Madison doctoral student Kirk Grubbs is studying the microbial communities associated with healthy honeybee hives, in hopes of better understanding why a lot of them are getting sick.

Honeybees are vital … Read More

USDA Report Outlines Characteristics and Influential Factors of Food Deserts

September 5, 2012 |

USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) previously identified approximately 6,500 food desert tracts in the United States based on 2000 Census and 2006 data on locations of supermarkets, super- centers, and large grocery stores. These food deserts are areas … Read More

Penn State and NYU to Launch Study to Investigate State of Urban Agriculture in US

August 21, 2012 |

News Release – UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Farming in the city is a hot topic in some circles, but an exact picture of urban agriculture has not yet been painted.

However, researchers in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, along with faculty from New York University, soon will begin a study to examine the state of urban agriculture in the United States today. Read More

University of California’s First Center Pivot Irrigation System to Be Dedicated Next Month

August 17, 2012 |

In a sign of changing times in California agriculture, the University of California will dedicate its first full-sized center pivot overhead irrigation system at the UC West Side Research and Extension Center during the Twilight Conservation Agriculture field day at 4 p.m. on Sept. 13. The center is at 17353 W. Oakland Ave. in Five Points.

Farmers and other members of the public are invited to the free event to see the system in operation and learn how overhead irrigation can be combined with no-till or minimum-till farming methods to create a more sustainable, profitable and environmentally sound agriculture industry. The field day includes a free barbecue dinner. Read More