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NIFA Update — July 18, 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

  • Worthen Joins IBCE
  • Program Specialist Joins IFSN
  • New Publication — The 2008 Farm Bill — Making an impact through NIFA
  • Climate Extension Summit Report
  • NIFA in the News
  • NIFA Lists Open Requests for Grant Applications

 

USDA

  • Rate of Shattered Baseball Bats 50 Percent Less, Thanks to MLB and the U.S. Forest Service
  • USDA Designates New Biobased Product
  • USDA Announces Export Promotion Allocations for Fiscal Year 2013
  • Secretary Vilsack Announces Steps to Conserve Tongass National Forest

 

Opportunities

  • Public Webinar on USDA Regional Hubs for Risk Adaptation and Mitigation to Climate Change

 

  • Next issue of NIFA Update is July 31, 2013

Worthen Joins IBCE

NIFA’s Institute of Bioenergy, Climate, and Environment (IBCE) welcomes Jillian Worthen who recently joined IBCE as a program specialist. She has a B.S. degree from Trinity University in Washington, DC, and recently completed her M.S. degree in biotechnology and bioinformatics from the University of Maryland University College. She worked with the former Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service as a clerk in 2007 and then started as a program analysis trainee in 2010 with the Institute of Youth, Family, and Community. In the Division of Community and Education, she specialized in working with tribal colleges and communities. Worthen is working with the Division of Bioenergy, but will work across the IBCE divisions. She joins IBCE with multiple computer programming skills for file automation and database design. She is located in the Waterfront Centre in room 3257 and can be reached at (202) 401-5741.

Program Specialist Joins IFSN

Dr. Dawanna James-Holly joins the Institute of Food Safety and Nutrition (IFSN) as a program specialist in the Food Safety Division. She has over 13 years of experience in community and public health nutrition, with a focus on overweight and obesity and applied food safety research. She has worked with food safety nutrition education programs for at-risk communities in Washington, DC, throughout her 8-year tenure as a nutrition educator and food safety researcher with the University of the District of Columbia (UDC). While at UDC, she coordinated the first SNAP-ED nutrition education program for child-care facilities. She later joined the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education where she directed wellness and nutrition programs, including the USDA Team Nutrition grant program. She administered the first DC Healthy Schools Act, state-wide farm to school and school gardening programs. Holly is a registered dietitian and an active member of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics. She is located in the Waterfront Centre in room 2450 and can be reached at (202) 401-1950.

New Publication — The 2008 Farm Bill Making an impact through NIFA

NIFA recently released a new publication, The 2008 Farm Bill - Making an impact through NIFA. The document provides an introduction to the agency and our partnerships, as well as provides data on NIFA grants from 2008 to 2012. It goes on to provide a few examples of NIFA investments in the following areas:

  • Plant Health, Production, and Products;
  • Animal Health, Production, and Products;
  • Food Safety, Nutrition, and Health;
  • Renewable Energy, Natural Resources, and Environment;
  • Agricultural Systems and Technology; and
  • Agricultural Economics and Rural Communities.

 

A PDF version of the publication is available on the NIFA website. Printed copies will be available.

Climate Extension Summit Report

A workshop organized and conducted by NIFA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) resulted in the report The Role of Extension in Climate Adaptation in the United States, which highlights current Extension work being done in climate science, educational needs, and next steps recommended for better preparing the next generation of Extension professionals. The workshop focus was on identifying critical issues and potential solutions to professional development needs, transformational communication technologies, resources and partnership, and future workforce development—all in the context of the delivery of climate science-based solutions for communities served by NIFA and NOAA.

Cooperative Extension needs to deliver the science and solutions to climate change impacts to prepare for anticipated increases in severe weather events and outbreaks of diseases previously uncommon in their regions. Through the partnership with NOAA and the Sea Grant Program, and Cooperative and Sea Grant Extension, NIFA hopes to create transformational advances in the science and delivery of science for adaptation to climate change and together build safe and prosperous communities in the United States. For more information, contact Louis Tupas, NIFA’s Division Director for Global Climate Change.

NIFA in the News

 

NIFA Lists Open Requests for Grant Applications

Funding Opportunity

Closing Date

Contact

Extension Outreach on the Marketplace Exchanges of the Affordable Care Act

July 26, 2013

Cindy Reeves

Rural Health and Safety Education Competitive Grants Program

July 26, 2013

Cindy Reeves

Children, Youth and Families at Risk Professional Development and Technical Assistance Program

July 31, 2013

Bonita Williams

Rural Health and Safety Education Competitive Grants Program

July 26, 2013

Cindy Reeves

Extension Outreach on the Marketplace Exchanges of the Affordable Care Act

July 26, 2013

Cindy Reeves

Integrated Forest Products Research (FPR) Grant

July 31, 2013

Catalino Blanche

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Carbon Cycle Science

July 31, 2013

Nancy Cavallaro

Children, Youth and Families at Risk Professional Development and Technical Assistance Program

July 31, 2013

Bonita Williams

Children, Youth, and Families At-Risk 4-H Military Partnership Program

August 8, 2013

Carol Benesh

Multi-partner Call on Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research

