On the Plate Breakfast

Explore the science that fuels your breakfast! Click on the eggs, bacon, toast, orange juice, and yogurt to learn more.

Breakfast

Wheat

In 2016, wheat generated $8.9 billion in farm cash receipts. Wheat is the third-largest field crop produced in the U.S., the majority of which is used to produce bread flour.

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Stories about Wheat

Colorado State University

As home to one of the nation’s best-known wheat-breeding programs, Colorado State University has...

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Wheat provides 20 percent of the protein and 20 percent of the calories consumed by humans...

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Texas A&M University

The Texas A&M AgriLife Research dryland wheat variety nursery near Bushland is being monitored...

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University of California, Davis

Fifty years ago, Norman Borlaug toiled for a decade to breed more productive varieties of wheat....

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Scientists now have a new tool to predict the future effects of climate change on crop yields....

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Kansas State University

Kansas State University scientists are part of a breakthrough study in which an international...

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Kansas State University

Kansas State University researchers say their work to improve genes in wheat varieties using a...

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Purdue University

In 1889, a physician studying beriberi (now called thiamin deficiency) discovered that the...

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Colorado State University

Drivers heading south on East Drive or north on Mason Street in Fort Collins may not know that...

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Kansas State University

Kansas State University scientists, in collaboration with the International Wheat Genome...

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Oranges

Oranges are valued at around $1.9 billion annually and an excellent source of Vitamin C. Researchers are currently working to address Citrus Greening Disease, which represents a serious threat to U.S. production.

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Stories about Oranges

University of Florida

Some people like to wake up and drink a glass of fresh Florida orange juice. With the greening...

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University of Florida

After 100 years of assertions about the roots of citrus, a global group of scientists – including...

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University of Florida

In Florida, agriculture is diversifying. Farmers in the state produce the most oranges,...

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Texas A&M University

In a landmark step in the fight against citrus greening disease, the U.S. Environmental...

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University of Florida

At University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, researchers are working...

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Dairy

Dairy products are an excellent source of nutrients, vitamin D, and protein and are associated with better bone health, especially in children. Valued at $35 billion, there are over 40,000 dairy farms in the U.S.

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Stories about Dairy

The dairy industry is committed to reducing GHGs associated with milk production. The researchers...

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Dr. Misztal and a team of international researchers are working to simplify genetic analyses for...

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Michigan State University

For decades, animal breeders have benefited from databases of livestock performance information...

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Dr. White focuses on precision animal nutrition to improve livestock health and the efficiency of...

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University of Wisconsin-Madison

“On average, only about a quarter of the crude protein in a dairy ration goes to milk,” says...

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University of Wisconsin-Madison

When the city girl decides to study lactation, she must first learn to milk a cow. Laura...

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Purdue University

A rapid heating and cooling of milk significantly reduces the amount of harmful bacteria present,...

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Fort Valley State University
Colorado State University

Antimicrobial resistant-microbes (AMRs) pose a serious threat to public health. AMRs are found in...

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Pork

The U.S. is the world's largest exporter of pork. Nationwide, more than 60,000 pork producers annually market more than 115 million hogs. The industry generates nearly $19 billion in cash receipts.

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Stories about Pork

Michigan State University

Growing concern over the welfare of agricultural animals has led many states to pass legislation...

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University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Raising pigs is a tricky business. High production costs place a premium on effective breeding...

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Biosecurity protocols and vaccinations help prevent or reduce disease in pigs, but some animals...

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Kansas State University

A Kansas State University swine scientist says that advances in how pigs are raised have led to...

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Colorado State University

Antimicrobial resistant-microbes (AMRs) pose a serious threat to public health. AMRs are found in...

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Texas A&M University

A 14 percent decline in U.S. consumer meat consumption over the past decade has caused alarm with...

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University of Tennessee

Across the U.S., there is a growing market for organic forages due to increased consumer demand...

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Eggs

Eggs are a good source of protein and essential vitamins. In just one month, the U.S. egg industry can produce over 7.5 billion eggs. This industry generated $6.5 billion in cash farm receipts in 2016.

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Stories about Eggs

Washington University in St. Louis

Immune cells patrol the gut to ensure that harmful microbes hidden in the food we eat don’t sneak...

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

People who consume 18 grams of protein from whole eggs or from egg whites after engaging in...

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