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CSREES Update - July 11, 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.


  • Rural Health and Safety Request for Applications
  • South Korean Delegation Visits CSREES
  • Rural Youth Development Fund Highlight
  • Pre-Conference Workshop on Fundamentals of Spatial Economics
  • CSREES News
  • CSREES Lists Open Requests for Grant Applications


  • USDA Announces Additional Funding for Emerald Ash Borer and Potato Cyst Nematode Eradication


  • Purdue Extension Director Retires

Awards and Recognition

  • Gerrior Elected Chair
  • 2007 4-H Families Count: Family Strengthening Awards



A new request for applications (RFA) was issued July 3 on Grants.gov Web site for the Fiscal Year 2007 Rural Health and Safety competitive grant program. The Rural Heath and Safety Education Program will focus on issues related to population aging in rural areas, eldercare and its impact on rural and farm families, and/or related issues of rural health care access to provide individuals and families with:

  • information concerning the value of good health in an era of population aging;

  • information to increase the older adult individual or family's motivation to take more responsibility for their own health;

  • access for older adults to health promotion activities;

  • the aging rural population and senior services required to care for the population; and

  • training for volunteers and health services providers concerning health promotion and health care services for rural older adult populations.

This is in cooperation with the Department of Health and Human Services.

The proposal deadline is close of business August 1, 2007, (5 p.m. eastern daylight time). Applications received after this deadline will not be considered for funding. Contact Shirley Gerrior, CSREES national program leader for Nutrition and Health in the Families, 4-H, and Nutrition unit, for more information.

On July 2, 2007, several CSREES staff briefed a delegation of 18 extension specialists from the Republic of Korea 's Rural Development Administration (RDA). The group was interested in learning about the structure of CSREES and the Land-Grant University System, as well as programs in youth development, urban extension, and rural and community development. Suzanne LeMenestrel, Families, 4-H, and Nutrition, and Maurice Dorsey and Kristen Grifka, Economic and Community Systems, met with the delegation. The group was impressed with the U.S. extension service and hopes to use what they learned to develop new extension programs in South Korea. The meeting was organized through the CSREES International Programs staff. Contact Hiram Larew, director of the International Programs staff in the Science and Education Resources Development unit, for more program information.

Challenge and Change: Challenge Yourself, Change the World, a Girl Scouts program for grades 9-12, is funded through the CSREES Rural Youth Development grants program. The curriculum trains girls to apply business skills to solve social issues, called "social entrepreneurship." It provides opportunities for rural youth to apply innovative ideas to improve their lives and the communities in which they live. The girls discover what issues they care about the most, how they can do something about it, and how they can work with others to have a significant impact for themselves and their communities. Participating teens are using their newfound passion and leadership skills to address a wide range of community problems, such as gang graffiti, isolation of the rural elderly, or a lack of educational offerings in small towns. The girls connect with many community members. It is bringing in a new group of volunteers who are serving in different and exciting ways. In addition to Girl Scouts, the Rural Youth Development Program also funds National 4-H Council and FFA. Contact Nancy Valentine, CSREES national program leader for youth development and 4-H in the Families, 4-H, and Nutrition unit, for more program information.

CSREES' Economic and Community Systems unit is co-sponsoring a special pre-conference workshop June 28 on the Fundamentals of Spatial Economics.  This workshop is scheduled prior to the 2007 American Agricultural Economics Association (AAEA) joint meeting with the Western Agricultural Economics Association and the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society. Other workshop co-sponsors include AAEA, Oregon State University , The Ohio State University, University of Nevada-Reno, and the Rural Policy Research Institute. This workshop provides an introduction to foundational work in spatial economics taught by leading economists from inside and outside the Land-Grant University System.  Several key factors contributed to the development of spatial econometric methods from collaboration and cross-fertilization across disciplines. These factors include the emergence of the new growth theory and new economic geography; the globalization of the economy and increasing importance of international economic development to rural economies; and the recognition of the role of natural amenities in the growth of rural areas. The workshop will help foster an environment in which new cross-disciplinary collaboration can be developed. Contact Fen Hunt, CSREES national program leader for social and economic research, extension, and education in the Economic and Community Systems unit, for more information.

Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns announced July 3 that thousands of disabled farmers in 21 states will have access to education and assistance to continue farming through the funding of more than $3.7 million for "AgrAbility" projects.

