Head, Heart, Hands, and Health: 4-H Engages America’s Youth

The 4-H Youth Development Program is the youth outreach program of the land-grant universities' Cooperative Extension Services and the United States Department of Agriculture. 4-H National Headquarters at USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture provides leadership in positive youth development in the areas of citizenship, healthy living, and science. 4-H emphasizes the importance of young people connecting to their communities; being well-informed and engaged in civic affairs; developing leadership skills; and preparing for college, work, career, and life.

NIFA Works to Ensure Safe and Abundant Water Supplies (Infographic)

From irrigation, to drinking, to manufacturing processes, sustainable sources of water are vital to life, industry, and energy production. USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture is focused on sound water and watershed management practices — such as modern conservation technologies, appropriate crop choices, and drought preparedness — to help farmers enhance water use efficiency, conserve water resources, and maximize production while minimizing environmental degradation.

NIFA Helps Build a Better Future for Our Children

Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture is focused on enhancing health outcomes and preventing obesity through research, education, and extension.