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NIFA Update — November 24, 2010

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

  • Native American Students Present Research Projects

  • NIFA Director Roger Beachy Addresses Association of Public and Land-grant Universities Annual Meeting – November 15, 2010

  • NIFA Grants to Enhance Innovative, Ecologically-Based, Sustainable IPM Systems

  • USDA Selects Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program Awardees

  • NIFA Lists Open Requests for Grant Applications

 

USDA

  • Statement from Agriculture Secretary Vilsack on Congressional Action on Pigford Settlement

  • USDA Announces Wellness Grants in the Child and Adult Care Food Program    

  • USDA National Farmers Markets Data Open for Business on Data.gov

  • USDA Report Outlines Food Access in America

  • USDA Announces Partnership with DOE to Boost Home Energy Efficiency in Rural America 

  • USDA Announces Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Loans and Grants to Help Farmers and Rural Small Businesses Reduce Energy Costs

  • USDA Provides Support to Rehabilitate Farmland Damaged by Natural Disasters

 

Opportunities

  • LEAD21 Applications Due

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Native American Students Present Research Projects

More than 10 Native American students presented their research projects at the 6th annual FALCON Conference in Bloomington, MN, to 100 plus attendees, including fellow students, tribal college faculty, and others.

The First Americans Land-grant Consortium (FALCON) is a nonprofit association that supports the 1994 Land Grant Schools, also known as Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs). Tribal College administrators and faculty receive funding from NIFA for building research, extension, and teaching capacity. The FALCON conference showcases the achievements of both students and faculty and gives NIFA staff a chance to provide grant training and support to these institutions.
 
NIFA Director Roger Beachy met with students to discuss their research and offer suggestions. He also gave them ideas for follow up projects. He also answered questions from Tribal College faculty about NIFA’s future and what that means for the TCUs. FALCON members hope to welcome NIFA leadership at next year’s meeting in Denver, CO, October 22-25, 2011.


NIFA Grants to Enhance Innovative, Ecologically-Based, Sustainable IPM Systems

WASHINGTON, November 12, 2010 – NIFA awarded grants to seven universities to address short- and medium-term research, education, and extension needs in integrated pest management (IPM) for cropping systems.

“Producers want to be able to manage pests on their crops in ways that are effective and sustainable with minimal damage to the environment,” said Roger Beachy, NIFA director.
NIFA awarded more than $5 million through the Crops at Risk and Risk Avoidance and Mitigation Program. Both programs fund integrated, multifunctional and multidisciplinary research, education, and extension projects for crops with high-priority IPM needs as identified by stakeholders and that contribute to the goals identified in the National Road Map for IPM. Visit the NIFA Newsroom to read NIFA Grants to Enhance Innovative, Ecologically-Based, Sustainable Integrated Pest Management Systems.

USDA Selects Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program Awardees

WASHINGTON – November 9, 2010 - NIFA will offer 62 rural veterinarians awards to repay their veterinary school loans in return for their services in areas suffering from a lack of veterinarians. The awards were made through the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP). Recipients are required to commit to 3 years of veterinary service in a designated veterinary shortage area. Loan repayment benefits are limited to payments of the principal and interest on government and commercial loans received for the attendance at an American Veterinary Medical Association-accredited college of veterinary medicine resulting in a degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine or the equivalent. Loan repayments made by the VMLRP are taxable income to participants. Also included in the award is a federal tax payment equal to 39 percent of the loan payment made directly to the awardee’s IRS tax account to offset the increase in income tax liability. Visit the NIFA Newsroom to read USDA Selects Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program Awardees.


NIFA 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.

Robotics Technology Development and Deployment [RTD2] (R43)

Letter of Intent Due
December 20, 2010

Daniel Schmoldt

Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI)

Letter of Intent Due
November 30, 2010

 

Thomas Bewick

Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program

December 22, 2011

Siva Sureshwaran

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

January 18, 2011

Gregory Smith

International Science and Education Competitive Grants Program

January 19, 2011

Patricia Fulton

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

January 19, 2011

Monte Johnson

Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research Grants Program

February 2, 2011

Shing F Kwok

Higher Education Challenge Grants

February 4, 2011

Gregory Smith

Plant Feedstock Genomics for Bioenergy: A Joint Research Solicitation - USDA, DOE

February 25, 2011

Ed Kaleikau

New Era Rural Technology Competitive Grants Program (RTP)

April 15, 2011

Gregory Smith


NIFA advertises all of its funding opportunities through “Find Grant Opportunities” on the Grants.gov website. 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 email notification service based on these parameters.

 

USDA Announces Wellness Grants in the Child and Adult Care Food Program    

WASHINGTON, November 19, 2010 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Child Care Wellness Grants to 14 states for the improvement of health and wellness in child care settings. More than $7.7 million in funding will support state agencies in implementing initiatives through the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). Over half of the funds awarded will be distributed to local child care sponsoring organizations and institutions through state agencies.

CACFP plays a vital role in improving the quality of child care and in making care more affordable for low-income families. Through CACFP, more than 3.3 million infants and children and 112,000 adults receive nutritious meals and snacks each day. Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the full release USDA Announces Wellness Grants in the Child and Adult Care Food Program.    

