Food animals contribute substantially to the U.S. economy. Along with this economic contribution, food animals convert plant materials into animal products that are excellent sources of high biological value protein and contain nutrients like vitamin B12 that are essential for human health. Some food animals (cattle and sheep) convert forages (e.g., grasses, alfalfa) that are unsuitable for human consumption, which are grown on marginal lands that are also unsuitable for human edible crop production, into human food products. However, even pigs and poultry convert high energy, protein and nutrient poor plant foods into protein and vitamin rich meat and egg products. The nutrient density of food animal products plays a vital role in the diets of people around the world as valuable sources of high-quality protein, fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. The Agricultural Research Service provides solutions for agricultural producers, and by extension improvements in the efficiency of food production for consumers within the United States and beyond. The accomplishments provided in this annual report are presented in these terms, describing the impact of the accomplishment on the livestock production system and/or consumers.
To read more about NP 101 Accomplishments (pdf; 0.3Mb): FY 2020 Annual Report
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FY 2016 NP 101 Accomplishments (pdf; 0.1Mb): FY 2016 Annual Report