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NIFA Update — November 7, 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

  • Agricultural Spray Additives Cause Learning Impairment in Honey Bees
  • Where to Find Up-To-Date Information on Hurricane Sandy Recovery
  • NIFA in the News
  • NIFA Lists Open Requests for Grant Applications

 

USDA

  • USDA Offers Food Assistance to Those Affected by Hurricane Sandy
  • USDA Offers Housing Assistance to Rural East Coast Residents Affected by Hurricane Sandy
  • Vilsack Announces Investments in Tribal Land-Grant Institutions
  • USDA Drought Assistance Minimizes Impacts While Spurring Improvements on 1M Acres of American Farmland

 

Partners

  • Director Named at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
  • Recordings from the International Organic Fruit Research Symposium Are Available

 

Awards and Recognition

  • Norland Elected Fellow of the Society of American Foresters

  • Next issue of NIFA Update is November 21

Agricultural Spray Additives Cause Learning Impairment in Honey Bees

Pennsylvania State University researchers used NIFA funds to investigate the impact of three classes of additives on the learning ability of honey bees, which is a characteristic symptom of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). This research was funded by Agricultural and Food Research Initiative’s Plant Health and Production and Plant Products: Insects and Nematodes Program. The additives were both orally ingested by the bees and applied to their antennae. Only oral ingested compounds impacted the bees. Only one non-ionic agent reduced the bee’s learning ability. Researchers also learned that the insecticide imidacloprid drastically reduced learning. This research suggests oral ingestion of certain additives and pesticides may impact honey bee behavior and should be further investigated for a role in CCD.

Where to Find Up-To-Date Information on Hurricane Sandy Recovery

Citizens may find up-to-date, science-based information regarding how to recover from Hurricane Sandy at the Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) website. A great deal of information is also available through the EDEN Facebook page and on Twitter via EdenTweets (@EDENTweets).

There are several specific aspects of hurricane recovery that are currently in great demand. These include:

 

Visit NIFA Newsroom for additional information and resources.

NIFA in the News

 

NIFA Lists Open Requests for Grant Applications

Funding Opportunity

Closing Date

Contact

Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program

November 28, 2012

Jane M. Clary

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Food Safety

December 5, 2012

Jeanette Thurston

Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases

December 5, 2012

Peter Johnson

National Robotics Initiative: The Realization of Co-Robots Acting in Direct Support of Individuals and Groups

December 11, 2012

Daniel Schmoldt

AFRI-Foundational Program: Animal Health and Production and Animal Products

January 9, 2013

Mark A. Mirando

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

January 18, 2013

Gregory Smith

AFRI-Foundational Program: Food Safety, Nutrition, and Health

February 6, 2013

D. Ramkishan Rao

Higher Education Challenge Grants Program

February 8, 2013

Gregory Smith

AFRI-Foundational Program: Agriculture Systems and Technology

February 13, 2013

Daniel Schmoldt

Hispanic-Serving Institutions Education Grants Program

February 18, 2013

Irma Lawrence

AFRI-Foundational Program: Plant Health and Production and Plant Products

February 18, 2013

Ann Lichens-Park

AFRI-Foundational Program: Renewable Energy, Natural Resources, and Environment

February 21, 2013

Nancy Cavallaro

AFRI-Foundational Program: Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities

May 22, 2013

Robbin Shoemaker


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 Offers Food Assistance to Those Affected by Hurricane Sandy

WASHINGTON, November 5 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is coordinating with states and partner organizations to provide disaster nutrition assistance to individuals in 13 states affected by Hurricane Sandy.

In New York, USDA is working with the state, the Food Bank of New York City, and partner agencies to distribute approximately 1.1 million pounds of USDA foods. Food will be distributed through nearly 1,000 designated emergency feeding outlets to affected households in New York City, Long Island, and Westchester and Rockland counties.

In New Jersey, USDA worked late last week with the state of New Jersey and the Community Food Bank of New Jersey to coordinate the delivery of 39,000 pounds of USDA foods to support congregate feeding efforts. The food bank will combine USDA foods with existing food stocks to produce 15,000 meals per day for 5-7 days to be distributed in cooperation with the Red Cross and Salvation Army at shelters.

