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    26-Apr-2010 12:00 AM EDT

Article ID: 563467

How Grass Buffers Keep Agricultural Herbicides at Bay

American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

Researchers studied the impact of grass and grass/tree buffer strips on three herbicides commonly used in agriculture. The scientists studied the transport of the herbicides in both surface runoff and subsurface infiltration during two growing seasons.

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14-Apr-2010 5:55 PM EDT

Article ID: 563784

Direction of Crop Rows Increases Yield by Maximizing Access to Sunlight

Allen Press Publishing

Higher demand for organically grown foods has farmers seeking new methods to increase crop yields and reduce weeds without the use of chemicals. One very practical solution uses a readily available resource and requires no additional costs or time-consuming weeding and cultivating. It is, simply, maximizing the light of the sun.

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22-Apr-2010 3:05 PM EDT

Article ID: 563683

Hops Helps Reduce Ammonia Produced by Cattle

USDA, Office of Research, Education, and Economics

An Agricultural Research Service (ARS ) scientist may have found a way to cut the amount of ammonia produced by cattle, using a key ingredient of the brewer’s art: hops.

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20-Apr-2010 2:00 PM EDT

Article ID: 563671

$50 Million Gift to Fund Global Water for Food Institute at University of Nebraska

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

NU announced a $50 million founding gift commitment from the Robert B. Daugherty Charitable Foundation for a global Water for Food Institute. The gift, one of the largest in NU’s history, will create a center for research, education and policy analysis on the use of water for agriculture.

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20-Apr-2010 12:40 PM EDT

Article ID: 563616

Tracing Listeria monocytogenes in a Commercial Chicken Cooking Plant

USDA, Office of Research, Education, and Economics

Incoming raw poultry is the primary source of Listeria monocytogenes contamination in commercial chicken cooking plants, according to a 21-month study conducted by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists and their collaborators at the University of Georgia.

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19-Apr-2010 1:35 PM EDT

Article ID: 563534

Table Grapes’ New Ally: Muscodor albus

USDA, Office of Research, Education, and Economics

Small but mighty, a beneficial microbe called Muscodor albus may help protect fresh grapes from troublesome gray mold. Experiments conducted over the past several years by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) plant pathologist Joseph L. Smilanick and his ARS and industry colleagues have shown that M. albus can combat Botrytis cinerea, the organism that causes gray mold.

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16-Apr-2010 10:45 AM EDT

Article ID: 563478

ARS Strawberries Make Commercial and Home Growing Easy

USDA, Office of Research, Education, and Economics

Commercial growers and home gardeners nowadays have many great strawberry varieties to choose from, thanks to Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists.

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15-Apr-2010 10:45 AM EDT

Article ID: 563424

ARS Researching Camelina as a New Biofuel Crop

USDA, Office of Research, Education, and Economics

Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists have long-term studies under way to examine growing camelina as a bioenergy crop for producing jet fuel for the military and the aviation industry.

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14-Apr-2010 8:30 AM EDT
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    12-Apr-2010 12:00 AM EDT

Article ID: 563239

Bringing the World of Agriculture to the Classroom

American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

Instructors at Colorado State University implement case studies into a course on World Agriculture Issues. The results demonstrate the benefits of case studios in improving higher order learning and motivating students.

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9-Apr-2010 3:30 PM EDT

Article ID: 563209

Cellulosic Ethanol: Expanding Options, Identifying Obstacles

USDA, Office of Research, Education, and Economics

Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists are figuring out how to turn wheat straw into ethanol “gold,” and learning more about the bacteria that can “infect” ethanol plants and interfere with fuel production.

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9-Apr-2010 8:00 AM EDT

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