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2010-11-04 11:40:55

By Ann Perry, ARS A common roadside plant could have the right stuff to become a new source of biofuel, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) studies. Scientists with the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), USDA's principal intramural scientific research agency, have found that field pennycress yields impressive quantities of seeds whose oil could be used in biodiesel production. Field pennycress belongs to the Brassicaceae family, along with canola, camelina and mustard-other...

2010-10-29 08:30:00

OMAHA, Neb., Oct. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A Creighton University School of Medicine researcher has been awarded a $2.7 million grant by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to investigate a possible link between the ingestion of tortillas and corn-based food products contaminated with a fungal toxin and increased risk for birth defects. The three-year award is a collaborative effort among investigators at Creighton, the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service...

2010-10-22 19:46:43

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists are developing vaccines to help protect healthy farm-raised catfish against key diseases. Working as a team, microbiologist Phillip H. Klesius and molecular biologists Julia Pridgeon and Craig Shoemaker with USDA's Agricultural Research Service (ARS) at the agency's Aquatic Animal Health Research Unit in Auburn, Ala., and Joyce J. Evans, aquatic pathologist at the Auburn unit's lab in Chestertown, Md., are developing vaccines against...

2010-10-21 16:52:00

CHICAGO, Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) Vice President, Environment and Aviation Policy, Billy M Glover, issued the following statement in the wake of today's announcement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Federal Aviation Administration that the two agencies have agreed to work together to bring sustainable biofuels into production for the aviation industry. "Today's announcement is welcome news for the commercial aviation industry, which sees sustainable biofuels...

2010-10-21 11:55:00

WASHINGTON, Oct. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An estimated 104,000 Americans could lose their jobs if a new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulatory proposal is finalized, according to a study conducted by John Dunham and Associates and commissioned by the American Meat Institute (AMI). The study highlights the vast potential damage that could be done to livestock producers, meat packers and American consumers and workers should USDA's Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards...

2010-10-21 08:00:00

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Green Earth Technologies, Inc. (OTCQB: GETG), is pleased to announce that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) BioPreferred program, a Federal purchasing program for biobased products, has recently added six new Green Earth Technologies' entries to its online product catalog. With its searchable and user-friendly database, anyone can use the online catalog to find biobased products that meet BioPreferred program requirements. "Our use of...

2010-10-12 16:59:05

Winter canola might soon be the crop of choice for Pacific Northwest farmers, thanks to research by U.S. Department of Agriculture  (USDA) scientists and their partners. The multitasking annual plant can be used to control weeds, supplement animal feed, produce biodiesel"”and spark a new revenue stream for the Colville Confederated Tribes. Frank Young, an agronomist with USDA's Agricultural Research Service (ARS), was part of a team that evaluated production protocols for winter...

2010-10-08 09:34:00

CORAPEAKE, N.C., Oct. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Contrary to a report in today's Virginian-Pilot, a comprehensive investigation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) of NC-based Professional Laboratory and Research Services (PLRS) has found no evidence of animal neglect or abuse. The USDA finding follows People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals' (PETA) September release of a contrived video that inaccurately depicts the conditions at PLRS, in a malicious attempt to force the small...

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2010-10-08 05:46:01

Governor David Paterson and Mayor Michael Bloomberg have proposed that New Yorkers in the food stamps program should not be allowed to spend them on sugar-sweetened drinks. Bloomberg and Paterson said Thursday that they are trying to get the U.S. Department of Agriculture to add sugary drinks to the list of prohibited goods for city residents receiving assistance. This would be the first time an item would be banned from the federal program based solely on nutritional value. In 2008, the...

2010-10-06 19:21:55

Fish byproducts may be a new source of fish feed, thanks to research by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)-funded scientists in Hawaii. Research scientist Dong-Fang Deng and her colleagues with the Oceanic Institute in Waimanalo, Hawaii, are collaborating with USDA food technologist Peter Bechtel to develop the new fish feeds. Bechtel is with the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Subarctic Agricultural Research Unit in Kodiak, Alaska. ARS is the USDA's principal intramural...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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