WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S.– The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced $6.3 million in available funding for projects to support resilient agriculture and forestry production systems. Funding is made through NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.

“It’s important that we work toward ensuring a safe, sustainable food supply in the face of shifting climate patterns,” said Sonny Ramaswamy, NIFA director. “These investments will help provide agricultural and forestry producers, land managers, and other decision makers with valuable tools to help them address the challenges ahead.”

AFRI is the United States’ flagship competitive grants program for addressing critical societal issues through the food and agricultural sciences. The long-term goal of the AFRI Resilient Agroecosystems and Climate Challenge Area is to improve sustainable agriculture and food systems. In fiscal year 2017, this Challenge Area will invest in one priority area: climate, land use and land management. Projects may investigate the consequences of land-use changes, such as increased productivity, greenhouse gas emissions and/or other climate feedbacks. Projects may look at how agricultural and forestry systems responds to these changes. Projects may also study the social, political, and economic factors that influence land management.

Applications may only be submitted by eligible entities. Eligibility is linked to the project type.

The deadline for applications is July 13, 2017.

See the request for applications for details.