Our Farms, Our Future

The theme of the NIFA-funded Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) 30th Anniversary Report is “Our Farms, Our Future.” Taken together, the thousands of men and women who received SARE grants and shaped SARE priorities over the years have one objective in common: making American agriculture stronger and more sustainable.

Microbial Control of Insect Pests

While many insects are important to agriculture and society, some are serious pests that harm crops, livestock, humans, and the environment. The damage they inflict and resources to control them cost the United States over $120 billion each year.

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.

Helping to End Food Insecurity

NIFA’s Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) program supports projects that increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables among participants of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by providing incentives at the point of purchase.

Students Learn 'Digital Biology' to Maximize Use of Big Data.

A $150,000 grant from NIFA’s 1890 Capacity Building program helped FVSU create a bioinformatics curriculum where students learn to transform biological research into informational science.

South Carolina's got it in the Bag

Grocers are not the only ones who bag produce researchers at Clemson University, South Carolina, are putting paper bags over peaches to detract insects and diseases during production. NIFA originally published this impact in the NIFA 2017 Annual Report.

Goats and Sheep vs. Barber Pole Worms

Researchers at Fort Valley State University, Georgia, created the Targeted Selective Treatment (TST), which reduces the use of synthetic drugs by up to 90 percent. TST saves farmers $150-$200 per 100 animals per year and identifies parasite-resistant breeding stock. NIFA originally published this impact in the NIFA 2017 Annual Report.

Enhancing a Food Safety Culture in Farmers' Market

If the growth trend continues, there will be 10,000 farmers’ markets in the United States by 2020. NIFA originally published this impact in the 2017 Annual Report.

Agriculture Systems and Technology

A University of Georgia-led research team is developing an advanced sensor system to help harvest and process fresh-market highbush blueberries at high-speed and with low yield loss. NIFA originally published this impact in the NIFA 2015 Annual Report.

International Partnerships to Strengthen Agricultural Research, Education, and Cultural Experiences

Fort Valley State University, Georgia, and Alabama A&M University have developed collaborative partnerships with Universidad Nacional de Agricultura Honduras, where students and faculty learned about sugarcane, coffee, tobacco, cashew, wine, shrimp, and tilapia production.