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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

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The mission of the Southern Plains Agricultural Research Center (SPARC) is to conduct research that:

  • improves the productivity of important southern crops

  • enhances the safety to the consumer of meat products derived from livestock and poultry

Specific projects at the Center are diverse and include:

  • plant biotechnology

  • improved control methodologies for pathogens and nematodes attacking cotton

  • improved aerial application of agricultural chemicals

  • germplasm enhancement of cotton, sorghum, forage grasses, and pecans

  • effective and environmentally-sound approaches for areawide management of the boll weevil, corn earworm, corn rootworm, and other serious insect pests

  • enhanced microbiological safety of meat products reaching the consumer

  • development of methods to minimize antibiotic resistance in food poisoning pathogens affecting livestock and poultry

Center scientists have a strong commitment to the solution of significant agricultural problems and to the timely and effective transfer to appropriate users of technology developed through their research.  

Last Modified: 8/13/2016
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