On the Plate Dinner

Investigate the science that strengthens your dinner! Click on the chicken, broccoli, rice with beans, corn on the cob, milk and apple pie to learn more.

Dinner

Chicken

Americans buy more chicken than any other food as for their main course. With chicken consumption rising nearly every year since the 1960’s, our nation’s “broilers” production is valued at around $26 billion.

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Stories about Chicken

University of California, Davis

In rural African villages, chickens provide families with much more than meat and eggs....

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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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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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Vegetables

Vegetables are part of a balanced daily diet and provide essential nutrients, such as fiber, potassium, vitamins A and C, and folic acid. In 2016, the U.S. produced vegetables with a value of $19 billion.

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Stories about Vegetables

University of California, Davis

UC Davis is partnering in a global plant-breeding consortium fighting malnutrition and poverty in...

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Cornell University

Foodborne illnesses can be caused by food coming in contact with bacteria on surfaces in...

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University of Florida

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

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Colorado State University

Arming Colorado’s beekeepers with new knowledge to improve pollinator health is the goal of...

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University of Wisconsin-Madison

The American Heart Association notes a recent study that showed millions of people worldwide...

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University of Florida

Some people love to eat a juicy, seedless watermelon for a tasty, refreshing snack during a hot,...

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Iowa State University

Iowa State University plant scientist Patrick Schnable quickly described how he measured the time...

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Michigan State University

Tiny but mighty pollinators are an essential contributor to many of Michigan’s high-value fruits...

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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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Texas A&M University

For more than a half century, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, in collaboration with a...

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North Carolina State University

Cassava is one of the most important crops in Africa. It’s a starchy, potato-like vegetable used...

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Texas A&M University

Ground-penetrating radar might help the potato industry save water, according to Dr. Dirk Hays,...

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Purdue University

Growers of tomatoes, cucumbers and other vegetables can extend their growing season and increase...

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Cornell University

When a Cornell-led team of scientists analyzed two dozen environmental factors to understand...

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Washington University in St. Louis

Asked to name one way people have changed the environment, many people would probably say “global...

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North Carolina State University

A recent news story by the U.S. Department of Agriculture acknowledged an NC State research and...

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Cornell University

From fried green tomatoes to pizza pie, the world savors the tomato across many stages of...

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New Mexico State University

With increased awareness that misuse of synthetic pesticides are a health risk, the...

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New Mexico State University

Southeastern New Mexico is facing water scarcity issues, and with an increased demand for...

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Washington University in St. Louis

In a sneak attack, some pathogenic microbes manipulate plant hormones to gain access to their...

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University of Wisconsin-Madison

The Colorado potato beetle is notorious for its role in starting the pesticide industry — and for...

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University of California, Davis

Dr. Nitin and his team are discovering multiple techniques to minimize cross-contamination, which...

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University of Tennessee

UT Institute of Agriculture Study Shows Devices May Improve Plant Stand Assessment

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Fort Valley State University
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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University of Tennessee

​Study Will Focus on Eastern U.S. Soil Health and Producer Success

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Corn

Valued at around $47 billion, corn accounts for 35% of our nation’s crop area and serves as an important source of food, feed, and fuel.

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Stories about Corn

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Stuck where they are, plants have to adapt to their environments, responding to stresses like...

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Iowa State University

Iowa State University plant scientist Patrick Schnable quickly described how he measured the time...

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Michigan State University

Tiny but mighty pollinators are an essential contributor to many of Michigan’s high-value fruits...

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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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Iowa State University

Newly published research from Iowa State University agronomists shows that the application of...

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Iowa State University

A long-term research project at Iowa State University is marking a major milestone by publishing...

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Iowa State University

Organic agriculture practices eschew many synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, putting pressure...

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Farmers are stuck. Western corn rootworm can destroy cornfields – and profits – but populations...

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Purdue University

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

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North Carolina State University

DNA replication is among life’s most important processes, providing a way for an organism’s...

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Purdue University

Sometime between 5 million and 13 million years ago, both maize and soybeans underwent genome...

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University of Tennessee

​Study Could Help Producers Combat Drought

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Cornell University

New research has identified genes that control vitamin E content in maize grain, a finding that...

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Beans

Beans are an excellent source of vegetable protein and minerals such as iron, magnesium, and zinc. They are rich in folic acid and soluble dietary fiber. The common bean has been grown for about six thousand years in the Americas.

