Assistant Professor – Extension Agronomist – Field Corn, Soybean and Small Grains

This is a 12 month, tenure-track appointment (80% Extension, 20% Research) in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, University of Georgia, Tifton Campus. The successful candidate will be expected to develop and implement a nationally/internationally recognized extension and applied research program focusing on agronomic management for the production of field corn, soybean, and small grains that ensures profitability and sustainability; develop an extension program that will support county extension programming with in- service training; develop one-on-one relationships with agents and growers while skillfully providing education and problem solving; distribute information via print and electronic formats; participate in county agent/grower programs and interact and cooperate with research and extension scientists; develop and maintain cooperative relationships with the field corn, soybean, and small grain industries, agro-business, commodity associations, agro-chemical companies, and governmental and regulatory agencies to support and maintain the high standard of Georgia crop production. Applied research could include but not limited to: field corn, soybean, and small grain planting date, cultivar, row pattern, tillage systems, fertility, pest management, harvest timing, and seed quality issues. The successful candidate will publish applied research results in nationally and internationally recognized peer-reviewed journals; secure extramural funding for support of an applied research and extension program in field corn, soybean, and small grains; participate in and support graduate education by recruiting and serving as a major professor as well as on graduate committees.

Ph.D. in plant or soil sciences, or closely related discipline, knowledge of plants, crops, and soils, excellent organizational, written, and oral communication skills, ability to function independently and with commodity oriented teams of research and extension scientists, and competent computer skills related to information delivery technologies.

Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience

Send application package to: Dr. J. Michael Moore at jmmoore@uga.edu. Applicants must submit the following documentation in electronic format: curriculum vita with statement of interest and qualifications for the position; official transcripts; four letters of reference; other information that reflects on professional qualifications.

To assure full consideration, a complete application must be received by Dec. 15, 2016. Further consideration of applicants may continue until a suitable candidate is identified. The University of Georgia is an Affirmative Action/ Equal Employment Opportunity institution and encourages applicants regardless of gender or ethnic background. Effective Jan. 1, 2008, the Board of Regents has enacted a “background check” policy for new hires in the system as a condition of employment. This policy can be found at: http://www.policies.uga.edu/FA/nodes/view/1124/Background-investigations. Upon offer of employment, candidate must complete the “Consent for a Background Investigation” form.

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USDA announces four university teams win the first national I-FAST prize competition

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) today announced the winners of the first Innovations in Food and Agricultural Science and Technology (I-FAST) $200,000 prize competition. I-FAST helps scientists and engineers broaden the impact of their NIFA-funded research by encouraging collaboration between academia and industry to translate fundamental agricultural innovations into the marketplace.

“Innovation is an economic driver and a necessity in the agriculture industry,” said NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy. “Through this new partnership with the National Science Foundation, we are able to help move ideas from the research lab to the marketplace, where they can provide real solutions as these teams intended.”

Each of the four winning teams receive $50,000 to start a business and move their innovation towards full commercialization. Team members will also participate in NSF’s Innovation Corps (I-Corps), a six-month entrepreneurial immersion course to develop skills that help them commercialize their inventions and discoveries. Teams are also eligible to apply for additional funding through the USDA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program, administered by NIFA.

The winning teams include:
• University of Houston, Houston, Texas – The team developed a behavior-based affordable educational toolkit and augmented reality technology system to educate, monitor and improve employees’ fresh- and fresh-cut produce handling practices.
• University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, Illinois – The team is bringing to market two software packages that make it possible for crop advisors to inexpensively run large-scale, on-farm agronomic trials and create strategies for profitable nitrogen fertilizer management.
• Lincoln University, Jefferson City, Missouri – The team developed a pathogen detection biotechnology test kit to determine if E. coli 0157:H7 is present in food to help lower the risk of contamination all along the food chain from the farm to the consumer.
• Cornell University, Ithaca, New York – The team developed a micro electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) microtensiometer sensor that monitors minute-by-minute readings of both plant water and soil stresses to help producers optimize irrigation to improve the yield and quality of crops.

