Success Stories



Preventing Peanut AllergiesAFRI in ACTION: Preventing Peanut Allergies

Peanuts are an excellent source of vitamins and nutrients, rich with energy, and an important part of diets worldwide. However, peanuts threaten the health of roughly 2.8 million Americans, leading many families and food companies to avoid them entirely. And, this problem is growing with the prevalence of peanut allergies tripling in children over the last decade. Continue Reading  

Preventing Heat StressAFRI in ACTION: Preventing Heat Stress

Thinking about heat stress doesn’t come naturally to Lance Baumgard. He grew up and went to college in Minnesota, and then received his PhD in Animal Science from Cornell University in upstate New York. But his first faculty position was in the desert at the University of Arizona, and it led Lance to focus his career on helping livestock producers keep their animals healthy even in the most extreme of conditions.  Continue Reading  

Protecting PollinatorsAFRI in ACTION: Protecting Pollinators

One in every three bites of our food relies on pollinators, yet they are in jeopardy. Last year alone, beekeepers lost about 40 percent of their colonies. However, it has been hard to know the reasons because of a lack of hard data. In this search for answers, the work of Dr. Dennis vanEngelsdorp at the University of Maryland (UMD) may hold the key. Continue Reading  

Probiotics and Food SafetyAFRI in ACTION: Probiotics and Food Safety

Salmonella is the most common cause of food poisoning in the US. Every year, food tainted with the bacteria sickens one million people, resulting in 1,900 hospitalizations and 380 deaths. Chicken and other animals carry Salmonella in their intestines and contamination can occur when they are slaughtered. Continue Reading 

Developing Better CornAFRI in ACTION: Developing Better Corn

Corn is king in the United States, accounting for over $60 billion in annual sales. However, out of hundreds of races of maize, only a handful were used to develop and enrich the corn we plant today. The result is a crop system that may be more vulnerable to epidemics and less capable of further improvement. Continue Reading 

A Universal Flu VaccineAFRI in ACTION: A Universal Flu Vaccine

Poultry and pig farmers have one thing in common with doctors: they all know that the flu is nothing to sneeze at. In 2015, an outbreak of avian flu resulted in the deaths of 42 million chickens and 7.5 million turkeys on farms across the US, causing $3.3 billion dollars in economic damages. Continue Reading 

Resilient Corn Through Better Breeding1AFRI in ACTION: Resilient Corn Through Better Breeding

Corn (maize) is the single largest crop in U.S. agriculture. More corn is produced and sold than any other commodity. Surprisingly, the bulk of the crop comes from only a handful of varieties bred specifically to flourish in the Midwest. Continue Reading 


An Electrifying Way to Wash Produce1AFRI in ACTION: An Electrifying Way to Wash Produce

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, foodborne illness sickens 48 million people (one out of every six Americans) every year. Bacteria, viruses, and parasites found in or on food cause more than 250 different diseases, sending 128,000 people to the hospital and killing 3,000 annually.  Continue Reading 


The PB&J is Poised for a Comeback1AFRI in ACTION: The PB&J is Poised for a Comeback

More than a decade ago, the peanut butter and jelly sandwich was a staple of school children’s lunches. The J.M. Smucker Company estimated that the average young person ate 1,500 PB&Js before graduating high school. Continue Reading 


One Shot Fits all for FLU Prevention1AFRI in ACTION: One Shot Fits All for FLU Prevention

Every year, epidemiologists at the World Health Organization take educated guesses on which flu virus strains will be prevalent during the winter months. Pharmaceutical companies use this information to develop vaccines and then public health experts basically “cross their fingers” and hope. There is not enough time to stop... Continue Reading 


Recharging California's Depleted Groundwater1AFRI in ACTION: Recharging California's Depleted Groundwater

California produces more than one half of our nation’s fruits and vegetables. The state’s epic drought is not just devastating for its farmers, it is hurting American consumers. Even with the return of rainy weather this winter, it will take more to recover their dwindling groundwater supply. Continue Reading