ARS is developing ecologically-based technologies to replace or reduce the use of pesticides to control insects in stored grain.
Repair of critical deferred maintenance including replacement of HVAC system and components in Buildings 3 and 5. Roof replacement and exterior painting of Building 3 to prevent deterioration of structure and contents.
January 2010 - Construction contract awarded for $85,265 to replace the HVAC in Building 3 at the Center for Grain & Animal Health Research.
February 2010 - Construction contract for $373,896 for the roof replacement and exterior painting of Building 3.
Research at the Grain Marketing and Production Research Center
The Grain Marketing and Production Research Center develops new lines of wheat that have unique traits that solve problems of national scope such as more disease resistance, higher tolerance for stressful growing conditions, and better qualities for tasks such as baking to meet domestic demand and create markets internationally for U.S. wheat. The Center also develops new technologies to improve the storage of grain. This work helps ensure that consumers will always have high quality U.S. wheat products at economical prices and reduces the environmental stresses that wheat production puts on our natural resources
For example, the Grain Marketing and Production Research Center is developing ecologically-based technologies to replace or reduce the use of pesticides to control insects in stored grain.
The Center also helped develop the first commercially available instrument to quickly measure many quality attributes--such as hardness, protein, starch, internal insect infestation, color or disease--in single kernels. This first-of-its-kind technology can check grain quality at a rate of one kernel per second. Such an ability is crucial to keeping wheat competitive. For example, if one kernel out of 100 has scab damage, this machine will detect it. Scab is a disease that has cost some wheat growers billions of dollars in losses. Grain inspectors have had to rely on subjective visual inspection to assess grain quality.
Biological Research Unit
Engineering Research Unit
Grain Quality & Structure Research Unit
The mission of the Grain Quality and Structure Research Unit, which includes the Hard Winter Wheat Quality Laboratory, is to ensure a high quality and safe U.S. grain supply for our customers by:
Plant Science & Entomology Research Unit
Wind Erosion Research Unit