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NIFA Update — January 18, 2012

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

  • NIFA Colleagues Retire
  • CIP’s Global Seminar Series Webinar
  • Hoffman Reassigned
  • NIFA in the News
  • NIFA Lists Open Requests for Grant Applications

 

USDA

  • USDA Marks 150th Anniversary with Historic Plenary Panel at 2012 Agricultural Outlook Forum
  • Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Blueprint for Stronger Service to Increase Efficiency in USDA Operations

 

Opportunities

  • ACE Research SIG Call for Papers

 

Awards and Recognition

  • APLU/NIFA Awards and 2011 Morrill Lectureship

 

Mailbox

  • Next Issue Scheduled February 1

NIFA Colleagues Retire

Twenty NIFA colleagues retired as of December 31. We would like to recognize our distinguished retirees and thank them for their Federal Service. They are:

  • Frenzella Faison, Computer Assistant, Office of Information Technology
  • Flossie Graham, Head Secretary, Institute of Food Safety and Nutrition
  • Juanita Hammond, Information Technology Specialist, Planning, Accountability, and Reporting Staff
  • Charles D. Hungerford, Grants and Agreements Specialist, Office of Grants and Financial Management          
  • Mary Irvin, Program Assistant, Division of Family and Consumer Sciences, Institute of Youth, Family, and Community         
  • Dennis Kopp, Program and Analysis Officer, Office of the Director
  • Carol Langguth, Director Awards Management Division, Office of Grants and Financial Management  
  • Karen Lawson, Deputy Director, Budget Staff
  • Sally Maggard, National Program Leader, Division of Family and Consumer Sciences, Institute of Youth, Family, and Community      
  • Rick Meyer, National Program Leader, Division of Plant Systems-Protection, Institute of Food Production and Sustainability     
  • James Parochetti Sr., National Program Leader, Division of Plant Systems-Production, Institute of Food Production and Sustainability
  • Richard Reynnells, National Program Leader, Division of Animal Systems, Institute of Food Production and Sustainability
  • Mildred Rollins, Budget and Accounting Specialists, Financial Operations Division, Office of Grants and Financial Management
  • Etta Saltos, National Program Leader, Division of Nutrition, Institute of Food Safety and Nutrition
  • Shirley Smith, Grants and Agreements Specialist, Awards Management Division, Office of Grants and Financial Management        
  • John Snyder, Public Affairs Specialist, Communication Staff
  • Ann Tucker, Budget and Accounting Technician, Financial Operations Division, Office of Grants and Financial Management
  • Elizabeth Tuckermanty, National Program Leader, Division of Nutrition, Institute of Food Safety and Nutrition
  • Susan Welsh, National Program Leader, Division of Nutrition, Institute of Food Safety and Nutrition
  • Joan White, Program Specialist, Division of Animal Systems, Institute of Food Production and Sustainability


Hoffman Reassigned

William Hoffman was reassigned within the NIFA Office of the Director. His new title is program and analysis officer. He will assume the duties previously performed by Dennis Kopp, who recently retired, as well as provide continuing leadership to currently assigned programs and projects.

CIP’s Global Seminar Series Webinar

NIFA’s Center for International Programs (CIP) will host the Global Seminar Series Webinar: “Higher Education for Development: Lessons, Impacts, and Vision for the Future,” on January 25, from Noon to 1 p.m. Individuals can joining us via the Webinar, go to: http://nifa-connect.nifa.usda.gov/hedcip/, or join us in Room 3455 at the Waterfront Centre. Dr. Tully Cornick, Executive Director for Higher Education for Development, will focus on the role that higher education plays as an “engine for development” in countries around the world. He will talk about the organization’s experience in forging partnerships amongst American and overseas colleges and universities to build human and institutional capacity. To register, or for more information email: CIP@nifa.usda.gov.

NIFA in the News

 

NIFA Lists Open Requests for Grant Applications

Funding Opportunity

Closing Date

Contact

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI)

See individual grant program.

See individual grant program.

Secondary Education, 2-Year Postsecondary Education, and Agriculture in the K-12 Classroom Challenge Grants Program

January 20, 2012

Gregory Smith

Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) (Letter of Intent due Nov. 25, 2011)

January 31, 2012

Thomas Bewick

Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research Grants Program (BRAG)
(Letter of Intent due Dec. 1, 2011)

February 1, 2012

Shing F. Kwok

Hispanic-Serving Institutions Education Grants Program

February 9, 2012

Irma Lawrence

Policy Research Centers Grant Program

February 13, 2012

Robbin Shoemaker

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

February 24, 2012

Ed Kaleikau

Regional Integrated Pest Management Program – North Central

February 29, 2012

Robert Nowierski

Regional Integrated Pest Management Program - Northeastern

February 29, 2012

Robert Nowierski

Regional Integrated Pest Management Program - Southern Region

February 29, 2012

Robert Nowierski

Regional Integrated Pest Management Program - Western

February 29, 2012

Robert Nowierski

Alaska Native-Serving and Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions Education Competitive Grants Program

March 1, 2012

Saleia Afele-Faamuli

Distance Education Grants for Institutions of Higher Education in Insular Areas

March 1, 2012

Saleia Afele-Faamuli

Resident Instruction Grants Program for Institutions of Higher Education in Insular Areas

