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NIFA Update —May 5, 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

  • Broussard Receives Unsung Hero Award
  • USDA Announces Funding to Train and Educate Next Generation of Farmers and Ranchers
  • USDA Awards Research Grants to Address the Impact of Climate Change on U.S. Agriculture Production
  • USDA Grants Spur Economic Development in Rural Communities Across U.S.
  • NIFA Blogs
  • NIFA in the News
  • NIFA Lists Open Requests for Grant Applications

 

Smith-Lever — Centennial Celebration

  • 2014 Cooperative Extension Centennial Convocation
  • Celebrating Cooperative Extension
  • Original Smith-Lever Act on Display

 

USDA

  • Agriculture Secretary Announces New Report on Scientific Breakthroughs from USDA in 2013
  • Agriculture Secretary Announces Additional USDA Actions to Combat Spread of Diseases Among U.S. Pork Producers
  • USDA Announces Specialty Crop Block Grant Program-Historic Farm Bill Support Available through State Departments of Agriculture
  • USDA Helps Expand Export Markets for U.S. Agriculture through 2014 Farm Bill
  • APLU Food Systems Leadership Award
  • FAO and National Geographic Collaborate on the Future of Food

 

  • MSU Announces Extension Director
  • Urban Conference Call for Proposals

 

  • Next issue of NIFA Update is May 14, 2014

 

Broussard Receives Unsung Hero Award

NIFA Associate Director for Programs Dr. Meryl C. Broussard is not only NIFA’s Unsung Hero, he is one of USDA’s Unsung Heroes. This award is presented by the Organization of Professional Employees of the USDA. Broussard has served in several of NIFA’s predecessor/sister agencies, dating back to 1985 when he first joined USDA. He selflessly, collegially, and effectively has given of himself during his long and quietly distinguished career in public service.

Broussard was the first full-time national program leader (NPL) for aquaculture in USDA, initially splitting his time to create aquaculture programs in the former Extension Service and the Cooperative State Research Service. His early career launched USDA’s aquaculture programs in research and extension, the establishment of five Regional Aquaculture Centers, pioneering approaches that engaged farmer participation in program priorities, and fostered multistate research and extension team-building to solve real-world problems. He is the longest-serving chair appointed by the Administration for the Joint Subcommittee on Aquaculture under the Office of Science and Technology Policy. He united federal agencies to create a first-ever national aquatic animal health plan that has addressed national problems. He quietly encourages his colleagues to improve themselves in order to improve the agency. One of his most appreciated attributes is his sincerity and humility. He does not worry about receiving credit, only that the work gets done well and with integrity. It is not the politics of the moment, rather he makes sure what we do is guided by thoughtful assessment to address daunting challenges, while protecting and serving the taxpayers interest. A plaque in his office reads, “I believe we make a difference."  He has brought this credo to life in and out of the office, employing quiet energy and integrity in the pursuit of excellence in public service.

USDA Announces Funding to Train and Educate Next Generation of Farmers and Ranchers

WASHINGTON, April 11 − USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the availability of more than $19 million in grants to help train, educate, and enhance the sustainability of the next generation of agricultural producers through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP).

BFRDP is an education, training, technical assistance, and outreach program designed to help farmers, ranchers, and managers of non-industrial private forest land – specifically those aiming to start farming and those who have been farming or ranching for 10 or fewer years. NIFA will competitively award grants to organizations that conduct programs to help beginning farmers and ranchers. Applications are due June 12, 2014. Visit the NIFA Newsroom to read the full release.

USDA Awards Research Grants to Address the Impact of Climate Change on U.S. Agriculture Production

Des Moines, Iowa, April 22 − Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that NIFA awarded $6 million to 10 universities to study the effects of climate on agriculture production and develop strategies to provide farmers and ranchers with the solutions they need to supply the nation with quality food.

