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A Few Examples of Recent High-Impact Outcomes of NIFA Investments

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is a leader in food and agricultural sciences. NIFA helps create a better future for the nation and the world by supporting research, education, and Cooperative Extension programs at the Land-Grant University System and other partner organizations. As the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) extramural funding agency within the Research, Education, and Economics (REE) mission area, NIFA pursues scientific goals that are:

  • authorized and appropriated by Congress;
  • framed in the REE Action Plan (see graphic below); and
  • articulated by stakeholders.

NIFA’s leadership and program funds build the capacity of our nation’s food, agricultural, natural resource, and human sciences system, are competitively awarded, and also support minority-serving colleges and universities. This funding and the resulting scientific progress enhance the competitiveness of American agriculture, bolster several U.S. economic sectors, enhance the protection and safety of the nation’s food supply, and improve the nation’s environment, natural resources, and nutrition. Annually, NIFA provides over a billion dollars of congressionally appropriated funds to literally thousands of projects across our nation. The following pages contain just a few examples of successful research, education, and Cooperative Extension programs that partner institutions have developed and implemented using NIFA funding and programmatic leadership.

NIFA Expenditures by REE Goal




Economy and the Workforce


Veterinary Technology and Animal Agriculture


Water and Climate