ARS has developed a practical approach to reducing two key on-farm pathogens in pigs and cows by feeding low doses of sodium chlorate before slaughter, which selectively kills Salmonella typhimurium and E. coli 0157:H7.
Amount: $1.3 million
Repairing critical deferred maintenance including repairs to building foundations in a number of buildings. Replacing roofing systems in various buildings and repairs to critical mechanical and plumbing systems and repairs to back-up power supply systems.
Milestones - To be updated as milestones are completed.
Research at the Southern Plains Agricultural Research Center
Scientists at the Southern Plains Agricultural Research Center invent new uses for by-products from agricultural production. Making high-value use of such by-products makes agriculture more economically viable and helps keep prices low for consumers.
For example, scientists from the Southern Plains Agricultural Research Center established that orange peel and pulp, which are by-products of the juice-making process, can be fed to cattle to improve nutrition and reduce salmonella contamination, thus providing safer and more wholesome meat products, at less cost, for the American consumer.
Southern Plains Agricultural Research Center researchers also develop cost-effective means to prevent Salmonella and other pathogens that cause foodborne illnesses from infecting poultry, swine, cattle, and other livestock. One approach that is already paying off in safer meat for people to eat is reducing two key on-farm pathogens in pigs and cows by feeding low doses of sodium chlorate before slaughter, which selectively kills Salmonella typhimurium and E. coli 0157:H7.
Areawide Pest Management Research Unit
Develop, integrate, and evaluate multiple strategies and technologies into system approaches for management of field and food crop insect pests.
Cotton Pathology Research Unit
Manage the most important, and emerging cotton diseases occurring throughout the U.S. cotton belt. The unit focuses on mechanisms of cotton resistance to diseases, on pathogen genetics and metabolites, and on control/management of destructive nematodes.
The unit expands and implements acquired knowledge by using it to:
Crop Germplasm Research Unit
This unit conducts integrated studies of areas not addressed by the private sector:
Food and Feed Safety Research Unit
The mission of the Food and Feed Safety Research Unit is to: