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CSREES Update - April 29, 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

  • CSREES Farm Entrepreneurship Webinar
  • 2009 Priester National Extension Health Conference/Award
  • F4HN Welcomes New Program Assistant
  • CSREES News
  • CSREES Lists Open Requests for Grant Applications

USDA

  • President Obama, Secretary Vilsack Announce Intent to Nominate Rajiv Shah as Under Secretary of Research, Education and Economics and Chief Scientist at USDA
  • President Obama, Secretary Vilsack Announce Intent to Nominate Pearlie S. Reed as Assistant Secretary for Administration
  • President Obama, Secretary Vilsack Announce Intent to Nominate Edward M. Avalos as Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs
  • Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Names Doug Caruso as FSA Administrator
  • Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Names Jay Jensen as Deputy Under Secretary for Natural Resources And Environment
  • President Obama, Secretary Vilsack Announce Intent to Nominate Kevin Concannon as Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services at USDA
  • Secretary Tom Vilsack Announces Staff Appointments at USDA

Partners

  • NASULGC is now APLU
  • NCRCRD Announces New Board Members

Opportunities

  • NERCRD Seeks Associate Director/Senior Project Associate

Awards and Recognition

  • Honor Goes to Rutgers Extension Specialist

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CSREES scheduled the 3rd Family Farm Forum webinar meeting for May 11. The forum is a biannual series of newsletters and webinars designed to enhance research, teaching, and outreach programs on topics of importance to family farms, by promoting discussion and networking among stakeholders; disseminating information about funding opportunities; and enhancing impacts of CSREES-supported programs by disseminating information and encouraging participation. The upcoming webinar focuses on farm entrepreneurship; the topic was selected by stakeholders at the previous meeting. The webinar can be accessed by logging on to http://connect.extension.iastate.edu/csrees/ a few minutes before 2 p.m. (EDT) on May 11. 

Forum participants include people from the land-grant system, community based organizations, and the private sector. While agency staff and partners present an overview of competitive funding opportunities related to the topic, equal time is set aside for attendees to interact with presenters and with each other, ask for clarification, identify new needs and approaches, and share training materials. Participation and interaction among all attendees is encouraged. Webinar transcripts are posted on the CSREES Family and Small Farm Program Web page. Iowa State University Extension facilitates the webinar, with additional support from CSREES Competitive Programs (CP) and Economics and Community Systems (ECS) units. Contact Siva Sureshwaran, CP national program leader, or Patricia McAleer, ECS program specialist, for more information.

The 13th Annual Priester National Extension Health Conference, held in Indianapolis, IN, was co-sponsored by Purdue University Extension and CSREES. The conference honors Jeanne M. Priester, a leader in advancing health education within the Cooperative Extension System. This year’s theme, Healthy Families, Health Across the Lifespan, and Sustainable Communities, focused on programs that address the many challenges that face extension health educators, including those related to caregiving issues, health disparities, communication technology, high rates of obesity, and increases in chronic disease. Dr. Russell Pate, vice provost for health sciences and professor of exercise science in the Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina, spoke at the Jeanne M. Priester Award luncheon. This award honors extension programs that have a positive impact on the health of people across the United States and provide leadership to enhance extension’s capacity to implement health programs. The 2009 Jeanne M. Priester Award winners are Dr. Marilyn Townsend, University of California–Davis, for “Eatfit,” a program designed for youth to improve diet and physical activity; and Debra Schroeder, University of Nebraska, for “Control Diabetes for Life,” a statewide program that provides research-based education for people with diabetes.  

The Families, 4-H, and Nutrition Unit welcomes Cameron Briggs. Briggs is working in the Nutrition and Family Science section as a program assistant. A native of Fort Washington, MD, he received his B.S. degree in Family Studies from the University of Maryland. His senior thesis, entitled “The Importance of Paternal Involvement on a Child’s Overall Development,” was awarded with honors. Prior to joining USDA, he spent 2 years as a paralegal, assisting in large-scale litigation matters with the Washington, DC,-based personal injury/workers’ compensation law firm of Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePoalis, & Lightfoot. Briggs also held positions with both the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Defense. He is located in Room 4320 at the Waterfront Centre and can be reached at cbriggs@csrees.usda.gov or telephone 202-720-2864.