NIFA made the awards through its Agriculture and Food Research Initiative funding opportunity in the Climate Variability and Change challenge area. NIFA’s climate work is focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing carbon sequestration in agricultural and forest production systems and preparing the nation’s agriculture and forests to adapt to changing climates. Visit the NIFA Newsroom to read the full release.

USDA Grants Spur Economic Development in Rural Communities Across U.S.

WASHINGTON, April 30 – NIFA announced more than $12 million in grants to support research, education, and Extension activities aimed at increasing prosperity and economic security for farmers, ranchers, entrepreneurs, and consumers across the nation. “The work being done in rural America touches everyone in this country, as well as many people around the world,” said Sonny Ramaswamy, NIFA director. “We need to do everything we can so that rural communities are equipped to make sound decisions that will ensure sustainable, secure and prosperous futures.”

NIFA made the awards through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative’s Foundational Program, which supports projects that sustain and enhance agricultural and related activities in rural areas and to protect the environment, enhance quality of life and alleviate poverty. Topical issues include, but are not limited to, the interactions between agriculture, environment and communities in rural areas; demographic changes and impacts; consumer preferences or behavior; decision-making under uncertainty; market structure and performance; policy design and impact; or agriculture’s impact on the environment. Visit the NIFA Newsroom to read the full release.

NIFA Blogs

USDA Grants Assist Small Farmers Who are Making a Big Impact in Agriculture

Farming and ranching is not a one-size-fits-all approach. Agriculture in the United States is a mixing bowl of diversity, and it’s most evident when comparing large- and small-scale farming operations. Having grown up on a small, family farm in Iowa, I saw first-hand not only how important our small farmers and ranchers are to the nation, but also the challenges they face daily. Visit the USDA Blog to read the full posting.

NIFA in the News

 

NIFA Lists Open Requests for Grant Applications

Funding Opportunity

Closing Date

Contact

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

Farm Business Management and Benchmarking (FBMB) Competitive Grants Program

May 30, 2014

Susan Smith Shockey

AgrAbility - Assistive Technology Program for Farmers with Disabilities

June 4, 2014

Aida Balsano

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

June 4, 2014

Raymond Knighton

Rural Health and Safety Education Competitive Grants Program

June 6, 2014

Cindy Reeves

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Food Security

June 12, 2014

Robert Nowierski

Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Program (BFRDP)

June 12, 2014

Jill Auburn

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; NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy, Dean Lowell Catlett, New Mexico State University; and LaJune Montgomery Tabron, president and CEO of the WK Kellogg Foundation.

The ECOP Centennial Task Force has put together an exciting panel for 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.

Centennial Convocation Live Video

If you are unable to attend the Centennial Convocation you have the opportunity to join via live streaming video from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern Time on May 8. Click here to connect. See the impressive parade of states. Gain insights from keynote speakers about where Cooperative Extension is headed for the next 100 years. The event will also be recorded and available for 3 months and then on Extension100years.net.  

Original Smith-Lever Act on Display

Cooperative Extension's founding legislation is on display through May 8, 2014, at the U.S. National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC. See the original document in the East Rotunda Gallery, open 7 days a week 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

 

Agriculture Secretary Announces New Report on Scientific Breakthroughs from USDA in 2013

WASHINGTON, April 23 − Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a new report on scientific breakthroughs discovered by USDA researchers that led to new patents and inventions with the potential for commercial application and potential economic growth. Innovations included in the report range from flour made out of chardonnay grape seeds that prevents weight gain to antimicrobial packets that keep food from spoiling, efforts to protect U.S. troops in Iraq from diseases carried by sand flies, new processes for turning grass clippings and raked leaves into bioenergy, and many more.
 
USDA received 51 patents, filing 147 patent applications, and disclosing 180 new inventions in the last fiscal year, which are detailed in the Department's 2013 Annual Report on Technology Transfer. Helping drive these innovations, USDA has 259 active Cooperative Research and Development Agreements with outside investigators, which includes universities and other organizations, including 117 with small businesses. The USDA's technology transfer program is administered by the Agricultural Research Service, USDA's principal intramural scientific research agency. Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the full release.

