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Acronyms Common to ARS, USDA, and REE

Associations, Organizations and Societies Acronyms

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A

AA

Associate Administrator

AAD

Associate Area Director

AMS

Agency Asset Management System

ABFO

Area Budget and Fiscal Officer

A/C

Accounting Code

AC

Administrator’s Council

ACS

Agricultural Cooperative Service

ACS

Area Computer Specialist

AD

Area Director

ADA

Associate Deputy Administrator

ADAAM

Associate Deputy Administrator, Administrative Management

ADO

Authorized Departmental Officer

ADODR

Authorized Departmental Officer’s Designated Representative

ADP

Automated Data Processing

A-E

Architect-Engineer

AES

Agricultural Experiment Station

AFM

Administrative and Financial Management

AFRI  Agriculture and Food Research Initiative 
AFV  Alternative Fuel Vehicle 

AGPMR

Agriculture Property Management Regulation

AIMS  Agreement Information Management System 

AHERA

Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act

A/L

Annual Leave

ALOC

Acceptable Level of Competence

AM

Administrative Management

AMRB  Area Real Property Asset Management Review Board 

AMS

Agricultural Marketing Service

AO

Administrative Officer

AOD

Administrative Operations Division

APHIS

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

APMO

Area Property Management Officer

APMT  Area Property Management Technician 

APO

Accountable Property Officer

ARD

Automatic Release Date

ARIS

Agricultural Research Information System

ARMP

Annual Resource Management Plan

ARMPS

Annual Resource Management Plan System

ARMS

ARS Resource Management System

ARS

Agricultural Research Service

ARSITS

Agricultural Research Service Invention Tracking System

ASAP 

As Soon as Possible 

ASB

Accounting Services Branch

ASE

Actual Subsistence Expense

ASHM

Area Safety and Health Manager

ATA

Area Travel Assistant

ATM

Automated Teller Machine

ATR

Agriculture Travel Regulations

AUO

Area Utilization Officer

AWOL

Absent Without Leave

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B

B&F

Budget and Fiscal

BA

Beltsville Area

BARC

Beltsville Agricultural Research

BARD

Binational Agricultural Research and Development

BCA

Board of Contract Appeals

BFSB

Budget and Fiscal Services Branch, FMD

BLM

Bureau of Land Management

BM&T  Broadcast Media and Technology 

BOC

Budget Object Class

BOCC  Budget Object Class Code 

BPMS

Budget and Program Management Staff

BRM

Business Reply Mail

BSO

Biological Safety Officer

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C

CAA

Clean Air Act

CAD

Contracting and Assistance Division

CARE  Consolidated Assistance, Review, and Evaluation 

CATS

Allocation Tracking System

CBA

Centrally Billed Account

CC

Common Carrier

CC  Credit Card 

CCC

Commodity Credit Corporation

CD

Center Director

CDL

Commercial Drivers License

CDSD

Communications and Data Services Division

CDSO

Collateral Duty Safety Officer

CDW

Collision Damage Waiver

CEP

Career Enhancement Program

CEPS

Cluster Environmental Protection Specialist

CERCLA

Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act

CFC

Combined Federal Campaign

CFL  Computers for Learning 

CFPDC

Consolidated Forms and Publications Distribution Center

CFR

Code of Federal Regulations

CG Comptroller General

CMCO

Classified Material Control Officer

CMU  Correspondence Management Unit 

CO

Contracting Officer

COB

Close of Business

COLA

Cost of Living Allowance

CONUS

Continental United States

COP

Continuation of Pay

CO-PI

Cooperative Principal Investigator

COR

Contracting Officer’s Representative

COTR

Contracting Officer’s Technical Representative

CPAIS-PP  Corporate Property Automated Information System - Personal Property 
CPAIS-RP  Corporate Property Automated Information System - Real Property 

CPHST

Center for Plant Health Science and Technology

CR

Civil Rights

CRADA

Cooperative Research and Development Agreement

CRAS

CRIS Resource Allocation Schedule

CRIS

Current Research Information System

CRP  Cooperative Resolution Program 
CRSA  Civil Rights Self Assessment 

CS

Contract Specialist

CSRA

Civil Service Reform Act

CSREES

Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service

CSRS

Civil Service Retirement System

CTAP  Career Transition Assistance Program 

CWA

Clean Water Act

CY

Calendar Year

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D

DA

Deputy Administrator

DAD

Deputy Area Director

DAAM

Deputy Administrator, Administrative Management

DAEA

Designated Area Ethics Advisor

DDES

Demonstration and Delegated Examining Section, REE Policy Branch

DEMO

USDA Demonstration Project

DEPPC

Departmental Excess Personal Property Coordinator

DEU

Delegated Examining Unit

DLA

Defense Logistics Agency, Department of Defense

DM

Department Manual

DMM

Domestic Mail Manual

DO

Decision Official

DOD

Department of Defense

DOI  Digital Object Identifier 

DOJ

Department of Justice

DPM

Department Personnel Manual

DR

Department Regulation

DUNS  Data Universal Numbering System 
DUR  Dual Use Research 
DSS  Decision Support Software 

