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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)
Developing a Systems Biology Approach to Enhance Efficiency and Sustainability of Beef and Lamb Production
(In-House Appropriated)
Developing a Systems Biology Approach to Enhance Efficiency and Sustainability of Lamb Production
(In-House Appropriated)
Identifying Genomic Solutions to Improve Efficiency of Swine Production
(In-House Appropriated)
Improve Nutrient Management and Efficiency of Beef Cattle and Swine
(In-House Appropriated)
Improving Lifetime Productivity in Swine
(In-House Appropriated)
Improving Livestock Production by Developing Reproductive and Precision Management Technologies
(In-House Appropriated)
Strategies to Optimize Meat Quality and Composition of Red Meat Animals
(In-House Appropriated)
Developing a Systems Biology Approach to Enhance Efficiency and Sustainability of Beef and Lamb Production
(Cooperative Agreement)
Prevention of Lameness in Sows: Early Detection and Mitigation
(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)
Evaluating Current Cattle Standards/Guidelines
(Interagency Reimbursable Agreement)
Inflammatory Ovarian Microenvironment Alters Granulosa Cell Function
(Interagency Reimbursable Agreement)
Recent Advances in Sequencing Technologies to Characterize the Respiratory Microbiome and Virome Associated with Bovine Respiratory Disease
(Interagency Reimbursable Agreement)
Cattle and Carcass Grading Correlation and Training Center
(Memorandum of Understanding)
Federal Protective Service Support for Law Enforcement and Security of USDA, ARS, USMARC Compound, Clay Center, NE
(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)
Assessing the Utility of Geophones to Determine Animal Activity in Swine Farrowing Pens for Precision Management Monitoring - University of Michigan
(Non-Funded Cooperative Agreement)
Assessing the Utility of Geophones to Determine Animal Activity in Swine Farrowing Pens for Precision Management Monitoring - University of Nebraska
(Non-Funded Cooperative Agreement)
Maternal Lactocrine Programming of Porcine Female Reproductive Tract Development
(Non-Funded Cooperative Agreement)
Developing an Ovine Pangenome
(Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement)
Moving Beyond Rumen Microbiota Composition to Identify Interactions Between the Host Genotype and Rumen Functional Phenotype to Identifying Genetic
(Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement)
Role of GnRH-II and its Receptor in Testicular Function of Swine
(Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement)
Understanding Molecular Factors that Regulate Initiation of Porcine Embryo Elongation
(Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement)
Electronic Monitoring of Swine for Precision Livestock Management and Novel Phenotype Development
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Enhancing Sheep Production Efficiency Through Strategic Use of Genetic and Reproductive Technologies
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Improving Livestock Production through the Development of Precision Rangeland Management Technologies
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Mechanisms Associated with Differences in Feed Efficiency of Cattle Fed a Forage Diet
(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)
Contribution of Mitochondrial Function to Beef Longissimus Flavor, Tenderness, and Color Stability Across pH Classes
(Trust Fund Cooperative Agreement)
Determining Specifications for Tenderness Claims of Beef Top Sirloin
(Trust Fund Cooperative Agreement)
Prevention of Lameness in Sows: Early Detection and Mitigation
(Trust Fund Cooperative Agreement)
Animal Health (NP #103)
Genomic Intervention Strategies to Prevent and/or Treat Respiratory Diseases of Ruminants
(In-House Appropriated)
BVDV Challenge of CD46-edited Calves
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Food Safety, (Animal and Plant Products) (NP #108)
Genomic Intervention Strategies to Prevent and/or Treat Respiratory Diseases of Ruminants
(In-House Appropriated)
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)
Sustainable Management of Manure Nutrients and Environmental Contaminants from Beef and Swine Production Facilities
(In-House Appropriated)
Precision Bacteriophage Identification Through Machine Learning for Mitigating Persistent Colonization of Escherichia Coli O157:H7 in Cattle
(Cooperative Agreement)
Evaluation of Sampling Methods for Detecting, Salmonella and Characterizing Antimicrobial Susceptibility of Salmonella and E. coli in Swine
(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)
Chemical Composition of PM-10 and Gas Emitted from Cattle Livestock Operations
(Non-Funded Cooperative Agreement)
Collective Dynamics of Environmental Multispecies Biofilms That Facilitate Sanitizer Tolerance and Dissemination of Foodborne Pathogens
(Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement)
Evaluation of the Spatial and Longitudinal Distribution of Antimicrobial Resistance Genes and Occurrence of Potential Horizontal Gene Transfer...
(Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement)
Investigating Mobile Genetic Elements (Viromes and Plasmidome) and the Ecology of Microbial Community and Resistance Gene Reservoirs Towards Under..
(Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement)
Investigating the Emergence and Ecology of Antimicrobial Resistance in High Risk Beef Cattle
(Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement)
SARS-CoV-2 Impact on Meat Production: A Farm to Plate Approach
(Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement)
BVDV Challenge of CD46-edited Calves
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Effects of Deep Cleaning Sanitation on Biofilms and Pathogens
(Trust Fund Cooperative Agreement)
Efficacy of an Experimental Escherichia Coli O157 Subunit Vaccine for Cattle in Feed Yard Conditions
(Trust Fund Cooperative Agreement)
Evaluate Short- and Long-term Genetic Variation of Shiga Toxin-containing Escherichia coli O157:H7
(Trust Fund Cooperative Agreement)
Identification of actionable sentinels for Salmonella contamination of lymph nodes and determining the impact of environmental contamination levels.
(Trust Fund Cooperative Agreement)
Validation of a novel method for the detection of select Salmonella serovars in raw meat enrichments
(Trust Fund Cooperative Agreement)
Soil and Air (NP #212)
Sustainable Management of Manure Nutrients and Environmental Contaminants from Beef and Swine Production Facilities
(In-House Appropriated)
Chemical Composition of PM-10 and Gas Emitted from Cattle Livestock Operations
(Non-Funded Cooperative Agreement)