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.

Global Change and Climate Programs

One of the most pressing issues faced by plant and animal producers is to adapt to the ever-changing conditions and impacts of global change and climate on their crops or animals. NIFA-supported global change and climate projects address these issues through research, extension, and education activities.

AFRI Climate Variability and Change Challenge Area

The AFRI Agriculture and Natural Resources Science for Climate Variability and Change Challenge Area focuses on the priority to mitigate and adapt to climate variability and change. The goal of this challenge area is to reduce the use of energy, nitrogen, and water, while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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.

4-H Citizenship

4‑H citizenship programs empower young people to be well-informed citizens who are actively engaged in their communities and the world.