NIFA Invests $50M for Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development

USDA’s this week announced an investment of more than $50 million to 140 organizations and institutions that teach and train beginning farmers and ranchers. The funds will support curriculum creation, informational materials, and professional development for new farmers and ranchers through the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. NIFA Director Dr. Carrie Castille said, “We […]

NIFA Announces $25M Investment in Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network

On Wednesday, USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture [NIFA] announced $25 million for 50 grants supporting Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network State Department of Agriculture projects. The USDA said long before the pandemic caused an increase in stress around the world, stress-related mental health was already a rising concern across farm communities coast […]

USDA Investment to Strengthen Hispanic-Serving Higher Education

The USDA has provided $12 million for Hispanic-serving Institutions of higher education. Last week’s announcement was part of a launch of the first in a series of virtual roundtable engagement sessions with Minority-serving Institutions and Land-grant Universities serving underrepresented students. The funding is part of USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Hispanic-serving Institutions Education […]

USDA Announces Investment in Sustainable Agricultural Research

Last week, Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack announced an investment of more than $146 million in sustainable agricultural research projects. The projects are aimed at improving a robust, resilient, climate-smart food and agricultural system. The investment comes from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Sustainable Agricultural Systems program. The program focuses on a broad base […]

NIFA Invests $10 Million for Food Safety Outreach, Training and Education

The Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, NIFA, announced this week a $10 million food safety investment. The investment funds 21 grants to develop and implement food safety and Food Safety Modernization Act-related training, education, extension outreach and technical assistance for food processors and farmers with small to mid-size operations. NIFA Director […]

USDA Rolls Out Innovation 4 Nutrition & Health

The USDA recently handed out several grants to projects designed to build more resiliency of food and in some cases health systems, including those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. “The Gus Schumacher Incentive Program really prioritizes nutrition security. To find and fund innovative solutions to tackle the whole picture of the problem.” Suzanne Stluka of […]

NIFA & NSF Investing $220 Million in Artificial Intelligence Research

The USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture and the National Science Federation announced a $220 million investment in 11 new NSF-led Artificial Intelligence Research Institutes. NIFA and other agencies and organizations have partnered with the NSF to pursue transformational advances in a range of economic sectors and science and engineering fields, ranging from food […]

NIFA Announces $7 Million in Ag Research Grants

The USDA’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture announced more than $7 million in research grants to non-land-grant colleges and universities. “These grants aim to increase research, education, and outreach capacity at non-land-grant institutions to support the development of the innovations and workforce needed to sustain the agriculture industry in the future,” the Department said […]

NIFA Invests $14 Million in Animal Health and Disease Research

The Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture Wednesday announced an investment of $14 million in research to protect agricultural animals from disease. The grants are part of NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative’s Diseases of Agricultural Animals program area priority. NIFA director Carrie Castille said, “This research will help better understand, diagnose, […]

UI Looking At Trait Priorities In Sheep

A research project led by the University of Idaho is working on discovering the genes that determine the most desirable traits in sheep. Associate Professor Brenda Murdoch says one of the goals of the project is to help producers either develop genetic tools or make better breeding decisions. “So this project will add reference genomes […]