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CSREES Update - April 18, 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 New Science Advisor
  • New SBIR Program Specialist
  • New NPL for Risk Management Education, Farm Management, and Trade Adjustment Assistance
  • CSREES News
  • CSREES Lists Open Requests for Grant Applications


  • Johanns Highlights USDA's 2007 Farm Bill Proposals for Conservation


  • CES Interim Director Named -- University of Alaska
  • AfterSchool Association Conference
  • CSREES ISE Grant Has Many Impacts


  • Call for Nominations - Excellence in Extension Awards
  • New National Curriculum Conference
  • Call for Proposals Tri-State Diversity Conference
  • 2007 Rocky Mountain Conference on Aging
  • Emerging Trends in the Application of Genomics in Agricultural Research

Awards and Recognition

  • Rude to Receive 2007 ACE PubSIG Award for Excellence
  • NPL Elected CSSA Division Chair-elect



Dr. Larry Robinson is the new CSREES Science Advisor in the Competitive Programs unit. Robinson is a professor in the Environmental Sciences Institute at Florida A & M University (FAMU). His distinguished career includes: environmental chemist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, director of the Environmental Science Institute at FAMU, and FAMU provost. He is currently the director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Environmental Cooperative Science Center at FAMU. His research interests include environmental chemistry, and environmental policy and management. 

Scott Dockum is now the CSREES program specialist in the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program in the Competitive Programs unit. Dockum brings his biology and environmental sciences knowledge as well as his expertise in the peer review process to SBIR. He began his career as an environmental scientist for HydroGeoLogic, Inc., where he was a project manager in innovative environmental programs and site remediation. Dockum coordinated and performed technical proposal reviews to facilitate the selection of new innovative environmental research and development initiatives. He identified and recruited experts from a variety of scientific disciplines to assist in the review, ranking, and selection of proposals for funding.

Janie Simms Hipp is the new CSREES national program leader (NPL) for Risk Management Education, Farm Management, and Trade Adjustment Assistance programs in the Economics and Community Systems unit. Hipp holds the Juris Doctor degree from Oklahoma City University and received specialization in agricultural law from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville School of Law. She served within the National Center for Agricultural Law Research and Information for many years and recently was on faculty with the University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture, with the Cooperative Extension Service and the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness Department. She has more than 20 years experience in agricultural law in not only the academic realm, but also in private commercial litigation practice and public agency representation at the state level. She has authored numerous publications on agricultural and environmental issues, food safety, sustainable agriculture, marketing, property issues and estate planning and succession. Hipp's predecessor, Mark Bailey, retired in January 2007.

•  NEFE Unveils New Edition of High School Financial Planning Curriculum

With cooperation from CSREES, the National Endowment for Financial Education® (NEFE®) launched the new 2007 NEFE High School Financial Planning Program® (HSFPP) in early March.

The HSFPP, which reached nearly 5 million students in all 50 states since its inception in 1984, is a 7-unit curriculum that teaches the basics of money management to young people at a time when they are developing habits and attitudes about money that will influence them for the rest of their lives. This practical and non-commercial program is available at no cost to all high schools throughout the country.

Funding Opportunity

Closing Date


National Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program Various topic areas

See individual grant program

See individual grant program

Interregional Research Project #4 Minor Crop Pest Management Program (IR-4) April 30, 2007 Monte Johnson
Expert Integrated Pest Management Decision Support System April 30, 2007 William Hoffman
Alaska Native-Serving and Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions Education Grants Program May 1, 2007 Saleia Afele-Faamuli
Resident Instruction Grants for Institutions of Higher Education in Insular Areas May 2, 2007 Jeffrey Gilmore
ARPA: Agriculture Risk Management Education Program May 17, 2007 Jane Hipp
Rural Youth Development Grants Programs May 21, 2007 Nancy Valentine
Watershed, Conservation Effects Assessment, ICGP May 22, 2007 Michael P. O'Neill
Smith-Lever Special Needs Funding June 1, 2007

Dennis Kopp

Food and Agricultural Sciences National Needs Graduate and Postgraduate Fellowship Grants Program June 1, 2007 Audrey Trotman
Higher Education Multicultural Scholars Program June 29, 2007 Audrey Trotman


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 April 10 highlighted the Administration's farm bill proposals related to conservation. Johanns pointed out that a key theme throughout the conservation title is simplification and streamlining of programs, while increasing funding for conservation by $7.8 billion over 10 years.

