The U.S. Department of Agriculture's main in-house scientific
research agency. Primary job is finding solutions to agricultural problems
that affect Americans every day, from field to table.
Seed Research Foundation
Established in 1959 to encourage research in plant and seed biology and
to facilitate the transfer of resulting technology to benefit the seed
industry, farmers and consumers on a global basis. The foundation supports
public research in plant and seed biology, applied research projects with
broad or crop-specific applications, public-private cooperation in seed-related
research, and educational opportunities in seed-related sciences.
American Seed Trade
Aimed at being an effective voice of action in all matters concerning
the development, marketing and free movement of seed, associated products
and services throughout the world. ASTA promotes the development of better
seed to produce better crops for a better quality of life.
Dedicated to the development of agriculture enabled by science, in harmony
with environmental and human values. The Society supports scientific,
educational, and professional activities to enhance communication and
technology transfer among agronomists and those in related disciplines
on topics of local, regional, national, and international significance.
The Animal and
Plant Health inspection Service (APHIS)
The Animal and Plant Health inspection Service (APHIS) is responsible
for protecting and promoting U.S. agricultural health, administering the
Animal Welfare Act, and carrying out wildlife damage management activities.
Careers in Agriculture
The following websites
are helpful resources for finding jobs in the agriculture industry.
• Purdue USDA
• National Institute of Food and Agriculture
USAJobs - Department of Agriculture Agency Search
Crop Science Society
An educational and scientific organization comprised of more than 4,700
members dedicated to the advancement of crop science. Founded in 1955,
the Society is truly international in scope with members in more than
100 countries who are advancing the discipline of crop science by acquiring
and disseminating information about crops in relation to seed genetics
and plant breeding; crop physiology; crop production, quality and ecology;
crop germplasm resources; and environmental quality.
European Seed Association
Formed by the merging of Europes four largest seed organizations as well
as individual companies,the association represents the totality of the
European seed industry active in research, breeding, production and marketing
GMO Answers is an initiative committed to responding to your questions about how food is grown. Its goal is to make information about biotechnology in food and agriculture easier to access and understand.
International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications
ISAAA is a not-for-profit international organization that shares the benefits of crop biotechnology to various stakeholders, particularly resource-poor farmers in developing countries, through knowledge sharing initiatives and the transfer and delivery of proprietary biotechnology applications.
National Association of Plant Breeders (NAPB)
An outreach group, originating as an initiative of the Plant Breeding Coordinating Committee (PBCC), that represents plant breeders in federal, state, commercial and non-government organizations.
Plant Breeding Coordinating Committee (PBCC)
A forum of leadership regarding issues, problems and opportunities of long-term strategic importance to the contribution of plant breeding to national goals.
Plant Breeding and Genomics
Information supporting plant breeders and their staff with the latest findings on breeding and genomics.
Plantbreeding.org is a non-profit website dedicated to news, events, and
discussions regarding plant breeding. It is supported by readers who -
when finding something interesting online - submit a brief synopsis and
hyperlink(s) to the original stories on the web.
of the Congress
Online directory of the Sentators of the 108th Congress.
Soil Science Society
Dedicated to the advancement of soil science thoughout the world. The
primary purpose of the Society is to advance the discipline and practice
of soil science by acquiring and disseminating information about soils
in relation to crop production, environmental quality, ecosystem sustainability,
bioremediation, waste management and recycling, and wise land use.
SoyBase is part of the legume database project coordinated by Randy Shoemaker
at Iowa State University and funded by the USDA-ARS Plant Genome Program.
For more information about SoyBase, please contact David Grant or Marcia
UC Davis – Delphi Study
Plant breeding is currently under stress – the global demand for breeders is greater than the current educational system has been producing. Companies are having difficulty finding well trained plant breeders. To aid this effort, researchers at the University of California, Davis, collected information from over 200 participants, selected globally for their plant breeding expertise. [Click here for the results.]