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.

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.

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.

Food Safety

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

Nutrition Programs

A healthy, nourished population depends on strong research and education programs in human nutrition. NIFA partners with the Cooperative Extension System to deliver community-based nutrition education programs. NIFA also sponsors nutrition-related research. NIFA Nutrition Programs provide policymakers with the knowledge to make appropriate policies for our citizens.