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E

EAD

Extramural Agreements Division

EAP

Employee Assistance Program

EAS

Economic Analysis Staff

EAS

Employee Appeals Staff

EAS

Extramural Agreements Specialist

EC&R

Executive Correspondence and Records Unit, Office of Operations

EDS

Electronic Data Services

EEOC

Equal Employment Opportunity Counselor

EEO/CR

Equal Employment/Civil Rights

EEOO

Equal Employment Opportunity Officer

EMS

Economics Management Staff

EMS

Environmental Management System

EO

Executive Order

EOD

Enter on Duty

EPA

Environmental Protection Agency

EPCRA

Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act

EPLS  Excluded Parties List System 
ER  Employee Relations 

ERC

Equipment Review Committee

ERRC Eastern Regional Research Center

ERS

Economic Research Service

ERUR

Expert Review of Unit Research

ES

Extension Service

ESB CAD

Extramural Services Branch, Contracting and Assistance Division

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F

FAA

Foreign Agricultural Affairs, FAS

FAO

Food and Agricultural Organization

FARC

Federal Archives and Records Center

FAS

Foreign Agricultural Service

FATA  Federal Agency Travel Administrator 

FBI

Federal Bureau of Investigation

FCIC

Federal Crop Insurance Corporation

FCMD

Facilities Construction Management Division

FD

Facilities Division

FDC

Financial Data Code

FECA

Federal Employees Compensation Act

FEGLI  Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance 

FEHB

Federal Employees Health Benefits

FEORP

Federal Equal Opportunity Recruitment Program

FEPA

Federal Employee Pay Act

FEPCA

Federal Employees Pay Comparability Act of 1990

FERS

Federal Employees Retirement System

FES

Factor Evaluation System

FFIS

Foundation Financial Information System

FGIS

Federal Grain Inspection Service

FHB  Fusarium Head Blight 
FIFRA  Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act 

FMLA

Family and Medial Leave Act

FLSA

Fair Labor Standards Act

FMD

Financial Management Division

FMMI  Financial Management Modernization Initiative 

FNS

Food and Nutrition Service

FOIA

Freedom of Information Act

FOMC

Facilities Operation Maintenance Contract

FPL

Full Performance Level

FPM

Federal Personnel Manual

FPMR

Federal Property Management Regulations

FPR

Federal Procurement Regulations

FPRS

Federal Property Resource Services, GSA

FPS  Federal Protective Service 

FR

Federal Register

FRC

Federal Records Center

FS

Forest Service

FSA

Farm Service Agency

FSA  Flexible Spending Account 

FSC

Federal Supply Classification

FSIS

Food Safety and Inspection Service

FSS

Federal Supply Schedule

FT

Full Time Tour of Duty

FTCA

Federal Tort Claims Act

FTD

Federal Travel Directory

FTE

Full Time Equivalent

FTIS

Foreign Travel Information System

FTR

Federal Travel Regulations

FTS

Federal Telecommunications System

FTTA

Federal Technology Transfer Act

FTU

Foreign Travel Unit, FAS

FWS

Federal Wage System

FY

Fiscal Year

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G

GAMS

Grants and Agreements Management Staff, CAD

GAO

General Accounting Office

GIPSA

Grain Inspection and Packers and Stockyards Administration

GM

GS Employees in the Performance Management and Recognition System

GNA

Guide Not Applicable (decision)

GOV

Government Owned Vehicle

GPO

Government Printing Office

GPRA

Government Performance and Results Act

GS

General Schedule Pay Plan

GS

Graduate School (USDA)

GSA

General Services Administration

GSAXcess  General Services Administration Excess System 

GSD

General Services Division

GTR

Government Transportation Request

GVTS

Government Transportation System

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H

HNIS

Human Nutrition Information Service

HPRL

High Priority Requirement List

HQ

Headquarters

HRD

Human Resources Division, AFM

HSPD12

Homeland Security Presidential Directive #12

HW  Hazardous Waste 

HWC

Hazardous Waste Cleanup

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I

IAS

Integrated Acquisition System

IBA

Individually Billed Account

ID

Identification Security

IDO

Informal Deciding Official

IDP

Individual Development Plan

IDR

In-depth Review or Reviewer

IFB

Insufficient Factual Basis (decision)

