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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Animal Production and Protection
Kappes, Steven M
Deputy Administrator
5601 Sunnyside Avenue
GWCC 4-2108
Beltsville MD 20705

The mission of animal production and protection national programs is to improve the health, well-being, and efficiency of livestock, poultry, and aquatic food animals to ensure a productive and safe food supply. Emphasis is placed on germplasm characterization, improvement, and conservation; understanding the mechanisms of disease resistance, and the development of tools to prevent, control, or eradicate diseases that threaten our food supply or public health; and identifying and developing sustainable systems for production of high quality meat, milk, and eggs.

National Programs
  Animal Production and Protection
National Programs
item Food Animal Production (NP #101)
item Animal Health (NP #103)
item Veterinary, Medical, and Urban Entomology (NP #104)
item Aquaculture (NP #106)

Staff Listing

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 NP 101
USDA Genomic Blueprint

Fighting foot-and-mouth disease together


Alternatives to Antibiotics


  ARS Trout

Interagency Working Group Aquaculture Strategic Plan 

Last Modified: 5/6/2016
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