Technician David Buchanan uses a recording penetrometer to measure apple firmness, a key component of apple fruit quality.
(D875-3)


Plant physiologist Jim Mattheis places apples treated with 1-MCP into a controlled atmosphere chamber to evaluate apple quality after extended periods in storage. (D876-1)  


Using gas chromatography and mass spectrometry, plant physiologist Jim Mattheis (left) and technician David Buchanan analyze volatile apple compounds that contribute to both aroma and flavor.
(D874-1)

USDA posted its first employee abroad in 1882, with assignment of Edmund Moffat to London. [2] In 1894, USDA created a Section of Foreign Markets in its Division of Statistics, which by 1901 numbered seven employees. [3]

It was succeeded over the next few decades by increasingly larger units. Creation of this series of units in Washington to analyze foreign competition and demand for agricultural commodities was paralleled by assignment abroad of agricultural statistical agents, commodity specialists, and " agricultural commissioners ".

Moffat went out as a "statistical agent" of USDA's Division of Statistics but with the status of Deputy Consul General on the roster of the Department of State at London. [4] Subsequent USDA officials assigned overseas, however, did not enjoy diplomatic or consular status. This impeded their work, which at that point consisted mainly of collecting, analyzing, and transmitting to Washington time-sensitive market information on agricultural commodities. [5]


Technician David Buchanan uses a recording penetrometer to measure apple firmness, a key component of apple fruit quality.
(D875-3)


Plant physiologist Jim Mattheis places apples treated with 1-MCP into a controlled atmosphere chamber to evaluate apple quality after extended periods in storage. (D876-1)  


Using gas chromatography and mass spectrometry, plant physiologist Jim Mattheis (left) and technician David Buchanan analyze volatile apple compounds that contribute to both aroma and flavor.
(D874-1)

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