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CSREES Update - July 8, 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

  • Gates Joins Natural Resources and Environment
  • PAS Welcomes New 1890 National Scholar
  • CSREES Lists Open Requests for Grant Applications

USDA

  • Obama Administration Continues Naming State Directors for Rural Development
  • Obama Administration Continues Naming State Executive Directors for FSA
  • Agriculture Secretary Vilsack to Lead Obama Administration's Rural Tour
  • Vice President Biden Launches Initiative to Bring Broadband, Jobs to More Americans
  • USDA Launches New Recovery Act Web Site Highlighting USDA Efforts to Create Jobs and Stimulate Economic Growth

Awards and Recognition

  • William Hoffman Receives Doctorate

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Gates Joins Natural Resources and Environment

CSREES Natural Resources and Environment (NRE) Unit welcomes Brian Gates. Gates is a program specialist supporting forestry, rangelands, and wildlife programs. A native of Decatur, GA, he earned his B.S. in Biology from Fort Valley State University and his M.S. in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Georgia. His graduate research focused on avian response to a Natural Resource Conservation Service longleaf pine reforestation program in the coastal plain of Georgia. Prior to joining USDA, he worked for about 2 years as a science assistant with the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the Division of Undergraduate Education.  At NSF, Gates helped manage grant programs aimed at improving undergraduate education and research at institutions of higher learning. He also interned with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center in Woods Hole, MA. In his spare time, he serves as a research associate at Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary in Anne Arundel County, MD, where he helps with several ongoing wildlife ecology research projects. Gates is located in Room 3971 at the Waterfront Centre and can be reached at mailto:bgates@csrees.usda.gov or 202-401-6020.

PAS Welcomes New 1890 National Scholar

The Plant and Animal Systems (PAS) Unit welcomes Clyde Ellis. The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program offers scholarships to U.S. citizens who are seeking a bachelor's degree at one of the seventeen 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Institutions and Tuskegee University to study agriculture, food, or natural resource sciences and related majors. Ellis is assisting in the Processing Engineering and Technology Section of PAS this summer and will major in Biological Engineering at North Carolina A&T University this fall. He is a graduate of Surry County High School, Surry, VA. He is located in Room 3143 at the Waterfront Centre and can be reached at cellis@csrees.usda.gov or 202-401-1865.


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.

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

ARPA: Agriculture Risk Management Education Program

August 10, 2009

Janie Hipp


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.

Obama Administration Continues Naming State Directors for Rural Development

The Obama Administration continues naming individuals who will serve as state directors for Rural Development at the USDA. "These individuals will be important advocates on behalf of rural communities in states throughout the country and help administer the valuable programs and services provided by the USDA that can enhance their economic success," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Rural Development administers and manages over 40 housing, business, and community infrastructure and facility programs as laid out by Congress through a network of 6,100 employees located in 500 national, state, and local offices. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers, and improve the quality of life in rural America. Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the releases.

Obama Administration Continues Naming State Executive Directors for FSA


The Obama Administration continues naming individuals who will serve as state executive directors for the Farm Service Agency (FSA) at the USDA. "These individuals have a solid understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing our rural communities and will help build on the Obama Administration's efforts to rebuild and revitalize rural America," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. FSA works to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for rural Americans. Some of the agency's efforts include providing direct operating loans for farm equipment, seed and fertilizer, as well as rural housing loans to help rural people buy, build or rent housing. FSA also procures various commodities to benefit low-income families through domestic food assistance programs. At the same time, the agency creates jobs by funding the growth and creation of rural businesses and cooperatives.  Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the releases.

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack to Lead Obama Administration's Rural Tour

WASHINGTON, June 30, 2009 – President Obama announced that Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will lead the Obama Administration's Rural Tour. Over the next several months, Secretary Vilsack will be joined by top administration officials, including several Cabinet Secretaries, at discussions throughout the country about how the USDA and other federal agencies are working to strengthen rural America. Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the full release Agriculture Secretary Vilsack to Lead Obama Administration's Rural Tour.

Vice President Biden Launches Initiative to Bring Broadband, Jobs to More Americans

WATTSBURG, PA, July 1, 2009 – Vice President Biden announced the availability of $4 billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act loans and grants to help bring broadband service to un-served and underserved communities across America. Vice President Biden was joined by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski and Congresswoman Kathy Dahlkemper at Seneca High School, the first stop on the President's National Rural Tour.

“USDA’s Broadband Initiatives Program will bring high-speed Internet service to communities across the country, create thousands of jobs, and improve economic, healthcare, and educational opportunities available in rural communities," Vilsack said. "This funding is a down payment on the President's commitment to bring the educational and economic benefits of the internet to all communities." Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the full release Vice President Biden Launches Initiative to Bring Broadband, Jobs to More Americans.

USDA Launches New Recovery Act Web Site Highlighting USDA Efforts to Create Jobs and Stimulate Economic Growth

WASHINGTON, June 26, 2009 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack launched a new USDA Recovery Act Web site, including features and functionality that will allow people to learn about, share, and discuss American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding in states and communities throughout the country. The Web site, www.usda.gov/recovery, also includes a blog, podcasts, RSS feeds, and other interactive tools so that folks from throughout the country can participate by sharing stories and providing feedback about how USDA stimulus funding are impacting their community. Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the full release USDA Launches New Recovery Act Web Site Highlighting USDA Efforts to Create Jobs And Stimulate Economic Growth.

William Hoffman Receives Doctorate

William Hoffman, CSREES national program leader for Agriculture Homeland Security, received his Doctor of Education degree from George Washington University on May 17. His course of study was Higher Education Administration and his dissertation was titled: Educational Integration of Federally Funded Agricultural Research Projects. Hoffman began his doctoral program in September of 2003.  He holds a Master of Education degree in Instructional Systems (2002) and a Master of Business Administration degree (1992), both from Penn State University. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology from Penn State in 1989.  Contact Hoffman for more information on his dissertation.

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 22, 2009. Submit news items to newsletter@csrees.usda.gov by July 15.

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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