History of Research at the
U.S. Department of Agriculture and Agricultural Research Service
represents the history of agricultural research accomplishments by U.S.
Department of Agriculture scientists since the department was formed in
In 1953, the Agricultural Research
Service was created as the USDA's primary scientific research agency. From this
date on, the timeline represents ARS research accomplishments. Expanded feature
stories provide a more detailed look at selected topics.
Important administrative and
legislative dates as well as non-USDA scientific milestones crucial to
agricultural research are also included for historical perspective.
Because research is done over many
years, dates given are the best available from the sources consulted. Feel free
to send in updated information.
Scientific accomplishments rely on
many individuals and organizations. This timeline does not imply that USDA or
ARS scientists alone deserve credit for the research. Many of the discoveries
involved academic, industry and other agency cooperators.
This timeline is a living
document and will continue to grow in the future.
Enjoy and revisit us often!
Timeline created by Kathryn Barry Stelljes,
formerly ARS, and designed by BA Allen, ARS.