What are the implications for agriculture under a proposed climate bill? Nov 26, 2009 9:00 am18 views A Minute With™... agricultural economist Madhu Khanna Research grant will help assessment of prairie seed banks Jan 23, 2007 9:00 am21 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Illinois Natural History Survey has received a grant from the Conservation 2000 Program to assess seed banks at the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie in Will County. Goal of project is development of petroleum-free fuel Dec 2, 2004 9:00 am21 views Developing a petroleum-free fuel from corn byproducts is one of the goals of a newly funded research project at the UI. Eight research laboratories will pool their expertise, attacking the problems from different directions in order to work to improve the efficiency of bioconversion of plant fibers into fuels and other value-added products. Efficient fertilizer use could benefit river without hurting crop yields Nov 7, 2001 9:00 am25 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. A computational study on nitrogen inputs to the Mississippi River Basin from the 1950s to the 1990s suggests that better use of the fertilizer such as not over-applying it could substantially reduce the amount of nitrates flowing down river without compromising crop yields. Grocery stores find security in locally produced beef Jan 22, 2004 9:00 am29 views Knowing where, how and by whom your steak dinner was raised recently has become a more pressing question for Americans. Several independent grocery stores in Chicago have found a locally produced beef marketed under the label Illinois Crown Beef that they say they can sell to their customers with confidence because they know where it came from. Researchers study role of natural organic matter in environment Dec 11, 2006 9:00 am29 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The decomposition of plant, animal and microbial material in soil and water produces a variety of complex organic molecules, collectively called natural organic matter. These compounds play many important roles in the environment. Watching, planning key to avoiding soybean rust in Illinois Oct 17, 2006 9:00 am30 views A Minute With™... Suzanne Bissonnette, an Integrated Pest Management Extension Educator Will 2011 be the year of the global food crisis? Jan 26, 2011 9:00 am36 views A Minute With™... Darrel Good, a professor of agricultural and consumer economics Arsenic removal from drinking water is focus of new projects Apr 6, 2005 9:00 am37 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - More stringent federal standards for acceptable levels of arsenic in public drinking water go into effect next year, a prospect that has resulted in four new research projects on arsenic. Will produce prices rise following Florida freeze, Chilean earthquake? Mar 25, 2010 9:00 am39 views A Minute With™... crop sciences professor John Masiunas Foodborne pathogens difficult to remove from produce Oct 5, 2006 9:00 am39 views Will you ever feel comfortable eating fresh spinach again? All raw agricultural products carry a minimal risk of contamination, said a UI scientist whose research focuses on keeping foodborne pathogens, including the strain of E. coli found recently on spinach, out of the food supply. USDA awards $5.5 million to tackle childhood hunger Jan 20, 2011 9:00 am43 views The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded $5.5 million to fund research that will help alleviate childhood hunger in the United States. Craig Gundersen, a UI professor of nutritional sciences in the department of agricultural and consumer economics, and James Ziliak, of the University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research, will coordinate a research program on childhood hunger. Carr visiting author series to showcase two acclaimed poets Jan 29, 2013 9:00 am44 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Kathleen Graber - a former high school English teacher who was inspired to write poetry after taking students on a field trip - will read from her critically acclaimed collections at 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 13 (Wednesday) at the Illini Union Bookstore. Environmental effects of biofuels crops must be weighed, researchers say Sep 22, 2006 9:00 am48 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Biofuels advocates should not ignore the potential ecological side effects of crops being developed to produce such fuels, a researcher at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign says in an article being published today in Science. Information on three new agricultural pests enhances web tool for farmers Apr 12, 2005 9:00 am49 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Three more pests - fruit tree leafroller, lilac borer and western bean cutworm - have been added this spring to the Illinois State Water Survey's Water and Atmospheric Resources Monitoring program, a Web-based tool that provides helpful information for the state's farmers. Expert: Keep consumer protection agency free of 'regulatory capture' Jan 9, 2012 9:00 am50 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - With many Americans now spending most of their adult lives owing debts to financial institutions, the need for a consumer financial agency free of "regulatory capture" is now more acute than ever, according to a University of Illinois expert in consumer credit. Anti-cancer compound found to block late-stage breast-cancer cell growth Aug 31, 2004 9:00 am58 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A well known anti-cancer agent in certain vegetables has just had its reputation enhanced. The compound, in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables, has been found to be effective in disrupting late stages of cell growth in breast cancer. Does the recent peanut scare indicate a need for stricter guidelines? Feb 18, 2009 9:00 am64 views A Minute With™... Robin Orr, the director of programming for the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program Gallery offers first comprehensive