USDA Awards nearly $19 Million in Grants to Enhance Food Safety Research

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA ) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced March 31, 2015 funding awards totaling nearly $19 million to 36 grantees to ensure the availability of a safe and nutritious food supply while maintaining American agriculture competitiveness. NIFA made the awards through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), which is authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.

USDA Announces Grants for Childhood Obesity Prevention Programs

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the USDA awarded $9 million in grants to develop childhood obesity intervention programs through colleges and universities in 12 states and Puerto Rico. The grants are funded through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), the flagship competitive grant program authorized under the 2014 Farm Bill.

Centers of Excellence Implementation for NIFA Competitive Grant Programs

The following fact sheet has been developed to share with our stakeholders. It describes NIFA’s fiscal year 2015 implementation of the Center of Excellence provision from the 2014 Farm Bill.

NIFA Peer Review Process for Competitive Grant Applications

NIFA reviews all proposals accepted in the individual competitive programs through the peer review process.

FCS Leaders Contact

Family and Consumer Sciences Contact List (Updated November 2011)

New Matching Requirements for Competitive Grant Awards

The Agricultural Act of 2014 added a new requirement for financial matching of some NIFA competitive grants awards.

State Extension Service Directors and Administrators Directory

State Extension Service Directors and Administrators Directory - December 2014

Food and Fitness Community - New York City

Advocate for healthier options in local food stores; work in partnership with store owners, youth and youth organizations, WIC programs, schools, and economic development organizations to increase healthy food availability in stores.

Food and Fitness Community - Massachusetts

Project Vision: To create and sustain a more healthy and vibrant Holyoke through the development of programs, policies, community leadership and advocacy.

Food and Fitness Community - California

The HOPE Collaborative envisions vibrant Oakland neighborhoods that provide equitable access to affordable, healthy, locally grown food; safe and inviting places for physical activity and play; sustainable, successful local economies—all to the benefit of the families and youth living in those neighborhoods.