Maria Akers

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Recent evidence suggests that oxidative mechanisms may be involved in vascular smooth muscle cell (VSMC) hypertrophy. We previously showed that angiotensin II (Ang II) increases superoxide production by activating an NADH/NADPH oxidase, which contributes to hypertrophy. In this study, we determined whether Ang II stimulation of this oxidase results in H2O2(More)
A s the recession intensified in 2008, rural economies held firm. Through the first half of the year, strong commodity prices supported robust farm incomes and contributed to relatively stronger gains on Main Street. Moreover, the housing correction was less intense than in urban areas, and the financial crisis was less severe than on Wall Street. While(More)
2009 F armland values have skyrocketed in recent years. From 2004 to 2008, booming farm incomes, driven by strong export and ethanol demand, teamed up with robust nonfarm demand to fuel a 60 percent rise in U.S. farmland values. At the same time, demand for residential development and recreational use pushed up the value of farmland transitioning out of(More)
T he rural economy began 2006 facing an uncertain outlook. For two years, rural growth had been unusually strong. But rising energy prices threatened to stall the expansion. Many businesses had already been weakened by high input costs, and many households were feeling squeezed by higher costs for gas and heating fuel. As the year progressed, however, some(More)
2010 A s the outlook for the U.S. economy improves, agricultural enterprises are once again considering new investment opportunities. But searching for financing has become a challenge. In 2009, volatility in agricultural markets jumped and farm profits dropped, while the risks associated with lending intensified. In response, agricultural lenders raised(More)
water, one of the most fundamental resources for economic activity , covers about three-fourths of the earth's surface—but only 2.5 percent of that amount is considered fresh water. while freshwater supplies in the United States are relatively abundant, increasing demand and drought, especially in the Great Plains, have left some states wondering whether(More)
T he rural economy was strong in 2007. Record farm incomes were fueled by rising ethanol demand and by stronger export demand, which was driven in part by a weaker dollar. Farmers used the year's higher profits both to strengthen their financial conditions and to boost investment in land and equipment. Meanwhile, businesses on Main Streets reaped benefits(More)
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