EFNEP Paraprofessional Supervision Infographic
NIFA Reinforces the Agricultural Education Pipeline
Agricultural science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education has been described as a "leaky pipeline," as fewer students remain as they progress through advanced study. USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) education programs are designed to enhance the pipeline through programs that support agricultural workforce development, increase student recruitment and retention, and build capacity.
NIFA Supports Federal Initiative to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance
Antimicrobial drugs (antimicrobials) are important for preventing, controlling, and treating diseases that harmful microorganisms (bacteria, fungi, viruses, and parasites) cause in humans, food animals, and plants. These types of drugs include antibiotics, which are types of antimicrobials that specifically kills or inhibits bacteria.
Promoting an Energy Efficient America with Outreach Education (Infographic)
Consumption of energy affects many things, from food production to human health, and education to socioeconomic status. Global demand for energy is increasing in the face of limited resources, making our energy decisions of growing importance.
Support Local Agriculture: Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food (Infographic)
Strong local and regional food systems increase access to fresh foods in both rural and urban areas, reducing hunger (food insecurity) in at-risk communities. These food systems also create jobs throughout rural America, supporting small and mid-sized farmers and revitalizing rural economies. USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) supports local food systems through four major programs that foster productive relationships between farmers and communities.
NIFA Advances White House Pollinator Health Initiative
Insect pollination ensures a plentiful and diverse food supply. Due to recent declines in pollinator populations, the White House launched an initiative to protect pollinator health. As part of this initiative, the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) supports pollinator health research, education, and extension through its Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), Crop Protection and Pest Management Program, and the Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI).
NIFA Research Addresses The Food–Energy–Water System (Infographic)
USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) invests in research, education, and extension that will guide how society can best meet the growing demand for water, food, and energy. NIFA will invest in systems science research that addresses all three elements at the same time because of their dynamic interaction within natural and human environments. NIFA’s initial investment is through a collaboration with the National Science Foundation under a joint solicitation for proposals called Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems (INFEWS). A total of $50 million will be awarded to successful applicants in 2016.
NIFA Funding Accelerates Wheat & Barley Plant Breeding (Infographic)
The Triticeae Coordinated Agricultural Project (T-CAP) is a USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Agriculture and Food Research Initiative grant that develops new wheat and barley varieties for changing environments. T-CAP addresses food security and nutrition demands of a growing population and helps ensure the prosperity of American growers.
NIFA Empowers Indian Country Educators, Students, and Tribes
USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) provides funding to schools, tribes, businesses, and organizations in Indian Country to improve life for Native Americans. NIFA support includes grants to the 1994 Tribal Land-Grant Colleges and Universities to support teaching, community outreach, and research. The “1994s” take special care to include culturally relevant curriculum and programs to help Native Americans carry on their proud cultural and historical identity. In addition, NIFA’s Federally Recognized Tribes Extension Program supports extension agents who provide community-based learning on reservations to help citizens grow their economy, improve their health, and build food security. Research projects address relevant agricultural and environmental issues on reservations.
NIFA Helps Advance Sustainable Bioenergy and Bioproducts - Infographic
The use of non-renewable energy sources contributes to climate variability. One way to mitigate the effects of climate change is to produce bioenergy and biobased products, which also helps the nation create new jobs and promote rural prosperity. USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) brings together researchers, landowners, communities, and private industry from various regions to advance a thriving bioeconomy that is economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable.