Losses in poultry production and related businesses due to avian influenza are estimated at $309.9 million in Greater Minnesota, according to a newly released emergency economic impact analysis from University of Minnesota Extension.
May 11, 2015
A new project will harness the power of genome editing – a technique that allows researchers to precisely target, cut, remove and replace DNA in a living cell – to improve rice, a staple crop that feeds half the world’s people.
A pioneer in sunflower production and processing, a veterinarian whose innovations helped bridge the gap between animal and human health, and a family farmer who led international work for the U.S. Department of Agriculture are this year’s recipients of the prestigious Siehl Prize in Agriculture. The 2015 Siehl Prize laureates will be honored at a ceremony in McNamara Alumni Center on the university campus on Thursday, May 21.
January 22, 2015
What impact will future climate change have on food supply? That depends in part on the extent to which variations in crop yield are attributable to variations in climate. A new report from researchers at the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment has found that climate variability historically accounts for one-third of yield variability for maize, rice, wheat and soybeans worldwide — the equivalent of 36 million metric tons of food each year.
Driving vehicles that use electricity from renewable energy instead of gasoline could reduce the resulting deaths due to air pollution by 70 percent. This finding comes from a new life cycle analysis of conventional and alternative vehicles and their air pollution-related public health impacts, published Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
November 12, 2014
As cities and incomes increase around the world, so does consumption of refined sugars, refined fats, oils and resource- and land-intense agricultural products such as beef.
October 22, 2014
Three University of Minnesota students have been selected for the new Land O’Lakes, Inc. Global Food Challenge Emerging Leaders for Food Security fellowship, a unique yearlong internship and development program for 10 students at five universities. The fellowship is part of an effort by Land O’Lakes, Inc. to address the task of feeding more than 9 billion people by 2050.