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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...

2011-07-07 19:10:52

Scientists with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) are identifying factors that influence pesticide levels in the Chesapeake Bay airshed, including traces of "legacy" pesticides that still linger even though they are no longer being used. Agricultural Research Service (ARS) chemists Laura McConnell and Cathleen Hapeman obtained weekly air samples and rain samples for precipitation events from 2000 to 2003 at three sites in Maryland and Delaware. Both scientists work at the ARS...

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2011-07-05 07:57:48

By Ann Perry, ARS Studies by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists have confirmed that the presence of Escherichia coli pathogens in surface waters could result from the pathogen's ability to survive for months in underwater sediments. Most E. coli strains don't cause illness, but they are indicator organisms used by water quality managers to estimate fecal contamination. These findings, which can help pinpoint potential sources of water contamination, support the USDA priorities...

2011-06-21 12:42:40

Compounds in blueberries might turn out to have a powerful effect on formation of strong, healthy bones, if results from studies with laboratory rats turn out to hold true for humans. Jin-Ran Chen and his colleagues are exploring this idea in research funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) at the Arkansas Children's Nutrition Center (ACNC) in Little Rock. Chen is a principal investigator and lead scientist at the center's Skeletal Development Laboratory, and an assistant...

2011-06-17 12:16:00

YORK, Pa., June 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Unilife Corporation ("Unilife" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: UNIS; ASX: UNS) today hosted Kathleen Merrigan, the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, for a White House Business Council roundtable discussion with local business leaders at its facility in York, Pennsylvania. The White House established the White House Business Council (WHBC) under the direction of President Obama. The Winning the Future Roundtables with American...


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