Field Research Specialist Position at University of Illinois

Job Opportunity

Field Research Specialist 

Department of Plant Biology 

School of Integrative Biology 

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 

The Department of Plant Biology/School of Integrative Biology is searching for a full time Field Research Specialist. The Field Research Specialist will have responsibility for maintenance and operation of infrastructure to impose experimental drought treatments and to lead phenotyping of setaria mapping populations.

Major Duties and Responsibilities 

Coordinate setaria drought studies, including: supervise undergraduate field assistants in conjunction with project graduate students (hire, train, assign/review work, address work issues, approve time, set work schedules, and set goals), field preparation, micromet monitoring, phenotypic data collection, organization and shipping of samples to project partners,

end-of-season biomass harvests. Maintain and operate drought treatment (winter tarp, awnings, irrigation).

Required Qualifications 

Bachelor’s degree in Biology or a related field

Previous experimental field work

Previous work in a team setting

Knowledge of plant physiology, basic mechano-electronics

Preferred Qualifications 

Experience with maintenance and operation of rainfall interception awnings, familiarity with cultivation of millet and plant ecophysiological researchtechniques

Salary: Will be determined by experience and qualifications.

Starting Date: As soon as possible after closing date.

To Appy: Please create your candidate profile at and upload a resume, letter of interest, and the names and email addresses for three professional references. For further information, please contact: Search Chair, Field Research Specialist at

Closing date: For full consideration, all application materials must be submitted by June 2, 2016. Interviews may be conducted before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or criminal conviction history. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. (

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A Report from the Integrated Tick Management Symposium in Washington, DC

A Report from the Integrated Tick Management Symposium in Washington, DC

By Richard Levine

In May 2016, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Entomological Society of America (ESA), the IPM Institute of North America, and the North Central IPM Center held a meeting called the “Integrated Tick Management Symposium: Solving America’s Tick-Borne Disease Problem.” Entomologists and public-health officials from the USDA, DOD, USGS, several universities, and other institutions, gave presentations and held roundtable discussions.

Richard Levine

While the full extent of the topics discussed is too large to be covered here, some interesting and important points include:

1. Deer are an important factor. 

Higher deer numbers mean higher tick numbers.

“Deer reduction is the only way we have to restore the risk landscape to what it was before the 1980s when we really started having problems,” said Sam Telford, a professor at Tufts University.

Later I asked him how many deer should ideally be found per square mile in order to reduce tick populations. His answer was about 6-10. That’s a problem because in some areas the number is typically about 60-70 deer per square mile, and in some places the number can be as high as 200.

Areas that are open to hunting have fewer deer, but Dr. Telford and others have found that hunters are not bringing the numbers down sufficiently. Citing a previous study, Dr. Kirby Stafford from the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, said that hunters “could not or would not reduce the number of deer below 30-40 deer per square mile.”

Dr. Telford proposed an idea that could encourage hunters to bring the numbers down even lower by giving them an economic incentive to do so. In the U.S., it is illegal for a hunter to sell venison and other game meat because it has not been inspected by the Department of Agriculture, which is required by the 1906 Federal Meat Inspection Act.

“I’m actually looking for a congressman or senator who will insert a sentence in the Farm Bill which will exempt deer from the Meat Inspection Act,” he said. “If you commercialize the deer, you can imagine how quickly you’re gonna have help on top of the regular hunting season.”

In other words, deer numbers will be reduced if “people are allowed to make a buck out of a buck.”

2. There are many tools in the IPM toolbox.

Besides reducing the number of deer, there are many other things we can do to prevent tick-borne diseases. Among them, according to Dr. Stafford, are personal protection measures like the use of repellents, habitat management that removes vegetation and other things that support tick populations, chemical controls such as insecticides and some botanical compounds, biopesticides, anti-tick vaccines, and the application of pesticides to animals that ticks feed on, such as deer and rodents.

One tool known as the 4-Poster Deer Treatment System attracts deer to a bin filled with corn. As the deer lower their heads to eat the corn, they come into contact with foam posts that have been treated with acaracides (pesticides that kill ticks and mites), and the acaracides are then applied to the deer as their heads and necks rub against the posts. The chemical that is used, permethrin, is safe for humans — in fact, it is the active ingredient in shampoos that are prescribed for head lice.

