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Program Impacts

NIFA impacts the lives of most Americans, directly or indirectly, through:

  • competitive grant programs that enable scientists throughout the nation to conduct high impact projects related to agriculture, food, health, the environment, families, and communities;
  • national programs spanning 60 disciplines, from Agricultural and Biological Engineering to Youth Education;
  • support for the nearly 3000 local cooperative extension offices nationwide;
  • education programs that support hundreds of colleges and universities, including those serving African Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans; and,
  • funds that generally support research and extension activities across the country.


To explore the impacts of these activities, see the following: