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.

Agronomic & Forage Crops Program

NIFA supports research and extension efforts to achieve optimum economic returns with minimal adverse environmental impacts through the Agronomic & Forage Crops emphasis area.

Soil Programs

NIFA is involved in a diverse range of research, education, and outreach activities to better understand, maintain, and restore the health of soil as a vital natural resource.

Family & Small Farm Program

NIFA administers competitive and non-competitive funding opportunities that help its partners undertake research, education, and extension activities that support the work of farmers and ranchers across the United States

Animal Well-Being

The Animal Well-being program funds research, education, and extension projects that develop the scientific evidence to promote the balance between production systems, management practices, welfare indicators, and the behavioral and physiological well-being of agricultural animals.

Animal Breeding, Genetics, and Genomics

Animal breeding programs are ensuring the availability of nutritious animal protein critical for human development and a growing world population, while reducing our environmental footprint.