Preserving the environment and developing agricultural products that do not harm unintended targets are top priorities for many scientists and farmers, as well as environmentalists. It's a new era of crop management known as precision agriculture. It maximizes productivity while minimizing energy use and environmental impacts. Find out more in this Science Nation video.
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With an abundance of produce and meat in our markets, Americans may consider a cheap, reliable food supply to be a challenge only for developing countries. But a changing climate and booming population will stretch the resources of even the most tech-savvy nations. In the U.S., extreme Western droughts and Midwestern floods test the resilience of our agricultural systems. Find out more in this Special Report.
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Helping farmers around the globe apply more precise amounts of fertilizer nitrogen can combat climate change. In a study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in June 2014, researchers at Michigan State University (MSU) provided an improved prediction of nitrogen fertilizer's contribution to greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural fields.
March 28, 2016
Fertilizing sustainable growth in the forest industry
Researchers partner with industry and government to make commercially grown forests more productive without sacrificing the environment
As money-makers, trees stand tall. The U.S. forest industry is an economic powerhouse. Southern states alone grow more commercial wood than any country in the world.
The Center for Advanced Forestry Systems is using forestry science and collaborations among universities, industry and governments to make commercially grown forests more productive and sustainable. With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), research teams at Virginia Tech, North Carolina State University and the University of Washington have teamed up through the center to study how new, slow-release fertilizers could improve growth and go easier on our waterways, and to look more closely at the role of forests in storing carbon.
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