USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) – Plains Area


FLC Region

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2150 Centre Avenue
Building D
Fort Collins, TX 80526
United States

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The Plains Area (PA) conducts agricultural research at twenty-two research locations in ten states - Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming. Our Location cities are Akron, CO, Fort Collins CO, Manhattan, KS, Miles City MT, Sidney MT, Clay Center NE, Lincoln NE, Las Cruces NM, Fargo ND, Grand Forks ND, Mandan ND, El Reno OK, Stillwater OK, Woodward OK, Brookings SD, Bushland TX, College Station TX, Houston TX, Kerrville TX, Lubbock TX, and Temple TX.



ARS researchers in the PA conduct research to develop and transfer solutions to agricultural problems of high national priority and provide information access dissemination 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.

PA scientists at our 22 research locations in 10 states are addressing all of these goals through the 85 to 100 agricultural and nutritional research programs typically underway in the PA at any one time. The Area Director's Office supports these many vital research efforts by providing administrative, technical and budgetary assistance to our locations. Our goal is to provide superior service to all our customers and employees to further the ARS research mission and the multi-disciplinary research efforts underway in the PA.

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A Tool for Managing the Quality of Plant Products
Advancing Tick-Borne Disease Diagnostics
Aerial Electrostatic System for Weather Modification
Computer Vision Qualified Infrared Temperature Sensor
Double Stranded RNA Constructs for Aphid Control
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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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