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NIFA Update —April 10, 2014

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

  • REE Under Secretary Announces New NASS Administrator
  • New Continuous Process Improvement Coordinator
  • NIFA Director Receives SSSA Presidential Award
  • AFRI Nutrition, Food Quality, and Food Safety Workshop Recording
  • NIFA in the News
  • NIFA Lists Open Requests for Grant Applications

 

Smith-Lever — Centennial Celebration

  • 2014 Cooperative Extension Centennial Convocation
  • Celebrating Cooperative Extension

 

USDA

  • Solicitation Notice for FFAR Nominations
  • Agriculture Secretary Announces Progress on 2014 Farm Bill Implementation
  • USDA Officially Announces Sign-Up Date for Farmer and Rancher Disaster Assistance Programs
  • Agriculture Secretary Announces Progress on 2014 Farm Bill Implementation
  • USDA Provides Farm Bill Funding for Pest and Disease Management Programs
  • Agriculture Secretary Announces Increased Opportunity for Producers as part of New Farm Bill
  • 2014 Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application
  • APLU Food Systems Leadership Award

 

  • Dickey, Adrian Assume New Roles with eXtension

 

Awards and Recognition

  • Three Tennessee 4-H’ers Selected for Exchange Trip

 

  • Next issue of NIFA Update is April 23, 2014

 

REE Under Secretary Announces New NASS Administrator

Dr. Cathie Woteki, Under Secretary for USDA’s Research, Education, and Economics mission area, announced that Joseph T. Reilly will become the next Administrator of the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). Reilly currently serves as the agency’s associate administrator. His appointment is effective May 5th; until then, he will continue as acting administrator.  Prior to his NASS tenure, he was employed with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of the Census for more than 21 years. Reilly received their highest award in 1997 for outstanding management of the Census of Agriculture program. Later that year he joined NASS following the transfer of the Census of Agriculture to NASS. Cynthia Z. Clark, previous NASS administrator, has retired.

New Continuous Process Improvement Coordinator

Ila Blue has recently assumed a new role as the Continuous Process Improvement (CPI) coordinator for the agency in the Office of the Associate Director for Operations. She will work closely with senior leadership and coordinate initiatives to improve the delivery and efficiency of providing cost-effective and high-quality services to our internal and external stakeholders. She will: lead and coordinate NIFA CPI activities; encourage CPI approaches to improve business processes; make recommendations on prioritizing CPI efforts; serve as liaison with institutes on change; link agency strategic goals and CPI efforts; and monitor progress and ensure accountability of changes. Blue is located in Room 4469 Waterfront Centre and can be reached at: 202-401-1761.

NIFA Director Receives SSSA Presidential Award

Sonny Ramaswamy recently received the 2013 Presidential Award from Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) President Jan W. Hopmans. The annual awards are presented for outstanding contributions to soil science through education, national and international service, and research. SSSA announced the 2013 awards during the scientific society’s annual meeting. Ramaswamy was unable to attend the annual meeting.

AFRI Nutrition, Food Quality, and Food Safety Workshop Recording

The NIFA Institute of Food Safety and Nutrition’s AFRI Nutrition, Food Quality, and Food Safety Grantsmanship webinar recording, held March 25, is now available online with a .pdf of the slides.

NIFA in the News

 

NIFA Lists Open Requests for Grant Applications

Funding Opportunity

Closing Date

Contact

Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Program (BFRDP)

June 12, 2014

Jill Auburn

Higher Education Challenge (HEC) Grants Program

April 10, 2014

Edwin Lewis

Children, Youth, and Families at Risk (CYFAR) Sustainable Community Projects

April 11, 2014

Bonita Williams

Minor Crop Pest Management Program Interregional Research Project #4 (IR-4)

April 14, 2014

Rob Hedberg

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Foundational Program: Plant Health and Production and Plant Products

April 17, 2014

Ann Lichens-Park

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Foundational Program: Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities

April 28, 2014

Robbin Shoemaker

Women and Minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Fields Program (WAMS)

April 28, 2014

Saleia Afele-Faamuli

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Foundational Program: Animal Health and Production and Animal Products

May 1, 2014

Mark A. Mirando

Tribal Colleges Extension Services Program -Capacity (TCEP)

May 2, 2014

Tim Grosser

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Foundational Program - Food Safety, Nutrition, and Health

May 6, 2014

Jeanette Thurston

Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grants Program - Methyl Bromide Transition Program (MBT)

May 6, 2014

Kitty Cardwell

Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI)

May 8, 2014

Mathieu Ngouajio

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Food Safety

May 8, 2014

Jeanette Thurston

Supplemental and Alternative Crops

May 8, 2014

Ann Marie Thro

Tribal Colleges Extension Program - Special Emphasis (TCEP-SE)

May 9, 2014

Tim Grosser

Special Research Grants Program Potato Breeding Research

May 15, 2014

Ann Marie Thro

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Foundational Program: Renewable Energy, Natural Resources, and Environment

June 4, 2014

Raymond Knighton

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Food Security

June 12, 2014

Robert Nowierski

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Childhood Obesity Prevention

June 19, 2014

Deirdra Chester

Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI)

June 20, 2014

Thomas “Tom” Bewick

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Foundational Program: Critical Agricultural Research and Extension (CARE)

August 7, 2014

Martin A. Draper

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Water for Agriculture

August 13, 2014

James P. Dobrowolski

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Dual Purpose with Dual Benefit: Research in Biomedicine and Agriculture Using Agriculturally Important Domestic Species

September 24, 2014

Mark A. Mirando

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Foundational Program

September 30, 2014

Effie Baldwin

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Foundational Program: Exploratory

September 30, 2014

Michael A. Bowers

 

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.

