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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

October 22, 2014


Weekly Report

Research, Education, and Economics


Under Secretary Catherine Woteki                                  Report Date:  11/03/2014-11/14/2014


Agency Accomplishments (press/media achievements of the week)


Reform Based Actions


Important Events for the Upcoming Week

ARS Researchers, Kip Balkcom, Leah Duzy, Ted Kornecki, and Andrew Price, National Soil Dynamics Laboratory, Auburn, AL will host undergraduate agronomy students from the Universidad Nacional de Agricultura, Catacamas, Honduras on October 23, 2014. The students will learn about the scientists’ research in conservation systems and take a tour of the laboratory. Juan Rodriguez, agronomist, will translate for the group and he will discuss similarities and differences in laboratory procedures in the U.S. and Honduras.

ARS Researchers, Kip Balkcom, Leah Duzy, Ted Kornecki, and Andrew Price, National Soil Dynamics Laboratory, Auburn, AL will be attending the 2014 Southern Agricultural Cover Crops Conference, co-sponsored by the USDA NRCS and Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts, in Jonesboro, AR from October 28-29, 2014.  Drs. Balkcom, Duzy, Kornecki, and Price will make presentations on cover crop management, pest management, and economics. Approximately 300 farmers, industry professionals, and government employees from federal and state agencies are expected to attend the conference.

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ARS researchers, Seth Dabney, Ron Bingner, and Glenn Wilson, Watershed Physical Processes Research Unit, Oxford, MS will be attending the ASA, CSSA, & SSSA International Annual Meeting at Long Beach, CA on November 2-6, 2014.  Dr. Glenn Wilson will be serving as chair of the Soil Physics Division Mentoring Committee and will be hosting a luncheon for students and early career professionals.  Dr. Wilson will also present the paper, “Response of Soil Pipe Collapse Features to Land Management and Soil Hydropedology”.  Dr. Dabney will be presenting the paper, “Modeling Sheet, Rill, and Ephemeral Gully Erosion with RUSLER and EphGEE”.  Dr. Bingner will be participating and presenting the paper, “New Ephemeral Gully, Riparian Buffer, and Wetland Components within the USDA Annualized Agricultural Non-Point Source (AnnAGNPS) Watershed Pollution Management Model”.  

ARS researchers Deepak Bhatnagar and Robert Brown will attend the World Mycotoxin Forum - 8th Conference, November 10-12, 2014, in Vienna, Austria. Dr. Bhatnagar will present a paper, "Unraveling the mystery of Aspergillus flavus, beyond aflatoxin" and Dr. Brown will present a paper, "Breeding, marker assisted selection, and RNAi technologies for developing resistance in maize to aflatoxin contamination."


ARS researcher Michael Jenkins, Water Quality and Ecology Research Unit, Oxford, MS has been invited to give a talk entitled, “Soluble Calcium Amendment: Reducing Pathogen Losses” at the ASA, CSSA, SSSA Annual Meeting, November 2-5, 2014 in Long Beach, CA.


ARS researcher Matthew T. Moore, Water Quality and Ecology Research Unit, Oxford, MS will present a poster, "Mitigating nutrient runoff through aquatic vegetation:  Successes and not-so-successes" at the 35th Annual Meeting of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry - North America in Vancouver, Canada on November 10, 2014.   It is open to the media.

ARS researcher Martin Locke, Water Quality and Ecology Research Unit, Oxford, MS will be presenting a paper entitled, “"Impact of glyphosate resistant corn, glyphosate application, and tillage on soil characteristics and plant nutrient uptake,” at the ASA, CSSA, SSSA Annual Meeting from November 2-5, 2014 in Long Beach, CA. While at the meeting, Dr. Locke will be presented with the “Fellow of the Soil Science Society of America” award.

ARS researcher David Wedge, Natural Products Utilization Research Unit, University, MS has been invited to conduct technology transfer seminars at several universities in China.  Dr. Wedge is scheduled to present a lecture series on his research in fungicide and bio-pesticide discovery to faculty and students of South China Agricultural University in Guangzhou (11/5-9/2014) and the Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Science in Haikou (11/10-23/2014). 

ARS researchers Jinhe Bai and Elizabeth Baldwin, Citrus & Other Subtropical Products, Ft. Pierce, FL have been invited to lecture at the Chongqing Tree Fruit Research Institute, Baishiye, Chongqing and at South China Agricultural University at Guanzhou, Guangdong November 1-13, 2014, on postharvest storage, flavor for fruits and vegetables and the effect of citrus greening disease or Huanglongbing, (HLB) on orange juice flavor.  They will also tour the citrus growing areas in both these regions which have been impacted by this disease.  Dr. Baldwin recently received the International Horticulturist Award from the Chongqing Bureau of Foreign Experts Affairs (January, 2014).

ARS researcher Marilyn Warburton from the Corn Host Plant Research Resistance Unit Mississippi State, MS has been invited to speak at the 7th International Conference on Advances in Arachis through Genomics & Biotechnology in Savannah, Ga from November 11 - 13, 2014.  Dr. Warburton’s presentation is entitled, “Genomic Enhancement of Maize for Aflatoxin Resistance”.

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Last Modified: 10/30/2014