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  • Reducing Energy’s Footprint: Restoring land after coal, oil, & gas development

    Reducing Energy’s Footprint: Restoring land after coal, oil, & gas development

    At an educational Congressional briefing on September 12, two expert panelists will discuss the process of restoring land that has been used in energy development to beneficial uses. Since 2010, the United States has been the second largest energy ...

  • President`s budget proposal includes increase to ag and environmental research

    President`s budget proposal includes increase to ag and environmental research

    The Obama Administration rolled out a multi-trillion-dollar budget proposal for fiscal year 2014 today (Apr. 10). Encouragingly, the President’s budget proposal includes increases in funding for several key agriculture and natural ...

  • At the interface of humans and nature

    At the interface of humans and nature

    A new book describes urban-rural interactions and the issues facing both people and ecosystems at those interfaces With the world population passing seven billion earlier this year, human activities are affecting more and more natural spaces as ...

  • Health problems uncovered by new research into wastewater reuse

    Health problems uncovered by new research into wastewater reuse

    The reuse of treated wastewater can be a valuable resource in arid regions around the world, with water being reclaimed for irrigation, surface release, and groundwater recharge. But some contaminants in the water are being identified as health ...

  • Key to Life in the Desert: What New Research Reveals about the Importance of Soil Crusts

    Key to Life in the Desert: What New Research Reveals about the Importance of Soil Crusts

    Biological soil crust organisms found to play an active role in the development of soil structures and the allocation of water and nutrients Thursday, July 19, 2012 - Deserts creep outward in various directions across the western United States. The ...

  • ALERT: congressional briefing planned on reduction of Farmers impact to Chesapeake Bay watershed

    ALERT: congressional briefing planned on reduction of Farmers impact to Chesapeake Bay watershed

    Farmers in the Chesapeake Bay watershed area often adopt nutrient management planning in an effort to keep fertilizer on the land and out of the Bay to protect water quality.  But what are the costs, and can nutrient management planning help ...

  • Vital agricultural, natural resource, and environmental research and education retained for fiscal year 2012

    Vital agricultural, natural resource, and environmental research and education retained for fiscal year 2012

    American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America applaud Congress’ support for critical agricultural, natural resource, and environmental research and education programs. The importance of ...

  • Farming after the flood: Management strategies and costs

    Farming after the flood: Management strategies and costs

    This year extensive flooding of America’s prime agricultural lands has resulted in millions of dollars in lost crops.  In addition to direct economic losses, farmers face post-flooding cleanup costs associated with removing sediment and ...

  • Implications of sewage sludge

    Implications of sewage sludge

    Sewage sludge has been widely applied to agricultural lands to enhance soil fertility due to its high organic matter and nutrient content. It has been considered as an economically and environmentally sound disposal alternative to landfills and ...

  • Toxic compounds in groundwater

    Toxic compounds in groundwater

    Research is being conducted on degrading a toxic compound found in groundwater systems around the world Vinyl chloride is a cancer-causing compound formed from solvents in groundwater systems under anaerobic conditions. These solvents are used in ...

  • Pesticide impact: comparing lab, field-scale results

    Pesticide impact: comparing lab, field-scale results

    Assessing the environmental risk of pesticide use is an important, complex task that requires knowledge of the equilibrium sorption parameter. This helps researchers assess the risk of pesticides leaching into groundwater. For cost-effective ...

  • Societies establish climate change position

    Societies establish climate change position

    The 10,000-plus members of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America develop a position statement on climate change The significance of climate change to the practice of agriculture, ...

  • Societies establish climate change position

    Societies establish climate change position

    The significance of climate change to the practice of agriculture, soils, and land management has led the 10,000-plus members of the American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), and Soil Science Society of America ...

  • Rediscovering sound soil management

    Rediscovering sound soil management

    At the same time that demand for food is soaring along with the world’s population, the soil’s ability to sustain and enhance agricultural productivity is becoming increasingly diminished and unreliable. Fortunately, it’s not too ...

  • How plants absorb pollutants

    How plants absorb pollutants

    The environmental concern is great when considering the role of toxic contaminants in the plant-soil relationship. Understanding plant’s absorption and accumulation of these contaminants from the soil would be incredibly beneficial. One ...

  • Agriculture, Food, Nutrition, and Natural Resources Reception March 15

    Agriculture, Food, Nutrition, and Natural Resources Reception March 15

    You are invited to a reception in celebration of the“Agriculture, Food, Nutrition, and Natural Resources Round Table: Showcasing Exemplary R&D Collaborations.” The achievements originating from agriculture, food, and natural ...

  • Environmental impact of animal waste

    Environmental impact of animal waste

    North and South Carolina have seen a steady increase in swine production over the last 15 years. In North Carolina alone, swine production generates approximately a quarter of the state’s gross farm receipts. The presence of so many ...

  • Cattle can help restore degraded soil

    Cattle can help restore degraded soil

    Agriculture Research Service has tested cattle grazing on degraded soil to determine if the activity would have any effect on restoring depleted nutrients. During a 12 year period, 18 paddocks were used to monitor the soils response to different ...

  • Restructuring natural resource majors

    Restructuring natural resource majors

    A troublesome trend is occurring at colleges and universities around the country: fewer students are graduating with degrees in natural resource related degree programs. As a result, the number of qualified professionals to manage fish and wildlife ...

  • Wastewater treatment lowers pathogen levels

    Wastewater treatment lowers pathogen levels

    A recent study by a team of researchers at the University of Arizona has tracked the incident of pathogens in biosolids over a 19 year period in one major U.S. city. In the same study, the researchers also analyzed pathogen levels in biosolids at 18 ...