USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) - Northeast Area


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Beltsville, MD 20705-2350
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The Northeast Area of ARS is among the largest and most diversified agricultural research units in the world and consists of 15 research facilities housing 46 laboratories located in 11 states and the District of Columbia. These centers include the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, D.C., the Eastern Regional Research Center in Philadelphia, PA, the Robert C. Holey Center of Agricultural & Health in Ithaca, NY, Plum Island Animal Disease Center at Orient Point, NY, The Jean Mayer Human Nutrition Center in Boston, MA, the Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center and the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center(BARC) in Beltsville, MD. The Beltsville location, headquarters of the NEA, was created in 1910 when the U.S. Department of Agriculture purchased a 475-acre farm about 15 miles northeast of Washington, D.C. to conduct research on animal husbandry, dairying, and animal diseases. Today, at Beltsville work is carried out in facilities across about 6,400 acres that includes, research laboratories, greenhouses, barns, poultry houses, shops, and administration offices.


ARS conducts research to develop and transfer solutions to agricultural problems of high national priority and provide information access and dissemination in order to:

  • Ensure high-quality safe food and other agricultural products;
  • Assess the nutritional needs of Americans;
  • Sustain a competitive agricultural economy;
  • Enhance the natural resource base and the environment;
  • Provide economic opportunities for rural citizens, communities, and society as a whole.
  • Provide the infrastructure necessary to create and maintain a diversified workplace.

Research in the Northeast addresses these goals.

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A New Gene-based Interferon Biotherapeutic
Animal Behavior Monitor
Antimicrobial Curing Agents for Epoxies
Automated Sampling System
Bacteriocin With Novel Activity
Berry Catcher System
Boron Complexes With Gradual 1- Methylcyclopropene Releasing Capability
Chromobacterium phragmitis for Insect Control
Chromobacterium Species with Insecticidal Activity
Compositions and Methods of Producing Calcined Coke From Bio-Oil and Calcined Coke Produced Thereby


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ARS research is organized into National Programs. These programs serve to bring coordination, communication, and empowerment to approximately 690 research projects carried out by ARS. The National Programs focus on the relevance, impact, and quality of ARS research. Check out the National Programs' website here:

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USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) - Northeast Area
Publication DateAug 26, 2020

Notice is hereby given that the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, intends to grant to SafetySpect, Inc. of Sherman Oaks, California, an exclusive license to U.S. Patent No. 8,310,544, “HAND-HELD INSPECTION TOOL AND METHOD,” issued on November 13, 2012.

Comments must be received on or before September 25, 2020.
Send comments to: Diana D. Halsey, Acting Business Licensing Officer, USDA, ARS, Office of Technology Transfer, 301-504-4878,
For further information contact:

Diana D. Halsey, Acting Business Licensing Officer, USDA, ARS, Office of Technology Transfer, 301-504-4878,

Supplementary information:

The Federal Government's patent rights in this invention are assigned to the United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture. It is in the public interest to so license this invention as SafetySpect, Inc. of Sherman Oaks, California has submitted a complete and sufficient application for a license. The prospective exclusive license will be royalty-bearing and will comply with the terms and conditions of 35 U.S.C. 209 and 37 CFR 404.7. The prospective exclusive license may be granted unless, within thirty (30) days from the date of this published Notice, the Agricultural Research Service receives written evidence and argument which establishes that the grant of the license would not be consistent with the requirements of 35 U.S.C. 209 and 37 CFR 404.7.

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