Capacity Funding Power
NIFA released a new report that measures the effectiveness of its investments to our nation’s land-grant universities — investments that benefit the American public through agriculture and food research, extension, and education projects.
Combating Opioids in Rural Communities
Tackling the opioid crisis requires education and action across various community sectors and by individuals, professionals, and families.
60,000 Have Been Impacted by Beginning Farmer Programs
A new report, "Cultivating the Next Generation," examines the impact of USDA’s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP), the only federal program explicitly dedicated to training the next generation of farmers.
Sweet Corn May Improve Animal Vaccines
Researchers at Purdue University in Indiana discovered another possible adjuvant in teeny, tiny nanoparticles derived from a variety of sweet corn. They found that the new adjuvant stimulates the immune response and has a much briefer period of inflammation that eventually disappears. NIFA supports the research through the Hatch Act.
eDNA Tool Detects Invasive Clams Before They Become a Nuisance
The University of Illinois-led team of Rice University, University of Notre Dame, and University of Nevada at Reno used environmental DNA (eDNA) to detect invasive clams in California and Nevada lakes.
Technology to Tend Your Garden
With NIFA funding, researchers at Purdue University created the Purdue Plant Doctor, a suite of apps that offers high-resolution photos to help users identify plant disorders in nearly 200 plants, such as trees, annuals, perennials, and tomatoes.
Improving Fine Wine Grapes
Grapes are the highest-value fruit crop grown in the United States.
Support of Farmers Markets throughout the United States
The Center for Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Law School, Farmers Market Coalition, and Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT) launched an online Farmers Market Legal Toolkit.
Check Out a Wealth of Resources at Farm Answers
Farm Answers is supported by NIFA’s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP), providing resources to help both new and experienced farmers and agricultural producers.
New Farm-based Research Guide Now Available
A new educational resource is available from Sustainable Agriculture Research Education (SARE).