New ARS website enhances access to information

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BELTSVILLE, Md. – The Agricultural Research Service launched a newly designed website recently that promises to improve access to information about ARS research. The new site features mobile responsiveness allowing users to better navigate and view information on both mobile and desktop devices.

ARS maintains scientific information stemming from research conducted by nearly 2,000 Federal scientists researching animal and crop health, human nutrition, food safety, and natural resources. The ARS website features more than 300,000 dynamic pages.

“This new design better showcases the research generated by our scientists and allows us to better share ARS research findings that have impacted our nation and our world,” said Paul Gibson, ARS Chief Information Officer.

Visiting the site, one can learn the stories of ARS’s role in mass-producing penicillin; in developing new crops like seedless grapes, carrots, watermelon, and tomatoes; in preventing foodborne pathogens; in developing low-fat cheese; and about countless other ARS discoveries.

Notable new features added to the site include “I Want To,” “Trending Topics,” and “ARS Research in Your State.” ARS has nearly 4,000 active research projects and more than 77,000 publications on its website. The first two features make it easier to quickly find hot topics from ARS’s vast
research portfolio.

The new format also allows ARS to spotlight the Agency’s extensive Image Gallery. These images document ARS scientists and research in action and are available for download free to the public.

For more information contact Tara T. Weaver-Missick, ARS Office of Communications.

The Agricultural Research Service is the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s chief scientific in-house research agency. Daily, ARS focuses on solutions to agricultural problems affecting America. Each dollar invested in agricultural research results in $20 of economic impact.


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