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Can farmers grow more crops and reduce their carbon footprint at the same time?

A program being developed through a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant is going to try to answer that question.


UH researchers want to help farmers grow more crops and reduce their carbon footprint at the same time.


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The University of Houston, Prairie View A&M University, and Texas A&M University will all receive grant money from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop a program to teach small-scale farmers how to improve crop production while simultaneously decreasing their carbon footprint.

Dr. Venkatesh Balan is an associate professor of engineering technology at the University of Houston. He tells us UH and Texas A&M were already working on the project when the USDA approached UH.

We also discuss why this project is focused on small-scale farms and whether what they learn could be applied across farming at any scale.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

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Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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