ARS Launches New Website

New site enhances public access to scientific information

Published online: Oct 30, 2017 Articles
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The USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) launched a newly designed website last week that improves access to information about ARS research. The new site features mobile responsiveness that allows users to better navigate and view information on both mobile and desktop devices.

The 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,” says ARS chief information officer Paul Gibson.

Visiting the site, one can learn the stories of the 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 hundreds of other ARS discoveries.

Notable new features added to the site include “I Want To,” “Trending Topics” and “ARS Research in Your State.” The 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 the ARS’s vast research portfolio.

The new format also allows the 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, at the ARS Office of Communications.