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.

4-H & PYD Partnerships

4-H National Headquarters partnerships help strengthen and expand support for positive youth development (PYD).

4-H Learning

4-H learning experiences happen through participation in activities, experiences, and through social interaction guided by caring adults and peers.

Rural Health and Safety

Many individuals and families living in rural areas and communities experience disparities related to physical and behavioral health, safety, and well-being. Such disparities are often triggered by the hardships of poverty and inadequate access to gainful employment and resources.

Innovations in Food and Agricultural Science and Technology (I-FAST) Prize Competition

The aim of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) I-FAST prize competition (the “I-FAST Competition” or the “Competition”) is to develop and implement the Innovations in Food and Agricultural Science and Technology (I-FAST) Pilot Program. USDA NIFA in partnership with the National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovation Corps (I-Corps) to provide entrepreneurship training to USDA NIFA grantees under this I-FAST program.

Plant Health and Production and Plant Products Program Area

Plant Health and Production and Plant Products (PHPPP) is a program area of the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative's (AFRI) Foundational and Applied Science Program. Plant production, protection and the development of new plant products are critical to the sustainability and competitiveness of U.S. agriculture, and the growth of the nation’s economy. Future improvement of production systems will require a greater understanding of complex, inter-related factors at a wide range of scales. These include investigations of plant biology at molecular, cellular, and whole-plant levels as well as innovative and environmentally-sound approaches to improve plant performance and protect them from biotic and abiotic stresses.

Weed Science

NIFA supports research and extension projects designed to provide answers to the many challenges weedy plants pose for agricultural production and managed properties in residential and urban areas.