USDA National Farmers Markets Data Open for Business on Data.gov

WASHINGTON, November 16, 2010 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a series of enhancements to the USDA National Farmers Market Directory, including a mapping feature and reformatted data sets. The data sets and widget are also available on Data.gov in support of the USDA's Open Gov efforts.

The USDA Farmers Market Directory is the Department's official tally of the nation's operating farmers markets. Farmers markets can be found by state, county, zip code, and participation in federal nutrition assistance programs through the search function. In 2010, the USDA Farmers Market Directory listed 6,132 operational farmers markets in the United States, representing a 16 percent growth rate from 2009 levels. Results from the USDA National Farmers Market Directory are based on voluntary reporting from farmers’ market managers.

The new mapping feature and reformatted datasets include a list of farmers markets' geographic coordinates that can be particularly useful for application designers. This reformatted dataset, which also includes farmers market names and physical street locations, is available as a downloadable Excel file for additional use. This high-value data set is available on Data.gov and on the AMS web site. Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the full release USDA National Farmers Markets Data Open for Business on Data.gov.

USDA Report Outlines Food Access in America

WASHINGTON, November 15, 2010 — USDA Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services Kevin Concannon emphasized the results of an annual report released by USDA's Economic Research Service (ERS) that demonstrate that federal nutrition assistance food programs are providing a valuable safety net to the most vulnerable Americans. The report "Food Security in the United States 2009" found that 17.4 million households in America had difficulty providing enough food due to a lack of resources, about the same as in 2008.

While the continued high levels of food insecurity are cause for concern, the fact that the numbers did not increase, despite a significant increase in unemployment and poverty in the United States between 2008 and 2009, underscores the important role of federal nutrition assistance programs in helping to prevent food insecurity. The full report is located on ERS’s website. Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the full release USDA Report Outlines Food Access in America.   

USDA Announces Partnership with DOE to Boost Home Energy Efficiency in Rural America 

WASHINGTON, November 9, 2010 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy to help rural homeowners lower energy costs by making cost-effective improvements to their homes. Named the Rural Economic Development Energy Efficiency (REDEE) effort, the USDA-DOE partnership is part of a government-wide "Recovery through Retrofit" initiative announced by Vice President Biden and several cabinet secretaries.

The upfront costs of energy improvements often stop homeowners from investing in these cost-effective home upgrades. To help them, USDA Rural Development is promoting REDEE, which combines the efforts and funding of the Rural Development's Utilities, Housing and Business program areas. REDEE will focus on stimulating the energy efficiency improvement market in rural America with the tools created by the "Recovery through Retrofit" effort. Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the full release USDA Announces Partnership with DOE to Boost Home Energy Efficiency in Rural America

USDA Announces Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Loans and Grants to Help Farmers and Rural Small Businesses Reduce Energy Costs

WASHINGTON, November 9, 2010 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA is providing loans and grants for over 500 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects to help farmers, ranchers, and owners of rural businesses reduce energy costs and develop new sources of renewable energy. Funding is provided through USDA's Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). Under Secretary for Rural Development Dallas Tonsager made the announcement on behalf of the Secretary.

USDA is awarding more than $30 million in loans and grants to the 516 recipients. REAP funding can be used for renewable energy systems, energy efficiency improvements, feasibility studies, energy audits and renewable energy development assistance. More information is located on the REAP program website. Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the full release USDA Announces Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Loans and Grants to Help Farmers and Rural Small Businesses Reduce Energy Costs.

USDA Provides Support to Rehabilitate Farmland Damaged by Natural Disasters

WASHINGTON, November 8, 2010 — U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said that farmers and ranchers will receive additional Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) funds to repair farmland damaged by natural disasters in 2010. "President Obama and I are committed to helping farmers and ranchers restore farmland severely damaged by natural disasters as part of continued efforts to provide a safety net to producers, support food and fiber production and improve the environment," said Vilsack.

An additional $8.9 million is being provided to farmers and ranchers in affected areas. Previously this FY 2011, $2.3 million in ECP funding was provided to producers in 8 states. A total of $53.8 million in ECP funding was provided to producers in 38 states in FY 2010. Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the full release USDA Provides Support to Rehabilitate Farmland Damaged by Natural Disasters.

 

LEAD21 Applications Due

The LEAD21 program is intended to meet the future needs for leadership development of faculty, specialists, district and regional directors, program and team leaders, research station and center directors, department heads and chairs, and others in the universities’ colleges of Agricultural, environmental, natural resources, veterinary sciences, and human sciences and NIFA. Individuals from land-grant and American Association of State Colleges of Agriculture and Renewable Resources institutions are encouraged to participate.

Program goals for participants are to:

  • enhance application of skills and knowledge learned in nine leadership competencies.
  • develop a peer leadership network to enhance personal leadership practice, collaboration, and diversity of perspective.
  • develop and implement an individual leadership development process.

Applications are due November 30, 2010. Contact Jennifer Carter, University of Georgia Fanning Institute; Phone: 706-542-0792; Fax:706-542-7000, for more information.

 

For a plain text copy of this newsletter, please contact Judy Rude. NIFA UPDATE is published biweekly. The next NIFA issue is planned for December 8. Submit news items to newsletter@nifa.usda.gov by December 1, or Editor: Judy Rude, public affairs specialist, NIFA Communications Staff. If you have questions about Update, please contact her.

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Roger Beachy, Director

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