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NIFA Update — August 15, 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

  • IBCE Assistant Director Position Available
  • NIFA Accepting 2013 Partnership Award Nominations
  • NIFA in the News
  • NIFA Lists Open Requests for Grant Applications

 

USDA

  • USDA Report Projects $241,080 to Raise a Child Born in 2012
  • USDA Announces Available Funding to Provide Safe Housing for America's Farm Laborers
  • Secretary Vilsack Highlights USDA Efforts to Promote a Healthy and Productive Learning Environment as Students Head Back to School 
  • EU Market Continues Access for American Producers of High-Quality Beef
  • Agriculture Secretary Announces Funding to Support Small and Emerging Rural Businesses

 

Partners

  • Sirangelo Named National 4-H Council CEO

 

Opportunities

  • 2013 North American Agricultural Safety Summit

 

  • Wounded Warrior Program Receives ACE Gold Award

 

  • Next issue of NIFA Update is August 28, 2013

IBCE Assistant Director Position Available

NIFA is seeking to fill the position of Assistant Director of the Institute of Bioenergy, Climate, and Environment (IBCE). This is a Senior Executive Service (SES) position.

As the Assistant Director of IBCE, the incumbent is responsible for providing scientific and managerial leadership and direction in formulating and implementing policies and programs that support research, education, and Extension programs. These programs will ensure energy independence by identifying and developing sustainable biobased energy systems; ensure sustainable supply of agriculture products by identifying and developing adaptive agro-ecosystems in response to climate change; and identify sustainable ecosystem services from the nation’s limited natural resources base. The incumbent serves as a principal scientific and management advisor to the Deputy Director for Agriculture and Natural Resources by administering, evaluating, planning, directing, and coordinating activities that relate to the mission and function of NIFA; by executing the policies and practices of grants management; and by allocating resources to carry out these policies and practices. The incumbent is instrumental in elevating the standing of agricultural sciences within the federal science enterprise and provides scientific, technical, and administrative input to NIFA’s Director and Deputy Directors. More information about NIFA is available on the NIFA website. A copy of the job announcement (AG-22-2013-0004) is available on USAJOBS. All applications must be received by September 6, 2013, (Note: this is a change from the previously announced closing date).

NIFA Accepting 2013 Partnership Award Nominations

Our partners in the land-grant universities and other cooperating institutions and organizations have made many outstanding contributions. To recognize these achievements, we established in 2007 the NIFA Partnership Awards Program.

We invite all NIFA-supported land-grant universities and cooperating institutions and organizations to submit nominations for the 2013 NIFA Partnership Awards Program. These awards recognize outstanding contributions aligned with NIFA strategic goals in support of the USDA mission. Awards for this year will recognize excellence in:

  • Mission Integration of Research, Education, and Extension;
  • Multistate Efforts;
  • Innovative Programs and Projects;
  • Effective and Efficient Use of Resources; and
  • Program Improvement through Global Engagement.

 

We accept nominations for individuals or teams of up to 20 members. Each institution may submit up to two nominations (combined total across all five categories), meaning the entire institution including research, education, and Extension functions. Nominations must follow the specified partnership criteria and be submitted on the 2013 NIFA Partnership Awards Nomination Form. All signed nomination forms must be submitted by September 4, 2013, via email using scanned files saved as .PDF or .JPG and emailed to Chevon.Gibson@ars.usda.gov, as instructed in the guidelines.

Winning nominations will be recognized at the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) annual meeting November 10-12, 2013, in Washington, DC. NIFA will pay travel expenses for one person from each winning nomination, whether it is an individual or team award. Nominations should include only individuals or teams who have performed truly distinguished service.

NIFA in the News

 

NIFA Lists Open Requests for Grant Applications

Funding Opportunity

Closing Date

Contact

Department of Defense Child Care Curriculum Development (DoD CCCD)

August 26, 3013

Brent Elrod

Higher Education Multicultural Scholars Program (MSP)

August 30, 2013

Ray A. Ali

Food and Agricultural Sciences National Needs Graduate and Postgraduate Fellowship (NNF) Grants Program

 

August 30, 2013

Ray A. Ali

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.

 

USDA Report Projects $241,080 to Raise a Child Born in 2012

WASHINGTON, August 14 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its annual report, Expenditures on Children by Families, also known as the Cost of Raising a Child. The report shows that a middle-income family with a child born in 2012 can expect to spend about $241,080 ($301,970 adjusted for projected inflation) for food, shelter, and other necessities associated with child-rearing expenses over the next 17 years. This represents a 2.6 percent increase from 2011. Expenses for child care, education, health care, and clothing saw the largest percentage increases related to child rearing from 2011. However, there were smaller increases in housing, food, transportation, and miscellaneous expenses during the same period. The 2.6 percent increase from 2011 to 2012 is also lower than the average annual increase of 4.4 percent since 1960.

The report is based on data from the federal government's Consumer Expenditure Survey, the most comprehensive source of information available on household expenditures. For 2012, annual child-rearing expenses per child for a middle-income, two-parent family ranged from $12,600 to $14,700, depending on the age of the child. The report, developed by the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP), notes that family income affects child-rearing costs. Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the full release.

USDA Announces Available Funding to Provide Safe Housing for America's Farm Laborers

WASHINGTON, August 14 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the availability of nearly $40 million to provide housing for farmworkers and their families. Despite budget uncertainties, USDA remains focused on strengthening the rural economy.

