2014 Impacts Report
As a leader in food and agricultural sciences, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) seeks innovative solutions to issues related to agriculture, food, the environment, and communities. By supporting research, education, and Cooperative Extension programs at land-grant universities and other partner organizations, NIFA moves science from labs to farms and classrooms, to the dining table, and back again. NIFA provides program leadership and more than $1 billion of congressionally appropriated funding each year. NIFA’s mission, vision, goals, and initiatives are linked to the strategic goals and priorities of USDA and the Research, Education, and Economics (REE) Action Plan. The resulting scientific progress enhances the competitiveness of American agriculture, bolsters the U.S. economy, enhances the safety of the nation’s food supply, improves the nutrition and well-being of American citizens, and sustains the nation’s environment and natural resources.
NIFA grants also help institutions address shortfalls in curricula design, material development, faculty enhancement, instruction delivery systems, student experiential learning opportunities, scientific instrumentation for teaching, and student recruitment and retention.
NIFA 2014 Impacts Report (3.7 MB)