Agriculture economics and rural communities

Agroecology Stewardship and Community Engagement in North Dakota

United Tribes Technical College increased community outreach through its children’s gardening project, the Arikara Garden, or “Medicinal Wheel Garden,” and the continued rejuvenation of indigenous plants in the Dragonfly Garden plots.

Wildfire Response in Oklahoma

In April 2018, wildfires scorched nearly 350,000 acres in northwest Oklahoma. It also claimed 1,600 head of cattle and compromised 2,100 miles of fencing. Damages exceeded $26 million.

United States and Israel Collaborative Research: Safe Recycle of Aquaponics and Hydroponics Water

Scientists from the University of Illinois and Agricultural Research Organization in Israel are collaborating to reduce the use of water in aquaponics and hydroponics.

It’s a Small World After All

Delaware State University (DSU) used a Capacity Building Teaching grant to give its students the world. In turn, they also built stronger ties of research and learning with other 1890 institutions, universities in Costa Rica, and USDA.

Alabama Ensuring the Cotton Industry Doesn’t Shrink

From the shirts on our backs to the bandages we use to help heal our wounds, cotton is an important part of our daily lives.

Kentucky State University Strengthens Refugee Farms

A team from Kentucky State University (KSU) Extension is working with refugee beginning farmers, helping them start operations to meet a growing demand for fresh food in urban areas.

Impacting Michigan's Economic Development

In 2016, the North Central Region’s Extension Community Development Programs reported an impact of over $122 million and 14,344 jobs created or saved across the 12 state region.

2016 SBIR Brochure

Since 1983, the SBIR program has awarded more than 2,000 research and development grants to American-owned, independently operated, for-profit businesses with 500 employees or fewer.

Capacity Funding Power

NIFA released a new report that measures the effectiveness of its investments to our nation’s land-grant universities — investments that benefit the American public through agriculture and food research, extension, and education projects.

How Food Systems Affect Health

Researchers and extension specialists involved in the NIFA-funded Multistate Research Fund project are engaging communities and facilitating institutional, family, and individual changes that improve health and wellbeing. One such project has investigated how food systems affect human health.