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USDA Participates in Global Science and Technology Week

Marti Asner (202) 720-8188

WASHINGTON, May 1, 2002-Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman announced today that the Agriculture Department is participating with 27 other public and private organizations in this year's Global Science and Technology Week being observed through May 4.

“USDA welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with other organizations participating in Global Science and Technology Week," said Veneman. "Our goal is to share the exciting world of agriculture with our youth today to prepare them to be the leaders of tomorrow."

To mark this year's theme, "Science and Technology: Serving our Global Community," USDA created a website. There, students, teachers and parents will find activities and materials about agriculture around the world. One project, called "GLOBE: Global Warming", asks students to submit data related to the soil in their own community. USDA and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) soil scientists will use the data to look at global changes in climate to determine whether there will be an early fall or late spring.

USDA is also cooperating with experts at the National Science Foundation on the "Ask a Scientist or Engineer" project. Students in grades K-12 have the opportunity to email their questions to scientists who also respond electronically. This activity lasts throughout the week.

Now in its third year, Global Science and Technology Week was initiated by the Office of Science and Technology Policy of the Executive Office of the President. The official home page for all of the outreach activities is: http://www.ostp.gov/html/gstw.html.