Under the Farm Labor Housing Program, loans and grants are provided to farmers, farmers associations, family farm corporations, Indian tribes, nonprofit organizations, public agencies, and farmworkers associations to develop or improve multifamily housing facilities for farmworkers and their families.

The announcement makes available approximately $30 million in loans, $8.5 million in grants, and $951,000 in rental assistance. Applications for farm labor housing assistance are due September 13, 2013. More information about how to apply is available in the August 14, 2013, Federal Register, or by contacting any USDA Rural Development state office. Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the full release.

Secretary Vilsack Highlights USDA Efforts to Promote a Healthy and Productive Learning Environment as Students Head Back to School    

WASHINGTON, August 12 - As students across the country prepare to start a new school year, USDA is highlighting a number of efforts to promote a healthy and productive learning environment. USDA programs improve rural education opportunities, help students grow up healthy and strong, and maintain American competitiveness.

The USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion has launched MyPlate Kids Place, designed to promote healthy eating among children ages 8 to 12.  MyPlate Kids Place can also help parents and educators make better and healthier food choices. The website includes games, activity sheets, recipes and tips, and links to the ChooseMyPlate.gov website. Also, USDA has launched MyPlate on Campus partnership to recruit college-age students to become campus MyPlate ambassadors. These ambassadors will lead their campus community to encourage healthy eating and more physical activity.  Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the full release.

EU Market Continues Access for American Producers of High-Quality Beef

Washington, August 1 - United States Trade Representative Michael Froman and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced that the European Union (EU) will continue to provide U.S. beef producers with significant access, at zero duty, to the EU market for high-quality beef produced from non-hormone-treated cattle. The United States and the European Union are planning to extend for 2 years Phase 2 of the memorandum of understanding signed in 2009 in connection with the United States' long-running dispute with the EU over its ban on beef from cattle treated with certain growth-promoting hormones. Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the full release.

Agriculture Secretary Announces Funding to Support Small and Emerging Rural Businesses

MEMPHIS, TN,  July 31 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that projects in 30 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico will be funded to support small and emerging rural businesses. The announcement is one part of USDA’s efforts to strengthen the rural economy.
The funding was made available through the Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) program, which promotes development of small and emerging businesses in rural areas. RBEGs may also be used to help fund distance learning networks and employment-related adult education programs. Eligible applicants for the program include public bodies, nonprofit corporations, and federally recognized Indian tribes. The announcement includes a complete listing of the 131 recipients receiving more than $6.5 million in USDA funding. Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the full release.

 

Sirangelo Named National 4-H Council CEO

National 4-H Council’s Board of Trustees announced that Jennifer Sirangelo, executive vice president and chief operating officer, has been appointed to the top post at the organization. Sirangelo, who joined the National 4-H Council in 2006, will succeed current CEO Donald T. Floyd, Jr., who is retiring after 22 years with National 4-H Council. Sirangelo will officially assume her new position on January 1, 2014.

Before joining National 4-H Council, Sirangelo was regional vice president for Boys & Girls Clubs of America where she was responsible for board development and fundraising strategy in 11 Northeastern States. She also served as the vice president of marketing and development for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City. Prior to her work with Boys & Girls Clubs, Sirangelo worked in development for William Jewell College and the National Kidney Foundation. She received a bachelor of arts degree in communications and political science from William Jewell College, a master of public administration degree from Syracuse University, and attended St. Peter’s College at Oxford University. As an undergraduate, Sirangelo was recognized as a Harry S. Truman Scholar.

 

2013 North American Agricultural Safety Summit

The North American Agricultural Safety Summit is September 25-27 at the Marriott Minneapolis City Center Hotel. The summit will use nontraditional sessions to match safety interventions with production practices and emerging safety issues.

The summit, hosted by the Agricultural Safety & Health Council of America (ASHCA), will build upon sessions that bundle global thinking with hands-on learning and networking. These innovative opportunities to interact with industry leaders and safety experts will include learning lounges, situation rooms, genius bars, and real-time social media. NIFA is an organizational member of ASHCA. Bradley Rein, Acting Assistant Director of NIFA’s Institute of Bioenergy, Climate, and Environment, is NIFA’s liaison to ASHCA and on the summit planning committee. For more information and registration visit the ASHCA website.

 

Wounded Warrior Program Receives ACE Gold Award

The Wounded Warrior Program (WWP) Military Family Caregiver Video Series of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service received a Gold Award from the Association for Communication Excellence (ACE) in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Life and Human Science. The project was honored for exemplary service and communication in diversity, electronic media, and video for targeted audiences.

The video series, which is available in a DVD format and through YouTube, provides educational materials and support services for caregivers of wounded, ill, and injured service members. Supported by a NIFA grant award in partnership with the U.S. Army, the program provides online learning lessons, resources, fact sheets addressing specific medical conditions, and tips and strategies to enhance caregiver skills and quality of life. Team members receiving this award are Rachel Brauner, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Military Program; and Helen White, Angel Fattorini, and Bill Watson, Texas A&M AgriLife Communications.


The next NIFA issue is planned for August 28, 2013. Submit news items to: newsletter@nifa.usda.gov by August 21. 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: 8/15/2013