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CSREES Update - November 28 , 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 News
  • CSREES Lists Open Requests for Grant Applications


  • USDA Seeks Public Comment on Dairy Disaster Assistance Program
  • Statement by Acting Secretary Chuck Conner Regarding Need for a New Farm Bill


  • Ag Economists Make Headlines
  • Kentucky Counties Raise Cancer Awareness through Partnerships
  • 2008 Galaxy III Conference Call for Proposals

  • Financial Security Community of Practice Wins National Award




Funding Opportunity

Closing Date


National Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program - Various topic areas

See individual grant program

See individual grant program

Regional Integrated Pest Mgt. Northeastern

November 28,

Michael Fitzner

Regional Integrated Pest Mgt. Southern

December 3,

Michael Fitzner

International Cooperative Biodiversity Groups

December 5,

Siva Sureshwaran

Regional Integrated Pest Mgt. Western

December 7,

Michael Fitzner

Children, Youth, and Families at Risk Sustainable Community Projects

December 10,

Sharon Wright

Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers Competitive Grants Program

December 14,

Dionne Toombs

Integrated Organic Program

January 9, 2008 Tom Bewick

Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grants Program: National Integrated Food Safety Initiative

January 11,

Jan Singleton

Secondary and Two-Year Postsecondary Agriculture Education Challenge Grants Program

January 11,

Gregory Smith

International Science and Education Competitive Grants Program

January 17,

Hiram Larew

Education Challenge, Higher Ed, HEP

February 1,

Gregory Smith

Higher Education Program: Hispanic-Serving Institutions Education Grants Program

February 8, 2008

Irma Lawrence

Equity in Educational Land-Grant Status Act of 1994 Program

February 22, 2008

Joan Gill

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 announced November 26 that dairy producers and the public have until December 26, 2007, to comment on a proposed rule concerning the new Dairy Disaster Assistance Program III (DDAP-III). USDA published the proposed rule in the Federal Register on November 26. The proposal sets forth rules governing how this program will be administered. Comments may be made on proposed eligibility requirements, proof of production history, loss determinations, payment rates, payment rate calculations, appeals, and other program provisions. Also, the proposal outlines the differences between this program and similar dairy disaster assistance programs carried out by USDA in recent years. Visit the USDA Newsroom to read USDA Seeks Public Comment on Dairy Disaster Assistance Program release.

Two agricultural economists, Chris Goemans, Colorado State University and Brian Hurd,  New Mexico State University, made news from their research studies on water issues.  Both scientists are members of W1190-Interfacing Technological, Economic, and Institutional Principles for Managing Inter-sector Mobilization of Water, a multistate research group supported by CSREES. Their research findings, as reported in the Rocky Mountain News, included a reduction of water use by approximately 5 percent if prices are increased by using a simple tiered price system; mandatory water use restrictions may generate another 10 to 15 percent savings when tiered systems are in place; and households reduced water use by 10 percent when they took advantage of rebates on water-efficient toilets, clothes, and dish washers. The newspaper quoted Goemans as saying that these are important tools for water conservation; while restrictions are effective, it is most likely the cost that will keep water use down over the long-term. Goemans has authored a forthcoming article, "Residential Water Demand Management"  that will appear in the Journal of the American Water Resources Association. 

The Albuquerque Journal reported research results from, "Climate Change and Its Implications for New Mexico's Water Resources and Economic Opportunities" by Hurd and his co-author, Julie Coonrod, University of New Mexico. The study uses a hydro-economic approach to study the effects of climate change on water supply and the economy. It estimates that diminishing water supplies resulting from global warming could cost New Mexico's economy hundreds of millions of dollars a year over the next century. Taking uncertainty into consideration and using simulations, the study projected that by 2080, the water flow in the Rio Grande could drop 8 percent (the wettest scenario) to 23 percent (the worst scenario).

The University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service in nine counties joined forces to raise awareness for breast and cervical cancer screenings with a project called Team Up. Team Up is a national project identified by CSREES and partners, the National Cancer Institute's Cancer Information Service, Centers for Disease Control, and the American Cancer Society to promote breast and cervical cancer screening for rarely- or never-screened women. Breast and cervical cancers have two of the highest cancer mortality rates in Kentucky. Kentucky family and consumer sciences agents from Breathitt, Elliott, Floyd, Johnson, Lawrence, Magoffin, Martin, Powell, and Wolfe Counties are working with local volunteers, churches, and their communities to present information on the benefits of regular cancer screenings. The counties partnered with county health departments, regional hospitals, local cancer coalitions, and Kentucky State University. Through donations from various federal, state, and local partners, Kentucky Team Up received about $45,000 for the project. This funding went toward television and radio advertising and the purchase of resources.

Since the counties receive little operating money, extension agents came up with creative, low-cost ways to increase cancer awareness. One such creative activity occurred in Floyd County, which created a DVD to increase screening rates. The movie was designed to reach the community through churches and nonprofits and featured local cancer survivors and doctors who discussed their experiences with cancer and emphasized early detection. Five area health care facilities partnered and made financial contributions to the DVD, and a local production company produced it at a discount. The Team Up program has produced results. The data received from the counties shows an increase in screenings. Each county will continue to raise awareness, and will have an opportunity to receive mini grants to keep the momentum going and strengthen the local cancer coalitions.


Joint Council of Extension Professionals invites proposal submissions to present at the 2008 Galaxy III Conference, September 15-19, 2008, in Indianapolis, IN. Participants will Celebrate the Extension System: Strengths, Diversity, and Unique Qualities as they learn best practices for Cooperative Extension programs and renew their personal and professional spirit for working together across organizational and programming lines. There are four types of presentations: research/evaluation, competency building workshop, poster, and roundtable. The proposal submission deadline is January 15, 2008. The conference program will be finalized and presenters notified no later than April 1, 2008. Late proposals will not be accepted. Visit the conference Web site for additional proposal information.


The Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education (AFCPE) awarded the eXtension Financial Security for All Community of Practice Leadership Team the Outstanding Consumer Financial Information Award at its recent annual conference meeting in Tampa, FL. Team Chair Debra Pankow, North Dakota State University, accepted the award. Other team members are Nancy Porter, Clemson University; Barbara O'Neill, Rutgers University; Sharon Seiling, The Ohio State University; Judy Branch, University of Vermont; and Erik Anderson, University of Idaho. The team is advised by Jane Schuchardt, CSREES, and Linda Kirk Fox, Washington State University. eXtension is the Cooperative Extension System's electronic delivery system for timely, unbiased, peer-reviewed information and education. The financial security portion of the site includes learning and assessment tools, nearly 1,000 frequently asked questions, and the opportunity to ask questions of an extension personal finance expert. The Web site at www.extension.org, which includes the personal finance portion, will be formally launched at the USDA Ag Outlook Forum in Crystal City, VA, February 21-22, 2008.

For a plain text copy of this newsletter, please contact Judy Rude. CSREES UPDATE is published biweekly. The next regular issue is planned for December 12. Submit news items to newsletter@csrees.usda.gov by December 5, 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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