Sep 20, 2018

NIFA Listens: An Initiative Seeking Stakeholder Input

NIFA is requesting stakeholder input related to the challenges, priorities and needed breakthroughs in food and agricultural sciences through the “NIFA Listens: Investing in Science to Transform Lives,” initiative.

Four in-person listening sessions, in combination with an online stakeholder input form, will offer stakeholders opportunities to provide feedback to the following questions:

    - What is the greatest challenge that should be addressed through NIFA’s research, education, and extension programs?
        - In your field, what is the most-needed breakthrough in science/technology that would advance your agricultural enterprise?
            - What is your top priority in food and agricultural research, extension, or education that NIFA should address?

          NIFA has created a website filled with all the resources for stakeholders to learn about and participate in this effort, including the Federal Register Notice, Press Release, and a Fact Sheet.

          In 2017, NIFA Listens’ pilot year, focused on gathering the top priorities in agricultural research, extension, and education and which science opportunities NIFA should focus on. Stakeholders provided feedback that demonstrates the interconnectedness of agricultural production, ecological, social, economic, and technical challenges that face agriculture and the interdependence between research, extension, and education. The information gathered helped NIFA to prioritize work within and across science emphasis areas, as well as identify gaps in programming. In-person meeting transcripts and the report are available on the NIFA Listens 2017 webpage.