The 2014 Farm Bill allows eligible national and state commodity boards to propose topics for research that they are willing to equally co-fund with NIFA. Such topics must relate to the established priority areas of the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program (AFRI) to be considered for inclusion in future AFRI Requests for Applications (RFAs).
“Perfect Storm to Nutritional Security: It’s the Message, Stupid” was presented by Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy, NIFA Director, on May 21, 2016 at the Waterfront Center for the NIFA staff. In his talk, Dr. Ramaswamy discusses the issues surrounding ensuring nutritional security, and the many challenges of communicating issues to the general public.
Novel Natural Antimicrobial Peptides; Potential Solution for Chronic and Emerging Food Safety Problems – IFSN Seminar
Dr. Ahmed E. Yousef, Professor of Food Microbiology at The Ohio State University presented “Novel natural antimicrobial peptides; potential solution for chronic and emerging food safety problems” on 24 May 2016. This seminar has been approved by the Commission on Dietetic Registration for 1.0 Continuing Professional Education Unit (CEU).* This seminar is part of the Institute of Food Safety and Nutrition (IFSN) Seminar Series. These monthly seminars aim to disseminate new knowledge; engage with partners and stakeholders; and inspire the next generation of food safety and nutrition experts. For full information on the series, visit the seminar webpage.
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.
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.