Animal agriculture is a significant portion of U.S. agriculture. Related research, education and extension activities are continually changing to address new challenges and opportunities brought about by rapidly advancing technologies, evolving consumer demand, and the need to make positive contributions to environmental, human, and animal health.
Efficient, science-based animal agriculture translates into affordable and high-quality food for the consumer. NIFA and its land-grant university partners collaborate with industry and other interested parties to develop and disseminate knowledge and methods to improve agriculturally relevant animal systems.
NIFA animal-related programs which cover beef cattle, dairy cattle, poultry, swine, aquaculture, sheep, goats, and horses encourage multi-disciplinary approaches and the integration of research, education, and extension. These activities are focused on approaches that are economically sound, socially acceptable, and environmentally advantageous. NIFA animal programs also contain a balance of discipline-based components, including animal reproduction, nutrition, genetics, physiology, environmental stress, product quality, management, health, well-being, and security.
Animal Health: NIFA and the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) will host a series of Animal Health Stakeholder Webinars to solicit input on research, education and extension priorities.
Animal Production: NIFA and ARS completed a series of stakeholder webinars focused on animal production in May 2016. The information gathered from these webinars is currently being analyzed and a summary will be posted on this website in the coming months.