Scientists in the News

USDA Provides Blueprint for Dismantling a Government Research Agency

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Union of Concerned Scientists

For scientists, it’s a significant accomplishment to get your work published in a peer-reviewed journal. So it was odd when the Washington Post reported last week that USDA was now requiring its researchers to label outside peer-reviewed scientific publications with the word “preliminary”. But this wasn’t actually news to me. And it isn’t the only way the Trump administration is undermining the USDA’s important research role.