This is our 9th annual S3 Research Product show at the USDA Southern Regional Research Center. This a “locked down” facility and is always well attended. The United States Department of Agriculture Southern Regional Research Center (SRRC) is one of four regional laboratories within the United States Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service. Principal research areas of the SRRC include food safety, global food security, climate change, biofuels, agricultural sustainability, health and nutrition. It furthermore emphasizes improved product quality of natural fibers especially cotton, according to the SRRC’s mission statement. The SRRC laboratory is located at 1100 Robert E. Lee Boulevard, New Orleans, Louisiana 70124-4305. It has an annual budget of approximately $25 million, employing 70 scientists and 130 other people in laboratory support roles.