Other strategies focus on rodents, such as white-footed mice and chipmunks. One method involves providing fibers that contain an acaricide. The rodents gather the fibers and incorporate them into their nests, which exposes them to the acaracides and kills the ticks that feed on them. Another device is similar to the 4-Poster Deer Treatment System in that it uses food to lure rodents into a box, where acaracides are applied to them as they travel towards the food.

3. At one point, participants were asked to break into groups and discuss topics such as tick surveillance programs, new integrated tick management technologies, and funding. Some of their conclusions were:

– There is no silver bullet, but deer reduction, improvements in suburban planning, and educating the public will certainly help. Dr. Tom Mather, from the University of Rhode Island, noted that most people who participated in a citizen science program were unable to identify ticks. In fact, five percent of them reported bed bugs as ticks, which is part of what he calls Tick Literacy Deficit.

– Investment is needed not only for ticks that feed on humans, but for those that feed on livestock and domestic animals as well. Funding to support the TickSpotters program on a national level would be money well spent.

– Tick surveillance should be standardized, and data from states and counties should be shared and used to coordinate actions at the federal level.

– State and county governments are not replacing open positions for people who work on ticks, and more people are needed. When a tick expert retires from a good surveillance program, there is often a lapse and a gap.

– Tick control commissions should be established, just as there are mosquito control districts in many states. Another possibility is to expand the role of existing mosquito control districts into VECTOR control districts, which would include ticks and other arthropods that transmit diseases.

In the closing remarks, ESA President May Berenbaum summarized integrative tick management in two words: “It’s complicated.”

There is no one-size-fits all tool, and no single individual has the expertise to meet all of these challenges, so it is absolutely essential for people to collaborate and cooperate.

“Because it’s complicated, it’s a very hard story to tell,” she said, as she encouraged participants to “please help make policymakers and other audiences aware of the magnitude of the problem and the magnitude of the challenges this presents, and to raise awareness to the point that integrated tick management becomes a national priority.”

Richard Levine is Communications Program Manager at the Entomological Society of America and editor of the Entomology Today Blog.

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Midwest Invasive Plant Network Seeking Coordinator

The Midwest Invasive Plant Network Seeking Coordinator


POSITION:                                                   Midwest Invasive Plant Network Coordinator
LOCATION:                                                  Lisle, IL
EFFORT:                                                       75-100% 


The Midwest Invasive Plant Network’s (MIPN) mission is to reduce the impact of invasive plant species in the Midwest. This position (MIPN Coordinator) will be responsible for facilitating the activities of MIPN with support from the board of directors. Activities will include providing leadership in developing programs, obtaining funding, facilitating information development and exchange, and coordinating regional efforts that minimize the impact invasive plants have on Midwest region’s economy, environment, and human health and other activities required to maintain the functionality of MIPN. The Coordinator will work closely with the MIPN Board of Directors to ensure short and long-term goals are achieved. The Coordinator also will work with public and private agencies, conservation groups, scientists, green industry, land managers, and landowners to advance MIPN and reduce the threat of invasive plant species to conservation targets in the Midwest.


  • Bachelor’s degree in biology or related discipline, Master’s degree preferred. Experience with not for profit administration preferred.
  • Working knowledge of invasive species prevention, early detection, containment, and control techniques and an in-depth understanding of the ecological impacts of invasive plants.
  • Experience in grant writing or other fund raising activities.
  • Excellent written and oral communication and presentation skills to a wide audience including donors, agency staff, and the public.
  • Effectiveness in working with diverse groups with varying goals.


  • Communication:
  • Effectively represent MIPN to the general public, elected and other governmental officials, industry, donors, media and other individuals and organizations.
  • Ensure all methods of communication (e.g. website, listserv) are kept current. Provide regular updates to MIPN members via a periodic newsletter.
  • Develop and maintain social media to promote MIPN and its activities.
  • Develop partnerships with state, federal, and NGO initiatives in order to forward the goals of MIPN.
  • Fundraising:
  • Organize agreements and write grants that support the MIPN Coordinator salary as well as those of any future MIPN staff and associated activities.
  • Develop and launch other fundraising activities to fund MIPN activities as needed.
  • Project Management:
  • Meet deliverables of agreements/grants and other activities in a timely fashion.
  • With assistance of the MIPN board of directors, implement and update MIPN’s strategic plan.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors.
  • Education:
  • Develop, produce, and disseminate educational materials focused on invasive plant species in the Midwest.
  • Coordinate/Develop MIPN conferences with stakeholder groups (at least one annually).
  • Support the development and growth of Cooperative Weed/Invasive Species Management Areas in the Midwestern United States.


