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Land-grant University Researchers Helping in Fight Against Antimicrobial Resistance

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) occurs when bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites change over time and no longer respond to medicines, making infections harder to treat and increasing the risk of disease spread, severe illness and death…

Researcher looking through a microscope. Courtesy of Adobe Stock.


NIFA Invests Nearly $25K in AFRI Foundational Knowledge of Ag Production Systems

The Foundational Knowledge of Agricultural Production Systems program supports plant research to advance our knowledge for the wide range of agricultural production systems found across the rural-urban continuum, from conventional open…


NIFA-Funded Drought Research Inspires Scientist’s Poetry

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture-funded researcher Jess Gersony, who formerly was a postdoc at the University of New Hampshire, has turned her passion for studying natural resources and the environment into poetry. Now at…

Illustration by Smith College student Marge Poma of a tree surrounded by tall buildings. 


NIFA Invests $3.4M in Food and Ag Sciences National Needs Graduate and Postgrad Fellowship Grants Program

Food and Agricultural Sciences National Needs Graduate and Postgraduate Fellowship (NNF) Grants Program trains students for masters and/or doctoral degrees.


NIFA Invests $2.5M to Support Military Veteran Agriculture Training Programs

The Enhancing Agricultural Opportunities for Military Veterans (AgVets) program encourages the development of training opportunities specifically designed for military veterans. AgVets projects will offer onsite, hands-on training and…


NIFA Invests $21.7M in Emergency Citrus Disease Research and Extension

USDA-NIFA’s Emergency Citrus Disease Research & Extension (ECDRE) program brings the nation's top scientists together with citrus industry representatives to find scientifically sound solutions that combat and prevent citrus greening …


Respecting Roots and Growing for the Future with the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation

Six years ago, there was a 300-acre parcel of wooded land in North Stonington, Connecticut. A dirt road led into the property, and Jeremy Whipple, executive director of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation (MPTN) Department of…

Members of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and Extension educator transplanting hydroponic lettuce at the Meechooôk Farm. Meechooôk Farm produces lettuce, tomato, and herbs hydroponically, and three sisters (corn, bean, and squash), pumpkin, strawberry, blueberry, and many other crops in the field. (Remsberg Inc.)


NIFA Invests $895K in Rapid Response to Extreme Weather Events Across the U.S.

The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Rapid Response to Extreme Weather Events Across Food and Agriculture Systems program is designed to rapidly deploy strategies and fill knowledge and information gaps to protect the nation’s…


NIFA Invests $1.8M in Pest Management Alternatives

The Methyl Bromide Transition Program supports the discovery and implementation of practical pest management alternatives for commodities and uses affected by the phase-out of methyl bromide (MB), an ozone layer-depleting gas that was…


National Clean Plant Center for Berries Expands Capabilities

The Arkansas Clean Plant Center for Berries at the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station has moved into a renovated laboratory, expanding its capability to assure that nurseries and growers have plants free of harmful pathogens. …

Research scientist Dan Villamor sets up samples in the centrifuge in the Arkansas Clean Plant Center for Berries. The center moved into new and updated facilities in October 2022. Credit: Fred Miller/U of A System Division of Agriculture.


NIFA Invests $4.8M in Equipment Grants Program

The Equipment Grants Program (EGP) serves to increase access to shared-use special purpose equipment/instruments for fundamental and applied research for use in the food and agricultural sciences programs at institutions of higher…

Image of microscope and table of vegetables, courtesy of Adobe Stock


Virginia Tech-led Group that Researched Boxwood Blight Wins USDA Award

The Boxwood Blight Insight Group (BBIG) was awarded a Partnership Award from the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture in the Program Improvement through Global Engagement Category.

Researchers at Virginia Tech studied the emerging destructive disease of boxwood blight, which has destroyed entire crops, resulting in significant economic losses for garden centers and production facilities. Image courtesy of Virginia Tech.


Research and Extension Supports Local Food Systems

In the South, local food systems face numerous complex issues, such as barriers to entry, fragmentation, and racial injustice. These issues can keep producers and consumers from fully participating in local food systems. Strengthening…

A father and son shop at a farmer’s market.


Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Proclaims October 2 - 8 as National 4-H Week 

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has proclaimed October 2 - 8 as National 4-H Week! You can read and download the Proclamation on National 4-H Week, 2022 - United States Department of Agriculture. 4-H engages, enables and empowers…

Image of kids running at 4-H event, courtesy of NIFA


NIFA Invests Nearly $70M in Specialty Crop Research Initiative Grants

The Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) addresses the critical needs of the specialty crop industry by awarding grants to support research and Extension that address key challenges of national, regional and multistate importance…


NIFA Invests $916K in Plant Biotic Interactions

NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, Plant Biotic Interactions program (AFRI A1171) supports mechanistic research on the processes that mediate beneficial and antagonistic interactions between plants and their viral,…


NIFA Invests $4M in Alaska Native-Serving and Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions of Higher Education

The purpose of the Alaska Native-Serving and Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions program is to promote and strengthen the ability of Alaska Native-Serving Institutions and Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions to carry out education,…


NIFA Invests $1.8M in Agricultural Genome to Phenome Initiative

NIFA has invested $1.8 million in one project as part of the Agricultural Genome to Phenome Initiative (AG2PI) to fund research that uses transdisciplinary approaches involving engineering, genetics, remote sensing, data science and…


NIFA Invests $10M in Food Safety Outreach

The Food Safety Outreach Competitive Grant Program (FSOP) supports customized food safety education, training and technical assistance for operators of small to mid-size farms and food processing facilities; veteran, beginning and…


NIFA Invests $15K in Foundational Knowledge of Plant Products

The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative’s (AFRI)  Foundational Knowledge of Plant Products program area priority (AFRI A1103) supports projects that study the synthesis of plant-derived, high-value chemicals and ingredients for use…


Alert: Contact NIFA Staff if Unable to Meet Deadlines Due to Extreme Weather

Pending weather related events in the Southeast, if your ability to meet a NIFA deadline is impacted, please reach out to your NIFA program contact to let them know so that they can provide support and guidance. Deadlines may include…

Satellite image of hurricane.


Helping Western Tribal Communities Understand the Impacts of and Adaptation Options for Climate Change

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is providing important financial support through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative program to the Desert Research Institute and its Native Waters on Arid Lands project…

Trent Teegerstrom (UA, Tribal Ext Dir) and Virgil Dupuis (SKC, Extension Dir) looking over agriculture lands fed by the Flathead River on the Flathead Reservation of the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes (CSKT)


NIFA jointly funds new Aquaculture Information Exchange at Virginia Sea Grant

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is joining other federal partners in funding a new Aquaculture Information Exchange at the Virginia Seafood Agricultural Research and Extension Center to enhance collaboration…

Conceptual mockup of proposed Aquaculture Information Exchange


NIFA Invests $1.1M in Higher Education Multicultural Scholars Program

The purpose of this competitive undergraduate scholarship grant program (Higher Education Multicultural Scholars) is to increase the multicultural diversity of the food and agricultural scientific and professional workforce, and advance…


A New Cash Oilseed Cover Crop for Midwest Corn and Soybean Rotations

Thanks to a $10 million dollar grant awarded by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture in 2019, a new oilseed is moving ever closer to becoming a cover crop that can be used both as a component in biofuels and livestock feeds…

Field pennycress. Credit: Ohio State Weed Lab at The Ohio State University.
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