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Program Leadership

National program leaders and other program managers in NIFA are empowered to carry out the mission of NIFA--to advance knowledge for agriculture, the environment, human health and well-being, and communities.

To accomplish this mission, these senior staff members perform critical tasks under the authority of the NIFA Administrator and report to NIFA Deputy Administrators. These tasks fall into four general categories:

  • Network and collaborate with partners and stakeholders to identify mission-relevant problems, opportunities, and issues requiring federal attention and support;
  • Conceive, formulate, and direct programs and activities to respond to existing or emerging problems, opportunities, and issues through the development and application of science-based knowledge;
  • Administer and manage programs and activities to develop and apply science and knowledge; and,
  • Evaluate and assess the quality, outcomes, and impacts of these programs.

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