Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) – Foundational Program

The AFRI Foundational Program supports grants in the six AFRI priority areas to continue building a foundation of knowledge critical for solving current and future societal challenges. The six priority areas are: Plant Health and Production and Plant Products; Animal Health and Production and Animal Products; Food Safety, Nutrition, and Health; Bioenergy, Natural Resources, and Environment; Agriculture Systems and Technology; and Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities. The program supports single-function and integrated research projects as standard, conference, and Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE) grants to address one of the Program Area Priorities (see AFRI Foundational Program Request for Applications for details). Continue reading

North Central Integrated Pest Management Center announces FY17 working group and critical issue grant awards

From one of our sister IPM Centers:

The North Central Integrated Pest Management Center (NCIPMC) provided funding opportunities for two grants programs in FY17 with approximately $450,000 available in funding.

The FY17 NCIPMC Critical Issues Grants Program has funded four projects identified as critical issues that will address needs of regional importance. The program is designed to provide one-time seed funding to help initiate work requiring immediate attention until other longer-term resources can be secured to address the issue. Continue reading

USDA Seeks Fellowship Applications for Future Agricultural Scientists, Science Educators

Nearly $19 Million Available to Students and Educators for Fellowships to Address Challenges in Nutrition, Food Security, Climate Change, and Other Agricultural Areas

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the availability of $18.9 million in competitive grants to support fellowships and other higher education training projects in food, nutrition, natural resources and agriculture fields. These fellowships are administered through USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and will support pre- and post-doctoral fellowships, undergraduate fellowships, and professional development for secondary school teachers and educational professionals. Continue reading

USDA Announces $48 million in Available Funding for Specialty Crop Research and Extension Programs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced the availability of $48 million in grants to solve critical specialty crop challenges through the integration of research and extension activities. The grants will be funded through the Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI), administered by NIFA and made available through the 2014 Farm Bill.

“The SCRI program addresses the critical needs of the specialty crop industry by funding projects that address key challenges in sustaining all components of food and agriculture production systems,” said Sonny Ramaswamy, NIFA director. “Ultimately, this research will ensure a safe and secure food supply for our growing population.”

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IPM Enhancement Grant RFA is public!

We are pleased to announce the release of the 2016 Request for Applications (RFA) for the IPM Enhancement Grants. Deadline for proposals is Friday, November 20, 2015 at 5 PM EST.

The IPM Enhancement Grants Program (IPMEP) is a foundational mechanism used by SIPMC to address important issues affecting the region that has produced many significant outputs and favorable outcomes addressing Global Food Security challenges including invasive species, endangered species, pest resistance, and impacts resulting from regulatory actions. We use a competitive process each year to solicit and select projects for funding.

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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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LSU AgCenter escapes major cuts

In Delta Farm Press

Bill Richardson is no stranger to bruising budget battles. He’s seen plenty of them in the years he’s served first as chancellor of the LSU AgCenter and now as LSU’s vice president for agriculture and dean of the College of Agriculture.

But none have been more bruising and cantankerous than the one that ended with a 59-43 House vote to approve the SAVE offset on June 11. The vote averted a veto of the state budget by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a conservative Republican with presidential ambitions.

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