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NIFA Programs Increasing Access to Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) supports programs that are working toward a safe, nutritious food supply while also developing, delivering and disseminating evidence-based nutrition education and promotion.  …

Image of fruits and vegetables courtesy of Adobe Stock

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How NIFA Champions Greater Access to Higher Education

Today is National Higher Education Day, which occurs annually on June 6 to champion accessibility to higher education. USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture supports higher education by partnering with the Land-grant…

Rear view of audience in raise hand up response for answer the question in a classroom. Image courtesy of Adobe Stock.

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Sweet Dreams Are Made of Cheese, Who Am I to Diss a Brie?

June 4 is National Cheese Day! USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) understands the importance of cheese, not only to consumers but to dairy farmers and producers as well. 

a collection of cheeses, courtesy of AdobeStock

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National Egg Day: An Egg-cellent Source of Nutrition

On National Egg Day, we are sharing a few USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)-funded research projects conducted by Land-grant Universities that explore the health benefits associated with egg consumption.

On National Egg Day, we are sharing a few USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)-funded research projects conducted by Land-grant Universities that explore the health benefits associated with egg consumption. Image courtesy of Adobe Stock.

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The Extension Disaster Education Network Helps Prepare Nation for Hurricane Season

The Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) is a collaborative multi-state effort by Cooperative Extension Services across the country to improve the delivery of services to citizens affected by disasters.

June 1 marks the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season in the United States.

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New CRISPR-Combo Boosts Genome Editing Power in Plants | College of Agriculture & Natural Resources at UMD

Ten years ago, a new technology called CRISPR-CAS9 made it possible for scientists to change the genetic code of living organisms. As revolutionary as it was, the tool had its limitations. Like the first cell phones that could only…

On the left: poplar sprouts containing CRISPR-edited genes. On the right, poplar sprouts with the same CRISPR edit plus gene enhancements to improve growth. Photo courtesy of the University of Maryland.

Announcement

NIFA Invests $5M in Small and Medium-sized Farms

Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities (AERC) small and medium-sized farm research grants are focused on developing new models and technologies to help farmers increase their operations’ viability and competitiveness. There is also…

Announcement

NIFA Invests $833K in Plant Production and Protection

NIFA recently awarded five grants under the Biological Plant Production and Protection topic area of the USDA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.

Announcement

NIFA Invests $5M in Sustainable Bioeconomy through Biobased Products

This AFRI program area priority focuses on developing biomass systems, biobased products, or biomass-generated power to enable the bioeconomy in a manner which reduces adverse impacts to the environment. The sustainable bioeconomy…

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USDA NIFA Invests $40M to Improve Dietary Health and Reduce Food Insecurity

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced the availability of nearly $40 million to support the Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program (GusNIP) Produce Prescription…

Assorted fresh fruits and vegetables in a wicker basket. Image courtesy of Getty Images.

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Holy Cow! It’s World Milk Day!

On World Milk Day, we’re highlighting the work Land-grant Universities conducting dairy research and Extension education with support from USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

Image of dairy cows grazing in pasture. Photo courtesy of Adobe Stock.

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Cool as a Cucumber

One of the most versatile vegetables you can eat is the cucumber. USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) understands the importance of this vital vegetable and supports research that is leading to stronger, healthier,…

National Salad Month

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Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Profile: Dr. Andrea Kealoha

In celebration of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Month, USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is highlighting NIFA-funded researcher Dr. Andrea Kealoha. Dr. Kealoha oversees the University of…

NIFA-funded researcher Dr. Andrea Kealoha. Dr. Kealoha oversees the University of Hawai’i Maui College Water Quality Lab, Pūkoʻa hinaʻole. Image provided by Dr. Kealoha.

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Memorial Day: NIFA Supports U.S. Military Community

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) supports military members, veterans and military families through a variety of programs and services.

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) supports military members, veterans and military families through a variety of programs and services.

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Mint Your Own Garden Gold

With support from USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and based at the nation’s Land-grant Institutions, Cooperative Extension offers a wealth of resources to help you turn waste into garden gold.

National Composting Day. Images of various composting courtesy of Adobe Stock.

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Cookbook App a Recipe for Success

A USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture-funded mobile app is helping food pantry clients gain confidence in preparing healthy meals.

A NIFA-funded mobile app is helping food pantry clients gain confidence in preparing healthy meals.

Press Release

USDA NIFA Invests More Than $5M in Mitigating Antimicrobial Resistance Across the Food Chain

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced an investment of more than $5 million to mitigate antimicrobial resistance across the food chain.

Person in protective gear sprays antibiotics on citrus green infected trees. Image courtesy of Getty Images.

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NIFA-Funded Research Strengthens Tools for Wildfire Management, Adaptation and Recovery

According to the USDA, more than 10 million acres have burned nationwide since 2015, causing billions of dollars in losses. Every year, USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) funds projects that reduce the risk of…

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University of Connecticut Supports Connecticut’s Greenhouse Industry – An Integral Part of Agriculture

Greenhouses in Connecticut represent over one third of the state’s vibrant $4.7 billion agricultural economy and are integral to the success of all agricultural businesses, according to a 2021 study by Farm Credit East. The total…

David and Joyce Hart, owners of Hart's Greenhouse and Garden Center in Canterbury, Connecticut. Courtesy of UConn Extension.

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National Wine Day: Growing Great Grapes

Grapes are the highest-value fruit crop grown in the U.S. To find the best grapes for U.S. growers and wine producers, researchers at Land-grant Universities across the country are testing the performance and resulting wine quality of…

Images of grapes on a vine and red wine in a wine glass. Photos courtesy of Adobe Stock.

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Celebrating 30 Years of SNAP-Ed

This month, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – Education (SNAP-Ed) celebrates 30 years of providing evidence-based nutrition education and obesity prevention interventions and projects for those eligible for SNAP benefits…

USDA logo. Celebrating 30 years of SNAP-Ed logo.

Press Release

USDA NIFA Invests $25M in Meat and Poultry Agriculture Workforce Training

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced an investment of $40 million, as part of the American Rescue Plan for meat and poultry agriculture workforce training.

Worker at meat processing plant slices into a cut of cooked meat. Image courtesy of Getty Images.

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Nanotechnology in Agriculture and Food Systems 

Nanotechnology refers to the science and engineering of tiny objects between one and 100 nanometers (a nanometer is one billionth of a meter). Researchers and farmers need nanotechnology, such as nanoscale biosensors and nanoparticles,…

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Yes, Allergy Seasons Are Getting Worse. Blame Climate Change

If you live with seasonal allergies and feel like the pollen seasons feel longer and longer every year, you may be right. New research shows that pollen seasons start 20 days earlier, are 10 days longer, and feature 21% more pollen than…

Rocky Mountain Columbine flower and pollen in southwestern Colorado. Photo courtesy of William Anderegg/University of Utah.

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World Bee Day: May 20

There are over 20,000 known bee species in the world, and 4,000 of them are native to the United States, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. They range from the tiny (2 mm) and solitary Perdita minima, known as the world’s smallest…

images of bees courtesy of AdobeStock
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