Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Research Chemist, Sophie Uchimiya of the Commodity Utilization Research Unit in New Orleans, LA received the 2016 Journal of Environmental Quality Outstanding Associate Editor award. The award will be featured in CSA News of American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America (ASA-CSSA-SSSA).
Important Events for the Upcoming Week
On April 25-27, 2017, ARS Research Entomologist, Alvin M. Simmons of the U.S. Vegetable Laboratory in Charleston, SC, will participate in the IR-4 Project Western Region State Liaison Representative/Commodity Liaison Committee Meeting in Ft. Collins, CO. Simmons is the Interim Coordinator for ARS’ Program to Register Minor Use Pesticides for Food and Ornamental Horticultural Crops, and will present the IR-4 National Award of Excellence to ARS Agronomist, Sharon Benzen of the Crop Improvement and Protection Unit, Salinas, CA. This award is given only once in every three years.
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
Outreach and Professional Activities:
April 1 – August 31, 2017, ARS, Dr. Jinyoung Barnaby, Research Plant Physiologist at the Dale Bumpers National Rice Research Center in Stuttgart, AR will host Mr. Jaebuhm Chun, a visiting scientist from the Rural Development Administration in the Republic of Korea. This is a collaborative research project through the Office of International Programs that focuses on reducing methane emissions from rice production.
May 3-5, 2017, ARS Epidemiologist, Jessica Thomson of the Delta Human Nutrition Research Program in Stoneville, MS, will attend the National Institutes of Health Regional Seminar in New Orleans, LA. This seminar will provide education and training on the grants application and review process, federal regulations and policies, and current areas of special interest or concern.
April 17-20, 2017, ARS Research Entomologist, O. P. Perera of the Southern Insect Management Research Unit, Stoneville, MS will present research on “Sialotranscriptome of the red-banded stink bug, Piezodorus guildinii” at the 2017 International Heteroptera Symposium and Workshop in Seaside, CA.
April 17-20, 2017, ARS Research Entomologist, Maribel Portilla, Research Leader Randy Luttrell, former Research Entomologist Gordon Snodgrass of the Southern Insect Management Research Unit-Stoneville, MS along with former Research Leader Doug Street, Research Entomologist Walker Jones of Biological Control of Pests Research Unit-Stoneville, MS, Research Entomologist O.P Perera of Southern Insect Management Research Unit-Stoneville, MS, Assistant Professor-Extension Entomologist Nick Seiter of University of Arkansas at Monticello-Monticello, AR and Professor of Entomology Jeremy Greene of Clemson University-Clemson, SC will present the posters entitled “Reproductive Rates of nezara viridula (Heteroptera: Pentatomidae) Reared on Two Artificial Diets Developed for Lygus spp. ” and “Evaluation of Three Isolates of Beauveria bassiana for Control of Megacopta cribraria (Heteroptera: Plataspidae) ” at the International Heteroptera Symposium meeting in Seaside, CA.
April 17-21, 2017, ARS Soil Scientist, Philip A. Moore Jr. of the Poultry Production and Product Safety Research Unit in Fayetteville, AR, will present a paper entitled “Fertilizer value of nitrogen captured using ammonia scrubbers attached to animal production facilities" at the Waste to Worth 2017 Meeting in Cary, NC.
April 18-20, 2017, ARS Research Entomologist Katherine Parys of the Southern Insect Management Research Unit, Stoneville, MS and David Hall, University of Greenwich, UK will give a talk entitled “Re-examination of the female sex pheromone of Lygus lineolaris” at the International Heteroptera Symposium in Seaside, CA.
April 17-21, 2017, ARS Physical Science Technician Percy William Brigman of Coastal Plains Soil, Water and Plant Research in Florence, SC, will attend “Waste to Worth” Conference in Raleigh, NC. Brigman will give a poster presentation on “Recovering Protein.”
April 17-21, 2017, ARS Soil Scientist Paul D. Shumaker of Coastal Plains Soil, Water and Plant Research in Florence, SC, will attend “Waste to Worth” Conference in Raleigh, NC. Shumaker will be presenting a Power point entitled “Phosphorus Recovery from Anaerobic Swine Lagoon Sludge Using the Quick Wash Process.”
April 18-21, 2017, ARS Research Environmental Engineer Kyoung Ro of Coastal Plains Soil, Water and Plant Research in Florence, SC, will work on the current cooperative research agreement between the Korean Rural Development Administration National Institute of Animal Science (RDA-NIAS) and ARS, in Chonju, South Korea.
