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Nurse Cropping In Potato Systems, John M. Jemison Jr. 2017 University of Maine Cooperative Extension

Nurse Cropping In Potato Systems, John M. Jemison Jr.

Cooperative Extension - Agriculture

In the summer of 2016, a study was conducted at the Rogers Farm in Stillwater, Maine to study the effect of short-term nurse crops on potato yield and quality. The study was designed as a randomized complete block design with six replications. The study compared two sowing rates (winter rye at 100 vs. 200 lbs/ac) to 20 lbs of annual ryegrass or a check plot (no nurse crop). In addition, each of the winter rye treatments was either killed with an herbicide prior to one-pass hilling or just hilled. To address the question of how long to grow a ...


Use Of Endomaxx Mycorrhizal Seed Treatment To Improve Potato Production In Maine, John M. Jemison Jr. 2017 University of Maine Cooperative Extension

Use Of Endomaxx Mycorrhizal Seed Treatment To Improve Potato Production In Maine, John M. Jemison Jr.

Cooperative Extension - Agriculture

With the increasing cost of fertilizer and the ever-decreasing supply of apatite worldwide, improving phosphorus (P) uptake should be a goal for all producers. Due to our high levels of iron and aluminum oxides in Maine soils, P efficiency is very poor. As a result, potato farmers tend to over apply P to ensure that their crop will have adequate P. Over time, this has led to increasing plant available soil test P levels. I recently requested the Maine Soil Test Lab director for potato soil tests over the past ten years. The percentage of soils testing above 40 lbs ...


The Current Farm Downturn Vs The 1920s And 1980s Farm Crises: An Economic And Regulatory Comparison, Wendong Zhang, Kristine A. Tidgren 2017 Iowa State University

The Current Farm Downturn Vs The 1920s And 1980s Farm Crises: An Economic And Regulatory Comparison, Wendong Zhang, Kristine A. Tidgren

Economics Publications

Purpose The purpose of this paper is to examine the current farm economic downturn and credit restructuring by comparing it with the 1920s and 1980s farm crises from both economic and regulatory perspectives.

Design/methodology/approach This paper closely compares critical economic and regulatory aspects of the current farm downturn with two previous farm crises in the 1920s and 1980s, and equally importantly, the golden eras that occurred before them. This study compares key aggregate statistics in land value, agricultural credit, lending regulations, and also evaluates the situations and impacts on individual farmer households by using three representative case studies ...


A Course Every Department Can (Should?) Teach–Graduating Senior Survey, Ron Deiter 2017 Iowa State University

A Course Every Department Can (Should?) Teach–Graduating Senior Survey, Ron Deiter

Ronald Deiter

A Graduating Senior Survey course has been required of Agricultural Business majors at Iowa State University since 1997. Specific course goals include collecting valuable outcomes assessment information while, at the same time, assisting graduating seniors with various graduation issues. The format of this course is intended to facilitate the administration of an academic program rather than to disseminate specific, subject-matter knowledge. As such, experiences and observations from past offerings of this course should have widespread appeal and relevance.


A Perspective On The Market For Agricultural Economists: Background, Trends, And Issues, Wallace E. Huffman, Larry J. Connor 2017 Iowa State University

A Perspective On The Market For Agricultural Economists: Background, Trends, And Issues, Wallace E. Huffman, Larry J. Connor

Wallace Huffman

This paper summarizes broad trends in the market for and training of agricultural economists, models of professional labor markets, and key issues facing the agricul- tural economics profession. The number of U.S. Ph.D. agricultural economists grew at a 7 percent rate during 1973 to 1983. An increasing share of them are being employed in business-industry. Some issues facing the profession are: potential imbal- ance in Ph.D.s supplied and demanded, type and quality of graduate education needed to meet diverse job roles of doctor- ates, demand growth potential for masters level agricultural economists


Agriculture Research And Education Center Impact Report 2016/2017, WKU Department of Agiculture 2017 Western Kentucky University

Agriculture Research And Education Center Impact Report 2016/2017, Wku Department Of Agiculture

Agriculture Department Publications

No abstract provided.


Syllabus: How To Recover A Truly Sustainable Food System: A Look At Food Waste And Recovery, Mary Bell, Angela Roell 2017 University of Massachusetts Amherst

Syllabus: How To Recover A Truly Sustainable Food System: A Look At Food Waste And Recovery, Mary Bell, Angela Roell

Sustainability Education Resources

This course is an introduction to food waste, and the impact waste has on our food system. We will introduces the current food recovery hierarchy, and examines how consumers, producers and distributors waste food. We will explore the environmental and social impact of food waste in our food system, and introduce social and policy initiatives employed to recover food. Students will read, refect and discuss the actionable steps being taken to shift our local food system's food waste into food recovery.