The I-FAST pilot program is being implemented under the America Competes Act. Visit www.challenge.gov for more information and additional federal challenges.
Since 2009, USDA has invested $19 billion in research and development touching the lives of all Americans from farms to the kitchen table and from the air we breathe to the energy that powers our country. Learn more about the many ways USDA scientists are on the cutting edge, helping to protect, secure and improve our food, agricultural and natural resources systems in the USDA Medium Chapter: Food and Ag Science Will Shape Our Future.

NIFA invests in and advances innovative and transformative research, education, and extension to solve societal challenges and ensure the long-term viability of agriculture. NIFA’s integrated research, education and extension programs support the best and brightest scientists and extension personnel whose work results in user-inspired, groundbreaking discoveries that combat childhood obesity, improve and sustain rural economic growth, address water availability issues, increase food production, find new sources of energy, mitigate climate variability and ensure food safety.

To learn more about NIFA’s impact on agricultural science, visit www.nifa.usda.gov/impacts, sign up for email updates, or follow us on Twitter @usda_NIFA, #NIFAimpacts.
USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.

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Funding and technical opportunities for school IPM professionals

EPA Presidential Environmental Education Awards for Teachers and StudentsFunding opportunity

Details at https://www.epa.gov/education/presidential-innovation-award-environmental-educators

Application closes March 1, 2017.

The Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators recognizes outstanding kindergarten through grade 12 teachers who employ innovative approaches to environmental education and use the environment as a context for learning for their students. Up to two teachers from each of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 10 regions, from different states, will be selected to receive this award. The White House Council on Environmental Quality, in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administers this award to honor, support and encourage educators who incorporate environmental education in their classrooms and teaching methods. Award winners receive up to $2,500 to continue their professional development in environmental education. Additionally, the teacher’s local education agency will receive up to $2,500 to fund environmental educational activities and programs.

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USDA grants $20.2 million for food and forestry research and development projects

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA will grant $20.2 million to help USDA NIFA34 small businesses move forward with innovative research and development projects to benefit food security, natural resources conservation and other agricultural issues. These competitive grants are made through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, which is coordinated by the Small Business Administration and administered by 11 federal agencies including the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

“I offer my sincere congratulations to these recipients who have demonstrated that their ideas have strong potential for commercialization and can provide real solutions to tough issues that the food, agriculture and forestry sectors are facing,” said Vilsack. “Studies have shown that every dollar invested in agricultural research now returns over $20 to our economy, and that’s why USDA has increased our investment in delivering problem-driven and solutions-based science from the farm to the lab to the boardroom. Since 2009, through the Small Business Innovation Research program alone, USDA has awarded nearly 850 research and development grants to American-owned, independently operated, for-profit businesses, allowing hundreds of small businesses to explore their technological potential, and providing an incentive to profit from the commercialization of innovative ideas.”

Since 2009, USDA has invested $19 billion in research and development touching the lives of all Americans from farms to the kitchen table and from the air we breathe to the energy that powers our country. Learn more about the many ways USDA scientists are on the cutting edge, helping to protect, secure and improve our food, agricultural and natural resources systems in USDA’s Medium Chapter 11: Food and Ag Science Will Shape Our Future.

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program offers two phases of investment. Phase I invests in feasibility studies of up to $100,000 and Phase II grants of up to $600,000 support project implementation by grantees who successfully completed Phase I. Recipients of today’s announcement are all receiving Phase II grants. SBIR funding comes from multiple USDA agencies including NIFA, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Agricultural Research Service, Economic Research Service, National Agricultural Statistics Service and U.S. Forest Service.