Agriculture Secretary Announces Additional USDA Actions to Combat Spread of Diseases Among U.S. Pork Producers

St. Paul, Minn., April 18 − Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that in an effort to further enhance the biosecurity and health of the U.S. swine herd while maintaining movement of pigs in the United States, USDA will require reporting of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv) and Swine Delta Coronavirus in order to slow the spread of this disease across the United States. USDA is taking this latest action due to the devastating effect on swine health since it was first confirmed in the country last year even though PEDv it is not a reportable disease under international standards. PEDv only affects pigs and does not pose a risk to people and is not a food safety concern.

In addition to requiring reporting of the PED virus, this announcement also requires tracking movements of pigs, vehicles, and other equipment leaving affected premises; however, movements would still be allowed. USDA is also working with industry partners to increase assistance to producers who have experienced PED virus outbreaks in other critical areas such as disease surveillance, herd monitoring, epidemiological, and technical support. A question-and-answer sheet on reporting requirements is available on the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service website.  For a summary of USDA actions to date, additional information is available on the USDA website

USDA Announces Specialty Crop Block Grant Program-Historic Farm Bill Support Available through State Departments of Agriculture

WASHINGTON, April 17 − The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the availability of approximately $66 million in Specialty Crop Block Grants to state departments of agriculture for projects that help support specialty crop growers, including locally grown fruits and vegetables, through research, programs to increase demand, and more.
 
The historic support provided by the Agricultural Act of 2014 (Farm Bill), will strengthen rural American communities by supporting local and regional markets and improving access to fresh, healthy, and nutritious high-quality products for millions of Americans. The Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, administered by the Agricultural Marketing Service, is designed to enhance the markets for specialty crops like fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops, including floriculture. Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the full release.

USDA Helps Expand Export Markets for U.S. Agriculture through 2014 Farm Bill

WASHINGTON, April 16 − Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) awarded funding to more than 60 U.S. agricultural organizations to help expand commercial export markets for American products. The funding was made available through the 2014 Farm Bill. USDA will begin accepting applications for 2015 export development program funding on April 17, 2014. Through the Market Access Program (MAP), FAS will provide $171.8 million to 62 nonprofit organizations and cooperatives. 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. Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the full release.

 

APLU Food Systems Leadership Award

The Association for Public Land-grant Universities (APLU) Food Systems Leadership Award annually 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.

APLU has issued a call for nominees. The awardee will be recognized at the APLU Annual Meeting in November. Nominations are due May 21, and should be sent to: Food Systems Leadership Institute, Attention: Carol Reilly, program manager, at 919-515-4197.

FAO and National Geographic Collaborate on the Future of Food

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the National Geographic Society are teaming up to raise public awareness of food and agriculture topics and the question of how to feed 9 billion people by 2050. They are collaborating on an 8-month “Future of Food” series that will run in National Geographic magazine and online at natgeogood.com. The series’ themes include: food and agricultural statistics and trends, feeding megacities in a world of changing demographics, reducing food loss and waste, the role of animal and inspect protein in diets, and global forestry issues.

 

MSU Announces Extension Director

Dr. Jeff Bader is the Montana State University Extension Director. He received his doctorate in higher education administration.  Contact information: Montana State University Extension, P.O. Box 172230, Bozeman, MT 59717-2230, Telephone:  406-994-1750, and Fax: 406-994-1756.

Urban Conference Call for Proposals

University of Georgia Cooperative Extension invites presentation proposals for the 2015 National Urban Extension Conference, May 4-7, 2015, in Atlanta, GA. Participants will be “Honoring the Past, Living the Dream, and Embracing the Future” as they learn the best practices for working in an urban Extension program. For more information and details on submitting a proposal by the October 1st deadline, visit the Urban Extension 2015.


The next NIFA Update issue is planned for May 14, 2014. Submit news items to: newsletter@nifa.usda.gov by May 7, 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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