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Squashing the Spread of the Spotted Lantern Fly

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is working with states to detect, contain, control and suppress spotted lanternfly, a deadly nonnative invasive pest that threatens American agriculture and natural resources.
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National Volunteer Month Spotlight: Dr. Shannon Wiley

April is recognized as National Volunteer Month and serves as a time to honor volunteers who are positively impacting their communities. The following is an interview North Carolina A&T State University Extension Specialist Dr. Shannon Wiley. Dr. Wiley was once a 4-H’er who now helps guide volunteers within the 4-H community.
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Foundational and Applied Science RFA Partnership Opportunity Webinar

This webinar will provide information on the AFRI Foundational and Applied Science RFA’s Partnership Opportunity. The Partnership Opportunity allows applicants to request an additional $150,000 for applications that include significant

Kerry-Ann Phillips

Kerry-Ann Phillips was born and raised in the tropics of the Caribbean, in Jamaica. At age 18, she immigrated to the United States of America. She can be described as fun, jovial, caring, and loving individual. She is guided by the quote, “walk by

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Earth Day: Invest in Our Planet

Earth Day 2022 is focused on accelerating solutions to address one of the most pressing issues facing the planet--climate change. A changing climate causes problems for all life on Earth. Although natural fluctuations in climate have always existed. Rapid and dramatic shifts in climate caused by human emission of greenhouse gas have severe consequences.
Earth Day - Invest in Our Planet

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Tribal Youth Connected to STEAM through Basketball Clinics

The University of Idaho Extension Program for the Nez Perce Tribe Reservation and the Coeur d’Alene Tribe Reservation, supported by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, recently partnered with the nonprofit Rise Above to host a basketball clinic for more than 150 youth at Lapwai Elementary in Lapwai, Idaho.
Youth ages five to 13 participated in a basketball clinic. Image courtesy of the University of Idaho Extension.

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Application Deadline: National Plant Diagnostic Network for the Food and Agriculture Defense Initiative funding opportunity

The purpose of the National Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN) is to reduce the vulnerability of the United States food and agricultural system to chemical or biological attack. The network coordinates the development, implementation, and enhancement

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Application Deadline: Enhancing Agricultural Opportunities for Military Veterans Competitive Grants Program funding opportunity

The Enhancing Agricultural Opportunities for Military Veterans Program provides grants to non-profits to increase the number of military veterans gaining knowledge and skills through comprehensive, hands-on and immersive model farm and ranch

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Application Deadline: Alfalfa Seed and Alfalfa Forage System Program funding opportunity

Alfalfa Seed and Alfalfa Forage System Program (ASAFS) will support the development of improved alfalfa forage and seed production systems. Proposals submitted to ASAFS should address one or more of the following priorities: (1)

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Application Deadline: Special Research Grants Program Aquaculture Research funding opportunity

The purpose of the Aquaculture Research program is to support the development of an environmentally and economically sustainable aquaculture industry in the U.S. and generate new science-based information and innovation to address industry

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Application Deadline: Smith-Lever Special Needs Competitive Grants Program

Within the states and territories, the Cooperative Extension System has repeatedly served as the trusted community organization that has helped to enable families, communities, and businesses to successfully prepare for, respond to and cope with

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Application Deadline: Equipment Grant Program (EGP) funding opportunity

The Equipment Grant Program (EGP) serves to increase access to shared-use special purpose equipment/instruments for fundamental and applied research for use in the food and agricultural sciences programs at institutions of higher education,

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NIFA Employment Opportunities Webinar

This webinar will review various employment positions at the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). It will provide overviews of the roles, how to view NIFA vacancy postings online, tips for navigating USAJobs, and time for Question

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Hurricanes, Wildfires, Tornadoes, Oh My!   

The increase in the intensity and frequency of extreme weather-related disasters across the country may have many of us wishing we could click our heels and go back to times when weather did not disrupt our agricultural, forestry and rangeland production systems as often as it does today. In addition to their devastating impacts on people and communities, disasters contribute to land degradation and adversely impact agricultural supply chains at the production, processing, distribution and consumption stages.
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NIFA Joins Other USDA Agencies to Establish, Expand Industrial Hemp in the U.S.

For almost 45 years, U.S. cultivation of hemp practically ceased because of a 1970s narcotics law. After the 2014 and 2018 farm bills loosened those restrictions, the production of hemp took off — and perhaps a little too quickly at that.
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NIFA Hemp Research is Building Foundational Knowledge, Exploring New Frontiers

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is currently funding dozens of projects, in various competitive and noncompetitive programs, aimed at creating knowledge that will help make hemp a viable and lucrative crop in the U.S.
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National Volunteer Month Spotlight: Dr. Maurice Smith

April is recognized as National Volunteer Month and serves as a time to honor volunteers who are positively impacting their communities. The following is an interview with Dr. Maurice Smith, USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) National Program Leader within the Division of Youth and 4-H, who shared his journey to 4-H through volunteerism.
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GusNIP Produce Prescription RFA Webinar

NIFA staff for the Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program (GusNIP) will host a webinar for applicants interested in applying to the GusNIP Produce Prescription competitive program on April 27, 2022 at 3:00 PM Eastern Time. The webinar will

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Application Deadline: The Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program - Produce Prescription Program

The primary goal and objective of the GusNIP Produce Prescription Program is to demonstrate and evaluate the impact of projects on (1) the improvement of dietary health through increased consumption of fruits and vegetables; (2) the reduction of
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