CSREES Update - June 10, 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 Bids Farewell to Larry Robinson
- National Extension and Research Administrative Officers’ Conference
- CSREES Lists Open Requests for Grant Applications
- Rajiv Shah Sworn in as Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics
- Secretary Vilsack Names Ann Wright Deputy Undersecretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs
- Secretary Vilsack Names Judith Canales Administrator for Business and Cooperative Programs at Rural Development
- Share Our Strength, USDA, and Food Network Plant ‘Good Food Garden’ at DC School
- Secretary Vilsack Kicks Off National Homeownership Month at Rural Housing Roundtable
- NERME Offers Webinars Throughout 2009
- Rick Rudd Becomes Interim Director of Virginia Cooperative Extension
- Tony Windham Becomes Interim Director of Cooperative Extension Service at UALR
Awards and Recognition
- Madhu Khanna wins the 2009 Leopold Leadership Fellow Award
CSREES Bids Farewell to Larry Robinson
Larry Robinson has left his position as CSREES Science Advisor, having served with the agency from April 30, 2007, until May 7, 2009, and has the distinction of being the final CSREES Science Advisor before the agency transitions to become National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Robinson worked in the Competitive Programs Unit where he was actively engaged in all areas of research, education, and extension with a strong commitment to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics programs. In particular, he provided a unique and crucial perspective from his experience within the 1890 land-grant universities. While with CSREES, Robinson continued his responsibilities as a professor in the Environmental Sciences Institute at Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University (FAMU) and served as the Director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Environmental Cooperative Science Center at FAMU. Robinson now becomes FAMU’s Vice-President of Research.
National Extension and Research Administrative Officers’ Conference
The 2010 Program Planning Committee is soliciting topics of interest for the upcoming National Extension and Research Administrative Officers’ Conference, May 16–20, 2010, which will be hosted by the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Topics of interest must be submitted prior to July 21, 2009, in order to be considered at the Program Planning Committee’s meeting, July 27-29. Submissions should include a brief summary description, possible speaker, and the submitter’s contact information. To suggest a topic for an individual breakout session or agenda item, contact Brenda Barnett to receive a topic solicitation form.
CSREES Lists Open Requests for Grant Applications
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.
Rajiv Shah Sworn in as Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics
Dr. Rajiv J. Shah became the new Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics (REE) and Chief Scientist for USDA June 2, with USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan administering the oath of office. Shaw comes to USDA after serving as director of the Agricultural Development Program at The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he also served as director of Strategic Opportunities and deputy director of Policy and Finance for Global Health. Other leadership roles include health care policy advisor on the Gore 2000 presidential campaign; membership on Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell's transition committee on health; co-founder of Health Systems Analytics and Project IMPACT for South Asian Americans; and policy aide in the British Parliament.
Originally from Detroit, MI, Shah earned his M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Medical School and M.S. in health economics from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the London School of Economics. In 2007, Shah was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
Secretary Vilsack Names Ann Wright Deputy Undersecretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs
WASHINGTON, June 4, 2009 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the appointment of Ann Wright as Deputy Undersecretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs at USDA.
"Ann has a strong background in trade and she will be a vocal advocate for expanding agriculture markets abroad," Vilsack said. "Her knowledge and understanding of both domestic and international issues will help set a course for future growth in agricultural exports."
Marketing and Regulatory Programs facilitates domestic and international marketing of U.S. agricultural products and ensures the health and care of animals and plants. The agency also actively participates in setting national and international standards. Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the complete article.
Secretary Vilsack Names Judith Canales Administrator for Business and Cooperative Programs at Rural Development
"Homeownership remains the foundation by which families and communities lay claim to the American dream," Vilsack said. "USDA's efforts will not only provide opportunity and security to homeowners, the injection of funding into communities will help stimulate local economies and create jobs." Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the entire article.
WASHINGTON, May 28, 2009 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the appointment of Judith Canales as Administrator for Rural Business and Cooperative programs in USDA's Rural Development agency.
