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USDA announces $34 million to support research on sustainable water use

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced $34 million in available funding for projects that promote sustainable water use for food production, processing and other competing uses. Funding is made through NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.

The long term goal of the AFRI Water for Food Production Systems Challenge Area (WFPS) is to sustainably increase agricultural productivity and availability of safe and nutritious food while significantly reducing water use and preserving water quality. For Fiscal Year 2017, NIFA’s WFPS RFA invites applications that employ systems approaches, which may lead to solutions for water challenges in U.S. agricultural production. These solutions must be feasible and reflect a broad range of considerations: agricultural producers, other competing industries, consumers and the communities where they live, and other stakeholders. Potential impacts may include changes in economic, environmental, behavioral, social and policy approaches that lead to reduced water use and increased water use efficiency for the next several decades and beyond.

Applications may be submitted by entities eligible to submit integrated projects for two specific grant types: Coordinated Agricultural Projects (CAPs) and Strengthening (Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement or FASE) CAPs.

Letters of intent are due May 17. The deadline for applications is August 2, 2017.

See the request for applications for details.

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