USDA AGENCY LAUNCHES NEW SITE FOR AG & SCIENCE-MINDED STUDENTS

on Friday, 26 March 2021. Posted in Blog & News

AgLab, a new science-education website operated by USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is now available to student and educators alike at https://aglab.ars.usda.gov/" data-type="url">https://aglab.ars.usda.gov/ .

Geared toward k-12 students with an interest in food and science, AgLab offers a variety of content to promote a greater understanding of how agricultural research is helping meet the food, fiber, feed, and fuel needs of a growing world population while also safeguarding our environment and natural resources.

For example, students considering career fields in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) may be especially interested in AgLab’s “20 for 30” offering. It profiles young researchers on the rise at ARS- starting with Jaqueline Serrano, an entomologist who is with the agency’s Temperate Tree Fruit and Vegetable Research Unit in Wapato, Washington.

Produced by the ARS Office of Communications, AgLab operates with the recognition that today’s students are tomorrow’s farmers, scientists, policy makers and consumers. With this latest iteration, the website reaffirms its commitment to making sure kids have access to information about agricultural research in a way that’s fun, timely and significant. 

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