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History and Accomplishments
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ERRC's Past Directors:
Percy A. Wells (1939-1969)
Ivan A. Wolff (1969-1980)
Herbert L. Rothbart (1980-1984)
John P. Cherry (1984-2007)

The ERRC is home to the Nation’s leading scientists and engineers in agriculture solving problems facing the U.S. today and for tomorrow with fundamental, applied, and developmental research on agricultural commodities including milk, meat, poultry, hides, leather, wool, fats, oils, rendered protein, grains, fruits, vegetables, energy crops, and juices. New knowledge and technology that will ensure an abundance of high quality agricultural commodities and products at reasonable prices to meet the increasing needs and to provide a continued improvement in the standard of living of all Americans are obtained through the following research objectives:


ERRC has six Research Units that conduct work to benefit producers of agricultural commodities, handlers and processors of food and nonfood products, federal action and regulatory agencies, and the consumer. They are Sustainable Biofuels and Coproducts; Dairy and Functional Foods; Biobased and Other Animal Coproducts; Food Safety and Intervention Technologies; Residue Chemistry and Predictive Microbiology; and Molecular Characterization of Foodborne Pathogens. Two work sites, University of Maryland Eastern Shore and Delaware State University with microbial food safety programs report to ERRC.


Selected High Impact Accomplishments