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The way we work, travel, interact and access public services have all been transformed by smart devices, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), all of which are themselves rapidly evolving. This transformation is even going as far as impacting what we eat, with scientific breakthroughs from lab-grown meat to artificial flour.

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An innovative mobile application is helping to democratize knowledge and revolutionize agriculture for small producers, providing them with crucial information that was previously unavailable.

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Alfalfa is often called the "Queen of the Forages" due to its high yield, feed quality for ruminant animals, nitrogen fixation and pollinator habitat among other environmental services. But this royal member of the legume family is no match against the host of microbes that cause the disease complex known as "crown rot."

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A new sprayable bioplastic—made of cornstarch and other natural ingredients—offers potential as an effective method for delivering beneficial microbes to fight aflatoxins and other agricultural pathogens and pests.

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USDA Red, the world's first true red spinach variety has been developed and released by the Agricultural Research Service.

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MAPHEX, the shorthand name for a mobile system that removes phosphorus from manure, is steps closer to offering dairy farmers greater flexibility in where, when, and how they use the nutrient to fertilize crops.