The AFRI Education and Workforce Development Program focuses on developing the next generation of research, education, and extension professionals in the food and agricultural sciences. The program educates professionals to lead agriculture into the future by solving current and future challenges facing our society.
The AFRI Education and Workforce Development Program (EWD) addresses projected shortfalls of qualified graduates in the agricultural, food, and renewable natural resources sectors of the U.S. economy. Thus, the AFRI EWD has three overarching goals:
- Enhancing Agricultural Literacy and Workforce Training offers institutional grants for in-service training, in order to provide K-14 educators increased knowledge of food and agricultural science disciplines and career opportunities, and help them develop improved curricula to train agricultural workforce for the future.
- Professional Development for Agricultural Literacy (formerly Professional Development for Secondary School Teachers and Educational Professionals)
- Agricultural Workforce Training Grants
- Developing Pathways offers undergraduates in food, agriculture, or allied disciplines, the technical and leadership skills required for employment in the food and agricultural sectors or in graduate programs. NIFA will award institutional grants that offer experiential learning opportunities, beyond traditional classroom experience or course work that include but are not limited to internships, externships, practicums, global leadership, and study abroad, in research and extension. These opportunities must be designed to help students develop the critical thinking, problem solving, digital competency, international experiences, and communication skills needed for future employment and/or higher education.
- Research and Extension Experiences for Undergraduates
- Research and Extension Experiences for Undergraduates
- Advancing Science supports graduate and post-graduate education in agriculture and related disciplines. NIFA Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowship program areas will continue to support predoctoral candidates and postdoctoral trainees respectively. These Fellowship awards can also enable interested predoctoral candidates and postdoctoral trainees to obtain training in industry and international research on issues relevant to U.S. agriculture.
- Predoctoral Fellowships
- Postdoctoral Fellowships
AFRI Special Topics: Meat and Poultry Processing - Agricultural Workforce Training (MPP-AWT) (A7602)
July 21, 2022: 12:00 PM-1:00 PM Central Time
Grant Program Area Priority Description: Safe and resilient meat and poultry supply chains require a trained, credentialed, and diverse workforce with the right skills at the right location. Based on stakeholder feedback, an expanded workforce is one of the most common and persistent needs across the beef, pork, and poultry sectors. To contribute to the pipeline of well-trained workers and support safe workplaces with fair wages, this program seeks to support the development, expansion, and standardization of meat and poultry processing training programs at community, junior, and technical colleges.
AFRI EWD Webinar: Professional Development for Agricultural Literacy (PDAL) (A7501)
July 28, 2022: 12:00 PM-1:00 PM Central Time
Grant Program Area Priority Description: The PDAL program area seeks to increase the number of K-14 educational professionals trained in the food and agricultural sciences. Participants (teachers, post-baccalaureate pre-service teachers, counselors, administrators) are expected to develop and apply skills necessary for integrating food and agricultural science concepts in their classes; explore the opportunities available in food and agricultural science career paths; and/or forge mentorships with professional and business leaders, and faculty at four-year institutions.
AFRI EWD Webinar: Agricultural Workforce Training grant program (AWT) (A7601)
August 4, 2022: 12:00 PM-1:00 PM Central Time
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Grant Program Area Priority Description: The AWT program area seeks to develop a workforce ready for the field as well as industry jobs in the food and agricultural sector. Through the development of new workforce training programs, or the expansion, improvement, or renewal of existing workforce training programs at community, junior, and technical colleges/institutes, this program will expand job-based, experiential learning opportunities, acquisition of industry-accepted credentials and occupational competencies for students to enable a work-ready labor force for the 21st century. Proposals aimed towards developing baccalaureate or graduate degree programs or pathways towards these degrees are not supported under this program area priority.
June 3, 2022: AFRI Special Topics: Youth Innovators Empowering Agriculture Across America (YEA) (A7703) Program Priority Area webinar:
April 6, 2021: AFRI Professional Development for Agricultural Literacy Program Area Priority webinar:
April 5, 2021: AFRI Agricultural Workforce Training Program Area Priority webinar:
March 8, 2021: Agricultural Literacy and Workforce Development Evaluation (ALE) and Outcomes in Participant Career Development (OPCD) Priority Areas webinar:
February 26, 2021: Food and Agriculture Non-Formal Education (FANE) and Civic Engagement Experiences for Youth (CEEY) webinar:
August 19, 2020: Agricultural Workforce Training Priority Area held on August 19, 2020:
July 28, 2020: Rapid Response Formal and Nonformal Education During Times of Social Distancing Priority Area held on July 28, 2020: