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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

September 17, 2014

Weekly Report

Research, Education, and Economics


Under Secretary Catherine Woteki                 Report Date:  September 9 – October 10, 2014


Agency Accomplishments (press/media achievements of the week)


Reform Based Actions


Important Events for the Upcoming Week

The week of September 8-11, 2014, a photographer from National Geographic magazine was at the Honey Bee Breeding, Genetics and Physiology Research Unit in Baton Rouge, LA taking pictures for an article on the Honey Bee Breeding and Genetics Laboratory research on honey bee breeding and insemination procedures. 

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ARS researcher Roger Kuhnle of the Watershed Physical Processes Research Unit, Oxford, MS will be representing ARS at the Technical Committee Meeting of the Federal Interagency Sedimentation Project (FISP).  ARS is a contributing member of the FISP.  This meeting will be held in Linthicum, MD, October 7-8, 2014.


ARS researcher Matthew Moore of the Water Quality and Ecology Research Unit, Oxford, MS will be attending an Associate Editors Board meeting for Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology in Syracuse, NY on October 5-7, 2014. 


ARS researchers, H. Allen Torbert and Dexter Watts, National Soil Dynamics Laboratory, Auburn, AL are invited to present at the Flue Gas Desulfurization FGD Gypsum in Agriculture Workshop held in Atlanta, GA, on September 30-October 1, 2014.  Dr. Watts will present research for FGD gypsum research in the Southeast, and Dr. Torbert will present information regarding the development of a NRCS National Standard for gypsum use in Agriculture.  This meeting is sponsored by the Electric Power Research Institute.

ARS researcher Casey Grimm of the Food Processing and Sensory Quality Research Unit, New Orleans, LA will be attending the annual meeting of the American Association of Cereal Chemists International, AACCI, which will be held in Providence, RI, October 5-8, 2014.  Grimm will be giving an invited talk in a symposium arranged by Dr. John Manful of the Africa Rice Center on “The Use of New Technologies in the Determination and Enhancement of Rice Grain Quality”.  His talk will be on the single kernel analysis of 2-acetyl-1-pyrroline in aromatic rice developed by Dr. Rolf Bryant and on the BADH2 protein responsible for inhibition of the formation of 2AP.  The symposium will be held on Wednesday, October 8th at 8:30 a.m. 

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30-60 Day Look-Ahead


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ARS News Articles

USDA Soil Lab Celebrates 75 Years of Innovative Research
Nov 18, 2010
Last Modified: 9/17/2014