Research, Education & Extension


First 2010 AFRI Awards Announced

January 18, 2011

USDA’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) dribbled out two announcements last week on 2010 awards under the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI).  AFRI is the largest of several NIFA competitive grants research, education and extension programs. On January 13, a grant award to Oregon State University for childhood obesity prevention in rural […]

USDA Releases First 2011 Request for Applications for AFRI

January 7, 2011

On Friday, January 7, USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) released the first of seven 2011 requests for applications (RFA) for the Agriculture, Food and Research Initiative (AFRI) competitive grants program.  AFRI is the largest of the NIFA competitive grants programs, which also include smaller specialized programs for sustainable agriculture, organic farming, and […]

Congress Extends FY2010 Budget through March 4, 2011

December 22, 2010

Late on Tuesday, December 21, Congress passed a Continuing Resolution (CR) scheduled to expire on March 4, 2011, which will fund most federal government agencies at the level provided in their FY2010 Appropriations Bills.  The Senate voted 79-16 on Sunday, December 19 to amend the House-passed CR (H.R. 3082).  The amended CR then went to […]

Lame Duck Appears Headed for End with No Appropriations or Food Safety Bills

December 17, 2010

In the early evening on December 16, Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) pulled the pending omnibus appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2011 when it became clear that no Republicans would vote for it.  Earlier in the week, at least five and possibly as many as nine Republicans were indicating privately they would support the […]

Senate Omnibus Appropriations Bill Released

December 14, 2010

(Updated Version — 12/15/10 — of Original Post) The Senate Appropriations Committee released the long-awaited omnibus, government-wide appropriations bill the afternoon of December 14.  The $1.1 trillion bill is a less than two percent increase over FY 2010, $26 billion less than what the Obama Administration requested in February, $18 billion more than the long-term […]

House Passes Senate Food Safety Bill with FY 11 Appropriations

December 9, 2010

On Wednesday evening, December 8, the House passed a combined Continuing Resolution-Food Safety bill by a vote of 212-206.  All Republicans and 35 Democrats voted no. The Continuing Resolution would fund all government functions for the remainder of the current fiscal year 2011, which ends September 30, 2011.  The current short-term Continuing Resolution expires on […]

SARE Announces New Director

November 29, 2010

On Monday, November 29, the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program announced the appointment of Rob Hedberg, SARE’s interim director since January 2009, as its new national director. Since growing up on a small farm in Michigan, Hedberg has dedicated his career to agriculture science, education, and policy, most recently at USDA’s National Institute […]

Upcoming eOrganic Webinars on Climate Change and Cover Crops

November 4, 2010

Throughout November and December, eOrganic, an organic agriculture resource with extensions around the country, will host several webinars on climate change and cover crops.  The upcoming free webinars include: Impact of Organic Grain Farming Methods on Climate Change by Michel Cavigelli of the USDA-ARS Sustainable Agricultural Systems Lab in Beltsville, Maryland. In this webinar, Dr. […]

Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development Seeks Peer Reviewers

November 4, 2010

The Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development (JAFSCD), which published its inaugural issue, “Growing New Farmers,” in August 2010, is gearing up for its second issue and seeking to expand its pool of peer reviewers. The JAFSCD is a peer-reviewed online publication focused on the practice and applied research interests of agriculture and […]

NIFA Announces Organic Research and Extension Grants

October 27, 2010

Today, October 27, USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced 30 grants totaling over $22 million to enhance the ability of organic producers and processors grow and market high quality organic agricultural products. In announcing the awards, NIFA Director Roger Beachy noted “More and more farmers are adopting organic agriculture practices to produce […]

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