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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…

A group of young people posing for a picture. Image courtesy of Adobe Stock.

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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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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. …

Storm clouds and severe weather scene. Image courtesy of Adobe Stock.

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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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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…

Beautiful autumn landscape with colorful foliage in the park. Image courtesy of Adobe Stock.

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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…

Group of broiler chickens. Courtesy of Adobe Stock.

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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.

Left image of a group of students on campus. Right image of student in a computer lab. Images courtesy of Adobe Stock.

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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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State of Success: New Hampshire

To celebrate National New Hampshire Day Sept. 7, USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is highlighting the innovative NIFA-funded research conducted by the University of New Hampshire (UNH).

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Particulate Matter Affecting Air, Water and Soil Quality

Scientists from Land-grant Universities are working together to better understand the properties of particulates, how they behave and move through soil, air and water, and how they affect agricultural production, air quality, human…

Woman breathing clean air in nature forest. Courtesy of Adobe Stock.

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USDA NIFA Preparing Next Generation of Agricultural Workforce

At USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), recognizing the contributions of not only employees but the people served by the agency is paramount. That is why, under Agriculture Secretary Vilsack’s leadership and the…

Full length shot of a farmer working on his farm with a colleague in the background. Courtesy of Adobe Stock.

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Supporting Wildlife Through Conservation and Management

September 4 marks National Wildlife Day. Across the nation, Land-grant Universities are working to support wildlife through conservation and management. Learn more about some of these NIFA-supported projects below.

Bull elk in autumn in Wyoming. Image courtesy of Adobe Stock.

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Celebrating the Second Morrill Act of 1890

On Aug. 30, 1890, Benjamin Harrison, the 23rd President of the United States, signed the Second Morrill Act of 1890 into law. Sponsored by Senator Justin Morrill of Vermont, the act’s goal was to expand the opportunities for people of…

Left image of researcher in a lab, courtesy of Adobe Stock. Right image of previous Vermont Congressman Justin Smith Morrill, courtesy of the Library of Congress.

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Capacity-building Grants Program Sees 25 Years of Impact at 1890 LGUs

The USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) partners with a system of 19 universities known collectively as 1890 Land-grant Universities (LGUs) to provide agricultural research, Extension, and education programs.

•	Dr. Hao Chen (right), assistant professor for the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff Department of Agriculture, is part of a team studying the unique features of biochar made from animal byproducts to optimize its manufacture methods and desired functions. Photo courtesy of University of Arkansas Pine Bluff.

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NIFA Programs Work to Increase Food and Nutrition Security

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) works to ensure a safe, nutritious and secure food supply while also developing, delivering, and disseminating evidence-based nutrition education and promotion to prevent chronic…

Left image of various fruits and vegetables shaped in a heart. Right image of wellness coach working at a table. Images courtesy of Adobe Stock.

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NIFA-Funded Researcher Spotlight: Dr. Poonam Sharma

This month USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is highlighting NIFA-funded researchers who are creating more and better markets for producers and consumers.

Dr. Poonam Sharma, a research assistant professor at Oklahoma State University, runs diagnostic tests on plant matter in her laboratory at the OSU Biosecurity and Microbial Forensics. Photo by Todd Johnson, OSU Agricultural Communications Services

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State of Success: Maryland

To celebrate National Maryland Day Aug. 24, USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is highlighting the innovative NIFA-funded research conducted by the University of Maryland (UMD).

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Multistate Research Efforts Benefit the Humble Potato

Potatoes are the most widely grown and consumed vegetable in the United States. Potatoes’ popularity is a result of their versatility and affordability, as well as being a tasty and nutrient-dense food choice.  In 2020, U.S. potato…

Left image of farmer picking potatoes. Right image of a truckload of potatoes. Images courtesy of Adobe Stock.

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World Honey Bee Day Profile: Dr. Esmaeil Amiri

In celebration of World Honey Bee Day, USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is highlighting researcher Dr. Esmaeil Amiri, assistant professor at Mississippi State University’s Delta Research and Extension Center. …

Dr. Esmaeil Amiri working in the lab at the Delta Research and Extension Center. Image provided by Dr. Amiri

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World Honey Bee Day Profile: Dr. Judy Wu-Smart

In celebration of World Honey Bee Day, USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is highlighting NIFA-funded researcher Dr. Judy Wu-Smart, associate professor and Extension specialist at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. …

Bees swarm Dr. Judy Wu-Smart (left) and pay no attention to Luke Norris, technician, (right) as the two work with their hive. Image provided Dr. Wu-Smart.

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World Honey Bee Day Profile: Dr. Priyadarshini Chakrabarti Basu

In celebration of World Honey Bee Day, USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is highlighting NIFA-funded researcher Dr. Priyadarshini Chakrabarti Basu who serves as an associate professor at Mississippi State…

NIFA-funded researcher Dr. Priyadarshini Chakrabarti Basu out in field examining honey bee hives. Image courtesy of Dr. Basu.

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Scientists Helping Build More Resilient Catfish Industry

With support from USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, researchers at Land-grant Universities are conducting research that supports the catfish industry (the largest component of U.S. aquaculture) and helping to build a…

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NIFA-Funded Researcher Spotlight: Dr. Kimberly Morgan

This month USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is highlighting NIFA-funded researchers who are creating more and better markets for producers and consumers.

Far left image of a truck full of potatoes, left middle image of hand holding oysters. Middle right image of various fresh peppers at a farmers market and far right image of honey bees in a hive. Photos courtesy of Adobe Stock.
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