Utah Regional Differences In Respirator Use And Fit Testing Among Pesticide Applicators, Michael Pate, F. Richard Beard, Kelsey L. Hall 2017 Utah State University

Utah Regional Differences In Respirator Use And Fit Testing Among Pesticide Applicators, Michael Pate, F. Richard Beard, Kelsey L. Hall

Applied Sciences, Technology and Education Faculty Publications

The purpose of this study was to determine regional differences within Utah in response to piloting a mobile respirator training and fit assessment program for pesticide applicators. The objectives were to describe worker perceptions of respirator use and training experiences. Pilot trainings were offered in two southern counties and two northern counties of Utah. A total of 141 individuals completed the post-training questionnaire regarding use and fit testing experience with respirators as well as perceptions of the benefits to protecting respiratory health. The majority of respondents were male (95.7%, f = 112). The proportion of participants in the southern counties ...


Anti-Cancer And Bioavailabilty Of Arachidin-1 And Arachidin-3 In Colon Cancer Cells, Macy R. Shirley, Cindi Brownmiller, Wing Shun Lam, Sun-Ok Lee 2017 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Anti-Cancer And Bioavailabilty Of Arachidin-1 And Arachidin-3 In Colon Cancer Cells, Macy R. Shirley, Cindi Brownmiller, Wing Shun Lam, Sun-Ok Lee

Discovery, The Student Journal of Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences

Cancer is a common cause of death in the United States and locally in the state of Arkansas. Modifiable factors such as tobacco use, physical activity, and diet lead to reduced incidence of colon cancer diagnosis. Plant-based foods may contain phytochemicals that confer health promoting properties. Specifically, peanuts contain phytochemicals known as resveratrol, arachidin-1, and arachidin-3 that have been linked to anticancer activities. However, few research studies have been done on arachidin-1 and arachidin-3 that could develop understanding of their health promoting properties or nutraceutical applications. The objectives of this study were to (1) determine the most effective concentration of ...


Letter From The Dean, Lona Robertson 2017 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Letter From The Dean, Lona Robertson

Discovery, The Student Journal of Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences

No abstract provided.


Small Landholders Battle The Leaf Folder: Improving Livelihoods In The Solomon Islands, Dalia Tayseer Najjar 2017 Bard College

Small Landholders Battle The Leaf Folder: Improving Livelihoods In The Solomon Islands, Dalia Tayseer Najjar

Bard Center for Environmental Policy

Sweet Potato is an important staple food crop grown by subsistence farmers in the Solomon Islands. It plays an important food security role and a major source of nutrition and livelihood in the rural areas as well as urban areas in the country. However, the spread of agricultural pests, in particular, the green leaf folder pest (Psara hipponalis), has significantly increased in recent years leaving many smallholder farmers with reduced yields and food insecurity. In this thesis, I reviewed the literature on the common mechanisms used to evaluate the drivers of pest presence and identified the major factors correlated with ...


Assessment Of Critical Thinking Skills In Undergraduate Animal Science Students And Curriculum, Sarah Al-Mazroa 2017 Iowa State University

Assessment Of Critical Thinking Skills In Undergraduate Animal Science Students And Curriculum, Sarah Al-Mazroa

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this thesis was to explore differences in critical thinking skills between freshmen and senior Animal Science Students at Iowa State University and determine where in the curriculum the critical thinking skills are being taught. This study encompassed 4 objectives: 1) compare freshmen and senior animal science students to the national critical thinking skill norms 2) determine if there’s a difference between freshmen and senior animal science students in critical thinking 3) determine if there’s a difference in critical thinking skills based upon selected demographics variables 4) map critical thinking skills instructional methods in core animal ...


Water Quality Projects At The Uthe Farm, Ethan Thies 2017 Iowa State University

Water Quality Projects At The Uthe Farm, Ethan Thies

Farm Progress Reports

The Committee for Agricultural Development, along with the USDA-NRCS, IDALS, USDA-NLAE, Iowa Soybean Association, and ISU Research Farms, has begun the installation of three water quality projects at the Uthe Farm in Boone County, Iowa. The projects are located along Big Creek, and will focus on nutrient removal of tile water entering Big Creek, and the water already in Big Creek. The projects include a saturated buffer, oxbow wetland, and bioreactor. With multiple conservation practices in close proximity, there will be great opportunity for field days that show the practices to landowners and farmers. Allowing the participants to see and ...


Joseph Henry Bodwell Becomes First County Agent In Piscataquis County, Mary Annis 2017 The Shiretown Conserver

Joseph Henry Bodwell Becomes First County Agent In Piscataquis County, Mary Annis

Cooperative Extension - Agriculture

The story of Joseph H. Bodwell starting his career as the new county agent in Piscataquis County. Full of the trials and tribulations of working in the early twentieth century. His first transportation was a horse and buggy. Learn how Joe was able to capture the hearts and minds of area farmers.


