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December 30 2003

Gentler Hens For Poultry Production
Article on research contributed by Biologist Heng-Wei Cheng and his colleagues with the Livestock Behavior Research Unit: West Lafayette, IN. Cheng also collaborated with scientists at Purdue University.

December 29 2003

New Sugar Beet Line Combines Resistance, Smooth Roots
Story about Research developed by Research Geneticist J. Mitchell McGrath who is with the Sugarbeet and Bean Research Unit: East Lansing, MI. The research started with Former ARS-East Lansing Geneticist J. Clair Theurer (he has since retired). Former Geneticist Robert Lewellen helped develop the research and he was with the Crop Improvement and Protection Research Unit: Salinas, CA.

December 23 2003

Studying the Differences in Watersheds
Feature on research executed by Former Soil Scientist Gene Alberts and Soil Scientist Bob Lerch with the Cropping Systems and Water Quality Research Unit: Columbia, MO. They collaborated with Soil Scientist Dan Jaynes with the Agroecosystems Management Research Unit - at The National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment: Ames, IA.

December 19 2003

Sugar Tapped for New, Edible Adhesives
Report on work performed by Chemist Sevim Erhan and colleagues when she was with the Food and Industrial Oil Research Unit - located at the National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research: Peoria, IL. Erhan is currently a Center Director for the Office of The Director - located in Wyndmoor, PA.

December 15 2003

New Sensing System Counts Corn in a Field
Feature about research analyzed by Former Agricultural Engineer John W. Hummel, Information Technology Specialist (Application Software) Scott Drummond, and colleagues with the Cropping Systems and Water Quality Research Unit: Columbia, MO.

December 11 2003

Veneman Marks 50th Anniversary of ARS
Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman celebrated the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Utilization Research Service by noting the many scientific advances and breakthroughs that have improved the daily lives of people here and abroad.

December 10 2003

Old Soil Study Uncovers Value of Long-Term Nitrate Research
Feature about research enhanced by Soil Scientist/Hydrologist Mark Tomer and Former Hydrologist/Soil Scientist Michael Burkart, and colleagues with the Agroecosystems Management Research Unit - located at the National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment: Ames, IA.

December 5 2003

Helping Stored Alfalfa Keep Its Protein
Feature on research provided by Former ARS Plant Physiologist Ronald Hatfield, Former Agricultural Engineer Richard Much, and Molecular Biologist (Plants) Michael L. Sullivan - at the U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center: Madison, WI.
Read the Article published in AgResearch Magazine!

November 26 2003

A Comeback for Soy-Based Bread?
Feature about research concluded by Scientist Randy Shogren, Physical Science Technician Elizabeth Krietemeyer, and colleagues with the Plant Polymer Research Unit - located at the National Center of Agricultural Utilization Research: Peoria, IL.

November 18 2003

Seeing Salmonella Move through Pigs
Article on research achieved by Research Leader Donald Lay and colleagues at the Livestock Behavior Research Unit: West Lafayette, IN. Scott Willard from Mississippi State University collaborated on the research.
Read the Article published in AgResearch Magazine!

October 22 2003

Proposal to Identify Key Corn Genes Wins Top Award
Story about award recipient on research developed by Former ARS Geneticist Michael McMullen, and his colleagues at the Plant Genetics Research Unit: Columbia, MO; Scientists from the University of California-Irvine, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison worked with McMullen.

October 9 2003

Boosting Vitamin E in Corn and Other Crops
Article on research developed by Former ARS Molecular Biologist Edgar Cahoon and colleagues with the Plant Genetics Research Unit: Columbia, MO. Collaborators included scientists from Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, MO; and his former colleagues at DuPont Crops Genetics: Wilmington, DE.

September 23 2003

Smooth Roots Mean Smoother Processing for U.S. Sugar Beets
Feature on research studied by Research Geneticist J. Mitchell McGrath, Former ARS Scientist Joseph W. Saunders, along with ARS plant physiologist John M. Halloin and geneticist J. Clair Theurer, both now retired. They were all with the Sugarbeet and Bean Research Unit: East Lansing, MI.

