Wednesday, 12 April 2017 07:57

ASM Congressional Exhibit on Agricultural Research

On April 5, Chuck Rice, Chair of the ASM Committee on Environmental Microbiology, represented ASM at the 2017 Agricultural Research Congressional Exhibit and Reception at the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center. The event, hosted by; the AFRI Coalition, Supporters of Agricultural Research Foundation (SoAR), National Coalition for Food and Agriculture Research (NC-FAR), and the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU); profiled Department of Agriculture (USDA) funded research projects and was attended by members of Congress and staff. Representative K. Michael Conaway (R-TX) chair of the House Committee on Agriculture, Representative Rodney Davis (R-IL) chair of the House Committee on Agriculture, subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture and Research and Senator John Hoeven (R-ND) chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies subcommittee gave opening remarks. Dr. Rice presented his work at Kansas State University on Great Plains Grazing. Funded through the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), the project studies regional climate variability and its impact on beef grazing systems by monitoring weather conditions, fire episodes and soil microorganisms.  Dr. Rice and Public Affairs staff also met with congressional staff in the offices of Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS); Roger Marshall, M.D. (R-KS); and Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) to discuss the importance of USDA funded research for microbiology.

ASM Display at the 2017 Agricultural Research Congressional Exhibit and Reception

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Chuck Rice and Johanie Rivera Zayas, Kansas State University graduate student

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Chuck Rice discussing his research with Representative Jimmy Panetta (D-CA), member of the House Agriculture Committee, Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture and Research

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Representative Roger Marshall, M.D. (R-KS) far left, with Chuck Rice and Kansas State University attendees.

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