June 02, 2016

ARS and NIFA seek stakeholder input


June 2, 2016 – The USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) are seeking input from stakeholders, customers, and partners regarding animal production programs. Share input using a new online “ideas engine.” Indicate your willingness to participate by June 6.

Stakeholders are asked to provide input on how Federal investments can best address current needs and challenges facing animal production. This input will help form the framework for developing the next ARS National Program Action Plan and defining priorities for NIFA’s animal production research, education and extension. Information on these programs can be found at these links for ARS and NIFA.

If you are interested in providing your insight by suggesting, refining, and prioritizing ideas around any of the topics listed below, simply send an email with your name, affiliation, email address, and topic of interest (in the format provided below) to Insight@nifa.usda.gov by June 6th. You will receive instructions on how to join.  You can participate as much as you like, when you like, while the system is open during the month of June 2016.

Topic 1:  Animal Genetics, Genomics and Bioinformatics

Topic 2:  Applications of Biotechnology to Animal Production

Topic 3.  Animal Well-Being, Stress and Production

Topic 4:  Animal Reproductive Biology

Topic 5:  Quality, Nutritional Value and Healthfulness of Animal Products

Topic 6: Lactation Biology and Nutritional Efficiency of Animals

Topic 7: Animal Growth Biology and Alternatives to Antimicrobials for Growth Promotion

Topic 8: Forages and Forage Utilization for Animal Production

Topic 9: Reducing Environmental Impacts of Animal Production

Topic 10: General Priorities for Animal Production


First Name

Last Name


Email Address

Topic of Interest

(Please list the topics by your preference: Example Topic 6, Topic 4, and Topic 9)