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ARS is the premier food research agency in the world, and it wouldn’t be nearly as successful or impactful if not for it...
02/28/2021

ARS is the premier food research agency in the world, and it wouldn’t be nearly as successful or impactful if not for its rich, diverse history of scientists. https://go.usa.gov/xs9FG

Apples that don't turn brown! Did you know ARS scientists and their partner developed & patented a coating that keeps pe...
02/27/2021

Apples that don't turn brown! Did you know ARS scientists and their partner developed & patented a coating that keeps peeled apples from browning without changing their texture or flavor? Learn more about this and other ARS technologies https://go.usa.gov/xs9vp

Stay connected with us. In just a few weeks ARS will be launching an exciting new site for kids and teens called #ARSAgL...
02/27/2021

Stay connected with us. In just a few weeks ARS will be launching an exciting new site for kids and teens called #ARSAgLab.

A leader with a passion for inspiring our young students, Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young strongly believes in mentoring and e...
02/25/2021

A leader with a passion for inspiring our young students, Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young strongly believes in mentoring and engaging with our future generation of agricultural leaders. https://go.usa.gov/xskFg

Recycling glass, plastic, and metal is something many of us do routinely. Now, a team of ARS scientists is looking at re...
02/25/2021

Recycling glass, plastic, and metal is something many of us do routinely. Now, a team of ARS scientists is looking at recycling something most people probably never even think about: manure. https://go.usa.gov/xskt6

ARS Administrator Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young is the 1st African-American to lead USDA’s chief scientific in-house researc...
02/25/2021

ARS Administrator Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young is the 1st African-American to lead USDA’s chief scientific in-house research agency, which employs 8,000 scientists, postdocs and other staff at over 90 research locations and overseas laboratories. https://go.usa.gov/xskFg

What makes sweetpotatoes healthy? Are sweetpotatoes related to potatoes? Find out and learn what ARS is doing to get mor...
02/24/2021

What makes sweetpotatoes healthy? Are sweetpotatoes related to potatoes? Find out and learn what ARS is doing to get more uses out of this vitamin-rich 'super food.' https://go.usa.gov/xsKsh #NationalSweetPotatoMonth

02/21/2021

ARS is harvesting science for a better tomorrow. Look at this Apple Harvest and Infield Sorting Machine designed and built by ARS researchers https://youtu.be/21SB9FJjf2M

Did you know ARS scientists developed new alternatives to refined white flour? Even more is that these new flours are al...
02/20/2021

Did you know ARS scientists developed new alternatives to refined white flour? Even more is that these new flours are also more nutritious to the average consumer. They also allow consumers with certain dietary needs to enjoy foods like cake and pizza without elevating their health risks. Which flour would you try? https://go.usa.gov/xsDRH

Looking for job opportunities or know someone who is? Want to work with ARS? We're building our team. Explore current va...
02/19/2021

Looking for job opportunities or know someone who is? Want to work with ARS? We're building our team. Explore current vacancies, collaborations, programs and other opportunities https://www.ars.usda.gov/work-with-us/

ARS scientists are turning #foodwaste into healthful delights. Check out this quick read to find out more https://go.usa...
02/19/2021

ARS scientists are turning #foodwaste into healthful delights. Check out this quick read to find out more https://go.usa.gov/xsjGF

ARS is taking innovative approaches to help reduce #foodwaste and loss. Here's a great interview about with one or ARS's...
02/19/2021

ARS is taking innovative approaches to help reduce #foodwaste and loss. Here's a great interview about with one or ARS's National Program Leaders. https://go.usa.gov/xsjUJ

What is ARS doing about #foodwaste? ARS research reduces food loss & waste & transforms food waste into new marketable p...
02/19/2021

What is ARS doing about #foodwaste? ARS research reduces food loss & waste & transforms food waste into new marketable products for consumers. Read about our accomplishments illustrating our efforts to achieve this goal. https://go.usa.gov/xsjnn

That's more than a hundred billion pounds of food every year, worth more than a hundred billion dollars. This waste and ...
02/19/2021

That's more than a hundred billion pounds of food every year, worth more than a hundred billion dollars. This waste and loss can occur at any part along the supply chain, from the farm to the table.

#foodwaste #foodloss #foodsupply

Iron is as essential a micronutrient for honey bees as it is for people. Honey bees usually get enough iron from their f...
02/19/2021

Iron is as essential a micronutrient for honey bees as it is for people. Honey bees usually get enough iron from their flower pollen diet but an ARS entomologist has discovered a parasite that hijacks the iron from its host for itself. Find out more the discovery https://go.usa.gov/xsj52

#bees #beekeepers #beehealth #honeybees #beeparasites #agriculture #pollinators

In the lab, Dr. Alvin Simmons' favorite accomplishments were the first DNA sequence of a whitefly, climate change impact...
02/18/2021

In the lab, Dr. Alvin Simmons' favorite accomplishments were the first DNA sequence of a whitefly, climate change impact on an insect, a book chapter on tomato pests & helping determine the source of pest resistance in wild watermelon. https://go.usa.gov/xsbKf #BlackHistoryMonth #BlackHistoryMonth2021

#science #agriculture #entomology #insects

Dr. Alvin Simmons, ARS entomologist, served as the first African-American to lead the Entomological Society of America, ...
02/17/2021

Dr. Alvin Simmons, ARS entomologist, served as the first African-American to lead the Entomological Society of America, the largest organization in the world serving professional & scientific needs of entomologists & individuals in related disciplines. https://go.usa.gov/xsT3E #BlackHistoryMonth #blackhistorymonth2021

#entomology #science #agriculture

ARS researchers are using tools to manage and mitigate the damage caused by guava root-knot nematodes, an invasive pest ...
02/16/2021
Controlling Guava Root-Knot Nematode

ARS researchers are using tools to manage and mitigate the damage caused by guava root-knot nematodes, an invasive pest that costs famers billions every year. Learn more https://youtu.be/4fZlXIfsXbo

ARS researchers are working to combat the invasive pest guava root-knot nematode.

