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Sights and Sounds

Want to know how to get started with beekeeping? Wondering what Roma tomatoes and red spinach have in common? Curious about the spotted lanternfly?

Check out these videos and podcasts to learn about those things and more.


SIYSC Podcast Central

Check out our new "Science in Your Shopping Cart" podcast series to learn which ARS research products may be sitting in your shopping cart.


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What is the Nitrogen Cycle?

What is the nitrogen cycle and why is it important to our livelihood?

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What is the Hydrologic Cycle?

Follow our water cycle as our drinking water moves from the ocean to the atmosphere to the clouds and back down to our lands.

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What Are Bioplastics?

Dive into the world of bioplastics, what they are and why they benefit the environment.

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A Honey Bee's Life

Watch this video to learn about the biggest dangers to honey bees and what’s being done to ensure they survive and thrive.

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Get More Iron & Flavor Out of Beans

Manteca yellow bean is a new bean variety that is more easily digested, provides greater iron, boils faster and tastes great!

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Breaking Down Mosquito Bites

Have you ever wondered how long a mosquito needs to bite you to pass on a pathogen? Is the bug spray you're using really working?

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Regenerative Farming: Intro

ARS scientists are helping producers keep their lands healthy and sustainable, while limiting their impact on our precious ecosystem.

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Harvesting pine straw, and using it as mulch on farms, can minimize soil and water losses while improving crop yields and soil health.

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Regenerative Farming: Biochar

Researchers are developing methods to restore abandoned mines using soil amendments, including biochar.

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Regenerative Farming: CO2 Sequestration

ARS scientists are working to reduce emissions and promote the removal of CO2 from the atmosphere by increasing carbon storage.

Regenerative Farming: Rangeland Restoration

Using innovative research programs to restore our rangelands to their native, productive, and ecologically stable states.

Regenerative Farming: Wildfire Mitigation

ARS researchers are investigating the power of a natural, targeted grazing approach to help mitigate wildfires.

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Beauty or a Beast?

Beautiful but deadly, these bugs are wreaking havoc on our precious crops.

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Learn how to get started and how to find the Queen bee in this FB Live video.

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Combating Peanut Allergies

Millions of people are highly allergic to nuts. Discover how ARS is developing a new oral immunotherapy drug to combat this allergy.

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Conservation Biological Control

ARS researchers in Salinas, California, are using natural enemies to protect fields from aphids and other destructive pests.

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Conserving the Tree of Life

ARS researchers are studying the genetics of the African baobab tree hope to determine how to protect it for generations to come.

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Flower Pots From Feathers?

An ARS researcher has figured out how to turn feathers into pellets which in turn can be made into things like flower pots.

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Integrated Cropping & Livestock

Scientists are adding livestock to crop fields to improve farm production and sustainability, while reducing environmental impact.

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Maintaining a Healthy Diet

Tune into our Facebook event to learn tips on eating healthy.

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Protecting the Environment

Learn how ARS scientists are keeping carbon in the ground.

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Sweetener For Diabetics

ARS researchers developed a low-glycemic sweetener, a benefit for diabetics and crop farmers.

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What is Agroforestry?

Learn how Agroforestry helped save the farming industry in the 1930s, and how it helps farmers protect the environment.

Cooking with Science

USDA’s Agricultural Research Service is proud to present a new cooking series that blends culinary dishes with food science.