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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

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The mission of the Agricultural Research Service is to plan, develop, and implement research that is designed to produce the new knowledge and technologies required to assure the continuing vitality of the Nation's food and agriculture enterprise. As a Federal research agency, ARS (1) addresses problems that are of legitimate national concern, (2) conducts research that is appropriate for the Federal Government, and (3) exploits the unique capabilities of ARS scientists and the facilities they operate--a combination that forms an integrated and coordinated national resource that is not duplicated by others in the full U.S. agricultural research anddevelopment system.