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Farmers Will Benefit from New Fertilizer Recommendation Support Tool

A web-based Fertilizer Recommendation Support Tool (FRST) released recently can help farmers make decisions on applying phosphorus and potassium fertilizers using data from across the U.S., with the potential to save farmers millions…

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Oregon State Extension Trains New B-Team to Assess the Status of Oregon’s Wild Bees

U.S. producers face challenges in areas such as stewardship of natural resources and challenges to pollinator health. USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture supports projects addressing these specific areas through a number…

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USDA Investment Advances Research and Extension Capacity Across 1890 Historically Black Land-grant Universities

The 1890 Capacity Building Grants (CBG) program is intended to strengthen teaching, research and Extension programs in the food and agricultural sciences.

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The American Rescue Plan Technical Assistance Investment Program Is Growing Success

The American Rescue Plan Technical Assistance Investment program (ARPTAI) ensures equitable participation in the full range of USDA programs and services among underserved farmers, ranchers, forest landowners and operators through…

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NIFA Funded Projects Help Strengthen Maui Community

May is Wildfire Awareness Month, and many of us will be taking time in the coming weeks to prepare ourselves, our homes and our communities for what may be yet another record-breaking wildfire season.

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NIFA Invests Over $6M in Commodity Board Research Topics (AFRI A1811)

NIFA & various commodity boards seek to co-fund research projects that will improve crop production efficiency and advance solutions to agriculture problems.

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NIFA’s FRSAN Connects Farmers and Ranchers to Stress Assistance Programs

Battling unexpected weather conditions, farm equipment repairs and excessive workloads are just a few stress factors experienced by farmers and ranchers in the United States.

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NIFA Funding Helps Veterinary Clinic Better Serve Large Animal Clients

With funding from USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Cambria Veterinary Care in Johnstown, Penn., now can better serve its large animal clients. The veterinary clinic leveraged a $125,000 Veterinary Services Grant to…

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NIFA Invests $600K in Response to Extreme Weather Events Across the U.S. (AFRI A1712)

NIFA has funded a UNC at Chapel Hill project related to drought and a Louisiana State University Agricultural Center project related to winter storms.

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Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory Scientists Develop Tool to Rapidly Detect Devastating Swine Disease

Endemic animal health threats such as Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus (PRRSV) result in large losses of revenue to U.S. producers every year and pose ongoing challenges to the biosecurity and biocontainment…

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Master Gardeners Help Provide Solutions for Gardeners

April is recognized as National Garden Month, which brings together experienced green thumbs, novice growers and gardening groups together to share tips, tricks and support this growing season.

Press Release

NSF and USDA Join Forces to Boost Innovation in Agricultural Robotics

NSF and USDA NIFA are teaming up to advance foundational research in agricultural robotics.

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NIFA Invests $180K in Response to Extreme Weather Events Across the U.S. (AFRI A1712)

NIFA has funded an Inquiring Systems, Inc. project related to flooding incidents.

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Emerging Technologies Aid Conservation and Management

Climate change and biodiversity losses pose extraordinary challenges for the sustainability of natural ecosystems and the species that inhabit them.

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Protecting Our Water

Water continues to be one of the most critical challenges facing agriculture and communities.

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Number of AFRI FY 2024 Commodity Board Co-Funding Topics Breaks Record; Expands Focus on Nutrition

Ten commodity boards have submitted 21 topics for proposed research accepting applications through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), NIFA’s flagship competitive grants program.

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Tropical Birds Could Tolerate Warming Better Than Expected

How climate change will impact wildlife species including birds is a research question that scientists are trying to answer.

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Cultivating the Future: Agricultural Innovations for Climate Resilience

As the world grapples with the impacts of climate change, extreme temperatures and tragic weather events tend to dominate the news. But a slower moving, less conspicuous threat looms in our future: the challenge of maintaining a…

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NIFA Publishes Report on Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program

Since 2010, the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP) has served the needs of food animal veterinarians and stakeholders in animal agriculture across the nation by…

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Helpful Hints to Understanding NIFA’s Funding Opportunities

New to the National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s (NIFA) funding opportunities? Or maybe you’ve been a NIFA grant recipient before. Either way, NIFA has online resources available for potential applicants to our programs. …

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The Year of the Periodical Cicadas

Depending on where you live, this spring you might hear a constant buzzing chorus from a particular insect—the periodical cicadas are emerging.

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Exploring Ag Biotech Careers with University of Connecticut 4-H

Developing professionals in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields is critical to ensuring a continuing pipeline to support the agricultural, food, and renewable natural resources sectors of the U.S. economy…

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Breeding Food Crops for The Future

Plant diseases, insects and a changing climate pose ongoing challenges to food crop producers.

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Research, Education and Extension Efforts Improve Livestock Health

Animal agriculture comprises a large portion of U.S. agriculture. Livestock, including poultry, comprise about 48 percent of all U.S. agricultural value according to the 2022 Census of Agriculture. In 2022, livestock value totaled $262…

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Nevada Researcher Aims to Improve Sorghum Hybrids for Dairy Cattle Feed

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) recognizes the need for the continuing development of new plant cultivars to meet the growing challenges posed by climate change and the growing global population.

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