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 CLA.
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