College of Agriculture & Natural Resources


Forty Years of Data Quantifies Benefits of Bt Corn Adoption Across a Wide Variety of Crops for the First Time

AGNR - Mon, 2018-03-12 15:41
UMD researchers have pulled together forty years of data to quantify the effects of Bt corn, a highly marketed and successful genetically modified corn variety, in a novel and large-scale study. Other studies have demonstrated the benefits of Bt corn adoption on pest management for pests like the...
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Tracing the Origins of the Colorado Potato Beetle

AGNR - Wed, 2018-02-28 09:24
A UMD researcher has traced the origin of pest populations of the Colorado potato beetle, by far the most important insect for the potato industry in Maryland, back to the Plains states, dispelling theories that the beetle came from Mexican or other divergent populations. Little was previously...
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UMD Students and Alumni Work Together to Bring the Latest Agricultural Research and Technology to Rural Africa

AGNR - Thu, 2018-02-22 11:29
With emerging issues like a changing climate affecting irrigation needs and weather patterns, greater pest resistance, economic hardship, and food safety concerns, focusing on agriculture and the path to a sustainable and healthy food supply for all parts of the world is critical. To this end,...
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UMD Assistant Professor Reinvigorates an Underused Community Garden in Her Own Neighborhood by Transforming it into a Community Farm and Event Space

AGNR - Wed, 2018-01-31 14:22
University of Maryland’s Dr. Katherine Tully, Assistant Professor in the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture within the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, moved to Washington, DC in 2014 and rented a house overlooking the Columbia Heights Green , a community garden...
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UMD Researchers Find Gene that May Greatly Increase Strawberry Production

AGNR - Mon, 2018-01-22 12:31
UMD researchers have identified and isolated a gene that is directly linked to the strawberry production process. With the ability to turn this gene on and off to produce runners (a long horizontal stem ideal for producing young strawberry plants for sale) or flowers (ideal to produce fruit) and a...
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Applying Agricultural Practices to the Port of Baltimore

AGNR - Wed, 2017-12-20 12:23
The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources is serving the state and partnering with the Maryland Department of Transportation Port Administration (MDOT MPA) and the Maritime Administration (MARAD) of the U.S. Department of Transportation to pilot innovative sustainable technology with the...
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The Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (JIFSAN) Launches the New as a Leading Resource for the International Food Safety Community

AGNR - Thu, 2017-11-30 11:29
College Park, MD -- The University of Maryland’s Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (JIFSAN) launched the redesigned earlier this month, featuring exclusive tools and datasets with the goal to advance food safety and public health nationally and internationally...
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American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Announces Animal and Avian Sciences Professor Iqbal Hamza as a 2017 Fellow

AGNR - Wed, 2017-11-22 13:13
Dr. Iqbal Hamza of the University of Maryland has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as an AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers. Dr. Hamza was elected for groundbreaking discoveries and distinguished...
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Animal and Avian Sciences Professor Receives $1 Million to Advance Animal Well-Being and the Poultry Industry

AGNR - Mon, 2017-11-20 10:10
Dr. Tom Porter, Professor in the Department of Animal and Avian Sciences, is tackling many major global issues as a leader in poultry research with two new grants from the United States Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA NIFA) totaling $1 million. He will be...
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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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