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.

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.

Aquaculture

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.

Animal Reproduction

NIFA provides funding for basic and applied research in animal reproduction, and supports extension and education programs that transfer new science-based knowledge to the field and classroom.

Animal Well-Being

The Animal Well-being program funds research, education, and extension projects that develop the scientific evidence to promote the balance between production systems, management practices, welfare indicators, and the behavioral and physiological well-being of agricultural animals.