U.S. look at Japanese architect's work Sep 30, 2008 9:00 am66 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The first comprehensive U.S. exhibition of the work of Japanese architect Kengo Kuma will be exhibited Oct. 10 through Nov. 15 at I space, the Chicago gallery of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Miscanthus, a biofuels crop, can host western corn rootworm Jan 5, 2010 9:00 am68 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The western corn rootworm beetle, a pest that feasts on corn roots and corn silk and costs growers more than $1 billion annually in the U.S., also can survive on the perennial grass Miscanthus x giganteus, a potential biofuels crop that would likely be grown alongside corn, researchers report. Unique weather a factor in record 2004 Midwest crop yields Mar 11, 2005 9:00 am71 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - If farmers talk big about 2004 crops as they get ready to head out into the fields this spring, let them talk. Believe them. Last year's crop season saw record yields in every major crop amid the closest-to-perfect weather conditions of the last century, scientists say. Study: Regulatory hurdles hinder biofuels market Jul 21, 2011 9:00 am72 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Regulatory hurdles abound for the successful commercialization of emerging liquid biofuels, which hold the promise of enhancing U.S. energy security, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and serving as a driver for rural economic development, according to new research at the University of Illinois. Drought, crop insurance, and farm profitability Aug 8, 2012 9:00 am73 views A Minute With™... Gary D. Schnitkey, an agricultural economist Nutritious frozen foods can play role in weight-loss programs Jun 8, 2005 9:00 am79 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Size matters when it comes to meal portions in weight-loss diets, according to researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. And consuming convenient, nutritious frozen dinners may be a way to control portion size. Mastery of physical goals lessens disease-related depression and fatigue Dec 15, 2009 9:00 am87 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - Physical activity is known to reduce depression and fatigue in people struggling with chronic illness. A new study indicates that this effect may stem from an individual's sense of mastery over - or belief in his or her ability to achieve - certain physical goals. As more corn is used for ethanol, how will we make up for lost food production? Mar 14, 2008 9:00 am108 views A Minute With™... Madhu Khanna, a professor of agricultural and consumer economics How will widespread flooding of farmland affect commodity prices? May 25, 2011 9:00 am121 views A Minute With™... agricultural economist Gary D. Schnitkey New method helps map species' genetic heritage Dec 11, 2014 9:00 am126 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Where did the songbird get its song? What branch of the bird family tree is closer to the flamingo - the heron or the sparrow? Food-crop yields in future greenhouse-gas conditions lower than expected Jun 29, 2006 9:00 am130 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Open-air field trials involving five major food crops grown under carbon-dioxide levels projected for the future are harvesting dramatically less bounty than those raised in earlier greenhouse and other enclosed test conditions - and scientists warn that global food supplies could be at risk without changes in production strategies. New master's program at Illinois will train translators and interpreters Apr 29, 2013 9:00 am141 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The demand for translators and interpreters is projected to increase by at least 20 percent by the year 2020, and a new program at the University of Illinois will offer a master's degree to equip graduates to fill those jobs. Elizabeth Lowe, the director of the U. of I.'s Center for Translation Studies, says the program offers both on-campus and online options, and is accepting applications now for courses that will begin in the fall. Switch from corn to grass would raise ethanol output, cut emissions Jul 12, 2011 9:00 am161 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Growing perennial grasses on the least productive farmland now used for corn ethanol production in the U.S. would result in higher overall corn yields, more ethanol output per acre and better groundwater quality, researchers report in a new study. The switch would also slash emissions of two potent greenhouse gases: carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide. Zoning restrictions also a key factor in foreclosure crisis, scholar says Mar 28, 2013 9:00 am165 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The causes of the foreclosure crisis seem obvious: Buyers purchased homes they couldn't afford, lured in part by lenders pushing subprime mortgages. Real estate values escalated, and when the bubble burst, buyers were left owing more than their homes were worth. ADM funds new postharvest institute Feb 17, 2011 9:00 am167 views Archer Daniels Midland Co. announced a $10 million grant to establish the ADM Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss at the UI. The global institute will work with farmers in the developing world to help preserve millions of metric tons of grains and oilseeds lost each year to pests, disease, mishandling and other factors. Bt corn variety study shows no adverse effect on black swallowtail caterpillars Jun 5, 2000 9:00 am177 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- A Bt corn variety grown widely in East Central Illinois in 1999 had no adverse effect on black swallowtail caterpillars that thrive in weeds alongside cornfields, according to both field and laboratory studies at the University of Illinois. What the media call 'pink slime' is not new or dangerous Apr 3, 2012 9:00 am199 views A Minute With™... Anna Dilger, a professor of animal sciences Why does the FDA want to test milk for more