Meat For Missoula: Educating Our Youth On Sustainable Meat Production Practices, Amelia R G Liberatore 2017 University of Montana, Missoula

Meat For Missoula: Educating Our Youth On Sustainable Meat Production Practices, Amelia R G Liberatore

Undergraduate Theses and Professional Papers

In autumn 2016, a controversy arose when a student group, Advocates for Animals, took up a campaign against three meat pigs at the PEAS Farm due to strong views about animal consumption. Pigs serve as a central piece of food source education to hundreds of Missoula children who visit the farm every year. Unfortunately, the controversy overshadowed the educational purpose of exposing children to sustainable meat production practices. Moreover, access to the PEAS Farm and good food education is not available to all local children. I wondered whether education was accessible elsewhere. Unfortunately, child-appropriate, culturally relevant food literature is scarce ...


Determining Why Agricultural Educators Are Leaving The Profession And How To Increase The Retention Rate, Jay Solomonson 2017 Iowa State University

Determining Why Agricultural Educators Are Leaving The Profession And How To Increase The Retention Rate, Jay Solomonson

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The field of agricultural education has experienced a consistent labor shortage the past several decades. Consequently, many school districts struggle to fill their open positions, while others are forced to shut down their agricultural programs completely due to inadequate staffing. Research indicates teacher attrition as a predominant factor behind the teacher shortage. The purpose of this mixed-methods study was to determine why agricultural educators are leaving the profession and identify potential action steps to alleviate the problem. Specific objectives included: (1) identify factors influencing current agricultural educators’ decision to leave or stay in the profession; (2) determine factors associated with ...


Magically Modified Grimm’S: Storytelling In The Agricultural Classroom, Adam Blake Wright 2017 Iowa State University

Magically Modified Grimm’S: Storytelling In The Agricultural Classroom, Adam Blake Wright

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

“Magically Modified Grimm’s” is a comedic fairy tale mash-up set in the world of 21st-century agriculture. Aimed at K-8 audiences, the play follows Jack, Goldilocks, Hansel, and Gretel as they grow “magically gigantified orbs” sold to them by the mysterious Mr. Wolfe. By combining storytelling, music, dance, and puppetry, the play is an entertaining and educational narrative that aims to spark critical thinking and meaningful dialogue about agriculture among adults and children alike. The play centers on a number of important agricultural topics such as biotechnology, public health, industrial processing, corporate consolidation, food sovereignty, economic inequality, and social justice ...


Strength In Diversity And Diversity Of Strengths Of State Ffa Officers: An Analysis Of Clifton Strengthsfinder Assessment Data For State Ffa Officers, 2006-2010; 2012-2015, Denise Mills 2017 Iowa State University

Strength In Diversity And Diversity Of Strengths Of State Ffa Officers: An Analysis Of Clifton Strengthsfinder Assessment Data For State Ffa Officers, 2006-2010; 2012-2015, Denise Mills

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to identify and analyze self-identified talents among state FFA officers spanning nearly a decade of student leader data collected by the National FFA Organization. As outlined in the Agricultural Education Research Agenda (Roberts, Harder, & Brashears, 2016), the need to investigate soft skill development and preparedness as well as agricultural recruitment and retention is necessary and information about the strengths of student leaders may provide some insight into this priority. The first objective was to examine diversity in the top five talents of state FFA officers as identified by the Clifton StrengthsFinder ...


An Assessment Of The Use Of The Internet As Perceived By Fruit Farmers In Hebei Province, China, Chang Liu 2017 Iowa State University

An Assessment Of The Use Of The Internet As Perceived By Fruit Farmers In Hebei Province, China, Chang Liu

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to ascertain the extent to which fruit farmers from Hebei Province are using stationary and mobile Internet to acquire agricultural knowledge and technologies. Specific objectives of this dissertation were to determine Hebei fruit farmers’ use of Internet-related devices and Internet, identify Hebei fruit farmers’ perceptions regarding the Internet and its use and the sources of information and its use, evaluate Hebei fruit farmer’s opinions regarding the credibility of online agricultural knowledge/information, and identify the obstacles that Hebei fruit farmers face as well as their reactions to these obstacles.

Descriptive research design employed ...


Faculty Perceptions Regarding The Infusion Of Global Perspectives Into The College Of Agriculture And Life Sciences Curriculum: A Comparative Study, Ronaldo Lising Magtoto 2017 Iowa State University

Faculty Perceptions Regarding The Infusion Of Global Perspectives Into The College Of Agriculture And Life Sciences Curriculum: A Comparative Study, Ronaldo Lising Magtoto

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

A comparative study was conducted to explore faculty perceptions regarding the infusion of global perspectives into the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) curriculum at Iowa State University. King (1991) provided the original base for the study which enabled a comparison with data recently collected. This study may fill a void in the literature published in the context of the CALS faculty members’ perceptions in infusing a global perspective into the curriculum over the periods covered. The gap between the original and current study may reveal a possible new mindset and trend in the perceived benefits and barriers of ...


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