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NIFA Update — November 10, 2009

NIFA Update, from the Office of the Director, is a biweekly newsletter for research, education, and extension partners at land-grant universities and other cooperating institutions.

NIFA

  • Schuchardt Retires
  • NIFA News
  • NIFA Lists Open Requests for Grant Applications

USDA

  • USDA Reports In-Depth Look at American Indian Farmers

Partners

  • EDEN - Resource for Pandemic Flu Information

Opportunities

  • Priester National Extension Conference Issues Call for Abstracts

Awards and Recognition

  • Financial Security Team Received eXtension Award
  • Kobbe Receives Friend of NEAFCS Award

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Schuchardt Retires

Jane Schuchardt, NIFA national program leader for Consumer and Family Economics, will retire from full-time federal service effective December 31. Schuchardt joined USDA in 1989 after a near 10-year assignment at Iowa State University in extension communications. As the agency transitioned from the Extension Service, to the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, and now the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Schuchardt has provided sustained national leadership to the Land-Grant University System and Cooperative Extension primarily for personal finance research, education, and outreach. Her recent accomplishments include advising the award winning eXtension Financial Security for All Community of Practice, co-leading the National Extension Initiative Managing in Tough Times, and co-leading the federal government National Strategy Working Group on Financial Literacy. She has been honored as a distinguished alumnus by Iowa State University, where she earned a Ph.D., and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she obtained a B.S. Her M.S. is from Oklahoma State University. Among others, she has been cited for exemplary work by the American Council on Consumer Interests, the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning, the Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy, and the National Endowment for Financial Education.

NIFA News

USDA Announces $17 Million in Grants to Train Beginning Farmers and Ranchers

ELGIN, Minn., November 3, 2009 - USDA announced the award of more than $17 million in grants to 29 institutions to address the needs of beginning farmers and ranchers and enhance the sustainability and competitiveness of U.S. agriculture. "Beginning farmers and ranchers face unique challenges and need educational and training programs to enhance their profitability and long term sustainability," Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan said. "The training and education provided through these grants will help ensure the success of the next generation of farmers and ranchers as they work to feed people in their local communities and throughout the world."


This funding announcement is part of USDA's new 'Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food' initiative, which was launched in September 2009 to emphasize the need for a fundamental and critical reconnection between producers and consumers. 'Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food' includes such major agricultural topics as supporting local farmers and community food groups; strengthening rural communities; enhancing direct marketing and farmers' promotion programs; promoting healthy eating; protecting natural resources; and helping schools connect with locally grown foods. Visit the NIFA Newsroom to read USDA Announces $17 Million in Grants to Train Beginning Farmers and Ranchers.

USDA-Funded Swine Genome Sequencing Project Succeeds in Completing First Draft

WASHINGTON, November 2, 2009 - An international team of scientists, funded with a $10 million grant from the NIFA, has completed first draft of the genome of a domesticated pig. This first draft sequence will spur advancements in swine production and human medicine. “Understanding the swine genome will lead to health advancements in the swine population and accelerate the development of vaccinations for pigs,” said Roger Beachy, NIFA director. “This new insight into the genetic makeup of the swine population can help reduce disease and enable medical advancements in both pigs and humans.”

At 98 percent complete, the draft sequence will allow researchers to pinpoint genes that are useful to pork production or are involved in immunity or other important physiological processes in the pig. It will enhance breeding practices, offer insight into diseases that afflict pigs -- and, sometimes, also humans -- and will help in efforts to preserve the global heritage of rare, endangered, and wild pigs. Visit the NIFA Newsroom to read USDA-Funded Swine Genome Sequencing Project Succeeds in Completing First Draft.

Agriculture Deputy Secretary Merrigan Announces $19 Million in Organic Research, Education, and Extension Grants

PORTLAND, Maine, October 30, 2009 - Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan announced more than $19 million in grants were awarded to universities across the country to solve critical organic agriculture issues through the integration of research, education, and extension projects.

"Organic agriculture is one of the fastest growing segments of U.S. agriculture and USDA and Congress, through the 2008 Farm Bill, are committed to helping this industry succeed by addressing critical organic agriculture issues through the integration of research, education, and extension projects," Merrigan said. "These grants are an important part of USDA's new 'Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food' initiative, which will help develop local and regional food systems and spur economic opportunity by assisting organic producers with new production and marketing practices to meet rising consumer demand." Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the full release Agriculture Deputy Secretary Merrigan Announces $19 Million in Organic Research, Education, and Extension Grants.

