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ARS Research on AMR and ATA

The increase in antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a threat to animal, plants, environmental, and public health. As the USDA’s in-house non-regulatory research agency, the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the only agency within the Federal government charged to research, develop, and transfer solutions to agricultural problems of high national priority. ARS has a strong track record of solution oriented, hypothesis-driven research that delivers innovative, equitable and sustainable AMR solutions. ARS has the expertise and infrastructure to conduct research that helps explain the different factors associated with AMR in agricultural settings and to develop tools that mitigate AMR for the benefit of animal, plant, and environment health and food safety.


AMR Research Strategy  2019-2021
AMR and ATA Summary
AMR and ATA Summary

Vision for AMR

Be the global leader for innovative, equitable, sustainable research solutions for AMR in agriculture.

Mission for AMR

To promote the resilience of agriculture to AMR for the health and safety of animals, plants, environment, and the public through cutting-edge research solutions and outreach.

Research Priorities for AMR


Develop risk tools and models to assess drivers of AMR across agricultural settings and develop predictive analysis abilities to optimize processes to address AMR;

Systems Biology and Detection Strategies

Identify strategies to reduce AMR through the development of rapid and innovative end-user-based technologies, data exchange and analytic tools to populate decision support and risk models, disease diagnostics and rapid detection;


Develop novel intervention strategies, innovative end-user-based technologies, and alternatives to antibiotics to optimize antibiotic use and/or reduce AMR transmission;

Science Outreach

Foster collaboration, community building, and communication around ARS AMR research to enhance solution-based research to prioritize risk, enhance understanding, improve detection, and control AMR.