Under current law, there are six cost-share programs, all of which have separate eligibility requirements, sign-up periods, regulations, and applications. They include the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program, the Ground and Surface Water Conservation Program, the Agricultural Management Assistance Program, Forest Land Enhancement Program, and the Klamath Basin Program. The Administration proposes consolidating all six into one program, under the EQIP umbrella, which can address multiple resource issues. This would include a new Regional Water Enhancement Program. Funding for this newly structured program would increase by 30 percent, or an additional $4.25 billion, over 10 years. To read the full release, visit the USDA Newsroom.


Pete Pinney is the interim director for the Cooperative Extension Service of the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. Pinney earned a B.A. in English from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 1980 and his Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1988.  He served as associate dean of academic affairs, College of Rural and Community Development, University of Alaska Fairbanks , from 2005 until 2007. His contact information is: University of Alaska Fairbanks, P.O. Box 756180, Fairbanks, AK, 99775-6180, Telephone: 907/474-6354, Fax: 907-474-6971, e-mail: ffppp@uaf.edu.

A team of five faculty members from The University of California, The University of Nevada, and Oregon State University, provided a 15-hour training track at the National AfterSchool Association (NAA) Conference recently in Phoenix, AZ. Approximately 3,000 professionals who provide after-school programs for young people across the country were in attendance. Kansas State University offered continuing education units and course credit options for program participants. This is the first time the NAA has offered these opportunities.

National 4-H Headquarters, the 4-H/Military Partnerships, the Children, Youth and Families Education and Research Network (CYFERNet), 4-H Afterschool, and the 4-H Curriculum System had a visible presence in the exhibit area.

NAA sponsored and distributed a special edition journal, New Directions in Youth Development, at the conference. Dale Blyth, University of Minnesota, through the partnership between the Cooperative Extension System and NAA, edited the journal. Land-grant university authors were well represented with four of the seven journal articles. Contact Nancy Valentine, CSREES national program leader for Families, 4-H, and Nutrition unit, for more information.

Dr. Clifford Shultz and others at Arizona State University (ASU) are affecting classroom teaching, statewide trade, and international understanding using CSREES funding awarded through the International Science and Education (ISE) Competitive Grants Program. Schultz stated in a recent report that The Balkans and Black Sea Project: American-Greek-Romanian Initiatives to Enhance Understanding of Multicultural Market Opportunities is meeting more than its goals. The project is:

  • revamping curriculum to include project-based learning in the context of the Balkans and related issues;

  • helping re-shape food and agribusiness education and policy in the Balkans;

  • educating Arizona stakeholders of ASU regarding the potential of recovering/transitioning markets;

  • stimulating struggling sectors in Arizona (e.g., cotton and wheat);

  • helping to rejuvenate and render more efficient food marketing systems in the Balkans; and

  • providing extraordinary learning and research opportunities for faculty and students in some of the most remarkable places in the world.

The ISE program supports American universities as they internationalize agricultural teaching, research, and extension programs. Contact Clifford Shultz for more information on this ISE project, or contact the CSREES International Programs office at 202-720-3801.

The annual Award for Excellence in Extension recognizes an individual who has strived throughout his/her career to achieve excellence in extension educational programming. Benchmarks of excellence include, but are not limited to, demonstration of high impact of programs; visionary leadership and anticipation of emerging issues for clientele and the system; commitment to diversity; and integration of programs in partnerships with university colleagues and outside clientele. A successful award recipient is a leader at his or her university and in the respective field of expertise. Awardees demonstrate the ability to garner a sustained flow of resources for sustainable extension programs, use innovative teaching methods, and are recognized by peers and the communities served. The Extension Committee on Organization and Policy Chair and the CSREES Administrator will present a plaque and cash award during the Awards Program at the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges Annual Meeting, November 11-13, in New York City . Only electronic submissions will be accepted. The due date is June 1. View the Nomination Guidelines and Criteria for more details.

A new national curriculum, Strengthening Your Facilitation Skills (SYFS), Level 1, a train the trainer conference, is August 14-17, at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center, Belfast, ME. The conference is for professionals looking for a more efficient and effective way to provide facilitation skills training for community leaders. In an experiential and supportive environment, participants will explore the facilitation skills, knowledge, and training practices incorporated in the SYFS, Level 1 Curriculum. Individuals will gain experience using the curriculum to design, implement, and evaluate a SYFS, Level 1 Training Series for their own communities and receive a copy of the curriculum to take home.

