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:
800 research projects within 18 National Programs
2,200 scientists and post docs
6,200 other employees
90+ research locations, including overseas laboratories
$1.1 billion fiscal year 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.
The ARS vision is to lead America towards a better future through agricultural research and information.
The ARS Administrator is Dr. Edward B. Knipling. Dr. Caird E. Rexroad, Jr. is the Associate Administrator, Research Management and Operations and Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young is the Associate Administrator, Office of National Programs. For more information see Biographical Sketches of our Administrators.
We follow a strategic plan we develop to meet our stakeholders' needs and support USDA's mission. We check our progress in carrying out that plan, and we modify it as circumstances require. See all our Plans and Reports.
Since we are an agency of the Research, Education and Economics mission area of USDA, Congress establishes our annual budget on the basis of the President's proposed budget and research priorities. Our budget for fiscal year 2012 is about $1.1 billion.
Our scientists frequently collaborate with research partners from universities, companies, other organizations and other countries. See more about Partnering and Technology Transfer.