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.

Animal Health

The Animal Health and Disease program supports projects that develop strategies to understand, diagnose, control, and prevent agricultural animal diseases. Outcomes include, but are not limited to, new and improved vaccines, diagnostics, therapeutics, alternatives to current antimicrobials, biosecurity guidelines, and management approaches.

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.

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.

4-H Health and Well-Being

The goal of 4-H Health and Well-Being programming is to provide developmentally appropriate learning opportunities that promote positive health and well-being for youth and their families. 4-H National Headquarters actively contributes to this goal and provides key programmatic resources.

Vulnerable Populations

Populations of young people may be identified as vulnerable based on situational characteristics such as early parenthood, disconnection from school and work, homelessness, and involvement in the juvenile justice and foster care systems.

4-H & PYD Partnerships

4-H National Headquarters partnerships help strengthen and expand support for positive youth development (PYD).