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.

Capacity Grants

NIFA provides support for research and extension activities at land-grant institutions through grants to the states on the basis of statutory formulas. Eligibility is limited to the cooperating institutions, most of which are 1862, 1890, and 1994 land-grant institutions. NIFA capacity grants are subject to the same OMB Circulars and Department regulations, with the exceptions identified in the NIFA Regulations.

Global Engagement Programs

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

Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)

EFNEP assists low income families in acquiring the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and changed behavior necessary for nutritionally sound diets as well as contributes to their personal development and the improvement of the total family diet and nutritional well-being.

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.

Rangelands and Grasslands Programs

Half of the earth's terrestrial surface is classified as rangeland and grassland. Rangeland and grassland ecosystems provide forage for livestock and native herbivores, habitat for native flora and fauna, watersheds for rural and urban uses; ecosystem goods and services; areas for recreation; and renewable and nonrenewable energy sources. NIFA seeks to ensure the sustainability of these resources through rangelands and grasslands programs.