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Guayule plants Guayule plants in an ARS research greenhouse.

USDA's Agricultural Research Service Pays It Forward with Research Achievements

December 21, 2017

WASHINGTON, Dec. 21, 2017—With the year drawing to a close, the U.S. Department of agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is preparing for 2018 with renewed vigor, building on its scientific and technological accomplishments to date—from a food nutrient database that consumers can access with the click of a mouse to a natural tire rubber made from guayule, a small flowering shrub native to the southwestern United States.

As the USDA's chief in-house scientific research agency, ARS employs 2,000 scientists at 90-plus research locations across the country and overseas. Through research, technology transfer and information sharing, the agency's efforts address agricultural issues of high national importance. These include food safety, consumer nutrition, environmental stewardship, rural development, natural resource conservation, and competiveness in global markets.

"The three technologies we're highlighting today represent the many achievements and advances our scientists have made towards realizing these national priorities," said ARS Administrator Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young. "These technologies exemplify the spirit of scientific excellence and innovation that will continue into the New Year and beyond," she added.

These achievements illustrate just some of the many ways in which ARS research impacts Americans across the board-from producers and processors to consumers. To learn more about the latest ARS advances, visit the agency's News and Events site here.

For more information contact Jan Suszkiw, ARS Office of Communications.

The Agricultural Research Service is the U.S. Department of Agriculture's chief scientific in-house research agency. Daily, ARS focuses on solutions to agricultural problems affecting America. Each dollar invested in agricultural research results in $20 of economic impact.