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2011-08-22 20:27:59

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists working with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign found that future levels of ground-level ozone could reduce soybean yields by an average 23 percent. Randy Nelson, geneticist and research leader with the USDA Agricultural Research Service Soybean/Maize Germplasm, Pathology, and Genetics Research Unit in Urbana, Ill., and Lisa Ainsworth, a molecular biologist with the ARS Global Change and Photosynthesis Research Unit in Urbana,...

2011-08-17 13:00:00

BLUE BELL, Pa., Aug. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Unisys Corporation (NYSE: UIS) today announced awards related to successful projects with government clients the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), Los Angeles County (California), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Government Computer News honored GSA with a GCN Award for its Enterprise Email and Collaboration project. Under the project, GSA worked with Unisys to successfully migrate all of its 17,000 email users to...

2011-08-15 15:16:58

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) are studying soil moisture levels and other field dynamics to help Pacific Northwest famers maximize the production of corn, a relatively new regional crop that helps support Idaho's growing dairy industry. Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists David Tarkalson and David Bjorneberg conducted a 2-year study to see if farmers who use conventional tillage and fertilizer application methods could increase corn yields by banding...

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2011-08-11 13:57:59

By Dennis O'Brien, ARS A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientist is trying to learn what is causing the decline in bumble bee populations and also is searching for a species that can serve as the next generation of greenhouse pollinators. Bumble bees, like honey bees, are important pollinators of native plants and are used to pollinate greenhouse crops like peppers and tomatoes. But colonies of Bombus occidentalis used for greenhouse pollination began to suffer from disease...

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2011-08-04 09:53:33

By Don Comis, ARS Rising carbon dioxide (CO2) levels can reverse the drying effects of predicted higher temperatures on semi-arid rangelands, according to a study published Aug 3 in the scientific journal Nature by a team of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and university scientists. Warmer temperatures increase water loss to the atmosphere, leading to drier soils. In contrast, higher CO2 levels cause leaf stomatal pores to partly close, lessening the amount of water vapor that escapes...

2011-08-02 15:39:00

BRATTLEBORO, Vt., Aug. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is pleased to announce that it has selected Michael Funk of United Natural Foods Inc. (UNFI) and Mark Lipson of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to receive its prestigious Organic Leadership Awards for 2011. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110802/DC46154-a) (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110802/DC46154-b) "Both Michael Funk and Mark Lipson have had a long...

2011-08-02 05:23:00

Distance learning leader provides regionally accredited education essential to career success NORCROSS, Ga., Aug. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ashworth College announced that the national contract between the Job Corps Forestry Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Ashworth's (http://www.ashworthcollege.edu) James Madison High School division has been renewed for the 2011-2012 school year. Ashworth and James Madison are leaders in accredited distance and...

2011-07-21 15:01:00

WASHINGTON, July 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Truthful Labeling Coalition (TLC) is pleased to announce its support of a new proposal from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that will require clearer and more informative labels on so-called "enhanced" meat and poultry products. This new regulation will protect consumers from the deceptive labels some processors currently use to obscure their practice of injecting saltwater solutions into their products. The TLC applauds the USDA for...

2011-07-14 15:08:50

There is literally a way to undercut dust emissions in the very driest parts of the Pacific Northwest's Columbia Plateau region, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientist. Brenton Sharratt, research leader at the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Land Management and Water Conservation Research Unit in Pullman, Wash., found that undercutting is a promising conservation tillage technique on fallow fields. ARS is USDA's principal intramural scientific research...

2011-07-13 11:45:00

WASHINGTON, July 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- This week's report on corn and other grains by the U.S. Department of Agriculture marks an important turning point in the evolution of agriculture, according to the National Chicken Council: for the first time, the government is predicting that more corn will be used in this crop year for motor fuel than used for animal feed to help produce food for people. "Raising poultry and livestock as food for people is taking second place to...


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