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CSREES Update - June 24, 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 and Land-Grant Partners Offer Workshop in Israel
  • CSREES Lists Open Requests for Grant Applications

USDA

  • USDA and NASA to Send 4-H Flag into Space on Shuttle Launch
  • Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Names John Ferrell as Deputy Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs
  • Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Names New Chief for U.S. Forest Service


Partners

  • Introducing Focus on Agricultural Practitioners


Opportunities

  • NEAFCS Celebrates 75 Years
  • 5th National Small Farm Conference
  • 2010 Food Safety Education Conference Call for Abstracts

Awards and Recognition

  • AITC Excellence in Teaching About Agriculture Awards

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CSREES and Land-Grant Partners Offer Workshop in Israel

Mike O’Neill, CSREES national program leader for water quality and water resources, Dennis Todey, extension state climatologist at South Dakota State University, and Cody Knutson, water resources scientist for the National Drought Mitigation Center at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, offered a workshop on Hydrology in a Changing Environment, June 8-11, in Sde Boker, Israel. Under the Middle East Multilateral Working Group on Water Resources, Jordanian, Palestinian, and Israeli water officials and experts have worked together, with support from international donors including the European Union, United States, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, France, and Canada on the Regional Water Data Banks (RWDB) project since 1995. The steering committee of the RWDB, known as EXACT (Executive Action Team), oversees and coordinates joint activities of the three core parties in this initiative. Brian Guse, deputy director, Development Resources and Disaster Assistance Division, and Neil Mikulski, international agriculture development specialist with USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service, coordinated the workshop. The workshop involved a series of detailed presentations on hydrologic, social, and economic impacts of global change, group discussions on responses and planning for global change in the Middle East region, and a field trip to see innovative desalination technology and agriculture and aquaculture in a desert environment.

CSREES Lists Open Requests for Grant Applications


Funding Opportunity

Closing Date

Contact

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program (AFRI)

See individual grant program.

See individual grant program.

Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR)

See individual grant program.

See individual grant program.

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

June 25, 2009

Gary B. Sherman

Rural Health and Safety Education Competitive Grants Program

July 1, 2009

Shirley A. Gerrior

Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grants Program: Conservation Effects Assessment Project

July 1, 2009

James P. Dobrowolski

Critical Agricultural Materials

July 7, 2009

Carmela Bailey

Rangeland Research Program

July 7, 2009

James P Dobrowolski

Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grants Program: National Integrated Water Quality Program

July 15, 2009

Michael P. O'Neill

Renewable Resources Extension Act-National Focus Fund Projects

July 15, 2009

Eric Norland

New Era Rural Technology Competitive Grants Program (RTP)

July 20, 2009

Gregory Smith

Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grants Program - Integrated Organic and Water Quality Program

 July 24, 2009

Michael P. O'Neill

Children, Youth, and Families at Risk Capacity Building

July 27, 2009

Lisa A Lauxman

Children, Youth, and Families at Risk Research and Evaluation

July 27, 2009

Suzanne Le Menestrel

Higher Education Multicultural Scholars Program

July 28, 2009

Audrey Trotman

Children, Youth, and Families at Risk 4-H Military Partnership

July 31, 2009

Eddy Charles Mentzer


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 and NASA to Send 4-H Flag into Space on Shuttle Launch

NOTE: The STS-127 Mission was scrubbed because of hydrogen leaks and is rescheduled for launch July 11. We understand that the flag will still fly aboard the Endeavour shuttle.

WASHINGTON, June 11, 2009 - USDA's National 4-H Headquarters and NASA will send the 4-H flag, depicting the familiar 4-H Clover, into space aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour on June 13, as part of the STS-127 mission. "The inclusion of the 4-H flag on this mission is reflective of the commitment 4-H has to building young leaders in science, engineering and technology," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "As the global economy expands, these leaders will strengthen the United States' global competitiveness and leadership in these fields." Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the full release USDA and NASA to Send 4-H Flag into Space on Shuttle Launch.

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Names John Ferrell as Deputy Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs
 
WASHINGTON, June 15, 2009 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the appointment of John Ferrell as Deputy Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs. In this position, Ferrell will help establish policies that facilitate domestic and international marketing of U.S. agricultural products, ensure the health and care of animals and plants, and participate in setting national and international standards. Ferrell most recently served as majority professional staff to U.S. Senator Tom Harkin on the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry. In this capacity he provided Congressional oversight of implementation of the 2002 Farm Bill and contributed to development of the 2008 Farm Bill. Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the full release Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Names John Ferrell as Deputy Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs.
 
Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Names New Chief for U.S. Forest Service


WASHINGTON, June 17, 2009 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that Tom Tidwell will serve as the new Chief for the U.S. Forest Service. Tidwell has spent 32 years with the Forest Service in a variety of positions. He began his Forest Service career on the Boise National Forest, and has since worked in eight different national forests, across three regions. He has worked at all levels of the agency in a variety of positions, including district ranger, forest supervisor, and legislative affairs specialist in the Washington Office. Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the full release Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Names New Chief for U.S. Forest Service.

Introducing Focus on Agricultural Practitioners

Plant Management Network (PMN) has a new Web portal designed exclusively for extension agents, agricultural crop advisers, consultants, retailers, and producers, called Focus on Agricultural Practitioners. The site was developed specifically to make it easier for professionals to more easily access PMN’s online resources. The “Search” page is especially useful in helping locate information published in PMN’s peer-reviewed applied journals, in extension publications from partner land-grant universities, and in practical resources from PMN’s agribusiness partners. The site also features disease and insect management efficacy trials, images for use in presentations, educational soybean management webcasts, and proceedings from various ag-related meetings.

 

NEAFCS Celebrates 75 Years

The National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS) will celebrate its 75th anniversary during this year’s annual meeting, "Celebrating Our Heritage, Embracing Our Future," September 14-18, in Birmingham, AL. While the association's name and methods have changed over the years, the original association goal has remained constant:  support the efforts of family and consumer science educators and home economists educating families in every state through the extension partnership. Visit the NEAFCS Web site for registration information and to explore the new historical archives.

5th National Small Farm Conference

The 5th National Small Farm Conference, "Roadmap to Success for Small Farmers and Ranchers," is September 15-17, in Springfield, IL. The conference, held every 3 to 4 years, brings together land- grant universities, community-based organizations, and other stakeholders who work with small farmers and ranchers. The conference aims to strengthen collaboration and partnership among groups and provide an opportunity to share new ideas in research, extension, and outreach.

The conference includes preconference short courses, concurrent sessions, posters, exhibits, plenary sessions, and educational tours. Visit the conference Web site for registration, pre-conference short courses, and other information.


2010 Food Safety Education Conference Call for Abstracts


USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service and NSF International, hosts of the 2010 Food Safety Education Conference, are calling for abstracts on Advancements in Food Safety Education: Trends, Tools, and Technology and on evidence-based food safety initiatives. The conference is March 23-26, 2010,  in Atlanta, GA. CSREES is a sponsor.

Partners are encouraged to submit abstracts that address an aspect of consumer food safety education or education within the food service industry that focus on one or more of the following themes:

  • Causes and Casualties: Attribution of Foodborne Illness
  • Behavioral and Attitudinal Research
  • Social Marketing Trends and Consumer Outreach
  • Tapping the Medical Community
  • Role of Food Service and Retail
  • Role of Technology in Consumer Education and Risk Communication
  • Partnerships and Collaborations

The deadline is July 1, 2009.  Visit the conference Web site for more instructions on abstract submission and conference details, or e-mail  Atlanta2010@nsf.org.

AITC Excellence in Teaching About Agriculture Awards

Five outstanding teachers will be recognized with the Excellence in Teaching About Agriculture award at the 2009 National Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC) Conference, June 24-27, in St. Louis, MO.  Over 500 attendees from around the country will take part in teacher training workshops, traveling workshops, and other interactive training sessions. The award recognizes teachers for creative and demonstrated successes in teaching students about the importance of agriculture.
 
Gregory Smith, acting director of CSREES Higher Education Programs, and Dalene Hodnett, president of National AITC Consortium, will recognize this year’s winners:

  • Kristen Wescott, Line Elementary School, West Newfield, ME – 4th grade
  • Sue Kirk, Wayland Bonds Elementary School, Oklahoma City, OK – 1st grade
  • Paula Marquez, Backman Elementary School, Salt Lake City, UT – 6th grade
  • C. O. Marricle, Fairacres Elementary School, Las Cruces, New Mexico – 5th grade
  • Kerra Middleton, Tanner Williams Elementary School, Wilmer, AL - K-5 grade levels.

Visit the AITC Web site to learn more about the conference.

For a plain text copy of this newsletter, please contact Judy Rude. CSREES UPDATE is published biweekly. The next regular issue is planned for July 8, 2009. Submit news items to newsletter@csrees.usda.gov by July 1.

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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