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Celebrating Juneteenth and Black American Contributions to Agriculture

Juneteenth, observed on June 19, commemorates the emancipation of enslaved Black Americans in 1865. This day is not just a celebration of freedom but a reminder of the resilience and contributions of Black Americans to various sectors,…

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NIFA Makes Important Contributions to Environmental Justice Initiative

Rural and agricultural communities are on the front lines of dealing with the cumulative impacts of environmental degradation and climate change. USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is working to bring the…

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NIFA Invests $7.9M to Promote Soil Health

Soil Health program supports research projects to advance scientific understanding of soil physical and biogeochemical processes and interactions.

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NIFA Invests $5.5M in Agricultural Production Systems Research

AFRI Foundational Knowledge of Agricultural Production Systems works on plant research to advance knowledge for agricultural production systems.

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Opportunities Abound at NextGen Spring Student Summit

This spring, USDA’s National Institution of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) hosted 111 students at USDA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. for the NextGen Spring Student Summit. Students traveled from 11 states and Puerto Rico, representing…

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Extension Disaster Education Network Provides Important Resources

Hurricane season has just begun, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecast predicts an "above average" hurricane season this year.

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NIFA Invests $5.7M in Pollinator Health

Pollinator Health: Research and Application program supports projects focused on promoting healthy populations of pollinators in agricultural systems.

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NIFA Invests $9M for Ag Risk Management Education Partnerships

The purpose of ARME is to educate agricultural producers about the full range of risk management activities.

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SARE Leading National Community Foods Project Food Loss and Waste Training and Technical Assistance Grants Program

In the United States, more than a third of available food goes uneaten through loss or waste. USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) supports research, Extension and educational activities to mitigate food loss and…

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Understanding How Wildfires Change Soil Could Aid Recovery

Severe wildfires can drive chemical changes in soil that affect ecosystem recovery and risks to human health. A new study finds broader surveillance and modeling of these changes could inform strategies for protecting lives, property,…

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Rising to the Challenge: Lifelong Love of 4-H Sparks Leadership Role at National 4-H Conference

A third generation 4-H club member, Madilyn Lawson has been involved in the youth development organization since she was seven years old. In April, the Ohio State University (OSU) freshman attended National 4-H Conference in Washington…

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USDA Announces WIC National Strategy, $29M in Supporting Funding Opportunities to Strengthen WIC Workforce

USDA announced a new Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Workforce National Strategy.

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Remembering Those for Their Sacrifice and Service

As we reflect on this Memorial Day, it musters significant emotions deep within me. Remembering faces, places, events and emotional connection to them all. The exhaustion, sweat and tears of being in a place that time forgot with…

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Farmers Will Benefit from New Fertilizer Recommendation Support Tool

A web-based Fertilizer Recommendation Support Tool (FRST) released recently can help farmers make decisions on applying phosphorus and potassium fertilizers using data from across the U.S., with the potential to save farmers millions…

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Oregon State Extension Trains New B-Team to Assess the Status of Oregon’s Wild Bees

U.S. producers face challenges in areas such as stewardship of natural resources and challenges to pollinator health. USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture supports projects addressing these specific areas through a number…

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USDA Investment Advances Research and Extension Capacity Across 1890 Historically Black Land-grant Universities

The 1890 Capacity Building Grants (CBG) program is intended to strengthen teaching, research and Extension programs in the food and agricultural sciences.

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The American Rescue Plan Technical Assistance Investment Program Is Growing Success

The American Rescue Plan Technical Assistance Investment program (ARPTAI) ensures equitable participation in the full range of USDA programs and services among underserved farmers, ranchers, forest landowners and operators through…

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NIFA Funded Projects Help Strengthen Maui Community

May is Wildfire Awareness Month, and many of us will be taking time in the coming weeks to prepare ourselves, our homes and our communities for what may be yet another record-breaking wildfire season.

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NIFA Invests Over $6M in Commodity Board Research Topics (AFRI A1811)

NIFA & various commodity boards seek to co-fund research projects that will improve crop production efficiency and advance solutions to agriculture problems.

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NIFA’s FRSAN Connects Farmers and Ranchers to Stress Assistance Programs

Battling unexpected weather conditions, farm equipment repairs and excessive workloads are just a few stress factors experienced by farmers and ranchers in the United States.

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NIFA Funding Helps Veterinary Clinic Better Serve Large Animal Clients

With funding from USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Cambria Veterinary Care in Johnstown, Penn., now can better serve its large animal clients. The veterinary clinic leveraged a $125,000 Veterinary Services Grant to…

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NIFA Invests $600K in Response to Extreme Weather Events Across the U.S. (AFRI A1712)

NIFA has funded a UNC at Chapel Hill project related to drought and a Louisiana State University Agricultural Center project related to winter storms.

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Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory Scientists Develop Tool to Rapidly Detect Devastating Swine Disease

Endemic animal health threats such as Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus (PRRSV) result in large losses of revenue to U.S. producers every year and pose ongoing challenges to the biosecurity and biocontainment…

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Master Gardeners Help Provide Solutions for Gardeners

April is recognized as National Garden Month, which brings together experienced green thumbs, novice growers and gardening groups together to share tips, tricks and support this growing season.

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NSF and USDA Join Forces to Boost Innovation in Agricultural Robotics

NSF and USDA NIFA are teaming up to advance foundational research in agricultural robotics.

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