Being Environmental Stewards
ARS is committed to helping agriculture meet the world demand for food, feed, fiber and fuel while also protecting the environment and natural resources. Around the country, our scientists conduct multi-faceted research to provide producers with the very latest information and technology to use in meeting that growing demand—from local climate data to mobile apps for accessing it on the go.
Often, this requires close collaboration and a melding of minds from diverse scientific disciplines—microbiology, chemistry, agronomy, animal nutrition, plant physiology, engineering and soil science among them.
Much of the research underway at ARS’ 90-plus locations in the United States and abroad is carried out with environmental health and natural resources conservation in mind—either directly through laboratory and field studies or as an indirect benefit of its scientific and technological outcomes.
In This Section
Finding Natural Enemies
ARS scientists study natural enemies with potential to biologically control invasive plants.Learn more
ARS scientists are working to increase the photosynthetic ability of food and bioenergy crops.Learn more
Managing Forage and Grazing Lands
ARS scientists are exploring sustainable approaches to managing forage and grazing lands.Learn more
ARS is developing integrated approaches to managing crop, animal and watershed systems to reduce environmental risk.Learn more
Protecting Natural Resources
ARS is protecting natural resources through sustainable agricultural systems.Learn more
Reducing Ammonia Pollution from Cows
Red clover as a feed ingredient to help cows excrete less ammonia into the environment.Learn more
Reducing Herbicide Spraying
ARS researchers are exploring using camera-mounted drones to reduce herbicide spraying where and when it’s not needed.Learn more
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