USDA-NIFA Investments Promote Savings and Security for Food Supply

Inside a chicken house

A poultry producer checks the broiler hens in one of his chicken houses. Photo by Bob Nichols/USDA.

From brown marmorated stink bug to avian flu, pests and pathogens can wreak havoc on livestock and crops and cause significant economic losses. They threaten the safety and security of the food supply along with the livelihood of agricultural producers, and it is only through prudent and broad application of knowledge-driven solutions that we can mount an effective defense against these destructive agents.

The Northeastern IPM Center is funded primarily by the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA). The federal agency has wide-ranging responsibility for ensuring the safety and security of the nation’s food supply, partly through its support of research that furthers those goals.

Investing in Agricultural Biosecurity

USDA-NIFA supports agricultural biosecurity by providing funding and national program leadership to projects that secure and protect the integrity, reliability, sustainability, and profitability of the American food and agricultural system against catastrophic hazards, whether natural, emerging, accidental, or deliberate.

Learn more about the economic challenges facing agricultural producers, and how USDA-NIFA is working to fund projects that advance our understanding and generate effective solutions, by visiting

The Northeastern IPM Center promotes integrated pest management for reducing risks to human health and the environment. If republishing our news, please acknowledge the source (“From Northeast IPM Insights”) along with a link to our website.