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The Animal Genomics and Improvement Laboratory (AGIL) discovers and develops improved methods for the genetic and genomic evaluation of economically important traits of dairy animals and small ruminants and conducts fundamental genomics-based research aimed at improving their health and productive efficiency.

AGIL was formed in April 2014 through a merger of the Animal Improvement Programs Laboratory (AIPL) and the Bovine Functional Genomics Laboratory (BFGL).

AGIL news

  • Clarissa Boschiero joins AGIL research staff (
  • Asha Miles joins AGIL research staff (
  • Genome to Phenome: ARS Research in Precision Agriculture
  • Joint Israeli-U.S. team recognized by BARD (
  • Paul VanRaden, Randy Baldwin, George Wiggans (retired), John Cole, and Curt VanTassell, included in Stanford University's World's Top 2% of Scientists
  • Paul VanRaden included in Clarivate Analytics' 2020 highly cited researchers list
  • Paul VanRaden inducted into ARS Science Hall of Fame
The Animal Genomics and Improvement Laboratory is located in Beltsville, MD and is part of the Northeast Area.
The Research Leader is Ransom Baldwin.
Phone: 301-504-8964
Fax: 301-504-8414
BLDG. 306, RM. 217, BARC-EAST
Beltsville, MD 20705