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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Issue: May/June 2008
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Northern PlainFacts.

Issue: May/June 2008


The Northern PlainFacts electronic newsletter offers brief updates on research, personnel, and events from both the Agricultural Systems Research Unit and Pest Management Research Unit at NPARL, and includes contact names and information for those interested in further details. 
 

In This Month's Issue:

       

Montana ARS e-cycling program featured in USDA employee publication 

Montana ARS researchers participate in New Frontiers Conference 

ARS representative invited to speak at French Institute

ARS soil scientists to speak at International Soils Congress 

ARS representative to speak at Saltcedar Management Project Meeting

Montana ARS lab earns 2008 Federal Electronics Challenge Award   


 
 
 

 

 

Montana ARS e-cycling program featured in USDA employee publication

The May-June 2008 issue of “USDA News” includes an article about the rural e-cycling program begun by employees of the USDA-ARS Northern Plains Agricultural Research Laboratory in Sidney, MT. The article, entitled “ARS Helps Make 'E-Recycling' A Reality In Rural America,” describes how NPARL Safety Specialist Jackie Couture and her fellow employees helped develop a community-wide electronics recycling program in their small Montana town in 2005 that is now serving as a model for others in rural areas across the state and elsewhere. The “USDA News” is available online at the USDA website under the “USDA Employee Services” link.

 

(Jackie Couture, 406.433.9422, jackie.couture@ars.usda.gov)

 

 

Montana ARS researchers participate in New Frontiers Conference

NPARL Research Leaders Drs. John Gaskin (Pest Management Research Unit) and Robert Evans (Agricultural Systems Research Unit) participated in the “2008 New Frontiers Conference: Propelling Montana Research” held in Bozeman, MT, June 2. The event, which showcased the globally competitive research going on in Montana through a series of presentations, workshops and networking opportunities, attracted more than 400 business people, academics, politicians and government officials, including executives from such major companies, such as 3M, Abbott, General Electric, Eli Lilly and Boeing, along with representatives from research entities such as the National Science Foundation and smaller start-up businesses. Dr. Gaskin participated in the Agriculture Panel of the Montana Research Showcase and gave a presentation entitled “Agricultural Solutions through Innovative Science,” which incorporated information on research conducted at the Sidney ARS facility, as well as providing information on how interested parties could collaborate with ARS in developing related products or technologies for commercialization. ARS Northern Plains Area Technology Transfer Coordinator Bryan Kaphammer also participated in the conference, discussing funding and partnering opportunities with ARS at the regional and national levels. This first “Research Summit” in Bozeman was sponsored by Montana U.S. Senator Max Baucus, the Montana State University System and TechRanch and brought together Montana research and business leaders to promote commercialization and development of new technology in Montana.

(Robert Evans, 406.433.9496, robert.evans@ars.usda.gov)

(John Gaskin, 406.433.9440, john.gaskin@ars.usda.gov)

 

ARS representative invited to speak at French Institute

NPARL Research Soil Scientist Jay Jabro has been invited to speak and meet with colleagues at The Institute for Development Research (IRD) in Paris, France, May 24-26. Dr. Jabro, will give a presentation entitled “Innovative research at the NPARL in Sidney Montana” providing an overview of the research underway at the Sidney ARS lab and then meet with Institute Director Dr. Christian Valentin and other IRD scientists, among them Dr. Erick Braudeau, a soil physicist collaborating with Jabro and other NPARL researchers on using the pedostructure concept in diverse soil and water characterization and modeling issues in agriculture and environmental quality. In addition to touring the facilities, Dr. Jabro will also be identifying other potential research collaborations between the ARS laboratory in Sidney, MT and the IRD on soil, water and environmental issues. The IRD is the pre-eminent French research organization dedicated to development and consists of 79 research laboratories, located and operating jointly with academic partners in France, in the French overseas territories and in 35 countries in Africa, Asia, the Indian Ocean, Latin America and the Pacific area. IRD’s uniqueness relies on its exclusive dedication to development research. IRD has mobilized its resources to address six development priorities: combating poverty and exclusion, international migration, emerging infectious diseases, climate change and environmental hazards, water resources and access to water, ecosystems.

