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The Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center located in eastern North Dakota is staffed by 12 senior scientists and 60 support personnel. The mission of the Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center is to study the roles of foods, food factors, agriculture practices and physical activity on human health, obesity prevention, and maintenance of healthy body weight. The Center is one of six Human Nutrition Research Centers operated by the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). As a group, they form the USDA-Agriculture Research Service National Program in Human Nutrition. 

The mission of the ARS National Program in Human Nutrition is to conduct basic and applied research to identify and understand how nutrients and other bio-active food components affect human health. The goal of this food-based agricultural research is to identify foods and diets, coupled with genetics and physical activity that sustain and promote health throughout the life cycle.

The Center's innovative research and achievements have:

The Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center has been a world leader in nutrition research for more than 30 years. The current foundation of our research is:

The Center has numerous partnerships with regional, national, and international universities, local, state, and federal agencies as well as commodity groups. The Center also has partnerships with Native American communities and tribal colleges to address obesity, diabetes, and heart disease in high-need, under-served communities.

The 92,000-square-foot building contains state-of-the-art facilities for research with humans and animals, multiple chemical and biochemical laboratories. It has an annual appropriated budget of $9.3 million.