Examples of projects that will receive funding include:
• NVE Corporation in Eden Prairie, Minn., will develop a prototype salmonella pathogen detector that will reduce the potential for disease outbreaks and costly food recalls.
• Nano Terra, Inc. in Cambridge, Mass, will develop a cost-competitive, low-toxicity, ammonium-free long-term fire retardant for use in wildfire management that is less toxic to fish and mammals.
• eWind Solutions, LLC, in Wilsonville, Ore, will create a wind energy system for small farmers that is efficient, affordable and easy to use. The system collects the stronger, more reliable winds found at higher altitudes that are inaccessible from wind towers that most small farmers can currently afford.
• Grafted Growers, LLC, in Tucson, Ariz, will improve crop production methods and strategies and promote energy conservation and efficiency by developing a sustainable indoor crop growing system (SIGS). SIGS will produce large numbers of affordable, higher quality vegetable transplants using fewer resources using less land than current greenhouse and field production systems.

Details on all of the SBIR projects announced today are available on NIFA’s SBIR webpage.
Recent examples of successful NIFA-funded SBIR projects include work by the Nitrate Elimination Company, Inc., which developed kits that allow farm managers to determine nitrate accumulation levels on their farms, helping them manage nitrate concentration, reduce costly nitrogen fertilizer use, and reduce pollutants. Whole Trees, LLC, developed a new market in construction for small-diameter round timber, a natural waste product of well-managed forests. Stony Creek Colors used a SBIR grant to develop a more efficient way to produce natural indigo dyes using the indigo plant, replacing more commonly used synthetic indigo that pollutes waterways and is slow to decompose. See more examples of SBIR-funded research and development projects in the SBIR brochure available on the NIFA website.

Since 1983, the SBIR program has awarded more than 2,000 research and development grants to American-owned, independently operated for-profit businesses with up to 500 employees. Funded research areas include air, soil and water; animal production and protection; aquaculture; biofuels and biobased products; food science and nutrition; forests and related resources; plant production and protection—biology and engineering; rural and community development; and small and midsized farms.

NIFA invests in and advances innovative and transformative research, education and extension to solve societal challenges and ensure the long-term viability of agriculture. NIFA supports the best and brightest scientists and extension personnel whose work results in user-inspired, groundbreaking discoveries that combat childhood obesity, improve and sustain rural economic growth, address water availability issues, increase food production, find new sources of energy, mitigate climate variability and ensure food safety.

To learn more about NIFA’s impact on agricultural science, visit www.nifa.usda.gov/impacts, sign up for email updates or follow us on Twitter@usda_NIFA, #NIFAimpacts.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.

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Extension Specialist, 4-H Leadership and Citizenship Programs, University of Georgia

 To Apply.

The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) seeks a dynamic and innovative professional to provide statewide support and coordination for 4-H leadership and citizenship programs. This is a full-time Public Service Faculty appointment based in Athens, Georgia.

There are more than 300 full-time and part-time faculty and staff members in Athens and the five 4-H centers in Georgia who support the district and county 4-H faculty and staff members who, in turn, deliver the 4-H program at the county level.

The specialist reports to the Associate State 4-H Leader for UGA Extension and is accountable for the following responsibilities:

  • Provides direction and vision to 4-H Citizenship/Civic Engagement Programs
  • Provides overall coordination and leadership for Step Up and Lead, Leadership in Action, Global Ambassadors, and other programs related to citizenship and leadership.
  • Assists with activities of Georgia 4-H Board of Directors (state officers), including coordination of training, planning sessions, appearances, statewide events, and other activities as needed.
  • Coordinates 4-H Day at the Capitol in cooperation with state agencies and Georgia 4-H Foundation committees.
  • Coordinates the Georgia 4-H Dean’s Award program.
  • Promotes, coordinates selection process, organizes travel, and provides orientation for youth and adult participants in Citizenship Washington Focus.
  • Promotes, coordinates selection process, organizes travel, and provides orientation for youth and adult participants in National 4-H Conference.
  • Provides direction and vision to 4-H Global Programs, including serving as liaison to international 4-H programs and coordinating the International Project as part of 4-H Project Achievement.
  • Coordinates assigned Georgia 4-H statewide events, contests, and awards, including website maintenance and communications with participants, collaborators, and donors.
  • Collaborates with other Georgia 4-H State Staff in developing, facilitating, and evaluating 4-H Youth programs.
  • Seeks grants and private gifts (in cooperation with the Georgia 4-H Foundation) to support assigned programs.
  • Assists Principal Investigator for AmeriCorps Vista program and other grants, as assigned.
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Cornell University seeks tenure-track faculty position in Host-Microbe Interactions

Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (https://cals.cornell.edu/) invites applications for a 9-month, tenure-track faculty position in Host-Microbe Interactions. The new faculty member will be expected to develop and sustain a strong, internationally recognized, and well-funded research program in the area of host-microbe biology. The studied interactions between host and microbe may span the continuum from pathogenic to beneficial, and may emphasize any host system including vertebrate animals, invertebrates, and plants. Particular areas of focus may include but are not limited to manipulation of host cellular pathways by microbes, dynamic interplay between infecting microbes and host physiological and immunological responses, microbial responses and adaptations to the host environment, and systems-level functional interactions between hosts and microbial communities. This hire will be associated with formation of the Cornell Institute of Host-Microbe Interactions and Disease (CIHMID) in early 2017 and is consistent with a campus-wide emphasis on expanding research and teaching in Infection Biology. The search is department-open, and the eventual appointment may be made in any relevant CALS department. The appointment will carry 60% research and 40% teaching responsibilities, with the specific courses taught to be based on the interests and ability of the candidate and the needs of the appointing department. It is anticipated that the appointment will be made at the Assistant Professor level, although an early Associate appointment may be considered in exceptional circumstances.

Qualifications: Applicants should have a Ph.D., as well as demonstrated and prospective excellence in research in relevant disciplinary areas. 

Salary: Salary and start-up funding will be competitive, and commensurate with background and experience.

Application Procedure: Candidates should submit a cover letter, research statement, teaching statement, curriculum vitae, and up to three representative publications via https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/8613 . Candidates should also arrange for three letters of reference to be uploaded upon submission of the application. Inquiries may be directed to the chair of the search committee, Brian Lazzaro, at bplazzaro@cornell.eduReview of applications will begin Dec. 13 and will continue until the position is filled.

Cornell University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer.
Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.

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USDA invests $1.2 million in aquaculture research

Awards in Alabama, Michigan, New York and Virginia to Help Meet Growing Demand

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced four grants totaling $1.2 million to support the development of environmentally and economically sustainable aquaculture in the United States. These awards were made through the Aquaculture Research Program authorized by the Competitive, Special and Facilities Research Grants Act, administered by NIFA.
“In 2015, Americans spent $96 billion on seafood, but only a small portion of that was produced by U.S. aquaculture,” said NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy. “To meet the growing demand for this healthy source of protein, NIFA investments are helping enhance U.S. aquaculture production to promote both economic opportunities and a safe, reliable domestic seafood source.”

Global demand for seafood is projected to increase substantially while harvests from capture fisheries are stable or declining. In cooperation with land-grant university partners and diverse stakeholders, NIFA provides leadership and administers federal funding for aquaculture research, technology development and extension programs.
NIFA Aquaculture Research Program grants support the development of a globally competitive and profitable U.S. aquaculture industry through investments that help improve domestic aquaculture production efficiency, sustainability, safety, marketing, information sharing, and access to global science-based information and advanced technologies. NIFA provides leadership in coordinating federal activities related to aquaculture through the Interagency Working Group on Aquaculture, under the National Science and Technology Council’s Committee on Science.

