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CSREES Update - February 7, 2007

CSREES Update, from the Office of the Administrator, is a biweekly newsletter for research, education, and extension partners at land-grant universities and other cooperating institutions.


  • CSREES Releases FY 2007-2012 Strategic Plan
  • Deputy Administrator Position for Plant and Animal Systems Open
  • CSREES Lists Open Requests for Grant Applications


  • Johanns Unveils 2007 Farm Bill Proposals
  • Johanns Announces more than $90 Million in Electric Loans
  • USDA Announces more than $6.4 Million for Rural Community Development Initiatives
  • Johanns Appoints National Pork Producers Delegate Body


  • Energy Workshop for Extension Agents
  • Western Rural Development Center Seeks New Director
  • Call for Nominees for Bonnie Teater Community Development Lifetime Achievement Award


  • Upcoming NACDEP Conference
  • CYFAR Conference
  • Rural E-Commerce Rural Competitive Grants Program Request for Proposals
  • Community Development Masters Degree via Internet

Awards and Recognition

  • 2006 National 4-H Wildlife and Fisheries Volunteer Leader Awards
  • Miller Receives American Sheep and Goat Center Award
  • CSREES-funded Scientist Honored at State of the Union Address



CSREES on February 6 released its Strategic Plan for FY 2007-2012.  The plan is evolutionary, reflecting the changes in goals, objectives, and management initiatives contained in the USDA Strategic Plan for FY 2005-2010 and updated strategies for accomplishing these goals.  The plan also highlights the increasing integration of research, education, and extension in CSREES-funded programs and emphasizes the importance of CSREES education programs to the nation.  Read the new Strategic Plan on the CSREES Web site.

The deputy administrator position for Plant and Animal Systems (CSREES vacancy announcement number CSREES:SES:07-01) is now open. Applications and supplemental information must arrive at the address shown in the announcement by the March 5, 2007, closing date. A copy of the vacancy announcement is available on the CSREES Web site, or from the Office of Personnel Management Web site. Contact Betty Lou Gilliland for more information about the position. For information on the application process, contact Deborah Crump on 301-504-1448 or by e-mail.

Funding Opportunity

Closing Date


National Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program – Various topic areas

See individual grant program

See individual grant program

Special Research Grants Program: Citrus tristeza Research Program February 7, 2007 Kitty Cardwell

Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grants Program: Integrated Pest Management Risk Avoidance and Mitigation Program

February 12, 2007 Robert Nowierski
Integrated Research, Education, And Extension Competitive Grants Program: Integrated Pest Management Crops at Risk Program February 12, 2007 H.J. Rick Meyer
Special Research Grants Program: Pest Management Alternatives Research February 15, 2007 Monte Johnson
Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research Grants Program February 15, 2007 Daniel Jones
Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grants Program: Integrated Pest Management Methyl Bromide Transitions Program February 21, 2007 James L. Green
Federally Recognized Tribes Extension Program (formerly Extension Indian Reservation Program) February 23, 2007 Joan F. Gill
1890 Facilities Grants Program February 28, 2007 P.S. Benepal
Capacity Building Grants Program: 1890 Institution Teaching and Research Capacity Building Grants Program February 28, 2007 P.S. Benepal
Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grants Program: Regional Integrated Pest Management Centers March 30, 2007 Michael Fitzner
Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grants Program: National Integrated Water Quality Program April 4, 2007 Mike P. O'Neill
Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program April 13, 2007 Elizabeth Tuckermanty


CSREES advertises all of its funding opportunities through "Find Grant Opportunities" on the Grants.gov Web site. This site is searchable and contains summary information on all Federal funding opportunities with links to the full announcements. Users can search announcements by topic, funding agency, and date, as well as subscribe to an e-mail notification service based on these parameters.


Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns on January 31 unveiled the U.S. Department of Agriculture's 2007 Farm Bill proposals. The more than 65 proposals correspond to the 2002 Farm Bill titles with additional special focus areas, including specialty crops, beginning farmers and ranchers, and socially disadvantaged producers.

The Administration's 2007 Farm Bill proposals would spend approximately $10 billion less than the 2002 Farm Bill spent over the past 5 years (excluding ad-hoc disaster assistance), upholding the president's plan to eliminate the deficit in 5 years. These proposals would provide approximately $5 billion more than the projected spending if the 2002 Farm Bill were extended.

The proposals are available at www.usda.gov/farmbill. Also posted on USDA's Web site are the Farm Bill Forum transcripts, farm bill comments submitted by the public, theme papers summarizing the comments and USDA analysis papers.

Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the full release.

Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns on January 29 announced that $92 million in electric loans will be provided to utilities in 10 states. An estimated 14,093 new customers will be served, and 850 miles of distribution lines will be constructed. The funds are being provided through USDA Rural Development's Electric Program.

"The Rural Electric Program is an important tool as we continue to upgrade the nation's power grid and provide for the needs of rural residents," said Johanns. "Reliable electric service is a key to developing rural economic opportunities and other infrastructure."

Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the full release.

Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns on January 29 announced that more than $6.4 million in grant funds will be provided to 33 organizations in 22 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico to support rural economic development efforts. The funding is being provided through USDA Rural Development's Rural Community Development Initiative Program.

USDA Rural Development's Rural Community Development Initiative assists nonprofit community based development organizations, federally recognized Indian tribes, and low-income communities to improve their ability to promote economic growth. Recipients are required to obtain matching funds, doubling the value of the grants. The grants are awarded to an intermediary organization, which can be public or private (including tribal). The funds are then provided to recipients, which must be located in eligible rural areas.

Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the full release.

Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns on January 25 announced the appointment of 154 pork producers and 8 importers to the 2007 National Pork Producers Delegate Body. All appointees will serve a 1-year term. The delegates were selected from nominees submitted by state pork producer association and importer groups.

Established under the Pork Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Act of 1985, the delegate body and the National Pork Board have implemented a national program designed to improve the pork industry's position in the marketplace.

Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the full release.


Register online for Renewable Energy Options: The Role of Extension Agents in the 21st Century Energy Economy, March 19-20, 2007 in Denver, CO. Sponsored by Colorado State University, this 2-day seminar is geared specifically for extension agents.  Participants will learn about energy from agriculture, including wind and solar power, and how farmers and ranchers can determine if they have the right conditions to pursue these options.

More than 20 speakers will present at the conference, sharing their knowledge and helping agents understand the emerging role they can play.  Presenters include:

  • James Fischer, Department of Energy
  • Larry Flowers, National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL)
  • Mike Bowman, 25x25

The second day of the conference features a field trip to NREL's National Wind Technology Center in Boulder. The Department of Energy's premier wind-test facility will offer participants a view of the scale of wind turbines that are most likely to be suitable for use in agriculture, rural businesses, rural schools, and other larger commercial facilities.

To learn more and/or register, go to http://www.coopext.colostate.edu/WR/energy.htm. Contact Leigh Fortson at Colorado State University Cooperative Extension, by phone 970-241-3346 or email, for more information.

The WRDC is one of four USDA-sponsored Regional Rural Development Centers in the country. It works closely with cooperating land grant universities in 13 Western states and 4 Pacific territories to promote research and extension programs designed to strengthen rural communities businesses, and families. Hosted by Utah State University (USU), WRDC is federally-funded, with additional support from USU and extramural grants. The WRDC director works closely with a board of directors that represents the Land Grant University System in the West and other representatives of rural development agencies. The position of director is a 12-month, tenure-eligible administration position, with a faculty appointment at the rank of Associate or Full Professor in an academic department appropriate to the disciplinary background of the successful candidate. A PhD is required in social science, natural resources, or a closely-related field, with primary emphasis on rural economic and/or community development. Experience with rural development issues affecting the Western region is desirable.  For more information about the position, and the search, see the USU Human Resources Web site . For more information about the Center visit the WRDC Web site or contact Sally Maggard CSREES national program leader, Economic and Community Systems. The review of applications will begin March 5, 2007, and remain open until the position is filled.

The Bonnie Teater Award, sponsored by the Southern Rural Development Center (SRDC), honors the superior lifetime work of an individual who has made an important contribution to the extension Community Development area. Bonnie Teater provided valuable support to the SRDC for 30 years and remains dedicated to rural development research and extension outreach.

The 2007 recipient will be announced at the Southern Regional Extension Meeting, held in concert with the 2007 National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals conference, April 16-19, 2007, in Philadelphia, PA. The award comes with a $500 stipend from the SRDC. 

Nominees should be deserving extension educators (state, multi-county, or county/parish level) who are part of the land-grant system in the South.  Extension educators who retired in 2006 are eligible for consideration. The deadline for nomination packets is March 14, 2007.  Contact Emily Shaw or Bo Beaulieu, SRDC director, for more information.  For specific details and a nomination packet visit the SRDC Web site.

The National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP) conference "Declaration of Interdependence: The Fabric of Community” is April 16-19, 2007, in Philadelphia, PA. Concurrent sessions will cover such topics as economic development, community decision-making, and evaluation and research. A pre-conference session entitled “We the People: Building Inclusive Communities” is also on the agenda. The conference theme and the pre-conference reflect NACDEP's commitment to building a scientific understanding of the changes impacting communities and applying that knowledge through Cooperative Extension education and outreach programs to benefit people and communities. Visit NACDEP Web site to register, or contact Sally Maggard for more information.

