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.

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.

Animal Programs

NIFA funds research, education, and extension activities that address animal health, animal production systems, and animal products.

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.

AFRI Foundational Program

The AFRI Foundational Program builds a foundation of fundamental and applied knowledge in food and agricultural sciences critical for solving current and future societal challenges.

AFRI Education and Literacy Initiative

The AFRI Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Human Sciences Education and Literacy Initiative focuses on developing the next generation of research, education, and extension professionals in the food and agricultural sciences.

The Hatch Act of 1887

The purpose of this funding is to conduct agricultural research programs at State Agricultural Experiment Stations in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. insular areas.