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NIFA-Funded Projects Advance U.S. Animal Welfare

Environmental and management conditions can increase stress in livestock and impair their health. USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) invests in science-based management practices geared to help America’s animal…
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USDA Nutrition Programs Work to Reduce Hunger and Improve Healthy Food Access

USDA supports multiple programs that are set up to help areas in need of better nutrition and access to healthy foods. Learn more about the National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s (NIFA) Community Food Projects Program, the Gus…
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Hispanic Heritage Month Profile: Ashlee Linares-Gaffer

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is highlighting Ashlee Linares-Gaffer who serves as an associate professor of practice at the University of Arizona College of…
Ashlee Linares-Gaffer serves as an associate professor of practice at the University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

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NIFA Invests $1.8M in Agricultural Genome to Phenome Initiative

NIFA has invested $1.8 million in one project as part of the Agricultural Genome to Phenome Initiative (AG2PI) to fund research that uses transdisciplinary approaches involving engineering, genetics, remote sensing, data science and…

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NIFA Invests $10M in Food Safety Outreach

The Food Safety Outreach Competitive Grant Program (FSOP) supports customized food safety education, training and technical assistance for operators of small to mid-size farms and food processing facilities; veteran, beginning and…

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NIFA Invests $15K in Foundational Knowledge of Plant Products

The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative’s (AFRI)  Foundational Knowledge of Plant Products program area priority (AFRI A1103) supports projects that study the synthesis of plant-derived, high-value chemicals and ingredients for use…

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The Power of Young Voices in Nutrition Security

Ahead of this year's National 4-H Week from October 2-8, a group of 4-H participants from across the nation has developed a vision of how USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) can better integrate young voices into…
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Alert: Contact NIFA Staff if Unable to Meet Deadlines Due to Extreme Weather

Pending weather related events in the Southeast, if your ability to meet a NIFA deadline is impacted, please reach out to your NIFA program contact to let them know so that they can provide support and guidance. Deadlines may include…
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Dr. Robert J. Jones to Deliver 2022 William H. Hatch Memorial Lecture

Acting National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Director Dr. Dionne Toombs has announced that Dr. Robert J. Jones, chancellor, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, has been selected to deliver the 2022 William H. Hatch…
Dr. Robert J. Jones, chancellor, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, has been selected to deliver the 2022 William H. Hatch Memorial Lecture on November 6.

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Helping Western Tribal Communities Understand the Impacts of and Adaptation Options for Climate Change

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is providing important financial support through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative program to the Desert Research Institute and its Native Waters on Arid Lands project…
Trent Teegerstrom (UA, Tribal Ext Dir) and Virgil Dupuis (SKC, Extension Dir) looking over agriculture lands fed by the Flathead River on the Flathead Reservation of the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes (CSKT)

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New AFRI Priority Area Supports Rapid Response to Extreme Weather, Other Disasters

September is National Preparedness Month, and it is a time for individuals, families, communities and businesses to reflect on their own readiness for disasters and emergencies — and to take the necessary steps to prepare for them. …
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NIFA-Funded Projects Advance Organic Agriculture in U.S.

On this year’s International Organic Day, we’re highlighting several projects funded through NIFA’s organic agriculture programs that are strengthening U.S. producers’ ability to grow and market high-quality organic agricultural…
Amy's Organic Garden in Charles City, VA, on Thursday, May 5, 2011. Owner Amy Hicks harvesting greens at her farm.

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NIFA jointly funds new Aquaculture Information Exchange at Virginia Sea Grant

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is joining other federal partners in funding a new Aquaculture Information Exchange at the Virginia Seafood Agricultural Research and Extension Center to enhance collaboration…
Conceptual mockup of proposed Aquaculture Information Exchange

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NIFA Invests $1.1M in Higher Education Multicultural Scholars Program

The purpose of this competitive undergraduate scholarship grant program (Higher Education Multicultural Scholars) is to increase the multicultural diversity of the food and agricultural scientific and professional workforce, and advance…

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Fall in Love with Autumn’s Harvest

Today marks the start of autumn, a season marked by shorter days, cooler weather and the color of leaves turning into a palette of deep reds and oranges. And autumn wouldn’t be autumn without apples, pumpkins, squash and corn. With…
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A New Cash Oilseed Cover Crop for Midwest Corn and Soybean Rotations

Thanks to a $10 million dollar grant awarded by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture in 2019, a new oilseed is moving ever closer to becoming a cover crop that can be used both as a component in biofuels and livestock feeds…
Field pennycress. Credit: Ohio State Weed Lab at The Ohio State University.

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State of Success: Virginia

To celebrate National Virginia Day on Sept. 14, USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is highlighting the innovative NIFA-funded research conducted by the Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station.
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Study Reveals Agriculture-Related Injuries More Numerous than Previously Known

A study supported by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture by Penn State researchers, who looked at emergency room admissions across the U.S. over a recent five-year period in a new way, suggests that the agriculture…
The research revealed that nearly a third of ag-related injuries involve youths. Small farms are family-oriented businesses, and often they involve all family members. Children who are helping or visiting the farm are exposed to hazards they may not understand or know how to react to. Credit: Linda Fetzer/Penn State.

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Georgia Extension Supporting County Governments and Poultry Industry

Georgia ranks as the top poultry production state in the nation.  The industry employs more than 88,000 in the state and generates more than $4.3 billion in farm gate value and an overall annual economic impact to the state of more than…
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NIFA Invests $5.7M in American Rescue Plan Act GusNIP FY22 Produce Prescription Project Enhancement

These GusNIP Produce Prescription Program (PPR) awards are part of the USDA American Rescue Plan Act funding. The Produce Prescription Program supports projects that demonstrate and evaluate the impact of fresh fruit and vegetable…

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NIFA Invests Nearly $34 Million to Help Boost Organic Farming and Ranching

NIFA has invested in 28 grants in FY2022 that support farmers and ranchers who grow and market high-quality organic food, fiber and other products through two programs in NIFA’s organic agriculture portfolio: the Organic Agriculture…

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NIFA Invests $960K in Open Data Framework Program

The Open Data Framework program aims to build a framework needed to create a neutral and secure data repository and cooperative where producers, universities and nonprofit entities can store and share data in ways that foster…

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NIFA Invests $2.4M in Plant Biotic Interactions

NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, Plant Biotic Interactions program (AFRI A1171) supports mechanistic research on the processes that mediate beneficial and antagonistic interactions between plants and their viral,…

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Celebrating National Hispanic-serving Institutions Week

This week is National Hispanic-serving Institutions Week, an opportunity to celebrate Hispanic-serving Institutions that serve a critical role in improving access to education and advancing equity to underserved students.
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The Benefits of International Collaboration and Global Engagement

International collaboration is extremely important for the future of agriculture within our country and around the world. Solutions developed by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)-funded researchers at Land-grant…
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