WASHINGTON, April 23, 2009 - USDA and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced that an international consortium of researchers has published the genome of domestic cattle, the first livestock mammal to have its genetic blueprint sequenced and analyzed. The landmark research will bolster efforts to produce better beef and dairy products and lead to a better understanding of the human genome.
The sequencing and analysis of the bovine genome was funded in part by CSREES and Agricultural Research Service, who jointly contributed approximately $10 million. Approximately $25 million was contributed to the project by the National Human Genome Research Institute part of NIH, which is a component of the Department of Health and Human Services. Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the full release USDA and NIH Funded International Science Consortium Publishes Analysis of Domestic Cattle Genome Sequence

 


Funding Opportunity

Closing Date

Contact

Interregional Research Project #4 Minor Crop Pest Management Program (IR-4)

May 4, 2009

Monte Johnson

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

Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program  

May 13, 2009

Elizabeth Tuckermanty

Rural Youth Development Grants Program

May 20, 2009

Nancy Valentine

Smith-Lever Special Needs Program

May 26, 2009

Dennis Kopp

Expert Integrated Pest Management Decision Support System

June 5, 2009

H.J. Rick Meyer

Youth Farm Safety and Education Certification Program

June 11, 2009

 Brad Rein


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.

WASHINGTON, April 17, 2009 - President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate Rajiv J. Shah, M.D., as Under Secretary of Research, Education and Economics (REE) and Chief Scientist at USDA. The REE mission area provides the science that federal agencies, policymakers, researchers, and others draw on to meet challenges facing America's food and agriculture system. The four REE agencies are the Agricultural Research Service (including the National Agricultural Library), Economic Research Service, National Agricultural Statistics Service, and CSREES.

"Dr. Rajiv Shah is a globally recognized leader in science, health and economics ... disciplines that are critical to the missions of this department," said Vilsack. As director of the Agricultural Development Program at The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Rajiv has a profound influence on helping the world's poor lead healthy and productive lives. With his extensive background, Rajiv will help guide advances in food safety, nutrition, energy and climate, agricultural productivity, and global food security—to name a few of USDA's challenges." Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the full release President Obama, Secretary Vilsack Announce Intent To Nominate Rajiv Shah As Under Secretary Of Research, Education And Economics And Chief Scientist At USDA.

WASHINGTON, April 27, 2009 - President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate Pearlie S. Reed as Assistant Secretary for Administration at USDA. Reed will serve with Secretary Tom Vilsack."It's a real pleasure to welcome Pearlie Reed back to USDA - where he had a remarkable career that began in 1968 and extended into the 21st Century," Vilsack said."He will bring unique ability and experience to the position of Assistant Secretary for Administration ¾ a position he held in an acting capacity a little over 10 years ago." Reed currently is a consultant in the fields of agriculture, conservation, economic development, and management. Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the full release President Obama, Secretary Vilsack Announce Intent to Nominate Pearlie S. Reed as Assistant Secretary for Administration.

WASHINGTON, April 24, 2009 – President Barack Obama has announced his intent to nominate Edward M. Avalos as Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs at the USDA. Avalos will serve with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "Edward Avalos has spent a lifetime in agriculture, including 34 years in agricultural marketing," said Vilsack. "He has spearheaded innovative marketing techniques which have improved the economic viability of rural areas and established export marketing programs which have placed American crops on tables around the world.” Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the full release President Obama, Secretary Vilsack Announce Intent to Nominate Edward M. Avalos as Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs.

WASHINGTON, April 22, 2009 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the appointment of Doug Caruso as Administrator of the USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA). "As FSA State Executive Director in Wisconsin for 8 years, Doug Caruso compiled an impressive record of improving client services and enhancing outreach to historically underserved farmers," said Vilsack. "He is the right choice to serve America's farmers, ranchers, rural landowners, and communities that benefit from FSA's services and to implement USDA's goals of providing a safety-net for small and mid-sized farmers while promoting a sustainable, safe, sufficient, and nutritious food supply." Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the full release Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Names Doug Caruso as FSA Administrator.