Awards for 2016 include:
• Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich., $307,869
• Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va., $275,887
• Auburn University, Auburn, Ala., $326,250
• The Research Foundation of State University of New York, Stony Brook, N.Y., $326,963

Projects funded in 2016 include research conducted by scientists at Michigan State University, who will identify strains of a common bacteria that threaten farmed rainbow trout as a step toward improved disease prevention and control. Virginia Tech researchers will work with commercial farmers to compare profitability of both pond and recirculating-water commercial business models. An Auburn University project will evaluate and optimize the economics, fish and plant biology and food safety aspects of a high-yield aquaponics system that utilizes fish waste to generate additional revenue. The Research Foundation of the State University of New York, Stony Brook will use molecular genetics techniques to identify disease-resistant clam germlines, to help improve commercial shellfish stocks.

More information on these projects is available on the NIFA website.
Previous aquaculture projects from other NIFA programs include a Virginia State University Cooperative Extension project that converted a large vacant downtown warehouse in Petersburg, Va., into an aquaponics production center. Researchers at Washington State University and the University of Idaho discovered how to use certain probiotics to combat a common bacterial disease of trout and salmon. These discoveries also help reduce the threat of antimicrobial resistance that can occur through the overuse of antibiotics.

Since 2009, USDA has invested $19 billion in research both intramural and extramural. During that time, research conducted by USDA scientists has resulted in 883 patent applications filed, 405 patents issued and 1,151 new inventions disclosures covering a wide range of topics and discoveries. To learn more about how USDA supports cutting edge science and innovation, visit the USDA Medium chapter Food and Ag Science Will Shape Our Future.

NIFA invests in and advances innovative and transformative research, education, and extension to solve societal challenges and ensure the long-term viability of agriculture. NIFA support for the best and brightest scientists and extension personnel have resulted in user-inspired, groundbreaking discoveries that are combating childhood obesity, improving and sustaining rural economic growth, addressing water availability issues, increasing food production, finding new sources of energy, mitigating climate variability and ensuring food safety.

To learn more about NIFA’s impact on agricultural science, visit www.nifa.usda.gov/impacts, sign up for email updates or follow us on Twitter @usda_NIFA, #NIFAimpacts.
USDA is an equal opportunity lender, provider and employer.

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USDA awards $9.4 million for safer, more effective pest management

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture USDA NIFA(NIFA) today awarded $9.4 million to support 25 research and outreach projects that will help mitigate pests, weeds and diseases on farms and in communities. The awards are made through NIFA’s Crop Protection and Pest Management Program (CPPM) and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program which have awarded more than $64.5 million since 2014.

“NIFA is making investments to ensure America’s agriculture sector is able to rely on sound scientific approaches to increase production and ensure continued food security in the face of the many challenges including arthropod, weed and disease pests,” said NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy. “The Crop Protection and Pest Management Program has a history of developing new tools, best management practices and strategies for healthy crop systems while supporting communities with effective, affordable and environmentally sound solutions that reduce potential health risks.”

Using a grant announced today, a University of Minnesota research team will scout for soybean pests using unmanned aerial vehicles to read light waves reflected off the soybean foliage. A North Carolina State University team will develop practices to improve growth and survival of urban trees. Pennsylvania State University will use a grant to adapt novel nanotube technology to make it possible to diagnose pest infections early and protect crops. Washington State University will develop integrated pest management strategies for the rapidly expanding U.S. hops industry.

NIFA’s CPPM and IPM investments are made through several programs. The Applied Research and Development Program Area (ARDP), which invests in high priority pest management projects that encourage adoption and implementation of new IPM technologies. The Promoting IPM in Affordable Housing grant provides IPM technical assistance services and training sessions to public housing authorities and other housing providers. The Methyl Bromide Transition (MBT) program helps to discover and implement practical and environmentally friendly pest management alternatives to transition from this older pesticide. The National Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN) is a nationwide group of diagnostic laboratories that collaborate on early detection, identification and reporting of plant disease pathogens, especially those that may be biosecurity risks.

