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Developing New Measures to Assess Factors Associated with Food Insecurity in the U.S.

Tackling food and nutrition insecurity is one of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack’s top priorities. Developing and validating tools to measure the emerging concept of nutrition security will help accelerate USDA’s progress.
A smiling woman cropping the fruit for a fresh fruit salad. Image courtesy of Adobe Stock.


Farmers Markets Bring Bounty to Tables Across the Country

Summertime would not be complete for most people without at least one visit to a farmers market. In 2020, farmers and producers sold almost $3 billion worth of products directly to consumers through farmers markets and on-farm stores.
Left image of individuals holding tomatoes at a farmers market. Right image of various peppers displayed at a farmers market stand. Images courtesy of Adobe Stock.


Oyster Researchers Helping Keep Consumers Safe from Dangerous Pathogens

Vibrio parahaemolyticus is the leading cause of seafood-borne bacterial infections in the United States. Contaminated raw oysters can cause Vibriosis, a gastrointestinal illness that can be life threatening and even fatal for people with liver disease, diabetes or a weakened immune system.
Left image of hand holding oyster. Right image of oyster farmer examining oysters. Images courtesy of Adobe Stock. .


NIFA Nutrition Security Webinar Series: The Development of New Measures to Complement the U.S. Household Food Security Survey Module

On Tuesday, August 30 from 1 to 2 p.m. EDT, Dr. Eric Calloway will explain that while the definition of food security is holistic and nuanced, measurement has not traditionally been operationalized more fully. The USDA Household Food Security


State of Success: Georgia

To celebrate National Georgia Day on Aug. 3, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is highlighting the innovative NIFA-funded research conducted by the University of Georgia (UGA).
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Preventing Cancer One Bite at a Time: USDA Day of Action, August 10th.

Community Conversations in Support of President Biden’s Cancer Moonshot USDA is supporting the ambitious goal to end cancer as we know it…and we need everyone to get involved…we need YOU! Join us for USDA’s Day of Action to learn the


Protecting the Environment via Climate Smart Agriculture and Forestry

A healthy environment is a foundation for a stable and healthy human society. On World Nature Conservation Day, learn about how NIFA-supported research and Extension at Land-grant Universities are helping conserve and protect the environment and natural resources via climate smart agriculture and forestry.
Left image of women holding plant. Right image two hands holding together a green young plant. Images courtesy of Adobe Stock.

Press Release

Biden-Harris Administration Announces Plans for Reforestation, Climate Adaptation, including New Resources from Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

Today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a strategy for how the Biden-Harris Administration, through the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will address a reforestation backlog of four million acres on national forests and plant more than one billion trees over the next decade.
Forestation worker walking through field, courtesy of Adobe Stock


Highlighting NIFA’s Efforts on the Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Thirty-two years ago, President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law, following years of focused educational efforts from disability rights groups and a lengthy bipartisan effort in Congress. USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is committed to ensuring its programs are inclusive and provide equal opportunities for all.
Farmers in various fruit orchards. Image courtesy of Adobe Stock.


Application Deadline: Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Programs Phase I

The USDA SBIR/STTR programs focus on transforming scientific discovery into products and services with commercial potential and/or societal benefit. Unlike fundamental research, the USDA SBIR/STTR programs support small businesses in the creation


Multistate Project Focused on Protecting One of Nation’s Largest Aquifers

Rapidly dropping reservoir levels in the West are capturing national media attention, but the nation’s underground aquifers are also under threat. The Ogallala aquifer is one of the world’s largest fresh water resources. Communities and agriculture in eight states in the High Plains region of the country rely on it.
Aerial view of irrigated and non-irrigated fields in eastern Colorado. Photo by Bill Cotton, Colorado State University.


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Hispanic-Serving Institution Education Grants Program Webinar

USDA NIFA is inviting the public to join an informational webinar for the Hispanic-Serving Institution Education Grants Program to fund the Workforce Development in Meat and Poultry Processing Centers of Excellence.


Agricultural Workforce Training Grant Program Webinar

USDA NIFA is inviting the public to join an informational webinar for the Agricultural Workforce Training grant program. The Agriculture Workforce Development grant program (AWT) (A7601) is being offered through the Agriculture and Food


Make Your Summer Picnics Shine

Grab your picnic basket – July is National Picnic Month! Picnics are a perfect way to combine outdoor activity, healthy eating and time spent together with family and friends. Extension and research efforts supported by USDA NIFA that create more and better markets for producers and consumers and tackle food and nutrition insecurity and safety can help your family picnic become a favorite summer activity.
July is National Picnic Month! Left image of picnic type food. Middle image of family enjoying a picnic. Right image of sandwiches. Courtesy of Adobe Stock.


Diversity and Inclusion in Agriculture: The Case for Missouri Latino Farmers and Ranchers

Since 2007, the U.S. Census of Agriculture has consistently documented a demographic shift in the agricultural sector. Although this shift reflects a more diverse farming community that collectively contributes to reducing food insecurity across the United States, the need to integrate and include non-white farmers and ranchers’ communities into the mainstream agriculture and USDA support programs has increased.
A group of Latino farmers learning grass management practices at a Southwest Missouri Ranch. Photo courtesy of Lincoln University Cooperative Extension.
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