The improvement of quality of life includes cooperative research for clean water; safe, plentiful, and high-quality food; and the health of our people, our livestock, and the environment. Since its founding in 1953, ARS has worked closely with other federal agencies, both within and outside the U.S. Department of Agriculture. "[...] many ARS scientists do their work in university facilities alongside university researchers," says Steven R. Shafer, ARS deputy administrator for Natural Resources and Sustainable Agricultural Systems.
Federal-Wide Partnering for a Better Life T 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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