Wildfires blackened nearly 8.8 million acres in the United States last year, highlighted in the news by California’s Camp Fire, the deadliest in that state’s history.
Iowa is the nation's number-one state in egg production.
University of Georgia plant breeder Scott NeSmith has created blueberry varieties for the commercial market.
NIFA's Center for International Programs sponsors and participates in webinars on global engagement.
This program area priority within the Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities (AERC) program area seeks applications to address priorities and related issues focusing on the development and/or adoption of new models to assist agricultural (farm, forest, or ranch) landowner/manager decision making, with respect to appropriate scale management strategies and technologies to enhance economic efficiency and sustainability; including the viability and competitiveness of small and medium-size dairy, poultry, livestock, crop, forestry, and other operations.
This program area priority within the Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities (AERC) program area supports the examination of the social implications of technology as a form of technology assessment that anticipates the unforeseen and unintended consequences of technological innovation, including cultural, health, welfare, equity, ethical, and environmental impacts. A critical lesson learned from past experiences with the application of scientific discoveries and technological innovations to agricultural production is that public trust in science begins with, and requires ongoing transparency and open deliberation. Technologies such as gene drives and genome editing, big data, and autonomous technologies and systems have tremendous capability in shaping the future of agriculture, requiring the scientific community to develop effective means of communicating and engaging with the public.
This program area priority within the Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities (AERC) program area supports research on development of theories, methods and applications of agricultural economics. It encourages applications in the following broad areas: agricultural market structure and performance; competitiveness in international trade and domestic markets; agricultural production and resource use; consumer behavior; farm labor and immigration and policy; agricultural policy design and impacts; technology development and adoption; and science and innovation policy.
This program area priority within the Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities (AERC) program area examines the interrelationship of natural resources and the environment with agriculture and rural communities. Research projects funded through this priority will advance economic theories, methods, tools, analyses and applications that contribute to understanding an ecological approach to agriculture (including forestry and aquaculture) embracing production and sustainable resource management simultaneously.
This program area priority within the Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities (AERC) program supports rigorous theoretical and empirical efforts to create and examine innovative approaches for advancing economic opportunities for rural entrepreneurs and communities, with an aim to promote rural prosperity and well-being. The intent of the program area priority is to improve the understanding of the factors and conditions that enhance economic opportunities for food, agricultural and rural businesses through tools and methods from the 62 various social sciences, (i.e., sociology, demography, economics, geography, etc.). Studies that focus on women, and ethnic and/or racial minority groups are of interest.
The director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Dr. J. Scott Angle, is pleased to present NIFA’s 2018 Annual Report.