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.

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.

Wildlife & Fish Programs

Wildlife and fish contribute to healthy ecosystems, provide income to landowners and businesses, and afford recreational and aesthetic benefits to society. Each year, more than 80 million Americans fish, hunt, or watch wildlife. Some wildlife can pose problems to society, causing on average $1 billion in damage to American agriculture. NIFA programs seek to achieve a balance that sustains wildlife populations while minimizing wildlife impacts on human endeavors through research, education, and extension.

Farm Financial Management

Each year, hundreds of U.S. farm businesses fail; some caused by poor financial management. Farm management involves successfully integrating the factors of production land, labor, and financial resources to realize an economically viable, ecologically sound, and socially responsible farm business. NIFA provides funding opportunities and staff expertise to address these concerns, allowing producers to meet their business and financial goals successfully.

Food Science & Technology Programs

NIFA’s Food Science and Technology program funds research projects and conducts leadership activities aimed at improving the processes, safety, and quality of foods.

Organic Agriculture Program

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture's Organic Agriculture programs cover the entire value-chain of organic products and include both food and non-food products.

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.

Sustainable Development Programs

NIFA aims to incorporate sustainability concepts and principles into the policies, practices, and programs of the Land-Grant University System so that everyone may benefit from sound sustainable development in the United States.