drugs? Mar 23, 2011 9:00 am200 views A Minute With™... Molecular techniques are man's new best friend in pet obesity research Apr 9, 2013 9:00 am206 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - According to the World Health Organization, more than two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese. And it's not just humans who are packing on the pounds. Our furry companions are plagued by an obesity epidemic of their own. More than 50 percent of the dogs and cats in the United States are overweight or obese. Researcher tracks agricultural overuse of bug-killing technology Feb 29, 2012 9:00 am238 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - High corn prices are leading many growers to plant corn every year and to overuse pesticides and other bug-killing technology to maximize yields, researchers report. In many instances, pesticides are applied without scouting fields to see if they are needed, violating a bedrock principle of integrated pest management. The result is a biological diversity desert in many corn and soybean fields in the agricultural Midwest, and signs that the surviving insects are becoming resistant to several key bug-fighting tools now available to farmers. Links between hunger and health lead to recommendation that doctors screen patients for food insecurity Nov 5, 2015 2:00 pm297 views Almost 50 million people in the United States are food insecure – that is, they lack access to adequate food because of limited money or other resources. University of Illinois economist Craig Gundersen and University of Kentucky’s James P. Ziliak examined recent research on food insecurity and its association with poor health, and offer suggestions including that doctors screen for hunger. Study: 'Legacy' phosphorus delays water quality improvements in Gulf of Mexico Feb 7, 2024 10:30 am324 views The same phosphorous that fertilizes the thriving agriculture of the Midwest is also responsible for a vast “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico near the Mississippi Delta. Efforts to reduce the amount of phosphorus that enters the Mississippi River system are underway, but research led by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign suggests that remnants of the contaminant are left behind in riverbeds for years after introduction and pose an overlooked – and lingering – problem. Study: Cell-phone bans while driving have more impact in dense, urban areas Feb 8, 2010 9:00 am338 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new study analyzing the impact of hand-held cell phone legislation on driving safety concludes that usage-ban laws had more of an impact in densely populated urban areas with a higher number of licensed drivers than in rural areas where there are fewer licensed drivers, according to a University of Illinois researcher. Chickens may help aid in early detection of ovarian cancer Feb 1, 2007 9:00 am386 views Understanding and treatment of human ovarian cancer, known as the silent killer, may be a step closer thanks to some chickens at the UI. Ovarian cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer deaths in women and unlike other cancers, its rate of mortality has not been reduced. Paper: Multistate foodborne illness outbreaks impact restaurant stock price, public perception Feb 2, 2024 8:00 am399 views Foodborne illness outbreaks spanning multiple states bring swift financial losses, increased media attention and a public-relations hit that makes subsequent smaller outbreaks more financially damaging, says Maria Kalaitzandonakes, a professor of agricultural and consumer economics at Illinois. Illinois engineer wins MacArthur fellowship Sep 17, 2014 9:00 am409 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Tami Bond, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been awarded a 2014 MacArthur Fellowship, commonly known as a "genius grant," from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Study: Crop rotation-resistant rootworms have a lot going on in their guts Jun 9, 2015 3:00 pm421 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — After decades of effort, scientists are finally figuring out how insects develop resistance to environmentally friendly farming practices – such as crop rotation – that are designed to kill them. The researchers say their insights will help develop more sustainable agricultural practices. Solving food insecurity problems among older Americans Jun 5, 2014 9:00 am427 views A Minute With™... Craig Gundersen, the University of Illinois Soybean Industry Endowed Professor of Agricultural Strategy Study: Groundwater from aquifers important factor in food security Jun 29, 2015 2:00 pm483 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Thirsty cities, fields and livestock drink deeply from aquifers, natural sources of groundwater. But a study of three of the most-tapped aquifers in the United States shows that overdrawing from these resources could lead to difficult choices affecting not only domestic food security but also international markets. Stink bugs a threat to farmers, smelly guests for homeowners Aug 23, 2011 9:00 am506 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The brown marmorated stink bug - scientific name Halyomorpha halys - has been found in four Illinois counties and could be a major threat to fruit, vegetable and agronomic crops if it proliferates. Master Naturalists needed to preserve Illinois' environment Aug 11, 2015 1:00 pm518 views Adults who have a passion for the outdoors – and are interested in sharing that with others – are needed statewide as volunteers in the University of Illinois Extension Master Naturalist program. In TED Talk, Long describes three photosynthetic changes that boost crop yields Nov 29, 2023 11:15 am520 views In a newly released TED Talk, Stephen Long, a University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign professor of plant biology and crop sciences, described his and his colleagues’ efforts to boost photosynthesis in crop plants. He described three interventions, each of which increased crop yields by 20% or more.