The conference is open to the first 50 extension professionals. Early registration ends April 25; conference registration deadline is May 28. Visit the conference Web site for more information. For more information about the train the trainer conference, e-mail Jane Haskell, jhaskell@umext.maine.edu, or Louise Franck Cyr, lcyr@umext.maine.edu.

A call for proposals is issued for the 4th Annual Tri-State Diversity Conference: Expanding our Cultural Circles, January 17-18, 2008, at Holiday Inn Lakeside, Clarksville, IN. The call is for workshop proposals on best practices, curriculum models, research, and success stories for implementing community-based diversity initiatives in community development, family and youth development, education, and agriculture.

The Tri-State Diversity Conference is designed for land-grant universities, including administrators, faculty and staff from extension, research, and academic programs; private and public university representatives; K-12 educators; community outreach program developers; health and social services professionals; and anyone wanting to support community diversity change.

Proposal deadline is May 15. Submit all abstracts electronically to gae.broadwater@kysu.edu. Contact Gae Broadwater via the same e-mail address or telephone 502-597-6325 for more information or questions.

Aging in the Workplace: Maximizing a Valuable Human Resource is the theme for the 2007 Rocky Mountain Conference on Aging, October 24-25, at Loveland, CO. General session speakers include: Neil H. Charness, William G. Chase professor of psychology at Florida State University; and Harvey Sterns, professor of psychology and director of the Institute for Life-Span Development and Gerontology at The University of Akron.

Colorado State University Extension's Colorado State University Center on Aging, and the University of Northern Colorado Gerontology Program are sponsoring the conference.

Session and poster proposals are due May 1. Presenter guidelines and submission requirements are on the conference Web site, or contact Jacque Miller, jmiller@larimer.org, for more information

Purdue University, CSREES, Dow AgroSciences, and Monsanto imagine® are sponsoring a national conference, Convergence of Genomics and the Land Grant Mission:
Emerging Trends in the Application of Genomics in Agricultural Research. The conference is September 10-12 at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. The conference will feature invited presentations by recognized leaders in agricultural genomics from across the land-grant system. The purpose of the meeting is to share information, explore collaborations, and identify future research needs. This promises to be a rare opportunity to exchange scientific expertise and experiences between genomics researchers, and stimulate new discussions with applied researchers, stakeholders, and decision makers who do not normally interact with the genomics community. Our goal is to promote synergism across disciplines, commodities, and species on our campuses and across the country. Visit the conference Web site for more information.

Judy Rude, CSREES public affairs specialist in the Communications Staff, will receive the Association for Communication Excellence (ACE) in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Life and Human Sciences 2007 Publishing Special Interest Group (SIG) Award for Excellence. The Award of Excellence recognizes individuals who have demonstrated excellence in the SIG area as well as leadership and involvement in ACE. Rude served as PubSIG Regional Representative 1995-2001, PubSIG chair, 2001-02, and ACE DC Regional Director and ACE Board member from 2003-05. She was instrumental in the recommendation to the ACE Board of Directors to eliminate the Diversity Committee and establish a DiversitySIG to broaden the organizations participation and diversity awareness. Her liaison with the National Resource Management Officers (NRMOs) and leadership with the agency's electronic mailing lists has provided the land-grant system with critical communication and educational materials. Rude will receive the award during the International ACE/National Extension Technology Conference, June 17, in Albuquerque, NM.

Ann Marie Thro, CSREES national program leader for plant genetic systems of the Plant and Animal Science unit, was recently elected by her peers as Plant Genetic Resources (Division C-8) chair-elect in the Crop Science Society of America (CSSA). Thro provides a strong leadership role and services to CSSA.

For a plain text copy of this newsletter, please contact Judy Rude. CSREES UPDATE is published biweekly. The next regular issue is planned for May 2. Submit news items to newsletter@csrees.usda.gov by April 25, 2007.

Editor: Judy Rude, Public Affairs Specialist, CSREES Communications Staff. If you have questions about Update, please contact her at jrude@csrees.usda.gov.

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Colien Hefferan, Administrator

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