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State of Success: Georgia

To celebrate National Georgia Day on Aug. 3, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is highlighting the innovative NIFA-funded research conducted by the University of Georgia (UGA).

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Building a Network to Enhance Collaboration for Agricultural Biosecurity

NIFA engages in many programs, working groups and networks — in both plant and animal systems that support the tactical sciences for agricultural biosecurity mission — by identifying and preparing for the entry, outbreak or spread of…

USDA African Swine Fever (ASF) research is conducted by lead scientist Dr. Manuel Borca and Senior Scientist Dr. Douglas Gladue (seen), who are working to find solutions to contain ASF and prevent its spread if it ever came to the United States.


Protecting the Environment via Climate Smart Agriculture and Forestry

A healthy environment is a foundation for a stable and healthy human society. On World Nature Conservation Day, learn about how NIFA-supported research and Extension at Land-grant Universities are helping conserve and protect the…

Left image of women holding plant. Right image two hands holding together a green young plant. Images courtesy of Adobe Stock.


NIFA Invests $3.1M in Capacity Building Grants for Non-land Grant Colleges of Agriculture

The purpose of this Capacity Building Grants program is to assist Non-land Grant Colleges of Agriculture (NLGCA) Institutions in maintaining and expanding their capacity to conduct education, research, and outreach/extension activities…

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Biden-Harris Administration Announces Plans for Reforestation, Climate Adaptation, including New Resources from Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

Today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a strategy for how the Biden-Harris Administration, through the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will address a reforestation backlog of four million acres on national forests and plant…

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Highlighting NIFA’s Efforts on the Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Thirty-two years ago, President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law, following years of focused educational efforts from disability rights groups and a lengthy bipartisan effort in Congress. USDA’s…

Farmers in various fruit orchards. Image courtesy of Adobe Stock.


Multistate Project Focused on Protecting One of Nation’s Largest Aquifers

Rapidly dropping reservoir levels in the West are capturing national media attention, but the nation’s underground aquifers are also under threat. The Ogallala aquifer is one of the world’s largest fresh water resources. Communities and…

Aerial view of irrigated and non-irrigated fields in eastern Colorado. Photo by Bill Cotton, Colorado State University.


Make Your Summer Picnics Shine

Grab your picnic basket – July is National Picnic Month! Picnics are a perfect way to combine outdoor activity, healthy eating and time spent together with family and friends. Extension and research efforts supported by USDA NIFA that…

July is National Picnic Month! Left image of picnic type food. Middle image of family enjoying a picnic. Right image of sandwiches. Courtesy of Adobe Stock.


Diversity and Inclusion in Agriculture: The Case for Missouri Latino Farmers and Ranchers

Since 2007, the U.S. Census of Agriculture has consistently documented a demographic shift in the agricultural sector. Although this shift reflects a more diverse farming community that collectively contributes to reducing food…

A group of Latino farmers learning grass management practices at a Southwest Missouri Ranch. Photo courtesy of Lincoln University Cooperative Extension.


We All Scream for Ice Cream Day

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! At the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, we certainly believe National Ice Cream Day is worth celebrating! The agency is proud to support research that serves the U.S…

Left image of dairy researcher in the lab. Right image of freshly scooped ice cream cone. Both images courtesy of Adobe Stock.


Wild Blueberries—The Maine Event

Love the juicy pop of flavor in wild blueberries?  Thank growers in Maine.  Maine is the leading producer of lowbush or wild blueberries. Lowbush blueberries are native to northern New England and Atlantic Canada. Almost 500 farmers…

Left image of farmer carrying a crate of freshly picked blueberries. Right image of blueberries in a basket. Both images courtesy of Adobe Stock.


