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From MLive.com, 6/24/14

KALAMAZOO, MI -- Researchers in West Michigan are looking to reduce the impact of agriculture on global warming through smarter and more efficient use of nitrogen-rich fertilizers.

In an effort to curtail dangerous levels of nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions, scientists at Michigan State University's Kellogg Biological Station, based in Hickory Corners, have developed a program for farmers across the country to reduce their use of nitrogen fertilizers without affecting crop yield – and all while making a profit on the deal.

Dr. Neville Millar, a senior research associate with the KBS Long-term Ecological Research program (LTER), was a part of the team that began the study six years ago and released its results earlier this month.

"In general, when we talk to farmers about reducing their nitrogen use, they become concerned with their yield, which is a natural reaction," Millar said. "But with improved fertilizer timing, formulation and placement, a farmer will have greater confidence in reducing his N rate."

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