IH

Industrial Hygiene/Hygienist

IPSC

Indirect Program Support Cost

IR

Invention Report

IRC

Indirect Research Cost

IRIS  Information Resource Inquiry System 

IRS

Internal Revenue Service

IS

Information Staff

IS  Interpretive Summary 

ISTD

Information Systems and Technology Division

IT

Information Technology

ITP

Individual Training Plan

ITS

Information Technology Specialist

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JO

Judicial Officer

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K

KSA

Knowledge, Skill and Ability

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L

L/A

Letter of Authorization

LA  Limited Appointment 

LAPC

Location Agency Program Coordinator

LAT

Location Administrative Technician

LC

Location Coordinator

LD

Laboratory Director

LERB

Labor Employee Relations Branch

LFPC  Local Fleet Program Coordinator 

LL

Location Leader

LOA  Line of Accounting 

LOC

Locations

LRPO  Location Radiation Protection Officer 

LS

Lead Scientist

LS  Legislative Staff 

LSO

Location Safety Officer

LWOP

Leave Without Pay

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M

M&IE

Meals and Incidental Expenses

MAEA

Mission Area Ethics Advisor

MM

Mail Manager

MOA

Memorandum of Agreement

MOU

Memorandum of Understanding

MRMD

Mail and Reproduction Management Division, Office of Operations

MSA

Mid South Area

MSPB

Merit Systems Protection Board

MTA  Material Transfer Agreement 

MU

Management Unit

MWA

Midwest Area

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NAA

North Atlantic Area

NACOP

National Advisory Council for Office Professionals

NADC

National Animal Disease Center

NAL

National Agricultural Library

NARA

National Archives and Records Administration

NARDAC

National Regional Data Automation Center

NARS

National Archives and Records Service

NASPDP

Newly Appointed Scientist Professional Development Program

NASS

National Agricultural Statistics Service

NCAUR

NationalCenter for Agricultural Utilization Research

NEPA

National Environmental Policy Act

NFC

National Finance Center

NFCA

Non-Funded Cooperative Agreement

NIFA  National Institute of Food and Agriculture 
NIH  National Institute of Health 
NIRS  Near Infrared Spectroscopy 

NOAA

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

NP National Program

NPA

Northern Plains Area

NPACOP

Northern Plains Area Council of Office Professionals

NPI  National Pathogen Inventory 

NPL

National Program Leader

NRCS

Natural Resources Conservation Service

NRI-CGP

National Research Institute - Competitive Grants Program

NRRC

Natural Resources Research Center

NRRC

Northern Regional Research Center

NRRU  National Resources Research update 
NSF  National Science Foundation 

NTE

Not to Exceed

NTIS

National Technology Information Service

NTTC

National Technology Transfer Coordinator

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O

O&F

Office of Operations and Finance

O&M  Operation and Maintenance 
OA  Office Automation 

OA

Office of the Administrator

OAA

Office of the Associate Administrator

OAE

Office of Advocacy and Enterprise

OALJ

Office of Administrative Law Judges

OBPA

Office of Budget and Program Analysis, USDA

OCA

Office of the Consumer Advisor

OCE

Office of Chief Economist

OCI

Office of Cooperative Interactions

OCIO

Office Chief Information Officer

OCONUS

Outside Continental United States

ODEO  Office of Outreach, Diversity, and Equal Opportunity 

ODS

Official Duty Station

OE

Office of Energy

OFM

Office of Finance and Management

OGC

Office of the General Counsel

OGE

Office of Government Ethics

OHR

Office of Human Resources

OICD

Office of International Cooperation and Development

OIG

Office of Inspector General

OIRM

Office of Information Resources Management

OMB

Office of Management and Budget

OMSP  Occupational Medical Surveillance Progarm 
ONP  Office of National Programs 

