USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture has announced 47 grants through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) program, totaling nearly $17.5 million to improve sustainable agriculture and help rural communities thrive. The AFRI program area of Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities (AERC) supports projects that improve agricultural sustainability, protect the environment, enhance quality of life for rural communities, and alleviate poverty. In FY16, AFRI AERC supported projects in five program areas: 1) economics, markets, and trade; 2) environmental and natural resource economics; 3) behavioral economics; 4) small and medium-sized farms; and 5) rural entrepreneurship. A list of grant recipients is available online.
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