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Beltsville Distinguished Senior Research Scientists Committee

About the Committee

Beltsville’s ARS research centers are home to more than one-third of the nation's USDA-ARS Distinguished Senior Research Scientists. In 2020, they formed a committee to promote discussion and collaboration among the agency’s most accomplished scientists across a range of research areas. The group serves as an in-house think tank for the convergence of resources, priorities, and innovation.


Global leadership in scientific discovery to transform agricultural practices

Mission Statement

Solve agricultural problems through cutting-edge research and development and improve productivity, quality, and safety of food, feed, fuel, and fiber to benefit producers and consumers through efficient and sustainable systems

Impact Statement

Beltsville can have a profound impact on agriculture globally through multi-disciplinary and transformative research and innovative applications.

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 Areas of Expertise

  • Soil health
  • Plant biology
  • Food quality, nutrition, and safety
  • Water management
  • Animal health and welfare
  • Remote sensing
  • Genomics
  • Immunology

Committee Initiatives

  1. Advocate for high risk/high return, transformational science
  2. Develop and execute cross-cutting and integrated research projects
  3. Mentor future Beltsville Supergrade scientists
  4. Broadcast Beltsville’s accomplishments and impact through a variety of outlets
    • Digital media
    • Workshops and seminars
    • Stakeholder visits
    • Sponsoring award nominations
    • Enhanced educational outreach



To get in touch with the Committee, please contact ORISE postdoctoral fellow, Abbey Boyd, at