USDA Announces $10.7 Million for Critical Water Research

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on May 17th, the availability of $10.7 million in funding for research that could solve critical water problems in rural and agricultural watersheds across the United States. This funding is available through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill and administered by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

This round of funding is offered through the AFRI Water for Agriculture Challenge Area which funds projects that tackle critical water issues by developing both regional systems for the sustainable use and reuse, flow and management of water, and that address water issues focused on the production and environmental sustainability efforts at the watershed and farm scale. There is also a focus on solutions for conserving higher quality water and understanding the human behavior and its influence on decision making for agricultural water use in the Fiscal Year 2016 projects.

Applications are due August 4th. For more information see: