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What We Do

NIFA-supported programs are turning research into action – bringing groundbreaking discoveries from research laboratories to farms, communities, and classrooms. NIFA supports research, education, and extension activities through three primary funding mechanisms – competitive grants, formula grants, and non-competitive grants.

Meeting agency mission and goals, our projects are engaged in finding innovative ways to:

  • Meet the growing global food demand
  • Fight hunger and food insecurity in vulnerable populations
  • Develop regional systems for sustainable production of optimal biomass
  • Help farmers and ranchers adapt to changing weather patterns
  • Ensure that nutritious foods are available at affordable prices
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • Enhance youth and family development
  • Build energy independence
  • Strengthen educational capacity to prepare the next generation of scientists, agricultural producers, and educators
  • Restore and sustain natural resources supplies
  • Ensure the health of delicate ecosystems

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