The purpose of the IR-4 program is to enable the crop protection industry to provide safe, effective, and economical crop protection products for growers and consumers of minor/specialty crops. The crop protection industry cannot justify the costs associated with the research and development, registration, production, and marketing of crop protection products for minor/specialty crops due to the smaller market base and limited sales potential. The IR-4 program provides the assistance needed to ensure that new and more effective crop protection products are developed and made available to minor/specialty crop producers. These efforts require effective collaborations among federal agencies, the crop protection industry, and land-grant colleges and universities. Continue reading
NIFA is hosting two webinars for interested applicants concerning the fiscal year 2017 Request for Applications for the Crop Protection and Pest Management Program. More information on this funding opportunity is on NIFA’s website – https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/crop-protection-and-pest-management. We plan to record the webinars for those that are unable to make these dates. Continue reading
NIFA Announces $11 Million to Support Antimicrobial Resistance Research
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced $11 million in available funding for projects that mitigate antimicrobial resistance (AMR), a growing public health issue that affects more than 2 million people annually. Funding is made through NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. Read the full press release at the NIFA website. Continue reading
To help solve critical pest issues in U.S. agriculture and communities, the Regional Integrated Pest Management Centers recently awarded $1.2 million in grants to researchers and extension specialists around the country.
The grants will support planning, developing and promoting safe and sustainable pest management, a science known as integrated pest management, which is used in agriculture, forests and other natural areas, communities and schools. Continue reading
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
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced $12.1 in available funding through the Crop Protection and Pest Management (CPPM) Competitive Grants Program. Continue reading
Genes from a common bacterium can be harnessed to sterilize male insects, a tool that can potentially control populations of both disease-bearing mosquitoes and agricultural pests, researchers at Yale University and Vanderbilt University report in related studies published Feb. 27 in two Nature journals.
The studies highlight the peculiar reproductive role of Wolbachia bacteria, which are found in the testes and ovaries of most insect species. Eggs fail to develop when fertilized by infected males, a process called cytoplasmic incompatibility. However, when females are also infected with Wolbachia, healthy embryos can develop. Continue reading