The Rural Development Administration (RDA) is the primary Korean government organization responsible for agricultural research. In 2002, ARS and RDA signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that identified the following priority areas for cooperation:
Crop protection utilizing biological control
Integrated pest management
ARS and RDA developed a Specific Cooperative Agreement (SCA) in March, 2004 that provided support for a visiting scientist. A visiting scientist from South Korea currently positioned at the Henry H. Wallace Beltsville Agricultural Research Center’s Insect Biocontrol Laboratory. This program may expand to include additional visiting scientists.