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.

Water Programs

American communities depend on a safe and reliable water supply. Through research, education, and extension, NIFA water programs provide basic knowledge and learning opportunities needed to address agricultural water quality and quantity issues.

Farm Safety

NIFA addresses farm safety by supporting Cooperative Extension Service programs that train youth and adult farm workers in safe field practices, equipment use, and equipment maintenance and help farmers with disabilities and their families maintain engagement in production agriculture.

Air Quality Programs

Agricultural producers face regulatory pressures related to air quality. NIFA seeks to assist these producers by providing sound science applications to protect the environment while maintaining a viable production system. Research activities develop emission data and improve measurement, control, and transport of odor, gases, and particulate matter. Outreach activities include transferring technologies and best practices to producers and regulators to reduce pollutants and greenhouse gases.

Bioeconomy, Bioenergy, & Bioproducts (B3) Programs

NIFA funds research, education, and extension activities that aim to develop regional sustainable production systems for biofuels, biopower, and biobased products, through partnerships and collaboration, for increased rural economic vitality and national energy security.

Aquaculture

NIFA provides leadership and funding for aquaculture research, technology development, and extension education to help meet increasing global seafood demand, leading to improved health, vibrant economies, and food security.

Markets, Trade & Policy

Successful marketing - getting products from producers to domestic and international consumers - is vital to the well-being of U.S. farmers and ranchers, and to the health of the economy as a whole.

Ecosystems Programs

NIFA Ecosystem Program goals aim to increase the scientific and public understanding that human well-being is inextricably linked to the sustainable use and management of ecosystems.