USDA Agricultural Research Service Recaps Its Breakthrough Research and Technologies of 2017

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is ready to start 2018 with renewed vigor, building on its scientific and technological accomplishments to date—from a food nutrient database that consumers can access with the click of a mouse to a natural tire rubber made from guayule, a small flowering shrub native to the southwestern United States.

As the USDA’s chief in-house scientific research agency, ARS employs 2,000 scientists at 90-plus research locations across the country and overseas. Through research, technology transfer (T2) and information sharing, the agency addresses agricultural issues of high national importance, such as food safety, consumer nutrition, environmental stewardship, rural development, natural resource conservation, and competiveness in global markets.

“The three technologies we’re highlighting today represent the many achievements and advances our scientists have made towards realizing these national priorities,” said ARS Administrator Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young. “These technologies exemplify the spirit of scientific excellence and innovation that will continue into the new year and beyond,” she added.