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Agencies and Offices

Agricultural Research Service

The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is USDA's principal in-house research agency. ARS leads America towards a better future through agricultural research and information.

 

Economic Research Service

The Economic Research Service (ERS) is USDA's principal social science research agency. Each year, ERS communicates research results and socioeconomic indicators via briefings, analyses for policymakers and their staffs, market analysis updates, and major reports.

 

National Agricultural Statistics Service

The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) serves the basic agricultural and rural data needs of the country by providing objective, important and accurate statistical information and services to farmers, ranchers, agribusinesses and public officials. This data is vital to monitoring the ever-changing agricultural sector and carrying out farm policy.

 

National Institute of Food and Agriculture

formerly Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service (CSREES)

In partnership with land-grant universities, and other public and private organizations, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) provides the focus to advance a global system of extramural research, extension, and higher education in the food and agricultural sciences.