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Research Programs and Projects at this Location

ARS research is organized into National Programs. Within each National Program are research projects. Listed below are  the National Programs and research projects currently conducted at this location.

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Food Animal Production (NP #101)
Applying Nutritional Strategies to Improve Early Embryonic Development and Progeny Performance in Beef Cows
(In-House Appropriated)
Approaches for Improving and Measuring Red Meat Quality and Composition
(In-House Appropriated)
Discovery of Novel Traits to Improve Efficiency and Sustainability of Different Sheep Production Systems
(In-House Appropriated)
Genomes to Phenomes in Beef Cattle Research
(In-House Appropriated)
Improving Lifetime Productivity in Swine using Systems Biology and Precision Management Approaches
(In-House Appropriated)
Multi-Dimension Phenotyping to Enhance Prediction of Performance in Swine
(In-House Appropriated)
Optimizing Nutrient Management and Efficiency of Beef Cattle and Swine
(In-House Appropriated)
Sustainable Management of Manure Nutrients and Environmental Contaminants from Beef and Swine Production Facilities
(In-House Appropriated)
Methyl Donor Availability in Utero and Programming of Postnatal Performance in Beef Cattle
(Cooperative Agreement)
Tri-Partite Collaborative: Characterization of the Respiratory Microbiome and Virome Associated with Bovine Respiratory Disease Complex
(Cooperative Agreement)
Assembly and Annotation of Rumen Protist Genomes to Determine Their Metabolic Contribution and Environmental Presence
(Interagency Reimbursable Agreement)
Greenhouse Gas and Ammonia Emissions from Beef Feedyard and Compost in the Upper Great Plains USMARC Clay Center, Nebraska
(Interagency Reimbursable Agreement)
Identification of Genetic Predictors and Molecular Indicators of Liver Abscesses in Beef Cattle
(Interagency Reimbursable Agreement)
Methyl Donor Availability in utero and Programming of Postnatal Performance in Beef Cattle
(Interagency Reimbursable Agreement)
Ruminant T2T Workshop 2023
(Interagency Reimbursable Agreement)
TRI-PARTITE COLLABORATIVE: Characterization of the respiratory microbiome and virome associated with Bovine Respiratory Disease Complex
(Interagency Reimbursable Agreement)
US Meat Animal Research Center (Nutrition Growth and Physiology Research Unit) Contribution to Enteric Methane Monitoring – Midwest Area
(Interagency Reimbursable Agreement)
Cattle and Carcass Grading Correlation and Training Center
(Memorandum of Understanding)
Assessing the Utility of Geophones to Determine Animal Activity in Swine Farrowing Pens for Precision Management Monitoring - Stanford University
(Non-Funded Cooperative Agreement)
Improving Robustness and Climatic Resilience in U.S. Sheep Populations through Genomics
(Non-Funded Cooperative Agreement)
Improving Robustness and Climatic Resilience in U.S. Sheep Populations through Genomics
(Non-Funded Cooperative Agreement)
Developing a Genetic Solution to the Billion-dollar Horn Fly Problem
(Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement)
Developing an Ovine Pangenome
(Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement)
Enhancing Boar Fertility in the Face of Climate Change through the Mitigation of In utero Heat Stress
(Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement)
Influence of Maternal- and Embryonic- Derived Extracellular Vesicles on the Initiation of Porcine Conceptus Elongation.
(Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement)
Understanding Host, Microbial, Environmental, and Management Factors Towards Methane Mitigation in Ruminants
(Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement)
Developing a Systems Biology Approach to Enhance Efficiency and Sustainability of Beef and Lamb Production
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Improving Livestock Production through the Development of Precision Rangeland Management Technologies
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Quantifying Genetic and Non-Genetic Factors Associated with Lamb Growth and Carcass Characteristics
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Support Effort for Developing Scientific Information and New Technology to Solve High Priority Problems for U.S. Beef, Sheep, and Swine Industries
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Animal Health (NP #103)
Strategies to Control Respiratory Diseases of Cattle
(In-House Appropriated)
Regulation of Maintenance of Bovine Herepsvirus (BoHV-1) Latency by Viral and Cellular Factors
(Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement)
BVDV Challenge of Calves
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Food Safety, (Animal and Plant Products) (NP #108)
Holistic Tactics to Advance the Microbiological Safety and Quality of the Red Meat Continuum
(In-House Appropriated)
Identification, Genomic Characterization, and Metabolic Modeling of Foodborne Pathogens in the Meat Production Continuum
(In-House Appropriated)
Prevention and Mitigation of Pathogen Transmission from Cattle and Swine to Food, Water, and Environment
(In-House Appropriated)
Strategies to Control Respiratory Diseases of Cattle
(In-House Appropriated)
Sustainable Management of Manure Nutrients and Environmental Contaminants from Beef and Swine Production Facilities
(In-House Appropriated)
Greenhouse Gas and Ammonia Emissions from Beef Feedyard and Compost in the Upper Great Plains USMARC Clay Center, Nebraska
(Interagency Reimbursable Agreement)
Improving Detection of Antimicrobial Resistant E. coli and Salmonella in Swine
(Interagency Reimbursable Agreement)
Precision Bacteriophage Identification Through Machine Learning for Mitigating Persistent Colonization of Shiga Toxin...
(Interagency Reimbursable Agreement)
Evaluation of Media Formulated to Aid in Isolation of Shiga Toxin-producing E. Coli
(Non-Funded Cooperative Agreement)
Collective Dynamics of Environmental Multispecies Biofilms That Facilitate Sanitizer Tolerance and Dissemination of Foodborne Pathogens
(Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement)
Developing a Quantitative Salmonella Baseline and Characterizing Salmonella Isolates from Ground Beef in the United States
(Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement)
Identifying AMR Gene Reservoirs and Bacterial Host-AMR Gene Associations To Identify Bacterial Host Range of AMR Genes in Swine
(Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement)
Investigating the Emergence and Ecology of Antimicrobial Resistance in High Risk Beef Cattle
(Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement)
Regulation of Maintenance of Bovine Herepsvirus (BoHV-1) Latency by Viral and Cellular Factors
(Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement)
Understanding the Risks Associated with Utilizing Genetically Engineered Microbes in Beef Cattle Production Systems: ...
(Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement)
BVDV Challenge of Calves
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Enhanced Characterization of Sequence Differences Among Salmonella isolates within SNP Clusters Identified by the NCBI Pathogen Detection System
(Trust Fund Cooperative Agreement)
Understanding the Impact of the Farm and Lairage Environments on Salmonella Contamination in Market Hogs
(Trust Fund Cooperative Agreement)
Soil and Air (NP #212)
Optimizing Nutrient Management and Efficiency of Beef Cattle and Swine
(In-House Appropriated)
Sustainable Management of Manure Nutrients and Environmental Contaminants from Beef and Swine Production Facilities
(In-House Appropriated)
Greenhouse Gas and Ammonia Emissions from Beef Feedyard and Compost in the Upper Great Plains USMARC Clay Center, Nebraska
(Interagency Reimbursable Agreement)
US Meat Animal Research Center (Nutrition Growth and Physiology Research Unit) Contribution to Enteric Methane Monitoring – Midwest Area
(Interagency Reimbursable Agreement)
Understanding Host, Microbial, Environmental, and Management Factors Towards Methane Mitigation in Ruminants
(Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement)