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The ARS Water Database is a collection of rainfall, runoff, and air temperature data collected by ARS over the last 50 years.
A major new focus for ARS research is developing both biological (enzymatic) and thermal combustion methods to convert plant cellulose, hemicellulose, and lignin to bioenergy, fuels, and other value-added products.
The original ARS has previously demonstrated validity for measuring competitive state anxiety in intramural athletes (Cox, Russell, & Robb, 1999).
The ARS team also is attempting to develop formulas for customizing PAM administration to different soils, furrow lengths, field slopes, and irrigation-water velocities.
But while ARS often provides the scientific basis for regulation-making, the agency itself is neither a regulatory nor a policy-setting agency.
In addition, ARS scientists at other locations across the country focus on developing new foods and food ingredients that may help solve the obesity problem.
The ARS team has since demonstrated nickel's vital role in other plants and has identified functions beyond the liberation of nitrogen.
In the 50 years since then, ARS has been a significant contributor to agricultural progress.