09.26.2019

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is hiring in Kansas City.

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) recruits a diverse group of talented, creative, motivated professionals who are invested in shaping the future of food and agricultural science. We offer a variety of benefits and services to our employees that focus on work-life balance, career enhancement, and health and well-being. See current USDA NIFA openings here.

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