The scope of the agricultural research which may be conducted under the Hatch Act is very broad. It includes research on all aspects of agriculture, including soil and water conservation and use; plant and animal production, protection and health; processing, distribution, safety, marketing, and utilization of food and agricultural products; forestry, including range management and range products; multiple use of forest rangelands, and urban forestry; aquaculture; home economics and family life; human nutrition; rural and community development; sustainable agriculture; molecular biology and biotechnology. Research may be conducted on problems of local, state, regional or national concern.
Hatch Multistate Funds
The multistate research program enables research on high priority topics among the State Agricultural Experiment Stations (SAES) in partnership with NIFA, other research institutions and agencies, and with the Cooperative Extension Service. In this way, technological opportunities and complex problem solving activities which are beyond the scope of a Single Experiment Station, can be approached in a more efficient and comprehensive way.
McIntire Stennis Funds
The term “forestry research” as used in this Act shall include investigations relating to:
- Reforestation and management of land for production of crops of timber and other related products of the forest;
- Management of forest and related watershed lands to improve conditions of waterflow and to protect resources against floods and erosion,
- Management of forest and related rangeland for production of forage for domestic livestock and game and improvement of food and habitat for wildlife;
- Management of forest lands for outdoor recreation;
- Protection of forest land and resources against fire, insects, diseases or other destructive agents;
- Utilization of wood and other forest products;
- Development of sound policies for the management of forest lands and marketing of forest products; and
- Such other studies as may be necessary to obtain the fullest and most effective use of forest resources.