Deborah L. Brennan
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The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) performs the in-house research for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It is ARS' responsibility to develop new knowledge and technology to solve agricultural problems; ensure the productivity of high-quality food and agricultural products to meet the nutritional needs of U.S. consumers; sustain a viable food and agricultural economy; and maintain a quality environment and natural resource base.
ARS is divided into eight areas. The South Atlantic Area (SAA) is composed of research facilities located in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. We are the Area Office for the SAA, located in the Richard B. Russell Agricultural Research Center in Athens, Georgia. We provide administrative, technical and budget coordination for the research facilities throughout the Area. Our goal in the Area Office is to provide the best administrative and financial services possible to all our customers, in particular to our research scientists.