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ARS (Agricultural Research Service, USDA)

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The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the U.S. Department of Agriculture's chief scientific research agency.

The ARS mission is to find solutions to agricultural problems that affect Americans every day, from field to table.

Here's a few rough numbers to illustrate the scope of the Agricultural Research Service:
  • 1,200 research projects within 21 National Programs
  • 2,100 scientists
  • 6,000 other employees
  • 100 research locations including a few in other countries
  • USD 1.1 billion fiscal year 2009 budget

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February 25, 2024

Potatoes USA - Supported research into Neonic alternatives receives USDA funding

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) recently announced funding for a four-year, Potatoes USA-supported research project to develop and evaluate potential alternatives to neonicotinoids for pest management of potato crops.
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January 18, 2024

USDA Scientists Work to Ensure Nutritious and High-Quality Potatoes are Available During the Winter Season and All Year Round

Scientists at the USDA's Agricultural Research Service (ARS) use innovative technology to study the lifecycle of potatoes (including development, production, and postharvest storage)
Close-up of greenbug aphid, Schizaphis graminum, showing the piercing-sucking mouthparts it uses to feed and inject virus into plants.
July 25, 2023

Novel Approach to Combatting Aphid-Transmitted Crop Viruses: Harnessing 'Spike Proteins' as Weapons

The infamous spike protein doesn’t just help spread viruses – it can also be weaponized to stop them.
Texas A&M Potato Breeding Program targets french fry, chipping, fresh markets
September 04, 2022

Texas A&M Potato Breeding Program targets french fry, chipping, fresh markets

New potato varieties bred by the Texas A&M Potato Breeding Program could enter the french fry market before long, said Isabel Vales, Ph.D., Texas A&M AgriLife potato breeder in the Department of Horticultural Sciences