The USDA’s Agricultural Research Service works to find solutions to agricultural problems that affect Americans every day from field to table.

ARS climate change research addresses the interactions between agricultural production systems, weather variability, and changing climate. ARS is finding ways to mitigate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, reduce the effects of climate change on production, and help create adaptive and resilient production systems.

Clean energy is another focus area. USDA has five Regional Biomass Research Centers (RBRC) that work with ARS researchers across the country to help farmers increase biomass production efficiency and farm profits and reduce biorefinery costs.

In the Northeast, grazing-related research in these areas is carried out at several locations, including the Pasture Systems and Watershed Management Research Unit, University Park, PA, and the new Food Systems Research Unit, Burlington, VT.