Labex USA

Embrapa Labex-USA is a trust fund cooperative agreement managed by the United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service - Office of International Research Programs (USDA-ARS / OIRP) with funds provided by the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation - Embrapa to support a 'virtual laboratory' in ARS and Land-Grant Universities.

ARS laboratories host senior Embrapa scientists for long-term periods (2 or more years), allowing them to collaborate on mutually beneficial research in areas such as food safety, nanotechnology, plant and animal genetic resource, bioenergy, bioinformatics, animal health, forestry management, climate change, natural resources as well as issues involving the operations of research agencies such as innovation, intellectual property rights, and communication. Embrapa Labex-USA is coordinated from Beltsville, Maryland, the location of ARS administrative offices and the research, planning, and evaluation functions of its 22 National Research Programs. The Embrapa Labex-USA's recent agenda also involves partnership with other institutions like the Forest Service (FS), also a part of the USDA, and Texas A&M University.