Increasingly the Children, Youth and Families At Risk (CYFAR) Conference is viewed as a premiere professional development opportunity, as extension professionals work with new audiences in urban, suburban, and rural settings, address risk issues for children, youth and families, and bring technology into communities with limited resources and growing needs.  Broad cultural diversity and high quality learning and networking opportunities characterize the CYFAR Conference.  

CYFAR 2007 is May 1-4 at Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Chicago, IL.  Call 800-233-1234 for reservations.

Visit the CSREES CYFAR Web site for complete descriptions of the pre-conference sessions, keynote and research speakers, workshops, computer labs, poster sessions, and program showcases, and hotel reservations.

The Southern Rural Development Center, in partnership with its sister Regional Rural Development Centers, announces another round of funding for its Rural E-Commerce Competitive Grants Program. This program supports the development of innovative educational curricula focusing on e-commerce.  Grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded to fill important gaps in the e-commerce educational programs of extension. Priority topics for 2007 awards include building an e-strategic plan; strengthening business-to-business activities, as well as business-to-government and government-to-business activities; expanding global e-commerce; and e-commerce training for targeting populations.  The program is open to land-grant university faculty and extension educators across the United States .  The deadline for pre-proposals is March 15, 2007 . Full proposals are due April 2, 2007. Visit the new and improved National E-commerce Extension Initiative Web site for more information.

The Community Development masters degree is part of an interdisciplinary graduate program through the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (GP IDEA) and facilitated by the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development (NCRCRD). This program is entirely online, and there are six participating universities offering courses, including Iowa State University.  Students in the master's of Community Development degree program have the opportunity to study with leading educators and researchers from several different universities representing a diversity of fields and scholarship, including Community and Regional Planning, Architecture, Sociology, Native American studies, Economics, and Natural Resources. This program is designed for people doing community development work in non-profit organizations, colleges, communities, community organizations, and governments. It provides the skills, information, and networks needed to facilitate sustainable and prosperous community change and equips practitioners with the tools necessary to build communities for the 21st century. For more information about this distance education opportunity, visit the NCRCRD Web site.


Winners of the 2006 National 4-H Wildlife and Fisheries Volunteer Leader Awards are:

Tommy Williams of Albertville, Alabama
Joan Kuhne of Frankenmuth, Michigan
Judy Pedery-Edwards of Encinitas, California
Tom Kramer of Shawano, Wisconsin

The National 4-H Wildlife and Fisheries Volunteer Leader Recognition Program, now in its 27th year, is co-sponsored by the Fish and Wildlife Service of the U.S. Department of Interior and the National 4-H Headquarters, housed within CSREES. The annual awards honor and recognize 4-H volunteer leaders who help 4-H members learn about wildlife and fisheries conservation and management.  The award promotes positive youth development through the 4-H mission mandates that support the educational foundation of 4-H in science, engineering and technology, healthy living, and citizenship. Of the nearly 7 million youth enrolled in 4-H programs, more than 1.1 million participate in natural resources and environmental education programs.

The winners will receive their awards during the 72nd North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference, March 20-24, 2007, in Portland, OR.

Dr. Larry Miller received the first Distinguished Service Award from the American Sheep and Goat Center (formerly the National Sheep Industry Improvement Center ) for invaluable contributions to the board of directors since January 1997.  The National Sheep Industry Improvement Center was established by the 1996 Farm Bill to assist and strengthen the U.S. sheep and goat industries through projects and assistance financed through the Center's revolving fund.  As representative of the Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics on the board of directors, Miller was instrumental in designing a competitive grants program for the center for the purposes of enhancing the sheep and goat industries.  He received the award January 26 while participating in the 2007 American Sheep Industry Association Annual Convention in San Antonio, TX.

Dr. Nancy Ho, of Purdue University , was honored for her work on bioenergy production with an invitation to sit with the First Lady, Laura Bush, during the State of the Union Address. Ho's discovery of a biocatalyst capable of converting lignocellulosic feedstocks into ethanol has had a tremendous impact on advancing the production of cellulosic ethanol. Her work is supported by the CSREES National Research Initiative Biobased Products and Bioenergy Production Research Program.

For a plain text copy of this newsletter, please contact Scott Elliott. CSREES UPDATE is published biweekly. The next regular issue is planned for February 21, 2007. Submit news items to newsletter@csrees.usda.gov by February 14, 2007.

Editor: Scott Elliott , Writer-Editor, CSREES Communications Staff. If you have questions about Update, please contact him at selliott@csrees.usda.gov.

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Colien Hefferan, Administrator

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