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Overview of the USDA Agricultural Research Service

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ARS conducts scientific research to develop and transfer solutions to agricultural problems of high national priority and to provide information access and dissemination to:

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ARS' core disciplinary capacity, associated resources, and research projects are categorized
into four program areas that span the full scope of ARS' mission responsibilities: Animal
Production and Protection; Crop Production and Protection; Natural Resources and
Sustainable Agricultural Systems; and Nutrition, Food Safety, and Quality.

An array of research projects constitute each of the program areas and address specific scientific
objectives that contribute to USDA research priorities and outcomes including enhanced
agricultural productivity and food security, adaptation to climate change, human nutrition
and health, food safety, and renewable bioenergy production.



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Revised April 2012