NIFA Update — September 14, 2011
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.
- Clare I. Harris
- New Program Specialist Joins IYFC
- NIFA in the News
- NIFA Lists Open Requests for Grant Applications
- USDA, FDA Working to Provide Aid for Farmers with Flood-damaged Crops
- USDA Assisting Growers, Livestock and Milk Producers Damaged by Hurricane Irene
- USDA Rolls Out First Themed MyPlate Healthy Eating Message: Make Half Your Plate Fruits and Vegetables
- USDA Report Outlines Food Insecurity in America
- USDA Emergency Watershed Protection Program Possible Help for Communities Impacted By Hurricane Irene
- USDA, Departments of Energy and Navy Seek Input from Industry to Advance Biofuels for Military and Commercial Transportation
- Alabama CES Announces New Director
- Nebraska Appoints Interim AES Director
- Third International Food and Nutrition Conference
- Food Environment: The Effects of Context on Food Conference
- Urgent IPM Grant Program
- Next Issue Scheduled September 28
Clare I. Harris
Clare Harris died September 6 after a very difficult, long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was the last Associate Administrator for USDA’s Cooperative State Research Service prior to the merger with Extension Service in 1994 to form the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service now the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Visit the Hines-Rinaldi website for services.
New Program Specialist Joins IYFC
Paul Chapman II joined the Division of Youth and 4-H in the Institute of Youth, Family, and Community. While in the U.S. Army Chapman served as master trainer for the Iraqi army’s 55th Brigade; managed the Army’s Organizational Life Cycle Management Program; developed hands-on instructional curriculum for the Iraqi army soldiers in preparation for their parliamentary elections; served as a 4-H volunteer camp counselor; worked with Operation Military Kids and Health Rocks! curriculum; and served as an operations officer and aviation operations officer. He is working on his M.S. from the University of Oklahoma in human relations and has a B.A from Marshall University. He is a former West Virginia 4-H’er. Chapman is working with Suzanne LeMenestrel, national program leader on healthy living; with Jim Kahler, program specialist on
4-H science; and with Carol Benesh, on military programs. Chapman is located in the Waterfront Centre in Cube 4320 and can be reached at 202-720-8857.
NIFA in the News
NIFA Lists Open Requests for Grant Applications
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, FDA Working to Provide Aid for Farmers with Flood-damaged Crops
WASHINGTON, September 12 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that assistance will be available to farmers whose crops were damaged by severe flooding from Tropical Storms Irene and Lee. USDA and FDA are working together to ensure that farmers who cannot market their flood-damaged crops are compensated for their losses.
FDA considers ready-to-eat crops to be adulterated when their edible portions have been in contact with flood waters that may contain sewage, animal waste, heavy metals, pathogenic microorganisms, or other contaminants. Therefore, these crops should not enter the food or animal feed supply. Crops insured by federal crop insurance or by the Noninsured Disaster Assistance Program are covered when floodwaters have rendered them valueless.
USDA encourages all farmers and ranchers to contact their crop insurance companies and local USDA Farm Service Agency Service Centers, as applicable, to report damages to crops or livestock loss. More information about federal crop insurance may be found on the Risk Management Agency website. Additional resources to help farmers and ranchers deal with flooding may be found on the USDA Disaster web pages. Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the full release USDA, FDA Working to Provide Aid for Farmers with Flood-damaged Crops.
USDA Assisting Growers, Livestock and Milk Producers Damaged by Hurricane Irene
WASHINGTON, September 8 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture continues to offer services to farmers whose livestock and crops were damaged in the devastation brought on by Hurricane Irene. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says USDA is deploying personnel and resources to assist the efforts by federal, state, and local authorities in response to the hurricane. "We continue to closely coordinate with many partners to meet the immediate and plan for the long-term needs of those affected by Hurricane Irene," said Vilsack.
USDA encourages all farmers, ranchers, producers, landowners, and rural communities to contact their local USDA Farm Service Agency Service Centers to report damages to crops or livestock loss; their local Rural Development office for housing, business or community assistance information and/or their local Natural Resources Conservation Service office for help with debris removal. Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the full release USDA Assisting Growers, Livestock and Milk Producers Damaged by Hurricane Irene.
USDA Rolls Out First Themed MyPlate Healthy Eating Message: Make Half Your Plate Fruits and Vegetables
WASHINGTON, September 7 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the first themed MyPlate message, Make Half Your Plate Fruits and Vegetables, supporting the new MyPlate food icon and First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! initiative through a new national private-sector partnership program.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP) has called upon its 44 national strategic partners and over 3,500 community partners to amplify this message nationwide. In a novel approach to extend this healthy eating message to the general public, the national strategic partners have adopted days during the month of September to promote Make Half Your Plate Fruits and Vegetables. A calendar that shows the name of each national strategic partner that has adopted a day, along with their contact information, may be downloaded from the CNPP website. To learn more about the programs, go to Partnerships. Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the full release USDA Rolls Out First Themed MyPlate Healthy Eating Message: Make Half Your Plate Fruits and Vegetables.
USDA Report Outlines Food Insecurity in America
WASHINGTON, September 7 - USDA Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services Under Secretary Kevin Concannon announced the results of USDA's Household Food Security in the United States, 2010 report. The report reveals that the percentage of very low-food security declined from 5.7 percent of households in 2009 to 5.4 percent in 2010. The USDA study indicated that in 2010, 17.2 million households in America had difficulty providing enough food due to a lack of resources. The number of food insecure households in 2010 was relatively consistent with statistics released in 2008 and 2009. The report indicates that 59 percent of all food-insecure households participated in one or more of the three largest nutrition assistance programs at about the time of the survey. Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the full release USDA Report Outlines Food Insecurity in America.
