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    Conserving Plant Genetic Resources

    The foundation for agricultural productivity is plant genetic diversity. Researchers, breeders, and farmers need plant genetic material to develop new plant varieties that resist pests, diseases, and environmental stresses and to design varieties with desirable traits such as high yield, color, taste, or specific nutritional or pharmaceutical qualities. Read More »

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    Emerging Pests of Annual Bluegrass

    Cultivated turfgrass (including lawns and recreationalsurfaces) covers 12 million hectares in the U.S. Turfgrass is an important source of green space and provides numerous ecosystem services (such as reduced soil erosion, mitigation of heat islands, soil carbon sequestration, and air pollution control). Read More »

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    Embryonic Survival in Cows and Sheep

    Impaired reproductive performance is an increasing problem and a major cause of reduced profitability for dairy and meat producers. Farmers dealing with low fertility or infertility are faced with reduced milk production, fewer calves for raising or selling, as well as expensive fertility enhancement strategies. Read More »

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    Rural Change & Quality of Life

    The quality of life in rural communities both affects and is affected by the evolution of agriculture and industry, local social organization, public policy, and the movement of people into and out of these areas. For much of the past century, many rural communities have struggled with population and employment loss, high rates of poverty, poor education and training opportunities... Read More »

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    Plant Responses to Ozone

    In the layer of the atmosphere closest to the Earth's surface, ozone is a gaseous air pollutant created when sunlight reacts with chemical compounds in vehicle exhausts, industrial emissions, and chemical solvents. Ozone can severely damage plants and is a serious concern for farmers, forest and plant nursery managers, park managers and visitors, landscapers and gardeners, and consumers across the U.S. Read More »

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    Mastitis Control & Dairy Food Safety

    The U.S. dairy industry contributes more than 65 billion dollars per year to the national economy and provides jobs for over one million Americans. However, the dairy industry is currently suffering losses related to bovine mastitis—a potentially fatal infectious disease that causes swelling, heat, hardness, and pain of the udder, leading to abnormalities in milk or complete cessation of milk production. Read More »

NERA is a formal coalition of Directors of State Agricultural Experiment Stations (SAES) for the Northeastern Region of the United States of America. Four other associations serve the needs of the Southern Region, Western Region, the North Central Region and the 1890 Land-grant Universities. Read More »

Northeast Region Highlights:

  • 2015 Northeast Award for Excellence in Multistate Research Winner is NE1201-Mycobacterial Diseases of Animals (MDA)
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  • 2015 Experiment Station Section Award for Excellence in Leadership recipient is Dr. Mike Hoffmann, Director of Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station
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  • Dr. Rigoberto Lopez gave report on Economic Analysis of Agriculture in the Northeast U.S. at region's Joint Summer Meeting in Portsmouth, NH
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