The National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, has posted the President’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Budget Proposal for the Agency.
The President’s budget proposes doubling funding for the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), minor increases in funding for some programs, and sustained funding for others. NIFA uses these funds to deploy research that underpins transformative discoveries needed to solve challenges to our nation’s nutritional security, including diminishing land and water resources, changing climate, and the need for environmental stewardship, in the context of the burgeoning population.
Additionally, the proposed budget will provide critical funding for research, education, and extension in support of Presidential initiatives, including emerging issues of antimicrobial resistance and pollinator health, and to prepare the next generation of scientists.
On Feb. 9, Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy, NIFA director, held an audio briefing for stakeholders. A copy of that briefing will be posted at here on Feb. 11 or Feb. 12.
For questions, contact Virginia Bueno, communications director.