Research Programs of the U.S. Salinity Laboratory

  • Richard H. Nieman
Part of the Basic Life Sciences book series (BLSC, volume 14)


The Bankhead-Jones Act adopted by Congress in 1935 made funds available for research on region-wide problems for agriculture. The directors of the Agricultural Experiment Stations of the 11 Western states, meeting with representatives of the USDA, identified salinity and sodicity as major problems in the West. On their recommendation, the U.S. Regional Salinity Laboratory was established in Riverside in 1937. Its mission was to acquire the knowledge and develop the agricultural skills and practices necessary for the continuation of irrigation agriculture in areas threatened by salinity and sodicity.


Salt Tolerance Agricultural Experiment Station Irrigation Agriculture Western State Sprinkler Irrigation 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard H. Nieman
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  1. 1.U.S. Salinity LaboratoryUnited States Department of AgricultureRiversideUSA

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