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NIFA Update — September 26, 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

  • USDA's 4-H Youth Development Program to Be Featured on American Graduate Day Broadcast 
  • NIFA Grant to Develop Youth Farm Safety Curriculum
  • NIFA Lists Open Requests for Grant Applications

 

USDA

  • USDA 2013 Food Assistance Programs to Benefit More Than 10.5 Million Worldwide
  • Secretary Vilsack Appoints Brian Baenig as USDA Chief of Staff
  • Forest Service Offers Planning Tools for Your Fall Colors Vacation

 

  • USU Names New VP/CES Director

Opportunities

  • 2015 Dietary Guidelines Public Meetings

 

  • Hoffman Receives NACAA Outstanding Service Award
  • MSU Extension Program Receives Grandfamilies Award

 

  • Next issue of NIFA Update is October 9, 2013

 

USDA's 4-H Youth Development Program to Be Featured on American Graduate Day Broadcast 

WASHINGTON, September 25 – 4-H, the youth development program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), has been selected to participate in American Graduate Day 2013. Aimed at keeping students on the path to graduation, the program for this public media initiative will premiere live on September 28 at noon EST on PBS stations nationally. 4-H National Headquarters is part of USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

“The learning opportunities offered to youth through 4-H allow them to explore their passions while finding their place in their communities and world,” said Sonny Ramaswamy, NIFA director. “Research shows that youth who are involved in 4-H are nearly two times more likely to get higher grades in school and go on to gain a college education.” 

Tisch WNET Studios will broadcast American Graduate Day 2013 from Lincoln Center in New York City. The event will also be streamed live. American Graduate Day is part of the public media initiative American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen, which is made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The event features local and national programming, community partners, and celebrities who focus on improving the high school graduation rates in America. The key component is involvement from organizations, such as 4-H, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Boys & Girls Clubs of Americas. This year’s program features nearly 30 national partner organizations, 14 local organizations, and celebrity guests who are involved in education and youth intervention programs. Visit the NIFA Newsroom to read the full release. Viewers will also have the opportunity to ask questions and share ideas during the broadcast on Twitter using the hashtag #AmGrad and on Facebook.

NIFA Grant to Develop Youth Farm Safety Curriculum

MINNEAPOLIS, September 25 – USDA announced funding to provide safety training for the more than 2 million youth working in agricultural production.

NIFA awarded $600,000 to Pennsylvania State University to develop a national training curriculum that lessens agricultural hazards to young workers. The training will align with Career Cluster Standards of the National Council for Agricultural Education for a unified approach to a national farm safety education and curricula-certification program for youth. The project will establish a national steering committee to engage the Department of Education, Department of Labor, FFA, Farm Bureau, Farmers Union, Ag Safety and Health Council of America, National Council for Ag Education, and other relevant partners. The committee will work to identify curriculum and testing gaps, certification needs, and industry-recognized credentials.

The eXtension website will place curriculum materials in the new Ag Safety and Health Community of Practice for use in both formal and non-formal settings. A national outreach strategy will promote use of the curriculum from youth and farm safety instructors to parents and 4-H youth programs. Visit the NIFA Newsroom to read the full release.

NIFA Lists Open Requests for Grant Applications

Funding Opportunity

Closing Date

Contact

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 2013 Food Assistance Programs to Benefit More Than 10.5 Million Worldwide

WASHINGTON, September 18 – USDA announced that the fiscal year 2013 Food for Progress and McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition allocations will benefit more than 10.5 million people worldwide.

Under the programs, USDA purchases U.S. commodities and donates them to government agencies and private-voluntary organizations in targeted countries. Food for Progress recipients in developing countries and emerging democracies sell the commodities and use the funds to introduce and expand free enterprise in the agricultural sector. Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the full release.

Secretary Vilsack Appoints Brian Baenig as USDA Chief of Staff

WASHINGTON, September 17 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the appointment of Brian T. Baenig as Chief of Staff for USDA. The position was recently vacated by Krysta Harden upon her confirmation as Deputy Secretary of USDA. With Baenig serving as USDA Chief of Staff, Vilsack also announced that Deputy Assistant Secretary Ann Wright will serve in an acting capacity as Assistant Secretary for Congressional Relations. Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the full release.

Forest Service Offers Planning Tools for Your Fall Colors Vacation

WASHINGTON, September 9 – The U.S. Forest Service is urging people to get outdoors, spend time in rural communities and urban forests, and enjoy one of nature's most spectacular seasons with its Fall Colors 2013 campaign.

The Forest Service has launched an online map to help visitors see if trees are peaking in their state. The map will be shaded in green (not peaking) to bright red (peaking) to brown (past peak). Another map will help visitors find a national forest nearest them to enjoy the colors of fall. For a more analogue approach to trip planning, the Forest Service is once again offering its Fall Colors Hotline: 800-354-4595. The hotline provides audio updates on the best places, dates, and routes to take for peak viewing of fall colors on national forests. Fall colors provide an economic boost to communities across the United States. The New England area alone receives an estimated $8 billion annually in local revenues from fall visitors. In the Midwest, millions of visitors hit the road to enjoy the sights, and in the West, the mountains offer destinations filled with tourists seeking views of shimmering gold aspens. Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the full release.

 

USU Names New VP/CES Director

Utah State University (USU) named Dr. Kenneth L. White as vice president and director of the Utah Cooperative Extension Service. White received a BS in 1979 from Brigham Young University in animal science, an MS in 1982 from University of California-Davis in animal science, and his PhD in 1986 from UC-Davis in physiology and immunology. His contact information is:  Dr. Kenneth L. White, Utah State University, 4900 Old Mail Hill, Logan, UT 84322-4900, telephone: 435-797-2201 and fax: 435-797-3321.

 

2015 Dietary Guidelines Public Meetings

The Departments of Health and Human Services and Agriculture have established the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC). The committee’s recommendations and rationale will be presented in a report to both the Secretaries of Health and Human Services and Agriculture, and will serve as a basis for the 8th edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. DGAC will convene five public meetings; the second meeting is October 3-4 and is open to the public and accessible by webcast. Registration is required. The announcement was published in the Federal Register, Vol. 78, No. 162. Visit Dietary Guidelines.gov for more details.

 

Hoffman Receives NACAA Outstanding Service Award

The National Association of County Agricultural Agents presented the Outstanding Service Award to William Hoffman, NIFA program and analysis officer, during its 2013 NACAA Annual Meeting and Professional Improvement Conference held at the Galaxy IV Joint Extension Association meeting in Pittsburgh, PA, September 16–20.

Hoffman has served with NACAA leadership on the Executive Board of the Joint Council of Extension Professionals for the past several years and has been instrumental in building relationships and partnerships between NIFA, USDA, and NACAA. In recognition for his ability to establish these connections, NACAA board members voted unanimously to present Hoffman with this award. He has assisted NACAA leadership in developing long lasting relationships with USDA partners that assist in the overall professional development initiatives NACAA offers its 3,100+ members nationwide.

MSU Extension Program Receives Grandfamilies Award

The Montana Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Project received the 2013 Grandfamilies Award from Generations United. The award honors an organization, professional, or relative caregiver that has made an outstanding contribution to the field of grandparents and other relative caregivers raising children. Sandy Bailey, Montana State University extension specialist in Family and Human Development, started the project in 2002 to empower the more than 6,500 grandparents in Montana who were raising their grandchildren. Today the project supports a network of 28 local support groups and coordinating agencies across Montana.


The next NIFA issue is planned for October 9, 2013. Submit news items to: newsletter@nifa.usda.gov by October 2. 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: 8/29/2013