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NIFA to Hold Listening Session About New Grant Program

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture will hold a listening session about a funding opportunity in integrated poultry research and Extension, the Laying Hen and Turkey Research Program. The listening session will be held…

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State of Success: Florida

To celebrate National Florida Day on January 25, USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) highlights the innovative NIFA-funded research conducted by the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural…

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New SARE Publication Available to Farmers Seeking Organic Certification

Farmers and ranchers who want to pursue organic certification now have a new publication to help understand USDA National Organic Program requirements and key strategies producers can use to make their three-year transition to organic…

Klaas Martens and his family operate Lakeview Organic Grain, a mill and seed company, on 1,700 acres in Penn Yan, N.Y. Photo by Jermaine Hinds, SARE.

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Research Expanding Opportunities for Commercial Seaweed Production

Seaweed aquaculture has great potential for growth in the U.S., but currently production is limited to a small number of farms that cultivate just one or two species of kelp. Supported by USDA’s National Institute of Food and…

Dulse, a red seaweed, grown by Springtide Seaweed. Photo by Sarah Redmond.

Press Release

USDA to Create Plan to Expand Recreation Economies and Help People Thrive Across Rural America

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that it will create a plan to expand recreation economies to help people thrive across rural America. Through a Memorandum of Understanding, Rural Development, the National…

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UConn Researchers Studying Unintended Effects of Gene Editing in Tomatoes

Researchers in UConn’s College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources are exploring options to help ensure consumers have a safe, abundant and nutritious food supply. The project, which is studying a genetic editing technique in…

UConn doctoral student Hengsong Li inspects tomatoes.

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State of Success: Arkansas

To celebrate National Arkansas Day on January 11, USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) highlights the innovative NIFA-funded research conducted by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s Arkansas…

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AgrAbility: Cultivating Independence for People with Disabilities in Agriculture

In December 2010, Carey Portell’s life shattered when a drunk driver collided head-on with her vehicle on Route 66, a few miles from her St. James, Missouri, home. She suffered a fractured pelvis, crushed right ankle and dislocated left…

Farmer Carey Portell uses a Polaris Ranger UTV with an automatic feeder attached. Credit: AgrAbility.

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Scaling Up Vegetable Farms for Wholesale Markets

With the popularity of local foods spreading to the largest retailers in the country, many producers now see an opportunity to grow their farms by scaling up and expanding to wholesale markets.

Farmer holding fresh vegetables in a basket. Courtesy of Adobe Stock.

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Research Improving Dairy Cow Nutrition

Many Americans eat dairy regularly, and dairy farms contribute to rural economies, but dairy farmers face many challenges, such as keeping up with costs, managing manure and emissions, and protecting animal welfare.

Cows in a farm. Courtesy of Adobe Stock.

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NIFA Invests Over $520K in Response to Extreme Weather Events Across the U.S.

NIFA announces recently funded projects through the Rapid Response to Extreme Weather Events Across Food and Agriculture Systems program related to wildfire, flooding, and hurricane incidents.

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Battling Exotic Ant Pests in American Samoa

Strengthening American Samoa's ability to prevent, detect and respond to invasive exotic ants is essential to preserving the territory's agricultural production, its environment and its people's unique way of life. Thanks to funding…

Eli Sarnat, PIAkey: Invasive Ants of the Pacific Islands, USDA APHIS PPQ, Bugwood.org

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Reflecting on the Successes of 2022

In 2022, USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) continued its growth as a strong, vibrant and agile agency. Even as NIFA worked to enhance existing programs, NIFA professionals managed an influx of new funds supporting…

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National Animal Health Laboratory Network: Protecting the American Agriculture System for 20 Years

The U.S. livestock and food sectors, which account for more than $150 billion in annual cash receipts, are under continual threat from outbreaks of foreign and emerging animal diseases. Since 2002, these agricultural assets have been…

Tollett Lab Director Randy Moore, DVM and microbiologist Amy Chapman analyze samples in the Veterinary Diagnostic Lab. Credit: University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture

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UNM Biologists Make Breakthrough in Fish Mucosal Immune System Research

Researchers in the Salinas Lab at UNM’s Department of Biology have discovered an immune structure in the nasal cavities of rainbow trout that scientists previously didn’t think existed. The new knowledge will allow fish immunologists…

Researchers in the Salinas Lab at UNM’s Department of Biology have discovered an immune structure in the nasal cavities of rainbow trout that scientists previously didn’t think existed.

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State of Success: Maine

To celebrate National Maine Day on December 21, USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is highlighting the innovative NIFA-funded research conducted by the University of Maine’s (UMaine) Agricultural and Forest…

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Press Release

USDA Invests $9.5M to Develop New Bioproducts from Agricultural Commodities

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced an investment of $9.5 million to support the scale-up of sustainable bioproduct manufacturing in the United States. Three successful projects are funded through the National Institute of Food…

Soybeans, food waste and swine above photos of new pavement, utensils made from recycled materials and broken pavement.

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Protecting the Beloved Poinsettia

Americans can choose from among dozens of varieties to raise our holiday spirits. And we do. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Agricultural Statistical Service Census of Horticulture, retail sales of…

Poinsettia with Christmas lights in the background. Image courtesy of Adobe Stock.

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NIFA-Funded Researcher Spotlight: Maria Carlota Dao

Dr. Maria Carlota Dao is an assistant professor with the agriculture, nutrition, and food systems department at the University of New Hampshire’s (UNH) College of Life Sciences & Agriculture and a scientist with the New Hampshire…

Dr. Maria Carlota Dao (center) working with master’s student Brandy Moser (left) and undergraduate alum Jason Hansen ’22.

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State of Success: Alabama

To celebrate National Alabama Day on December 14, USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is highlighting the innovative NIFA-funded research conducted by Land-grant Universities throughout the state.

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Press Release

USDA Invests Additional $10M to Support Community Food Projects

USDA NIFA announced an investment of nearly $10 million through the Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program (CFPCGP). This funding, made possible through the American Rescue Plan Act, bolsters USDA’s food and nutrition…

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December is Worldwide Food Service Safety Month

Each year, December is observed as Worldwide Food Service Safety Month.  The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) supports Extension program efforts nationwide that offer food safety certification through the ServSafe…

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Building a Culture of Composting

Illinois grows more pumpkins than any other state, and University of Illinois Extension professionals are using the fall favorite to build awareness of the importance of composting in Cook County.

Close up on pumpkin in a pumpkin patch. Image courtesy of Adobe Stock.

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NIFA and APLU Announce National Teaching Awards for Food and Agricultural Sciences

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

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State of Success: Illinois

To celebrate National Illinois Day on December 7, USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is highlighting the innovative NIFA-funded research conducted by the University of Illinois Agricultural Experiment Station. …

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