USDA Opens New Agricultural Research Technology Center in Salinas, California : USDA ARS

Artist’s impression of the new ARS Agricultural Research Technology Center in Salinas, California.

USDA Opens New Agricultural Research Technology Center in Salinas, California

By Kim Kaplan
August 26, 2020

SALINAS, CALIFORNIA, August 26, 2020—Construction of the new USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Agricultural Research Technology Center in Salinas, California began today with a virtual, live groundbreaking ceremony.

The state-of-the-art research facility, which will include new labs, greenhouses and capacity for additional scientists, builds on the existing ARS Crop Improvement and Protection Research Laboratory in Salinas.

“When this new facility is complete, we will be able to significantly advance our research into the sustainable production of vegetable and fruit crops, research crucial to the success of California’s important agricultural sector. And we will be able to expand our collaborations with our long-time partners at the University of California, Davis, who have worked with us for nearly 100 years on a diverse portfolio of projects including both food crops and industrial crops,” said said Chavonda Jacobs-Young, administrator of the ARS.

Representative Jimmy Panetta (D-CA, 20and), along with now-retired Rep. Sam Farr and Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-GA, 2n/a), led the charge for the new research facilities. “Dramatically expanding our facilities will help ensure innovative fruit and vegetable research to better serve our customers, stakeholders and the scientific community,” said James D. McCreight, Unit Research Manager. research on crops, improvement and protection of the ARS.

Others who spoke at the inauguration included:

  • Abby Taylor-Silva, Vice President, Grower-Shipper Association of Central California
  • Rick Tomlinson, Chairman, California Strawberry Commission
  • Jennifer Clarke, Executive Director, California Leafy Greens Research Program
  • Jessy Beckett Parr, Foundation Director, California Certified Organic Farmers Foundation
  • Brise Tencer, Executive Director, Organic Agriculture Research Foundation

The Agricultural Research Service is the principal internal scientific research agency of the United States Department of Agriculture. Daily, ARS focuses on solutions to agricultural problems affecting America. Every dollar invested in agricultural research translates into $20 of economic impact.

Lana T. Arthur