ARRA - U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center and Cereal Crops Laboratory,
ARS research found that cows grazed on pastures
have five times more of a fatty acid called conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) in
their milk. The incidence of cancer in laboratory rats declines after eating
U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center and Cereal Crops Laboratory, Madison,
- Scope of work under Recovery Act
Repairing critical deferred maintenance at the U.S. Dairy Forage
Research Center including repair of exterior masonry and seal windows to
prevent water infiltration and replacing heating system coils and heat
exchangers. Replace research greenhouse control systems at Cereal Crops
Laboratory and the U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center.
May 2010 - Construction contract awarded for $694,900 for repair of the
mechanical systems at the Dairy Forage Research Center and repair of the
Greenhouse Cooling System at the Cereal Crops Research Unit.
September 2010 - Construction contract awarded for $2.8 million to repair of brick and replace windows.
September 2010 - Construction contract awarded for $539,513 to replace the chiller.
Research at the U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center
Madison researchers develop knowledge and tools to enhance the environmental
sustainability and economic competitiveness of dairy forage systems from how to
grow it more productively to how cows get nutrition from it . For example, the
Center has developed better methods for forage production that reduce the
amount of nitrogen and phosphorous that need be applied, leading to healthier
soils and protecting the water supply.
In the Cereal Crops Research Unit at Madison, scientists work to improve
important grain crops such as oats and barley for a variety of purposes. The
Unit is the countrys only public research facility that evaluates malting
barley cultivars for their quality and usefulness. In 2004, Unit scientists
assessed more than 5,000 different malting barley breeding lines for traits
such as resistance to diseases such as Fusarium head blight. This data helps
breeders develop new, higher quality cultivars for U.S. farmers.
Unit scientists are also studying the unique, health-promoting compounds
found in oats, which they plan to enhance to make the grain an even more
significant heart-healthy food.
Research at the Cereal Crops Research Unit
The mission of the Cereal Crops Research Unit is to
- Conduct basic research to identify and understand the biological processes
affecting the growth, development, and properties of cereal grains
- Evaluate these findings for potential applications to improved cereal
quality through germplasm development or altered production practices
- Provide support for barley and oat breeding and applied research programs
within ARS and at State Agricultural Experiment Stations.
Project Photographs Before Construction