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.

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.

Horticulture Programs

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

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

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.