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June 25, 2018, ARS Research Microbiologist Dr Erica Spackman, of the Exotic and Emerging Avian Viral Diseases Research Unit, Southeast Poultry Research Laboratory, Athens, GA, received the Golden Egg Award for service as the Chair of the Avian Influenza Subcommittee, Chair of the Technical Advisory Committee of the National Poultry Improvement Plan and “for encouraging the production of valuable, scientific and unbiased input by creating the optimum environment for healthy discussion.”  

April 6, 2018, ARS Dr. Thomas Way, Agricultural Engineer at the National Soil Dynamics Laboratory, Auburn, AL, received the 2018 “Distinguished Engineer Award” from the Alabama Section of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) during the 2018 annual section meeting in Auburn, AL.  Dr. Way was recognized for his research on traction and soil compaction of tires and rubber tracks, his leadership in developing a prototype implement for shallow subsurface band application of poultry litter, and his work for ASABE.

March 19, 2018, ARS Research Leader Craig Tucker was named 2018 Distinguished Alumnus for Humboldt State University. Dr. Tucker received his undergraduate degree from Humboldt in 1974 with a major in Zoology. Humboldt State University is the northernmost campus of California’s State University system and is recognized as a leader in undergraduate education in natural resources, forestry, wildlife, oceanography, and fisheries. Dr. Tucker was recognized last year as 2017 Outstanding Alumnus by the Auburn University College of Agriculture, where he received his doctorate in Microbiology in 1978.

Press Releases:

Pasture Management and Riparian Buffers Reduce Erosion, released June 1, 2017, by CSA News Magazine, https://dl.sciencesocieties.org/publications/csa/articles/62/6/16?_cldee=YW1hbmRhLmFzaHdvcnRoQGFycy51c2RhLmdvdg%3d%3d&recipientid=contact-004b91c97e2bde11958b0013210e308e-35334f6fc06447bbad288f23628fd50e&esid=130d397d-284a-e711-80d3-005056a7afa5

Diverse Rotations and Poultry Litter Improves Soybean Yield, released June 1, 2017, by CSA News Magazine, https://dl.sciencesocieties.org/publications/csa/articles/62/6/16?_cldee=YW1hbmRhLmFzaHdvcnRoQGFycy51c2RhLmdvdg%3d%3d&recipientid=contact-004b91c97e2bde11958b0013210e308e-35334f6fc06447bbad288f23628fd50e&esid=130d397d-284a-e711-80d3-005056a7afa5

Diverse rotations and poultry litter improves soybean yield, released May 15, 2017, by American Association for the Advancement for Science, https://phys.org/news/2017-05-diverse-rotations-poultry-litter-soybean.html

Diverse rotations and poultry litter improves soybean yield, released May 15, 2017, by American Society of Agronomy, https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-05/asoa-dra051117.php

Kari Hugie and her research at the Pee Dee Center was featured in an article in the Southeast Farm Press Magazine.  Kari is a Post doc, Research Geneticist at the Coastal Plains Soil, Water, and Plant Res. Center in Florence, SC, and works with Dr. Todd Campbell.  You can read the entire article at the below link

http://southeastfarmpress.com/cotton/historic-flood-still-lingers-over-south-carolina-cotton

Blogs:

USDA Blog: Earthworms Work Wonders for Soils https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2017/04/21/earthworms-work-wonders-soils

Outreach and Professional Activities:

September 18-21, 2018, ARS Research Leader/Supervisory Research Horticulturist, Dr. Liz Baldwin of the Citrus, Subtropical & Other Products Research Unit, Fort Pierce, FL, will attend the International Citrus & Beverage Conference in Clearwater Beach, FL and serve on the organizing committee.

September 21 – 29, 2018, ARS Research Leader/Research Agronomist, Dr. Duli Zhao of the Sugarcane Field Station in Canal Point, FL, will attend the 2018 International Society of Sugarcane Technologists Joint Agricultural Engineering, Agronomy, and Extension Workshop in Reunion Island, France.  Dr. Zhao will present “Sugarcane Yield Response to Soil Amendments and N-P-K Application”.

