USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) – Pacific West Area


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800 Buchanan Street
Albany, CA 94710
United States

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With 47 research units at 21 locations and several additional worksites where ARS employees are located throughout eight states, the Pacific West Area (PWA) is the largest and most diverse of the eight Areas in ARS.  There are 375 scientist positions in PWA and total workforce of about 1,400 employees.  Research in the PWA is conducted in 21 of the 22 ARS National Programs and addresses these research priorities:

1) Climate Change

2) Food Safety

3) Children's Nutrition / Health

4) Global Food Security

5) Bioenergy

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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 Pacific West Area addresses these goals.

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ARS research is organized into National Programs. These programs serve to bring coordination, communication, and empowerment to approximately 690 research projects carried out by ARS. The National Programs focus on the relevance, impact, and quality of ARS research. Check out the National Programs' website here:

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