Auburn University getting $43M for new ag research facility
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn University is receiving $43 million in federal financing for a new agricultural science facility aimed at improving food production in Alabama.
Southern Illinois University starts marijuana, hemp research
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Southern Illinois University is creating new programs for students who want to know more about marijuana.
The school announced last week that it's creating programs at the Carbondale campus to study medical marijuana and industrial hemp. Officials hope the programs will give students and farmers a chance to earn a new certificate in the subject.
Officials have been planning for the new programs for years, said Karen Midden, interim dean of agricultural sciences.
Study: Storm caused $158 million in damage to Florida crops
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A new study says Florida crops suffered $158 million in damages from Hurricane Michael.
The report released Friday by the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences says that almost all of the state's cotton crop was wiped out.
The Latest: Michael ruins large part of Florida cotton crop
MEXICO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on recovery efforts after Hurricane Michael (all times local):
Researchers at the University of Florida estimate that Florida's cotton crop has been nearly decimated by Hurricane Michael's rampage.
Researchers at the school's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences said Monday that about 90 percent of Florida's cotton crop remained in the fields when Michael struck. They also estimate that about 40 percent of Florida's peanut crop is lost.
Future Farmers of America, CTE students are enrolled in agricultural sciences
Where would we be without farmers? Probably pretty hungry. Luckily, there’s the Future Farmers of America who are learning the science and techniques of the farming trade at West Shore Community College, where Career & Tech Education students are enrolled in agricultural sciences.
In addition to learning general knowledge of the trade, students can choose their own path when it comes to what they want to do in the class.
Beaver Dam High School students have been waiting for the birth of six piglets in the large animal room of the high school. They were born Saturday and are giving students a firsthand look at what it is like to care for piglets.
Petunia the pig was brought to the school a little over a week ago to help students in the large animal class learn about caring for the animals.
STAMFORD — Westhill throws out trash cans full of organic waste each day that will inevitably end up in landfills.
Composting is a quick solution that will not only reduce the quantity of waste, but also give back to the environment by producing nutrient-rich soil that is ideal for plant growth.
UF gets $8.7M grant to improve food supply in Africa
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The University of Florida has received an $8.7 million grant aimed at research that will reduce hunger in Africa.
The school said the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will fund hunger research over five years at the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.
The researchers will focus on developing healthier feed for livestock used by poor farmers in Ethiopia and Burkina Faso, and creating more environmentally friendly farming methods.
In May, Sen. Debbie Stabenow held a hearing at Michigan State University to say, as ranking member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, she intends to work across the aisle to write and pass a new Farm Bill in 2018 that supports Michigan farmers and families and creates new jobs. For farmers — many of whom are going through difficult financial times not experienced since the 1980s — Stabenow's pledge brought peace of mind.
Penn State creates food packaging material from wood, shells
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Jeffrey Catchmark had the ideal formula for an all-natural, nontoxic coating to replace plastic coatings and packaging used in the food industry, among other uses. Not only would it be cheaper than plastics but his formula would be biodegradable and nonpolluting.
AUSTIN — Rather than sit in a classroom and watch videos of people operating equipment, students in Riverland Community College's ag program can experience the next best thing without the safety risks.
Two weeks ago, the college received a John Deere simulator that provides an "as real as it gets" experience for Riverland's agriculture students. The students receive life-like training operating farming equipment without the risk of damaging actual crops, or ruining expensive machinery.
A man was charged Friday with kidnapping a visiting University of Illinois scholar from China who authorities believe to be dead after she disappeared three weeks ago. A federal criminal complaint alleges the suspect's phone was used to visit an online forum in April called "Abduction 101."
In Nebraska, agriculture is the cornerstone of the economy. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is preparing students from abroad to improve agriculture in their countries as well.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State University is not closing any of its 12 agricultural science centers in the state -- at least not yet.
The College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences conducted a self-evaluation of the centers earlier this month as it grapples with less funding in the face of a statewide budget crisis.
College of ACES Dean Rolando A. Flores says closing any of the centers would be a last resort.
Fort Cherry High School dedicated its greenhouse Thursday at a ceremony that drew school administrators, faculty, staff and students.The greenhouse, which cost about $35,000, replaces a 40-year-old greenhouse that Dr. Trisha Craig, director of curriculum, said had become "a safety hazard.""The students deserved this, and (agricultural science teacher) Jodie Hoover deserved this," said Craig. "We have a very strong FFA program, and the students learn so much through the hands-on experiences in...
Dozens of livestock will have a new 14,770-square-foot home in the Klein Independent School District.
Development applications were filed with the city in February, and this month the Klein ISD board approved construction documents for the Northcrest Ag Facility. The construction budget for the agricultural science facility is $1.5 million, and the district will pay for the center with funds derived from its 2015 bond referendum of $498.1 million.
VICTORY TWP. — Future farmers of America can get down to the roots of their profession locally by enrolling in the agricultural science program offered through a partnership between West Shore Community College and Michigan State University.
Students enrolled in the program can work toward two-year certification and associate degrees in agricultural operations or fruit and vegetable crop management.
Offering an experience that connects students to the community, challenge them in academics, give them hands-on experiences in the fields of science and agriculture, and prepares them for their future is what students find most appealing about W.B. Saul High School of Agricultural Sciences.
3 finalists for chancellor of UT Institute of Agriculture
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Three finalists have been named in the search for the next chancellor of the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture.
The Institute of Agriculture consists of UT Extension, AgResearch, the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and the College of Veterinary Medicine.
North Carolina plans $94M agricultural lab in Raleigh
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is planning to build a $94 million laboratory complex in West Raleigh so that four aging lab buildings in the city can be closed.
UT Institute of Agriculture begins chancellor search
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture has begun searching for a new chancellor.
According to the school, a search committee met on Friday and set a timeline to have the new leader in place during the first quarter of 2017.
LINCOLN -- About 800 degrees will be awarded during the summer all-university commencement ceremony Aug. 13 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
The following is a list of graduates by hometown:
Katelyn Ideus, Graduate Studies, master of arts.
Alicia Marie Armstrong, College of Business Administration, bachelor of science in business administration.
Sean Emerson Maguire, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural...
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