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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,…

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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…

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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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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. 

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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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Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

Addressing food and nutrition security is a top priority at the USDA, whose nutrition programs are the most far-reaching tools available to ensure all Americans have access to healthy, affordable food. USDA’s National Institute of Food…

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State of Success: Louisiana

To celebrate National Louisiana Day on November 9, USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is highlighting the innovative NIFA-funded research conducted by the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center (LSU…

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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.)

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NIFA Supports Veterans as They Explore Agriculture, Farming and Ranching

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has a proud history of supporting military members, Veterans, and military families both in and out of the agency through numerous programs and services.

Veteran farmer holding crop. Son on father's shoulders. Images from USDA Flickr and Adobe Stock.

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Are You Hungry? Today is National Sandwich Day!

The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s robust portfolio of programs touches just about any ingredient you could put on a sandwich, from grains to meats to dairy to fruits and vegetables.

Left image of sandwich and right image of producer in garden. Images from Adobe Stock and USDA Flickr.

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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.

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Land-grant University Research Benefits Fisheries and Aquaculture

Salmon, shrimp, catfish and other fish provide a significant source of protein, economic activity and recreation, but the nation’s fisheries and aquaculture industries face numerous challenges. Tim Sullivan, a national program leader…

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NIFA Working Group Launched to Recommend New Grants Management System

As we kickoff FY 2023, NIFA is embarking on a Grants Modernization Initiative to transform our grants management systems, processes, and policies. 

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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.

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How About Them Apples? Celebrating National Apple Month

With funding from USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), research is taking place nationwide to ensure there are no bad apples to spoil the bunch.

Left image of farmer picking an apple from a tree. Right image of baked apples. Courtesy of Adobe Stock.

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NIFA Celebrates Hall of Fame and Partnership Awards Recipients

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture recently hosted a celebration honoring the recipients of its NIFA Partnership Awards and Hall of Fame inductees.

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Working to Reduce Food Insecurity

With support from USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, the nation’s Land-grant Universities are conducting critical research and education to mitigate food insecurity.

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Food Safety on the Farm

More than ever, consumers are going to the source for their food. In 2020, farmers produced and sold $9 billion of local edible food commodities directly to consumers, retailers, institutions and intermediaries. Direct farm sales of…

A farmer in the field and freshly picked vegetables.

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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…

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Learn How NIFA Supports Indigenous Peoples

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture administers several grant-making programs aimed at uplifting and advancing 1994 Land-grant Institutions. Not only do these programs fund research and Extension to support Tribal…

A Native American in ceremonial attire.

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Hispanic Heritage Month Profile: Germán Sandoya Miranda

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is highlighting Dr. Germán Sandoya Miranda who serves as an assistant professor of plant breeding and genetics for the University of…

Dr. Sandoya Miranda examining plants in a lab. Courtesy UF/IFAS Tyler Jones.
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