About U.S. Dept. Agriculture
The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the U.S. Department of Agriculture's chief scientific in-house research agency. Our job is finding solutions to agricultural problems that affect Americans every day from field to table. Here are a few numbers to illustrate the scope of our organization:
660 research projects within 15 National Programs
2,000 scientists and post docs
6,000 other employees
90+ research locations, including overseas laboratories
$1.5 billion fiscal year budget
ARS delivers scientific solutions to national and global agricultural challenges.
Global leadership in agricultural discoveries through scientific excellence.
Scientific excellence, creativity, innovation, integrity, leadership, collaboration, accountability, transparency, diversity, respect, inclusiveness, and public service. These values underpin ARS’ commitment to delivering cutting-edge, scientific tools and innovative solutions for American farmers, producers, industry, and communities to support the nourishment and well-being of all people; sustain our nation’s agroecosystems and natural resources; and ensure the economic competitiveness and excellence of our agriculture.