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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:

October 27, 2018, ARS Honey Bee Breeding, Genetics and Physiology Laboratory, Baton Rouge, LA, together with the Louisiana Beekeepers Association, held a Field Day for beekeepers and the public.   Approximately 160 visitors heard about current research at the laboratory in the morning, and then participated in afternoon sessions targeted toward either beginner, intermediate, or advanced beekeepers.  Attendees came from Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Texas, South Carolina, and Hawaii.

November 3-8, 2018, Dr. Philip Moore, Soil Scientist, Poultry Production and Product Safety Research Unit, Fayetteville, AR received the American Society of Agronomy’s Environmental Quality Research Award at the ASA Awards Ceremony during the society’s Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD.  The award was based on Dr. Moore’s research on developing best management practices to reduce phosphorus runoff and ammonia emissions from animal manure, such as treating poultry litter with aluminum sulfate; a technology used to grow over one billion chickens in the USA each year.  Dr. Moore’s team also developed the original Arkansas Phosphorus Index and he later led the effort to revise the index. The Environmental Quality Research Award is intended to recognize contributions that have enhanced the basic understanding of environmental sciences in relation to agriculture or demonstrated sound and effective management practices for maintaining or improving the quality of soil, water, and air resources. The award consists of a certificate, a complimentary ticket to the award ceremony, and $2,000.

November 3-8, 2018, Dr. Amanda Ashworth, Soil Scientist, Poultry Production and Product Safety Research Unit, Fayetteville, AR attended the American Society of Agronomy (ASA) & Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD, and gave talk “The One Health Approach to Poultry Litter and Cover Crop Management in Cropping Systems after 12 Years of Management”.

November 26-28, 2018, Dr. Annie Donoghue, Research Leader, Poultry Production and Product Safety Research Unit, Fayetteville, AR will attend the 7th Beneficial Microbes Conference, Amsterdam/The Netherlands, and give talk "Effect of Trans-cinnamaldehyde on Lactobacillus plantarum proteome and colonization potential in chicken gut".  

November 26-29, 2018, Research Molecular Biologist, Dr. Benjamin LaFrentz of the Aquatic Animal Health Research Unit, Auburn, AL will attend the conference Flavobacterium 2018 in Nara, Japan. He will present two papers entitled “Identification of four distinct phylogenetic groups in Flavobacterium columnare with fish host associations” and “Multiplex PCR for rapid genotyping of Flavobacterium columnare”.

December 2-7, 2018, ARS Research Geneticist, Jodi Scheffler, from the Crop Genetics Research Unit in Stoneville, MS will attend the International Cotton Advisory Committee 77th Plenary Meeting in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Dr. Scheffler will attend as an official delegate and also give a presentation in the session on Inter-Governmental Policies on Seed-Exchange titled Cross border partnerships and seed sharing as strategies to combat emerging pest threats”.

December 4-8, 2018, Dr. Michele Reba, ARS Research Hydrologist, Delta Water Management Research Unit, Jonesboro, AR will attend the Rice Outlook Conference and serve on the U.S. Sustainable Rice Steering Committee in San Diego, CA.  

December 5, 2018, ARS Research Plant Pathologist Dr. Shaker Kousik, U.S. Vegetable Laboratory, Charleston, SC will present a Keynote address entitled “Progress and Challenges in Managing Phytophthora Fruit Rots of Cucurbits” at the 2nd International Soilborne Oomycete Conference to be held in Islamorada, FL.

December 10-14, 2018, Dr. Michele Reba, ARS Research Hydrologist, Delta Water Management Research Unit, Jonesboro, AR will attend the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting and will be presenting a paper entitled “Methane Reductions at the Field Scale with Alternate Wetting and Drying in U.S. Mid-South Rice Production” and will convene a session entitled “B006: Agricultural Systems: Links Between Hydrology and Biogeochemical Cycling”   in Washington, DC.

December 10-14, 2018, Dr. Eddy Langendoen, ARS Research Hydraulic Engineer, Watershed Physical Processes Research Unit, National Sedimentation Laboratory, in Oxford, MS, will attend the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting and will be presenting a paper entitled “Quantifying the effects of outer-bank large wood on flow-resistance and bank erosion in an evolving meandering river” in Washington, DC.

December 11-13, 2018, ARS, Research Plant Physiologist, Steve Duke, Natural Products Utilization Research Unit, at University, MS, will serve as National Institute of Food and Agriculture Chair of the Pest and Beneficial Species MOL Panel in Washington, DC.



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