2016 ARDP recipients include:
• Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo., $324,517
• University of Georgia, Athens, Ga., $324,615
• Regents of the University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minn., $324,880
• Montana State University, Bozeman, Mont., $325,000
• Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., $324,856
• Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., $189,273
• North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C., $324,979
• North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C., $199,590
• Oregon State University, Corvallis, Ore., $215,460
• Pennsylvania State University, State College, Penn., $325,000
• Texas A&M AgriLife Research, College Station, Texas, $289,281
• University of Vermont and State Agricultural College, Burlington, Vt., $324,560
• Washington State University, Pullman, Wash., $324,983
• Washington State University, Pullman, Wash., $323,491
Project details can be found on the NIFA website.
2016 Promoting IPM in Affordable Housing recipient is:
• Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., $363,636
Project details can be found on the NIFA website.
2016 Methyl Bromide Transition recipients include:
• The Regents of the University of California, Santa Cruz, Calif., $497,965
• University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla., $472,506
• Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kan., $499,999
• Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich., $418,313
Project details can be found on the NIFA website.
2016 National Plant Diagnostic Network recipients include:
• University of California, Davis, Calif., $539,983
• University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla., $539,983
• Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind., $207,135
• Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kan., $539,983
• Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich. $587,543
• Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., $616,033
Project details can be found on the NIFA website.

Since 2009, USDA has invested $19 billion in research both intramural and extramural. During that time, research conducted by USDA scientists has resulted in 883 patent applications filed, 405 patents issued and 1,151 new inventions disclosures covering a wide range of topics and discoveries. To learn more about how USDA supports cutting edge science and innovation, visit the USDA Medium chapter Food and Ag Science Will Shape Our Future.

NIFA invests in and advances innovative and transformative research, education, and extension to solve societal challenges and ensure the long-term viability of agriculture. NIFA support for the best and brightest scientists and extension personnel have resulted in user-inspired, groundbreaking discoveries that are combating childhood obesity, improving and sustaining rural economic growth, addressing water availability issues, increasing food production, finding new sources of energy, mitigating climate variability and ensuring food safety.

To learn more about NIFA’s impact on agricultural science, visit www.nifa.usda.gov/impacts, sign up for email updates, or follow us on Twitter @usda_NIFA, #NIFAimpacts.

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NIFA investment in K-14 agricultural education helps grow the next generation of American farmers and ranchers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced grants to support public secondary schools, non-profits, community and junior colleges, and four-year colleges and universities to engage K-14 students in the food, agriculture, natural resources and human (FANH) sciences. These awards totaling about $841,250 are made through NIFA’s Secondary Education, Two-Year Postsecondary Education, and Agriculture in the K-12 Classroom Challenge Grants (SPECA) program.

“Fostering curiosity about the world and a love of discovery begins in pre-school and can grow or wither depending on how much we invest in educational quality,” said NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy. “Ensuring a robust educational system down to the youngest grades is critical to ensuring our scientific workforce continues to have the skills and preparation needed to meet the demands of the future.”

The projects that received SPECA funding promote and strengthen secondary education and two-year postsecondary education. Some awards promote complementary linkages among secondary, two-year postsecondary and higher education programs in the food, agriculture, natural resource and human sciences. All projects are designed to advance excellence in education and encourage more young Americans to pursue and complete a baccalaureate or higher degree in the FANH sciences.

