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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Technology Transfer 2003
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2003 Technology Transfer at AFSRC


We provided direct agronomic, livestock, soil and environmental advice in response to numerous calls from producers and advisory personnel. Project scientists were involved in producer-oriented workshops, seminars and field days and communicated practical information to a range of end-users. An update on the USDA-ARS-AFSRC meat goat research was presented at a one-day Mid-Atlantic Meat Goat Symposium for Producers from Small Farms and Black Farmers. The event was co-sponsored by AFSRC, Beaver, WV; Virginia State University, Petersburg; and Virginia Cooperative Extension, Surry, VA. Research Field Day focusing on current silvo-pastoral research was held in July. The event was open to public, NRCS personnel and researchers from multiple institutions. A field day was held in Monroe County for West Virginia and Virginia livestock producers to discuss pasture-based beef production and to demonstrate buffered pasture systems to reduce risks associated with drought. Current research results for Pasture-Beef Systems Research involving ARS, West Virginia University, Virginia Tech University and University of Georgia, were presented to producers, industry representatives and scientists at the 2003 Appalachian Grazing Conference.


We continued to work closely with industry. Step-by-step guidance on methodologies developed for analysis of sesquiterpene lactones in chicory herbage was provided to an animal feed and supplement industry that is incorporating chicory into its products. Careful, systematic review of a root analysis software package prompted an instrument manufacturer to release updated software that addressed problems discovered by AFSRC researchers.


We continue involvement in teaching components of the West Virginia University Extension Service forage livestock school (several times each year at various locations around the State), and teach tech transfer workshops addressing pasture management issues including water quality, and forage and livestock management. Scientists are part of a writing team for a Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Engineering Service, Cooperative Extension of Cornell University publication entitled, “Pasture-based livestock production.”  Scientists also contribute to other text, technical monographs and in-service training resources on specialized forage production and management topics including contributing to the Oregon State University Forage Information System tall fescue web book and a revision of the multi-volume Forages published by Iowa State University Press.


Specific technology transfer activities in 2003:


Advisory Panel member for the West Virginia Cave Conservancy. Advise and consult on agriculture and water quality issues on Appalachian karst landscapes. {Boyer)


January 8 – Seminar “Agriculture and Karst Water Quality Issues” was presented to the Greenbrier River watershed Association in Lewisburg, WV. AFSRC water quality research program was highlighted to a group of landowners and environmental advocates in the Greenbrier Valley. (Boyer)


April – Karst water quality research was featured in the article “Agriculture and Karst: Society’s Tradeoff” appearing in the magazine NSS News.


April 1-3 - Participant at the USDA-ARS workshop "Remediation of Degraded Soils" held in the National Soil Erosion Research Laboratory, West Lafayette, Indiana. Problems of degraded soils were discussed and teams were formed to implement cooperation among scientists (Gonzalez).


October 1-4 – Participated in the Interdisciplinary Workshop on Epikarst hosted by the Karst Waters Institute in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. A working definition and international epikarst research needs list was developed. (Boyer)


November 8 – Gave banquet speech “Limestone, Agriculture, and Water Quality” to the West Virginia Cave Conservancy annual meeting in Lewisburg, WV. AFSRC karst water quality research program was highlighted to a group of landowners, resource professionals, and karst enthusiasts. (Boyer)


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Last Modified: 1/19/2006
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