September 22 2003

Absorbent Polymer Has "Thirst for Knowledge"
Feature about research innovated by Chemical Engineer and currently the Midwest Area Director J.L. Willett, and colleagues with the National Center of Agricultural Utilization Research: Peoria, IL. Kathleen Hayes came up with the idea and she was coordinator for the Technology Transfer Information Center: Beltsville, MD.

September 17 2003

Two Scientists Inducted Into ARS Hall of Fame
Edward B. Bagley and Janice M. Miller received plaques and were added to the ARS Hall of Fame. Bagley retired in 1995 from the National Center of Agricultural Utilization Research: Peoria, IL. He was presented with numerous other awards in that time. Miller has also received many awards and she retired from the National Animal Disease Center: Ames, IA.

September 12 2003

Orange Peel Carbohydrates May Have Health-Promoting Properties
Report on research conducted by Research Plant Pathologist Arland Hotchkiss who is with the Eastern Regional Research Center: Wyndmoor, PA. Animal Scientist Brian Kerr and colleagues with the Agroecosystems Management Research Unit also contributed to the study- located at the National Laboratory for Agriculture and The Environment: Ames, IA.

September 4 2003

Ammonia Measuring Methods to Be Evaluated at ARS Lab
Feature about research where Laboratory Director Jerry Hatfield with the National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment: Ames, IA was the lead for the study. Battelle of Columbus, Ohio, presented a Technology Field Day at the ARS National Soil Tilth Laboratory which started the test cycle.

August 15 2003

New Corn Lines May Be Good for the Heart
Report on research progressed by Former ARS Geneticist Linda Pollak who was with the agency's Corn Insects and Crop Genetics Research Unit: Ames, IA; Former ARS Plant Biologist Susan Duvick who was with the North Central Regional Plant Introduction Station, and Food Science Professor Pamela White from Iowa State University.
Read the Article published in AgResearch Magazine!

August 14 2003

Using Management Zones to Help in Precision Ag
Article on research uncovered by Soil Scientist Newell Kitchen and colleagues at the Cropping Systems and Water Quality Research Unit: Columbia, MO.
Read the Article on AgResearch Magazine

August 11 2003

ARS Scientists Present Findings at Society Meeting
Report on research collected by Molecular Biologist Eric Johnson with the Crop Bioprotection Research Unit - at The National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research: Peoria, IL.

August 5 2003

Fungus on Tap to Fight Whiteflies, Other Pests
Article about research impacted by Microbiologist Mark Jackson with the Crop Bioprotection Research Unit - located at the National Center of Agricultural Utilization Research: Peoria, IL.
Read the Article published in AgResearch Magazine!

July 23 2003

Nation's First Flower Genebank Celebrates 2nd Birthday
Story about the Ornamental Plant Germplasm Center right after it first opened. Collaborators included the Agricultural Research Service, the Ohio State Government, and the American Floriculture Industry - the center is housed at The Ohio State University: Columbus, OH.

July 9 2003

More Tender Beef, Thanks to Vitamin D
Feature on research explored by Former ARS Physiologist Ronald Horst and his colleagues from the National Animal Disease Center: Ames, IA.
Read the Article published in AgResearch Magazine!

July 7 2003

Vegetative Mulches May Help Commercial Farmers
Feature on research investigated by Chemist Pam Rice who is with the Soil and Water Management Research Unit: St. Paul, MN; Research Chemist Cathleen Hapeman who is with the Hydrology and Remote Sensing Laboratory: Beltsville, MD; and Former ARS Chemist Don Wauchope who was with the Southeast Watershed Research Unit: Tifton, GA.
Read the Article published in AgResearch Magazine!

July 1 2003

Spud Hub Checks for Postharvest Quality in Tubers
Feature about new tuber germplasm lines at the ARS Potato Research Worksite located at East Grand Folks, MN.

June 30 2003

ARS Builds Mock Village on Farmland To Measure Runoff Effects on Water Quality
Feature on research assessed by Supervisory Research Hydraulic Engineer James V. Bonta and colleagues from the Former North Appalachian Experimental Watershed Unit (NAEW) at Coshocton, OH.

