Smaller Cattle for a Dry Landscape

Ranchers running beef cattle on dry and dusty landscapes should consider smaller cows to get the best out of their herd.

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).

Feeding Candy to Cattle Helps Producers Save Cash

News circulated earlier this year about a truck hauling Skittles® candy to a producer in Wisconsin.

The D-A-R-T Way to Handle Cattle

One way to diagnose cattle is to use the D-A-R-T system. The letter “D” stands for depressed; the letter “A” stands for appetite; the letter “R” stands for respiration, and the letter “T” stands for temperature.

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 Rural Communities Help Themselves

The four RRDCs are located at Michigan State University, Mississippi State University, Penn State University, and Utah State University. Through a guided process, more than 400 counties in 38 states have discovered new ways to work together to grow their economies. Stronger Economies Together (SET) is a joint partnership between NIFA, USDA’S Rural Development, the RRDCs, and the Cooperative Extension System that brings together regions of three or more neighboring rural counties to identify their collective economic strengths, develop an action plan, and build on those assets to find a competitive edge for economic growth.

Genome-Wide Association Identifies Alpine Goats with High Milk Production

Researchers at Langston University, Oklahoma are using genome-wide association to identify Alpine goats that produce the most milk. NIFA originally published this impact in the 2017 NIFA Annual Report.