NIFA Webinar Aug. 6: the 2014 farm bill commodity boards provision

NIFA partners and stakeholders are invited to an informational webinar, Aug. 6, at 2:30 p.m. (EDT), to learn about NIFA’s process for implementing the 2014 Farm Bill Commodity Boards provision.

The 2014 Farm Bill allows eligible national and state commodity boards, and marketing orders to propose topics for research that they are willing to equally co-fund with NIFA. Such topics must relate to the established priority areas of the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program (AFRI) to be considered for inclusion in future AFRI Requests for Applications (RFAs).

Eligible commodity boards and marketing orders must address an agricultural commodity that:

  • Includes a combination of promotion, research, industry information, or consumer information activities;
  •  Is funded by mandatory assessments on producers or processors; and
  •  Is designed to maintain or expand markets and uses for the commodity (as determined by the Secretary of Agriculture).

Federal Register Notice “Solicitation of Commodity Board Topics and Contribution of Funding Under the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program, Implementation,” published July 24, invites topic submissions from commodity boards, outlines the process NIFA will use to evaluate the appropriateness of these topics for inclusion in AFRI RFAs, and describes the commitment commodity boards will be required to make to NIFA to jointly fund AFRI applications selected for award in their topic area.

 Webinar Access:

The webinar is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. (EDT) on Aug. 6, 2015. Participants may join the web conference 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start by visiting

For more information about the Farm Bill 2014: Implementation of Commodity Boards Provision or about NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program (AFRI), visit  or contact Dr. William Hoffman at and at 202-401-1112.