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ARS Scientists Win Top Honors Today in Annual USDA Ceremony

By Marcia Wood

June 4, 2001

Agricultural Research Service scientists who are developing better ways to manage ecosystems of the American Southwest, providing new techniques to detect and measure the amounts of healthful ingredients--called phytonutrients--in familiar foods, or are safening the nation's supply of meats and poultry will be among those feted today at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's 55th annual Honor Awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.


Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman will present the awards at 12:30 p.m. in the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W. The ARS honorees, and the categories in which they won their awards, are:

For "Maintaining and Enhancing the Nation's Natural Resources and Environment:"

For "Operating an Efficient, Effective and Discrimination-Free Organization: "

For "Promoting Health by Providing Access to Safe, Affordable and Nutritious Food: "

For "Heroism and Emergency Response: "

 For "Expanding Economic and Trade Opportunities for United States Agricultural Producers: "

 ARS is the USDA's chief scientific research agency.

Contact: Marcia Wood, ARS Information Staff, 800 Buchanan St., Albany, CA 94710; telephone (510) 559-6070, fax (510) 559-5882,