Valuing Environmental Benefits from Natural Resource Conservation Programs
Joint Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and NIFA. This program is designed to enhance our understanding of the roles payments for ecosystem services and/or payments for conservation practices play to protect or improve ecosystem services. Research is needed to assess the value of public benefits associated with changes in ecosystem services arising from the use of agricultural management practices. Development of such methods are necessary for advancing the ability to design and implement mechanisms to manage and protect agriculturally related natural resources.
Center for Behavioral Economics for Agri-Environmental and Risk Management Policy Research
Joint Economic Research Service (ERS) and NIFA. This program is intended to support a Center for Behavioral and Experimental Economics for Agri-Environmental and Risk Management Policy Research. The center will employ and advance the use of behavioral and experimental economics to conduct research on how policies and programs can influence the provision of ecosystem services from agricultural resources, the management of risk, and other aspects of food and agricultural policy.
Economic Implications and Applications of Big Data in Food and Agriculture
Joint Economic Research Service (ERS) and NIFA Program. This program invites proposals that address issues surrounding how big data influences markets, industry structure, and agricultural and food value chains. Invited projects include research only on development and applications of big data and integrated projects designed to train agricultural economists in the use of data science.
Social Implications of Food and Agriculture Technologies
This program area priority within the Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities (AERC) program area supports the examination of the social implications of technology as a form of technology assessment that anticipates the unforeseen and unintended consequences of technological innovation, including cultural, health, welfare, equity, ethical, and environmental impacts. A critical lesson learned from past experiences with the application of scientific discoveries and technological innovations to agricultural production is that public trust in science begins with, and requires ongoing transparency and open deliberation. Technologies such as gene drives and genome editing, big data, and autonomous technologies and systems have tremendous capability in shaping the future of agriculture, requiring the scientific community to develop effective means of communicating and engaging with the public.
Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
This program area priority within the Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities (AERC) program area examines the interrelationship of natural resources and the environment with agriculture and rural communities. Research projects funded through this priority will advance economic theories, methods, tools, analyses and applications that contribute to understanding an ecological approach to agriculture (including forestry and aquaculture) embracing production and sustainable resource management simultaneously.
Economics, Markets and Trade
This program area priority within the Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities (AERC) program area supports research on development of theories, methods and applications of agricultural economics. It encourages applications in the following broad areas: agricultural market structure and performance; competitiveness in international trade and domestic markets; agricultural production and resource use; consumer behavior; farm labor and immigration and policy; agricultural policy design and impacts; technology development and adoption; and science and innovation policy.
Rural Economic Development
This program area priority within the Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities (AERC) program supports rigorous theoretical and empirical efforts to create and examine innovative approaches for advancing economic opportunities for rural entrepreneurs and communities, with an aim to promote rural prosperity and well-being. The intent of the program area priority is to improve the understanding of the factors and conditions that enhance economic opportunities for food, agricultural and rural businesses through tools and methods from the 62 various social sciences, (i.e., sociology, demography, economics, geography, etc.). Studies that focus on women, and ethnic and/or racial minority groups are of interest.
Small and Medium-Sized Farms
This program area priority within the Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities (AERC) program area seeks applications to address priorities and related issues focusing on the development and/or adoption of new models to assist agricultural (farm, forest, or ranch) landowner/manager decision making, with respect to appropriate scale management strategies and technologies to enhance economic efficiency and sustainability; including the viability and competitiveness of small and medium-size dairy, poultry, livestock, crop, forestry, and other operations.
2018 - Annual Project Directors Meeting for USDA BRAG and AFRI Social Implications of Emerging Technologies Program
Annual Project Directors Meeting for the Biotechnology Risk Assessment Grants (BRAG) Program.
Artisan dairy producer food safety initiative
This presentation provides a guideline to teach consumers about food safety issues related to dairy production.