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U.S. Values Shape Cotton Testing’s Future

BY DARRYL EARNEST MEMPHIS, TENN. • Grew up in rural west Alabama. • B.S. in Industrial Engineering, Univ. of Alabama – 1990. • Started career in Greenwood, Miss., field office. • Served in Memphis 1991-2000, 2002-2005 and 2011-present; Washington DC 2000-2002 and 2005-2011. • Served as Deputy Administrator of USDA’s Ag Marketing Service-Cotton Program since 2005. • Worked entire 24-year ... Read More »

Managing A Mighty Mite

Honey bee health decline threatens the world’s agricultural enterprise and ecosystems, which rely on bees for pollination. Among several factors contributing to bee colony losses is the parasitic mite, Varroa destructor, which was first detected in the United States in 1987. Researchers have agreed that this parasite remains the single most detrimental pest of honey bees and is closely associated with overwintering colony declines Read More »

USDA Plans Water Projects

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has recently announced funding for projects in 40 states to finance investments in improved water and waste-water systems for more than 200,000 rural residents. “Rural businesses and residents need access to clean water and modern waste disposal systems,” says Vilsack. “This isn’t just an economic issue, it’s an issue of basic health and safety. Water and ... Read More »

USDA Aims For Rural Growth

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the selection of organizations in 11 states for loans and grants to support job creation efforts and business development, and to strengthen economic growth in rural communities. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) remains focused on carrying out its mission, despite a time of significant budget uncertainty. The annou-ncement is one part of the ... Read More »

USDA Keeps Eye On Climate Change

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says that the Federal government must increase collaboration with producers, researchers and industry to develop the next generation of solutions that will help agriculture mitigate and adapt to modern climate challenges. “Our farmers, ranchers and forest landowners are the most innovative on earth, and they’re up to the task of meeting environmental challenges that lay ahead,” ... Read More »

U.S. Goes To War Against Insects

Outfitting soldiers with clothing that effectively repels or kills insects is one of the strategies U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists are using to help protect U.S. military personnel deployed overseas against disease-transmitting mosquitoes and sand flies. As part of the Deployed War-Fighter Protection Research Program, scientists at the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Center for Medical, Agricultural and Veterinary Entomol-ogy ... Read More »