USDA is working closely with states and industry partners to remind SNAP retailers of the procedure for manually processing SNAP transactions during power outages. In certain areas in New York, USDA has granted a waiver to allow SNAP recipients to purchase hot foods using SNAP benefits. For more information about disaster nutrition assistance, visit the Food and Nutrition Service website. For the latest Hurricane Sandy Response information and resources available from government agencies visit the USA website. Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the full release.

USDA Offers Housing Assistance to Rural East Coast Residents Affected by Hurricane Sandy

WASHINGTON, November 1 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a comprehensive effort to help USDA-financed homeowners in areas affected by Hurricane Sandy. USDA Rural Development is also taking steps to assist utilities, business owners and others in need. For example:

USDA encourages homeowners and business owners in rural communities to contact their local Rural Development office for housing, business, or community assistance information. Additional information about assistance programs, safety tips and updates about USDA's hurricane relief efforts are posted on the Web. Click on the hurricane relief link. Click here for a list of Rural Development offices. Check the website for additional information on the U.S. government's hurricane response efforts. Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the full release.

Vilsack Announces Investments in Tribal Land-Grant Institutions

WASHINGTON, October 23 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that 21 projects in 8 states have been funded through the Tribal College Initiative Grant program to make campus improvements, provide outreach and educational offerings.

The USDA Rural Development Tribal College Grant program provides land-grant institutions with funds for outreach and education services to help meet the needs of Native American communities. The $3.3 million in grants will help tribal colleges finance infrastructure improvements, purchase equipment, and develop essential community facilities. For additional information on Rural Development projects, please visit Rural Development's new interactive web map featuring program funding and success stories for fiscal years 2009-2011. Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the full release.

USDA Drought Assistance Minimizes Impacts While Spurring Improvements on 1M Acres of American Farmland

WASHINGTON, October 23 – USDA efforts to help producers rebound from drought have touched more than a million acres of farmland across the country as nearly 2,000 producers took advantage of conservation funding targeted to drought-stricken areas by USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). NRCS made more than $27 million available to farmers and ranchers to make conservation improvements; spurring recovery and ensuring lands are more drought resistant in the future.

NRCS provided financial and technical assistance to help crop and livestock producers in 22 states apply conservation practices, including conservation tillage, cover crops, nutrient management, prescribed grazing, livestock watering facilities, and water conservation practices. These actions build healthier soil that lead to better harvests and cleaner water and air. See the total NRCS drought assistance received by each state. Producers and landowners are encouraged to visit the NRCS website or stop by their local NRCS office to find out if they are eligible for drought assistance. Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the full release.

 

Director Named at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

Dr. Douglas Steele assumed leadership of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service on September 1. His appointment as agency director was finalized by the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents last week. Previously, Steele was vice president for external relations and director of Extension at Montana State University. He began his Extension career with 12 years in Texas, first as a county educator. He departed as a 4-H and youth specialist to join the
4-H program at Purdue University and later served as assistant director and state 4-H program leader at Colorado State University. He holds degrees in animal science and agriculture and earned his doctorate in educational human resource development from Texas A&M University in 1992.

Recordings from the International Organic Fruit Research Symposium Are Available

eOrganic (the organic agriculture community of practice with eXtension) conducted live broadcasts of the presentations at the 2nd International Organic Fruit Research Symposium held June 19–21 in Leavenworth, WA. Fifty-five recorded presentations from the symposium are on a wide range of organic fruit production and research topics and are available for viewing on the eXtension Organic website. These reports are of interest to researchers, Extension professionals, growers, consultants, suppliers, and retailers who wish to learn the latest developments in the worldwide organic fruit supply chain. You can also view them as a single playlist on the eOrganic YouTube channel.


Norland Elected Fellow of the Society of American Foresters

Dr. Eric Norland, NIFA national program leader for Forest Resource Management, was elected Fellow of the Society of American Foresters (SAF). This is in recognition of his years of service to SAF, sustained leadership in the application of forestry, technology transfer, and advancement of the profession of forestry. Norland provided national leadership to the Extension forestry program for the past 11 years, served as chair of two state SAF societies (National Capital SAF and Ohio SAF) and served on numerous state and national SAF committees, as well as the House of Society Delegates, the governing body of SAF. He is a certified forester, an SAF credential that recognizes professional education, competency in forestry, and continuing education.


The next NIFA issue is planned for November 24. Submit news items to: newsletter@nifa.usda.gov by November 14. If you have questions about Update, please contact the Editor: Judy Rude, public affairs specialist, NIFA Communications Staff.

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Sonny Ramaswamy, Director


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