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.

Military Youth Programs

NIFA and 4-H partner with Department of Defense (DoD) Office of Military Community and Family Policy, Army Child, Youth and School Services, Air Force Airman and Family Services and Navy Family Readiness to support youth and family programs on military installations around the world.

Adult Development and Aging Programs

The NIFA Division of Family and Consumer Sciences (DFCS), in partnership with the land-grant universities, is committed to addressing priority issues related to older adults through research, education, and Extension. Together, through this unique partnership, resources are made available to meet the educational and decision-making needs of older adults, their families, and those who care for them.

NIFA Tribal Programs

NIFA funds programs that promote learning, opportunity and health in Indian Country. The agency has five grants that specifically target Indian Country. Four of the grants support learning at the 1994 Land-Grants, also known as federally recognized tribal colleges. In addition, the Federally Recognized Tribes Extension Program (FRTEP) supports 1890 and 1862 Land-Grants who provide informal, community-based learning on reservations.

4-H National Headquarters

4-H National Headquarters provides strategic direction, strategic alignment, technical support and quality accountability to the 4-H youth development program.

Global Engagement Programs

USDA and its education partners play a major role in preparing US citizens to succeed in an increasingly interconnected world.

Supplemental Nutrition Education Program - Education (SNAP-Ed)

SNAP-Ed is a federal/state partnership that supports nutrition education for persons eligible for the SNAP Benefits. SNAP-Ed is administered by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). NIFA facilitates communication and provides programmatic leadership to Land-Grant University partners.

Hunger & Food Security Programs

NIFA addresses hunger and food security through research, education, and extension work within the Land-Grant University System; through federally funded state nutrition education programs; through grant programs for private nonprofits to address community food security issues; and through partnerships across USDA.