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Nutrition & Food Sciences: Agricultural Research Service

Research Guide for Nutrition & Food Science. This is a great starting place when researching.

About ARS

The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the U.S. Department of Agriculture's chief scientific in-house research agency. Our job is finding solutions to agricultural problems that affect Americans every day from field to table. Here are a few numbers to illustrate the scope of our organization:

  • 690 research projects within 15 National Programs  
  • 2,000 scientists and post docs  
  • 6,000 other employees  
  • 90+ research locations, including overseas laboratories
  • $1.1 billion fiscal year budget

Search for ARS publications here.

ARS research is organized into National Programs. These programs serve to bring coordination, communication, and empowerment to approximately 690 research projects carried out by ARS. The National Programs focus on the relevance, impact, and quality of ARS research.

Nutrition, Food Safety/Quality



Animal Production and Protection


Crop Production and Protection


Natural Resources and Sustainable Agricultural Systems



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