"Judy Canales brings extensive leadership experience to USDA and a deep understanding of the unique issues facing rural America," Vilsack said. "I am honored to welcome Judy back to USDA and look forward to working with her as the department focuses on President Obama's goals for revitalizing and rebuilding the nation's rural communities." Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the entire article.
Share Our Strength, USDA, and Food Network Plant ‘Good Food Garden’ at DC School
WASHINGTON, June 3, 2009 - At a "ribbon planting" ceremony today, Share Our Strength(r), the leading national organization working to end childhood hunger in America, and the Food Network were joined by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to create and unveil an edible "Good Food Garden" that will bring healthy, fresh, and nutritious food to children from underserved communities in the nation's capital. The self-contained garden was planted at The SEED School in southeast Washington, DC, and will remain there as a working garden for the school children who will integrate the garden into the 7th grade civics and life science curricula.
Vilsack worked in the garden side-by-side with students from the school and Food Network celebrity Aida Mollenkamp, star of "Ask Aida." Together they planted cabbages, squash, melons, beans, artichokes, cardoons, and a variety of greens and learned how to care for this sustainable garden. Students received seed packets and pamphlets about fruits and vegetables.
"The USDA is committed to making healthy food accessible to children in need, and to improving the dietary habits of today's youth. This garden stands as an example of what the USDA would like to see across the country. We believe children in underserved communities deserve a hands-on experience growing delicious, fresh fruits and vegetables," Vilsack said. Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the entire article.
Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Kicks Off National Homeownership Month at Rural Housing Roundtable
PEORIA HEIGHTS, Ill., June 1, 2009 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack kicked off National Homeownership Month at a rural housing roundtable in Peoria Heights, IL, to discuss USDA's rural homeownership programs. The roundtable took place at Advocates for Access, a local organization that helps persons with disabilities become homeowners.
NERME Offers Webinars Throughout 2009
The National Extension Risk Management Education (NERME) program held its National Risk Management Extension Education Farm Financial Management Training Workshop June 2-4. Attendees examined the current financial conditions in rural America. New tools for extension educators who work with farm and ranch clients throughout the country include knowledge of legal liabilities, bankruptcy alternatives, tax implications, business alternatives, accessing community resources, and the importance of recordkeeping in challenging financial times. This national workshop will be followed by a series of webinars launching in June and extending throughout the remainder of 2009. The webinar series is hosted by the Western Extension Committee, the Western Center for Risk Management Education (West RME), and the Center for Farm Financial Management. The Western Extension Committee includes members from 13 western states, Guam and the Pacific Islands. Contact West RME or call 509-477-2176 for additional information on webinar participation.
Rick Rudd Becomes Interim Director of Virginia Cooperative Extension
Rick Rudd became the interim director of Virginia Cooperative Extension on March 1. He received his Ph.D. in vocational and technical education from Virginia Tech in 1994. Rudd comes to his new position after serving as department head for Agricultural and Extension Education since August 14, 2006.
Tony Windham Becomes Interim Director of Cooperative Extension Service at UALR
Tony Windham became the interim director of Cooperative Extension Service at University of Arkansas at Little Rock on June 1. Windham earned his Ph.D. in agricultural economics from Mississippi State University in 1988. He has been an extension faculty member for 21 years, most recently as assistant director of Agriculture & Natural Resources and Community & Economic Development.
Madhu Khanna wins 2009 Leopold Leadership Fellow Award
Madhu Khanna, professor in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, won the 2009 Leopold Leadership Fellow award from the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University. Tthe Leopold Leadership Program helps academic scientists communicate scientific information more effectively to journalists, policymakers, business leaders, and the public. Khanna is only the third economists to win the award. Khanna’s research interests include economic mechanisms for encouraging voluntary corporate environmental initiatives and environmental and economic implications of biofuel mandates, subsidies, and tariffs. Her publications include refereed journals, book chapters, and bulletins. She is on the editorial board of the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management and is the associate editor of the American Journal of Agricultural Economics—both highly regarded refereed journals in the profession. She is also active in public service, serving as a program review member of the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness at Louisiana State University and the Resource and Rural Economics Division at USDA’s Economic Research Service.
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