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Memorial Day: NIFA Supports U.S. Military Community

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) supports military members, veterans and military families through a variety of programs and services.

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Mint Your Own Garden Gold

With support from USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and based at the nation’s Land-grant Institutions, Cooperative Extension offers a wealth of resources to help you turn waste into garden gold.

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Cookbook App a Recipe for Success

A USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture-funded mobile app is helping food pantry clients gain confidence in preparing healthy meals.

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USDA NIFA Invests More Than $5M in Mitigating Antimicrobial Resistance Across the Food Chain

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced an investment of more than $5 million to mitigate antimicrobial resistance across the food chain.

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NIFA-Funded Research Strengthens Tools for Wildfire Management, Adaptation and Recovery

According to the USDA, more than 10 million acres have burned nationwide since 2015, causing billions of dollars in losses. Every year, USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) funds projects that reduce the risk of destructive wildfires and restore forest health while also developing novel approaches for growers and rural communities to adapt to the increasing threat.

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University of Connecticut Supports Connecticut’s Greenhouse Industry – An Integral Part of Agriculture

Greenhouses in Connecticut represent over one third of the state’s vibrant $4.7 billion agricultural economy and are integral to the success of all agricultural businesses, according to a 2021 study by Farm Credit East. The total economic impact of the 583 greenhouse businesses in the state was $390 million in 2020.

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Children, Youth, Families at Risk 4-H Military Professional Development and Technical Assistance RFA Webinar

This webinar will explain the CFAR 4-H Military PDTA Request for Application (RFA) and associated processes.  NIFA will host the webinar twice on June 6, 2022 (2 options, same webinar): June 6, 2022

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National Wine Day: Growing Great Grapes

Grapes are the highest-value fruit crop grown in the U.S. To find the best grapes for U.S. growers and wine producers, researchers at Land-grant Universities across the country are testing the performance and resulting wine quality of different grape varieties, including traditional, lesser-known, and new varieties.

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Children, Youth, And Families At-Risk Professional Development And Technical Assistance (CYFAR PDTA) RFA Orientation

This webinar is an opportunity for prospective applicants to learn more about the Children, Youth, and Families At-Risk Professional Development and Technical Assistance (CYFAR PDTA) Request for Applications. NIFA will host the webinar

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Celebrating 30 Years of SNAP-Ed

This month, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – Education (SNAP-Ed) celebrates 30 years of providing evidence-based nutrition education and obesity prevention interventions and projects for those eligible for SNAP benefits. Through complementary direct education, multi-level interventions, and community and public health approaches to improve nutritional health of historically underserved populations, this federally funded grant program has impacted lives for three decades.

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USDA NIFA Invests $25M in Meat and Poultry Agriculture Workforce Training

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced an investment of $40 million, as part of the American Rescue Plan for meat and poultry agriculture workforce training.

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Nanotechnology in Agriculture and Food Systems 

Nanotechnology refers to the science and engineering of tiny objects between one and 100 nanometers (a nanometer is one billionth of a meter). Researchers and farmers need nanotechnology, such as nanoscale biosensors and nanoparticles, to get an inside look at and manipulate processes like the spread of pathogens.

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Yes, Allergy Seasons Are Getting Worse. Blame Climate Change

If you live with seasonal allergies and feel like the pollen seasons feel longer and longer every year, you may be right. New research shows that pollen seasons start 20 days earlier, are 10 days longer, and feature 21% more pollen than in 1990—meaning more days of itchy, sneezy, drippy misery. Led by William Anderegg of the University of Utah School of Biological Sciences, the researchers found that human-caused climate change played a significant role in pollen season lengthening and a partial role in pollen amount increasing. Their research, funded in part by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Application Deadline: Children, Youth and Families at Risk Professional Development and Technical Assistance Program

CYFAR marshals the resources of the Land-Grant and the Cooperative Extension Systems so that, in collaboration with other organizations, they can develop and deliver educational programs to youth who are at risk for not meeting basic human needs.

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Application Deadline: CYFAR 4-H Military Partnership Professional Development and Technical Assistance

The purpose of the CYFAR 4-H Military Partnership Professional Development and Technical Assistance Program is to support the implementation and capacity of the 4-H Military Partnership and Outreach Support Program.

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World Bee Day: May 20

There are over 20,000 known bee species in the world, and 4,000 of them are native to the United States, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. They range from the tiny (2 mm) and solitary Perdita minima, known as the world’s smallest bee, to kumquat-sized species of carpenter bees.

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Horticulture Champion

Sue Barton’s role at the University of Delaware (UD) is the perfect embodiment of the University’s Land-grant mission. She teaches. She conducts research. And she takes UD’s knowledge to the public. Barton is both a professor in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences and Cooperative Extension specialist of ornamental horticulture.

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Planting for the Future

A name like Junior Master Gardeners evokes images of planting seeds with a hope for a bountiful harvest. But the bountiful harvest that Cooperative Extension educators want to achieve isn’t vegetables or fruits. Rather, the Junior Master Gardener® (JMG ®) program works to grow an even more important resource.

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Application Deadline: Agricultural Genome to Phenome Initiative

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Agricultural Genome to Phenome Initiative (AG2PI) focuses on collaborative science engagement that intends to develop a community of researchers across both crops and animals that will lay the

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NIFA Nutrition Security Webinar Series - An App and a Carrot: An Overview of the Evolution and Impacts of VeggieBook

On Tuesday, June 7th, 2022 at 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm ET, Drs. Peter Clarke and Susan Evans will share the story of their smartphone app, called VeggieBook, designed for food pantry clients.  The app helps household cooks prepare tasty servings

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University of Hawaiʻi Maui College Expands Aquaponics Training

At the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College, educators have launched the Adapting Precision Farming Technologies for Sustainable Aquaponics Systems

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The General Services Administration (GSA)/System for Award Management (SAM) is Experiencing Delays

The General Services Administration (GSA)/System for Award Management (SAM) is experiencing delays processing certain private entity registration information for new registrants, updates to existing entity registrations and annual renewals.

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AgMIP Co-Founder Cynthia Rosenzweig Receives 2022 World Food Prize

Dr. Cynthia Rosenzweig, a senior research scientist and head of the Climate Impacts Group at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), has received the 2022 World Food Prize from the World Food Prize Foundation. According to the World Food Prize Foundation, the World Food Prize is a prestigious international award conceived as the "Nobel Prize for Food and Agriculture" with a mission to elevate innovations and inspire action to sustainably increase the quality, quantity and availability of food for all.
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