National Institute of Food and Agriculture


National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Early logo used in a few places on NIFA's website

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is a U.S. Federal government body whose creation was mandated in the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008. It is intended to consolidate all federally-funded agricultural research, and will be subordinate to the Department of Agriculture. It replaced the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service in 2009.

The mission of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), is to stimulate and fund the research and technological innovations that will enhance and make American agriculture more productive and environmentally sustainable while ensuring the economic viability of agriculture and production. The Institute was developed as a result of a task force chaired by William H. Danforth and appointed by then Secretary of Agriculture, Ann M. Veneman. The Danforth Task Force recommended that Congress authorize the creation of NIFA as a way to strengthen agriculture research and to attract additional highly competitive research scientists to this field of endeavor. A growing program in competitive research grants will be a hallmark of the new agency.[1] (Historically, substantial research funds were allocated to states under statutory formulas instead of by competitive, peer-reviewed grant award processes.)

See also

  • Agriculture Innovation Center
  • Electrical energy efficiency on United States farms

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