WASHINGTON, April 22, 2009 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the appointment of Jay Jensen as USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment. In this position, Jensen will have responsibility for the U.S. Forest Service, which manages 193 million acres of National Forest System lands and provides assistance to the more than 10 million family-forest landowners in this country. Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the full release Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Names Jay Jensen as Deputy Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment.

WASHINGTON, April 17, 2009 - President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate Kevin W. Concannon as Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services at USDA. Concannon will serve with Secretary Tom Vilsack. "In the past 25 years, Kevin Concannon has been director of four health and human service agencies in three states—Iowa, Maine, and Oregon," Vilsack said. "In these positions, Kevin has led state efforts to make food stamps and emergency food assistance more accessible to those in need.” Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the full release President Obama, Secretary Vilsack Announce Intent to Nominate Kevin Concannon as Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services at USDA.  

WASHINGTON, April 15, 2009 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced 14 appointments to key staff positions at USDA in Washington, DC. "These individuals, representing diverse backgrounds, strengths, and skills, are a dynamic team prepared to address the issues facing 21st century food and agriculture," said Vilsack. "They are committed to the President's goals for a prosperous rural America and a strong American agriculture and they believe that U.S. agriculture must play a leadership role in tackling the nation's renewable energy challenges. They will be a great asset to USDA's missions and agencies and I look forward to working with them." Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the full report Secretary Tom Vilsack Announces Staff Appointments at USDA.

The National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC) changed their name to the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, or APLU. Visit their new Web site at http://www.aplu.org.  

North Central Regional Center for Rural Development (NCRCRD) Board of Directors welcomes new members from Michigan State University (MSU)—Dr. Tom Koon, director of Cooperative Extension, and Dr. John Baker, associate director of the Agricultural Experiment Station. Other new members include Randy Eberts, president, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research; Sheldon James, president, Farm Foundation; Chuck Hassebrook, executive director, Center for Rural Affairs; and Brian Kowalkowski, assistant director of Education Outreach and Extension, College of Menominee Nation. Dr. Ken Martin, Ohio State Cooperative Extension Service, serves as NCRCRD board chair. Dick Todd, Federal Reserve Bank - Minnesota, is the incoming chair. A national search will be conducted this fall for a new center director. MSU Professor Scott Loveridge is serving as the transition director and overseeing the center’s relocation to MSU, effective July 1 (See Partners CSREES Update, February 4). Contact Sally Maggard, CSREES national program leader for the Economic and Community Systems Unit, or Scott Loveridge, NCRCRD transition director, for more information.

The Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development (NERCRD) at The Pennsylvania State University is looking for an associate director/senior project associate. The associate director is responsible for coordinating a wide range of NERCRD-related rural development extension projects, including conference development and coordination, in cooperation with land-grant universities and other partners across the 12 Northeast states and the District of Columbia. Qualified candidates should have a Master’s or equivalent in economic development, community development, agricultural economics, planning, rural sociology, or related fields, plus 2 years of work-related experience. Visit the Penn State Office of Human Resources Web site to read the full position announcement (Job Number 29929), and applications details. Applications are due May 14. Contact Stephan Goetz, NECRD director, or Sally Maggard, CSREES national program leader for the Economic and Community Systems Unit, for more information.

Dr. Barbara M. O’Neill, a financial resource management specialist for Cooperative Extension at Rutgers University and member of the Financial Security for All eXtension Community of Practice National Leadership Team,  was named the 2009 winner of the William E. Odom Visionary Leadership Award by the Jump$tart Coalition® for Personal Financial Literacy. The award was presented at the not-for-profit organization’s annual awards dinner. The award recognizes individuals who have made substantial contributions to the promotion of financial literacy among students. It is considered the highest award given for individual contributions that further personal financial education/literacy among students in kindergarten through college. 

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 13, 2009. Submit news items to newsletter@csrees.usda.gov by May 6.

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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