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NIFA Celebrates Financial Capability Month

More than half of Americans report living paycheck to paycheck and experiencing financial crisis because of inadequate savings, too much debt and poor planning. USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) coordinates with…

Financial capability month. Image of woman working on budget courtesy of AdobeStock

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Combining Methods to Better Managing Pests

From rodents and insects to weeds and microorganisms that bring disease, pests can evolve to withstand the methods we’ve developed to control their spread and impact. The use of chemicals might become less effective, for example, or…

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National Beer Day: Brewing Up Markets for Spent Grain

Barley starts as a highly nutritious grain, known to be rich in protein, fiber and antioxidants. After the brewing industry borrows it to extract the least nutritious portion of the grain, what can be done with the leftover 4.7 million…

National Beer Day: image of barley field courtesy of AdobeStock

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NIFA Celebrates World Health Day

Every year on World Health Day, USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) highlights the many ways its programs and partnerships help to advance human and environmental well-being. This year’s theme, “Our planet, our…

NIFA Celebrates World Health Day. Images courtesy of AdobeStock

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Highlighting the Impact of Volunteers

Within the 4-H community there is a network of over 500,000 volunteers helping support and mentor six million 4-H’ers, according to the 4-H website. These volunteers play a vital role in helping grow the next generation of leaders. …

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Master Gardeners by the Numbers

For almost 50 years, Extension Master Gardeners (EMG) have educated millions about sustainable and environmentally friendly garden practices. USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) provides crucial support to the…

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Wildlife Habitat Education Program: Fostering Future Stewards of Natural Resources

For more than 40 years, the Wildlife Habitat Education Program (WHEP) has been fostering future stewards of the nation’s abundant natural resources. WHEP is a 4-H and FFA youth natural resource program dedicated to teaching wildlife and…

National Wildlife Week April 5-9

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Women’s History Month Spotlight: Dr. Marion Simon

Dr. Marion Simon is a state specialist for Small Farm and Part-time Farmers at the Kentucky State University College of Agriculture, Communities and the Sciences. Image provided by Dr. Simon.

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NIFA-Funded Research Helps Farmers, Ranchers Thrive

America’s farmers and farmworkers feed and fuel the nation. These essential workers play an important role in our nation’s food security and economy. In 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported around 2…

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Women’s History Month Spotlight: Dr. Jacqueline Nolting

In celebration of Women’s History Month, USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is highlighting leading women helping advance agriculture-related sciences. Get to know NIFA-funded researcher Dr. Jacqueline Nolting. Dr…

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Evolving the National Reporting System

After five years of hard work, USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA) launched the integrated National Reporting System (NRS) last year.

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Community Foods Projects Improving National Food Security

When a community has a voice in food system decisions, and food markets fully benefit the community, food and nutrition security increases and agriculture becomes a strong economic stimulus.

Image of workers in food kitchen. Photo courtesy of the Missouri Rural Crisis Center

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Women’s History Month Spotlight: Dr. Racheal McKinney

Get to know Dr. Racheal McKinney who is a recipient of NIFA’s FY2021 Veterinary Services Grant Program – Rural Practice Enhancement. Dr. McKinney is a veterinarian at Urban Livestock and Equine Veterinary Services in San Tan Valley,…

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How NIFA Supports Nation’s Farmers and Ranchers

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) works to ensure the long-term sustainability and viability of agriculture in our nation. We provide visionary leadership and vital funding for programs that advance agriculture…

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Women’s History Month Spotlight: Dr. Lorrene Ritchie

In celebration of Women’s History Month, USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is highlighting leading women helping advance agriculture-related sciences. Get to know Dr. Lorrene Ritchie, inaugural director of the…

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Celebrate Spring!

As we toss off the dark days of winter, we’re celebrating the return of warmth and daylight by highlighting Land-grant University partners that contribute to the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities.

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NIFA Funds Battle Against Plant Destroyer Pathogen

Phytophthora means “plant destroyer,” and this group of pathogens does billions of dollars in damage each year.

Fighting Phytophthora. Image courtesy of AdobeStock

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Cheers to a Growing Craft Beer Industry

Agriculture may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the craft beer industry, but perhaps it should be. The hop plant is a vital ingredient in every beer on the market, with U.S. hop yield increasing 130 pounds…

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We’ve Been Renovating

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s (NIFA) digital home looks a little different. NIFA’s team has been working to modernize our website and improve our visitor’s experience.

NIFA Has Relaunched website in Drupal. Links to post

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Women’s History Month Spotlight: Dr. Tashara Leak

In celebration of Women’s History Month, USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is highlighting leading women helping advance agriculture-related sciences.

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EFNEP: Over 50 Years of Nutrition Education

Launched in 1969, the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) is the nation’s first nutrition education program for low-income populations and remains at the forefront of…

EFNEP. Image of women in kitchen courtesy of University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

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On National Pi Day, Celebrate Extension’s STEM Efforts

In 1970, women made up 38% of the U.S. workforces and 8% of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professionals. By 2019, women in STEM had increased to 27%, with women accounting for 48% of the U.S. workforce,…

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Research, Surveillance Underway to Protect U.S. Pigs from Fatal Swine Virus

While African Swine Fever has caused devastating losses for pork producers in other parts of the world, it has never been found in the United States. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing in research and surveillance efforts…

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Researcher Spotlight: Dr. Tara Wade

Dr. Tara Wade is an assistant professor of food and resource economics at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Southwest Florida Research and Education Center.

Dr. Tara Wade

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NIFA Research Supporting Safer Stored Grains

The major feed grains in the United States are corn, sorghum, barley, and oats, according to USDA’s Economic Research Service. Corn is the primary U.S. feed grain, accounting for more than 95% of total feed grain production and use. …

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