Posted on May 10, 2013 by rhallberg
The preliminary draft of the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2013 (2013 Farm Bill) from the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee includes specific authorization for the Regional IPM Centers as well as mandatory funding for five programs from the 2008 Farm Bill.
This first draft is Chairwoman Deborah Stabenow’s markup and can be found at this link. The bill goes to the full Senate Agricultural Committee for markup on May 14. That draft will then be voted on by the full Senate.
Filed under: Budget | Tagged: 2012 Farm Bill, 2013 Farm Bill, Agricultural Reform Food and Jobs Act of 2013, Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, Biodiesal Fuel Education, Biomass R&D, Deborah Stabenow, Organic Agricultural Research and Extension Initiative, Senate Ag Committee, Specialty Crop Research Initiative | Leave a Comment »
Posted on March 25, 2013 by rhallberg
Several of you have been asking about when and if the Southern Regional IPM Competitive Grants Program RFA will be released. From the latest news that we have heard, USDA-NIFA plans to release the FY14 Regional IPM Competitive Grants Program Request for Applications around April 4th, 2013. Proposals will be due approximately six weeks after the RFA release. For more information, contact Jim VanKirk at 919-513-8179.
Filed under: Budget, Grants and awards | Tagged: Competitive Grants program, Regional IPM grants, S-RIPM, Southern Regional IPM grant, USDA grants | Leave a Comment »
Posted on February 18, 2013 by rhallberg
The Southern IPM Center announces the release of the 2013 RFA for the IPM Enhancement Grants program. Proposals are due Monday, April 1, at 6 PM Eastern time.
Filed under: Budget, Grants and awards | Tagged: IPM Enhancement grants, IPM Funding, Requests for Applications, Requests for Proposals | Leave a Comment »
Posted on January 7, 2013 by rhallberg
Six teams of IPM scientists will use funding from the USDA Southern Regional IPM grant program to explore ways to control weeds and diseases while reducing the use of pesticides. From non-chemical weed control to plant disease management, these teams will explore new tools that farmers can use to battle diseases and weeds, while lowering their use of fungicides and herbicides. This year, USDA has awarded approximately $768,000 to support Southern Regional IPM projects.
Filed under: Budget, Crop rotation, Invasive plants, Invasive species, Pesticides, Resistance, Weed Control | Tagged: barnyardgrass, cucumber mosaic virus, cucurbit downy mildew, glyphosate, herbicide resistance, living ground cover, Potyviruses, Regional IPM grants, solanaceous crops, tomato spotted wilt virus, Verticillium wilt | Leave a Comment »
Posted on November 6, 2012 by rhallberg
The Alabama IPM Program was one of four collaborations highlighted last week during the Joint Commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Morrill Land-Grant Act.
Filed under: Budget | Tagged: 1862 universities, 1890 universities, Alabama A&M, Alabama IPM, Auburn University, Land grant universities, Morrill Act, Tuskegee | Leave a Comment »
Posted on November 5, 2012 by rhallberg
If you work in the field, and you teach or use IPM, we need your help. We are trying to address important needs for extension in the southern region through a new survey. You can access the survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/93MLD5Q.
Filed under: Budget | Tagged: Extension, IPM Enhancement grants, priorities, survey | Leave a Comment »
Posted on July 3, 2012 by rhallberg
Reduction of funding for agricultural research and extension programs may give the appearance of saving taxpayer dollars, but the reduction in resources often means that sudden agricultural crises cost more. For instance, the entrance of soybean rust could have cost soybean growers millions of dollars in losses or wasted usage of fungicides had it not been for a quick, targeted outreach effort by extension plant pathologists. Apple growers in Kentucky would have faced possibly huge losses to codling moth because of OP insecticide cancellations if University of Kentucky extension specialists had not demonstrated a new IPM management program that is now increasing yields beyond those growers saw when they relied on the former insecticide. Yet those university extension resources are currently threatened with increasing federal and state funding cuts, according to a letter to the editor of Phytopathology journal.
Filed under: Budget | Tagged: Crops at Risk, Extension, IPM Funding, NPDN, plant pathology, Risk Avoidance Mitigation, University Extension, USDA funding | Leave a Comment »
Posted on April 19, 2012 by rhallberg
by Dr. Ayanava Majumdar, Extension Entomologist & IPM Program Evaluator, Auburn University
In the world of evaluation, there is a saying that ‘20% effort can provide 80% of the information needed’. Evaluation is a critical need in this ‘era of accountability’ and evaluation should be seen as a continuous process. In the winter edition of Southern Exchange Newsletter, you were introduced to the concept of Kirkpatrick’s Four Levels, namely, Reaction, Learning, Behavior and Results (impacts). This article will focus on the basics of Logic Model and demonstrate how it can be used to design and implement a continuous evaluation plan.
Filed under: Budget | Tagged: evaluation, IPM evaluation, logic model | Leave a Comment »
Posted on February 21, 2012 by rhallberg
The President’s FY2013 budget for USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (released Feb. 13, 2012) proposes consolidation of six IPM-related funding lines into a single line called the “Crop Protection Program.” This new program, to be administered under Integrated Activities, is designed to enhance NIFA’s ability to support research, education, and extension activities needed to ensure global food security and respond to other major societal challenges.
Filed under: Budget | Tagged: IPM budget, IPM Funding, NIFA budget, Regional IPM Center, State IPM programs | Leave a Comment »
Posted on February 17, 2012 by rhallberg
In the proposed President’s budget for USDA-NIFA for FY2013, there are significant funding line changes being proposed. If you receive funding directly or indirectly from NIFA, you should be aware of these proposed changes and weigh in on the discussions that will be scheduled. NIFA is planning a series of listening sessions, the first of which will occur at the conclusion of the 7th International IPM Symposium on March 29, 2012, from 2-5 PM, in Memphis, TN. Originally, this listening session was to discuss the E-IPM State IPM Coordinator funding, next year’s RFA and related issues. NIFA is trying to reissue the Federal Register Notice to expand the listening session to discuss the changes proposed in the President’s FY2013 budget. If you are attending the 7th International IPM Symposium, I urge you to attend this session. NIFA intends to have additional listening sessions at later dates and welcomes written comments, as well. The purpose of the listening sessions is to gather stakeholder input on how the new “Crop Protection” line item should be implemented.
Filed under: Budget | Tagged: IPM Centers, IPM Coordinators, IPM Funding, IR-4, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, NIFA | Leave a Comment »