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.

Wildlife & Fish Programs

Wildlife and fish contribute to healthy ecosystems, provide income to landowners and businesses, and afford recreational and aesthetic benefits to society. Each year, more than 80 million Americans fish, hunt, or watch wildlife. Some wildlife can pose problems to society, causing on average $1 billion in damage to American agriculture. NIFA programs seek to achieve a balance that sustains wildlife populations while minimizing wildlife impacts on human endeavors through research, education, and extension.

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.

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.

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.

Biotechnology Programs

NIFA funds research, education, and extension activities that address the benefits, utilization, and environmental risks of biotechnology.