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          he Agricultural Research Service continually looks for             A new collaboration between ARS and the USDA Agricultural
          opportunities to partner with other federal agencies.           Marketing Service has been established to coordinate market-
          These partnerships are designed to augment research             driven research strategies across agencies. An ARS-developed
          programs, expedite research results, exchange infor-            computer crop-growth model for potatoes is an example of a
mation and knowledge, enhance U.S. trade and the nation’s                 research product being shared among agencies for financial and
economy, and improve the quality of life for all Americans.               marketing guidance: The USDA Farm Services Agency wants
   The improvement of quality of life includes cooperative re-            to use it to assess loan risk and to guide loan applicants in the
search for clean water; safe, plentiful, and high-quality food; and       selection of profitable rotation crops.
the health of our people, our livestock, and the environment.
   Since its founding in 1953, ARS has worked closely with other          Partnering for Clean Water
federal agencies, both within and outside the U.S. Department                Making sure that tax- KEITH WELLER (K8721-4)
of Agriculture. Examples include giving science-based recom-              payers are getting their
mendations to USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service                 money’s worth from
(NRCS) personnel for use with farmers and ranchers and pro-               publicly funded conser-
viding data to guide U.S. Environmental                                         vation measures is
Protection Agency (EPA) regulations.                                            the goal of the Con-
ARS has worked with almost every other           ARS has                        servation Effects
federal agency at one time or another, in-                                      Assessment Project
                                                 worked with                    (CEAP). Most of
cluding the U.S. Departments of Defense
and Homeland Security.                           almost every                   the funds for ag-
   ARS often shares the same land or             other federal                  ricultural conser-
buildings with other federal agencies or         agency at                      vation come from
with universities. “In fact, many ARS                                           USDA through the
                                                 one time or
scientists do their work in university                                          Farm Security and
facilities alongside university research-        another.                       Rural Investment
ers,” says Steven R. Shafer, ARS deputy                                         Act, known as the
administrator for Natural Resources                                             “Farm Bill.”
and Sustainable Agricultural Systems. “This is a long-standing               CEAP involves mul- All CEAP watersheds use the SWAT
partnership with a highly distinguished tradition of productivity,        tiple partnerships among computer model to predict effects of
                                                                                                     farm practices on water quality. Here,
arising through a leveraging of federal and state resources.”             federal, state, and local technician Jeff Nichols collects a sample
   ARS takes a lead role nationally in a “greening” initiative            government agencies; from a watershed in Ames, Iowa, during
designed to encourage offices in all federal departments to set           universities; and private studies to refine the model.
an example by doing things such as using fuel-efficient vehicles          organizations, including
and biobased fuels and buying biobased versions of products               environmental groups
such as cleaners and carpet backing.                                      such as the Sierra Club. The project now has 38 watersheds
(NRCSIA00063)                                                             throughout the country, from the New York City area to Cali-
                                                                          fornia.
                                                                            
								
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