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The Farm Bill

The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (the Farm Bill) was signed into law on December 21, 2018.

The 2018 Farm Bill authorizes the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) food and agricultural programs through September 30, 2023, and grants The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) the authority to continue NIFA's flagship competitive grants program, the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) and advance science in AFRI's six priority areas:

In addition to providing the NIFA the authority to run its grant programs, the Farm Bill restored funding to existing, and created new, mandatory programs.

NIFA's Current Administrative Actions

NIFA staff ensure that legislative and regulatory measures mandated by the 2018 Farm Bill are applied in direct compliance with requirements. To address stakeholder questions and feedback, NIFA developed additional resources (FAQs) regarding the 2018 Farm Bill matching and indirect cost requirements.

New 1994 Institution

The latest farm bill identifies new 1994 (Native American tribal institutions) land-grant institution (LGU).

  • Red Lake Nation College, Red Lake, MN.


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