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Changes in the Sheep Industry in the United States:Making the Transition from Tradition

The U.S. sheep industry is complex, multifaceted, and rooted in history and tradition. The dominant feature of sheep production in the United States, and, thus, the focus of much producer and policy concern, has been the steady decline in sheep ...

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Global Challenges and Directions for Agricultural Biotechnology: Workshop Report

Many developing countries are exploring whether biotechnology has a role in addressing national issues such as food security and environmental remediation, and are considering whether the putative benefits of the technology-for example, enabling greater agricultural productivity and stability in the ...

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Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing Research at NIOSH

The agriculture, forestry, and fishing sectors are the cornerstone of industries that produce food, fiber, and biofuel. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) conducts research in order to improve worker safety and health in these sectors. This ...

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Achievements of the National Plant Genome Initiative and New Horizons in Plant Biology

Life on Earth would be impossible without plants. Humans rely on plants for most clothing, furniture, food, as well as for many pharmaceuticals and other products. Plant genome sciences are essential to understanding how plants function and how to ...

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Understanding American Agriculture: Challenges for the Agricultural Resource Management Survey

The Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS) is the federal government's primary source of information on the financial condition, production practices, and resource use on farms, as well as the economic well-being of America's farm households. ARMS data are important to ...

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Improving the Use of the "Best Scientific Information Available" Standard in Fisheries Management

Under the Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Conservation and Management Act (FCMA), managers are required to use the “best scientific information available” in the preparation of federal fishery management plans (National Standard 2 in the FCMA). However, the Act provides no further ...

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Frontiers in Agricultural Research:Food, Health, Environment, and Communities

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The National Plant Genome Initiative:Objectives for 2003-2008

The National Plant Genome Initiative was launched in 1998 as a long-term project to explore DNA structure and function in plants so that useful properties of plants can be understood, improved, and ultimately harnessed to address national needs, including agriculture, ...

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Science and Its Role in the National Marine Fisheries Service

NMFS has a difficult and complex task in managing U.S. marine fisheries. Despite some successes, too many stocks continue to decline. Over the past decade, several problems have been identified that have contributed to the current dissatisfaction with how marine ...

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Publicly Funded Agricultural Research and the Changing Structure of U.S. Agriculture

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) requested that the Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources of the National Research Council (NRC) convene a panel of experts to examine whether publicly funded agricultural research has influenced the structure of U.S. agriculture ...

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