NIFA and ARS host 2016 USDA Annual BRAG Project Directors Meeting.
Small Farms program hosts webinars to assist stakeholders in the grants application process.
In FY2016 Foundational Program RFA of AFRI, NIFA will use an innovative pilot peer review process. The peer-review pilot included in the Foundational RFA is for the use of a distributed peer review for three program priority areas (impacting about 150 applications).
Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy delivered a speech titled "Smart Systems for 21st Century Food Systems" at the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Symposium on Computing Research that was held May 9-10, 2016 in Washington, D.C.
NIFA assisted USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service on a USAID-funded vocational agricultural education project in Haiti.
These Operational Guidelines were development by the five ERME Centers in partnership with USDA NIFA National Program Leader.
Frequently Asked Questions for the AFRI Water for Agriculture Challenge Area
Imagine this scene: You are outside of your home admiring a healthy and vibrant planting of boxwood that is a central part of your landscape. You notice a few leaves with brown spots, but nothing that appears overly abnormal. Over the next few weeks, the weather turns cool and rainy. When you look at the plants again you see that the few brown leaves have exploded into a rapidly moving blight that has consumed much of the plant. By the end of the summer your boxwood plants are dead. What has happened? And, more importantly, why has this happened?
Citrus greening or Huanglongbing (HLB) is a devastating disease of citrus worldwide (Gottwald et al., 2007). HLB is particularly devastating because of its severe yield reduction in citrus trees followed by tree decline, the absence of resistant citrus varieties, and the limited control measures to prevent disease progression and pathogen spread by the vector, Asian citrus psyllid (ACP, Diaphorina citri). At its current rate of spread and impact on the economics of citrus production, HLB could destroy the US citrus industry in our lifetimes. With current management technology, early detection is critical to the rapid response needed to slow the spread of the disease.
Plum pox virus (PPV) is an invasive pest species that causes plum pox, the most devastating viral disease of stone fruit species. PPV first appeared in the United States in Pennsylvania in October 1999 and then New York and Michigan in July 2006. It was also discovered in Ontario, Canada in June 2000. The virus reduces fruit yield, marketability, and shortens the productive lifespan of orchards. Its economic impact is estimated to be several million dollars in the United States.