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January 28, 2019, ARS Research Leader, Dr. Craig S. Tucker, Warmwater Aquaculture Research Unit, Stoneville, MS, is co-author of the paper “Factors Driving Aquaculture Technology Adoption” that was named Best Paper of 2018 by the Journal of the World Aquaculture Society. The other co-authors are Drs. Ganesh Kumar (Mississippi State University) and Dr. Carole Engle (Engle-Stone Aquatics, LLC).

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 16-20, 2019, two ARS Research Scientists from the U.S. National Poultry Research Center (USNPRC), Athens, GA, attended and presented at the XXI World Veterinary Poultry Association Congress held in Bangkok, Thailand. Dr John Dunn gave a Keynote Presentation titled, “Marek’s disease: virus evolution vs vaccine development.”  Dr. David E. Swayne presented an oral talk titled, “Broad Antigenic Protection of Chickens against H5 Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza with Recombinant Herpesvirus of Turkey Vaccine Containing 2.3.4.4A hemagglutinin insert”. Also, Dr Swayne was awarded the 2018 World Veterinary Poultry Association - Boehringer Ingelheim Innovation in Vaccination Award for his research contributions to innovations in poultry influenza vaccines and vaccination made over the last decade.

October 9, 2019, the Dale Bumper's Small Farms Research Center in Booneville, AR hosted an Organic Crops Field Day in conjunction with the Natural Soybean Grain & Alliance; Winrock International and the University of Arkansas Extension.  Field day participants reviewed the USDA field sites that are planted in organic crops (wheat, soybean and okra) in the Arkansas river valley as a possible new markets for small farmers.

October 12 and 19th, ARS Research Entomologist Dr. Margaret L. Allen of the Biological Control of Pests Research Unit in Stoneville, MS provided a two-part workshop at Mississippi Valley State University as part of the Louis Stokes Mississippi Alliance for Minority Participation (LSMAMP) Pathways Alliance. The events were held at the new Science & Technology Center, at the MVSU main campus in Itta Bena, MS, hosted by the Department of Natural Sciences & Environmental Health. LSMAMP STEM students consisting of Freshman, Sophomores, and Juniors, as well as some STEM faculty were in attendance. The initial interactive presentation was entitled “Entomological Sciences: Inspiration from Insects” and provided an overview of entomology. The second workshop was entitled “Exploring Internet Resources for Entomological (and other) Sciences” and provided further information on topics provided by the students and faculty.

October 14-16, 2019, ARS Research Chemist Dr. Matthew Gilbert of the Food and Feed Safety Research Unit in New Orleans, LA, presented a poster entitled “Is host resistance against Aspergillus flavus infection and aflatoxin contamination possible? Gene expression of resistant and susceptible maize lines provides insights”at the World Mycotoxin Forum Meets International Symposium on Mycotoxins held in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Stakeholder Notifications:

November 5-8, 2019, ARS Research Chemist Dr. Matthew Lebar of the Food and Feed Safety Research Unit in New Orleans, LA, will present an oral presentation entitled “The secondary metabolism of Aspergillus flavus: small molecules with diverse biological function” at the 9th International Symposium on Recent Advances in Food Analysis to be held in Prague, Czech Republic.

November 10 - 14, 2019, ARS Research Leader and Agronomist Duli Zhao of the Sugarcane Field Station in Canal Point, FL will attend the 2019 American Society of Agronomy, the Crop Science Society of America, and the Soil Science Society of America (ASA-CSSA-SSSA) International Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas. He will present “Genotypic Variation of Sugarcane Juice Brix and Pol Values and Their Relationships”.

November 10 - 13, 2019, ARS Research Geneticist James Todd of the Sugarcane Research Unit in Houma, LA will attend the 2019 American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America (ASA-CSSA-SSSA) International Annual Meeting in San Antonio, TX.  He will present a poster entitled:  "Predicting Sugarcane Ratoon Yield Based on Previous Yields" which describes the utilization of machine learning techniques to predict ratoon yield utilizing previous yield data.

November 10-14, 2019, ARS Research Chemist Dr. Isabel Lima of the Commodity Utilization Research Unit in New Orleans, LA, will present an oral presentation entitled “Field Application of Sugarcane Bagasse Biochar for Increased Sugarcane Yields” at the IBI Biochar World Congress 2019 in Seoul, South Korea.

November 10-14, 2019, ARS Research Chemist Dr. Zhongqi He of the Commodity Utilization Research Unit in New Orleans, LA will present a poster entitled “Spectroscopic Characterization of Defatted Cottonseed Meal-Based Biochars” at the 2019 American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of American and the Soil Science Society of America (ASA-CSSA-SSSA) International Meeting in San Antonio, TX. 

November 11 - 15, 2019, ARS Molecular Biologist, Sariful Md Islam of the Sugarcane Field Station in Canal Point, FL will attend an International Symposium on Sugarcane in Yunnan, Kaiyuan, China.  He will present “Overview of Sugarcane Molecular Breeding in Canal Point”.

Nov 17-20, 2019, ARS Research Entomologist Paul Kendra of the Subtropical Horticulture Research Station, Miami, FL, will participate in the 67th Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, to be held in St. Louis, MO.  His presentation is titled Comparison of trap designs for detection of Euwallacea nr. fornicatus and other ambrosia beetles (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae) in Florida avocado groves.



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