Could dung beetles boost food safety on the farm?

Food safety doesn’t start at the processing facility.

Farmers go to great lengths to protect their crops from invading pathogens. Recent years have seen outbreaks attributed to bacteria like E. coli deposited by passing wildlife (through their droppings) and runoff from nearby livestock feedlots, which can infect low-to-the-ground crops like broccoli and leafy greens. Though […]

Soil moisture results measured from space validated

Objects in space can tell us a lot about Earth – gravitational pull, meteorite fragments in craters and now soil moisture.

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) have validated soil moisture results collected by satellites launched by the European Space Agency’s Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) mission. The […]