USDA’s Commitment to Develop Food and Agricultural Workforce of the Future
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Forested areas that border wetlands help protect wildlife, but until recently their efficacy has been untested for most amphibian species.
The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program at USDA offers competitively awarded grants to qualified small businesses to support high quality, advanced concepts research related to important scientific problems and opportunities in agriculture that could lead to significant public benefits. The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) administers SBIR Phase I grants that are limited to $100,000 and a duration of 8 months, and Phase II grants of up to $500,000 and 24 months that are open only to Phase I awardees. Below is the first-hand account of NIFA-funded SBIR research from Agenor Mafra-Neto, President and CEO of ISCA Technologies, Inc.
Director Sonny Ramaswamy talks about the importance of agricultural research and President Obama's request for $700 million in funding for the Agricultural and Food Research Initiative (AFRI).
The lack of women and minority representation in the professional agricultural workforce has become so pronounced that in STEM Stratplan 2013 President Obama called for an “all-hands-on-deck approach to science, technology, engineering, and math” (STEM) education.