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.

National Water Quality Program

The goal of the NIFA National Water Quality Program is to protect and improve the quality of water resources throughout the United States and its territories, particularly in agriculturally managed watersheds. The National Water Quality Program brings university scientists, instructors, and extension educators into more effective and efficient partnerships with federal interagency priority programs to address water quality issues in agriculture. A key emphasis of the program is the integration of extension, research, and education resources to solve water quality problems at the national, regional, state, and local levels.

AFRI Water for Agriculture Challenge Area

The AFRI Water for Agriculture Challenge Area focuses on addressing critical water resources issues such as drought, excess soil moisture, flooding, quality, and others in an agricultural context.

AgrAbility

AgrAbility provides education, assistance, and support to farmers with disabilities engaged in production agriculture, helping them and their families maintain optimal production and experience enhanced quality of life.

AFRI Food Security Challenge Area

The AFRI Food Security Challenge Area focuses on the societal challenge to keep American agriculture competitive and end world hunger by ensuring the availability and accessibility of safe and nutritious food.