Advanced SearchHomeAbout UsGrantsFormsNewsroomHelpContact Us
Search CSREES
Browse by Subject
Agricultural Systems
Animals & Animal Products
Biotechnology & Genomics
Economics & Commerce
Education
Families, Youth, & Communities
Food, Nutrition, & Health
International
Natural Resources & Environment
Pest Management
Plant & Plant Products
Technology & Engineering
 
You are here:Home / Newsroom / Newsletters / NIFA Updates / NIFA Update – February 28, 2013

NIFA Update — February 28, 2013

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

  • NPL Richard Hegg Retires
  • Peter Brayton, Retired NPL
  • USDA Invests in Research to End Hunger and Address Food Security Challenges
  • NIFA Celebrates America Saves Week February 25-March 2
  • NIFA Lists Open Requests for Grant Applications

 

USDA

  • Reminder: Hispanic and Women Farmers and Ranchers Claims Must be Postmarked by March 25
  • Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Appoints Members to the NAREEE Advisory Board 
  • USDA Announces Additional Steps to Reduce Fraud and Misuse in SNAP 
  • Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack: World Organization for Animal Health Recommends United States' BSE Risk Status Be Upgraded
  • 45th General Sign-Up for the Conservation Reserve Program

 

Partners

  • FAEIS Releases Trends in Graduate Enrollment
  • SARE Publishes Revised Poultry Bulletin

 

Opportunities

  • NIFA CIP to Host Discussion/Webinar on American Cooperatives and Their Experiences Abroad

 

  • Next issue of NIFA Update is March 14, 2013

NPL Richard Hegg Retires

Dr. Richard “Dick” Hegg, NIFA national program leader for manures and nutrient management in the Division of Agricultural Sciences, will retire in April after 21 years of federal service. Hegg received his B.S. from South Dakota State University in agricultural engineering, his M.S. in agricultural engineering from University of Missouri in 1968, and Ph.D. in agricultural engineering from University of Minnesota in 1974. He came to NIFA in 1997 from Clemson University where he was serving as Professor Emeritus.         

If you would like to send him a retirement letter for his book, please send them to the attention of Mary Ann Rozum by March 6. He is also accepting cards and letters at his home address: 1101 S. Arlington Ridge Rd., #1210, Arlington, VA  22202. 

Peter Brayton, Retired NPL

Dr. Peter Brayton, retired CSREES/NIFA national program leader in the animal division died Wednesday, February 27 in Santa Fe, NM. He worked from 1990 until his retirement in 2007, when he moved to a retirement community in Santa Fe. He will be remembered for his tongue-in-cheek and spontaneous humor and sharing dark chocolates with staff. He was an only child and is predeceased by his parents. Service arrangements are pending at this time.

USDA Invests in Research to End Hunger and Address Food Security Challenges

BROOKINGS, S.D., Feb. 27 – Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan visited South Dakota State University (SDSU) to announce more than $75 million in grants for research, education, and Extension activities to ensure greater food security in the United States and around the world. The awards were made to teams at 21 U.S. universities to conduct research that will find solutions to increasing food availability.

This year’s funded projects include research at SDSU to examine community efforts to encourage healthy food choices; research at Purdue University to develop new strategies to defend against ear rot diseases in corn; scientists at the University of Tennessee will identify ways to improve milk quality in the Southeast and enhance the sustainability of the Southeast dairy industry; and a team at the University of California in Berkeley will work with tribal groups in the Klamath Basin in Oregon and California to build sustainable regional food systems to aid in enhancing tribal health and food security. NIFA made the awards through the 2012 Agriculture and Food Research Initiative’s Food Security program. Visit the NIFA Newsroom to read the full release.

USDA Celebrates America Saves Week February 25–March 2

WASHINGTON, Feb. 25 – As part of a government-wide collaboration, USDA is celebrating America Saves Week, Feb. 25-March 2, to encourage everyone to take action daily to improve their personal finances. To celebrate, NIFA and the Cooperative Extension System (CES) are launching “2013 America Saves Challenge,” an online challenge for individuals and families to set a financial goal, make a plan, and save automatically.

