CSREES Update — September 17, 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.
- New NPL for Food Safety Epidemiology
- CSREES News
- CSREES Lists Open Requests for Grant Applications
- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Announces $5.8 Million in Nutrition Grants to Improve Health of America's Children
- USDA Celebrates 200 Days of Progress Implementing the Recovery Act
- Agriculture Under Secretary Tonsager Urges Farmers and Business Owners to Apply for Value-Added Producer Grants
- Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Support for Domestic Nutrition Programs and Pork Producers
- Secretary Vilsack Awards $4.7 Million for Tribal College Grants
- Obama Administration Continues Naming State Directors for Rural Development and the State Executive Directors for the Farm Service Agency
- Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Nearly $5 Million to Help Low-Income Households Access Healthy, Nutritious Food
- USDA and HHS Unveil New Food Safety Consumer Web Site
- Developing Key Messages for Childhood Obesity Prevention
- Certificate Program Offers Fresh Approach Working with At-risk Adults/Teens
New NPL for Food Safety Epidemiology
Isabel Walls recently joined the CSREES Plant and Animal Systems Unit as the national program leader with responsibility for food safety epidemiology. She previously worked for USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service providing scientific advice on microbial food safety issues impacting international trade. Walls was also senior scientist with USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, where she provided scientific support on food safety and food defense issues. Walls worked for the International Life Sciences Institute, prior to joining USDA, and as senior scientist managed projects related to food safety and human health aspects of environmental toxicology. She has also worked as a laboratory researcher at the National Food Processors Association where her activities included developing and evaluating predictive mathematical models for microbial growth and food safety microbial risk assessment. She obtained her Ph.D. in food microbiology from the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland and has postdoctoral experience from the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service in Wyndmoor, PA. You can reach Walls at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-401-6357; she is located in room 3423, Waterfront Centre.
Agriculture Deputy Secretary Merrigan Awards $4.8 Million for Community Food Projects as Part of "Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food' Initiative
Washington, September 16, 2009 – Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan announced that $4.8 million will be awarded to local organizations in 14 states to build community food systems and fight hunger and food insecurity. This announcement comes as part of USDA’s ‘Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food,’ initiative, a department-wide collaboration that will connect people more closely with the farmers who supply their food and increase the production, marketin, and consumption of fresh, nutritious food that is grown locally in a sustainable manner.
“Building local sustainable food systems to be proactive in fighting hunger and obesity is a priority for the Obama Administration, and USDA’s ‘Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food initiative will help meet that goal,” Merrigan said. “These grants put funds in low-income communities that struggle with access to healthy food and they are an important step toward achieving our goal of having healthy, nutritious food available to everyone, especially children.”
The projects announced will fund food policy council training, urban agriculture, new farmers on preservation farmland, promotion of native food sovereignty, youth, urban and rural food production projects and community food assessments. CSREES provides funding through the Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program. Community Food Projects have been funded in 290 communities in 48 states during its 13-year history. Visit the CSREES Newsroom to read Agriculture Deputy Secretary Merrigan Awards $4.8 Million for Community Food Projects as Part of "Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food' Initiative.
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.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Announces $5.8 Million in Nutrition Grants to Improve Health of America's Children
Washington, September 1, 2009 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack awarded approximately $5.8 million in Team Nutrition Training Grants to 18 states to help children develop good nutrition and physical activity habits for healthier lifestyles. This funding provides schools with nutrition education materials for children and parents as well as technical assistance for communities and school food service providers. Team Nutrition is a key component in the efforts of USDA's Food and Nutrition Service to enhance children's lifelong eating and physical activity behaviors by incorporating the principles of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and MyPyramid. Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the full release Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Announces $5.8 Million in Nutrition Grants to Improve Health of America's Children.
USDA Celebrates 200 Days of Progress Implementing the Recovery Act
In just 200 days, USDA made great progress in implementing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to support the Obama administration's goal of rebuilding and revitalizing the nation's rural infrastructure to create and save jobs. Our economic problems were not created in 200 days and they will not be solved by the next 200 days - but we know that the efforts USDA is making with Recovery Act investments projects throughout the country are helping communities build a foundation for a stronger future. Altogether, USDA has announced $27.8 billion of the $28 billion in Recovery Act projects appropriated to the Department. Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the fact sheet USDA Celebrates 200 Days of Progress Implementing the Recovery Act.
Agriculture Under Secretary Tonsager Urges Farmers and Business Owners to Apply for Value-Added Producer Grants
Huron, SD, September 3, 2009 - Agriculture Under Secretary for Rural Development Dallas Tonsager urged farmers and business owners to apply for $18 million in grants to help them add value to the commodities they produce. Tonsager offered his remarks while attending Value-Added Agriculture Day during the 2009 South Dakota State Fair. The event is an opportunity to inform the public about value-added agriculture and showcase the state's latest developments in the area. The national application period for USDA Rural Development Value Added Producer Grants closes on November 30. For more information on how to apply, producers should visit the Rural Development Web site or go to the Federal Register notification in the September 1 issue. Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the full release Agriculture Under Secretary Tonsager Urges Farmers and Business Owners to Apply for Value-Added Producer Grants.
Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Support for Domestic Nutrition Programs and Pork Producers
WASHINGTON, September 3, 2009 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced USDA's intention to purchase an additional $30 million in pork products in FY 2009 for federal food and nutrition assistance programs. USDA will survey potential suppliers to seek the lowest overall cost by publicly inviting bids and awarding contracts to responsible bidders. Altogether, USDA will purchase approximately $151 million in pork products for food and nutrition assistance programs this fiscal year through annual appropriation and Recovery Act funding.
The pork products scheduled for purchase will reflect the variety of high-quality food products USDA provides each year to support the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program, the Summer Food Service Program, the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations, the Commodity Supplemental Food Program, and The Emergency Food Assistance Program. USDA also makes emergency food purchases for distribution to victims of natural disasters. Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the full release Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Support for Domestic Nutrition Programs and Pork Producers.
Secretary Vilsack Awards $4.7 Million for Tribal College Grants
Washington, September 3, 2009 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that 22 tribal colleges in 9 states have been selected to receive $4.7 million through the USDA Rural Development Tribal College Grant program. "This funding will help tribal colleges make much-needed infrastructure improvements so they can continue to provide job opportunities for local residents and spur economic development," Vilsack said. USDA’s Rural Development Tribal College Grants are provided to land-grant institutions for education and outreach to provide essential services to Native American communities and to help meet residents' needs. Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the full release Secretary Vilsack Awards $4.7 Million For Tribal College Grants.
Obama Administration Continues Naming State Directors for Rural Development and the State Executive Directors for the Farm Service Agency
Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Nearly $5 Million to Help Low-Income Households Access Healthy, Nutritious Food
WASHINGTON, September 9, 2009 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced almost $5 million in grants for seven state agencies to simplify the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) application and eligibility systems and improve access to program benefits for America's low-income households. Formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, SNAP helps ensure that people have access to healthy and nutritious food; the program is currently serving 66 percent of all who are eligible to participate. This year's participation grants focus on modernizing and streamlining the application process and eligibility systems or measures to improve access by eligible households. One priority for this year's grants is to fund projects designed to improve the retention of eligible households at the point of recertification. Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the full release Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Nearly $5 Million to Help Low-Income Households Access Healthy, Nutritious Food.
USDA and HHS Unveil New Food Safety Consumer Web Site
Washington, September 9, 2009 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, the co-chairs of the Obama Administration's Food Safety Working Group, unveiled a new consumer Web site today at www.foodsafety.gov . The site is designed to help consumers and families get all the latest information on food safety and food recalls in one convenient place. The site features information from all the agencies across the federal government that deal with critical food and food safety information, including preventive tips about how to handle food safely, alerts on life-saving food recalls, and the latest news from the key agencies. www.foodsafety.gov provides consumers with one easy place to sign up to receive email and RSS alerts on recalled or potentially unsafe food, as well as get information from the top scientific experts across the government on food safety. Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the full release USDA and HHS Unveil New Food Safety Consumer Web Site.
Developing Key Messages for Childhood Obesity Prevention
The Just in Time Parenting team is making steady progress toward providing Just in Time Parenting (JITP)—prenatal through adolescence—nationwide to every interested parent. With the help of distinguished extension colleagues, key messages for parents were developed, based on a peer-reviewed assessment of research relating to childhood obesity prevention. In consultation with Baylor College of Medicine’s Children’s Nutrition Center researchers, the key obesity prevention messages were refined and prepared for integration into the JITP newsletters. Visit the CSREES Family Science Web site to link to the e-newsletters and the complete report.
Certificate Program Offers Fresh Approach Working with At-risk Adults/Teens
Educators and trainers in schools, organizations, or the workplace, especially those who work with at-risk adults or teens, can learn a fun, fresh approach to teaching critical life skills through a 12-hour Dean’s Certificate program, offered November 4-5 by University of Missouri Extension and University of Missouri-St. Louis. This program meets requirements for training funded by the Workforce Investment Act. Participants will earn 1.2 Continuing Education Units. The program uses the revised version of a proven life skills curriculum called Tackling the Tough Skills™: A Curriculum Building Skills for Work and Life. Registration deadline is October 28. More details and online registration are available at ce.umsl.edu/toughskills. Contact Rosilee Trotta of University of Missouri Extension at 314-615-7637 or via e-mail at TrottaR@missouri.edu, for more information.
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