NIFA Invests $4.5M in Animal Nutrition, Growth and Lactation

The AFRI Animal Nutrition, Growth and Lactation Program promotes innovative work in cellular, molecular, genomic and whole-animal aspects of nutrition, growth and lactation. Program priorities focus on:  Nutrient utilization and…

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USDA Invests More Than $14M to Support Agricultural Workforce Training for Historically Underserved Communities to Bolster U.S. Meat and Poultry Sector Resilience

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced an additional investment of more than $14 million to support agricultural workforce training in historically underserved communities that will increase the resilience of the U.S…

Farmer family holding a chicken. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.


What is a Schedule A?

Schedule A refers to a special hiring authority that gives federal agencies an optional, and potentially quicker, way to hire individuals with disabilities. Applying under Schedule A offers an exception to the traditional competitive…

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Technology Transforming Forest Management

Supported by funding from USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Purdue launched the Integrated Digital Forestry Initiative (iDiF). The initiative’s goal is to develop digital forestry tools to save time, money and achieve a…

Left image of individual exploring a forest. Right image of sunlight breaking through forest trees. Images courtesy of Adobe Stock.


A Closer Look at Rural Populations: Multistate Research Monitors Changes and Issues Affecting Rural Areas

Rural areas make up 72% of the nation’s land area, house 46 million people and are essential to agriculture, natural resources, recreation and environmental sustainability.

Downtown Durham, New Hampshire. Image courtesy of University of New Hampshire.


NIFA Celebrates Disability Pride Month

A collective case study of Land-grant University leaders discovers strategies for the retention of students with learning disabilities. Such outcomes could prevent bullying on campuses and in the workplace.

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Cooperative Extension Grows People and Communities

As the United States celebrates its founding this Fourth of July, it is a good time to reflect on how Cooperative Extension based at the nation’s Land-grant Universities works to grow both people and communities.

Left image of a family of four celebrating Independence Day. Right image of fireworks and an American flag in the background. Both images courtesy of Adobe Stock.


National Pollinator Month Profile: Dr. Ramesh Sagili

In celebration of National Pollinator Month, USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is highlighting NIFA-funded researcher Dr. Ramesh Sagili, who serves as an associate professor at Oregon State University.

Dr. Sagili’s current research program aims to address current and emerging problems pertaining to commercial beekeeping industry. Image provided by Dr. Sagili.


Celebrate the 160th Anniversary of the Morrill Act

Celebrate the 160th anniversary of the Morrill Act with USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture and its history. 

July 2: 160th Anniversary of the Morrill Act. Right image of USDA Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. Right image of previous Vermont Congressman Justin Smith Morrill.


NIFA Invests Over $5M in Enhancing Agricultural Opportunities for Military Veterans (AgVets)

The Enhancing Agricultural Opportunities for Military Veterans (AgVets) program specifically targets military veterans interested in pursuing careers across the food and agricultural sector.


National Dairy Month Profile: Dr. Janos Zempleni

In celebration of National Dairy Month, USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is highlighting NIFA-funded researcher Dr. Janos Zempleni.

Dr. Zempleni serves as the director of the Nebraska Center for the Prevention of Obesity Disease through Dietary Molecules at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Image provided by Dr. Zempleni.

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Vilsack Announces Bioproduct Pilot Program Funded by Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

Secretary  Vilsack announced the USDA is accepting applications for a new pilot program created under President Biden’s historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to support the development of biobased products that have lower carbon…

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Land-grant Universities Conducting Agricultural Safety and Health Research and Extension

Agriculture is one of the most hazardous industries in the U.S. Across the nation, people who work or live on farms and ranches are regularly exposed to dangerous machinery, sharp tools, toxic chemicals, biological pathogens, confined…

A farmer on a tractor prepares the land for the next growing season. Photo courtesy of Adobe Stock.


National Pollinator Month Profile: Amy Vu

In celebration of National Pollinator Month, USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is highlighting NIFA-funded Extension Specialist Amy Vu.

University of Florida’s Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory offers train-the-trainer events to equip county agents with the knowledge and materials they need to implement their own programs. Image by Amy Vu.
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