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Initiative for Future Agricultural and Food Systems

Important Notice About IFAFS

As a result of the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2002 (Public Law 107-76), the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service (NIFA) is prohibited from administering a grant competition for the Initiative for Future Agriculture and Food Systems (IFAFS). At present, no IFAFS Request for Application is anticipated. NIFA regrets any inconvenience this may have caused potential applicants.

The Bill does permit funds to be expended for oversight on awards previously granted and on any obligations committed prior to the signing of the Bill by President Bush on November 28, 2001. Please continue to check this web site for updates about future IFAFS activities.

IFAFS information

The Initiative for Future Agriculture and Food Systems (IFAFS), was legislated by Congress, and authorized the secretary of Agriculture to establish a research, extension and education competitive grants program to address a number of critical emerging agricultural issues. These issues related to future food production, environmental quality, natural resource management, and farm income. Priority program areas were established to address these emerging issues: 1) Agricultural genome; 2) Food safety, food technology, and human nutrition; 3) New and alternative uses and production of agricultural commodities and products; 4) Agricultural biotechnology; 5) Natural resource management, including precision agriculture; and 6) Farm efficiency and profitability, including the viability and competitiveness of small- and medium-sized dairy, livestock, crop and other commodity operations. Priority for funding was for those proposals that were multi-state, multi-institutional, or multi-disciplinary, or that integrated agricultural research, extension, and/or education. Non-technical abstracts are provided for all IFAFS projects that received funding in FY 2000 and 2001 and are arranged by major program areas.

IFAFS Abstracts