NIFA Lists Open Requests for Grant Applications

Funding Opportunity

Closing Date

Contact

Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program

November 19, 2009

Elizabeth Tuckermanty

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

November 30, 2009

Monte Johnson

Regional Integrated Pest Management Competitive Grants Program - Western Region

 December 17, 2009

Michael Fitzner

Regional Integrated Pest Management Competitive Grants Program – Southern Region

December 17, 2009

Michael Fitzner

Regional Integrated Pest Management Competitive Grants Program – Northeastern Region

December 17, 2009

Michael Fitzner

Regional Integrated Pest Management Program - North Central Region

December 17, 2009

Michael Fitzner

Assistive Technology Program for Farmers with Disabilities: State and Regional AgrAbility Projects

December 18, 2009

Bradley Rein

Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI)

January 14, 2010

Thomas (Tom) Bewick

Secondary Education, Two-Year Postsecondary Education, and Agriculture in the K-12 Classroom Challenge Grants Program

January 15, 2010

Gregory Smith

Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grants Program: National Integrated Food Safety Initiative

January 19, 2010

Jan Singleton

Disaster Resilience for Rural Communities

January 20, 2010

Siva Sureshwaran

Higher Education Challenge Grants

February 5, 2010

Gregory Smith

Higher Education Program: Hispanic-Serving Institutions Education Grants Program

February 16, 2010

Irma Lawrence


NIFA 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 Reports In-Depth Look at American Indian Farmers

Washington, November 4, 2009 - In celebration of American Indian Heritage Month the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that there are nearly 80,000 American Indian operators on 61,472 farms and ranches across the United States. This represents an 88 percent increase over the number of American Indian farmers USDA counted in 2002. The report was released on the heels of a meeting held with more than 100 tribal leaders and members and senior USDA officials, including Agriculture Secretary Vilsack and Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan, in advance of the White House Tribal Nations Conference.

"This first-of-its-kind meeting to expand cooperation and consultation between the Department of Agriculture and tribal nations was a great success because it advanced robust government-to-government dialogues about how USDA can improve as a service provider and raise awareness among tribes about the multitude of ways that USDA works to improve the lives of our nation's tribal communities," Vilsack said. "Tribal producers can play key roles in building local production and can be an important engine of economic development in tribal communities." Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the full release USDA Reports In-Depth Look at American Indian Farmers.

EDEN - Resource for Pandemic Flu Information

Check out the Extension Disaster Education Network’s (EDEN) Web site for the latest information on the Pandemic Flu from state and federal sites, programs, and agencies.  More information on H1N1 can be found in the “Related Pages” section at the bottom of the page. NIFA is a full partner with EDEN, working with this multistate education effort since EDEN’s inception in the early 1990’s.
 
EDEN is a collaborative multistate effort by the Cooperative Extension System across the country to improve the delivery of services to citizens affected by disasters. Its Web site serves extension educators and the general public by providing them access to resources on disaster mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery that will enhance their short- and long-term programming efforts. EDEN pools and shares disaster related education resources developed by many different credible and reliable science based sources delivered through the Land-Grant University system. 

Priester National Extension Conference Issues Call for Abstracts

The 2010 Priester National Extension Health Conference is April 20-22, Marriott Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel in Mobile, AL. This year’s theme is Healthy People, Healthy Communities: Reducing Health Disparities.  A call for abstracts was issued for conference presentations, workshops, roundtable discussions or poster exhibits. Online submission forms are available on the Priester Web site. Submissions are due November 20. The tentative agenda and hotel registration are now available at the above Web site.


Financial Security Team Receives eXtension Award

The Financial Security for All team, chaired by Pat Swanson, Iowa State University, and advised by Jane Schuchardt, NIFA national program leader for Consumer and Family Economics, received an eXtension Outstanding Community of Practice Award at the recent 2009 National eXtension Conference in St. Louis. As a pioneer eXtension Community of Practice, the team was cited for inspiring targeted audiences, through its information, resources, and features, to learn and implement important financial strategies. For more information, visit the eXtension Personal Finance Web site.

Kobbe Receives Friend of NEAFCS Award

Anna-Mae Kobbe received the Friend of National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS) Award at the recent 75th Anniversary Annual Meeting in Birmingham, AL. Initiated in 2005, the annual Friend of NEAFCS Award is the highest honor bestowed by the association in recognition of an individual or organization who has made significant contributions to Extension Family and Consumer Science education programs nationally. Past recipients include: Senator Charles Grassley, Iowa; Tawnia True, Procter and Gamble; and Jeanne Priester, retired USDA. Kobbe retired as director of the CSREES Family Consumer Sciences and Nutrition staff in 2006, and served in numerous state and federal positions during her career in the Extension System. While on the staff in Missouri, she served as NEAFCS president during 1984-85. For more information, visit the NEAFCS Web site.


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Editor:  Judy Rude, public affairs specialist, NIFA Communications Staff. If you have questions about Update, please contact her at jrude@nifa.usda.gov.

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Roger Beachy, Director

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