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State of Success: Mississippi

To celebrate National Mississippi Day on November 30, USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is highlighting the innovative NIFA-funded research conducted by the Mississippi State University’s Agricultural and Forestry…

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Enhancing Pepper Production in the U.S.

NIFA-supported research at the nation’s Land-grant Institutions and other universities and colleges is focused on the challenges producers face including insect, weed and disease management; mechanical harvesting challenges; irrigation…

Left image of red, green and yellow stuffed peppers. Right image of green chile peppers. Images courtesy of USDA Flickr and Adobe Stock.

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Land-grant Universities Help Educate Public about Antimicrobial Resistance

Antimicrobial resistant (AMR) infections have been recognized globally as a significant threat to public health. In response to this crisis, wide-ranging research efforts are underway into the mechanisms of AMR development, AMR control,…

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Land-grant Universities Make Thanksgiving Dinner More Delicious

As you sit down with family and friends this Thanksgiving, you may not realize how key our nation’s Land-grant Universities are to making sure you have a bounty of food to enjoy. Since 1887, researchers at these public institutions have…

Various pumpkin varieties. Courtesy of the University of New Hampshire.

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Helping Keep Fisheries Healthy and Productive

With support from USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, the nation’s Land-grant Universities play a critical role in helping solve some of the most pressing challenges to keeping fisheries healthy and productive.

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NIFA-funded Project Brings COVID-19 Education, Vaccines to Rural Dairy Farms

On the third Thursday of every November, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) recognizes National Rural Health Day by sharing stories about the community-minded and determined spirit that prevails in rural America,…

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State of Success: Indiana

To celebrate National Indiana Day on November 16, USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is highlighting the innovative NIFA-funded research conducted by Purdue University’s College of Agriculture.

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USDA Excellence in Research Awards Presented at Recent APLU Meeting

The Experiment Station Section (ESS), a unit of The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities’ (APLU) Commission on Food, Environment, and Renewable Resources, Board on Agriculture Assembly, recently recognized individuals and…

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Promoting Philanthropy through 4-H

November 15 is National Philanthropy Day, which celebrates individuals and organizations that give back to the community. The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s (NIFA) Division of Youth and 4-H leads volunteerism…

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Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

Addressing food and nutrition security is a top priority at the USDA, whose nutrition programs are the most far-reaching tools available to ensure all Americans have access to healthy, affordable food. USDA’s National Institute of Food…

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State of Success: Louisiana

To celebrate National Louisiana Day on November 9, USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is highlighting the innovative NIFA-funded research conducted by the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center (LSU…

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NIFA Supports Veterans as They Explore Agriculture, Farming and Ranching

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has a proud history of supporting military members, Veterans, and military families both in and out of the agency through numerous programs and services.

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Are You Hungry? Today is National Sandwich Day!

The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s robust portfolio of programs touches just about any ingredient you could put on a sandwich, from grains to meats to dairy to fruits and vegetables.

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Land-grant University Research Benefits Fisheries and Aquaculture

Salmon, shrimp, catfish and other fish provide a significant source of protein, economic activity and recreation, but the nation’s fisheries and aquaculture industries face numerous challenges. Tim Sullivan, a national program leader…

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NIFA Working Group Launched to Recommend New Grants Management System

As we kickoff FY 2023, NIFA is embarking on a Grants Modernization Initiative to transform our grants management systems, processes, and policies. 

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How About Them Apples? Celebrating National Apple Month

With funding from USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), research is taking place nationwide to ensure there are no bad apples to spoil the bunch.

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NIFA Celebrates Hall of Fame and Partnership Awards Recipients

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture recently hosted a celebration honoring the recipients of its NIFA Partnership Awards and Hall of Fame inductees.

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Working to Reduce Food Insecurity

With support from USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, the nation’s Land-grant Universities are conducting critical research and education to mitigate food insecurity.

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Food Safety on the Farm

More than ever, consumers are going to the source for their food. In 2020, farmers produced and sold $9 billion of local edible food commodities directly to consumers, retailers, institutions and intermediaries. Direct farm sales of…

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Learn How NIFA Supports Indigenous Peoples

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture administers several grant-making programs aimed at uplifting and advancing 1994 Land-grant Institutions. Not only do these programs fund research and Extension to support Tribal…

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Hispanic Heritage Month Profile: Germán Sandoya Miranda

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is highlighting Dr. Germán Sandoya Miranda who serves as an assistant professor of plant breeding and genetics for the University of…

Dr. Sandoya Miranda examining plants in a lab. Courtesy UF/IFAS Tyler Jones.

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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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Dr. Carol Benesh Inducted into National 4-H Hall of Fame

Dr. Carol Benesh will be inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame for her lifetime achievement and contributions to 4-H. Honored by USDA NIFA, Benesh is one of 16 to be inducted during the ceremony at the Kellogg Conference Hotel at…

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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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