- Author: Pamela Kan-Rice
What should be a priority in food and agriculture research, extension or education? The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) at the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking stakeholder input on the emerging needs and opportunities in the food and agricultural sciences.
NIFA is holding four listening sessions across the nation. On Nov. 2, “NIFA Listens: Investing in Science to Transform Lives” will be in Sacramento, starting at 8:30 a.m. To attend, you must register by Oct. 12 at https://nifa.usda.gov/nifalistens. If you would like to give a five-minute presentation, submit a 250-word abstract describing your topic.
UC ANR members and stakeholders are strongly encouraged to participate in one of these listening sessions to alert NIFA to the emerging needs and opportunities in California's food and agriculture system. Feedback gathered throughout the initiative will be evaluated, along with input from NIFA employees, in the context of NIFA's current science emphasis areas, to identify gaps in current portfolios and potential investment opportunities.
The other three regional in-person listening sessions are
Oct. 19, Kansas City, Missouri
Oct. 26, Atlanta, Georgia
Nov. 8, Hyattsville, Maryland