The Agricultural Research Service (ARS)is the U.S. Department of Agriculture's chief scientific research agency. Our job is finding solutions to agricultural problems that affect Americans every day, from field to table. Here's a few rough numbers to illustrate the scope of our organization:
1,200 research projects within 21 National Programs
6,000 other employees
100 research locations including a few in other countries
$1.1 billion fiscal year 2009 budget
ARS conducts research to develop and transfer solutions to agricultural problems of high national priority and provide 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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