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EFNEP Provides Nutrition Education to Low-Income Families

NIFA’s Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) provides nutrition education to low-income families, especially those with young children. NIFA originally published this impact in the 2015 Annual Report.

Finding Solutions to Citrus Greening

NIFA began supporting citrus greening research and extension efforts in February 2016 with $20.1 million in grants through the Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) Citrus Disease Research and Extension Program. Originally published in the NIFA 2016 Annual Report.

Using Drones to Collect Water Samples

University of Nebraska researchers are using a $956,000 AFRI grant to develop an aerial water sampling system using an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

Decline in Wild Bees will Sting Agriculture

University of Vermont researchers created a national assessment to help focus both scientific and political efforts to understand and sustain wild bees. NIFA originally published this impact in the NIFA 2017 Annual Report.

A Gene in Wild Lettuce Allows for Germination at Higher Temperatures

Researchers at the University of California-Davis identified a gene in wild lettuce that allows for germination at higher temperatures and transferred that gene into commercial lettuce. NIFA originally published this impact in the 2015 Annual Report.

From Pond Scum to Health Supplement and Fuel

Plant biologists and biochemists from University of California, Berkeley have produced a gold mine of data by sequencing the genome of a type of green algae. NIFA originally published this impact in the 2017 Annual Report.

Increasing Curricula and Ag Student Enrollment

Educators at University of California, Santa Cruz are enhancing and broadening the agriculture curriculum and partnering with community colleges and high schools. NIFA originally published this impact in the NIFA 2017 Annual Report.

Mitigating Past Agricultural Impacts, Improving Water Quality, and Sequestering Carbon

Salt water intrusion is on the rise in upland crops in the delta region of California that emit large amounts of carbon into the atmosphere. Researchers at University of California, Davis have examined the issue and provided information to farmers on the economic viability of transitioning to rice and the benefits from California’s GHG emissions goals. NIFA originally published this impact in the NIFA 2017 Annual Report.

Healthy School Farmers Market

Educators in Tulare County, California, where about 29 percent of children live in food-insecure households, established the Healthy School Farmers Market in two schools where a high percentage of students participate in free or reduced price meal programs.

Wheat Code Finally Cracked

Kansas State University scientists, in collaboration with the International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium, published a detailed description of the complete genome of bread wheat, the world’s most widely-cultivated crop (a highly complex and elusive genome). This work will pave the way for the production of wheat varieties better adapted to climate challenges, with higher yields, enhanced nutritional quality, and improved sustainability. NIFA funded support of this research through the National Research Initiative.