 

2014 Cooperative Extension Centennial Convocation

Speakers for ECOP’s Centennial Convocation, May 7-8, 2014, at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, DC, include:

  • Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack – Secretary Vilsack is working to strengthen the agricultural economy, build vibrant rural communities, and create new markets for the innovation of rural America. His speech will touch on meaningful engagement through Cooperative Extension and set the day’s tone.
  • Dean Lowell Catlett, New Mexico State University, will serve as the convocation keynote speaker. Catlett, a futurist with positive and upbeat predictions, is an enthralling and spellbinding presenter. His unique perspective on emerging technologies prepares us to anticipate coming changes, and to deal winning hands when the deck is being continually reshuffled. He will challenge and educate you on current and emerging trends in Cooperative Extension.
  • LaJune Montgomery Tabron, president and CEO of the WK Kellogg Foundation, will provide the cap note session for the Centennial Convocation. The WK Kellogg Foundation is a long-term supporter of land-grant universities and the Cooperative Extension Services and has a history of engaging and promoting educational initiatives. Tabron’s 26-year career with the foundation provides her a unique perspective on the emerging issues of importance to our society and help her challenge our system to meet those needs.

 

The ECOP Centennial Task Force has put together an exciting program on May 8. A panel composed of representatives from higher education, private industry, foundations, and the federal government will discuss their visions for the future of an engaged Cooperative Extension System. Panel participants include Jennifer Sirangelo, president and chief executive officer, National 4-H Council; Catherine Woteki, Under Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Research, Education and Economics and Chief Scientist; Martha Bernadett, executive vice president for research and innovation, Molina Healthcare, Inc.; and Bruce McPheron, vice president for agricultural administration and dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. This knowledgeable and stimulating group of professionals promises to challenge us.  

Registration and lodging information for the May 7-8 National Cooperative Extension Centennial Convocation is open. An early-bird registration fee will be available until April 18. Hotel reservations need to be made by April 15. Transportation to and from the Ronald Reagan Building and the Marriott Wardman Park will be available for registrants.

Celebrating Cooperative Extension

Iowa State Senate unanimously passed a bipartisan resolution March 27, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act, the founding legislation of the nationwide Cooperative Extension System. Watch the video on resolution’s passage.

 

Solicitation Notice for FFAR Nominations

A solicitation notice for membership on the Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research (FFAR) Board was announced in the April 4, 2014, Federal Register. This is in accordance with the Agricultural Act of 2014. There are 15 vacancies on the board. Seven representatives will be selected from lists of candidates provided by industry, and eight representatives from a selected list provided by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). NAS will solicit nominations through a separate process.
Nominations are being solicited from organizations, associations, societies, councils, federations, groups, and companies that represent a wide variety of food and agricultural interests throughout the country, and that can fulfill the requirement of industry provided lists of candidates. The nominees are not required to be in industry, but must be nominated by someone in industry. Deadline for nominations is April 28, 2014 by 5 p.m. Eastern Time. Industry nominations can be emailed to FFAR@usda.gov and you can call 202-260-8208 with questions. Additional information can be found online at Federal Register.

Agriculture Secretary Announces Progress on 2014 Farm Bill Implementation

WASHINGTON, April 3 − Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced significant progress on implementing the Agricultural Act of 2014 (the 2014 Farm Bill), which President Obama signed into law on February 7. The 2014 Farm Bill reforms agricultural policy, reduces the deficit, and helps grow the economy. With 12 titles and over 450 provisions, the Farm Bill drives food, farm, conservation, trade, research, energy policies, and more. Implementing such a large piece of legislation within the mandated timeline requires a coordinated effort across all areas of USDA.

Immediately after enactment, USDA established a farm bill implementation team composed of key subcabinet officials and experts from every mission area of the department to put new programs in place and make mandated reforms to existing programs. USDA also launched a website that provides details on farm bill implementation in one convenient location and the Economic Research Service launched a website highlighting some of the economic implications of the new programs and provisions. Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the full release.

USDA Officially Announces Sign-Up Date for Farmer and Rancher Disaster Assistance Programs

WASHINGTON, April 7 − The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that farmers and ranchers can sign-up for disaster assistance programs, reestablished and strengthened by the 2014 Farm Bill, beginning April 15. Quick implementation of the programs has been a top priority for USDA.
 
The Livestock Indemnity Program and the Livestock Forage Disaster Program will provide payments to eligible producers for livestock deaths and grazing losses that have occurred since the expiration of the livestock disaster assistance programs in 2011, and including calendar years 2012, 2013, and 2014. Enrollment also begins on April 15 for producers with losses covered by the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program and the Tree Assistance Program. Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the full release.

