Competitive Grants Workshop Link shared

On May 25, NIFA held a two-part informational webinar on competitive funding opportunities. The webinar was a part of the Competitive Funding Opportunity Workshops (CFOW). The recordings of the webinar and information to request the webinar slides can be accessed here.

Call for Research and Outreach Proposals for Funding from the Southern Region Small Fruit Consortium

The Southern Region Small Fruit Consortium (SRSFC) requests proposals for calendar year 2017 to support pertinent applied research and outreach activities on small fruit crops in Arkansas, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.

The Consortium especially encourages outreach proposals that result in the development of web-based in-service agent training modules in areas such as marketing strategies, pest management, post-harvest / handling, and enterprise budgets. Continue reading

EPA Solicits Proposals for a Project to Increase Schools’ Adoption of Integrated Pest Management Using Educational Networks

EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs is soliciting proposals for a cooperative agreement (“Using Educational Networks to Increase Schools’ Adoption of Integrated Pest Management (IPM)”) to provide education, training, resources and technical assistance to increase Integrated Pest Management (IPM) implementation in kindergarten to 12th grade public and tribal schools nationwide.

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Regional IPM Centers Included in 2011 Federal budget

The federal budget bill for fiscal year 2011 passed yesterday by both the  Senate and the House of Representatives contains a mix of good and bad news for IPM funding. Funding for programs in the “section 406” line, which had been eliminated in some plans, was partially restored.

An Old Friend Takes a Big Hit: NY IPM Slashed

As feared, the New York IPM Program was severely cut by New York’s state budget. This excerpt from a letter from Director Don Rutz tells the short version:

For the 2010-2011 budget year we were allocated $500,000 for Agricultural IPM and, most unfortunately, $0 for Community IPM. This represents about a third of our state allocation in recent years. When this is combined with our federal USDA IPM funding, we have approximately $700,000 that can be used for IPM. Therefore, we have funding for approximately only half of the IPM programming that we did in 2009. Obviously this will have most significant impacts on both our staffing and programming for the coming year.

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Venerable NY IPM Program On the Ropes

The New York IPM Program, one of the first state IPM programs and a model for many others, faces extinction. After three decades of impact developing crop protection methods and teaching farmers how to use them, enhancing  environmental protection, human health AND profitability, the program faces the budgetary axe of  Governor Paterson, whose new budget zeroes it out.

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University Extension takes a hit nationwide

As states continue to struggle with tight budgets, one of the casualties is often state University Extension programs. Delta Farm Press editorial director Hembree Brandon explains how, in several states, Extension specialists are leaving universities for the private sector, and universities are favoring high dollar research grants at the expense of small Extension budgets. Can research and extension afford to be mutually exclusive? Click here to read the article.