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Agricultural Research Service 
The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is USDA's principal intramural scientific research agency.

Welcome to the Pacific West Area

We have four major goals in the Pacific West Area:

1) conduct high-quality, relevant research with impact;

2) hire and retain a highly qualified, diverse workforce that strives for continual 


3) empower employees in their jobs and hold them accountable; and

4) understand and respond to internal and external customer needs. 

It is my vision that PWA be recognized for a spirit of innovation while embracing an environment of diversity, integrity, and transparency in pursuit of these goals.

Agricultural Research Service


Deliver scientific solutions to national and global agricultural challenges.

Global leadership in agricultural discoveries through scientific excellence.

Core Values
Scientific excellence, creativity, innovation, integrity, leadership, collaboration, accountability, transparency, diversity, respect, inclusiveness, and public service. 

These values underpin ARS' commitment to delivering cutting-edge, scientific tools and innovative solutions for American farmers, producers, industry, and communities to support the nourishment and well-being of all people; sustain our nation's agroecosystems and natural resources; and ensure the economic competitiveness and excellence of our agriculture.

Our Focus

How We Get It Done

FY 2019 Outputs