The Junior Disease Detectives
This graphic novella is a work of fiction, but real public health threats and diseases are presented. This story is designed to raise youth awareness of infectious diseases and the public health risks they pose. In addition, this story promotes youth education and interest in science and public health. The hope is that readers are inspired to become the next generation of real life disease detectives and public health superheroes. This graphic novel is the result of a partnership between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 4-H, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Vulnerable Populations Infographic
See how Extension professionals can harness vulnerable youth qualities to transform young lives and strengthen communities.
Youth Development Infographics
These infographics highlight various aspects of NIFA's work in positive youth development.
Fueling Discovery and Engagement in Ag through Competitive Grants Programs
The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) envisions a future in which all people, at all times, have sufﬁcient access to safe and nutritious foods that meet the needs and preferences for active and healthy lifestyles. Depressed agricultural production and farm incomes need a boost from evidence-based agricultural science, driven by research and extension supported via a competitive peer-review process. NIFA is the largest source of competitive agricultural research funding in the United States and supports the research, education, and extension activities needed to fuel discoveries and innovations in agriculture.
Strengthening the Land-Grant University Mission through Capacity Funding
The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is committed to supporting the research, education, and extension efforts of its land-grant institution partners. An important source of support for these institutions are legislatively authorized capacity funds. Several types of capacity funds are available annually on a non-competitive basis and are matched at the state and local levels. The amounts allocated to each state depend on variables such as rural population, farm population, forest acreage, and poverty rates.
Diversifying the Next Generation of Agricultural STEM Leaders
NIFA is committed to developing an agricultural science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce representative of current and projected demographics in America. A diversified workforce is critical for developing the innovations that will drive the continued success of the agricultural sector and U.S. economy while serving respective communities in culturally-relevant ways. NIFA supports this future workforce through specialized partnerships and programs that build institutional capacity, facilitate access to higher education, and provide experiential learning opportunities in the community.
Calls to Conversation - Biosecurity to Protect America's Food and Agricultural System
Tactical science programs protect the integrity, reliability, sustainability, and profitability of the U.S. food and agricultural system against threats from pests, diseases, contaminants, and disasters. It is necessary to mitigate the threats posed by these foreign and emerging constraints to our nation’s economy and food supply. NIFA is committed to supporting programs that provide readily available, science-based tactics to help prevent, prepare for, detect, respond to, and recover from known and emerging threats.
Calls to Conversation - Nutrition Education Programming in America
NIFA is committed to improving health and reducing hunger and poverty in America through nutrition education programming. Low-income families develop healthy habits in eating, physical activity, food handling, and food storage through peer educator-led training using credible, research-based nutrition information. NIFA and its predecessor agencies have provided nearly 50 years of federal leadership in nutrition education programming through the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP). We need to ensure that such programming is commensurate with demographic, social, and technological change.
Calls to Conversation - Supporting the Tribal Land-Grant Institutions
NIFA commits to catalyzing transformative applied research, education, and extension at 1994 land-grant institutions to address critical challenges in Indian communities across the United States. The 1994 land-grant institutions have the unique ability to address issues affecting lives of American Indian students and communities. These institutions deliver place-based knowledge that is rooted in the histories, environments, cultures, and economies of their respective communities. They are essential to affecting local to regional change as fully engaged partners within the land-grant university system.
Calls to Conversation - Fostering Positive Youth Development
Positive youth development is an intentional approach to promote positive outcomes for young people through family and community youth engagement for the benefit of society.