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Crops Play a Major Role in the Annual CO2 Cycle Increase

In a study published Wednesday, Nov. 19, in Nature, scientists at Boston University, the University of New Hampshire, the University of Michigan, the University of Minnesota, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and McGill University show that a steep rise in the productivity of crops grown for food accounts for as much as 25 percent of the increase in this carbon dioxide (CO2) seasonality.

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Helping Wheat Defend Itself Against Damaging Viruses

A patent-pending technology at Kansas State University has built resistance to certain viruses in wheat plants. These viruses can be an economic drain to wheat farmers by costing them 5 to 10 percent or more in yield reductions per crop. Although the technology involves genetic engineering, which is not an option for wheat in today's market, the research has extended to building this resistance in non-genetically engineered wheat lines as well.

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Agricultural Pioneers Sow Seeds of Innovation

Greenhouse lettuce plants bathed in soft pink light that cuts growing time in half. Farmers who boat to their coastal water “fields” of crops. Beef cattle bred for optimal meat production humanely and sustainably. All this and more is already on the way, according to the latest series of interviews from the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) FutureFood 2050 publishing initiative

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Diagnostic Tests Key to Helping Swine Producers Fight Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus

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An emerging virus demands quick action. One week after the diagnostic lab at Iowa State confirmed that porcine epidemic diarrhea virus had spread to the United States, Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Lab researchers at South Dakota State University released a diagnostic test to differentiate PEDv genetic material from that of other viruses. A faster, more sensitive second-generation PCR test was commercially available within a few months.

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Sustainable Food Production Practices Topic of Lecture

A common vision to define, measure, and communicate about sustainability in U.S. agriculture

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Expert Explains the Hows and Whys of Pesticides

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Kansas Grocer Forms Unique Relationship with Local Farmers

Knowing that their county had rank toward the bottom of healthy counties in Kansas, citizens got together to enhance access to more healthy foods, specifically produce. Now a rural grocer partners with a local farmers' market to provide more fresh produce to people and promises to buy leftover produce from market night to sell in his store.

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Greenfield Scholars Program by American Society of Agronomy Aims to Increase Number of Grads Working in Agronomy Fields

Trained professionals in the area of agronomy needed to help close the food security gap

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Breeding Soybeans That Can Tolerate Heat, Drought

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Hot, dry conditions can wreak havoc on a field of soybeans. Assistant professor Jai Rohila of the South Dakota State University Biology and Microbiology Department is uncovering the molecular mechanisms that lead to drought and heat tolerance. This will help breeders develop soybean varieties that can survive heat and drought. To do this, he is working with University of Minnesota soybean breeder Jim Orf, who provided Rohila with two varieties of soybeans, one that has greater tolerance to hot, dry conditions, and another that is susceptible.

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October’s Rural Mainstreet Index Plummets

The Rural Mainstreet Index moved to its lowest level in more than four years, according to the October survey of bank CEOs in rural areas of a 10-state region dependent on agriculture and/or energy.

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