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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Technology Transfer 2005
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Specific technology transfer activities in 2005:

October 27, 2005 – A newspaper article in The Pocahontas Times titled “Communities on karst: Living on holey ground” discussed Douglas Boyer’s talk “How Present Land Use Affects Karst” presented at the Growing Communities on Karst workshop in Fairlea, WV. (Boyer)

October 18, 2005 - Douglas Boyer presented an invited talk “How Present Land Use Affects Karst” at the Growing Communities on Karst workshop in Fairlea, WV. (Boyer)

September 16-17, 2005 – The Mountain State University medicinal botanicals program and AFSRC held their fourth annual symposium on medicinal plants at Mountain State University. The theme of the symposium was “Producing, Using, and Marketing Herbs and Non-timber Forest Products.” (Foster, Ferreira)

August 9, 2005 - Named co-chair of Chemical Source Tracking Working Group of the EPA/USDA Interagency AFOs Environmental Research Coordinating Committee. (Boyer)

July 30, 2005 - Presented poster “Assessment of a Sinkhole Filter for Removing Agricultural Contaminants” at the annual international meeting of the Soil and Water Conservation Society in Rochester, NY. (Boyer)

June 2005 – Named Chairman of the Agricultural Hydrology Technical Committee of the American Water Resources Association. (Boyer)

May 25, 2005 - Douglas Boyer conducted an educational tour of karst for the Shady Spring, West Virginia High School Biology Club Envirothon Team. The team from Shady Spring won the 2005 West Virginia state Envirothon competition and will compete at the national Envirothon competition in Springfield, Missouri in summer 2005. Much of the tour was spent investigating the special challenges to water quality posed by grazing agriculture on karst land. (Boyer)

April 21, 2005 - Kenneth Turner conducted a Grazing Animal Health presentation and FAMACHA training to County Extension Agents from West Virginia. The April 21st training was held at the WV State Fair Ground in Fairlea, WV.  FAMACHA is an eyelid evaluation system developed in South Africa for sheep and goats to assess the degree of anemia and determine when dewormers (anthelmintics) should be administered to control the barberpole worm. The overall FAMACHA program is being coordinated by Dr. Ray Kaplan from the University of Georgia Veterinary College and has a goal to do Smart Drenching of goat and sheep to slow the drug resistance of gastro-intestinal parasites because of the limited number of dewormers on the market for effective control of gastro-intestinal parasites, especially in meat goats. (Turner)

April 14, 2005 - Douglas Boyer presented an invited seminar "Pathogen and Nutrient Transport in Karst" to the Virginia Biosolids Use Information Committee in Charlottesville. BUIC is an official Virginia State Department of Health Committee that develops regulatory policy. (Boyer)

March 22-24, 2005 – Invited Speaker, 2005 Appalachian Grazing Conference, Morgantown, WV. (Fedders, Neel)

March 21-22, 2005 – Northeast Grazing Consortium. (Clapham)

March 15, 2005 – Lecture on pharmaceuticals deriving from medicinal plants, as part of the certification/course work to become a Master Gardener. (Ferriera)

March 19, 2005 – Invited Speaker, 2005 Garrett-Preston Rural Development Coalition, Rural Enterprises Conference, Kingwood, WV. (Neel)

March 10, 2005 – Participated as a judge in the Science Fair at the St. Francis Elementary School, Beckley, WV. (Gonzalez)

March 4, 2005 – Trap Hill School field trip to USDA-ARS-AFSRC, Beaver, WV. (Cassida, Lester, Godwin, Harter, Ritchey – presentation on use of interactive computer techniques for development of education quizzes)

March 2005 – Participated as a judge in the Science Fair at Stanaford Elementary School. (Hall)

February 23-24, 2005 – Annual meeting of the Pasture-finished Beef Consortium (ARS, WVU, VT, UGA), Lexington, KY. (Clapham, Fedders)

February 22-28, 2005 – Participated in the ARS Soil Resource Management Workshop, Dallas, TX. (Gonzalez); Member of planning committee, session moderator/facilitator, poster presentation (O’Neill)

February 22, 2005 – USDA-ARS National Fescue Meeting, Lexington, KY. (Clapham)

