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Second Annual Undergraduate Ideation Competition is Underway with 17 Multidisciplinary Teams

AGNR - Fri, 2017-11-17 13:32
College Park, Md. -- The 2018 AgI2C Undergraduate Ideation Competition has officially begun with a total of 17 teams comprised of 56 students, primarily from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources but with strong participation from Engineering, the Smith School of Business, Public Policy...
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University of Maryland Extension Specialist Receives National Award for Research Excellence in Water Use Management

AGNR - Thu, 2017-11-16 10:58
Washington, D.C. -- This past Sunday, Dr. John Lea-Cox and a select group of colleagues accepted the 2017 Experiment Station Section Excellence in Multistate Research award for their work in managing irrigation for ornamental crops. The project, titled NC-1186: Water Management and Quality for...
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Results of Major Needs Assessment Study Show Regulations and Legislation as the Top Concern for Maryland Farmers

AGNR - Mon, 2017-11-13 10:11
The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources has served Maryland farmers and producers for years through the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics’ Agriculture Law Education Initiative (ALEI), with the ultimate goal of economically sustainable agricultural production. The...
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Pioneer Health Research from Veterinary Medicine Professor Attracts Over $2.3 Million in New Funding

AGNR - Wed, 2017-11-01 09:46
The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources has a strong commitment to health, and Associate Professor Dr. Meiqing Shi in the Department of Veterinary Medicine is bolstering that commitment through unmatched research in his field. With Dr. Shi’s expertise in fungal infections and his extensive...
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UMD Solar Decathlon Team Takes 1st Place in the U.S., 2nd Place in the World

AGNR - Thu, 2017-10-26 09:38
DENVER, Co.-- The University of Maryland’s entry into a competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy that challenges collegiate teams from around the world to design and build energy-efficient, solar-powered houses took second place overall and was the top design from the United States...
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ALEI to Host the Third Annual Environmental Law Conference

AGNR - Wed, 2017-10-18 13:35
The Agriculture and Environmental Law Conference is back for a third year of dynamic presenters and discussion topics of interest to the farming, environmental, and legal communities. The conference is geared toward members of the agriculture community, including farmers, agricultural and...
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College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Thriving Workplace

AGNR - Thu, 2017-10-12 10:21
We want you to take the Thriving Workplace survey! Completing the survey gives everyone a voice about their workplace experience. The success of this initiative depends on a collective effort from all faculty and staff. The survey is voluntary, but we strongly encourage everyone to complete it...
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Animal and Avian Sciences Professor Receives $1.39 Million in New Funding to Improve Animal and Human Health

AGNR - Tue, 2017-10-10 09:20
Most people think of copper as a metal used to make pipes or wires. But copper is also an essential nutrient needed in every part of your body and for normal organ functioning, growth, and development in both animals and humans. When copper levels are too low or too high, it can cause several...
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Maryland Farmers Contribute to National Study Showing Health Insurance Costs are Threatening Farm Viability

AGNR - Thu, 2017-10-05 11:18
A national study funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture was recently released with major implications for the viability of the agricultural industry. The study found that lack of access to affordable health insurance is one of the most substantial concerns American farmers are facing...
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UMD Returns to the Solar Decathlon 2017 Hoping to Channel Their 2011 Victory

AGNR - Tue, 2017-09-26 11:08
The Solar Decathlon is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and gives college teams a thrilling national platform to design, build, and showcase their own energy-efficient house. Students from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the School of Architecture, and the School of...
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Awards $17 Million Dollars to Support the Joint Institute of Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (JIFSAN)

AGNR - Mon, 2017-09-25 11:26
College Park, Md -- The Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (JIFSAN) was established in 1996 as a jointly administered Institute between the University of Maryland and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The Institute is located in the College of Agriculture and Natural...
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Nutrition and Food Science Professor Seeks to Improve Human Health with $2.1 Million in Prestigious New Grant Funding

AGNR - Tue, 2017-09-19 09:33
Inflammation is a common issue connecting virtually all diseases, from cancer to cardiovascular diseases to fibrosis, or the hardening of soft tissues in your body. This is something that universally affects so many people, making the impact of truly innovative and novel research in this area...
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Nancy K. Nunn Named Assistant Director of Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology

AGNR - Mon, 2017-09-18 14:30
Queenstown, MD – Nancy K. Nunn, long-time Communications and Outreach Coordinator for the Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology has been named Assistant Director after a nationwide search. “Nancy Nunn is the right person to move the Hughes Center to the next level,” said Executive Director...
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Combating Lyme Disease in Maryland

AGNR - Wed, 2017-09-06 12:12
The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources is committed to improving human health and well-being locally, nationally, and internationally. With Lyme disease becoming an increasingly concerning problem around the state of Maryland, the Department of Environmental Science and Technology is...
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Food Security and Climate Change

AGNR - Mon, 2017-07-31 12:57
Food security and climate change are two very dire issues confronting the world today, especially given that so many people still live in rural areas where their livelihoods depend on agriculture. The United Nations recently set a Sustainable Development Goal to end all forms of hunger and...
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Flying Dog Brewery and University of Maryland Partner on Hops Production Initiative

AGNR - Wed, 2017-07-19 15:11
Maryland’s largest brewery and the University of Maryland (UMD) are committed to developing the highest quality ingredients for Maryland beer. Flying Dog has engaged with UMD’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources in a partnership that will allow them to work side-by-side on the future of...
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Improving Food Safety and Security in Rural Uganda

AGNR - Wed, 2017-07-05 14:41
Lwemiyaga area, Uganda -- AGNR is committed to fighting hunger and food insecurity in underdeveloped areas around the world, striving to improve health and quality of life for those in need. To this end, UMD Extension faculty Dave Myers and Chuck Schuster traveled to the Lwemiyaga area in south-...
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Mosquito-killing Fungi Engineered with Spider and Scorpion Toxins Could Help Fight Malaria

AGNR - Wed, 2017-06-14 11:34
College Park, MD - Malaria kills nearly half a million people every year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). In some of the hardest-hit areas in sub-Saharan Africa, the mosquitoes that carry the malaria parasite have become resistant to traditional chemical insecticides, complicating...
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Students Shine at College's Inaugural Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition

AGNR - Mon, 2017-06-12 14:24
College Park, MD -- Earlier this Spring, the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources hosted its first-ever Ag Innovation to Commercialization (AgI2C) Undergraduate Competition , which drew an impressive 20 entrants with a variety of business ideas designed to address some of our world’s most...
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UMD-Led Research in Bloodless Worms Reveals How Organs Communicate their Status of Life-Giving Heme

AGNR - Tue, 2017-06-06 14:31
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Scientists at the University of Maryland and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have identified for the first time a signaling system by which organs within an animal can communicate their need for heme, an iron-containing ring required for oxygen transport and many other...
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