Programs

NIFA programs are the mechanism by which we pursue our mission to invest in and advance agricultural research, education, and extension to solve societal challenges. Some programs administer funding and offer leadership while others focus on national leadership and collaboration. For more information on a particular program, use the site’s search tool.

Environmental & Resource Economics Programs

Natural resources are important to produce food, fiber, timber, and bioenergy. Farm and forestlands provide carbon sequestration, clean air and water, scenic vistas, and biodiversity. To help develop a sustainable, efficient economy, NIFA programs focus on activities that apply economic theory and methods to study interactions between economic and natural systems. Climate change, bioenergy, and environmental goods and services are major topics.

Biological Control Program

NIFA supports research in bio-based pest management with the goal of providing safer and more effective methods of controlling pests while reducing our reliance on synthetic pesticides.

Agronomic & Forage Crops Program

NIFA supports research and extension efforts to achieve optimum economic returns with minimal adverse environmental impacts through the Agronomic & Forage Crops emphasis area.

Animal Breeding, Genetics, and Genomics

Animal breeding programs are ensuring the availability of nutritious animal protein critical for human development and a growing world population, while reducing our environmental footprint.

Water Programs

American communities depend on a safe and reliable water supply. Through research, education, and extension, NIFA water programs provide basic knowledge and learning opportunities needed to address agricultural water quality and quantity issues.