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    On Earth Day, Celebrating Science that Sustains our Growing World

      Mankind’s closest relationship with Earth has been through agriculture.  Agriculture is the machinery by which our relationship with Earth is operationalized.  And like other machinery, agriculture must run efficiently, use as little fuel as possible, and achieve the tasks that were asked of it, in this case to feed the

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    Unleashing the Potential of Big Data in Agriculture: Water Use

    The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research recognizes the critical need to more sustainably manage agricultural water use. I am blogging today, on World Water Day,  to help raise awareness about this important issue, share the ways in which we at FFAR plan to help tackle this challenge, and to

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    Inspiring the Next Generation

    As a child I loved animals and everything biology (except, ironically, insects; who would think I would become an entomologist?!).  This love of science was the foundation for my wonderful career leading extramural research programs at the USDA, NIH and now as Director of FFAR, and I am humbled and

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