Agricultural Research Service (ARS) - Northeast Area

Agricultural Research Service (ARS) - Northeast Area

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FLC Region

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Building 003, Room 208
BARC-West
Beltsville, MD 20705-2350
United States

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Description

The Northeast Area of ARS is among the largest and most diversified agricultural research units in the world and consists of 15 research facilities housing 46 laboratories located in 11 states and the District of Columbia. These centers include the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, D.C., the Eastern Regional Research Center in Philadelphia, PA, the Robert C. Holey Center of Agricultural & Health in Ithaca, NY, Plum Island Animal Disease Center at Orient Point, NY, The Jean Mayer Human Nutrition Center in Boston, MA, the Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center and the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center(BARC) in Beltsville, MD. The Beltsville location, headquarters of the NEA, was created in 1910 when the U.S. Department of Agriculture purchased a 475-acre farm about 15 miles northeast of Washington, D.C. to conduct research on animal husbandry, dairying, and animal diseases. Today, at Beltsville work is carried out in facilities across about 6,400 acres that includes, research laboratories, greenhouses, barns, poultry houses, shops, and administration offices.

Mission

ARS conducts research to develop and transfer solutions to agricultural problems of high national priority and provide information access and dissemination in order to:

  • Ensure high-quality safe food and other agricultural products;
  • Assess the nutritional needs of Americans;
  • Sustain a competitive agricultural economy;
  • Enhance the natural resource base and the environment;
  • Provide economic opportunities for rural citizens, communities, and society as a whole.
  • Provide the infrastructure necessary to create and maintain a diversified workplace.

Research in the Northeast addresses these goals.

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Antimicrobial Enzyme Fusions Reduce Resistance and Kill Intracellular Staphylococcus Aureus
Automated Sampling System
Boron Complexes With Gradual 1- Methylcyclopropene Releasing Capability
Cryogenic Trap
Double Strand RNA Delivery System for Plant-Sap-Feeding Insects
Double Strand RNAMediated RNA Interference Through Feeding Detrimental To Larval Lymantria Dispar (Gypsy Moth)
Functional Analysis of Lazy1 In Arabidopsis Thaliana and Prunus Trees
Insecticidal Strain of Serratia For Control of Insects Such As Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Halyomorpha Halys
Intravitreal Injection of a Chimeric Phage Endolysin PLY187; Protection From Staphylococcus Aureus Endophthalmitis
Methods For Killing Insects Using Methyl Benzoate

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Vision Statement:

The vision for NP 101 is to furnish the scientific community and the food animal industries with scientific information, biotechnologies, and best management practices that (1) ensure that consumers have an abundant supply of competitively priced animal products that enhance human health, (2) ensure domestic food security, and (3) enhance the efficiency, competitiveness, and economic and environmental sustainability of the food animal industries.

Mission Statement:

The mission of NP 101 is to foster an abundant, safe, nutritionally wholesome, and competitively priced supply of animal products produced in a viable, competitive, and sustainable animal agriculture sector of the U.S. economy by

1) safeguarding and utilizing animal genetic resources, associated genetic and genomic databases, and bioinformatic tools;

2) developing a basic understanding of food animal physiology for food animal industry priority issues related to animal production, animal well-being, and product quality and healthfulness; and

3) developing information, best management practices, novel and innovative tools, and technologies that improve animal production systems, enhance human health, and ensure domestic food security.

The Components of this Research Program are:

  • Improving Production and Production Efficiencies and Enhancing Animal Well-Being and Adaptation in Diverse Food Animal Production Systems
  • Understanding, Improving, and Effectively Using Animal Genetic and Genomic Resources
  • Measuring and Enhancing Quality and Enhancing the Healthfulness of Meat Products
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Vision Statement

The vision for the program is to be recognized worldwide as a leader in animal health research that delivers effective solutions to prevent and control animal diseases that impact agriculture and public health.

Mission Statement

The mission of the program is to deliver scientific information and tools to detect, control, and eradicate animal diseases of high national priority.

The Components of this Research Program are:

  • Biodefense
  • Animal Genomics
  • Zoonotic Diseases
  • Respiratory Diseases
  • Enteric Diseases
  • Parasitic Diseases
  • Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies
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Vision Statement:

2, 4, 6, 8: Protecting two- and four-legged animals from six- and eight-legged creatures.

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Veterinary, Medical, and Urban Entomology Program is to solve scientific problems and develop new products to protect American livestock, poultry, military personnel, civilians, structures, and households from damage caused by arthropods.

The components of this Research Program are:

  • Medical Entomology for the public and the military.
  • Veterinary Entomology
  • Ants

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Vision Statement

The vision for ARS aquaculture research and technology transfer is to support a thriving domestic industry based on improved genetic stocks and scientific information on biotechnologies and management practices to ensure a high quality, safe supply of healthful seafood and aquatic products.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Aquaculture National Program is to conduct high quality, relevant, fundamental, and applied aquaculture research, to improve the systems for raising domesticated aquaculture species, and to transfer technology to enhance the productivity and efficiency of U.S. producers and the quality of seafood and other aquatic animal products.

