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National Volunteer Month Spotlight: Dr. Shannon Wiley

April is recognized as National Volunteer Month and serves as a time to honor volunteers who are positively impacting their communities. The following is an interview North Carolina A&T State University Extension Specialist Dr. Shannon…

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Earth Day: Invest in Our Planet

Earth Day 2022 is focused on accelerating solutions to address one of the most pressing issues facing the planet--climate change. A changing climate causes problems for all life on Earth. Although natural fluctuations in climate have…

Earth Day - Invest in Our Planet


Tribal Youth Connected to STEAM through Basketball Clinics

The University of Idaho Extension Program for the Nez Perce Tribe Reservation and the Coeur d’Alene Tribe Reservation, supported by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, recently partnered with the nonprofit Rise Above to…

Youth ages five to 13 participated in a basketball clinic. Image courtesy of the University of Idaho Extension.


Hurricanes, Wildfires, Tornadoes, Oh My!   

The increase in the intensity and frequency of extreme weather-related disasters across the country may have many of us wishing we could click our heels and go back to times when weather did not disrupt our agricultural, forestry and…

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NIFA Joins Other USDA Agencies to Establish, Expand Industrial Hemp in the U.S.

For almost 45 years, U.S. cultivation of hemp practically ceased because of a 1970s narcotics law. After the 2014 and 2018 farm bills loosened those restrictions, the production of hemp took off — and perhaps a little too quickly at…

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NIFA Hemp Research is Building Foundational Knowledge, Exploring New Frontiers

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is currently funding dozens of projects, in various competitive and noncompetitive programs, aimed at creating knowledge that will help make hemp a viable and lucrative crop in the U…

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National Volunteer Month Spotlight: Dr. Maurice Smith

April is recognized as National Volunteer Month and serves as a time to honor volunteers who are positively impacting their communities. The following is an interview with Dr. Maurice Smith, USDA’s National Institute of Food and…

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Solving the Honeycrisp Apple Ancestry Mystery

Thanks to DNA-based tracking, NIFA-supported researchers at the University of Minnesota (U of M) have finally traced the family tree of the Honeycrisp apple — one of the top 10 varieties produced in the United States. Recently published…

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Master Gardener and Other Extension Efforts Boost Food Security

Millions of Americans face food insecurity. While the overall food insecurity in the country stands at about 10.5 percent, households with children have a substantially higher rate of food insecurity—almost 15 percent—than those without…

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University of Nebraska Continues to Assist with 2019 Flooding Recovery

When the COVID-19 pandemic descended on the world in March 2020, Nebraska and its neighboring states already had been reeling for a year from a previous, record-setting, climate disaster.

There was vast flooding in Nebraska. Credit: Nebraska Emergency Management Agency


NIFA Celebrates Financial Capability Month

More than half of Americans report living paycheck to paycheck and experiencing financial crisis because of inadequate savings, too much debt and poor planning. USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) coordinates with…

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NIFA Invests Nearly $18M for Small Business-Led Innovations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture today announced that it is doubling down on its small business innovation investments, extending almost $18 million in research funds to further develop…

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Combining Methods to Better Managing Pests

From rodents and insects to weeds and microorganisms that bring disease, pests can evolve to withstand the methods we’ve developed to control their spread and impact. The use of chemicals might become less effective, for example, or…

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National Beer Day: Brewing Up Markets for Spent Grain

Barley starts as a highly nutritious grain, known to be rich in protein, fiber and antioxidants. After the brewing industry borrows it to extract the least nutritious portion of the grain, what can be done with the leftover 4.7 million…

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NIFA Celebrates World Health Day

Every year on World Health Day, USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) highlights the many ways its programs and partnerships help to advance human and environmental well-being. This year’s theme, “Our planet, our…

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Nebraska Faculty Lead National Cover Crop Course

With a lot of time, planning, collaboration with other institutions and a $10 million NIFA Coordinated Agricultural Project grant, an idea from two University of Nebraska professors became a reality and they were able to offer a cover…

Sarina Janssen, a senior agronomy major (from left), and Benjamin Janssen, a junior plant biology major, with course instructor Andrea Basche, identify plants grown for the Cover Crop Challenge activity in Agronomy 425/825 Cover Crops in Agroecosystems. Students selected their own cover crop mixes.Credit: Lana Koepke Johnson/University of Nebraska


Highlighting the Impact of Volunteers

Within the 4-H community there is a network of over 500,000 volunteers helping support and mentor six million 4-H’ers, according to the 4-H website. These volunteers play a vital role in helping grow the next generation of leaders. …

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Master Gardeners by the Numbers

For almost 50 years, Extension Master Gardeners (EMG) have educated millions about sustainable and environmentally friendly garden practices. USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) provides crucial support to the…

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Wildlife Habitat Education Program: Fostering Future Stewards of Natural Resources

For more than 40 years, the Wildlife Habitat Education Program (WHEP) has been fostering future stewards of the nation’s abundant natural resources. WHEP is a 4-H and FFA youth natural resource program dedicated to teaching wildlife and…

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Women’s History Month Spotlight: Dr. Marion Simon

Dr. Marion Simon is a state specialist for Small Farm and Part-time Farmers at the Kentucky State University College of Agriculture, Communities and the Sciences. Image provided by Dr. Simon.


Genomics-Assisted Breeding Tools Improving, Gaining Users and Uses

Thanks to the development and adoption of specialized computational tools, the past several years have seen major advancements in the breeding of “polyploid plants” — plants with more than two sets of chromosomes in their cells.

David Byrne, Texas A&M AgriLife Research rose breeder and geneticist, is director of a grant-funded project that is a “game changer” for polyploid plant breeding. Credit; Sam Craft/Texas A&M AgriLife Communications


NIFA-Funded Research Helps Farmers, Ranchers Thrive

America’s farmers and farmworkers feed and fuel the nation. These essential workers play an important role in our nation’s food security and economy. In 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported around 2…

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Important Update for Grants, Cooperative Agreements, Indemnity, Contracts, and Procurement Awards Recipients

By April 4, 2022, the Federal Government will stop using the Dun & Bradstreet Numbering System (DUNS) that uniquely identifies entities in the System for Award Management (SAM). Moving forward, you will need to have a Unique Entity…

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Women’s History Month Spotlight: Dr. Jacqueline Nolting

In celebration of Women’s History Month, USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is highlighting leading women helping advance agriculture-related sciences. Get to know NIFA-funded researcher Dr. Jacqueline Nolting. Dr…


Evolving the National Reporting System

After five years of hard work, USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA) launched the integrated National Reporting System (NRS) last year.

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