Office of Ethics
United States Department of Agriculture

Code of Scientific Ethics for the United States Department of Agriculture


  • I dedicate myself to the pursuit and promotion of beneficial scientific investigation, consistent with the mission of the Agricultural Research Service.
  • I will never hinder the beneficial research of others.
  • I will conduct, discuss, manage, judge and report science honestly, thoroughly, and without conflict of interest.
  • I will encourage constructive critique of my personal science and that of my colleagues, in a manner that fosters harmony and quality amid scientific debate.
  • I recognize past and present contributors to my science and will not accept unwarranted credit for the accomplishment of others.
  • I will maintain and improve my professional skills and be a mentor to others.
  • I will ensure safety and humane treatment of human and animal subjects and will prevent abuse of research resources entrusted to me.