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3/16/2014

By all accounts, Norman Borlaug was a hardworking and humble man. When the phone call came to tell him that he had won the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize, he was out working in the wheat fields. His wife...

1/9/2014

Jim Muir was born in Angola, in southwest Africa. His parents were American missionaries, and he spent his youth in Angola, Portugal, Kenya, and Grand Rapids, MI (his mother’s hometown). He...

1/2/2014

Soybeans are one of the most nutritious beans on the earth, making for a healthy food. One-half cup of soybeans has three times more protein than a hotdog! But food is only one aspect of this...

5/21/2013

Most ASA, CSSA, and SSSA members have a strong, if not first-hand, understanding of the agricultural enterprise. Many come from rural backgrounds, have worked with or in extension offices or have...

5/15/2013

Jarai Carter is a University of Illinois honors student who loves lab work and crop science, wants to attend grad school, and tosses around terms like “fluorescent transgene” with ease...

1/29/2013

For soil scientists and other soil enthusiasts, it can be hard to imagine that others don’t share the same passion for what lies beneath our feet. But for many other people, not only is soil...

11/18/2012

The recent drought experienced throughout much of the United States has many similarities to the conditions during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s. The Dust Bowl, also called the Dirty Thirties, was a...

11/5/2012

People who didn’t catch Dig It! The Secrets of Soil during its stints in Washington, DC, Omaha, NE, and Spokane, WA, now have another chance to see the popular exhibit. On Nov. 10, Dig It!...

7/14/2012

In the spring of 1994, Mike Wilson nervously sat down between two Ph.D.s in an Indianapolis convention center. “These two geniuses are sitting on each side of me, and I finished the exam 30...

6/26/2012

The watering can, in most cases, is bigger than the student trying to lug it. But these youngsters, along with their teachers and parents, are investing in the lessons yet to be learned from...