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.

Manure & Nutrient Management Programs

Manure is a valuable source of plant nutrients but also a potential pollutant. Proper management of nutrients from commercial fertilizers and organic sources is important to protect our environment and to have economically and environmentally sustainable livestock operations. NIFA works with government agencies and commodity and public organizations that conduct research and carry out extension and education programs to manage manure and plant nutrients.

Forests Programs

Forests cover nearly 1/3 of the United States and are economically, socially, and ecologically important to individuals and communities. The sustainability of the renewable resources forests provide continues to remain a key priority at NIFA. Forest programs expand the knowledge of forest ecosystems, train future forestry professionals, and put research-based management practices into action.

Plant Breeding, Genetics & Genomics Programs

NIFA provides leadership and coordination for national genomics research, supports plant breeding through multi-state efforts to identify critical needs, and helps focus federal research dollars on cutting-edge plant improvement for human and animal health, food security, sustainable production, and bioenergy.

Horticulture Programs

NIFA, through federal funding and program leadership, sustains cutting-edge horticultural research, education, and extension at our partner colleges and universities.

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.

Soil Programs

NIFA is involved in a diverse range of research, education, and outreach activities to better understand, maintain, and restore the health of soil as a vital natural resource.

Family & Small Farm Program

NIFA administers competitive and non-competitive funding opportunities that help its partners undertake research, education, and extension activities that support the work of farmers and ranchers across the United States