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CSREES Update - April 4, 2007

CSREES Update, from the Office of the Administrator, is a biweekly newsletter for research, education, and extension partners at land-grant universities and other cooperating institutions.

CSREES

  • CSREES Enhances Competitive Award of FY 2007 Funds
  • CSREES Appoints First Administrative Fellow
  • National 4-H Workforce Study Released
  • Financial Literacy Day on the Hill 2007
  • CSREES News
  • CSREES Lists Open Requests for Grant Applications

USDA

  • Johanns Proposes Expanding Food Stamp Eligibility, Obesity Study, and Improving Nutrition
  • What They're Saying about the Administration's Farm Bill Proposals -- Updates

Partners

  • UC Riverside Names New Interim and Associate Deans
  • IFAS/Michigan State University Releases New Report

Opportunities

  • Coordinated Management of Water Quality Protection & Food Safety Initiatives
  • WRDC to Host Entrepreneurial Sustainable Agriculture Training
  • 4th National Aquaculture Extension Conference

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Based on recent guidance from the Office of Management and Budget, CSREES is announcing competitions and soliciting new applications for Fiscal Year (FY) 2007 funds via Grants.gov. CSREES released solicitations for the Interregional Research Project #4 Minor Crop Pest Management Program (IR-4) and the Expert Integrated Pest Management Decision Support System Program on March 30, 2007. CSREES will release solicitations for the following four programs in April and May 2007:

  • Critical Agricultural Materials,
  • Rangeland Research,
  • Rural Health and Safety, and
  • Supplemental and Alternative Crops (Canola and Hesperaloe)


The agency plans to release a solicitation for the Critical Issues program later this year. Requests for Applications (RFA) for these programs will be available on the Grants.gov and CSREES Funding Opportunities Web sites when released. RFAs outline goals and objectives for each program, define eligible applicants, and describe the agency's peer review process. Applicants are given at least 30 days to prepare their submissions. Contact Joanna Moore, policy specialist, CSREES Office of Extramural Programs, with questions.

Dr. Daniel (Dan) Bartell, dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology at California State University-Fresno, was selected as the first CSREES Administrative Fellow.  CSREES Fellows are faculty and staff from minority-serving institutions who come to Washington, D.C., under the Intergovernmental Personnel Act, to work on projects of mutual interest which advance USDA strategic goals. Bartel began his duties April 1 in the Higher Education Programs of CSREES Science and Education Resources Development unit.

Bartell will work with CSREES national program leaders, federal personnel in other agencies, university faculty, and private corporation representatives to follow-up on last October's “Leadership Summit to Effect Change in Teaching and Learning,” sponsored by the Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources of the National Academy of Sciences. Bartell will lead efforts exploring how universities can successfully attract, retain, and prepare a diverse student population for careers at the intersection of agriculture, environmental, and the life sciences. This lends support to CSREES initiatives to advance human capital development in the food and agricultural sciences. Bartel received his B.S. in Zoology/Botany Education from Eastern Illinois University, M.S. in Entomology from Purdue University, and Ph.D. in Entomology from the University of Kentucky.

A national 4-H workforce study was recently released “Understanding the 4-H Workforce: Staffing, Structures and Salaries,” which provides baseline data about 4-H staffing structures and salary ranges across the United States. State extension 4-H program leadership from all 50 states responded to the survey and results are reported in eight areas: profile of respondents, current 4-H staffing structures, staffing trends and changes since 1990, academic degree requirements, compensation levels, academic and other preparation, ideal staffing models, and current and future challenges. This study offers a picture on the current 4-H workforce and provides some significant recommendations to strengthen 4-H's capacity as the largest youth development organization in the United States.

Highlights of the study included a broad consensus about the disciplines that provided the best preparation for youth work: education, human development, and child development.  Academic training of 4-H professionals and compensation for 4-H youth workers is higher compared to their counterparts in youth development work elsewhere. While funding for 4-H positions has remained stable, there is also an increase in the use of paraprofessionals in program delivery. The study was authored by Dr. Kirk Astroth at the 4-H Center for Youth Development, Montana State University and funded by National 4-H Council. Visit the National 4-H Headquarters Web site to read the executive summary or full report

CSREES will be among 50 partner organizations of the Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy represented at Financial Literacy Day on the Hill, April 24, 2007, in the Cannon House Office Building, Washington, D.C. CSREES will showcase Financial Security research and education and the new personal finance section of eXtension. This event, scheduled in April as a part of National Financial Literacy for Youth Month, will showcase financial literacy efforts for Congressional members and their staff. Joining Jump$tart as convening organizations are Junior Achievement Worldwide and the National Council on Economic Education. Congresswomen Judy Biggert and Congressman Ruben Hinojosa are hosting the event. Contact Jane Schuchardt, CSREES national program leader for Economics and Community Systems, for more information.

