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USDA Announces $2.9 Million to Support Tribal Extension Programs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced $2.9 million in available funding for projects that make extension programs and resources more accessible to Native American communities. Funding is made through NIFA’s Federally Recognized Tribes Extension Program (FRTEP).

“Through cooperative extension, NIFA supports educators who engage with diverse communities to solve challenging problems,” said NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy. FRTEP supports extension outreach on federally recognized Indian reservations and tribal jurisdictions to continue the land grant mission of inclusion, providing education and research-based knowledge to those in great need who might not otherwise receive it.”  Continue reading

NIFA Announces $858,500 in Funding to Foster the Agricultural Science Workforce

The talent pipeline for the agricultural workforce begins well before college, and today the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture announced the availability of $858,500 in funding to strengthen K-14 education in the food, agriculture, natural resources, and human (FANH) sciences.

“Nearly 40 percent of jobs in the food, agricultural, and environmental sciences will go unfilled in the next five years,” said NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy. “It’s critical to invest in programs that reach, educate, and promote retention of a diverse group of students who can benefit from learning science in the classroom and in their careers.”  Continue reading

FY 2016 Organic Transitions RFA has been posted

The FY 2016 Organic Transitions (ORG) Request for Applications (RFA) is now available for public viewing. 

NIFA Funding Opportunity Page:  http://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/organic-transitions-org.

Grants.gov Page: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=280858.   This page includes a synopsis of the funding opportunity, a link to the full announcement (RFA) and the application package.

NIFA’s BRAG, ORG, and SCRI RFAs Released

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture is pleased to announce the release of the following Requests for Applications:  Continue reading

Specialty Crop Research Initiative RFA now available

The FY 2014 Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) RFA is now available for public viewing.

Please note that this year, in response to guidance from Secretary Vilsack, the SCRI program, as well as AFRI and other NIFA programs, welcomes applications relating to organic systems as well as conventional systems.

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