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Task Force Reports - R129 - December 1996

Approximately 262 million acres of public land in the western United States are grazed by domestic livestock. This report discusses and provides scientific information concerning livestock grazing on public lands in the West. Chair: William A. Laycock, University of Wyoming, Laramie. R129, ISBN 1-887383-09-3, December 1996, 70 pp., $20.00; Interpretive Summary, 1 p., free.

Task Force Reports - R128 - November 1996

A broad spectrum of integrated manure management systems are available to collect, transfer, store, treat, and efficiently utilize a great variety of sources and nutrient qualities of animal manures. Cochairs: Alan L. Sutton, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, and James F. Power, USDA, Agricultural Research Service, Lincoln, Nebraska. R128, ISBN 1-887383-08-5, November 1996, 87 pp., $20.00; Interpretive Summary, 1 p., free.

Task Force Reports - R127 - August 1996

Farmers irrigating in the western United States face a host of changing circumstances that will require innovations and new adaptations to ensure continued prosperity. Chair: Henry J. Vaux, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of California. R127, ISBN 1-887383-07-7, August 1996, 76 pp., $20.00; Interpretive Summary, 1 p., free.

Issue Papers - IP 7 - April 1996

Foodborne bacteria cause as many as 9,000 deaths in the United States annually; yet scientifically proven safe, low doses of pasteurizing radiation can kill over 99% of most foodborne bacteria. Radiation pasteurization safely controls foodborne pathogens on beef, pork, lamb, and seafood. Long-term animal feeding studies have demonstrated that radiation pasteurized or sterilized foods are safe and nutritious for humans.The process has been endorsed by the U.S. FDA, the USDA, the World Health Organization, the health authorities of 40 countries, and many other associations.Cochairs: Donald W. Thayer, USDA, Agricultural Research Service, Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania, and Edward S. Josephson, University of Rhode Island, West Kingston. IP7, April 1996, 10 pp., FREE. Available online ( AND in print (515-292-2125; fee for shipping/handling).

Issue Papers - IP 6 - February 1996

For more than a century, crop price instability has dogged U.S. farmers. And in the past 60 years--despite federal subsidy and acreage reduction programs meant to stabilize farm income--farm numbers, farm populations, and rural prosperity have declined ominously. Public concerns over food safety, commodity program costs, and agricultural sustainability have become important policy issues.Restriction of research funding and crop support payments to major commodity crops has undermined the potential of new crops to alleviate related concerns and pressures.The search for and development of new crops is critical to U.S. agriculture and would improve its sustainability through diversification. Chair: Jules Janick, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. IP6, February 1996, 12 pp., FREE. Available online ( AND in print (515-292-2125; fee for shipping/handling).

Task Force Reports - R126 - January 1996

Accurate assessment of the quality of agricultural products is essential in today's rapidly globalizing economy. A few changes in policies and regulations related to the quality of agricultural products could increase access to U.S. export and domestic markets. Chair: Lowell D. Hill, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. R126, ISBN 1-887383-04-2, January 1996, 288 pp., $40.00; Summary and Conclusions, ISBN 1-887383-05-0, 25 pp., $10.00; Interpretive Summary, 16 pp., free.

Special Publications - SP20 - January 1996

Summary of a workshop designed to create awareness of critical changes in the workplace. Members of nearly 50 professional societies participated. SP20, ISBN 1-887383-06-9, January 1996, 23 pp., $10.00; Interpretive Summary, 2 pp., free.

Task Force Reports - R125 - October 1995

U.S. agricultural producers and food processors will need to focus on adding value to agricultural products in a way that meets the needs and desires of an increasingly diverse group of consumers around the world. If they do not focus on consumer need, the United States will be relegated to supplying homogeneous commodities that are transformed into value-added food products in foreign countries. Chair: Maury E. Bredahl, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Missouri-Columbia. R125, ISBN 1-887383-03-4, October 1995, 34 pp., $12.00; Interpretive Summary, 1 p., free.

Task Force Reports - R124 - October 1995

Comprehensive report on wastes from crop production, poultry farms, swine production, cattle feedlots, dairy farms, food processing, and seafood production and processing. Chairs: Larry L. Boersma, Department of Soil Science, Oregon State University, Corvallis, and Ishwar P. Murarka, Electric Power Research Institute, Palo Alto, California. R124, ISBN 1-887383-02-6, October 1995, 125 pp., $22.00; Interpretive Summary, 1 p., free.

Special Publications - SP19 - July 1995
This CAST Report summarizes Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) policy literature and a survey of key special interest groups regarding their preferences for a future CRP. By gathering key literature and preference information into a single document, the Task Force authors are able to present and evaluate options for the future. Authors: Jennie S. Hughes, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Colorado State University, and Terry E. Nipp, AESOP Enterprises, Ltd., Washington, D.C. SP19, ISBN 1-887383-01-8, July 1995, 44 pp., $12.00; Interpretive Summary, 1 p., free.