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Ag Matters
Airs during Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

Ag Matters is a one-minute segment focused around the value of agriculture, and how it applies to Utahns.

This program is supported by USU's College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences.

  • Changes in the sea surface can cause everything from heat waves to extreme storms in the American West, and rising global temperatures often affect those patterns for the worse.
  • Keeping a farmer’s fields free of weeds isn’t like removing dandelions from a garden. The sheer size means that herbicides are often necessary, yet those chemicals may harm soil health and pollinators, and they can run off into rivers and groundwater.
  • Overgrazing can damage vulnerable rangelands, and the methane and nitrogen cattle emit contributes to rising global temperatures.
  • When Navajo people were forced from their land in the 1800s, U.S. government troops destroyed their crops in a starvation campaign that included ripping thousands of peach trees from the soil.
  • There’s a saying that there is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man. Utah State University equine programs provide…
  • Many dogs love to accompany their humans on hikes, and faculty in USU’s School of Veterinary Medicine offer some tips for the trail.Carry enough water for…
  • Top-quality chocolate is made from just two ingredients: cacao (pronounced kah-kah-o) and sugar. But chocolate is the culmination of many factors,…
  • It’s estimated that more than 6 out of every 10 known infectious diseases in people can be spread from animals, and that 3 out of every 4 new or emerging…
  • Coronaviruses, hantavirus, Zika, West Nile, SARS, influenza. If a virus has made news in the past 40 years, chances are good that scientists in Utah State…
  • An interdisciplinary team of USU climate scientists, an agronomist, and a fire and forest ecologist have developed a new computer model that is an…