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

APHIS Adds Pale Cyst Nematode (Globodera pallida) Infested Field in Idaho

Effective December 21, 2016, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) added a 150-acre field to the pale cyst nematode (PCN) infested area in Bingham County, Idaho. APHIS took this action based on the confirmations of PCN cysts in soil samples from a potato production field in Bingham County received on December 21, 2016. This action brings the number of PCN-infested fields to 27 and the infested area to 3,047 acres. The total area in Idaho under regulation remains at 9,540 acres. Continue reading

USDA Seeks Applications for Fiscal Year 2017 National Clean Plant Network Cooperative Agreements

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is inviting stakeholders to submit applications for fiscal year (FY) 2017 National Clean Plant Network (NCPN) projects under the 2014 Farm Bill Section 10007.

APHIS will accept applications for FY 2017 NCPN cooperative agreements from August 17, 2016 through October 26, 2016. Continue reading

USDA Awards More Than $14.5 Million to Support Plant Health and Resilience Research

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today awarded more than $14.5 million in grants to support research into plant health, production and resilience. These grants were made through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Foundational program, authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill and administered by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

“As global temperatures rise, we are already seeing that our crops and native plants are increasingly threatened by pests, diseases and invasive species,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “Research into growing more resilient, stress tolerant crops that use water and nutrients more efficiently will offer farmers new tools to produce crops sustainably, and will benefit consumers with food security in the face of climate change and the loss of agricultural land.” Continue reading

FY 2016 AFRI Foundational Program RFA Released

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is pleased to announce the release of the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Foundational Program’s Request for Applications (RFA).

A few changes have been made in the organization of the Plant Health and Production and Plant Products program area in FY 2016.  Two program area priorities offered in FY 2015 (Plant-Associated Insects and Nematodes; and Weedy and Invasive Species) have been combined in a single program area priority in FY 2016, titled “Pests and Beneficial Species in Agricultural Production Systems”. Two other program area priorities offered in FY 2015 (Growth and Development, Composition and Stress Tolerance; and Photosynthesis and Nutrient Use in Agricultural Plants) have been combined in a single program area priority in FY 2016, titled “Physiology of Agricultural Plants”. Lastly, another program area priority offered in FY 2015 (Plant-Associated Microbes and Plant-Microbe Interactions) is being offered as a joint program with the National Science Foundation (NSF) titled “Plant Biotic Interactions”. Continue reading

APHIS Adds to List of Pests No Longer Regulated at U.S. Ports of Entry

USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has added four pests to the list of Pests No Longer Regulated at U.S. Ports of Entry. As a result, APHIS will no longer take regulatory action on these organisms at ports of entry. This action is consistent with U.S. trade policy, and fulfills international agreements while promoting safe trade.

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Soybean diseases showing fungicide resistance

From Delta Farm Press

Nature always finds a way and that’s why the Mid-South is facing not only herbicide resistance in weeds but also an upswing of fungicide resistance in some soybean diseases.

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