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National Institute of Food and Ag invests $90 million in nine projects

Projects seek to improve food supply sustainability.

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is making a $90 million investment in research projects seeking to improve the sustainability of the nation’s food supply.

The awards support nine projects at eight institutions addressing issues that include animal, human, plant, and environmental health. This research investment is the second installment of a new program within NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative’s (AFRI) Sustainable Agricultural Systems program. AFRI is the nation’s leading and largest competitive grants program for agricultural sciences.

“In an effort to help American farmers produce nutritious, high-quality products in a way that conserves natural resources and protects the environment, these projects will provide needed research to overcome critical barriers facing the industry,” NIFA Director Scott Angle says. “Investments in research that promotes sustainable systems will result in long-term improvements in agricultural practices that will benefit consumers, farmers, and the environment.”

Projects selected for funding range from improved practices in poultry production and food safety to efficient water use, nutrient management, and improvements in the value chain of biofuel production.

“Ensuring sustainability across the agricultural landscape requires us to develop innovative practices in every segment of production and every portion of our environment,” Angle says.

This investment in these innovative sustainable agricultural practices supports USDA’s vision outlined in the USDA Science Blueprint and USDA’s Agriculture Innovation Agenda that Secretary Perdue announced earlier this year.

The eight institutions receiving awards are:

Iowa State University; Ames, Iowa - $10 million
University of California; Riverside, California - $10 million
University of Connecticut; Storrs, Connecticut - $10 million
University of Idaho; Moscow, Idaho - $10 million
University of Maryland; College Park, Maryland - $10 million
University of Minnesota; St. Paul, Minnesota - $10 million
West Virginia University; Morgantown, West Virginia - $10 million
Michigan State University; East Lansing, Michigan - $9.8 million

Award grant details can be found on NIFA’s website.

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