Crops tour celebrates 40 years of informing farmers

Federal research funding pays hefty dividends

By Paul Hollis By most any standard, a $1.85 return on an initial investment of $1 is a good deal. According to a recent study, that’s what federal investments into agricultural research pay back through additional investments from state, local and private-sector...
Auburn agriculture part of pilot big-data project

Auburn agriculture part of pilot big-data project

by PAUL HOLLIS How big is data in U.S. agriculture? Consider that one acre of corn can generate seven gigabytes of data. With approximately 93 million acres of the crop currently in production, that’s 145 million DVDs filled with information—from just one crop. The...