February 1, 2005 - As part of the Appalachian Farming Systems Research Center on-going outreach efforts to the community, Joyce Ruckle, Biologist for ARS presented a seminar on Basic Botany and it’s applications for the home-gardener as well as those in the "cottage" industry in Appalachia. (Ruckle)

January 25, 2005 - Kim Cassida (Research Agronomist) presented a 3-hour seminar on turfgrass management and plant nutritional deficiencies to the Greenbrier Valley Master Gardeners in Lewisburg WV. The Master Gardener program is coordinated through the West Virginia University Extension Service. Program participants receive 10 weeks of advanced training and are then certified to serve as an educational resource within the community.  The Beaver, WV ARS lab was invited to participate in the development and presentation of course materials. (Cassida)

January 16-20, 2005 – American Geophysical Union, Chapman Conference on the Science and Technology of Carbon Sequestration, San Diego, CA. (O’Neill)

January 11-13, 2005 – Attended, prepared summary of AFSRC research activities potentially applicable to organic agriculture, Organic Agriculture Workshop, Austin, TX. (Foster)

January 4, 2005 – Presented invited seminar on “Forages” to a group of about 20 farmers in Greenbrier County, WV as part of a multi-week Master Cattleman’s class. (Fedders)

2005 - Advisory Panel member for the West Virginia Cave Conservancy. Advise and consult on agriculture and water quality issues on Appalachian karst landscapes. (Boyer)

2005 - Webmaster and newsletter editor of the West Virginia Association of Professional Soil Scientists. (Boyer
2005 - Forage Animal Production Research Unit, Lexington, KY, location review and client-stakeholder-user group workshop. (Belesky)

2005 - RPES panel meeting, Memphis, TN. (Belesky)

2005 – Prepared a component on forage identification and management for the American Forage and Grassland Council Professional Grassland Specialist Certification Exam. (Belesky)

Cooperation with national and foreign institutions:

USAID (ongoing).  Ad-hoc reviewer and expert advisor on the project to establish the cultivation of Artemisia annua and the production of artemisinin and artesunate in Kenia and Tanzania, Africa.
 Purdue University New Crops Center (ongoing).  Provide answers on Artemisia annua cultivation, extraction, and other aspects of artemisinin production to interested parties in the USA or abroad (usually African, Europe, and South America).

Foreign meetings and advisory panels:

Member of USDA-ARS Soil Management Assessment Framework Steering Committee
Member of the Multistate Research Coordinating Committee/Information Exchange
Member, program committee for 2004 meeting of the Soil & Water Conservation Society
 Associate editor of the journal “Renewable Agriculture & Food Systems)

Elected chair-elect of the Soils Working group for the National Society of American Foresters.


Responded to concerns voiced by R. Richardson (professional forester) and B. Grafton (WVU) about an invading grass species that may impact forage quality, nutrient cycling, and carbon sequestration in silvopastoral ecosystems.
Provided info about temperate and native bamboo species and Microstegium vimineium to Dr. Richard Mack, Washing State University.
 Responded to request from Steve Helmrich, Director of ARS Finance, for info about how to develop wildlife habitat (07/04); and from Breanna Riedel, a collaborating graduate student, for environmental data (10/04).

Responded to numerous e-mails and telephone calls from farmers and extension and NRCS personnel requesting input on livestock nutrition, pasture beef production and forage management. 

Coordinated presentations with Master Gardeners and assisted with seminar logistics.

Met with Dr. Mark Chatfield of WV State University about possible collaboration with their Bioplex Research Project investigation of ammonia losses when poultry litter digester effluent is applied to soils. February 2005. 

Seminars presented (in-house and invited elsewhere):

 Two inhouse seminars presented.

 Hosted two seminar speakers on the application of molecular techniques to soil ecological questions.

 Informal presentation to Rhizosphere Colloquium at AFSRC on soil nitrogen transformations and the priming effect, 2004.


-- Northeast Pasture Consortium
-- WV Grassland Council (WVGC) Steering Committee
-- WVGC Planning Committee for the 2005 Appalachian Grazing Conference
-- Graduate Committee and provided guidance in the development of a Plan of PhD  Research for doctoral candidate Ondrej Becvar, Virginia Tech, 2004-2005.

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