Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Image of young lambs running field, courtesy of Getty Images.

Search the NIFA website for your inquiry.


NIFA Invests $850K in Response to Extreme Weather Events Across the U.S. (A1712)

NIFA has funded — through the Rapid Response to Extreme Weather Events Across Food and Agriculture Systems program — a University of Florida project related to extreme heat, a University of Georgia project related to a hurricane, and a…


NIFA Invests $9.6M in Food Safety Outreach

The Food Safety Outreach Competitive Grant Program (FSOP) supports customized food safety education, training, and technical assistance for operators of small to mid-size farms and food processing facilities; veteran, beginning, and…


Holiday Food Safety Tips from Extension

It’s the time of year when many families will be gathering around the dining room table savoring the flavors of their favorite holiday meals. Check out how to keep your holiday meals safe this season with a few tips from Land-grant…


Managing Antimicrobial Resistance

Supported by funding from USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, scientists at land-grant universities have teamed up to tackle the complex problem of antimicrobial resistance in agriculture.


NIFA Invests $550K in Response to Extreme Weather Events Across the U.S. (AFRI A1712)

NIFA has funded — through the Rapid Response to Extreme Weather Events Across Food and Agriculture Systems program — a University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign project related to drought and dust storms and a University of Hawaiʻi at…


NIFA-Funded Research Keeping Your Thanksgiving Meal Safe

This week, many will enjoy a Thanksgiving meal with family and friends. As you gather around your table, take a moment to be thankful for the scientists and research that goes into keeping your food safe and nutritious. Land-grant…


APLU and USDA Announces National Teaching Awards for Food and Agricultural Sciences

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) honored four public university faculty with national teaching awards recognizing excellence in agricultural…


NIFA’s FRTEP Supporting Tribal Youth

This November, the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) joins together to celebrate Native American Heritage Month. During this month, we acknowledge the people, culture and contributions of the Native American…


National Rural Health Day: Celebrating EXCITE

Through an interagency agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Cooperative Extension units at Land-grant Universities across the nation received funding and launched the…


NIFA Invests Nearly $2M in Research Facilities Act Program

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture has established a new Research Facilities Act Program (RFAP) competitive grant program. The Research Facilities Act Program (RFAP) – has been approved to provide one-year funds this…

Press Release

USDA Invests Nearly $28M for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers

The Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program provides grants to organizations and institutions for training, education, outreach, and technical assistance initiatives for beginning farmers and ranchers. Projects funded will…


NIFA Joins NSF and International Research Organizations in Future Proofing Plants to a Changing Climate

Climate change is challenging the sustainability and resilience of agri-food systems through long-term changes to temperature and rainfall, increased threats due to extreme weather events and shifts in pests and diseases. To…

Press Release

USDA Nutrition Incentives Improve Access to Healthy Food

The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced an investment of more than $52 million to improve dietary health and access to fresh fruits and vegetables for eligible families.The funds support efforts across three National…


NIFA Pays Tribute to their Military Veterans

Today the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) celebrates staff members who served in the military and honors those men and women who have served in our Armed Forces and continue to serve. Thank you for your service. …


Mississippi State University Film Ignites Farm Stress Conversation

Stress-related mental health issues present a very real risk to the nation’s farming and ranching families. The challenges of the industry are often amplified by the economy and multiple factors that producers have no control over…

Press Release

USDA Launches Initiative to Enhance Competitiveness of the U.S. Specialty Crops Industry

Agriculture Deputy Secretary Torres Small today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is initiating a new effort to further support the U.S. specialty crops sector and increase the competitiveness of its products as…


NIFA Supports Teachers and Schools Dedicated to AgriScience

The SPECA program awards grants to: 1) Enhance curricula in agricultural education 2) Increase faculty teaching competencies 3) Interest young people in pursuing higher education in order to prepare for scientific and professional…


NIFA Invests Nearly $2M to Support Rural Women and Minorities in STEM

This program supports integrated education/teaching and Extension/outreach projects that increase STEM participation by women and underrepresented minorities from rural areas. NIFA intends for this program to address educational needs,…


NIFA Invests $4.7M in Scientific Equipment and Instruments

The Equipment Grants Program (EGP), serves to increase access to shared special purpose equipment/instruments for scientific research for use in the food and agricultural sciences programs in our nation's institutions of higher…


NIFA Invests Nearly $2M to Support Food and Ag Service Learning Programs

The Food & Agriculture Service Learning Program (FASLP) announced 9 awardees that will continue to further the mission of this innovative competitive grant program. The primary goal of the FASLP program is to increase the knowledge…


Building A Better Peanut Plant

Breeding for drought tolerance has become a primary research initiative for the U.S. peanut production industry. Three Auburn University researchers are using a USDA-NIFA grant to understand the different mechanisms of peanut drought…


Dr. Caroline Crocoll Henney to Deliver 2023 Seaman Knapp Memorial Lecture

National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Director Dr. Manjit Misra has announced that Dr. Caroline Henney will deliver the 2023 Seaman Knapp Memorial Lecture on November 12 in Seattle, WA, at the Association of Public and Land…


Oregon State University Effort Addressing Labor Issues Facing State’s Meat Processing Industry

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) continues to invest in projects that will increase independent meat and poultry processing capacity, expand market opportunities for farmers and support a growing workforce in…


NIFA Communications Training with Hopi Community

NIFA professionals recently conducted a communications training to the Hopi community in Arizona. The workshop was a pilot effort focused on empowering Native Americans to tell their own stories. Additionally, the team was able to…


Ants and Beetles and Lanternflies, Oh My!

From the Asian long-horned beetle to the Spongy Moth, these are just a few examples of invasive pests that have a knack for wreaking havoc on our environment. Healthy ecosystems are vital to plant, animal and human life.&nbsp…

Your feedback is important to us.

Take the Website Survey