On the Plate Lunch

Learn about the research that nourishes you at lunch! Click on the hamburger, wheat bun, french fries, salad and strawberry milkshake to learn more.

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Beef

The U.S. leads the world in beef production. With $64 billion in farm cash receipts in 2016, cattle are the single highest valued commodity in our nation.

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Stories about Beef

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

After making strides in the detection and control of a dangerous microbe that has bedeviled the...

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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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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

A change is coming to the cattle seedstock industry. Breed associations have long been interested...

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Kansas State University

One of the lead researchers in a $25 million grant awarded five years ago says the nation’s beef...

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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 Nebraska-Lincoln

A seven-year national research project led by Nebraska scientists will be recognized Oct. 12 for...

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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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Dr. Myer and his team work to improve the nutrition and feed efficiency of beef cattle. To do so,...

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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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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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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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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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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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Potatoes

Potatoes are the leading vegetable crop in the U.S., contributing about 15% of farm sales receipts for vegetables. Over half of potato sales go to processors for chips, french fries, and other products; the remainder goes to the fresh market.

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Stories about Potatoes

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

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

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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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Strawberries

Strawberries are rich in the essential nutrients vitamin C, potassium, folic acid, and fiber. The 4th top-selling fruit in the U.S., California produces 91% of U.S. strawberries, while Florida accounts for 9%, mainly in the winter months.

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Stories about Strawberries

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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University of California, Davis

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

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