Herald, Thomas J
Acting Center Director
USDA-ARS-PA-Center for Grain & Animal Health Res.
1515 COLLEGE AVENUE
Manhattan KS 66502
The Agricultural Research Service's Center for Grain and Animal Health Research (CGAHR) is the only United States Department of Agriculture research laboratory in Kansas. Based in Manhattan, research conducted at CGAHR falls under 5 national programs. The Center is ideally located in the heart of the Great Plains, the nation's breadbasket and livestock center, and now an emerging center for the production of biofuels and other bio-based products. The Mission of CGAHR is to "Conduct innovative research and develop new technologies to solve problems in arthropod-vectored animal diseases, and in the production, storage, and utilization of grain to ensure a safe, abundant, and high quality food supply." CGAHR is made up of four research units. Each research unit has a unique mission and interacts with key customers and stakeholders. CGAHR scientists are recognized world-wide for innovative research and technology development. The Arthropod-Borne Animal Disease Research Unit studies animal disease transmitted by arthropods, and develops diagnostic tools, vaccines, and other technologies to protect animal health. The Hard Winter Wheat Genetics Research Unit finds and provides new genetic material to address hard winter wheat problems, including insect pests, diseases, and abiotic stresses. The Grain Quality & Structure Research Unit investigates relationships between physical and chemical attributes and end-use quality for various wheat and sorghum products, and develops rapid and precise predictive tests. The Stored Product Insect and Engineering Research Unit develops new knowledge and methods for controlling insect pests in grain and food products, and develops technology to measure and preserve grain quality.