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The Henry A. Wallace Beltsville Agricultural Research Center
, or BARC
, is a unit of the United States Department of Agriculture
The United States Department of Agriculture is the United States federal executive department responsible for developing and executing U.S. federal government policy on farming, agriculture, and food...
's Agricultural Research Service
The Agricultural Research Service is the principal in-house research agency of the United States Department of Agriculture . ARS is one of four agencies in USDA's Research, Education and Economics mission area...
. It is located at 39°02′N 76°53′W in Beltsville, Maryland
Beltsville is a census-designated place in northern Prince George's County, Maryland, United States. The population was 15,691 at the 2000 census. Beltsville includes the unincorporated community of Vansville.-Geography:...
, and is named for Henry A. Wallace
Henry Agard Wallace was the 33rd Vice President of the United States , the Secretary of Agriculture , and the Secretary of Commerce . In the 1948 presidential election, Wallace was the nominee of the Progressive Party.-Early life:Henry A...
, former United States vice president and secretary of agriculture. BARC houses the Abraham Lincoln Building of the National Agricultural Library.
BARC is the largest agricultural research complex in the world. Among its research programs are Air Quality; Animal Health; Crop Production; Crop Protection and Quarantine; Food Animal Production; Food Safety; Global Change; Human Nutrition; Integrated Farming Systems; Manure and Byproduct Utilization; Methyl Bromide Alternatives; Plant Biological and Molecular Processes; Plant Diseases; Plant Genetic Resources, Genomics, and Genetic Improvement; Quality and Utilization of Agricultural Products; Rangeland, Pasture, and Forages; Soil Resource Management; Veterinary, Medical, and Urban Entomology; and Water Quality and Management.
The center's Harvest for the Hungry program donates about 75000 pound of fruits and vegetables each year for distribution to local charities, in conjunction with volunteers from the community who do much of the labor of harvesting.
Each February, BARC hosts the Washington Birthday Marathon
Washington's Birthday Marathon is the eighth oldest marathon in the United States, founded in 1962.It is held each year on the Sunday of Presidents Day Weekend and is conducted by the DC Road Runners Club....
, the eighth oldest marathon
The marathon is a long-distance running event with an official distance of 42.195 kilometres , that is usually run as a road race...
in the United States.
On September 24, 2001, the BARC facilities sustained extensive damage as the result of an F3 tornado.