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Dual discoveries open door for research

Monday, December 21, 2009

MIDDLEFIELD, Ohio — Researchers at DDC Clinic for Special Needs Children have identified a new disease, one never previously described in medical literature, and also discovered the gene associated with the disease. The study will appear in the online edition of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Heng Wang, a physician scientist […]

Successes and challenges in personalized medicine

Monday, December 21, 2009

WASHINGTON — As lawmakers in Congress debated health care reform, National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins and other top thinkers suggested at AAAS that personalized medicine and other future health strategies could someday improve care and bring down medical costs. Current forecasts find that health costs are rising so fast, Collins said, that medical […]

Machine visually inspects strawberry plants

Monday, December 21, 2009

PITTSBURGH — Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center have developed a plant-sorting machine that uses computer vision and machine learning to inspect and grade harvested strawberry plants and then mechanically sort them by quality — tasks that until now could only be done manually. Field test In a successful field test this […]

New ways to control honeybee parasite

Monday, December 21, 2009

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Ground-breaking discoveries by Michigan State University researchers could help protect honeybees from deadly parasites that have devastated commercial colonies. The researchers for the first time were able to produce in the laboratory proteins that help channel sodium ions through cell membranes of parasites known as Varroa mites. Key finding The research, […]

Program helps keep farmers safe

Monday, December 21, 2009

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — The New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health said it has made safe the 700th tractor via its innovative rollover protection system rebate program, the only program of its kind in the U.S. Cattaraugus County fruit farmer Dave Wilbur’s International tractor was retrofitted with the assistance of the program, bringing the […]

Task force recommends structural change

Monday, December 21, 2009

DENVER — The cattle industry is in the fight of its life, and members of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association are considering a structure change that would allow the nation’s largest cattle organization to quickly and efficiently address industry challenges without sacrificing grassroots input. Recommended The change is being recommended by producers and state organization […]

USDA, Penn State University invest in training new farmers

Monday, December 21, 2009

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — With half of all current farmers in the U.S. likely to retire in the next decade, federal and state agriculture officials are looking for ways to encourage and assist the new generation of farmers that will produce the nation’s food and fiber in the future. Two groups of researchers and extension […]

Aquaculturalists exploring use soybeans as alternative to fishmeal

Monday, December 21, 2009

PIKETON, Ohio — A new project that links Ohio’s No. 1 fish species with a key field crop could lead to greater sustainability of the state’s aquaculture industry while developing new, local agricultural markets. Ohio State University aquaculturists with OSU South Centers at Piketon are exploring the feasibility of using soybeans as an alternative to […]

Factors for successful calving season

Monday, December 21, 2009

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Calves born with any sort of difficulty at birth are four times more likely to die than those without, which is why conditioning cows for calving is extremely important, said Ron Lemenager, Purdue University beef nutrition specialist. Three key factors As the spring calving season approaches, producers should look at three […]

Web site helps beginning farmers

Monday, December 21, 2009

BELPRE, Ohio — When the recession forced Lynn Wiblin into unemployment from her manufacturing job earlier this year, she turned to the land to get back on her feet. Following in the footsteps of generations of family farming, she has turned 15 acres in Washington County into a vegetable farm that not only will provide […]

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