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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

August 20, 2014

Weekly Report

Research, Education, and Economics



Under Secretary Catherine Woteki                                         September 1 – 12, 2014


Agency Accomplishments (press/media achievements of the week)



Reform Based Actions   


Important Events for the Upcoming Week

ARS researcher Kip Balkcom, at the National Soil Dynamics Laboratory in Auburn, AL will be traveling to a Precision Ag Data Workshop titled “Big Data:  Managing your most elusive farm asset” on August 25, 2014, at Iowa State University in Ames, IA.  The workshop will cover topics such as understanding the value of data, data ownership and privacy, and data standards in agriculture. 

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ARS researcher Stephen Duke of the Natural Products Utilization Research Unit University, MS will travel to Atlanta, GA to attend the 2014 IR-4 Food Use & Biopesticides Workshop, September 9 – 11.   This event will be attended by scientists and stakeholders within the weed and pest management communities and will focus on furthering the development and registration of Biopesticides for use in pest management systems for specialty and major crops. Dr. Duke will present a plenary talk entitled “The Need for Bioherbicides.”  


ARS researcher Franck Dayan of the Natural Products Utilization Research Unit University, MS will travel to Washington, DC to attend the Herbicide Resistance Summit, September 10, 2014.    This event will be attended by a diverse group of policy-makers, agriculture producers, agronomists, and weed scientists and will address environmental implications of herbicide-resistant weeds, best management practices for addressing herbicide resistance, and challenges to and incentives for adopting best management practices.  


ARS researcher Ruixiu Sui from Crop Production Systems Research Unit in Stoneville, MS will be traveling September 9-20, 2014 to China to attend the 18th World Congress of CIGR (International Commission of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering) in Beijing and visit Northwest Agricultural and Forestry University (NWAFU) in Yangling, China Agricultural University (CAU), and China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research (IWHR) in Beijing.  He will present a paper entitled “Soil moisture monitoring using wireless sensor network” during a special session of the CIGR Congress.  He will also make an invited presentation entitled “Variable-rate irrigation for improving water use efficiency” in the Symposium on Agricultural Water Use Efficiency sponsored by NWAFU in Yangling.  NWAFU, CAU and IWHA have strong water management research programs in China and they all are currently involved in USDA-China MOST Water Saving Technology Flagship Program.  NWAFU will pay all expenses for his trip between Beijing and Yangling.


ARS researcher Karamat Sistani, Food Animal Environmental Systems Research Unit in Bowling Green, KY has been invited to give a talk at the 3rd U.S.-China Swine Industry Symposium on September 12, 2014 in Beijing China. He will be presenting “Utilization of Animal Manure as an Alternative to Chemical Fertilizers: Nutrient Management”.






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ARS News Articles

USDA Soil Lab Celebrates 75 Years of Innovative Research
Nov 18, 2010
Last Modified: 8/20/2014