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Agricultural Research Service
The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the U.S. Department of Agriculture's chief in-house research agency. It is one of the four component agencies of the Research, Education, and Economics (REE) mission area. Congress first authorized Federally-supported agricultural research in the Organic Act of 1862, which established what is now USDA. That statute directed the Commissioner of Agriculture "... To acquire and preserve in his Department all information he can obtain by means of books and correspondence, and by practical and scientific experiments,..." The scope of USDA's agricultural research programs has been expanded and extended many times since the Department was first created. Today ARS has a workforce of approximately 6,000 employees including 2,100 scientists and post docs representing a wide range of disciplines. ARS has 800 research projects working at 90+ locations, including overseas labs. The National Agricultural Library and the National Arboretum are also part of ARS.
Office of National Programs
The Office of National Programs (ONP) consists of approximately 24 National Program Leaders drawn from different scientific disciplines who are responsible for managing the overall ARS research program to accomplish the agency's mission:
ARS conducts research to develop and transfer solutions to agricultural problems of high national priority and provides information access and dissemination to
- Ensure high-quality, safe food and other agricultural products,
- Assess the nutritional needs of Americans,
- Sustain a competitive agricultural economy,
- Enhance the natural resource base and the environment, and
- Provide economic opportunities for rural citizens, communities, and society as a whole.
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