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Media Advisory: Friday News Conference about Northwest Climate Change Research

MOSCOW, Idaho – USDA officials will announce a major research initiative Friday in Washington, D.C., led by the University of Idaho, with partners Washington State and Oregon State universities, and the USDA Agricultural Research Service.

A media availability is set for Friday, Feb. 18, at 11 a.m. PST in the University of Idaho Agricultural Biotechnology Lab Interaction Court with officials and scientists of the University of Idaho and Washington State University and via telephone conference with Roger Beachy, director of USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, and the Northwest project director. The Idaho laboratory is located at the intersection of Sixth and Rayburn Streets in Moscow.

Beachy’s announcement will focus on the recipients of the 2011 Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Climate Change Coordinated Agricultural Projects, which represent a major scientific investment in studying the effects of climate change on agriculture and forest production. The announcement will be made at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences.

WHAT: NIFA Director Roger Beachy will announce Northwest recipients of the 2011 Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Climate Change Coordinated Agricultural Project.

WHEN: Friday, Feb. 18, 2011, 11 a.m. PST

WHERE/HOW: University of Idaho Agricultural Biotechnology Laboratory Interaction Court, Sixth and Rayburn Streets, Moscow, Idaho

CALL-IN: 888-706-6468

PASSCODE: 7159335

Trouble number 208-310-1368

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