"Disabilities should not prevent someone from having a career in agriculture," said Johanns. "These AgrAbility projects enhance the quality of life for farmers with disabilities and their families, and provide them with the tools they need to be successful."

Projects include educating professionals on how to assist those with disabilities and directly training disabled agricultural workers. AgrAbility has improved farmers' financial stability and access to life activities, and has enabled states and regions to deliver timely services to those with disabilities. Visit the CSREES Newsroom to read the full release.

Funding Opportunity

Closing Date


National Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program - Various topic areas

See individual grant program

See individual grant program

Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) - Various topic areas See individual grant program See individual grant program
National Extension Integrated Pest Management Special Projects Program July 20, 2007 Martin A. Draper
Renewable Resources Extension Act-National Focus Fund Projects July 26, 2007 Eric Norland
Rural Health and Safety Education Competitive Grants Program August 1, 2007 Shirley Gerrior
Regional Aquaculture Center Program, Section 1475 August 15, 2007 Meryl Broussard


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 announced July 6 the availability of an additional $11.3 million in emergency funding for the emerald ash borer (EAB) program and $500,000 for the potato cyst nematode (PCN) program in Idaho.

USDA will provide this emergency funding to states with established EAB programs and quarantines to support pest detection, control, regulation of host material that will mitigate the risk of further spread of the pest, as well as outreach and education to the general public. A portion of the funding will also target uninfested states at risk for EAB for additional survey and response if a detection of the pest should occur. Early detection of new infestations is critical to enhancing USDA's ability to eradicate such incursions and contain the pest within quarantine areas. Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the full release.

Dave Petritz, director of Purdue Extension retired June 30th with 35 years of service. Petritz was involved in several programs to help farm families deal with difficult financial times. He coordinated the 1998 drought response effort that included a toll-free hotline and extensive media coverage. He was assigned the roll of helping the entire university become more engaged in trying to find solutions to the problems facing Indiana.

Petritz joined the Purdue's Department of Agricultural Economics as an assistant professor in 1972. He became the assistant head for extension education in agricultural economics in 1982. He was named the assistant director of Purdue Extension and the agricultural and natural resources program leader in 1989, serving in that position until named director in 1999. In 2004, associate vice-provost for University Engagement was added to his responsibilities. Petritz holds a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, Urbana, in agricultural economics.

Petritz was recently selected by Epsilon Sigma Phi (Extension Professionals' Organization) to receive the 2007 National Distinguished Service Ruby. He will deliver the prestigious Ruby Lecture during the Ruby Luncheon on Thursday, September 13th, at the 2007 Epsilon Sigma Phi National Conference in Charleston, SC.

Shirley A. Gerrior, CSREES national program leader for human nutrition, research, and extension was recently elected as chair, Nutrition Education Research Interest Section of the American Society for Nutrition (ASN). ASN, a constituent society of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, is the premier research society dedicated to improving the quality of life through excellence in nutrition research and practice.

The National 4-H Council announced the recipients of the 2007 4-H Families Count: Family Strengthening Awards funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. These awards are funded with the understanding that they and future winners will spread knowledge of working family strengthening practices throughout the 4-H system, helping other programs recognize themselves as family strengthening programs and infusing family strengthening into programs that may improve through use of best practices. Eligible programs are those that merit approval by 4-H Programs of Distinction and significantly involve families, especially those families that are disadvantaged and that live in rural areas.  All programs must promote family strengthening by connecting families to social networks, economic opportunities and/or services, and support. 

The award winning programs include:

  • Arizona's Kinship Kare of Northern Arizona, Beth Knisely Tucker

  • Colorado's DARE to be You "CARE to Wait", Jan Miller-Heyl

  • Maryland's Cyber Town, Lisa Dennis

  • Michigan's Journey 4-H Youth Mentoring Program, Lisa Bottomley

  • Pennsylvania and Iowa's PROSPER: Power School-Community-University Partnership to Enhance Resilience, Claudia Mincemoyer

Contact Suzanne Le Menestrel, CSREES national program leader for Youth Development Research in the Families, 4-H, and Nutrition unit, for more information.

For a plain text copy of this newsletter, please contact Judy Rude. CSREES UPDATE is published biweekly. The next regular issue is planned for July 25. Submit news items to newsletter@csrees.usda.gov by July 18, 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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