OO

Office of Operations

OP

Office of Personnel

OPA

Office of Public Affairs

OPF

Official Personnel Folder

OPM

Office of Personnel Management

ORCA  Online Registrations and Certifications Application 

OSC

Office of Special Counsel

OSEC

Office of Secretary

OSHA

Occupational Safety and Health Act/Administration

OSQR

Office of Scientific Quality Review

OT

Office of Transportation

OTT

Office of Technology Transfer

OWCP

Office of Workers Compensation Program

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P

P&P

Policies and Procedures

PA  Patent Advisory 

PA

Program Analyst or Patent Advisor

PA

Privacy Act

PAA

Program Analyst Assistant

PAIS

Property Accounting Information System

PAO

Procurement Assistance Officer

PB

Publications Branch

PC  Patent Committee 

PCMI

President’s Counsel on Management Improvement

PCS

Permanent Change of Station

PD

Per Diem Allowance

PD

Personnel Division

PD

Position Description

PDRAM

Program Direction Resource Allocation Memo

PDS

Permanent Duty Station

PDS  Project Data Sheet 

PFT

Permanent Full Time

PI

Principal Investigator

PIADC

Plum Island Animal Disease Center

PINQ

Personnel Inquiry System

PIP

Performance Improvement Plan

PL

Public Law

PM

Program Management

PMAR

Precious Metals Recovery Representative, Defense Logistics Agency, DOD

PMB

Property Management Branch

PMO

Property Management Officer

PMRS

Performance Management Recognition System

PMT  Property Management Technician 

POB

Personnel Operations Branch, PD

POD

Post of Duty

POV

Privately Owned Vehicle

PPO

Project Plan Outline

PPMS

Personal Property Management Section

PPPM

Payroll/Personnel Processing Manual

PPSB

Personnel Policy and Systems Branch, PD

PRB

Performance Review Board

PRC

People’s Republic of China

PROP  Personal Property System (PROP) 

PSA

Packers and Stockyards Administration
PSA  Program Support Assistant 

PSP

Position Staffing Plan

PT

Part Time Tour of Duty

PTO

Patent and Trademark Office

PVPA

Plant Variety Protection Act

PVPC

Plant Variety Protection Certificate

PWA

Pacific West Area

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R

R&M

Repair and Maintenance

RA

Research Associate

RAP

Research Apprenticeship Program

RCRA

Resource Conservation and Recovery Act

RD

Rural Development

REA

Rural Electrification Administration

REE

Research, Education and Economics

REWO  Real Estate Warrant Officer 

RG

Records Group

RGEG

Research Grade Evaluation Guide

RIF

Reduction in Force

RL

Research Leader

RMO

Records Management Officer

RO  Responsible Official 

RPA

Research Problem Area

RPEC

Research Personnel Evaluation Committee

RPES

Research Position Evaluation System

RPMB  Real Property Management Branch 

RS#4

Reporting Section #4

RSA

Research Support Agreement

RSD

Radiological Safety Division

RTB

Rural Telephone Bank

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S

SAA

South Atlantic Area

SAES

State Agricultural Experiment Station

SAMS  Security Access Management System 

SARA

Superfund Amendments and Re-authorization Act

SBG

Scored Below Grade

SCA

Specific Cooperative Agreement

SCD  Service Computation Date 
SCEP  Student Career Employment Program 

SCS

Soil Conservation Service

SEB  Science Ethics Branch 

SEC

Office of the Secretary

SEP  Special Emphasis Program 

SES

Senior Executive Service

SEU

Special Examining Unit

SF

Standard Form

SGEG

Supervisory Grade-Evaluation Guide

SHEM

Safety, Heath and Environmental Management

SHEMB

Safety, Heath and Environmental Management Branch

S/L

Sick Leave

SL

Senior Level

SO

Safety Officer

SOHS  Safety and Occupational Health Specialist 

SOI

Subject of Investigation

SOW

Statement of Work

SPA

Southern Plains Area

SPO

Servicing Personnel Office

SPS

Servicing Personnel Specialist

SR

Standard Regulations

SRC

Shared Research Cost

SRMP  Strategic Resources Management program 

SRRC

Southern Regional Research Center

ST

Scientific and Professional Pay Plan

STEP

Student Temporary Employment Program

STP

Strategic Plan Code

SY

Scientist Year (Category 1 or 4 positions)

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T

T&A

Time and Attendance

TAC

HQ and/or Area Time and Attendance Coordinator

TASSB

Technology Assessment and Support Services

TC

Transaction Code (NFC T&A designation)

TCR

Torts Claim Representative

TDY

Temporary Duty

TEKTRAN

Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System

TEP

Technical Evaluation Panel

TFT

Temporary Full Time

TINQ

Time Inquiry System

TMC

Travel Management Center

TPS

Target Percent in Salaries

TRAI

Training Information System

TRVL

Travel Information System

TSCA

Toxic Substance Control Act

TSP

Thrift Savings Plan

TT

Technology Transfer

TTC  Technology Trasnfer Coordinator 

TY

Travel Year

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U

UAI  Unique Asset Identifier 

U.S.C.

