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2006  EVENTS








Potato selection crew from the University of Idaho and USDA-ARS evaluate single hill selections


Pat Kole (Idaho Potato Commission) and Rich Novy (USDA-ARS potato breeder) discuss a possilbe single hill selection


A red skin, yellow flesh potato selection for the specialty market



Single hill selection field that contains up to 130,000 unique potato plants, each of which have the potential to become a new potato variety




 U.S. Food Barley Research Forum


This one-day U.S. Food Barley Research Forum is being sponsored by the USDA ARS National Small Grains Germplasm Research program at Aberdeen and the Idaho Barley Commission. The purpose is to assess current and future research developments involving food barleys and to identify end-user needs. 

 Tuesday, November 7

 ARS National Small Grains Germplasm Research facility in Aberdeen, ID


Welcome - Dr. Mike Bonman, Research Leader, ARS Aberdeen
Health Benefits of Barley in the Human Diet - facilitated by Dr. Christine Fastnaught, consultant to the National Barley Foods Council, Fargo, ND
Overview of Barley Human Clinical Research - Dr. Joan Conway, ARS Human Nutrition Laboratory, Beltsville, MD
What the FDA health claim for barley means for producers, food manufacturers and consumers - Dr. Christine Fastnaught
Food Barley Germplasm Improvement and Performance - facilitated by Dr. Don Obert, ARS barley and oat breeder, Aberdeen, ID
ARS variety development efforts - Dr. Don Obert
Westbred variety development efforts - Dr. Dale Clark, Bozeman, MT (invited)
Waxy hulless barley performance on a commercial scale - Steve McDonald, Circle S Seeds of Montana, Three Forks, MT
Hosted Luncheon
Commercialization opportunities - what do end users want? - facilitated by Kelly Olson, Idaho Barley Commission, Boise, ID
Bill Bonner, ConAgra Foods, Omaha, NE (invited)
John Hamilton, TVRR, Fruitland, ID
Steve McDonald, Circle S Seeds of Montana, Three Forks, MT
Open discussion - identifying industry needs and research priorities - facilitated by Dr. Don Obert and Kelly Olson
Please share this meeting information with our colleagues in your organization, as appropriate. We hope to see you in Aberdeen on November 7.
If you have questions, please call either Kelly Olson at 208-334-2090 or Dr. Don Obert at 208-397-4162, Ext. 114.


Speakers at the US Food Barley Research Forum held at the National Small Grains and Potato Germplasm Facility, Aberdeen, ID on November 7, 2006.

Back Row:  Don Obert, USDA-ARS, Aberdeen, ID, Dale Clark, Westbred, LLC, Bozeman, MT, John Hamilton, Treasure Valley Renewable Resources, Fruitland, ID, Steve Mc Donnell, Circle S Seeds, Three Forks, MT, Bill Bonner, ConAgra Food Ingredients, Omaha, NE, and Christine Fastnaught, National Barley Foods Council, Fargo, ND

Front Row:  Cindy Ritter, National Barley Foods Council, Spokane, WA, Kelly Olson, Idaho Barley Commission, Boise, ID, and Joan Conway, ARS Human Nutrition Laboratory, Beltsville, MD

Dr. Wally Yokoyama, Research Chemist, ARS Western Region Research laboratory, Albany, CA.  Dr. Yokoyama spoke at the US Food Barley Research Forum on soluble fibers, obesity, and metabolic disease.









Kathy Swords, Ph.D.

J.R. Simplot Company, Boise, ID

will present


New Prospects for Biotech Vegetables with Enhanced Consumer Attributes


Friday - September 29, 2006 at 11:00 A.M. in the USDA-ARS National Small Grains Germplasm Research Facility Conference Room, Aberdeen, ID




Dave Nicholson and Herald Owens visited the Unit in September and provided technology transfer training to our scientists.  The training will help us to more effectively transfer our technological inovations to US agriculture.






National Small Grains Germplasm Research Facility

Advanced Genetics Laboratory



August 17, 2006




       The Aberdeen Arts Council summer musical group opens the dedication program.





Mr. Morgan Anderson, Mayor of Aberdeen, addresses the crowd at the dedication ceremony.

Dr. Merle Pierson, Deputy Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics, USDA, makes a point during   the dedication.

Comments from Dr. Merle Pierson



The Honorable Mike Crapo, United States Senator, making the keynote address during the dedication.

Musicians from American Falls provided a stirring fanfare for the ribbon cutting ceremony.  Left to right, John Gist on trombone, Nicole Hasenpflug on baritone, and Tiffany Bernal and Gabriel Abud on trumpet.



Senator Crapo cutting the ribbon for the new facility.  From left to right are Dr. Mike Bonman, Research Leader at ARS-Aberdeen; Mr. Lowell Randel Director of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs, REE-USDA; Ms. Renee Richardson, Constituent Services Representative for Senator Larry Craig, Charles A. Barnes, Agriculture Director for US Representative  Mike Simpson; Dr. Merle Pierson, Deputy Under Secretary for USDA-REE; Mr. Morgan Anderson, Mayor of Aberdeen; Dr. Dwayne Buxton, Pacific West Area Director, USDA-ARS; Dr. John Hammel, Dean, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences University of Idaho; Dr. Toni Betschart, Associate Administrator, USDA-ARS; Mr. Mike Crapo, United States Senator.



Ribbon cutting from an angle to better demonstrate Senator Crapo's skill with an quasi-agricultural implement.
Nearly 200 people attended the dedication ceremony.



Advanced Genetics Lab Tours, Science Fair and Lunch