“The recent economic crisis has highlighted how essential it is that individuals – young and old – have the information, education, and tools they need to make wise financial decisions in an increasingly complex U.S. and global financial system,” said Sonny Ramaswamy, NIFA Director. “CES offers essential programs to individuals and families by delivering family and consumer economics programs. By partnering with Cooperative Extension, USDA is able to make tremendous contributions to individuals living in rural and urban America.”

NIFA recognizes the efforts of land-grant universities that offer personal finance, consumer sciences, and family resource management curriculum. Another accessible resource enabling individuals to obtain personal financial information is eXtension, a Cooperative Extension website. Visit NIFA Newsroom to read the full release.

NIFA Lists Open Requests for Grant Applications

Funding Opportunity

Closing Date

Contact

Alaska Native-Serving and Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions Education Competitive Grants Program (ANNH)

March 1, 2013

Saleia Afele-Faamuli

Distance Education Grants for Institutions of Higher Education in Insular Areas (DEG)

March 1, 2013

Saleia Afele-Faamuli

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

March 1, 2013

Saleia Afele-Faamuli

1890 Institution Teaching, Research and Extension Capacity Building Grants (CBG) Program

March 5, 2013

Edwin Lewis

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative: NIFA Fellowships Grant Program

March 14, 2012

Ray A. Ali

Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research Grants Program (BRAG)

March 21, 2013

Shing F. Kwok

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Sustainable Bioenergy

April 3, 2013

Franklin E. Boteler

Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grants Program - Organic Transitions (ORG)

April 5, 2013

Steven I. Smith

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Childhood Obesity Prevention

April 11, 2013

Deirdra Chester

AFRI-Climate Variability and Change

April 15, 2013

Michael A. Bowers

AFRI-Foundational Program: Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities

May 22, 2013

Robbin Shoemaker

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Carbon Cycle Science

July 31, 2013

Nancy Cavallaro

Water Sustainability and Climate

September 10, 2013

Mary Ann Rozum

 

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.

Reminder: Hispanic and Women Farmers and Ranchers Claims Must be Postmarked by March 25

WASHINGTON, Feb. 25 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack reminded Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers who allege discrimination by USDA in past decades that there are fewer than 30 days remaining in the filing period closing March 25, 2013. The process offers a voluntary alternative to litigation for each Hispanic or female farmer and rancher who can prove that USDA denied his or her application for loan or loan servicing assistance for discriminatory reasons for certain time periods between 1981 and 2000. For more information go to the informational website, or call toll free 888-508-4429, Monday–Friday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time. Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the full release.

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Appoints Members to the NAREEE Advisory Board 

WASHINGTON, Feb. 25 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the appointment of 10 members to the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics (NAREEE) Advisory Board.

The Federal Agricultural Improvement and Reform Act of 1996 authorized the creation of the NAREEE Advisory Board, which is composed of 25 members and operates under the auspices of USDA’s Research, Education, and Economics Mission Area.

Each NAREEE Advisory Board member represents a specific area of expertise related to agriculture. These areas include farming, ranching, food production and processing, forestry research, crop and animal science, land-grant institutions, non land-grant college or university with a historic commitment to research in the food and agricultural sciences, food retailing and marketing, rural economic development, and natural resource and consumer interest groups, and others. Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the full release.

