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USDA Helps Rural Communities Thrive With Health, Safety Outreach

WASHINGTON, D.C. Nov. 13, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced support for health education projects for individuals and families living in rural areas. Funding is made through NIFA’s Rural Health and Safety Education (RHSE) Competitive Grant Program.

USDA Invests in Integrated Pest Management for Increased Production

WASHINGTON, Nov. 9, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced grants to bring safer, more effective pest management approaches to farms and communities.

NIFA to Invest in Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research

WASHINGTON, Nov. 8, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced a competitive opportunity to conduct research on the environmental effects of genetically engineered (GE) organisms, including plants, animals, insects, and microorganisms. The $3.5 million in grants is available through NIFA’s Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research Grants (BRAG) Program.

National Geographic Editor Emeritus Will Deliver 2017 Seaman A. Knapp Lecture, Event Honors Founder of Cooperative Extension Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 6, 2017 – National Geographic Executive Editor Emeritus Dennis Dimick will present the 2017 Seaman A. Knapp Lecture at the Nov. 12 annual meeting of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy, director of USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, announced today. Dimick is also co-founder of Eyes on Earth and was the 2013 National Press Photographers Association’s (NPPA) Sprague Award recipient.

USDA Invests in Research to Improve Domestic Aquaculture Production

WASHINGTON, Nov. 3, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced grants to support the development of environmentally and economically sustainable aquaculture in the U.S. These awards were made through the Aquaculture Research Program authorized by the Competitive Special and Facilities Research Grants Act, administered by NIFA.

USDA Invests in Colleges and Universities Serving Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians, Prepares Students for Careers in Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resources

WASHINGTON, Nov. 2, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced support for projects to strengthen the capacity of Alaskan and Hawaiian educational institutions to reach underserved students and prepare them for careers in food, agriculture, and natural resources. These awards are made through NIFA’s Alaska Native- and Native Hawaiian-Serving (ANNH) Institutions Education Competitive Grants Program.

USDA Aims to Improve Food and Nutrition Education for Low-Income Communities

WASHINGTON, Nov. 1, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced support to develop local and self-reliant food systems, such as farm to table enterprises, which bring nutritious food to low-income communities. This funding is available through NIFA’s Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program, authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.

USDA Strengthens Agricultural Sciences at Hispanic-Serving Institutions to Cultivate Future Scientists and Leaders

WASHINGTON, Oct. 25, 2017 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced grants to support agricultural science education at Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs). These grants will strengthen the ability of the institutions to carry out education, applied research, and related community development programs.

USDA Invests in a More Diverse Agricultural Science Workforce

WASHINGTON, Oct. 24, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced grants to increase women and minority representation in the agricultural science workforce. Funding is made through NIFA’s Women and Minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Fields Program (WAMS).

NIFA Biotechnology Grants Put Science at Center of Food Safety Policy

WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 19, 2017 – The science of agriculture grows more complex every year. Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced support for projects to help bridge the gap between biotechnology innovations and the policies on how to use them. These grants are funded through NIFA’s Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research Grants (BRAG) Program.