iBi - May 2010

NCAUR: Agricultural Research to Meet the Needs of Our Time

by Katherine O’Hara
USDA ARS National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research

The USDA Northern Regional Research Lab, commonly known as the “Ag Lab,” is a powerhouse of intellectual capital and scientific capacity harnessing the creative force of research to address the needs of the United States, its agriculture and its industry.

Introducing Paul Sebesta…

As director of the USDA ARS National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research in Peoria, Sebesta is responsible for planning, coordinating and evaluating research programs designed to fulfill the goals of a complex national strategic plan for agricultural research.

Advancing Technology

by Patrick Kirchhofer
Peoria County Farm Bureau

Advances in equipment and seed technology have greatly impacted the efficiency and yield of today’s farmer.

Overcoming Obstacles to Biofuel Production

by Michael Cotta
USDA ARS National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research

Renewable biofuels have the potential to reduce U.S. dependence on imported oil, lower greenhouse gas emissions and further develop the rural economy.

C’ing the Need

by Colleen Callahan
USDA Rural Development

Rural communities will have to reinvent themselves in order for Rural America to be renewed.

Using Genetics to Uncover Food Pathogens

by Todd Ward
USDA ARS National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research

Although the U.S. has one of the safest food supplies in the world, food safety remains an important issue.

A Global Perspective for Ag Leaders

by Mark Bloom
Illinois Agricultural Leadership Foundation

Since 1984, the Illinois Agricultural Leadership Program has visited 32 different countries as part of its two-year curriculum.

Climate Change and Its Personal Impact

by Jerry L. Hatfield
USDA ARS National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research

Climate change will impact all of us and there are many segments of our life that may be affected.

Beyond Basic Nutrition

by Sean X. Liu
USDA ARS National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research

NCAUR researchers are developing new ingredients and processing technologies that add health benefits beyond basic nutrition.

Good Guys Vs. Bad Guys

by David Schisler
USDA ARS National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research

It is expected that this new tool for reducing scab of wheat will be available to agricultural producers in the near-future.

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Creating Memories at Camp Big Sky

by Amy Chovan

Out in the remote Midwest, between Middle Grove and Fairview in Fulton County, lies 101 acres that have afforded thousands of children and adults with disabilities the opportunity to experience the great outdoors.