Programs

NIFA programs are the mechanism by which we pursue our mission to invest in and advance agricultural research, education, and extension to solve societal challenges. Some programs administer funding and offer leadership while others focus on national leadership and collaboration. For more information on a particular program, use the site’s search tool.

Young Adults

While the majority of 4-H youth development work is conducted with youth at the school age level, the 4-H program also provides an opportunity for young adults.

Global Change and Climate Programs

One of the most pressing issues facing plant and animal producers today is the ever-changing conditions and impacts of climate variability. Another critical issue is the need for scientific information that producers can use to plan and make decisions to ensure economic viability while facing these challenges. NIFA-supported global change and climate projects are addressing these issues through research, extension, and education activities.

AFRI Resilient Agroecosystems in a Changing Climate Challenge Area

The AFRI Resilient Agroecosystems in a Changing Climate Challenge Area focuses on understanding the interaction between climate variability and agricultural production systems so that we can develop resilient agricultural systems under changing environmental conditions.

AFRI Water for Food Production Systems Challenge Area

The AFRI Water for Food Production Systems Challenge Area focuses on multidisciplinary systems approaches, which integrate new technologies and strategic management that solve water availability and quality challenges in food production systems.

Crop Protection and Pest Management Program

The Crop Protection and Pest Management (CPPM) program supports projects that will increase food security and respond effectively to other major societal challenges with comprehensive integrated pest management (IPM) approaches.

4-H Science

4‑H science programs are available through local clubs, schools and grant-funded programs. Focus areas for 4‑H science programs include robotics, rocketry, environmental science, agri-science, biotechnology and veterinary science.