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Welcome to the Plains Area

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"Research Excellence: Meeting Customer Expectations"

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Plains Area (PA)



Welcome to the Plains Area of the USDA's Agricultural Research Service! We are home to 42% of our Nation's rangeland, one-third of its cropland, 13% of its surface water, and the largest wildlife habitats of any region in the lower 48 states.

Farmers in the Plains provide our Nation with 51% of its barley, 46% of its wheat, 44% of its grain sorghum, 37% of its sorghum silage, 32% of its sheep and lambs, 27% of its cows and calves, and between 13-24% of its oats, forage, grain corn, silage corn, soybeans, hogs, and pigs, with a combined value of approximately $34 billion annually.

Solving Problems - "Research Excellence: Meeting Customer Expectations"

To sustain and enhance this agricultural productivity and our natural resources, Agricultural Research Service scientists at 22 locations (linked on map above) in the 10-state Plains Area conduct research on bioenergy, global climate change, human nutrition, water management, sustainable agriculture, soil management, crop protection, animal health, food animal production, food safety, manure and byproduct utilization, plant biology, plant diseases, plant genetics, rangelands, crop production, air quality, and veterinary entomology. Please see our "Research" section for information on specific projects or check out our "Products and Services" section for a handy listing of models, software, germplasms and other useful products growing out of that research.

These individual research projects are primarily conducted in Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas and Wyoming and contribute to solving national problems by addressing high priority research of our National Programs.

We invite you to delve deeper into our website to learn more about the many research efforts underway in the PA...and return often, because new discoveries are just a click away!

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 NPA News and Events. Link to story.

PA News & Events
Find out what's happening in the Plains Area.

 New Scientists New Scientists
Newly appointed scientist professional development program info.
 Outreach, Diversity, & Equal Opportunity (ODEO). Link to story. Outreach, Diversity, & Equal Opportunity
The PA values the diversity of employees.

Ethics. Link to presentation.

Ethics info 
for PA employees.

Voices Publication


Voices Publication
A biannual publication of the PA Diversity Task Force.


Internships and Apprentice Info

Summer Research Opportunities
Limited number of eight week summer jobs.

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A Message from the Area Director:

Dr. Larry Chandler  


Welcome to the Plains Area of the Agricultural Research Service. We hope this web site will provide valuable information for our employees and the general public. The primary purpose of our site is to link you with our research programs and our Area Office function. In addition, links have been provided to connect you with several other important sites of information on agricultural research and administrative management. We welcome your comments and suggestions for improvement. Thanks for visiting our web site.

- Dr. Larry Chandler

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About the pictures on our site...

Images ExplainedAll the graphics and photos used on our website depict research efforts and landscapes from the PA. Many of the pictures were taken by the skilled photographers of ARS' monthly Agricultural Research magazine.   

Other pictures on our site were provided by ARS employees from PA research locations throughout our ten-state region. We thank them, as well, for their beautiful contributions! 

Note: Many of the photos used on this site can be downloaded from the ARS Image Gallery website, along with hundreds of others depicting ARS research from across the nation. Both high and low resolution versions are available. Enjoy!

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