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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.


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.


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.

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USDA Invests More Than $59M to Improve Dietary Health and Nutrition Security

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced an investment of $59.4 million to support the Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program’s (GusNIP) Produce Prescription and Nutrition Incentive programs designed to encourage…

Mother and child carrying fresh produce. Image courtesy of Getty Images.


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.


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.


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 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.


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…

Scientist holding flask discussing chemical reaction with colleagues. Image courtesy of Adobe Stock.

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USDA Provides Nearly $24M Boost for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Chief Scientist Chavonda Jacobs-Young today announced a nearly $24 million investment across 45 organizations and institutions that teach and train beginning farmers and ranchers.

Farmer stands infront of rows of corn and a tractor. Image courtesy of Getty Images.


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. 


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.


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…

Left image of hands serving a bowl of food. Right image of two hands shaking. Images courtesy of Adobe Stock.


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 …


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.)


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.


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…


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.


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.


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…

Left image of hands holding shrimp. Right image of salmon cut up on wood cutting board. Images courtesy of Adobe Stock.
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