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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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Announcement

NIFA Invests $4.8M in Equipment Grants Program

The Equipment Grants Program (EGP) serves to increase access to shared-use special purpose equipment/instruments for fundamental and applied research for use in the food and agricultural sciences programs at institutions of higher…

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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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Impact

Virginia Tech-led Group that Researched Boxwood Blight Wins USDA Award

The Boxwood Blight Insight Group (BBIG) was awarded a Partnership Award from the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture in the Program Improvement through Global Engagement Category.

Researchers at Virginia Tech studied the emerging destructive disease of boxwood blight, which has destroyed entire crops, resulting in significant economic losses for garden centers and production facilities. Image courtesy of Virginia Tech.

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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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Press Release

USDA Invests $14M to Strengthen Hispanic-serving Higher Education Programs

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Secretary Jewel Bronaugh announced yesterday at the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities’ 36th Annual Conference an investment of $14 million to Hispanic-serving higher education…

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Impact

Research and Extension Supports Local Food Systems

In the South, local food systems face numerous complex issues, such as barriers to entry, fragmentation, and racial injustice. These issues can keep producers and consumers from fully participating in local food systems. Strengthening…

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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.

Impact

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Proclaims October 2 - 8 as National 4-H Week 

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has proclaimed October 2 - 8 as National 4-H Week! You can read and download the Proclamation on National 4-H Week, 2022 - United States Department of Agriculture. 4-H engages, enables and empowers…

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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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Announcement

NIFA Invests Nearly $70M in Specialty Crop Research Initiative Grants

The Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) addresses the critical needs of the specialty crop industry by awarding grants to support research and Extension that address key challenges of national, regional and multistate importance…

Announcement

NIFA Invests $916K 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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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…

Photo of Dr. Carol Benesh, courtesy of Dr. Benesh

Announcement

NIFA Invests $4M in Alaska Native-Serving and Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions of Higher Education

The purpose of the Alaska Native-Serving and Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions program is to promote and strengthen the ability of Alaska Native-Serving Institutions and Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions to carry out education,…

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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.

Announcement

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…

Announcement

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…

Announcement

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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Announcement

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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