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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

National Programs
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ARS research is organized into National Programs. These programs serve to bring coordination, communication, and empowerment to 800 research projects carried out by ARS. The National Programs focus on the relevance, impact, and quality of ARS research.


Steven R Shafer 
Associate Administrator
National Programs
steven.shafer@ars.usda.gov
Phone: (301) 504-5084
Fax: (301) 504-7302
5601 SUNNYSIDE AVENUE
GWCC-BLTSVL
BELTSVILLE, MD, 20705


Nutrition, Food Safety, and Quality
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  • Human Nutrition (NP #107)
  • Food Safety (animal and plant products) (NP #108)
  • Quality and Utilization of Agricultural Products (NP #306)

  • Animal Production and Protection
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  • Food Animal Production (NP #101)
  • Animal Health (NP #103)
  • Veterinary, Medical, and Urban Entomology (NP #104)
  • Aquaculture (NP #106)

  • Natural Resources and Sustainable Agricultural Systems
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  • Water Availability and Watershed Management (NP #211)
  • Climate Change, Soils, and Emissions (NP #212)
  • Biorefining (NP #213)
  • Agricultural and Industrial Byproducts (NP #214)
  • Pasture, Forage and Rangeland Systems (NP #215)
  • Agricultural System Competitiveness and Sustainability (NP #216)

  • Crop Production and Protection
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  • Plant Genetic Resources, Genomics and Genetic Improvement (NP #301)
  • Plant Diseases (NP #303)
  • Crop Protection and Quarantine (NP #304)
  • Crop Production (NP #305)


  • Last Modified: 3/5/2015