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CSREES Update - April 2, 2009

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 REEIS Home Page

  • CSREES Grant Leads to New Home Construction

  • CSREES News

  • CSREES Lists Open Requests for Grant Applications


USDA

  • USDA Agriculture Leadership Institute Graduates Small Farmers - 26 Minority Farmers Receive Recognition

  • Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Extends Deadline for Floodplain Easement Assistance - Help for Landowners Hard-hit by Recent Flooding

  • Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Top Staff Appointments at USDA

  • Secretary Vilsack Selects Dave White as NRCS Chief

  • Vilsack Names Michener Foreign Agricultural Service Administrator

  • USDA and Treasury Combine Forces to Combat Payment Fraud – USDA Will Use Income Data From IRS to Validate Payment Eligibility


Opportunities

  • 2009 Extension Human Sciences Network Conference


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What is Research, Economics, and Education Information System (REEIS)? REEIS is a central data repository and Web portal, created by Congressional mandate, to enable the public and the Secretary of Agriculture to measure the impact and effectiveness of research, extension, and education programs and to ensure the proper use of federal funds. Check out these REEIS facts:

CSREES maintains the largest database on agricultural research and extension projects in the world.

Important information on 41,000 new and recently completed projects—available initially only to researchers, research administrators and government personnel—is available online, free of charge, to all users with access to the Internet.

  • CSREES in 2007 issued more than $1.2 billion in federal funding to states to advancing knowledge in agriculture through research, education, and extension programs.
  • In 2007, the number one Knowledge Area funded by CSREES throughout the United States was animal diseases.
  • Thirty-six percent of the almost 6 million youth enrolled in 4-H programs nationally live in towns (rural nonfarm) with a population of 10,000 or less.
  • In 2006 alone, over 4,000 new research projects were initiated and over 53,000 publications have been written on a wide range of ground-breaking topics, such as bioenergy, bio-informatics, specialty crops, and sustainable development.

Find out more about these exciting projects, current research activities, states’ accomplishments, and a whole lot more about funding distributions, trends, and rankings by region, state, institution, and knowledge area. Visit the redesigned REEIS Web site at www.reeis.usda.gov.

CSREES Grant Leads to New Home Construction

The forest products industry in the rural south during the last 30 years has undergone rapid transformation. The industry today is dominated by large complexes supplied by capital-intensive logging operations that are highly efficient on large tracts but are equally inefficient on tracts of less than 50 acres. There are approximately 400,000 small forest land owners without a market for their timber; at the same time, approximately 6.2 million Americans in rural areas live in substandard housing. A multidisciplinary team of researchers and students at Auburn University are working to identify appropriate harvesting and wood processing technologies that generate income and employment for the small scale forest owners, and produce building materials to improve the living conditions of the rural poor. Auburn University’s Rural Studios produced the project’s first house in December 2008; a book documenting the production process is in the publishing stage. Contact Conner Bailey, professor, Agricultural and Economics & Rural Sociology, at bailelc@auburn.edu, or Suresh Sureshwaran, CSREES national program leader for Small and Medium-sized Farms, for more information. The project was funded by a National Research Initiative (now known as the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative) grant, Agricultural Prosperity for Small and Medium-Sized Farms Program.

CSREES Announces Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Funding Opportunities

WASHINGTON, March 16, 2009 – CSREES announced the availability of approximately $200 million in funds available through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI). AFRI is the new core competitive grant program to provide funding for fundamental and applied research, extension, and education to address food and agricultural sciences. As mandated in the 2008 Farm Bill, AFRI replaces the former National Research Initiative and the Initiative for Future Agriculture and Food Systems programs and addresses six priority areas:

  • Plant health and production and plant products
  • Animal health and production and animal products
  • Food safety, nutrition and health
  • Renewable energy, natural resources and environment
  • Agriculture systems and technology
  • Agriculture economics and rural communities

CSREES published a Program Announcement on December 17, 2008, to provide the initial announcement about the administration of AFRI for fiscal year (FY) 2009.The individual opportunity descriptions in the AFRI Requests for Applications (RFA) are consistent with those in the AFRI Program Announcement. Although no Letter of Intent deadlines have changed, some application deadlines have been modified to allow for the preparation and submission of applications. Additional AFRI information is available at http://www.csrees.usda.gov/funding/afri/afri.html. Visit the CSREES Newsroom to read CSREES Announces Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Funding Opportunities.

New Law Modifies Specialty Crop Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program

WASHINGTON, March 16, 2009 – The FY 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act, signed into law March 11 by President Obama, modifies language detailing in-kind support for grants under the Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI). In accordance with the new legislation, for the purposes of a grant made under section 412 of the Agricultural Research, Extension, and Education Reform Act of 1998, which established the SCRI, in-kind support from non-federal sources in the form of unrecovered indirect costs may be used to meet the matching requirements under 412(e)(3). These indirect costs are those that are not otherwise charged against the grant and must be consistent with the approved indirect cost rate of the organization. This constitutes a change for the program and the SCRI RFA has been modified accordingly.  Applicants may review updated information regarding SCRI matching fund requirements at http://www.csrees.usda.gov/funding/scri/scri_matching_funds_FAQ.pdf. Applications are due April 15. More information about the SCRI RFA is available at http://www.csrees.usda.gov/funding/rfas/specialty_crop.html. Visit the CSREES Newsroom to read New Law Modifies Specialty Crop Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program.

