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.

Food Safety

NIFA's food safety program funds research, education and extension activities to improve the safety of the food supply.

Nutrition Programs

A healthy, nourished population depends on strong research and education programs in human nutrition. NIFA partners with the Cooperative Extension System to deliver community-based nutrition education programs. NIFA also sponsors nutrition-related research. NIFA Nutrition Programs provide policymakers with the knowledge to make appropriate policies for our citizens.

Animal Well-Being

The Animal Well-being program funds research, education, and extension projects that develop the scientific evidence to promote the balance between production systems, management practices, welfare indicators, and the behavioral and physiological well-being of agricultural animals.

Farm Safety

NIFA addresses farm safety by supporting Cooperative Extension Service programs that train youth and adult farm workers in safe field practices, equipment use, and equipment maintenance and help farmers with disabilities and their families maintain engagement in production agriculture.

Sustainable Agriculture Program

The Sustainable Agriculture Program supports agricultural science that fosters continuous improvement and a balanced approach to progress among the four pillars of sustainable agriculture which are productivity, environmental quality, profitability and quality of life.