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
- $1.1 billion fiscal year 2009 budget