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.

Ecosystems Programs

NIFA Ecosystem Program goals aim to increase the scientific and public understanding that human well-being is inextricably linked to the sustainable use and management of ecosystems.

Food Safety

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

Integrated Pest Management Program (IPM)

The outcomes of the NIFA Integrated Pest Management Program(IPM) are effective, affordable, and environmentally sound IPM practices and strategies supporting more vital communities.

Leadership & Volunteer Development

NIFA promotes leadership and volunteer development through its participation in interagency federal government teams; funding support for volunteer leader forums, national conferences, and community training opportunities; and research focusing on building volunteer competencies.

Animal & Plant Biosecurity

NIFA and its land-grant university partners play a major role in helping to monitor and prevent disease outbreaks.


NIFA provides leadership and funding for aquaculture research, technology development, and extension education to help meet increasing global seafood demand, leading to improved health, vibrant economies, and food security.