The Components of this Research Program are:

  • Understanding, Improving, and Effectively Using Animal Genetic and Genomic Resources
  • Enhancing Animal Performance, Well-being and Efficiency in Diverse Production Systems
  • Defining Nutrient Requirements, Nutrient Composition of Feedstuffs and Expanding Alternative Ingredients
  • Improving Health and Welfare of Aquatic Animals
  • Improving Production Systems, Developing New Products and Enhancing Product Quality
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Mission Statement

The mission of the Human Nutrition Program is to define the role of food and its components in optimizing health throughout the life cycle for all Americans by conducting high national priority research.

Program Vision

Well-nourished Americans making health-promoting diet choices based on scientific evidence.

Program Components

  1. Linking Agricultural Practices and Beneficial Health Outcomes
  2. Monitoring Food Composition and Nutrient Intake of the Nation
  3. Scientific Basis for Dietary Guidance
  4. Prevention of Obesity and Obesity-Related Diseases
  5. Life Stage Nutrition and Metabolism
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Mission Statement

To provide through research, the means to ensure that the food supply is safe for consumers; and that food and feed meet foreign and domestic regulatory requirements. Food safety research seeks ways to assess, control or eliminate potentially harmful food contaminants, including both introduced and naturally occurring pathogenic bacteria, viruses and parasites, toxins and non-biological-based chemical contaminants, mycotoxins and plant toxins. Food safety is a global issue; thus, the research program involves both national and international collaborations through formal and informal partnerships. Accomplishments and outcomes are utilized in national and international strategies delivering research results and advances to regulatory agencies, commodity organizations, industry and consumers.

Program Vision

To enhance and protect public health and agriculture through the development of technologies, strategies, and data that safeguard food from pathogens, toxins, and chemical contaminants during production, processing, and preparation, thus increasing the safety of the food supply.

Program Component

Food Borne Contaminants

  • Problem Statement 1. Population Systems
  • Problem Statement 2. Systems Biology
  • Problem Statement3.Microbial Contaminants: Technologies for Detection and Characterization
  • Problem Statement4.Chemical and Biological Contaminants: Detection and Characterization Methodology, Toxicology, and Toxinology
  • Problem Statement5.Intervention and Control Strategies
  • Problem Statement6. Predictive Microbiology/Modeling; Data Acquisition and Storage; Genomics Database
  • Problem Statement 7: Antimicrobial Resistance
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Water Availability and Watershed Management

Vision

Integrated, Effective, and Safe Water Resource Management

Mission

The mission of this National Program is twofold: (1) to conduct fundamental and applied research on the processes that control water availability and quality for the health and economic growth of the American people; and (2) to develop new and improved technologies for managing the Nation's agricultural water resources . These advances in knowledge and technologies will provide producers, action agencies, local communities, and resource advisors with the practices, tools, models, and decision support systems they need to improve water conservation and water use efficiency in agriculture, enhance water quality, protect rural and urban communities from the ravages of droughts and floods, improve agricultural and urban watersheds, and prevent the degradation of riparian areas, wetlands, and stream corridors. The rationale for this program is that water is fundamental to life and is a basic requirement for virtually all of our agricultural, industrial, urban, and recreational activities, as well as the sustained health of the natural environment.

Goal

The goal of the Water Availability and Watershed Management National Program (211) is to effectively and safely manage water resources while protecting the environment and human and animal health. This goal will be achieved by characterizing potential hazards, developing management practices, strategies and systems to alleviate problems, and providing practices, technologies, and decision support tools for the benefit of customers, stakeholders, partners, and product users. Customers, stakeholders, partners, and users of this research include producers, landowners, consultants, State agencies, Cooperative Extension Service, NRCS, FS, FSA, FAS, ORACBA, EPA, USGS, CDC, NOAA, NASA, BLM, BOR, USACE, NPS, and other action-oriented organizations and centers.

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Mission

The ARS National Climate Change, Soils, and Emissions Program has as its mission: to improve the quality of atmosphere and soil resources affected by, and having an effect on agriculture, and to understand the effects of, and prepare agriculture for, adaptation to climate change.

Program Priorities

In planning and conducting Climate Change, Soils, and Air Emissions research, ARS will focus our efforts on several specific priorities:

  • Enable improvements of air quality via management and mitigation of emissions from agricultural operations
  • Develop knowledge and technologies for reducing atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations through management of agricultural emissions and carbon sequestration
  • Enable agriculture to adapt to climate change
  • Maintain and enhance soil resources

Priority setting for Future Research in Climate Change, Soils, Emissions, and Agricultural Byproducts

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Program Vision & Relevance

The ARS Biorefining Program enables new commercially-viable technologies to (1) convert materials and byproducts from agriculture and for food production into fuels and other marketable products, and (2) reduce risks and increase profitability in existing industrial biorefineries.

Whenever possible, research under the Biorefining Program is closely coordinated with ARS researchat the USDA Regional Biomass Research Centers so as to integrate

expanded commercial biorefining capacitywith agricultural production systems as quickly as possible.

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Mission

The goal of the Utilization of Manure and Other Agricultural and Industrial Byproducts National Program is to effectively and safely manage and use manure and other agricultural and industrial byproducts in ways that maximize their potential benefits while protecting the environment and human and animal health.

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