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Stories about Beans

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Diabetes, heart disease and inflammatory disorders threaten the health of many Americans....

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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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Iowa State University

Newly published research from Iowa State University agronomists shows that the application of...

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Iowa State University

A long-term research project at Iowa State University is marking a major milestone by publishing...

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Washington University in St. Louis

Scientists are working diligently to prepare for the expected increase in global population — and...

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Iowa State University

An Iowa State University agronomist is charting mechanisms – gene by gene – that could lead to...

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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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Colorado State University

It’s a running joke in the laboratory of CSU researcher Elizabeth Ryan: After every presentation,...

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Purdue University

Scientists working to increase soybean oil content tend to focus their efforts on genes known to...

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Purdue University

Sometime between 5 million and 13 million years ago, both maize and soybeans underwent genome...

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Today’s soybeans are typically golden yellow, with a tiny blackish mark where they attach to the...

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Rice

Rice is the primary staple for more than half of the world’s population. While most rice is grown in Asia, the U.S. produces near $2.5 billion in cash receipts.

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Stories about Rice

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Rice blast spoils between 10 and 30 percent of annual rice yields worldwide — enough to feed as...

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Cornell University

For decades, the USDA and local organizations have compiled data that could help rice growers and...

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Purdue University

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

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Kansas State University

The rice blast fungus is a feared pathogen, even after genetic research discovered how to...

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Colorado State University

It’s a running joke in the laboratory of CSU researcher Elizabeth Ryan: After every presentation,...

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University of Georgia

Rice has been a staple food crop around the world for millennia, but little was known about the...

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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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Fruit

Fruit is part of a balanced daily diet and provides essential nutrients that are important for health. The U.S. fruit and tree nuts industry generates, on average, over $25 billion in farm cash receipts annually.

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Stories about Fruit

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 California, Davis

UC Davis is partnering in a global plant-breeding consortium fighting malnutrition and poverty in...

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Cornell University

Foodborne illnesses can be caused by food coming in contact with bacteria on surfaces in...

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Because pollinators are critical for the production of most berry crops, Dr. Isaacs and his...

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North Carolina State University

It’s blueberry season in North Carolina, a time when the market for the fresh, locally grown...

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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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Colorado State University

Arming Colorado’s beekeepers with new knowledge to improve pollinator health is the goal of...

Read More
University of Wisconsin-Madison

The American Heart Association notes a recent study that showed millions of people worldwide...

Read More
University of Florida

Some people love to eat a juicy, seedless watermelon for a tasty, refreshing snack during a hot,...

Read More
Iowa State University

Iowa State University plant scientist Patrick Schnable quickly described how he measured the time...

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Michigan State University

Salmonella is a formidable foe in low-moisture foods (e.g., peanut butter, nut snacks, pet foods,...

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Michigan State University

Tiny but mighty pollinators are an essential contributor to many of Michigan’s high-value fruits...

Read More
Texas A&M University

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

Read More
Cornell University

When a Cornell-led team of scientists analyzed two dozen environmental factors to understand...

Read More
Washington University in St. Louis

Asked to name one way people have changed the environment, many people would probably say “global...

Read More
North Carolina State University

A recent news story by the U.S. Department of Agriculture acknowledged an NC State research and...

Read More
Cornell University

From fried green tomatoes to pizza pie, the world savors the tomato across many stages of...

Read More
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

When humans get bacterial infections, we reach for antibiotics to make us feel better faster....

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New Mexico State University

With increased awareness that misuse of synthetic pesticides are a health risk, the...

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New Mexico State University

Southeastern New Mexico is facing water scarcity issues, and with an increased demand for...

Read More
Washington University in St. Louis

In a sneak attack, some pathogenic microbes manipulate plant hormones to gain access to their...

Read More
University of California, Davis

Dr. Nitin and his team are discovering multiple techniques to minimize cross-contamination, which...

Read More
University of Tennessee

UT Institute of Agriculture Study Shows Devices May Improve Plant Stand Assessment

Read More
North Carolina State University

With some 700 varieties grown around the world, tomatoes come in an array of colors, shapes and...

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University of California, Davis

Strawberry farmers and industry leaders say new science, education, and collaborations underway...

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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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Michigan State University

Though Michigan is a national leader in fruit production, some crops, such as raspberries,...

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University of Georgia

Automated data collection and analysis pipelines are changing the way humans generate and use...

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University of Tennessee

​Study Will Focus on Eastern U.S. Soil Health and Producer Success

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