Massachusetts

NIFA Supports Disaster Education through EDEN

USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) supports disaster education through the Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN).

ePaint Serving Biofouling Solutions

ePaint is a company located in East Falmouth, Massachusetts, that has received support from the NIFA’s Small Business Innovation Research program (SBIR).

'Functional Ice' Shows Food Industry How to Keep Cool and Reduce Loss

Over 133 billion pounds of food per year is lost due to waste at different stages in the farm-to-fork continuum.

Finding New Crops and New Markets

World Farmers of Lancaster, Massachusetts, through connections made by the immigrant and refugee farmers it serves, identified a new, high-demand, high-value, culturally relevant ethnic crop, lalu, and promoted growing the crop.

2016 SBIR Brochure

Since 1983, the SBIR program has awarded more than 2,000 research and development grants to American-owned, independently operated, for-profit businesses with 500 employees or fewer.

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.

Good and Bad Worms

To assist farmers, producers, crop advisors, and others interested in learning more about managing parasitic worms, the Multistate Research Fund, a NIFA initiative to foster collaboration among universities, has implemented a project to provide simple, low-cost tools and methods for effectively managing nematodes and protecting soil health.

A Multistate Hive Mind of Research

Bees provide essential pollination for many of the nut, berry, fruit, vegetable, and seed crops grown in the U.S. To supplement wild bee pollination, farmers often rent managed honey bee colonies. Demand is skyrocketing, but catastrophic die-offs are threatening the supply of healthy honey bee colonies.

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.

Improving Fine Wine Grapes

Grapes are the highest-value fruit crop grown in the United States.