Retaking the Field

 


Retaking the Field Cover page

“Retaking the Field: The Case for a Surge in Agricultural Research” is a collaborative report from 13 partnering universities and the SoAR Foundation. The report provides a compelling case to policymakers and the public for increased federal agricultural research funding by celebrating the advances and exploring the untapped potential of the agriculture and food sciences.

The report includes examples of cutting edge production, health, food safety, and knowledge transfer research from: Cornell University, Iowa State University, Kansas State University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, North Carolina State University, Purdue University, Stanford University, Tuskegee University, University of California – Davis, University of Florida, University of Illinois, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, and Washington University in St. Louis.

We welcome your feedback as well as your help in spreading the word about this new report. To access a full electronic copy, click here.


Research Success Stories

 


Lisa Schulte Moore, PhD - Iowa UniversityIOWA STATE UNIVERSITY

Protecting Soil and Water with Strips of Native Prairie

Farmers today manage their fields for many different results. They work to increase yields and earn a profit while protecting the land’s soil and water resources. Rain, especially torrential rain, is a major challenge since it can wash away fertilizer and susceptible soil. This problem is called runoff. Continue reading… 


Carrie Lapaire Harmon, PhDUNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA

Creating an Early Detection System for Florida’s Diversifying Agriculture Sector

In Florida, agriculture is diversifying. Farmers in the state produce the most oranges, grapefruits, fresh market tomatoes, and several other commodities. They are constantly expanding the variety of crops they plant, but this exposes Florida to an even greater variety of plant diseases. Continue reading…

 


JaSoN WooDWorth, PhD of Kansas

KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY

Responding to an Emerging Disease

Farmers in Asia and Europe have struggled with Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) outbreaks for decades, but the virus did not reach the U.S. until spring of 2013. In the fall of that year, it killed 1.4 million piglets and health authorities had to move quickly. Continue reading…

 

 


MIT

MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

Comparing the Impacts of Future Air Pollution and Rising Temperatures on Key Crops

Ground level ozone, not to be confused with the ozone layer in the stratosphere, is considered one of the more dangerous components of air pollution. While its impacts on human health are well known, its effects on agriculture are not as well studied. Continue reading… 


StanfordSTANFORD UNIVERSITY

Harnessing Plants to Produce Safer, Less Expensive Drugs

When we think of the value of plants, we often visualize sources of food, not pharmaceuticals. However, many of the world’s essential medicines are derived from plants in processes that are too often inefficient, unreliable, and environmentally destructive. Continue reading…

 


CORNELL UNIVERSITYCORNELL UNIVERSITY

Fighting Childhood Obesity with Better Marketing

Marketers have mastered the art of generating impulse purchases at grocery stores. These very same techniques can be used to help children make healthier choices in school cafeterias. Continue reading…

 


WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY IN ST. LOUISWASHINGTON UNIVERSITY IN ST. LOUIS

Targeting Gut Microbes to Fight Malnutrition

Nutrient-dense therapeutic foods have reduced deaths from childhood malnutrition but do little to improve long-term problems linked to the condition, including stunted growth, impaired brain development, and weakened immune systems. Continue reading… 

 


TUSKEGEE UNIVERSITYTUSKEGEE UNIVERSITY

Developing an Onsite Solution for Safer Food

Many food production facilities lack the equipment needed to detect pathogen contamination. Samples are mostly tested offsite while finished products are shipped for sale, before the results become available. Continue reading… 

 


NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITYNORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY

Tracking and Minimizing Foodborne Bacteria with Cutting-Edge Technology

Investigators currently approach the challenges of containing an outbreak of foodborne illness from an epidemiological standpoint by attempting to link patients to a likely source of contamination. Continue reading… 

 


UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS2UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS

Creating a Fingerprint Database for Foodborne Pathogens

The genome of any organism can be used as a bar code, allowing quick identification of a particular strain. This is exceptionally important in food safety and public health efforts. Continue reading… 

 


UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA–LINCOLNUNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA, LINCOLN

Helping Farmers Save Enough Water to Double Nebraska’s Largest Lake

When Dr. Suat Irmak joined the faculty at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2003, he decided to focus his research on addressing the rapidly depleting Ogallala Aquifer. Continue reading… 

 

 


PURDUE UNIVERSITY2PURDUE UNIVERSITY

Mapping the Potential of Soil

In the past, agriculture mapping technology focused on appearances and taxonomy. Satellite and aerial data showed topographical features and the color of the topsoil hinted at the composition of what lay underneath. But appearances only run skin deep. Continue reading… 

 


UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN2UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN

Transferring Science and Translating Policy for Farmers

Disseminating research has always been a priority for USDA. Over the years, however, the extension service evolved into something that Dr. Scott Irwin refers to as the “Big Silo High Touch” model. Continue reading…