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Tue Jan 24, 2017, 11:00 AM

USDA Scientists Have Been Put On Lockdown Under Trump [View all]

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Source: Buzzfeed

The US Department of Agriculture has banned scientists and other employees in its main research division from publicly sharing everything from the summaries of scientific papers to USDA-branded tweets as it starts to adjust to life under the Trump administration, BuzzFeed News has learned.

According to an email sent Monday morning and obtained by BuzzFeed News, the department told staff — including some 2,000 scientists — at the agency’s main in-house research arm, the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), to stop communicating with the public about taxpayer-funded work.

“Starting immediately and until further notice, ARS will not release any public-facing documents,” Sharon Drumm, chief of staff for ARS, wrote in a department-wide email shared with BuzzFeed News.

Read more: https://www.buzzfeed.com/dinograndoni/trump-usda?utm_term=.thx7eJe2W#.sowNB1BVL

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