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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

About the Information Staff

Key Contacts

About the Information Staff


We are the public-information arm of the Agricultural Research Service. ARS is the chief agency of scientific research in the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The staff provides ARS with media relations, news reporting, photography, graphic design, education outreach, writing, editing, exhibit and presentation materials, and web, print and multimedia publishing.

We produce Agricultural Research magazine and the ARS News Service.

The staff also handles Freedom of Information Act requests made to ARS and the other three agencies in USDA's Research, Education and Economics mission area.


Key Contacts

Press Room

Acting Director of Information: Tara T. Weaver-Missick

Press inquiries and news reporting: Tara T. Weaver-Missick

Photography: Steve Ausmus and Peggy Greb

Web pages: Nancy Vanatta, Jan Suszkiw (Science for Kids)

Magazine: Bob Sowers

Publications: Jody Shuart

Education outreach: Jay Green

News service operations: Nancy Vanatta, Mina Chung

Freedom of Information Act: Stasia Hutchison

Last Modified: 9/17/2014
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