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Agricultural Research Service, USDA


The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the U.S. Department of Agriculture's chief scientific research agency.

ARS conducts research to develop and transfer solutions to agricultural problems of high national priority and provide information access and dissemination to:

  • ensure high-quality, safe food, and other agricultural products
  • assess the nutrition ...
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service


The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is a multi-faceted agency with a broad mission area that includes protecting and promoting U.S. agricultural health, regulating genetically engineered organisms, administering the Animal Welfare Act and carrying out wildlife damage management activities.

Bioenergy Feedstock Information Network (BFIN)


BFIN is a gateway to a wealth of biomass feedstock information resources from the U.S. Department of Energy, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Idaho National Laboratory, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and other research organizations.


Crop Explorer is an interactive web tool for mapping global crop condition information, based on satellite imagery and weather data. It also includes regional growing season profiles.

GrainGenes: A Database for Triticeae and Avena


GrainGenes is a genetic database for Triticeae, oats, and sugarcane, being assembled as part of the United States Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Library's Plant Genome Program. Additional support is provided by ITMI, the International Triticeae Mapping Initiative, through a grant from the USDA/DOE/NSF Joint Program on Collaborative Research in Plant Biology.

Information includes:

National Invasive Species Information Center (NISIC)


The National Invasive Species Information Center (NISIC) was established in 2005 at the National Agricultural Library to meet the information needs of users including the National Invasive Species Council.

The website serves as a reference gateway to information, organizations, and services about invasive species.



"The PLANTS Database provides standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S. and its territories. It includes names, plant symbols, checklists, distributional data, species abstracts, characteristics, images, crop information, automated tools, onward web links, and references."

"PLANTS is a collaborative effort of the

United States Botanic Garden


The United States Botanic Garden (USBG) is a botanic garden run by the Congress of the United States. It is located in Washington, D.C., on the U.S. Capitol Grounds campus near Garfield Circle.