The Beltsville Area consists of ARS programs at the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center and the Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center in Beltsville, MD; the US National Arboretum in Washington D.C.; and worksites in Chatsworth, NJ; Presque Isle, ME; and McMinnville, TN. BARC is the largest and most diversified agricultural research complex in the world.
Beltsville's record of accomplishments and ongoing programs has made it a world leader in agriculture research. It's international reputation attracts thousands of visitors each year from the United States and abroad.ARS conducts research to develop and transfer solutions to agricultural problems of high national priority and provide information access and dissemination in order to:
Research in the Beltsville Area addresses all of these goals through programs in the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, the Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center, and the US National Arboretum.