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Welcome to the Pacific West Area of the USDA Agricultural Research Service.
The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the principal scientific research agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. ARS provides access to agricultural information and develops new knowledge and technology needed to solve technical agricultural problems of broad scope and high national priority. The goal of ARS is to ensure an adequate supply of high quality, safe food and other agricultural products to meet the nutritional needs of consumers, sustain a competitive food and agricultural economy, to enhance quality of life and economic opportunity for rural citizens and society as a whole, and to maintain a quality environment and natural resource base.
The Pacific West Area (PWA) is one of eight ARS Areas located in the major farm and rangeland ecosystems throughoutthe United States and overseas.
The PWA consists of 26 research locations and work sites distributed among eight states, Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. Of about 1,300 employees in the PWA, one-fourth are scientists and engineers; the rest provide critical support. The Area Director has responsibility for scientific and administrative management of the PWA and provides leadership for scientific quality, relevance and impact of research programs.