The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is the first federal organization to commit to using VIVO, a web application designed to provide better networking among scientists from different disciplines and locations.

VIVO provides a web search tool that connects researchers, funding institutions, students, administrators and others with an interest in research. "Addressing the critically important agricultural issues facing the world today requires an interdisciplinary approach between scientists across the United States and around the world," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "VIVO will be an excellent way to make research more effective and help researchers forge important new collaborations that can lead to the kind of ground-breaking results that we need to help solve the problems we face today."

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The USDA's Agricultural Research Service, Economic Research Service, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, National Agriculture Statistics Service and Forest Service will be the first USDA agencies to participate in VIVO.