USDA-ARS Research Station marks centennial Sept. 4
The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Southern Plains Range Research Station will mark its 100th Anniversary with a field day Sept. 4, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. ARS is the chief scientific research agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
The field day is free and open to the public. Reservations are recommended and can be made by phone (580-256-7449) or email (email@example.com). Activities include lab and field research tours as well as self-guided walking tours of the laboratories and greenhouses. Featured research areas on the tours include: biofuel-carbon; tall fescue; barley breeding; eastern gamagrass and Texas bluegrass; breeding of little bluestem and sand bluestem; greenhouse gas emissions by livestock and carbon flux by grasslands. A noon meal will be provided by Farm Credit of Western Oklahoma. Additional support for field day hospitality is provided by Central National Bank of Enid, Ellis County OSU Extension, Great Plains National Bank, Woodward Branch, Woodward County OSU Extension and the Woodward Industrial Foundation.
A brief presentation will follow the program featuring remarks by:
Alan Case, Woodward Industrial Foundation
Stacey Gunter, Research Leader, ARS Southern Plains Range Research Station
John McMurtry, Associate Area Director, ARS Southern Plains Area
The mission of the Southern Plains Range Research Station is to increase the efficiency of forage-livestock production and rangeland resource utilization through integrated management of energy flow, nutrient cycling and hydrologic dynamics in forage-animal production systems in a manner consistent with perpetuation of the rangeland resource. The strategy for the rangeland research program targets five program areas: germplasm development; understanding plant growth; forage plant-soil interactions; plant-animal interactions; and the development of integrated forage-livestock production and utilization systems. Objectives are lowered production costs, increased efficiency of cropland and grassland utilization, increased agricultural production and enhancing the economic vitality of rural communities in the Southern Plains.
USDA-ARS Southern Plains Range Research Station is located at 2000 18th Street, Woodward, Oklahoma.
For more information, contact:
Stacey.Gunter@ars.usda.gov, Research Leader, telephone 580-256-7449;
Sherry.Dewald@ars.usda.gov, Program Assistant, telephone 580-256-7449; or
Susan.Burgess@ars.usda.gov, ARS Special Events Coordinator, telephone 301-504-4885.