October 19, 2015
Joe Outlaw, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist, will receive the 2015 Excellence in Extension Award given by the U.S. Department of Agriculture-National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
October 17, 2015
You may have a GPS on your tractor, a drone collecting thermal imagery of your fields, and an app to track your irrigation pivots, but your collegiate son or daughter is going to ag classes in buildings that are desperately in need of renovation.
October 16, 2015
Colleges of agriculture authorized to receive U.S. Department of Agriculture funding have serious deferred maintenance needs, a study by Sightlines and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities has found.
August 19, 2015
The World Bank has cut its funding for the global research institutions known as the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) from $50 million per year to $30 million, and agreed to that amount only after 46 U.S. agricultural groups and Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and ranking member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., urged bank leaders to continue the funding.
March 24, 2015
When considering U.S. foreign assistance programs, one often hears calls for sustainability. In other words, programs should promote the partner developing country’s ability to graduate from aid and take charge of its own economic growth. Achieving sustainability requires investments in human and institutional capacity. For food security and global agriculture, this means building the capacities of countries to solve their own problems.
January 17, 2015
Researchers at Colorado State University are investigating the weighty topic of antibiotic resistance – an issue with ramifications for global food safety and public health – by tracking the genetic footprints of drug-resistant bacteria. They want to determine where infectious organisms originate and how they move through the food system and environment to people. The study, funded with $2.25 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is one of the largest of its kind and is enabled by recent advances in DNA sequencing technology.
November 25, 2014
Henry English, director of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Small Farm Program, received a 2014 Regional Excellence in Extension award recently at the 127th annual Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities meeting in Orlando, Fla. English, one of five regional award winners, received the award for providing education and technical assistance to socially disadvantaged, small and limited-resource producers in 22 counties in eastern and southwestern Arkansas. English won the 1890 Institutions Region Award.
November 19, 2014
Ask any doctor or veterinarian to rate the important medical discoveries of the past century, and antibiotics would surely be at or near the top of the list. In this century, too, antibiotics are expected to remain an essential tool for treating animal and human diseases. But the “miracle of antibiotics” is being threatened. There are clouds hovering over their use in both human health and animal agriculture — with antibiotic resistance casting perhaps the largest shadow.
November 17, 2014
A “Task Force on Antibiotics Resistance in Production Agriculture” has been created by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges. The task force will help advise the federal government on a research agenda and publicly disseminate information on the use of antibiotics in production agriculture.
November 7, 2014
A new task force created by two education associations will try to address antibiotic resistance in production agriculture. The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) have come together to advise the federal government on an antibiotic resistance research agenda and to help disseminate information to the public about antibiotic use on farms.