UC Davis's groundbreaking digital badge system for new sustainable agriculture program

A digital badging project at UC Davis is drawing notice, but the innovation looks more like competency-based education than a form of alternative credentials.


College program in Texas seeks to produce future farmers

A new pilot program in Texas aims to bring local college students into the industry as small family farms across the country continue to dwindle and farmers and ranchers age.


Cornell plans to drop 'plantations' from name of its gardens


University -- criticized by black students for name of its gardens -- is changing name.


Washington State U provost raises money by letting bees form a beard on him

Washington State U provost helps to raise money for a bee research center by growing a beard … of bees.


Dispute over veterinary accreditor turns philosophical

A debate about the future of veterinary medicine erupts at meeting of federal accreditation advisory committee.

Nebraska project aims to revive depopulating rural areas

A new U. of Nebraska institute aims to reinvigorate depopulating rural areas in its state. Organizers think the project could have broader applications as land-grant universities seek a new role in rural America.

'Fields of Learning'

David Schaad knows a lot about farming.

He knows it’s important to start work at 8 a.m., so he can harvest the leafy green vegetables like lettuce and kale before it gets too hot, and he knows to bring his harvesting knife for root vegetables like carrots, scallions and green onions.

'Black Earth and Ivory Tower'

"From lecturing on the French Revolution to hauling manure in the spring, my life is agricultural and academic, inseparable and intertwined," writes Jeffrey A. Kaufmann, a professor of history at Muscatine Community College who has lived since birth on a 270-acre farm.

Upturn for Science Doctorates

American universities award more Ph.D.'s, over all and in technical fields, for second year in a row.

Do Ag Profs Need Tenure?

U. of Arkansas division plans to shift new hiring to renewable 1-year contracts -- and faculty are outraged.


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