United States Code

UPS

United Parcel Service

URL  Uniform Resource Locator 

USDA

United States Department of Agriculture

USPS

United States Postal Service

USSR

Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

V

VRA

Veterans Readjustments Act

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W

WAOB

World Agricultural Outlook Board

WG

Wage Grade

WGI

Within-Grade Increase

WHI  White House Initiatives 

WNRC

Washington National Records Center

WOPFP

Without Postage and Fees Paid

WPFP

With Postage and Fees Paid

WRRC

Western Regional Research Center

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  Associations, Organizations, and Societies

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AAAS American Association for the Advancement of Science
AACC International-American Association of Cereal Chemists Int'l 
ABA American Bakers Association 
ACS  American Chemical Society 
ADSA  American Dairy Science Association 
AGS  Arthropod Genomics Symposium 
AGU  American Geophysical Union 
AHS  American Horticulture Society 
AMBA  American Malting Barley Association 
AOAC  Association of Official Agricultural Chemists 
APS  American Phytophathological Society 
ASA American Society of Agronomy 
ASA  American Statistical Association 
ASAS  American Society of Animal Science 
ASABE  American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers 
ASBMB  American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 
ASCE  American Society of Civil Engineers 
ASF  Agronomic Science Foundation 
ASM  American Society for Microbiology 
ASPB  American Society of Plant Biologists 
ASSBT  American Society of Sugar Beet Technologies 
ASTMH  American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 
ASV  American Society for Virology 
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BIF Beef Improvement Federation 
BSA  Botanical Society of America 
BSDF  Beet Sugar Development Foundation 
CAF  Controlled Atmosphere and Fumigation in Stored Products 
CRWAD  Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases 
CSAS  Canadian Society of Animal Science 
CSSA  Crop Science Society of America 
CSIRO  Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization 
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DECI  Decision Evaluator for the Cattle Industry 
DSS  Decision Support Software 
EAAP  European Association of Animal Production 
EED  European Society for Evolutionary Developmental Biology 
ESA  Entomological Society of America 
ESA  Ecological Society of America 
FASS  Federation of Animal Science Societies 
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IBSC  International Barley Sequencing Consortium 
ICCA  International Congress and Convention Association 
ICE  International Congree of Entomology 
ICPR  International Conference on Pig Reproduction 
IETS  International Embryo Transfer Society 
IGROW  International Genome Research on Wheat 
ILES  International Livestock Envronment Symposium
IOBC  International Organization for Biological Control 
IGQ&T  International Grain Quality and Technology Congress 
ISAG  International Society of Animal Genetics 
ISMPMI  International Society for Molecular Plant Microbe Interactions 
ISPP  International Society of Plant Pathology 
ITM  International Tribolium Meeting 
IUSS  International Union of Soil Sciences 
IWCSP  International Working Conference on Stored Product Protection 
IWGSC  International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium 
KWC  Kansas Wheat Commission 
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MSA  Mycological Society of America 
MSSANZ  Modeling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand Inc. 
NAAB  National Association of Animal Breeders 
NAMA  North American Millers' Association 
NAWG  National Association of Wheat Growers 
NBCEC  National Beef Cattle Evaluation Consortium 
NBIC  National Barley Improvement Committee 
NCBA  National Cattlemen's Beef Association 
NCERA  North Central Extension Research Activity 
NFHB  National Fusarium Head Blight Forum 
NPB  National Pork Board 
NPPC  National Pork Producers Council 
NPPGA  Northern Plains Potato Growers Association 
NSF  National Science Foundation 
NSIF  National Swine Improvement Federation 
NWGC  National Wheat Genomics Conference 
NWIC  National Wheat Improvement Committee 
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PAA  Potato Association of America 
PAG  Plant and Animal Genome Conference 
PNW-WQC  Pacific Northwest Wheat Quality Council 
PSA  Poultry Science Association 
RRVSGA  Red River Valley Sugarbeet Growers Association 
SASAS  South African Society of Animal Science 
SETAC  Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 
SINCOBIOL  Symposium of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 
SIP  Society for Invertebrate Pathology 
SLB  Society for Leukocyte Biology 
SRM  Society for Range Management 
SSR  Society for the Study of Reproduction 
SSSA  Soil Science Society of America 
SWCS  Soil and Water Conservation Society 
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USWBSI  US Wheat and Barley Scab Initiative 
WEF  Water Environment Federation 
WRCC  Western Regional Climate Center 
WSASAS  Western Section of the American Society of Animal Science 
WSSA  Weed Science Society of America 
WQC  Wheat Quality Council 
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