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Bringing science into the conversation

There’s a lot of noise about the environment, food, families, agriculture, health, and finances on social media these days…and in the University of Illinois College of ACES, we have scientists available to discuss these topics that are on your mind and in the news. Join us for our regularly scheduled live Twitter chats using #askACES. During these one-hour chats, our ACES scientists will be online to answer your questions. We’ll follow this chat up with a taped podcast that you can go back and reference at any time. Our goal is simple – to connect you to the science and help answer your questions.

Next Episode | July 11th

From Toys to Tools: Robotic vehicles in agriculture

Once used as toys, unmanned robotic vehicles are quickly becoming a valuable tool for agriculturalists. Both unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), commonly known as drones, and unmanned ground vehicles, or small agricultural robots, are capturing the attention of hobbyists and agribusinesses alike. How are these tools used and why? Join us for a Twitter chat on July 11 from noon to 1 p.m. CT with ACES experts Dr. Girish Chowdhary of the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering and Dennis Bowman of University of Illinois Extension to learn about the roles of unmanned aerial and ground vehicles in the future of agriculture. Use #askACES to ask your questions and engage in the conversation!

Latest Episode

What’s in my milk? Truth vs. myth


Milk has long been called “nature’s most nearly perfect food,” but in recent years there has been growing uncertainty among consumers about milk and dairy products for humans. What are the facts about milk, and what claims are based on faulty information or misunderstanding? ACES expert Dr. Jim Drackley of the Department of Animal Sciences helps us discern truth from myth.

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