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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Land-grant Universities Helping Solve Needs of Specialty Crop Industries

The Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) promotes collaboration, open communication, the exchange of information and the development of resources that accelerate application of scientific discovery and technology to solving needs…

The most notable symptom of guava root-knot nematode is called galling, which appears as clumps of knots on the plant’s roots, or sometimes on the surface of root crops such as sweet potato, white potato and carrot. Credit: Clemson University.

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NIFA, APLU & Cooperative Extension Award Top Honors in Extension Excellence and Diversity

Recognizing visionary leadership and diversity in educational programming, USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and Cooperative Extension announced the…

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State of Success: Mississippi

To celebrate National Mississippi Day on November 30, USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is highlighting the innovative NIFA-funded research conducted by the Mississippi State University’s Agricultural and Forestry…

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Enhancing Pepper Production in the U.S.

NIFA-supported research at the nation’s Land-grant Institutions and other universities and colleges is focused on the challenges producers face including insect, weed and disease management; mechanical harvesting challenges; irrigation…

Left image of red, green and yellow stuffed peppers. Right image of green chile peppers. Images courtesy of USDA Flickr and Adobe Stock.

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Land-grant Universities Help Educate Public about Antimicrobial Resistance

Antimicrobial resistant (AMR) infections have been recognized globally as a significant threat to public health. In response to this crisis, wide-ranging research efforts are underway into the mechanisms of AMR development, AMR control,…

Dairy farm producer consulting with veterinarian. Image courtesy of Adobe Stock.

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Land-grant Universities Make Thanksgiving Dinner More Delicious

As you sit down with family and friends this Thanksgiving, you may not realize how key our nation’s Land-grant Universities are to making sure you have a bounty of food to enjoy. Since 1887, researchers at these public institutions have…

Various pumpkin varieties. Courtesy of the University of New Hampshire.

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Helping Keep Fisheries Healthy and Productive

With support from USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, the nation’s Land-grant Universities play a critical role in helping solve some of the most pressing challenges to keeping fisheries healthy and productive.

Left image of Fresh caught halibut drop from the bottom of a transport basket. Right image of large school of fish. Courtesy of Adobe Stock.

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NIFA-funded Project Brings COVID-19 Education, Vaccines to Rural Dairy Farms

On the third Thursday of every November, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) recognizes National Rural Health Day by sharing stories about the community-minded and determined spirit that prevails in rural America,…

Left image of father and son examining crops. Right image of a couple standing out in field. Courtesy of Adobe Stock.

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State of Success: Indiana

To celebrate National Indiana Day on November 16, USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is highlighting the innovative NIFA-funded research conducted by Purdue University’s College of Agriculture.

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USDA Excellence in Research Awards Presented at Recent APLU Meeting

The Experiment Station Section (ESS), a unit of The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities’ (APLU) Commission on Food, Environment, and Renewable Resources, Board on Agriculture Assembly, recently recognized individuals and…

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Promoting Philanthropy through 4-H

November 15 is National Philanthropy Day, which celebrates individuals and organizations that give back to the community. The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s (NIFA) Division of Youth and 4-H leads volunteerism…

Left image of volunteer packing meals. Right image of hands holding soil with a tree. Both images courtesy of Adobe Stock.
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