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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ?s)
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Web Page Corrections FAQ
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Q: Who do I contact to report an error on an ARS web page?
A: Please use 'Contact Us' and select the category 'Web site comments'. In the comments box please accurately describe the error so it can be corrected.
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Q: I am an ARS employee but not in the personnel listing for my lab - who can fix this?
A: Please use 'Contact Us' and select the category 'Employee listing corrections'. In the comments box please provide your name and contact information so this can be corrected.

Web Site FAQ
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Q: What is the correct way to cite an ARS web page?
A: We recommend using The Chicago Manual of Style 15th edition for citing web pages. The following information should be included in the citation: Author's name, Year, Title of web page, Title of entire web site, URL, (optional date of access). For more information, please refer to The Chicago Manual of Style

General Agriculture FAQ
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Q: How can I find the nutrient content of a particular food?
A: 1. Go to the USDA National Nutrient Database at http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcomp/search/
2. Enter the food as keyword (i.e. "banana") and click submit.
3. On the resulting page click the button next to the description of the food you want information on (i.e. "Bananas, raw") and click submit.
4. On the resulting page select the serving size (i.e. "1 medium") and click submit.
5. The resulting page lists the nutrient content quantities in the food (i.e. "medium sized raw banana")
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Q: How can I get a copy of "Nutritive Values of American Foods in Common Units", Agriculture Handbook No 456?
A: You can purchase a copy of the "Nutritive Values of American Foods in Common Units", Agriculture Handbook No 456 from the Government Printing Office. You can place an order at www.gpo.gov. You can also contact them by phone toll-free at (866) 512-2250. You can also check National Agriculture Library website http://www.nal.usda.gov/ to see if they have a copy available for online use. They have a database called Agricola which tracks many of the Agriculture publications.
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Q: Where can I find out about agricultural grants?
A: Please visit http://www.grants.gov for grant information. Grants.gov is the single access point for over 1000 grant programs offered by all Federal grant-making agencies. For agricultural specific grants, you can also use the CSREES website 'Funding Opportunities' at http://www.csrees.usda.gov/fo/funding.cfm
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Q: Where can I get information on organically killing weeds with vinegar?
A: Please read the information available here /is/pr/2002/020515.htm ."Kids For Science" has a story about it too at /is/kids
/weirdscience/story8/vinegarspray1.htm
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Q: I am having problems with Asian Lady Beetles (ladybugs). What can I do to get rid of them?
A: Please see the ARS publication about Asian Lady Beetles at /is/br/lbeetle/
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Q: Where can I buy seeds for the colorful carrots?
A: Please see the list the Vegetable Crops Research Unit has compiled at /Research/docs.htm?docid=5236
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Q: Where is the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map?
A: The USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map is located at http://www.usna.usda.gov/Hardzone/index.html.
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Q: Can I request germplasm (i.e. seeds) from ARS?
A: Plant germplasm is available from the National Plant Germplasm System of the Agricultural Research Service: http://www.ars-grin.gov/npgs/
1. Search for the germplasm at this page: http://www.ars-grin.gov/npgs/acc/acc_queries.html
2. To request germplasm, use this page: http://www.ars-grin.gov/npgs/order.html.
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Q: Where can I obtain agriculture statistics?
A: Please visit USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service web site at http://www.nass.usda.gov for more information about agriculture statistics.
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Q: Where can I find out about soil testing, soil surveys, and soil maps?
A: Please visit USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service web site at http://soils.usda.gov for more information about soils.
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Q: Where can I look for food or nutrition information? How can I ask a question?
A: Please visit the Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC) at the National Agricultural Library web site at http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/. You can contact FNIC at fnic@nal.usda.gov.
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Q: Where can I ask a general agriculture question?
A: Professional reference staff at the National Agricultural Library can help you find the information you need. Visit their 'Ask A Question' web page at: http://www.nal.usda.gov/services/ask.shtml.


Last Modified: 12/15/2016
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