September 23-26, 2018, ARS Plant Geneticist, Dr. Brad Morris will attend the Association for the Advancement of Industrial Crops (AAIC) meeting in London, Ontario, Canada.  Dr. Morris will give a presentation entitled: "Jute evaluation for protein and other biochemicals” and will also give his curation report regarding guar, sesame, castorbean, roselle and kenaf crops at the Crop Germplasm Committee session that will be held during this meeting.

September 23 – 28, 2018, ARS Research Agronomist, Dr. Douglas Spaunhorst of the Sugarcane Research Unit in Houma, LA, will attend and present a paper entitled “Application timing of topramezone plus triclopyr for suppression of bermudagrass in Louisiana sugarcane" at the International Society of Sugar Cane Technologists Joint Agricultural Engineering, Agronomy and Extension Workshop in Saint-Gilles, Reunion Island.

September 24 – 26, 2018, ARS Research Agricultural Engineer, Dr. Yanbo Huang of the Crop Production Systems Research Unit in Stoneville, MS, will attend and present a paper entitled “Infrastructural Development for Farm-Scale Remote Sensing Big Data Service" at the SPIE Asian-Pacific Remote Sensing Conference in Honolulu, HI.

September 25-28, 2018, ARS Research Parasitologist, Dr. Dehai Xu of the Aquatic Animal Health Research Unit, Auburn, AL will attend the 3rd Aquaculture Conference 2018 in Qingdao, China. He will present a paper entitled “Vaccination with theronts of Ichthyophthirius multifillis enhanced channel catfish molecular immune response”.

September 26-27, 2018, ARS Research Hydrologist Dr. Michele Reba of the Delta Water Management Research Unit in Jonesboro, AR will attend and present a paper entitled "Water Resources Challenges in Mid-South Agriculture" at the University of Arkansas Department of Civil engineering Graduate Seminar in Fayetteville, AR.

October 1-8, 2018, ARS Research Hydrologist Dr. Michele Reba of the Delta Water Management Research Unit in Jonesboro, AR will attend and present a paper entitled “Declining water tables in the humid mid-south U.S.:  challenges and solutions" at the Global Water Security for Agriculture and Natural Resources Conference in Hyderabad India.

October 5, 2018, ARS Research Leader Craig Tucker, of the Warmwater Aquaculture Research Unit, Stoneville, MS will present two classroom lectures at Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA, as well as a public lecture “The Role of Aquaculture in the Global Food Supply.” The public lecture is part of the University’s 2018 homecoming celebration.

October 13-18, 2018, ARS Research Agronomist Dr. Arlene Adviento-Borbe of the Delta Water Management Research Unit in Jonesboro, AR will be attending and presenting a paper entitled “Seasonal greenhouse gas emissions of several Southern US Rice Cultivars Under Alternate Wetting and Drying Flood Management" at the International Rice Congress Conference in Singapore.

November 10-15, 2018, ARS Research Entomologist, David Hall, of the Subtropical Insects & Horticulture Research Unit, Ft. Pierce, FL will attend and present a paper entitled “Influence of light on infestations of Asian citrus psyllid" at the 2018 Entomological Society of America Meeting held in Vancouver, Canada.

November 10-15, 2018, ARS Research Entomologist, Wayne Hunter, of the Subtropical Insects & Horticulture Research Unit, Ft. Pierce, FL will attend and present a paper entitled “Reduce psyllid pests and bacterial plant pathogens:  RNA suppression technology" at the 2018 Entomological Society of America Meeting held in Vancouver, Canada.

November 10-15, 2018, ARS Research Entomologist, Cindy McKenzie, of the Subtropical Insects & Horticulture Research Unit, Ft. Pierce, FL will attend and present a paper entitled “Ability of Aleurotrachelus trachoides back to acquire and transmit tomato yellow leaf curl virus" at the 2018 Entomological Society of America Meeting held in Vancouver, Canada.

 



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