CSREES Announces Federal Register Notice to Gather Input on Implementation of the EIPM Program

CSREES released a Federal Register notice to gather additional input on the Extension Integrated Pest Management (EIPM) competitive grants program that was announced in October 2008. Comments will be accepted through April 30, 2009, and will be used to develop the FY 2010 EIPM RFA.

The EIPM program supports the advancement of the National Roadmap for Integrated Pest Management by addressing priority needs associated with the coordination, design, development, implementation, and evaluation of EIPM programs. The program will help agricultural producers and other pest managers adopt alternative pest management practices through training, demonstrations, and evaluation of methods and strategies. Visit the CSREES Newsroom to read CSREES Announces Federal Register Notice to Gather Input on Implementation of the EIPM Program.

4-H National Headquarters and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Award

ARLINGTON, Virginia, March 18, 2009 – 4-H National Headquarters and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service jointly presented the 2009 Connecting Youth with Nature through Natural Resources Conservation Education Award to Michigan State University 4-H Great Lakes and Natural Resource Camp today at the 74th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Arlington, Va.

Michigan’s 4-H Great Lakes and Natural Resources Camp is a statewide teen leadership and environmental stewardship program. The program focuses on unique aspects of the Lake Huron site and provides pre-college instruction in coastal ecology, fisheries management, limnology, wildlife, forestry, and wetlands. Experiential learning also takes place through natural resource-based recreation and research-oriented field trips. Formal evening programs and natural resource-themed group morale-building games foster teen leadership. Evaluations, conducted since 1999 with more than 475 youth, document program achievements in increasing Great Lakes/natural resources ecological knowledge. “The 4-H Great Lakes and Natural Resources Camp combines quality youth development opportunities with hands-on natural resources and conservation learning experiences,” said Colien Hefferan, Administrator of USDA’s Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES). CSREES is the parent organization to 4-H National Headquarters. “The camps enliven youths’ interest in nature and stewardship, while raising their interest in careers in wildlife and natural resources.” Visit the CSREES Newsroom to read 4-H National Headquarters and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Award.

USDA Agencies Sign National Clean Plant Network Memorandum of Understanding

Three U.S. Department of Agriculture agencies announced that a National Clean Plant Network (NCPN) has been established at the department. USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES) have signed a memorandum of understanding to cooperatively support NCPN research, quarantine, and outreach activities. Under the agreement, APHIS, ARS, and CSREES will work closely together, as well as with university, nonprofit, and industry stakeholders to create new, and support existing, NCPN activities. The NCPN, as required by the 2008 Farm Bill, is a collaborative venture, composed of diagnostic, therapeutic, and horticultural expertise. NCPN’s goal is to ensure the availability of high-quality propagated plant material that is free of plant pests, helping to ensure the global competitiveness of specialty crop producers. The NCPN promotes pest- and disease-free specialty crops, the rapid and safe introduction of new varieties from foreign sources, and hygienic U.S. products for export. Visit the APHIS Newsroom to read USDA Agencies Sign National Clean Plant Network Memorandum of Understanding.

Funding Opportunity

Closing Date

Contact

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program (AFRI)

See individual grant program.

See individual grant program.

Critical Issues: Emerging and New Plant and Animal Pests and Diseases

April 3, 2009

H.J. Rick Meyers

Special Research Grants Program:  Pest Management Alternatives Research

April 7, 2009

Monte Johnson

Resident Instruction Grants for Institutions of Higher Education in Insular Areas

April 10, 2009

Gregory Smith

Equity in Educational Land-Grant Status Act of 1994 Program (Tribal Colleges Extension Services Program)

April 13, 2009

Joan F. Gill

Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI)

April 15, 2009

Thomas Bewick

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

April 15, 2009

Jan Singleton

Supplemental and Alternative Crops Competitive Grants Program

April 23, 2009

James Parochetti

Special Research Grants Program: Potato Research

April 27, 2009

Ann Marie Thro

Food and Agricultural Sciences National Needs Graduate and Postgraduate Fellowship Grants Program

May 8, 2009

Audrey Trotman

Integrated Pest Management: Crops at Risk Program

May 11, 2009

H.J. Rick Meyer

Integrated Pest Management: Risk Avoidance and Mitigation Program

May 11, 2009

Robert Nowierski

Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grants Program: Integrated Pest Management: Methyl Bromide Transitions Program

May 11, 2009

William Hoffman

Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program

May 13, 2009

Siva Sureshwaran

Smith-Lever Special Needs Program

May 26, 2009

Dennis Kopp


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 Agriculture Leadership Institute Graduates Small Farmers - 26 Minority Farmers Receive Recognition 

WASHINGTON, March 27, 2009 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack presided over the Washington, DC, graduation ceremony of 26 minority farmers from the Small Farmer Agricultural Leadership Training Institute, a 2-year course of study that gives small, socially disadvantaged, limited resource and/or minority farmers the knowledge to become successful agricultural entrepreneurs. "President Obama recognizes that small farm operators are the custodians of about 48 percent of this nation's farm and ranch land," Vilsack said. "It's vital that we support programs such as this that provide the tools needed to promote the sustainability of small family farms."