USDA Announces Additional Steps to Reduce Fraud and Misuse in SNAP  

WASHINGTON, Feb. 21 – Agriculture Under Secretary Kevin Concannon announced tough new measures as a part of USDA's ongoing effort to ensure integrity in the nation's nutrition safety net, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

The announcement codifies an expanded legal definition of "trafficking" that incorporates not only the direct exchange of SNAP benefits for cash but other indirect methods of obtaining cash for SNAP benefits. The expanded definition now includes so-called "water dumping" (the purchase of beverages in containers with returnable deposits for the sole purpose of discarding the contents and returning the containers to obtain cash refund deposits) and the sale or purchase of products originally purchased with SNAP benefits for purposes of exchanging those products for cash or other items. USDA is also seeking comment on a new proposal that would authorize USDA to immediately suspend payments to retailers suspected of flagrant trafficking violations from accepting SNAP benefits. Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the full release.

Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack: World Organization for Animal Health Recommends United States' BSE Risk Status Be Upgraded

WASHINGTON, Feb. 20 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack made the following statement about notification received from the Scientific Commission for the World Organization for Animal Health recommending that the United States' risk classification for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (mad cow disease) be upgraded to negligible risk. Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the full release.

45th General Sign-Up for the Conservation Reserve Program

MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 16 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced at the National Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic that USDA will conduct a 4-week general sign-up for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), beginning May 20 and ending on June 14. CRP has a 27-year legacy of protecting the nation's natural resources through voluntary participation, while providing significant economic and environmental benefits to rural communities across the United States. Under Secretary Vilsack's leadership, USDA has enrolled 11.7 million acres in various CRP efforts. Additional sign-ups for continuous CRP programs—such as Highly Erodible Land Initiative and Initiative to Restore Grasslands, Wetlands, and Wildlife—will be announced in spring 2013. Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the full release.

 

FAEIS Releases Trends in Graduate Enrollment

The Food and Agricultural Education Information System (FAEIS) released in their February newsletter the enrollment in masters and doctoral programs in 139 public and land-grant institutions from 2007 to 2011. They explored the four major program areas in FAEIS: 1) agriculture, agriculture operations, and related sciences; 2) family and consumer/human sciences; 3) natural resources and conservation; and 4) related biological sciences. Click on FAEISNews for trends in the four program areas. FAEIS is funded by NIFA and housed at Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

SARE Publishes Revised Poultry Bulletin

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) announced that Profitable Poultry: Raising Birds on Pasture bulletin was recently updated to include more information about the increasing variety of popular alternative poultry systems. Originally published in 2006 and updated in 2012, the publication combines farmer experiences and the latest research to serve as an all inclusive primer on pastured-poultry systems. The 16-page bulletin can be downloaded free of charge. Hardcopies are also free and can be ordered either online or by calling 301-374-9696. To learn more about ordering publications, visit the SARE WebStore. SARE is funded by NIFA.

 

NIFA CIP to Host Discussion/Webinar on American Cooperatives and Their Experiences Abroad

NIFA’s Center for International Programs (CIP) will host a discussion/webinar March 7, at the Waterfront Centre, from noon to 1 p.m., on how American cooperatives play a vital role in the economic well-being of millions of Americans and how they help low-income communities in developing countries achieve a higher standard of living. Paul Hazen, executive director of the U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council, will share his organization’s research insights as they apply the cooperative model to create sustainable economic development aboard.

To access the webinar go to: http://nifa-connect.nifa.usda.gov/coopcip. Login under “guest” option and enter your email in the space provided. Selected questions from the viewers will be answered by the speaker. Send your questions to NIFA CIP. Please RSVP by March 6, space is limited.

 

The next NIFA issue is planned for March 14, 2013. Submit news items to: newsletter@nifa.usda.gov by March 7. If you have questions about Update, please contact the Editor: Judy Rude, public affairs specialist, NIFA Communications Staff.

To subscribe or unsubscribe to this newsletter, please send an e-mail message to Judy Rude. In the body of the message, type: subscribe nifa-update OR unsubscribe nifa-update. Back issues of NIFA Update are available on the NIFA website.

Sonny Ramaswamy, Director

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA’s TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination, write to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410, or call 800-795-3272 (voice) or 202-720-6382 (TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Questions? Comments? Last Updated: 1/17/2013