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CSREES Update - July 25, 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.


  • New CSREES Marketing Specialist
  • New SAN Publication Released
  • CSREES News
  • CSREES Lists Open Requests for Grant Applications


  • Avian Influenza Low Pathogenic H5N1 vs. Highly Pathogenic H5N1 Update
  • USDA to Meet With Community and Faith-Based Partners
  • Transcript of Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns Remarks with The Press - Capitol Hill - Washington, DC


  • SRDC Releases New Strategic Plan
  • Report Focuses on Rural Children and Health Care
  • Coloring Book is Educational Opportunity, Too
  • Distance Education Training in Community Development Skills

Awards and Recognition

  • Reynnells Honored as Poultry Science Fellow



Cassie Copen has joined the CSREES Communication Staff as a public affairs specialist. Her focus is marketing CSREES-funded programs to promote the benefits to Americans and neighboring citizens around the world. Copen served as a public relations intern with the West Virginia Legislature's Office of Reference and Information and West Virginia University Extension Service, Office of Communications and Technology.  Before coming to CSREES she was the executive assistant to the executive vice president of GolinHarris Marketing Brand Strategy Team. Copen received her BSJ degree from West Virginia University in public relations and political science. Copen can be reached at 703-401-6544 or via email at ccopen@csrees.usda.gov.

"Rangeland Management Strategies" is the latest in a series of publications featuring the most creative research funded by the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program. SARE is a CSREES program that works with producers, researchers, and educators to promote farming systems that are profitable, environmentally sound, and good for communities. The publication is produced by the Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN), which operates under a cooperative agreement between CSREES, the University of Vermont, and the University of Maryland to develop and disseminate information about sustainable agriculture. Visit the SARE Web site to preview or download the entire publication. You can also order printed copies from their Webstore at http://www.sare.org/Webstore; email san_assoc@sare.org; or telephone 301-504-5411. Agricultural educators may place orders for printed copies in quantity at no cost.


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
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.


USDA released July 23 the latest Fact Sheet on Avian Influenza. Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the Fact Sheet.

Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns announced July 19 USDA's fourth annual Partners Meeting, which will bring together 300 leaders from community and faith-based organizations with USDA officials August 1-3, 2007, at the Doubletree Hotel Crystal City, in Arlington, VA. "The theme for this year's meeting, 'Challenge, Choice, Change: Solutions That Strengthen Farming and Rural Communities' fits right in with USDA's proposed plan to reform farm programs," Johanns said. "I encourage our partners to attend and continue our close working relationship."

The Partners Meeting is an annual event coordinated through the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights. It presents an opportunity for representatives of community and faith-based organizations and USDA agencies to exchange ideas and explore solutions to challenges faced by traditionally underserved farmers, ranchers, and rural communities. The Partners Meeting also serves as a "call to action" to propose development of policy to address underserved customers. Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the full release.

Agricultural Secretary Mike Johanns met with reporters July 19 answering questions regarding the 2007 Farm Bill. Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the full transcript.

The Southern Rural Development Center (SRDC) released its new strategic plan, with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The strategic plan, "Blueprint for the Rural South: Discovering New Ideas, Applying New Strategies," represents the culmination of a process that began more than a year ago. Working with land-grant faculty from across the South, the SRDC collected input from nearly 600 southerners. A faculty-based advisory committee and the SRDC Board of Directors studied, discussed, and carefully weighed these important insights. The plan calls for investments in three new priorities that address the needs of people in the rural South. The priority areas are fostering civic-minded communities; building economically vibrant communities; and enhancing opportunities in distressed and low-income communities. Visit the SRDC Web site to view the complete report. Contact Sally Maggard, CSREES national program leader for Economic and Community Systems unit or Lionel "Bo" Beaulieu, SRDC director, for more information.

The "Rural Children Increasingly Rely on Medicaid and State Child Health Insurance Programs for Medical Care" report highlights the importance of public-sector health insurance coverage for children in rural areas. For more than 10 years, the number of American children with health insurance coverage has risen, in part, because of increased coverage for children in low-income families. This resulted from expanded coverage by Medicaid and the State Child Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). Despite a recent flurry of reports on health insurance coverage for children, none of the reports have examined the unique situation of rural families where one-fifth of all our nation's poor children live. This report finds a higher percentage of children in rural areas depend on Medicaid or SCHIP for health insurance than children in urban areas, and that the number of rural children relying on public health insurance is on the rise. View the full report on the Carsey Institute Web site. Contact Sally Maggard, CSREES national program leader for Economic and Community Systems unit, for more information.


USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) continues the CSREES/APHIS partnership by working with 4-H to educate young backyard poultry owners about what they can do to protect their birds from diseases such as avian influenza (AI). As part of its Biosecurity for Birds campaign, APHIS has produced an informative and engaging coloring book about the steps kids can take to keep their birds healthy. It is perfect for elementary school-aged children.  

These coloring books are free to 4-H clubs. To keep things simple logistically, APHIS would prefer to bulk-ship the coloring books to 4-H leaders at the state level, for the state 4-H offices to distribute to local clubs or fairs. Contact Madelaine Fletcher, APHIS public affairs specialist at birdbiosecurity@aphis.usda.gov for details. Supplies are limited, and orders will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

The North Central Regional Center for Rural Development is offering a 7-part series on "Understanding Communities and their Dynamics." This distance education training focuses on the ability to understand community of place, the nature of public issues, the dynamics and interdependencies of the various segments of the community, and the basics of community development work. The series is the first component of the "Foundations of Practice: Community Development Core Competencies for Extension Professionals," a professional development framework developed by leading extension professionals to provide a common language and understanding of community development work. The 1-1/2 hour sessions are available through Breeze technology. Registration is now available for the fall 2007 series, which starts in mid-September and runs seven consecutive weeks. For more information visit the NCRCRD Web site or contact Janet Ayres, professor of agricultural economics, Department of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University.


Richard Reynnells, CSREES national program leader for Poultry Science in the Plant and Animal Systems unit, was honored by the Poultry Science Association and granted the title of "Fellow" at the 2007 annual meeting held at San Antonio, TX. This is the most prestigious award given by the association to a member for his/her professional distinction and contributions to the field of poultry science. Reynnells was recognized for his numerous contributions to the poultry industry, youth programs, extension and outreach efforts, as well as for his numerous services to the Poultry Science and the World's Poultry Science Associations for more than 30 years. He is considered an authority in highlighting opportunities by addressing current and potential issues that impact our food animal system. With this honor, Reynnells joins a select group of poultry science Fellows who are regarded by their peers as most accomplished and deserving of this unique title.

For a plain text copy of this newsletter, please contact Judy Rude. CSREES UPDATE is published biweekly. The next regular issue is planned for August 8. Submit news items to newsletter@csrees.usda.gov by August 1, 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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