April 18-21, 2017, ARS Research Soils Scientists, Allen Torbert and Dexter Watts of the National Soil Dynamics laboratory, Auburn, AL will attend the Waste to Worth 2017, an International Conference on Livestock and Poultry Environmental Quality, in Cary, NC. Dr. Torbert will give a presentation on “USDA-NRCS Conservation Practice Standard: Amending Soil Properties with Gypsum Products” and Dr. Watts will give a research paper on “Gypsum as a Best Management Practice for Reducing P Loss from Agricultural Fields”.
April 19-21, 2017, ARS Research Soil Scientist (RL) Ariel A. Szogi of Coastal Plains Soil, Water and Plant Research in Florence, SC, will work on the current cooperative research agreement between the Korean Rural Development Administration National Institute of Animal Science (RDA-NIAS) and ARS, in Chonju, South Korea.
April 21-29, 2017, ARS Research Agricultural Engineer, Yanbo Huang of the Crop Production Systems Research Unit in Stoneville, MS will present as a keynote speaker on “Advancing to the Next Generation Precision Agriculture” at the International Summit Forum on Development Strategy of Science and Technology in Agricultural Aviation (ISFAA) held on April 22 - 24, 2017 in Beijing, China, and will also have research tours after the meeting to visit collaborators’ agricultural research and experimental stations.
April 22-26, 2017, ARS Epidemiologists Melissa Goodman and Jessica Thomson, of the Delta Human Nutrition Research Program in Stoneville, MS, will be presenting “Delta Healthy Sprouts: Participants’ Diet and Food Environment at Baseline” and “Delta Healthy Sprouts: Participants’ Postnatal Diet Quality and Food Habits” at the Experimental Biology Conference in Chicago, IL.
April 23-28, 2017, ARS Research Soil Scientist Jeff Novak of Coastal Plains Soil, Water and Plant Research in Florence, SC, will make a poster presentation entitled “Biochars ability to sequester metals in contaminated mine spoils: a greenhouse study,” in European Geosciences Union, Vienna, Austria.
April 23-28, 2017, ARS Research Soil Scientist Gilbert Sigua of Coastal Plains Soil, Water and Plant Research in Florence, SC, will make a presentation entitled “Efficacy of designer biochars with or without lime application for remediating heavy metals in mine spoil soils,” in European Geosciences Union, Vienna, Austria.
April 25, 2017, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Microbiologist Michael Jenkins, of the Water Quality and Ecology Research Unit in Oxford, MS will give a lecture entitled “Persistence and Transport of Manure Pathogens in Soil and Water” for the course, Veterinary Perspectives on Pathogen Control in Animal Manure at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.
April 25-27, 2017, ARS Research Geneticist Anna Hale, Research Geneticist James Todd, Agronomist Edwis Dufrene, Research Agronomist Douglas Spaunhorst, and Research Leader Michael Grisham from the Sugarcane Research Unit in Houma, LA, will participate in the Rio Farms, Inc., Sugarcane Seminar and Field Day in Monte Alto, TX. They will present results of collaborative sugarcane variety trials and weed management experiments being conducted in the Rio Grande Valley and the use of near-infrared spectroscopy for sugarcane analysis. The scientists will have the opportunity to visit field research sites and visit with the Rio Grande Valley sugarcane producers.
April 29- May 7, 2017, ARS Lead Scientist, Dr. Gillian Eggleston of the Commodity Utilization Research Unit in New Orleans, LA will visit Mitr Phol Sugar Corporation in Thailand to single-handedly present a workshop on “Starch, Color, and Sugar Deterioration.”
April 30-May 4, 2017, ARS Research Geneticist (Plants), Jay Shockey of the Commodity Utilization Research Unit in New Orleans, LA, will attend the American Oil Chemists’ Society Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL. He will present the paper “Investigation of exotic fatty acid biosynthesis: Transcript profiling and biochemical characterization of lipid metabolic genes from Litchi chinensis seeds.”
May 1-5, 2017, ARS Hydrologist, J. R. Rigby, Watershed Physical Processes Research Unit, National Sedimentation Laboratory in Oxford, MS, will attend the Long-term Agroecosystem Research (LTAR) workshop in El Reno, OK.
May 7-11, 2017, ARS Lead Scientist, Dr. Gillian Eggleston, of the Commodity Utilization Research Unit in New Orleans, LA will attend the International Sugar Industry Technologists Conference to present two papers titled: “Major new insights into the cause of floc formation in alcoholic beverages sweetened with refined cane sugars” and “How chemical ripeners of sugarcane affect the starch and color quality of juices.”