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United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
USDA Mission:
The United States Department of Agriculture provides leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, quality of life in rural America and related issues based on sound public policy, the best-available science and efficient management. The USDA improves the Nation’s economy and quality of life by:

Agricultural Research Service (ARS)
ARS Mission:
Conduct research to develop and transfer solutions to agricultural problems of high national priority and provide information access and dissemination to:

Crops Pathology and Genetics Research Unit (CPGRU)
CPGRU Mission:
Conduct research to develop information on and solves issues involving:

Accordingly, the unit's basic and applied research programs include:

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