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The 2008 Farm Bill: Making an Impact through NIFA

The U.S Food and Agriculture (NIFA ) was established by the Food Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 (the 2008 Farm Bill) to find innovative solutions to issues related to agriculture, food, the environment, and communities. The agency works with other government agencies, industry, and academia to lead research, education, and Cooperative Extension activities. The work that NIFA supports is part of a dynamic system that moves science from labs to farm and classroom, to dining table, and back again.

NIFA's portfolio of programs includes competitive and capacity-building programs to land-grant institutions and other organizations. NIFA is committed to advancing the food, agricultural, natural resource, and human sciences to create a better future for the nation and the world and values programs that are specifically for underrepresented populations. NIFA provides national leadership to help identify and meet research education, and extension priorities that include scientific
advancements in the following areas:


Plant Health, Production, and Products


Animal Health, Production, and Products


Food Safety, Nutrition, and Health

  Renewable Energy, Natural Resources, and Environment

Agricultural Systems and Technology


Agricultural Economics and Rural Communities