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Preparing Agriculture for a Changing World

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Preparing Agriculture for a Changing World

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Runoff from mountain snowpacks provides water for growing crops. Climate change could affect this resource, as well as the air and soil crucial to agriculture

Agriculture and climate are inextricably linked. Understanding how a change in the global climate would affect this country's food and fiber supply is an important mission for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service.

Below is the outline of "Preparing Agriculture for a Changing World," a story about a variety of state-of-the-art ARS research projects. It is adapted from the cover story of ARS' agency magazine, Agricultural Research, July 1997.

The ARS program is part of the multi-agency U.S. Global Change Research Program.



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Global Change: What Will It Do To Agriculture?

Agricultural Research: The Key to Coping with Global Change

Climate Change and Basic Processes

Agriculture's Problems and Solutions

Modeling the Future

Climate's Impact on Snowpacks

SALSA--the SemiArid Land Surface Atmosphere Program

The Carbon Disappearance Mystery

Change on the Range

Farming in the Future

"Preparing Agriculture for a Changing World" was published in the July 1997 issue of Agricultural Research magazine.

The story was written by Kathryn Barry Stelljes, Sean Adams, Don Comis, Dawn Lyons-Johnson, Dennis Senft, and Marcia Wood. All are with the ARS Information Staff.


The National Agricultural Library's GC-ASK is a pilot project to make it easier to search for information on global change.

Need Information About Global Change? Just ASK.

Searching for information on the Internet can be frustrating. You search for table china, but you get hundreds of links about the People's Republic of China. ARS' National Agricultural Library is heading up a pilot project to make it easier to search for information on global change. The Global Change-Assisted Search for Knowledge (GC-ASK) program provides bibliographic information on global change-related research papers from nine government agencies.

"The goal is to develop a smarter search engine that uses reliable terminology to find just what you're looking for," says Roberta Y. Rand. She is the USDA global change data and information coordinator.

Roberta Y. Rand is at the USDA-ARS National Agricultural Library, 10301 Baltimore Ave., Beltsville, MD 20705-2350; phone (301) 504-6813, fax (301) 504-6813.

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Scientific Contacts

Scientists mentioned in the story.

Bruce A. Kimball

ARS Environmental and Plant Dynamics Research Unit
4331 E Broadway Rd
Phoenix, AZ, 85040-8807
Phone: (602) 437-1702 ext. 248
Fax: (602) 437-5291

L. Hartwell Allen

ARS Crop Genetics and Environmental Research Unit
University of Florida
1700 SW 23rd Dr.
Gainesville, FL 32608
Phone: (352) 392-8194
Fax: (352) 392-6139

Herman S. Mayeux

ARS-Grazinglands Research Laboratory
7207 W. Cheyenne St.
El Reno, OK, 73036-0000
Phone: (405) 262-5291
Fax: (425) 262-0450

Raymond F. Angell


ARS Range/Meadow Forage Mngt Research Unit
67826-A, HWY 205
Burns, OR 97720-9399
Phone: (541) 573-8936
Fax: (541) 573-3042

Kent O. Burkey

ARS Plant Science Research Unit
NCSU - 3127 Ligon St, Box 7632
Raleigh, NC 27695-7631
Phone: (919) 515-1620
Fax: (919) 856-4598

Steven J. Britz

ARS Phytonutrients Laboratory
Bldg 307-C BARC-EAST
10300 Baltimore Avenue
Beltsville, MD 20705-2350
Phone: (301) 504-6625 ext. 241
Fax: (301) 504-9456

Jack A. Morgan

ARS Crops Research Laboratory
1701 Center Ave.
Fort Collins, CO 80526
Phone: (970) 492-7121
Fax: (970) 492-7310

James A. Bunce

ARS Crop Systems & Global Change Laboratory
Bldg. 046A, BARC-WEST
10300 Baltimore Ave.
Beltsville, MD 20705-2350
Phone: (301) 504-7629
Fax: (301) 504-6626

H. Wayne Polley

ARS Grassland, Soil & Water Research Lab
808 E. Blackland Rd.
Temple, TX 76502
Phone: (254) 770-6629
Fax: (254) 770-6561

Steven A. Prior

USDA-ARS National Soil Dynamics Laboratory
411 S. Donahue Dr
Auburn, AL 36832
Phone: (334) 844-4741 ext. 143
Fax: (334) 887-8597

Albert Rango

ARS Range Management Research
2995 Knox St.
Las Cruces, NM, 88003
Phone: (505) 646-2120
Fax: (505) 646-5889

Ronald F. Follett

ARS Soil-Plant-Nutrient Research Unit
2150 Centre Avenue, Room S-100
Fort Collins, CO 80526-8119
Phone: (970) 492-7220
Fax: (970) 492-7213

Donald C. Reicosky

ARS North Central Soil Conservation Research Laboratory
803 Iowa Ave.
Morris, MN 56267-1065
Phone: (320) 589-3411 ext. 144
Fax: (320) 589-3787

David C. Goodrich

ARS Southwest Watershed Research Center
2000 East Allen Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85719-1596
Phone: (520) 670-6381 ext. 144
Fax: (520) 670-5550

Hugo H. Rogers

ARS National Soil Dynamics Laboratory
411 S. Donahue Dr
Auburn, AL 36831-3439
Phone: (334) 844-4673
Fax: (334) 887-8597

Jon D. Hanson

ARS Northern Great Plains Research Laboratory
Highway 6 South, PO Box 459
Mandan, ND, 58554-0459
Phone: (701) 667-3010
Fax: (701) 667-3054

M. Reza Savabi

ARS Subtropical Horticulture Research Station
13601 Old Cutler Rd.
Miami, FL 33158-1334
Phone: (305) 254-3633
Fax: (305) 969-6416

Lowrey A. Harper

ARS Natural Resource Conservation Center
1420 Experiment Station Rd.
Watkinsville, GA 30677
Phone: (706) 769-5631 ext. 225
Fax: (706) 769-8962

Phillip L. Sims

ARS Southern Plains Range Research Station
2000 - 18th St.
Woodward, OK 73801
Phone: (580) 256-7449
Fax: (580) 256-1322

H. Allen Torbert

USDA-ARS National Soil Dynamics Laboratory
411 S. Donahue Dr
Auburn, AL, 36832
Phone: (334) 844-3979
Fax: (334) 887-8597

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