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May 25, 2007 ARS subtropical research unit in Florida celebrated a 75 year anniversary. On May 25, the ARS Subtropical Agricultural Research Station in Brooksville, FL, celebrated 75 years of research accomplishments. The center began in 1932, when Colonel and Mrs. Raymond Robins donated more than 2,000 acres of west-central Florida timber and pastureland to the Federal government. Their gift was for creation of a bird refuge and, in cooperation with the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station, a facility for studying problems related to production of citrus fruit, livestock, feed, and forage. Officials representing the USDA Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics, ARS, and the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Science were joined at the celebration by members of Florida's Congressional delegation. Technical reports and exhibits followed the official ceremony in the afternoon.

May 31, 2006 Congressional Meeting at Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Research Station: Samuel W. Coleman, research leader, Beef Cattle Research Unit, ARS Subtropical Agricultural Research Station, Brooksville, FL, hosted Representative Browne-Waite and about 30 members of her Agricultural Advisory Committee. Coleman provided an overview of research at the location and discussed the problems being addressed there, such as water quality and environmental stress on cattle.

May 15, 2006 Congresswoman Asks Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Facility To Host Meeting: Representative Brown-Waite contacted the ARS Beef Cattle Research Unit, Brooksville, FL, to request a tour of the facility and permission to hold a meeting there, on May 31, of her agricultural advisory group.

Mar 26, 2006 Representative Adam Putnam visited the ARS location in Brooksville, FL. He was accompanied by members of the Florida Cattlemen’s Association and other interested parties. ARS presented an overview of the history of the station and current research activities. A tour of the facilities and cattle genetics research was provided.

Oct 27, 2005 Scientists at the ARS Subtropical Agricultural Research Station, Brooksville, FL, hosted the agricultural program called Leadership Hernando County.  David Riley, animal geneticist, explained ongoing animal genetics research aimed at developing animals adapted to subtropical U.S. regions.  Chad Chase, animal scientist, demonstrated the use of ultrasound for pregnancy detection and measurement of carcass quality in beef cattle.

Aug 10-12, 2004 Samuel Coleman, research leader, ARS Beef Cattle Research Unit, Brooksville, FL, attended the summer meeting of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association in Denver, CO.  Coleman participated in the Beef Production Research Committee meeting, which develops and recommends research priorities to the association.

July 26-29, 2004 Two scientists at ARS, STARS will participate in the annual meeting of American Society of Animal Science. Dr. Chad Chase will present two posters and Dr. Sam Coleman will Chair a section. He is also co-chair for the Forage and Pastures Committee for 2005.

July 14, 2004 Dr. Gilbert Sigua, Soil Scientists at the STARS attended and participated in the quarterly meeting of the Technical Advisory Committee, National Estuary Program, Tampa Bay. Pinellas, FL.

June 16-19,2004 ARS Scientists participate in annual meeting of the Florida Cattlemen’s Association.

June 16-18, 2004 Dr. Chadwick Chase, Jr., Scientist at the USDA ARS SubTropical Agricultural Research Station received the Researcher of the Year Award from the Florida Cattlemen’s Association.  The award was presented at the annual meeting at Marco Island, Florida June 16-18, 2004.

May 27, 2004 The STARS helped host the annual meeting and tour of the Florida Section, Range Management Society. Drs. Mimi Williams and Gilbert Sigua presented their on-going research.

May 21, 2004 Dr. Gilbert Sigua, Soil Scientists at the STARS Attended the 2004 Soil and Crop Society of Florida and Florida Nematology Forum and served as judge for the Graduate Forum Competition. Tallahassee, FL.

May 20-21, 2004 The STARS hosted a Location Program Review. The Area Office and National Program Staff along with four distinguished researchers from across the nation conducted an in-depth of the research program.

May 19, 2004 Forage/Beef Field Day

Mar 19-20, 2004 Dr. Gilbert Sigua, Soil Scientists at the STARS Attended and presented an invited paper entitled "Watershed scale assessment of nitrogen and phosphorus loadings in the Indian River Lagoon basin" at the 68th annual meeting of the Florida Academy Sciences. Orlando, FL.

Jan 20-23, 2004 Dr. Sam Coleman, Research Leader at STARS participated in a leadership conference sponsored by ARS. The conference emphasized the 50th anniversary of ARS.

Feb 14-18, 2004 Three scientists from the STARS participated in the annual meeting of the Southern Section of ASAS in conjunction with SAAS in Tulsa, OK. Dr. Chad Chase was elected secretary elect.

Jan 10-14, 2004 Dr. Chad Chase, Research Animal Scientist participated in the Plant & Animal Genome XII Conference, San Diego, CA.

Jan 4-8, 2004 Dr. Gilbert Sigua, Soil Scientists at the STARS Attended and presented a paper entitled "Residual assessment of forage yield and soil chemical status in subtropical beef cattle pastures following repeated biosolids application" at the Sustainable Land Application Conference, Lake Buena Vista, FL.

November 2003 Dr. Gilbert Sigua, Soil Scientists at the STARS was invited to participate in the roundtable discussion "Meeting the Needs of the Professional Soil Scientist" held during the 2003 ASA-CSSA-SSSA Annual Meetings to develop a coordinated effort and to strengthen the working relationship between the U.S. Consortium of Soil Science Associations and the Soil Science Society of America, Denver, CO.

Nov. 2-6, 2003 Dr. Gilbert Sigua, Soil Scientists at the STARS attended the annual meeting of the Soil Science Society of America and presented a paper entitled "Impact of grazing and haying on soil nutrients in the subtropical beef cattle pastures", Denver, CO.

Oct 27-30, 2003 Dr. Gilbert Sigua, Soil Scientists at the STARS was invited to present a paper entitled "Lake-dredged materials for beef cattle pasture establishment in subtropics" during the 4th Bay Area Scientific Information Symposium. St. Petersburg, FL


Last Modified: 5/30/2007
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