(Jay Jabro, 406.433.9442, jay.jabro@ars.usda.gov) 

ARS soil scientists to speak at International Soils Congress

NPARL Research Soil Scientists Jay Jabro and Upendra Sainju have been invited to participate in the 15th International Congress of the International Soil Conservation Organization (ISCO) in Budapest Hungary May 18-23. Dr. Jabro is giving two poster presentations, the first entitled: “Long-term tillage frequency effects on dryland soil physical and hydraulic properties” by Jabro and fellow ARS researchers U.M. Sainju, W. B. Stevens, A. W. Lenssen, and R.G. Evans. His second presentation with coauthors A.D. Jabro, and R. Domalski is entitled “The complexities of discussing soil vapor extraction techniques with non-Scientists.” For his part, Dr. Sainju’s poster presentation is entitled, “Tillage, Cropping Sequence, and Nitrogen Fertilization Effects on Dryland Soil Carbon Sequestration and Carbon Dioxide Emission.” Both Drs. Jabro and Sainju are members of NPARL’s Agricultural Systems Research Unit. The purpose of ISCO is to advocate for the sustainable, productive, and efficient use of soil and water resources. It does so through improved understanding of natural resource management issues and enhanced communication among participants in its meetings and with others with similar concerns and commitments. The Congress provides an excellent opportunity for international collaboration between those entities. 

(Jay Jabro, 406.433.9442, jay.jabro@ars.usda.gov)

(Upendra Sainju, 406.433.9408, upendra.sainju@ars.usda.gov)

(Bart Stevens, 406.433.9476, bart.stevens@ars.usda.gov)

(Andy Lenssen, 406.433.9471, andy.lenssen@ars.usda.gov)

(Robert Evans, 406.433.9496, robert.evans@ars.usda.gov)  

ARS representative to speak at Saltcedar Management Project Meeting

NPARL Biological Science Technician Kimberly Mann will give a presentation May 6 at the Missouri River Watershed Coalition (MWRC) Saltcedar Management Project spring meeting in Scottsbluff, NE. Ms. Mann is representing NPARL Entomologist David Kazmer at the event. Dr. Kazmer works on saltcedar biocontrol in Lovell, WY and in the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge near Ft. Peck, but was unable to attend the session. Both Mann and Kazmer are members of NPARL’s Pest Management Research Unit. The Missouri River Watershed Coalition includes federal, state, and local agencies, businesses, universities, conservation groups, and private landowners. Together, the groups have drafted a Saltcedar Management Plan to coordinate efforts to manage saltcedar and restore riparian corridors of the Missouri River watershed. The goal of MWRC is to maintain productive, biodiverse riparian ecosystems that provide quality water, habitat, recreation, and power to meet the economic and ecological needs of the Missouri River Watershed region.

(Dave Kazmer, 406.433.9440, david.kazmer@ars.usda.gov)

(Kim Mann, 406.433.9428, kim.mann@ars.usda.gov) 

Montana ARS lab earns 2008 Federal Electronics Challenge Award

NPARL was recently named a 2008 Federal Electronics Challenge (FEC) Silver Level Award winner and will be recognized at the 2008 FEC Award Ceremonies to take place at the Federal Environmental Symposium (FES) West on June 18 at the Big Sky Resort in Big Sky, MT. The FEC awards, established by the Office of the Federal Environmental Executive and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, recognize the efforts of federal partners to increase their electronic stewardship efforts, with emphasis placed on three areas: purchasing greener electronic products; reducing impacts of electronic products during use, and managing obsolete electronics in an environmentally safe way. NPARL’s FEC award is the first for an ARS laboratory in the Northern Plains Area, and only the second for ARS nationwide. The USDA-ARS Cropping Systems and Water Quality Research Unit in Columbia, MO is the only other ARS award winner, earning both silver and gold awards under the program the previous two years. 

(Jackie Couture, 406.433.9422, jackie.couture@ars.usda.gov)

(Kevin Dahl, 406.433.9409, kevin.dahl@ars.usda.gov)

  

 


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