Research, Education & Extension


New Report Identifies Changes Needed for USDA Agriculture Research

September 12, 2014

Earlier this week, the National Research Council (NRC) released a report calling for increased funding along with major changes to the Agriculture Food and Research Initiative — USDA’s largest agriculture research program. The report was commissioned by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), which is the federal agency responsible for awarding extramural research […]

4 Important Policy Decisions that Will Impact Farmers, Food, and the Environment in 2015

September 5, 2014

Congress will return to Washington, D.C. next week after more than one month away during the August recess.  One of the few things on their legislative agenda before they break again in October is to pass a government funding bill to keep the government open beyond the end of the fiscal year (FY) on September […]

Program Roundup — Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program

August 21, 2014

Editor’s Note — Each SARE region operates independently, setting their own policies and priorities. They also solicit proposals and award grants at different times of the year. This is the first in a series of periodic blog posts on the latest happenings in each SARE region as they roll out project solicitations and announce grant […]

Resources Available for a Growing Local Food Movement

June 4, 2014

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program recently introduced a new “topic room” titled Farm to Table: Building Local and Regional Food Systems, which provides valuable resources for individuals working to build strong food-producing communities.  It’s a great one-stop-shop to gather relevant fact sheets, bulletins, webinars, and other educational […]

2012 Census Drilldown: Minority & Women Farmers

June 3, 2014

What does the new ag Census reveal about women and minority farmers across the country?

Funding Available to Support Integrated Pest Management Efforts

May 30, 2014

On Wednesday, May 28, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced the availability of more than $16 million in funding for fiscal year 2014 to address critical integrated pest management (IPM) needs.  Applications for funding are due June 19, 2014. IPM is a science-based, decision-making process that allows […]

2012 Census Drilldown: Beginning Farmers and Ranchers

May 28, 2014

What does the new ag Census reveal about the next generation of farmers and the future of agriculture?

Senate Appropriators Pass 2015 Agriculture Funding Bill

May 22, 2014

What’s in the Senate bill for beginning farmers, food safety training, sustainable agriculture research, and rural communities?

House Subcommittee Passes 2015 Agriculture Funding Bill

May 20, 2014

The House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee passed a bill to fund USDA and FDA programs in 2015

Busy Week Ahead for USDA Funding in 2015

May 16, 2014

Next week is a big week for agriculture appropriations.  On Tuesday, May 20, both the House and the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittees will debate and almost certainly pass their respective agriculture funding bills for fiscal year (FY) 2015.  The full Senate Appropriations Committee will then take up the agriculture appropriations bill on Thursday, May 22.  […]

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