NIFA's unique mission is to advance knowledge for agriculture, the environment, human health and well-being, and communities by supporting research, education, and extension programs in the Land-Grant University System and other partner organizations. NIFA doesn't perform actual research, education, and extension but rather helps fund it at the state and local level and provides program leadership in these areas.
NIFA's two key mechanisms for accomplishing its mission of "advancing knowledge" are:
•National program leadership - To help states identify and meet research, extension, and education priorities in areas of public concern that affect agricultural producers, small business owners, youth and families, and others.
•Federal assistance - To provide annual formula grants to land-grant universities and competitively granted funds to researchers in land-grant and other universities.
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