Quality and Utilization of Agricultural Products
Retrospective Accomplishment Report
To ensure the economic viability and competitiveness of U.S. agriculture, it is important that the quality and utilization of harvested agricultural commodities be maintained or enhanced. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) recognizes this and has established the Quality and Utilization of Agricultural Products National Program (NP 306) as the research link between farmers' fields and use by the consumer. The goal of NP 306 is to enhance the value and quality of the agricultural products consumers need and want by enhancing marketability, creating environmentally friendly and efficient processing, and expanding domestic and global market opportunities through the development of value-added foods, fibers and hides, and nonfood bioproducts.