Tom Vilsack, the secretary of the Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that an investment of more than $ 146 million in Sustainable Agricultural Research project is done under the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Sustainable Agricultural Systems programs to improve a robust, resilient, climate-smart food and agricultural system. This program focuses to get solutions from addressing labor challenges, and promoting land stewardship to correct impacts of climate change in Agriculture. Investments help to mitigate food insecurity, drought resilience, preventing animal diseases, and market disruption.
Mr. Vilsack further mentioned that climate-smart solutions feed, and nourish families with investments in science and research. And also he mentioned that forest health, profitability, and resilience of producers are also improved while creating new income opportunities. Plant and animal production, and sustainability, human and environmental health are improved by this program.
The grants of the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) are available to eligible colleges, universities, and research institutes. Dr. Carrie Castille, NIFA director mentioned that these research projects help to improve agricultural practices which are beneficial for consumers, farmers (all Americans), and the environment by tackling major issues.
USDA does these investments to remove systemic barriers, and to build a workforce more representative of America.