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.

Urban, Indoor, and Emerging Agriculture

The 2018 Farm Bill directs NIFA to establish a new competitive grant program to support research, education, and extension activities for facilitating the development of urban, indoor, and other emerging agricultural production, harvesting, transportation, aggregation, packaging, distribution, and markets. The Farm Bill provided $10 million in mandatory funding for the first year and authorized up to $10 million in discretionary funding annually for 2019 through 2023. NIFA plans to collect stakeholder input on program priorities. The request will be posted in the Federal Register, soliciting input on the most urgent research, education and extension needs in support of this Farm Bill Initiative.

Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities Program Area

Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities (AERC) is a program area of the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative's (AFRI) Foundational Program. Challenges facing the agricultural sector and rural communities, the production and consumption of food, and management of natural resources and the environment continue to evolve. Given the opportunities and challenges, the primary goal of the AERC program is to promote economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable agriculture and resilient rural communities.