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NIFA Director Roger Beachy to Host Webcast to Discuss the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative

Media Contact: Jennifer Martin, (202) 720-8188

WASHINGTON, March 19, 2010 – Roger Beachy, director of USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), will host a webcast on Tuesday, March 23, 2010, at 2 p.m., to discuss opportunities for grants to be announced Tuesday, March 23, under the Fiscal Year 2010 Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) competitive funding programs.  He will also take questions.

WHAT: NIFA Director Roger Beachy discusses changes to the FY 2010 AFRI competitive funding opportunity.

WHEN: Tuesday, March 23, 2010, 2- 3 p.m., EDT
WHERE/HOW: The webcast can be viewed online at  To ask a question during the webcast, please use these instructions:

CALL-IN: (800) 857-5233
PASSCODE: USDA, given verbally
Trouble number (202) 720-8560

All callers using the above pass code will be placed in listen-only mode.  Callers who want to ask a question will be given instructions. Phone lines for the Q&A portion will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Webcast viewers who do not have questions do not need to call-in to hear the webcast.


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