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.

Nutrition Programs

A healthy, nourished population depends on strong research and education programs in human nutrition. NIFA partners with the Cooperative Extension System to deliver community-based nutrition education programs. NIFA also sponsors nutrition-related research. NIFA Nutrition Programs provide policymakers with the knowledge to make appropriate policies for our citizens.

Food Safety

NIFA's food safety program funds research, education and extension activities to improve the safety of the food supply.

Plant Breeding, Genetics & Genomics Programs

NIFA provides leadership and coordination for national genomics research, supports plant breeding through multi-state efforts to identify critical needs, and helps focus federal research dollars on cutting-edge plant improvement for human and animal health, food security, sustainable production, and bioenergy.

Sustainable Agriculture Program

The Sustainable Agriculture Program supports agricultural science that fosters continuous improvement and a balanced approach to progress among the four pillars of sustainable agriculture which are productivity, environmental quality, profitability and quality of life.