Since 2009, NIFA has awarded more than $6.9 million through the SPECA program to support K-14 educational and vocational training in agricultural science, which contribute to a skilled, diverse scientific workforce in agriculture. The 2016 awards announced today include:
• Howard Valentine Coffman Cove School, Thorne Bay, Alaska, $45,471
• Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind., $43,253
• Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kan., $ 22,546
• University of Kentucky Research Foundation, Lexington, Ky., $134,672
• Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich., $134,657
• Gateway Greening, Inc., Saint Louis, Mo., $135,309
• The Harley School, Rochester, N.Y., $ 45,470
• The Ohio State University, Wooster, Ohio, $33,156
• Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Okla., $43,682
• The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn., $45,055
• Galveston College, Galveston, Texas, $ 22,458
• Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va., $135,560

For more information on these projects, visit the NIFA website.
Among this year’s grant recipients, Gateway Greening targets St. Louis’s economically marginalized African-American communities to support students who will pursue higher degrees in food and agricultural sciences. The project has a strong service learning component: 58 interns will grow food to be sold at farmers markets and donated to food insecure families, including their own. Johnson County Community College’s sustainable agriculture project will establish a collaborative network among all sustainable agriculture educators throughout Kansas to develop an associate degree in sustainable agriculture.
Previously funded projects include a Greenfield Community College (Mass.) project that made available a three-credit hands-on Sustainable Farming Skills course free to rising and graduating high school seniors and a free 15-hour curriculum development workshop on Sustainable Food Production for local high school teachers. Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls, Iowa, expanded its Mobile Precision Ag Lab, a traveling high school agriculture curriculum, with more onsite, hands-on activities and demonstrations, including unmanned aerial vehicles and advanced planter technologies. The project also established a Center for Knowledge and Skills to help students establish relationships with potential employers.

Since 2009, USDA has invested $19 billion in research both intramural and extramural. During that time, research conducted by USDA scientists has resulted in 883 patent applications filed, 405 patents issued and 1,151 new inventions disclosures covering a wide range of topics and discoveries. To learn more about how USDA supports cutting edge science and innovation, visit the USDA Medium chapter Food and Ag Science Will Shape Our Future.

NIFA invests in and advances innovative and transformative research, education and extension to solve societal challenges and ensure the long-term viability of agriculture. NIFA support for the best and brightest scientists and extension personnel have resulted in user-inspired, groundbreaking discoveries that are combating childhood obesity, improving and sustaining rural economic growth, addressing water availability issues, increasing food production, finding new sources of energy, mitigating climate variability and ensuring food safety.

To learn more about NIFA’s impact on agricultural science, visit www.nifa.usda.gov/impacts, sign up for email updates or follow us on Twitter @usda_NIFA, #NIFAimpacts.
USDA is an equal opportunity lender, provider and employer.

NIFA invests in and advances agricultural research, education, and extension, and seeks to make transformative discoveries that solve societal challenges.

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Webinar: Combating Cockroaches in your school

Sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency, this webinar will break down the EPAsimple steps of implementing a comprehensive integrated pest management program. Presenters will address monitoring, sanitation, maintenance and exclusion — actions that, when performed regularly, will result in a healthier school environment and a less likely place for cockroaches to call home.

When:  Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016

Time:  2 – 3:30 p.m.Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Wherever there is food and water, cockroaches will thrive. Schools have kitchens, cafeterias and break rooms – all notorious cockroach havens. Cockroaches hide in cracks, crawl spaces, cardboard boxes, between walls, in appliances and in false bottoms of cupboards. They eagerly wait for the kitchen staff to leave for the day, then come out to feast on the spills and debris that are hidden under appliances and in cracks. Cockroaches satisfy their thirst from dripping faucets or sweating pipes, which can then lead to a mold issue in your school.

Cockroach saliva, feces, and body parts can trigger asthma and allergies. This is a serious health concern in schools, especially for students and staff with asthma.

Presenters include:

Philip Koehler, Ph.D., Endowed Professor of Urban Entomology, University of Florida

Janet Hurley, Extension Program Specialist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

Fred Koelbel, Plant Facilities Administrator, Port Jefferson (New York) School District

To register now, please visit the following link:

https://epawebconferencing.acms.com/cockroaches-sipm/event/registration.html

To learn more about this event, please visit our website:

https://epawebconferencing.acms.com/cockroaches-sipm/event/event_info.html

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