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2015 Impacts Report

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA ) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA ) invests in the agricultural sciences to solve societal challenges. Through the integration of research, education, and extension, NIFA ensures innovative solutions to problems in agriculture, food, the environment, and communities go beyond the laboratory, into the classroom, and to people who can put the knowledge into practice.

Scientific advances resulting from NIFA-funded research—more than $1.5 billion in fiscal year 2015—enhance the competitiveness of American agriculture, ensure the safety of the nation’s food supply, improve the nutrition and health of the populace, sustain the environment and natural resources, and bolster the U.S. economy. NIFA’s educational grants increase the capacity of institutions to educate the next generation of agricultural experts, while NIFA’s investments in extension activities provide producers, communities, and families with practical information that can improve their lives.

The following are just a few examples of NIFA projects from the thousands across our nation that impact people’s lives every day.
 
Farm bill priority areas
Agriculture economics and rural communities
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