USDA Provides Farm Bill Funding for Pest and Disease Management Programs

WASHINGTON, April 3 − Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the allocation of $48.1 million, provided by the Agricultural Act of 2014 (the 2014 Farm Bill), to projects across the country that will help to prevent the introduction or spread of plant pests and diseases that threaten America's agriculture economy and the environment. The economic stakes for stopping invasive species are high, with scientists estimating the total economic cost of all invasive species to be approximately $120 billion annually.

USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) sought project suggestions from states and U.S. territories, universities, federal agencies, nongovernmental organizations, private companies, and tribal organizations that would provide a direct impact in managing pests and diseases, as well as disaster prevention. APHIS is funding 383 projects in 49 states, as well as Guam and Puerto Rico. The projects approved for allocation will help states and other partners continue providing and strengthening protections against agricultural threats and could also allow the reallocation of resources to other critical programs. View a list of selected projects and the FY 2014 funding plan (PDF, 185KB). Go to the USDA Newsroom to read the full release.

Agriculture Secretary Announces Increased Opportunity for Producers as part of New Farm Bill

WASHINGTON, March 24 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced an increased opportunity for producers as a result of the 2014 Farm Bill. A fact sheet outlining modifications to the USDA Farm Service Agency Farm Loan Programs is available. The farm bill expands lending opportunities for thousands of farmers and ranchers to begin and continue operations, including greater flexibility in determining eligibility, raising loan limits, and emphasizing beginning and socially disadvantaged producers. Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the full release.

 

2014 Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application

Nominations are being accepted for the $10,000 Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application, endowed by the Rockefeller Foundation. The award recognizes exceptional, science-based achievement in international agriculture and food production by an individual under 40 who has clearly demonstrated intellectual courage, stamina, and determination in the fight to eliminate global hunger and poverty. The award honors an individual who is working closely and directly "in the field" or at the production or processing level with farmers, animal herders, fishers, or others in rural communities, in any discipline or enterprise across the entire food production, processing, and distribution chain.

Nominations are due June 30 for the 3rd annual award, which will be presented at the World Food Prize events in October. Click on this link to learn more and to nominate a deserving individual. Questions may be director to Judith Pim, director of Secretariat Operations.

APLU Food Systems Leadership Award

The Association for Public Land-grant Universities (APLU) Food Systems Leadership Award recognizes a leader who has made an extraordinary impact on the food system through leadership and service and who exemplifies the core principles established by the Food Systems Leadership Institute (FSLI), including personal leadership, organizational leadership, and food systems leadership. The award also recognizes the leadership, innovation, engagement, and service that APLU promotes through its programs. An annual call for nominations creates the candidate pool for the award. An award review committee of FSLI Commission members will evaluate the nominations and select the annual recipient. The award will be given at the awards program at the APLU Annual Meeting in November. The recipient will be invited to address the current cohort of FSLI Fellows at one of their residential sessions. Nominations are due, May 21. Download the .pdfs for the nomination form and additional details. Submit nominations to: Food Systems Leadership Institute Attn: Carol Reilly, Program Manager, telephone: 919-515-4197.

 

Dickey, Adrian Assume New Roles with eXtension

Effective January 1, the eXtension Governing Committee named Elbert Dickey to serve as eXtension interim executive director for 2014. Dickey has a long history with Cooperative Extension, most recently serving as the dean and director of Cooperative Extension in Nebraska from 2001 until his retirement in July 2012. He also served in a 2-year appointment as the national extension and education advisor for the USDA’s Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service. Dickey has held numerous leadership roles within the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP), the North Central Region Extension Directors, the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, and the eXtension Governing Committee. In 2014 Dickey will work closely with the strategic planning process that eXtension will undergo this year as well as lead day-to-day operations for the initiative. He will maintain a headquarters office at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Effective March 1, Anne Adrian assumed a 50 percent role as eXtension associate director while retaining a 50 percent appointment as Military Families Learning Network social media strategist. Adrian will provide leadership for eXtension’s engineering team. For more information about her new position contact her directly.

 

Three Tennessee 4-H’ers Selected for Exchange Trip

Three members of the Unicoi County, TN, 4-H GPS team were selected to participate in an international exchange trip to study the effects of climate change in developing countries on the local environment, agriculture, and the people. Only 10 high school students from the United States were chosen for this all-expense paid trip. Dara Carney-Nedelman and Elisabeth Moughon will travel to Miami for a 3-day orientation followed by 11 days in Bolivia. Dylan Roberts will spend 3-days in Washington, DC, followed by 11 days in South Africa. These students were selected based on their GIS achievements over the past 3 years with the Unicoi County 4-H GPS team. They have won three international awards, two state 4-H GIS championships and two regional tourism awards. The students are also members of the National 4-H GPS/GIS Leadership Team and have made numerous presentations at the local, state, and national levels to promote 4-H GIS projects.

 

The next NIFA Update issue is planned for April 23, 2014. Submit news items to: newsletter@nifa.usda.gov by April 16, 2014. 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


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Questions? Comments? Last Updated: 04/10/2014