Bringing Independent Farmers into the Marketplace and Local Supermarkets
Access to profitable retail and wholesale markets is a challenge for small- to mid-scale family farmers. “The days of showing up with your cantaloupes in the back of the pickup are no longer a way to make a living,” said Diana Endicott of Kansas City, Missouri.
SERS-Based Sensing Platform Detects Contaminants
Fresh produce is increasingly associated with chemical and biological contaminants, such as pesticides and foodborne pathogens.
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.
How Food Systems Affect Health
Researchers and extension specialists involved in the NIFA-funded Multistate Research Fund project are engaging communities and facilitating institutional, family, and individual changes that improve health and wellbeing. One such project has investigated how food systems affect human health.
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.