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Food Safety & Security

No-Till Agriculture Increases Crop Yields, Environmental Gains Over Long Haul

Monday, May 18, 2020
Two men standing in a crop field

Despite the environmental benefits of no-till agriculture, farmers often hesitate to change to this management approach due to uncertain economic returns. Sarah Cusser, postdoctoral research associate at the Kellogg…

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Ask the Expert: Should We Fear a Food Shortage?

Thursday, May 7, 2020
Fruit and Vegetables on a wood counter

Trey Malone, assistant professor and extension economist in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics, answers questions about the report of meat shortages as a result of…

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Digital Agriculture Paves the Road to Agricultural Sustainability

Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Aerial picture of crop land.

In a study published in Nature Sustainability, an ecosystem scientist and an agricultural economist outline how to develop a more sustainable land management system through data collection and…

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Academic Ecosystems Critical to Sustainable Postdoctoral Workforce

Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Yimu Zhao, a doctoral student in chemical engineering and materials science, and Richard Lunt, assistant professor of chemical engineering and materials science, run a test in Lunt’s lab. Lunt and his team have developed a new material that can be placed over windows and create solar energy.

Postdoctoral scholars comprise an invaluable component of global research communities, yet their support and training systems are poorly aligned with today’s job market. These issues are widely discussed…

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Kelly Receives Tech Transfer Achievement Award

Thursday, April 2, 2020

James Kelly knows beans. He’s spent 40 years developing roughly 50 varieties of dry beans at Michigan State, built to help bean growers and bean seed producers, boosting…

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MSU Faculty Member Talks About Food Safety and COVID-19

Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Picture of the produce isle, including watermelons an other fruits and vegetables.

Felicia Wu is the John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor in Food Safety, Toxicology and Risk Assessment in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics. The following is an interview…

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USDA Grant Supports Potato Breeding and Genetics Program

Monday, March 2, 2020
Potatoes in a wooden crate that says "MSU-potato"

Michigan State University received $700,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to invest in its potato breeding and genetics program. The award…

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Scientists Improve Yield Predictions Based on Seedling Data

Thursday, January 9, 2020
An orange sunset with the figures of corn stalks.

A doctor diagnosing a 50-year-old patient based on a blood test taken during the patient’s infancy would be unthinkable. Anecdotally speaking, however, that’s what Michigan State University scientists…

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Animated Videos Advance Adoption of Agriculture Techniques

Thursday, December 5, 2019
MSU awarded $7.8M for agricultural transformation in Malawi, Tobacco

In remote areas with low literacy rates, showing animated videos in the local language demonstrating agricultural techniques results in high retention and adoption rates of those techniques, found…

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Leveraging Drone Technology to Release Sterile Insects

Friday, November 8, 2019

Chris Adams and Larry Gut, entomologists in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University, are using large drones to release sterile insects as a more sustainable and cost-effective…

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