USDA Emergency Watershed Protection Program Possible Help for Communities Impacted By Hurricane Irene
As part of the overall federal response to Hurricane Irene, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) can help communities address watershed impairments that might cause imminent hazards through its Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) program. Eligibility for this assistance is not dependant on a national emergency declaration for an area.
If your land has suffered severe damage that might qualify for the EWP program, you should contact your local authorities and/or your local NRCS office to request assistance. City and county governments, flood and water control districts, and soil and water conservation districts are the most common sponsors of EWP projects. Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the full release USDA Emergency Watershed Protection Program Possible Help for Communities Impacted By Hurricane Irene.
USDA, Departments of Energy and Navy Seek Input from Industry to Advance Biofuels for Military and Commercial Transportation
WASHINGTON, August 30 - Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, and Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced the next step in the creation of a public-private partnership to develop drop-in advanced biofuels. The Secretaries issued a Request for Information (RFI) that lays out the administration's goals, assumptions, and tools and requests specific ideas from industry on how to leverage private capital markets to establish a commercially viable drop-in biofuels industry. The critical information gathered through this process will help accelerate the development and use of these biofuels, reduce the nation's demand for foreign oil, and strengthen the economy in rural America. The RFI can be viewed here. Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the full release USDA, Departments of Energy and Navy Seek Input from Industry to Advance Biofuels for Military and Commercial Transportation.
Alabama CES Announces New Director
The Alabama Cooperative Extension System (CES) welcomes its new director Gary Lemme. Lemme will begin his new job on October 1, replacing retiring Extension Director Gaines Smith. Lemme becomes the third director of the Alabama CES. The system was created in 1995 when extension programs at Alabama A&M and Auburn universities were joined. ACES is the primary outreach organization for the two universities’ land-grant mission providing real-life solutions and helping improve the lives of all Alabamians. The presidents of both universities say Lemme brings the type of leadership extension requires as it continues to adapt to the changing needs and demands of its clients.
Lemme comes to Alabama Extension from South Dakota State University where he was professor in the Department of Plant Science. A soil scientist by training, he is also the former dean of the College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences. He holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from South Dakota State. He completed his doctoral work at the University of Nebraska. In addition to his tenure at South Dakota State University, Lemme has held a variety of leadership positions at several land-grant institutions including Michigan State University, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Hawaii.
Nebraska Appoints Interim AES Director
David S. Jackson is the new interim director for the Nebraska Agricultural Experiment Station, University of Nebraska, in Lincoln, effective August 15. He replaces Susan M. Fritz.
Jackson completed his undergraduate work at Cornell University and received his Ph.D. in food science and technology from Texas A&M University in 1988. He has been with the University of Nebraska since 2008, serving as associate dean, Agricultural Research Division, and associate director, Nebraska Agricultural Experiment Station.
Third International Food and Nutrition Conference
Tuskegee University will host the Third International Food and Nutrition Conference (IFNC 2011) October 9-11 at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center in Tuskegee, AL. The theme for the conference is “Sustainable Approaches in Food and Nutrition to Combat Disparities in Childhood Obesity, Chronic Diseases, and Food Insecurity.” The overall objective of IFNC 2011 is to forge links and stimulate new areas of multidisciplinary research among countries where disparities in childhood obesity, chronic diseases, food/nutrition insecurity, and global crisis are increasing. Visit IFNC website for more conference information and registration.
Food Environment: The Effects of Context on Food Conference
NIFA’s FY 2011 Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Foundational Program funding is supporting the “Food Environment: The Effects of Context on Food,” conference, May 30-31, 2012, at Tufts University in Boston, MA. This is a joint conference of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) and European Association of Agricultural Economists (EAAE) and is sponsored by USDA’s Economic Research Service and the AFRI Markets and Trade program
The conference will provide a platform for research on the economics related to the role of consumers’ food environments on their choices and health outcomes. Topics will provide insight into the influence of the food environment on the quality, price, and availability of food; associated health or environmental impacts; and uncover the impact of policies aimed at influencing food production and choice.
Participants who would like to present a paper or a poster should submit a 2-page abstract before November 1, 2011. The abstract should indicate: the problem addressed, the study objectives, theory and methods used, and the results. Accepted papers will be considered for inclusion in a special issue of Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy. More information about the conference and abstract submission can be found on the conference page.
Urgent IPM Grant Program
The Northeastern Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Center announces the availability of funding for its new Urgent IPM Grant Program, which is supported by NIFA. Approximately $50,000 is available in 2011 to fund up to five projects that quantify an emerging pest situation, develop IPM methods, or educate audiences about IPM. Each proposal is limited to $10,000. Learn more about this program and download a full Request for Applications (RFA) for instructions on how to apply.
Proposals must be received via online submission by 5 p.m. on October 11. Public and private institutions or organizations, businesses, commodity groups, and private individuals are invited to submit applications. The primary project director (PD) must reside in the northeastern region, but co-PDs may be from outside the region. This grant program is distinct from the center’s IPM Partnership Program, which funds working groups, IPM documents, and outreach. Contact John Ayers, NE IPM Center’s grants manager, at 814-235-0688, for more information.
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