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National Cheese Lovers Day: Jan. 20

January 20 marks National Cheese Lovers Day. As you build your next charcuterie board or grab a simple cheese and crackers snack, think of our dairy research partners that help move your favorite product from the farm to your…

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National Healthy Eating Week

National Healthy Eating Week aims to encourage individuals to adapt healthy eating habits.

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What’s Ahead for NIFA

The start of the New Year sparks new resolutions and goals. USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) gears up for 2022 with the following goals and priorities in mind.

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National Bagel Day: Highlighting NIFA-Supported Grain Research

National Bagel Day is January 15! Grab a bagel and your favorite spreadable topping and read about how USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture is supporting the grain industry.

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January is National Soup Month

Nothing drives away those chilly winter blues like a hot, nutritious bowl of soup. During National Soup Month, try these delicious soups recommended by our friends at Cooperate Extension units around the country.

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Celebrating NIFA’s 2021 Accomplishments

Despite the challenges and changes faced during 2021, the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) saw success in propelling U.S. agriculture forward. Celebrate the New Year with NIFA as we highlight our 2021 achievements!…

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National Milk Day: Jan. 11

Today is National Milk Day, which observes the first time – 1878 – milk was delivered to homes inside sterilized glass bottles sealed with waxed paper.

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National Fresh Squeezed Juice Week: Jan. 9-15

For the 2020-2021 season, citrus utilized production for the 2020-21 season totaled 6.90 million tons, according to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service.

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National Bacon Day: Dec. 30

The United States is the world's third-largest producer and consumer of pork and pork products, according the USDA Economic Research Service.

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Christmas Bird Count: Dec. 14-Jan. 5

Every December, thousands of volunteers throughout North America take part in the National Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count.

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Bundle Up: It’s the First Day of Winter

December 21 marks a change in season and one that can hit certain areas of the U.S. with bone-chilling temperatures.

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NIFA Research Supports Safer Food from the Field to the Table

As we prepare for upcoming holiday gatherings, we also prepare for the holiday meals.

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Dec. 17: National Maple Syrup Day

Happy National Maple Syrup Day! According to the USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service, U.S. maple syrup production totaled 4.24 million gallons in 2019.

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New Modeling Tool for COVID-19 Mitigation in the Food Industry

Keeping the essential food production industry going during the pandemic has been challenging, since workers, who often need to work

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UF/IFAS Mid-Florida Research and Education Center Plant Diagnostic Clinic Saves Grower's $350,000 Poinsettia Crop

On National Poinsettia Day, we thank the specialists at plant diagnostic clinics like the UF/IFAS Mid-Florida Research and Education Center that work to keep the holidays bright for our nation’s commercial poinsettia growers.

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Pretend to Be a Time Traveler Day

On Pretend to Be a Time Traveler Day, we’re heading back to the late 1800s to learn more about what led to the passage of the Hatch Act in 1887.

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World Soil Day 2021: NIFA Works to Boost Soil Productivity

Healthy soil is a critical component to agricultural success—from the crops grown to the nutrients moving through the soil to feed livestock. World Soil Day (December 5) raises awareness of the importance of maintaining healthy…

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The Science Behind Your Traditional Holiday Meal

The Science Behind Your Traditional Holiday Meal

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NIFA Programs Tackle Antimicrobial Resistance

November 18-24 serves as World Antimicrobial Awareness Week. Program organizers world-wide strive to increase awareness of global antimicrobial resistance.

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Native American Heritage Month Spotlight: Colville Reservation 4-H Extension

The Colville Reservation Extension in Nespelem, Washington is one of two Federally Recognized Tribes Extension Program (FRTEP) in the state and is dedicated to ensuring the youth residents of the reservation have the necessary resources…

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NIFA Celebrates Native American Heritage Month

This November, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) joins together to celebrate Native American Heritage Month. During this month, we acknowledge the people, culture, and contributions…

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Happy Veterans Day! How NIFA Supports Our Veterans

November 11 is Veterans Day – and to all Veterans, thank you for your service and sacrifice. We salute you.

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New NIFA Partnership Enhances Workplace Inclusion

October marks National Disability Employment Awareness Month, during this time we recognize and commemorate the contributions of people with disabilities to America’s workplaces and economy.

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NIFA Celebrates AgrAbility’s 30 Year Anniversary

For 30 years, AgrAbility, funded through USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), has been making it possible for individuals with disabilities to work in their chosen profession of agriculture.

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Hispanic Heritage Month Spotlight: NIFA’s CYFAR

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Children, Youth, and Families at Risk (CYFAR) Grant Program allocates funding provided by congressional appropriation to Land-grant university Cooperative Extension.

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