USDA's Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service administers and funds the program through the Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers Program, which teaches participants the enhanced decision making skills and leadership development to become successful agribusiness managers and community leaders. Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the full release USDA Agriculture Leadership Institute Graduates Small Farmers - 26 Minority Farmers Receive Recognition.

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Extends Deadline for Floodplain Easement Assistance - Help for Landowners Hard-hit by Recent Flooding

WASHINGTON, March 26, 2009 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA is extending the sign-up period - until April 10 - for floodplain easement assistance, a component of the department's Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP). Up to $145 million has been made available to eligible landowners nationwide through the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and includes both technical and financial assistance. This funding will restore frequently flooded land to its natural state; create jobs in rural communities nationwide when landowners establish these floodplain easements; AND restore and protect an estimated 60,000 acres of flood-prone lands nationwide. "President Obama wants to make sure that landowners impacted by the recent flooding in states like North Dakota and Minnesota are given ample opportunity to apply for this assistance," said Vilsack. "This extension is part of USDA's plan to mitigate the impact of future flooding by restoring the landscape to its natural hydrology and native vegetation." Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the full release Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Extends Deadline for Floodplain Easement Assistance - Help for Landowners Hard-hit by Recent Flooding.

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Top Staff Appointments at USDA

WASHINGTON, March 24, 2009 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the names of individuals who will hold top staff positions at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, DC. "These individuals bring the Department a breadth of experience and expertise in issues that include agriculture, food safety, international relations, legislative affairs, environmental issues, and civil rights," said Vilsack. "This team appreciates the many missions of the Department of Agriculture and I look forward to working with them to help realize the President's goals for a safe, sustainable and nutritious food supply and maintaining a vital and prosperous rural America." Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the full release Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Top Staff Appointments at USDA.

Secretary Vilsack Selects Dave White as NRCS Chief

WASHINGTON, March 24, 2009 - Agriculture Secretary Thomas J. Vilsack named Dave White as chief of USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). With approximately 12,000 employees and an annual budget in excess of $3 billion, NRCS is the nation's leading agency in conserving natural resources on private lands. "Dave White's extensive experience working with the NRCS and at the local, state, and national levels is exactly what we need during this time of economic uncertainty and renewal," said Vilsack. "Dave's expertise and advice will be particularly valuable as we implement the 2008 Farm Bill and work to achieve President Obama's goals for renewing America and combating global climate change." Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the full release Secretary Vilsack Selects Dave White as NRCS Chief.

Vilsack Names Michener Foreign Agricultural Service Administrator

WASHINGTON, March 23, 2009 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack named Michael Michener as Administrator of USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service. Michener served in three U.S. foreign affairs agencies in the past 10 years. He has spent considerable time overseas promoting post-conflict stability operations, economic development, and human rights. Most recently, he served as the Senior Democracy and Governance Advisor and Lead Planning Officer for the U.S. State Department's Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization. From 2005 to 2007, he served as the lead Iraq policy officer for the State Department's Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, managing nearly $400 million in assistance programs promoting democracy and human rights in that country. He also has experience working with the United States Agency for International Development in Kosovo, Montenegro, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the full release Vilsack Names Michener Foreign Agricultural Service Administrator.

USDA and Treasury Combine Forces to Combat Payment Fraud – USDA Will Use Income Data From IRS Will be Used by USDA to Validate Payment Eligibility 

WASHINGTON, March 19, 2009 - In response to the discovery of nearly $50 million in payments to ineligible farmers, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have begun efforts to ensure that high-income individuals and entities who request USDA payments meet income limits set forth in the 2008 Farm Bill. The goal is to limit excessive payments while providing for fairness to family farmers. Beginning with the 2009 crop year and for successive years, in order to be eligible for USDA payments all recipients will be required to sign a separate form which grants IRS the authority to provide income information to USDA for verification purposes. Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the full release USDA and Treasury Combine Forces to Combat Payment Fraud.

The 2009 Extension Human Sciences Network Conference is April 21–24 in New Orleans, LA, with a pre-conference Habitat for Humanity build on April 20. The conference, hosted by the Louisiana State University AgCenter, brings together extension specialists and land-grant university faculty and administrators working in the fields of human development and family studies, food and nutrition, health and wellness, and housing and financial security. Paul D. Coreil, Extension Committee on Organization and Policy chair, and vice chancellor and director, Louisiana Cooperative Extension, will offer a keynote on extension’s leadership role in disaster preparedness and recovery. Other program highlights include sessions on the current economic crisis, the status of the National Extension Parent Education Model and Framework, and funding opportunities in CSREES programs. Visit the conference Web site for more information and meeting agenda.

 

For a plain text copy of this newsletter, please contact Judy Rude. CSREES UPDATE is published biweekly. The next regular issue is planned for April 15, 2009. Submit news items to newsletter@csrees.usda.gov by April 8.

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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