June 19 2003

National Soil Erosion Research Laboratory Looks Forward--and Back
Feature about software/web-based approaches developed by Agricultural Engineer Dennis Flanagan and colleagues with the National Soil Erosion Research Laboratory: West Lafayette, IN. Collaborators included Purdue University, University of Buffalo, and The State University of New York.

May 16 2003

Scientists Explore Crop-Made Prebiotics to Bolster Gut Bacteria
Report about research developed by Former Chemist Greg Cote and colleagues with the ARS Bioproducts and Biocatalysis Research Unit - located at the National Center of Agricultural Utilization Research: Peoria, IL. Research Plant Pathologist Arland Hotchkiss helped develop the research and he is with the Dairy and Functional Foods Research Unit: Wyndmoor, PA.

April 9 2003

Bakers at Heart
Feature about research contributed by Former Food Technicians Patrick L. Finney and Charles S. Gaines who were working for the ARS Soft Wheat Quality Research Unit: Wooster, OH. They included many collaborators on this study - as many as 39 private and university labs!

April 4 2003

Seeking an Edge Over Cattle Diseases Through DNA Sequencing
Report on research dissected by Veterinary Medical Officer David Alt and his colleagues with the Bacterial Diseases of Livestock Research Unit - located at the National Animal Disease Center: Ames, IA.
Read the Article published in AgResearch Magazine!

March 24 2003

A Low-Cost Collector For Sampling Low-Volume Water Flow
Short feature about research contributed by Agricultural Engineer Rob Malone and his colleagues with (what is formally known as the North Appalachian Experimental Watershed: Coshocton, OH) the Corn, Soybean, and Wheat Quality Research Unit: Wooster, OH. Malone is currently with the Agroecosystems Management Research Unit: Ames, IA.

March 20 2003

Boosting the Calcium in Potatoes
Feature about research uncovered by Geneticist John Bamberg, Jiwan Palta (who are with the University of Madison-Wisconsin) and ARS Scientists with the Vegetable Crops Research Unit: Madison, WI.
Read the Article on AgResearch Magazine!

March 18 2003

Fish Oil May Help Young Pigs
Feature about research conducted by Animal Physiologist/Research Leader Jeff Carroll and colleagues when he was with the Animal Physiology Research Unit: Columbia, MO. Carroll is currently a Research Leader for the Livestock Issues Research Unit: Lubbock, TX. Collaborators for this research included University of Missouri, China Agriculture University, and scientists at the University of Tennessee.

March 5 2003

Bacterium Tapped to Make Low-Calorie Sweetener for Candies, Gums
Feature on research explored by and Chemist Badal Saha with the Bioenergy Research Unit - at The National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research: Peoria, IL.

March 3 2003

An Easier Way to Measure Soil Compaction?
Feature on research enhanced by Agricultural Engineer Kenneth Sudduth who is with the Cropping Systems and Water Quality Research Unit: Columbia, MO.

February 27 2003

Patented Microbial Collection Boasts 6,000 Strains
Article about research executed by Former ARS Curator James Swezey who was with The National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research: Peoria, IL.

February 12 2003

Veneman Honors USDA's Top Scientists of 2002
Scientists are honored with awards including Research Entomologist Richard Hellmich, and colleagues at the Corn Insects and Crop Genetics Research Unit: Ames, IA who was awarded with the "Area Senior Scientist" Award. Supervisory Soil Scientist Tom Sauer who is with the National Laboratory for Agriculture and The Environment: Ames, IA was awarded with the "Area Early Career Scientist" Award.

January 15 2003

Field Testing Reveals Clues Toward a Proper Phosphorus Balance in Soil
Report on research concluded by Soil Scientist John Kovar, Supervisory Soil Scientist Tom Sauer, and colleagues at the National Laboratory for Agriculture and The Environment: Ames, IA. Kovar was formally with the at the ARS Soil and Water Quality Research Unit: Ames, IA.
Read the Article published in AgResearch Magazine!