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FY 2022 Veterinary Service Grants Program (VSGP) Award Announcement NIFA Invests $3.2 Million in Rural Food Animal Veterinary Medicine Across the U.S.

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) recently announced 20 Veterinary Service Grants Program (VSGP) Awards, eight Education, Extension, and Training (EET) grants and 12 Rural Practice Enhancement (RPE) grants to help…

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NIFA Invests Over $2M in Food and Agricultural Service Learning Program Grants (FASLP)

This Food and Agriculture Service Learning Program (FASLP) program area priority supports programs intended to increase knowledge of agriculture and improve the nutritional health of low-income children, and to foster higher levels of…

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SDSU Researchers Working to Fill Educational Gaps for Rural Students

Two South Dakota State University researchers have begun working to help “fill in the gaps” that rural students might be missing in their education. The idea came from hearing conversations parents were having regarding their children’s…

The curriculum LaunchSkills assists professionals support developing life readiness skills in youth as they make the transition from high school to either college or the workforce. Photo courtesy of SDSU.

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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).

United States of America lights during night as it looks like from space. Image courtesy of Adobe Stock.

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NIFA Invests Over $462K in Smith-Lever Special Needs Competitive Grants Program

The purpose of the Smith-Lever Special Needs Competitive Grants Program (SLSNCGP) program is to support innovative, education-based approaches to address disaster preparedness and specific responses related to disasters or disaster…

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NIFA Invests $5M to Enhance Infectious Disease Research

NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Disease program (AFRI A1222), a collaborative program with the National Science Foundation, recently funded a project focused on understanding…

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Oregon State Researchers Discover Compounds Contributing to Smoke Taint in Wine and Grapes

With funding from NIFA, an Oregon State University-led research team has discovered a class of compounds that contribute to smoke taint in wine and grapes.

Wine grapes in an Oregon vineyard. Credit: Tiffany Woods/Oregon State University.

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NIFA Invests Nearly $4M for Farm of the Future

The Farm of the Future program integrates advances in precision agriculture, smart automation, resilient agricultural practices, socioeconomics, and plant and animal performance. The test site will develop data-driven solutions by…

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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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How the Omicron Subvariant BA.5 Became a Master of Disguise – and What It Means for the Current COVID-19 Surge

The omicron subvariant known as BA.5 was first detected in South Africa in February 2022 and spread rapidly throughout the world. As of the second week of July 2022, BA.5 constituted nearly 80% of COVID-19 variants in the United States…

People in masks on a crowded urban street during the COVID-19 pandemic. Courtesy of Adobe Stock.

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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…

Images of fish jumping in water, courtesy of Adobe Stock

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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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Improving Drainage Management on Agricultural Lands

A team of 22 Land-grant University researchers are working with USDA scientists and industry partners to develop new technologies and strategies that improve drainage.

Example of water management practice. Improved drainage management could significantly reduce water quality problems and related environmental and human health risks. Image courtesy of Lynn Betts, SWCS. NRCS.

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Bioproduct Pilot Program Seeks to Boost Economic Development in Rural America

NIFA’s Bioproduct Pilot Program (BPP) is a new program created by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. This crucial program seeks to study the benefits of using materials derived from covered agricultural commodities for the…

image of farm combine harvesting corn, courtesy of AdobeStock

Press Release

USDA Invests Nearly $8M to Improve Dietary Health and Nutrition Security

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the availability of nearly $8 million to support the Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program (GusNIP) Produce Prescription Program. The funding is part of USDA’s American…

Farmer woman holding fresh vegetables

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Developing New Measures to Assess Factors Associated with Food Insecurity in the U.S.

Tackling food and nutrition insecurity is one of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack’s top priorities. Developing and validating tools to measure the emerging concept of nutrition security will help accelerate USDA’s progress.

A smiling woman cropping the fruit for a fresh fruit salad. Image courtesy of Adobe Stock.

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Farmers Markets Bring Bounty to Tables Across the Country

Summertime would not be complete for most people without at least one visit to a farmers market. In 2020, farmers and producers sold almost $3 billion worth of products directly to consumers through farmers markets and on-farm stores.  …

Left image of individuals holding tomatoes at a farmers market. Right image of various peppers displayed at a farmers market stand. Images courtesy of Adobe Stock.

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Oyster Researchers Helping Keep Consumers Safe from Dangerous Pathogens

Vibrio parahaemolyticus is the leading cause of seafood-borne bacterial infections in the United States. Contaminated raw oysters can cause Vibriosis, a gastrointestinal illness that can be life threatening and even fatal for people…

Left image of hand holding oyster. Right image of oyster farmer examining oysters. Images courtesy of Adobe Stock. .
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