September 3, 2013

Nancy Cavallaro

Water Sustainability and Climate

September 10, 2013

Mary Ann Rozum

Small Business Innovation Research: Biofuels and Biobased Products

September 26, 2013

William Goldner

Small Business Innovation Research: Food Science and Nutrition

September 26, 2013

Jodi Williams

Small Business Innovation Research: Forests and Related Resources

September 26, 2013

Charles F. Cleland

Small Business Innovation Research: Plant Production and Protection - Biology

September 26, 2013

Shing F Kwok

Small Business Innovation Research: Plant Production and Protection - Engineering

September 26, 2013

William Goldner

Small Business Innovation Research: Rural Development

September 26, 2013

Charles F. Cleland

Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR)

September 26, 2013

Charles F. Cleland

Small Business Innovation Research Program: Phase I

September 26, 2013

Charles F. Cleland

Small Business Innovation Research: Small and Mid-Size Farms

September 26, 2013

Charles F. Cleland

Small Business Innovation Research: Air, Water, and Soils

September 26, 2013

Mary Ann Rozum

Small Business Innovation Research: Animal Production and Protection

September 26, 2013

Robert Smith

Small Business Innovation Research: Aquaculture

September 26, 2013

Gary Jensen

Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases

November 20, 2013

Peter Johnson

 

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.

 

Rate of Shattered Baseball Bats 50 Percent Less, Thanks to MLB and the U.S. Forest Service

WASHINGTON July 12 – As the 2013 Major League Baseball (MLB) season slides through the All-Star break, U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the results of innovative research by the U.S. Forest Service, and funded by MLB, that will result in significantly fewer shattered baseball bats. Testing and analyzing thousands of shattered Major League bats, U.S. Forest Service researchers at the Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) developed changes in manufacturing that decreased the rate of shattered maple bats by more than 50 percent since 2008. While the popularity of maple bats is greater today than ever before, the number of shattered bats continues to decline.

Since 2008, the U.S. Forest Service has worked with Major League Baseball to help make America's pastime safer. The joint Safety and Health Advisory Committee of Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association began working to address the frequency of bats breaking into multiple pieces 5 years ago. FPL wood experts looked at every broken Major League bat from July to September during the 2008 MLB season. Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the full release.

USDA Designates New Biobased Product Categories

WASHINGTON, July 1 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated eight new biobased product categories for preferred federal procurement. The announcement furthers the goals of last year's presidential memorandum designed to increase rural job creation through procurement of biobased products and increase the number of biobased product categories and individual products eligible for preferred purchasing. There are now 97 designated categories representing approximately 10,000 unique types of products.

USDA has designated the following new categories: aircraft and boat cleaners; automotive care products, engine crankcase oil; gasoline fuel additives; metal cleaners and corrosion removers; microbial cleaning products; paint removers; and water turbine bearing oils. A full list was published in the June 11, 2013 Federal Register. Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the full release.

USDA Announces Export Promotion Allocations for Fiscal Year 2013

WASHINGTON, July 10 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) awarded Fiscal Year 2013 funding to more than 70 U.S. agricultural organizations to help expand commercial export markets for their goods. USDA remains focused on carrying out its mission, despite a time of significant budget uncertainty. This announcement is one part of the department's efforts to strengthen the rural economy.

Under the Market Access Program (MAP), FAS will provide $172.7 million to 70 nonprofit organizations and cooperatives. MAP participants contribute an average 171-percent match for generic marketing and promotion activities and a dollar-for-dollar match for promotion of branded products by small businesses and cooperatives. Under the Foreign Market Development Program, FAS will allocate $25.4 million to 26 trade organizations that represent U.S. agricultural producers. The organizations, which contribute an average 183-percent cost share, will conduct activities that help maintain or increase demand for U.S. agricultural commodities overseas. Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the full release.

Secretary Vilsack Announces Steps to Conserve Tongass National Forest

WASHINGTON, July 3 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack outlined a series of actions by the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to conserve the old-growth forests of the Tongass National Forest in Alaska. The actions will focus on speeding the transition to management of second-growth (previously harvested) forests. At 17 million acres, the Tongass is the largest national forest in the United States. It contains large stands of old-growth rainforest, and provides world-class recreation and fishing while supporting local communities through a variety of economic activities. These actions will conserve the outstanding coastal rainforests of the Tongass. They will ensure a smooth transition to second-growth forests so the forest industry can continue to provide jobs and opportunity in Southeast Alaska. Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the full release.

 

Public Webinar on USDA Regional Hubs for Risk Adaptation and Mitigation to Climate Change

USDA invites the public to participate in a webinar July 19 from 1–2:30 p.m. Eastern Time, to discuss the establishment of seven USDA Regional Hubs for Risk Adaptation and Mitigation to Climate Change. This webinar is open to the public and is intended for interested parties and potential USDA partners, including representatives from academic institutions, farmer organizations, nongovernment organizations, the private sector, and interested public. The meeting will address the rationale for establishing the USDA regional hubs; the expected benefits to farmers, ranchers, forest land owners and rural communities, and opportunities to partner with USDA. The webinar hosts are Dr. Ann Bartuska, USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Research Education and Economics, and Dr. William Hohenstein, Director, USDA Climate Change Program Office. Registration is required for participation. To register for the webinar visit this link

 

The next NIFA issue is planned for July 31, 2013. Submit news items to: newsletter@nifa.usda.gov by July 24. 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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Questions? Comments? Last Updated: 7/18/2013