The Hagstrom Report

Agriculture News As It Happens


New NIFA head talks bug sex, cooks crickets and promises to preach research gospel

Sonny Ramaswamy, the new director of the Agriculture Department’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, may be the leader the American agricultural research community desperately needs to explain to the American people why agricultural research is vital and to convince state and federal lawmakers to reverse the decline in public agricultural and food research budgets. Read More...

Crickets, other insects could meet global protein needs

Most Americans think of insects as pests, and Sonny Ramaswamy, director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, has spent most of his career trying to reduce their population in crops. But when the land-grant colleges took exhibit space at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington this month, the director of the NIFA gave a demonstration on how to cook curried crickets. Read More...