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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

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Photo of an agronomist checking a type of grass. Photo of animal scientist standing next to a dairy cow. Photo of fish biologists standing next to an oxygen tank and pond. Photo of a botanist standing with other scientists in tall grass.Photo of a chemist looking at a beaker of bacteria enzymes. A photo of a hydrologist studying a computer screen of a grassland.Photo of a plant physiologist comparing the root systems of two, green bean plants. Button graphic that links to games and bonuses. Photo of a horticulturist studying greenhouse-grown strawberries. Photo for a nutritionist, who wants to make sure you eat healthy foods, like the fruit, cereal, and milk shown here. Photo of a soil scientist collecting carbon from pasture soils. Photo of a plant ecologist examining a type of weed called yellow starthistle. Photo of a food scientist studying rice information on a computer screen. Photo of an entomologist peering into a cup containing tiny wasps. Photo of a microscopist sitting next to a high-powered microscope that uses beams of electrons to produce magnified images. Photo for nematologist, a scientist who studies tiny roundworms, called nematodes--shown here. Photo of a plant geneticist and other scientists standing among wheat bred for resistance to disease. Photo of a plant geneticist and other scientists standing among wheat bred for resistance to disease. A microbiologist examines the roots of a plant that cleans polluted soils. Photo of a chemical engineer and a piece of equipment called a fermentor.

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