March 1, 2012

Saleia Afele-Faamuli

Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative

March 9, 2012

Steven I. Smith

Decadal and Regional Climate Prediction using Earth System Models

April 20, 2012

Nancy Cavallaro

 

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 Marks 150th Anniversary with Historic Plenary Panel at 2012 Agricultural Outlook Forum

WASHINGTON, January 17 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will give the keynote address and moderate a historic plenary panel at the Agricultural Outlook Forum, February 23-24, in Arlington, VA. USDA is commemorating its 150th anniversary throughout 2012, celebrating the Department's founding in 1862 by President Abraham Lincoln. Former Secretaries of Agriculture Ed Schafer, Senator Mike Johanns, Ann Veneman, Dan Glickman, Mike Espy, Clayton Yeutter, John Block, and Bob Bergland have been invited to participate in a panel about the future of agriculture in America.

The Agricultural Outlook Forum's 25 breakout sessions with more than 80 speakers will focus on a broad range of topical issues, including: global food security; foreign trade, financial markets, and economic development; conservation; energy; climate change; food safety; food hubs; extension programs; and next generation farmers. Among the session speakers will be representatives from major banks, trade associations, agricultural institutions, corporations, cooperatives, consultants, and academia. USDA's Chief Economist Joseph Glauber will present the foreign trade and domestic agricultural economic outlooks. The Forum's dinner speaker will be Jim Miller, Senior Policy Adviser to the Senate Budget Committee.

USDA has hosted the Agricultural Outlook Forum since 1923 to provide farmers and ranchers, government, and agribusinesses with sound information for decision-making. Attendees are expected to include members of farm organizations, food and fiber firms, academia, foreign governments, and the news media. For more conference information go to: www.usda.gov/oce/forum. Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the full release.

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Blueprint for Stronger Service to Increase Efficiency in USDA Operations

WASHINGTON, January 9 - USDA must be built to meet the evolving needs of a 21st century agricultural economy, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in presenting USDA's Blueprint for Stronger Service, a plan that helps producers continue to drive America's economy by streamlining operations and cutting costs."We must innovate, modernize, and be better stewards of the taxpayers' dollars. We must build on the record accomplishments of farm communities in 2011 with a stronger, more effective USDA in 2012 and beyond, said Vilsack."

The Blueprint for Stronger Service is based on a Department-wide review of operations conducted as part of the Administration's Campaign to Cut Waste. The agency took a hard look at all USDA operations, from headquarters to field offices. The end result is a plan that will create optimal use of USDA's employees, better results for USDA customers, and greater efficiencies for American taxpayers. Detailed fact sheets on the Blueprint for Stronger Service can be found here, by USDA Mission Area: Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services (FFAS); Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services (FNCS); Food Safety; Marketing and Regulatory Programs (MRP); Natural Resources and the Environment (NRE); Research, Education and Economics (REE); and Rural Development. Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the full release.  

 

ACE Research SIG Call for Papers

The 2012 Association for Communication Excellence in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Life and Human Sciences (ACE) Annual Meeting, “Charting a New Course,” is June 10-14 in Annapolis, MD. The Research Special Interest Group (SIG) has announced the call for research papers that will be presented at the conference. The deadline for full paper submissions is Monday, January 23.       

 

APLU/NIFA Awards and 2011 Morrill Lectureship

For 20 years, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and USDA/NIFA have worked together to recognize the extraordinary efforts of a select group of educators, researchers, and extension specialists. The Excellence in College and University Teaching awards recognize university faculty members for sparking interest in students and producing our future graduates. Those honored for their commitment to programs in lifelong learning and important contributions to the improvement of communities are awarded the Excellence in Extension award. The National Extension Diversity Award acknowledges outstanding efforts and accomplishments within Cooperative Extension to achieve and sustain diverse cultures and abilities. Multistate Research Award recipients are recognized for the collaborative efforts of several state Agricultural Experiment Stations working together to address a critical, regional problem. With these awards, USDA/NIFA and APLU not only honor recipients who have given of themselves and made outstanding contributions to the improvement of our communities, they also recognize the foresight of establishing an educational, extension, and research system that encourages the best of all its participants and partners. Visit A Community of Scholars Honoring Excellence for more information on the 2011 Award Recipients.

Also, the 2011 Justin Smith Morrill lecturer was Dr. Kenneth G. Cassman, Robert B. Daugherty professor of agronomy at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and chair of the Independent Science and Partnership Council for the Consultative Group for the International Agricultural Research (CIGAR), who presented Framing the Issues on Spaceship Earth.The Lectureship honors Justin Smith Morrill for establishing and sponsoring the 1862 and 1890 Land-Grant College Acts. These were important pieces of legislation for higher education in the 19th century. America's working class and minority citizens had the opportunity to pursue higher education.
These awards are presented annually at the APLU Fall Meeting.

 

The next NIFA issue is planned for February 1, 2012. Submit news items to: newsletter@nifa.usda.gov by January 26. If you have questions about Update, please contact the Editor: Judy Rude, public affairs specialist, NIFA Communications Staff.

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Chavonda Jacobs-Young, Acting Director

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Questions? Comments? Last Updated: 01/19/2012