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  • Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Projects to Improve Farm and Rural Business Energy Efficiency

    Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Projects to Improve Farm and Rural Business Energy Efficiency

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced funding for 424 projects across the nation that will help agricultural producers and rural small businesses reduce their energy consumption and costs, and use renewable energy technologies in their ...

  • Bridgestone Americas Breaking Ground on New Biorubber Process Research Center

    Bridgestone Americas Breaking Ground on New Biorubber Process Research Center

     Bridgestone Americas, Inc. (BSA) today announced the groundbreaking of its Biorubber Process Research Center, a research and development project in Mesa, Ariz., to investigate the use of the Guayule plant as an alternative natural rubber ...

  • Overseas Lab Seeks U.S. Weed Control `Recruits`

    Overseas Lab Seeks U.S. Weed Control `Recruits`

    The search is on for insects, mites, microbes or nematodes that could be used in a biologically based approach to controlling silverleaf nightshade, an invasive weed from the Americas that has spread to southern Europe, Africa, India, Australia and ...

  • Scientists Find Psyllid Populations in the Americas are Genetically Distinct

    Scientists Find Psyllid Populations in the Americas are Genetically Distinct

    Asian citrus psyllid populations in North and South America are genetically distinct, according to research conducted by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists and cooperators. In an effort to help control the spread of the ...

  • ARS scientists develop self-pollinating almond trees

    ARS scientists develop self-pollinating almond trees

    Self-pollinating almond trees that can produce a bountiful harvest without insect pollination are being developed by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists. This is good news for almond growers who face rising costs for insect pollination ...

  • Model predicts shifts in carbon absorption by forest canopies

    Model predicts shifts in carbon absorption by forest canopies

    An Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientist participated in a project to fine-tune computer models that can indicate when forest `carbon sinks` become net carbon generators instead. The results will help pinpoint the effectiveness of trees in ...

  • Prior herbicide use—not irrigation—is critical to herbicide efficacy

    Prior herbicide use—not irrigation—is critical to herbicide efficacy

    Crop and herbicide use history are more critical to herbicide efficacy and environmental safety than the timing and amount of irrigation water used, according to Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists. ARS plant physiologists Dale Shaner ...

  • In organic cover crops, more seeds means fewer weeds

    In organic cover crops, more seeds means fewer weeds

    Farmers cultivating organic produce often use winter cover crops to add soil organic matter, improve nutrient cycling and suppress weeds. Now these producers can optimize cover crop use by refining seeding strategies, thanks to work by an ...

  • ARS explores ways to keep carbon in the soil

    ARS explores ways to keep carbon in the soil

    Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists are testing out alternative ways of tilling the soil and rotating crops to see if they can help wheat farmers in Oregon sequester more carbon in the soil and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Soil ...

  • Understanding why rye works as a cover crop

    Understanding why rye works as a cover crop

    Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists may soon find a way to enhance the weed-killing capabilities of a cereal grain that enriches the soil when used as a winter cover crop. Rye is often grown in winter and killed in the spring, so the ...

  • Squeezing more crop out of each drop of water

    Squeezing more crop out of each drop of water

    Studies in China and Colorado by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists and cooperators have revealed some interesting tactics on how to irrigate with limited water, based on a crop’s critical growth stages. Laj Ahuja, research leader at ...

  • Mapping and modeling eastern US food production

    Mapping and modeling eastern US food production

    Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists are mapping an array of county-level data from Maine to Virginia on weather, soil, land use, water availability and other elements. Then they`ll use their map to model potential crop production and find ...

  • ARS helps preserve indigenous crops in Ecuador

    ARS helps preserve indigenous crops in Ecuador

    An Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientist is working with an international group of researchers on a project to improve the livelihoods of people in rural Ecuador by promoting the conservation and use of indigenous crops. People in and ...

  • A burning issue in winter wheat production

    A burning issue in winter wheat production

    Some Pacific Northwest winter wheat producers burn fields to remove straw left after harvest before reseeding. Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists and cooperators have shown that with careful management, this practice does not result in ...

  • Satellites help keep Chesapeake Bay clean

    Satellites help keep Chesapeake Bay clean

    Space-age technologies to help Maryland implement and monitor an expanded winter cover crop program that is vital to the Chesapeake Bay`s health are being developed by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists in Beltsville, Md. Soil scientist ...

  • Less nitrogen could increase profit & sustainability

    Less nitrogen could increase profit & sustainability

    More fertilizer doesn`t always mean more profit. That`s one conclusion from a 10-year study conducted by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists at the agency’s Soil Plant Nutrient Research Unit in Fort Collins, Colo., and colleagues at ...

  • Floating vegetative mats may help clean fishery wastewater

    Floating vegetative mats may help clean fishery wastewater

    The feasibility of using floating vegetation to remove nutrients from fishery wastewater is being tested by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists. The researchers` long-term goal is to develop a system to treat the wastewater, return it to ...

  • Grass strips help curb erosion, herbicide transport

    Grass strips help curb erosion, herbicide transport

    Grass filter strips placed in riparian zones not only curb soil erosion, but can help block and degrade the widely used herbicide atrazine, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists report. Atrazine has been used extensively to suppress weeds ...

  • Helping canneries make better use of leftover water

    Helping canneries make better use of leftover water

    With the help of a well-stocked kitchen cupboard, a can opener, and a microwave oven, a steaming-hot bowl of your favorite tomato soup can be ready to savor in just minutes. For decades America`s canneries have helped make soups—as well as ...

  • A model farm for emissions studies

    A model farm for emissions studies

    Anyone downwind of a pig barn knows that animal production facilities generate some notable emissions. Now Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists have reported that preliminary findings from wind tunnel studies indicate that positioning farm ...