Archived Content

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

USDA-NSF Announce Competition to Help Small Businesses Achieve Economic Success

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) today announced the availability of $200,000 in prize funding to provide entrepreneurship training to small businesses through the Innovations in Food and Agricultural Science and Technology (I-FAST) pilot program.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

NIFA Seeks Research Topics from Commodity Boards for FY 2017 AFRI Program

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is reaching out to eligible national and state commodity boards, and marketing orders to propose topics for research under its FY2017 Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) competitive grants program.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Societal Challenges & Nutritional Security

“Societal Challenges & Nutritional Security” was presented by Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy, NIFA Director, on March 30, 2016 at the University of Florida. This talk addresses the challenges of achieving a nutritionally secure society, identifies a path forward, and describes the role of 21st century agriculture on this path.

Monday, April 18, 2016

McFadden Redux: 21st Century Challenges and Breeding

“McFadden Redux: 21st Century Challenges and Breeding” was presented by Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy, NIFA Director, on April 18, 2016 at the Edgar McFadden Symposium in San Antonio, Tx. The symposium was organized by Texas A&M University and South Dakota State University for the wheat research community. In his talk, Dr. Ramaswamy described the utility of research that uses holistic, “systems approaches” at the cellular, organismal, and ecological community level in order to provide the world adequate nutrition despite diminishing land and water resources and a changing climate.