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NIFA Honors Outstanding Grantees with Partnership Awards

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

WASHINGTON, Oct. 6, 2011 – USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) honored four grantees with Partnership Awards for their exemplary work and outstanding contribution in support of the USDA mission and for their positive impacts on agriculture.

“Our partners and grantees are instrumental in helping NIFA achieve its goals and lead the way in agricultural science,” said Chavonda Jacobs-Young, acting NIFA director. “I am very pleased to announce these Partnership Awards to four highly-deserving project teams who have helped advance agricultural science, education and extension.”

There are four categories of Partnership Awards: mission integration, multistate efforts, innovative program models and effective and efficient use of resources. The 2011 Partnership Awards were presented to the lead institution for each project:

  • Mission Integration: Oklahoma State University, Biobased Products and Energy Center. Through research and product development, this team has answered the call to explore diversified bioenergy solutions to help decrease the nation’s dependence on foreign oil.
  • Multistate Efforts: Washington State University, Horizons Program. This program assisted rural communities create thriving and sustainable communities by helping residents understand poverty, build leadership skills, develop community action plans and receive peer coaching.
  • Innovative Program Models: Rutgers University, Get Moving Get Healthy New Jersey. This program has been helping New Jersey families improve their eating behaviors and increase their physical activity for the past four years.
  • Effective and Efficient Use of Resources: Pennsylvania State University, National 4-H and EFNEP Research Database Team. This team located, analyzed and uploaded nearly 4,000 research studies representing a century of research into youth development and consumer science programs.


In addition to the lead institution cited above, most projects involved teams of institutions across the country. Click here for a full listing of awardees.

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