Learn more about Flavorfest, Keepsake, Cordial and other strawberry varieties and other exciting research at the ARS Gen...
02/14/2021

Learn more about Flavorfest, Keepsake, Cordial and other strawberry varieties and other exciting research at the ARS Genetic Improvement for Fruits & Vegetables Laboratory in Beltsville, MD. https://go.usa.gov/xsYk6 #ValentinesDay2021

The Cordial strawberry variety produces a very high yield, has low field rot, is rain tolerant and has a fruit punch fla...
02/14/2021

The Cordial strawberry variety produces a very high yield, has low field rot, is rain tolerant and has a fruit punch flavor. #ValentinesDay2021

Cordial, seen here, is a late-season, large, firm, and flavorful strawberry with a beautiful classic appearance. #Valent...
02/14/2021

Cordial, seen here, is a late-season, large, firm, and flavorful strawberry with a beautiful classic appearance. #ValentinesDay2021

Drum roll please! Introducing “Cordial” our newest strawberry superstar thanks ARS researchers. #ValentinesDay2021
02/14/2021

Drum roll please! Introducing “Cordial” our newest strawberry superstar thanks ARS researchers. #ValentinesDay2021

Happy Valentine's Day to each and everyone of you! Thank you for following, retweeting, liking, sharing and connecting w...
02/14/2021

Happy Valentine's Day to each and everyone of you! Thank you for following, retweeting, liking, sharing and connecting with ARS.

Stay-tuned today as we introduce our newest strawberry variety.

#ValentinesDay2021

02/13/2021

Even though ARS scientists released Flavorfest in 2013 and Keepsake in 2019, ARS scientists are on the verge of releasing another noteworthy variety. Stay-tuned tomorrow for the main attraction. #ValentinesDay2021

The Keepsake strawberry can be harvested as early as May, grows well in the Mid-Atlantic & Northeast areas of the United...
02/13/2021

The Keepsake strawberry can be harvested as early as May, grows well in the Mid-Atlantic & Northeast areas of the United States, does well in cold storage & is firm enough for handling during harvest & packaging. https://go.usa.gov/xsCdf #ValentinesDay2021

Another ARS strawberry standout, “Keepsake,” a variety from ARS’s Genetic Improvement of Fruits & Vegetables Lab, bred t...
02/13/2021

Another ARS strawberry standout, “Keepsake,” a variety from ARS’s Genetic Improvement of Fruits & Vegetables Lab, bred to have improved shelf life. Keepsake is resistant to anthracnose fruit rot, one of the most serious fruit rots worldwide. https://go.usa.gov/xsCdf

#ValentinesDay2021

Are you a lover of strawberries? Many will receive this sweet and delicious berry for Valentine’s Day. Thanks to ARS res...
02/13/2021

Are you a lover of strawberries? Many will receive this sweet and delicious berry for Valentine’s Day. Thanks to ARS research those strawberries are more flavorful, and last longer. #ValentinesDay2021

Some say, Flavorfest is like each berry is all puffed up… trying to get your attention. It’s as if it’s trying to tell y...
02/13/2021

Some say, Flavorfest is like each berry is all puffed up… trying to get your attention. It’s as if it’s trying to tell you it’s bursting with flavor.

#ValentinesDay2021 #valentinesday #strawberries

ARS came up with June-bearing strawberry favorites. One favorite, Flavorfest, also known as “short-day” strawberry was n...
02/13/2021

ARS came up with June-bearing strawberry favorites. One favorite, Flavorfest, also known as “short-day” strawberry was named for its exceptional flavor, distinctively plump size, and its high yields during peak strawberry season and beyond. Look how plump they are! https://go.usa.gov/xsYDf

#ValentinesDay2021

ARS once saved the strawberry industry. In the 1950s, ARS released the first varieties that could survive rootrotting fu...
02/13/2021

ARS once saved the strawberry industry. In the 1950s, ARS released the first varieties that could survive rootrotting fungus. Since then, ARS has bred & released dozens of strawberry cultivars. That's good news for consumers & growers. https://go.usa.gov/xsCVa

#ValentinesDay2021

02/12/2021

It’s almost Valentine’s Day. Stay-tuned this weekend. We have something for your sweet tooth.

#ValentinesDay2021

Did you know strawberries are the most valuable annual crop a farmer can grow on an acre of land?#valentinesday2021 #val...
02/12/2021

Did you know strawberries are the most valuable annual crop a farmer can grow on an acre of land?
#valentinesday2021 #valentines

Did you know that strawberries are the 5th most popular fruit that consumers enjoy? 🍓
02/12/2021

Did you know that strawberries are the 5th most popular fruit that consumers enjoy? 🍓

George Washington Carver is famous for his research in agriculture that improved living standards of American farmers. F...
02/11/2021

George Washington Carver is famous for his research in agriculture that improved living standards of American farmers. Famous for developing products from the peanut & sweet potato, he made many other contributions. Find out https://go.usa.gov/xsaNq https://go.usa.gov/xsaNC #BHM

Dr. Ernest J. Harris was a distinguished entomologist internationally recognized for his work on controlling fruit flies...
02/10/2021

Dr. Ernest J. Harris was a distinguished entomologist internationally recognized for his work on controlling fruit flies that threaten crops around the world. Dr. Harris was an ARS Hall of Famer & Congressional Gold Medal recipient. https://go.usa.gov/xsaWm #BlackHistoryMonth #BHM

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