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In a study conducted at the university's Rosemount Research and Outreach Center, University of Minnesota doctoral student Jim Eckberg is investigating how planting native prairie flowers and willow trees near soybean crops might have multiple benefits for farmers and the environment. Eckberg's USDA-funded research project was looking for biological ways to suppress a troublesome pest called the soybean aphid, but they're finding other benefits of their unique system integrating deep-rooted native plants and trees into fields that would otherwise just grow soybeans. More information here!