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USDA Invests to Support Military Veterans Pursuing Farming and Ranching Careers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announces six awards to help military veterans pursue farming and ranching careers. Grants are made through NIFA’s Enhancing Agricultural Opportunities for Military Veterans Competitive Grants Program (AgVets).

NIFA Selects Purdue University's Dr. Haley Oliver to Deliver 2018 Justin Smith Morrill Lecture

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) selected Purdue University Associate Professor of Food Science Dr. Haley Oliver to deliver the Justin Smith Morrill Lecture on Nov. 11 at the Association of Public Land-grant Universities Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Dr. Angle Begins Term as Director at USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today swore in Dr. J. Scott Angle as the Director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). President Trump appointed Angle for a six-year term at the agency on August 31.

USDA, Research Partners Announce Winners of Awards for Excellence in Agricultural Research, Leadership and Diversity

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) joined with some of its research partners today to announce the recipients of awards recognizing excellence in agricultural research. These awards will be presented at the 131st Annual Meeting of the Association of Public Land-Grant Universities (APLU) on Nov. 11 in New Orleans, LA.

USDA, Cooperative Extension, and APLU Award Top Honors in Extension Excellence and Diversity

Recognizing visionary leadership and diversity in educational programming, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Cooperative Extension, and the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) today announced that Lesia Oesterreich from Iowa State University will receive the 2018 Excellence in Extension Award and Ronald Cox, Jr., from Oklahoma State University will receive the National Extension Diversity Award. Both awards, along with Regional Excellence in Extension Awards, will be presented at a ceremony on Nov. 11 in New Orleans, Louisiana, during APLU’s 131st Annual Meeting.

NIFA Invests in Research to Solve Critical Water Problems

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced seven grants for research that will provide solutions to critical water problems across the United States. These awards were made through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Water for Food Production Systems Challenge Area. AFRI is authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill and administered by USDA-NIFA.

USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture Seeks Stakeholder Input on Food, Agriculture Priorities

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is soliciting stakeholder input on the emerging needs and opportunities in food and agricultural sciences through the “NIFA Listens: Investing in Science to Transform Lives,” initiative.

USDA Invests $21 Million to Encourage Low-Income Families to Buy Healthy Food Options

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced 24 grants totaling $21 million to help Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants increase their purchases of fruits and vegetables by providing incentives at the point of purchase. The funding comes from the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) program, authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.

USDA, NIFA Announce Investments in Pollinator Health Research

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced 14 grants totaling approximately $10 million for research to help sustain healthy populations of pollinators, which are crucial to the nation’s food security and environmental health. The funding is made possible through NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) program, authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture Announces New Funding Opportunity for Sustainable Agricultural Systems

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced the availability of up to $80 million in funding for integrated projects to increase sustainable production of food and agricultural products. Funding is made through a new program in NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) – Sustainable Agricultural Systems (SAS) program. AFRI is authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, which aims to address challenges in food, agriculture, natural resources, and human sciences.