More than 100 grant recipients, USDA officials, and guests helped CSREES celebrate 10 years of meeting the food needs of low-income people through the Community Food Projects (CFP) on March 19, 2007, at the USDA Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

CSREES Administrator Colien Hefferan said the CFP program is highly treasured at USDA for its ability to solve real-world problems and for its role as a catalyst for developing innovative systems to meet national hunger needs while strengthening local communities.

Congress created the Community Food Projects program in 1996 under the Farm Bill and renewed it in 2002. Since then, CSREES has awarded 243 grants and more than $36 million, which has been matched by local resources.

CSREES Administrator Colien Hefferan announced on March 27 that USDA is awarding $5 million to 10 universities to conduct research, extension, and education activities on management practices that will lead to reductions in agricultural air emissions and odor levels.

“Developing research-based information on air quality issues in an increasingly regulated environment is critical for America 's farmers and ranchers,” Hefferan said. “By educating the next generation of land managers with sound science through high-impact extension programs, we help producers make informed decisions that are critical to sustaining agriculture.”

The awards are administered by CSREES' National Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program on Air Quality. They focus on developing emission data for agricultural production practices and mitigation techniques. The program also seeks to increase knowledge about the transport and end destination of released odor, gases, and particulate matter as well as educate producers and the regulatory community about technologies and best practices to lessen the production and transport of agricultural emissions and trace greenhouse gases. The CSREES air quality program has awarded more than $20 million in grants over the past 4 years.

Funding Opportunity

Closing Date

Contact

National Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program – Various topic areas

See individual grant program

See individual grant program

Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grants Program: National Integrated Water Quality Program April 4, 2007 Michael P. O'Neill
Youth Farm Safety Education and Certification April 6, 2007 Bradley Rein
Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program April 13, 2007 Elizabeth Tuckermanty
Tribal Colleges Education Equity Grants Program April 16, 2007 Tim Grosser
New Technologies for Ag Extension, Smith-Lever 3B, 3C, and 3D Programs April 16, 2007 Greg Crosby
Interregional Research Project #4 Minor Crop Pest Management Program (IR-4) April 30, 2007 Monte Johnson
Expert Integrated Pest Management Decision Support System April 30, 2007 William Hoffman
Alaska Native-Serving and Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions Education Grants Program May 1, 2007 Saleia Afele-Faamuli
Resident Instruction Grants for Institutions of Higher Education in Insular Areas May 2, 2007 Jeffrey Gilmore
ARPA: Agriculture Risk Management Education Program May 17, 2007 Mark Bailey
Watershed, Conservation Effects Assessment, ICGP May 22, 2007 Michael P. O'Neill
Smith-Lever Special Needs Funding June 1, 2007 Dennis Kopp
Food and Agricultural Sciences National Needs Graduate and Postgraduate Fellowship Grants Program June 1, 2007 Audrey Trotman
Higher Education Multicultural Scholars Program June 29, 2007 Audrey Trotman

CSREES advertises all of its funding opportunities through "Find Grant Opportunities" on the Grants.gov Web site. 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 e-mail notification service based on these parameters.

Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns on March 26 expanded on the Administration's farm bill nutrition proposals, an area of farm policy which constitutes the largest part of USDA's budget. The nutrition proposals would spend $467 million more than current programs. An additional $2.75 billion would be spent on the purchase of fruits and vegetables to improve nutrition in USDA food and nutrition programs.

“We drew up the nutrition proposals with three primary goals in mind based on the feedback we received during our Farm Bill Forums. We recommend increasing program access for the working poor and elderly, moving America toward healthier eating habits, and making more effective use of taxpayer dollars. We will make certain our eligibility rules support both work and education wherever that is possible. We also want to improve our administration of the Food Stamp Program, strengthen its integrity, and finally rename it to reflect the changes that time and technology have brought since its inception in 1964.”

Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the transcript and full release.

This is a collection of quotes from national newspapers, agribusinesses/organizations, Congress, and private industry on the Administration's Farm Bill proposals.

Dr. Donald A. Cooksey is the new interim dean of the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at the University of California, Riverside (UCR). Cooksey assumed his new duties on March 12, 2007.

Cooksey was executive associate dean of Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension in UCR's College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences as well as professor and bacteriologist in the Department of Plant Pathology. As dean, Cooksey served as the liaison between UCR and the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the system wide administrative unit for agricultural and environmental research and outreach at the three land-grant UC campuses—Riverside, Davis, and Berkeley. Before becoming associate dean in 2001, Cooksey was Department of Plant Pathology chair for 5 years. He joined the UCR faculty in 1982, after receiving his Ph.D. from Oregon State University. He earned his B.A. in Biology from Albion College. He succeeds Steven R. Angle, who is the new provost of Wright State University.

Dr. Mikeal L. Roose will serve as associate dean of Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension for the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences during Cooksey's service as interim dean. Roose is professor of genetics and a geneticist in the Department of Botany and Plant Sciences. He received his Ph.D. in 1979 from the University of California, Davis and his B.A. in Biology from Reed College. He has been a UCR faculty member since 1982 and previously served as vice chair for teaching in the Department of Botany and Plant Sciences.

The Institute for Food and Agricultural Standards (IFAS) at Michigan State University recently released a report entitled An Issues Landscape for Nanotechnology Standards: Report of a Workshop. The report discusses critical issues surrounding five standards themes affecting the growing nanotechnologies sector:

  • timing and standards-setting,
  • product vs. process standards,
  • international harmonization,
  • integration of operational standards, and
  • participation and transparency.


The report may be downloaded free from the IFAS website. Contact Dr. John V. Stone, Applied Anthropologist, IFAS, Berkey Hall #425-A, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824, e-mail: jvstone@msu.edu, telephone: 517-355-2384, for more information.

The CSREES Southwest States and Pacific Islands Regional Water Quality project is co-sponsoring a conference on Coordinated Management of Water Quality Protection & Food Safety Initiatives in California Vegetable Production, April 23-25, 2007, at the Embassy Suites in San Luis Obispo, CA.

The conference provides a forum for 150 scientists from academia, industry, and regulatory agencies to address conflicts in co-management of water quality protection practices and food safety good agricultural practices (GAPs) in cool-season vegetable production in California. Water quality and microbial food safety issues have converged in California 's cool-season vegetable production regions. This situation compels a venue for collaboration where entities can combine expertise and science to resolve emerging conflicts between water quality and food safety practices. Visit the conference Web site for more information.

The Western Rural Development Center (WRDC), in conjunction with project partners and funding from Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Program (SARE), is pleased to announce its Entrepreneurial Sustainable Agriculture Training program set for Tuesday, May 29, 2007, at Utah State University in Logan, UT. This regional training is designed to provide resources, including curricula and materials, to training teams comprised of one agricultural producer and one service provider. The training will cover such topics as food safety and processing, regulatory issues, labeling, marketing opportunities in local markets, organic production and marketing, business planning, diversified sales strategies, new venture creation, retail and Internet marketing, farm bill programs, and funding sources for new marketing ventures and small business development. Visit the WRDC Web site to register or for additional information.

The 4 th National Aquaculture Extension Conference is April 30-May 4, 2007, at the Garfield Suites Hotel in Cincinnati, OH. The event is co-hosted by The Ohio State University and Kentucky State University and co-sponsored by the CSREES Regional Aquaculture Centers, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association's National Sea Grant Program, and National Association of County Agricultural Agents. The conference is focused on professional growth and career development for agents, specialists, and others with an extension interest and work related to the diverse disciplines of aquaculture. For details on lodging, program, and registration visit the conference Web site.

For a plain text copy of this newsletter, please contact Judy Rude. CSREES UPDATE is published biweekly. The next regular issue is planned for April 18, 2007. Submit news items to newsletter@csrees.usda.gov by April 11, 2007.

Editor: Judy Rude, Public Affairs Specialist, CSREES Communications Staff. If you have questions about Update, please contact her at jrude@csrees.usda.gov.

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Colien Hefferan, Administrator

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