  • Ability to motivate, lead, set objectives, and manage a regional not for profit organization with ongoing and new projects that align with MIPN’s program goals.
  • Effectively communicate MIPN’s mission and activities to a broad audience both orally and written.
  • Current knowledge of invasive species biology, policy and management.
  • Demonstrated experience in MS Office.


  • Resolve complex issues independently within program area. Experiment to find creative solutions.
  • Design, implement, and direct multiple projects, setting deadlines and ensuring program accountability.
  • Negotiate complex high profile or sensitive agreements.


  • Make sound decisions based on analysis, experience, and judgement.
  • Act independently within broad program goals.


  • Serve as a team leader for MIPN; coordinate efforts with collaborators when appropriate.
  • Obtain funding to support Coordinator salary, salary of staff, and funds associated with MIPN.


  • Ability to persuasively convey the mission of MIPN to diverse groups including donors, board members, the public and others. Communicate strategic project goals and objectives.
  • Work in partnership with other organizations in a collaborative or advisory role.
  • Prepare and present project proposals and results.


  • Ability to work effectively under pressure and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work an irregular schedule including weekends and periodic travel within the region.
  • Location is at The Morton Arboretum near Chicago, IL

 This is a contracted position thru MIPN, but located in offices at The Morton Arboretum. Funding is “in hand” for one year of contract, but this position requires successful acquisition of funding through grants, agreements, etc., to secure position beyond one year. Compensation will be based on experience.

To Apply, Send Cover Letter, Resume, and three work related references to All applicants will be reviewed starting June 13, 2016, and the position will remain open until filled.



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Call for Abstracts Extended for 7th National Small Farm Conference


Contact: Michelle Olgers, VSU College of Agriculture, 804-524-6964,

Call for Abstracts Extended for 7th National Small Farm Conference 

New Applications being accepted through June 30, 2016

There is still time to submit a success story or exhibit abstract for display during the 7th National Small Farm Conference scheduled Sept. 20-22 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center, Virginia Beach.  Though the conference is no longer accepting submissions for oral presentations or posters due to high response rates, there is still room toaccept additional abstracts for success stories and exhibits. New applications will be accepted through June 30.

Success stories should detail measurable accomplishments achieved working with small, beginner, immigrant, urban, socially-advantaged, limited-resource farmers, ranchers or farm workers.  Abstracts should contain measurable (qualitative and/or quantitative) accomplishments that can be “told” by way of sharing images (e.g., photos) and text on a poster board for display.

Each institution/organization is allowed up to three exhibit applications. However, only one exhibit will be selected by the abstract review committee per institution/organization. Selected exhibitors will be provided, free of charge, with an 8 x 10 ft. fully draped exhibit space, one 6 ft. table, two chairs and a sign. The institution/organization name, contact information and abstract will be listed in the conference proceedings.

An Abstract Review Committee will make final selections.

Those who submitted abstracts for the original April 15 deadline will be notified of the status of their submission by May 19. Authors submitting under the extended deadline of June 30 will be notified by July 15 of the status of their submission.

This year’s conference, “Creating and Sustaining Small Farmers and Ranchers,” is hosted by Virginia State University’s College of Agriculture, Virginia Cooperative Extension and the U.S. Department of Agriculture with support from Virginia Tech.

It brings together hundreds of professionals and leaders from academia, non-governmental organizations,governmental agencies, foundations, and the grass roots farming community whose goals and activities support the sustainability of small farmers and ranchers. The conference aims to strengthen collaborations and partnerships among stakeholders, and will provide an opportunity to share new ideas in research, extension, and outreach that aim to build resilient farming systems and thequality of life within communities.

For more information on submitting abstracts or attending the conference, visit


Director of Marketing & Communications

Virginia State University • College of Agriculture

P.O. Box 9081 • Virginia State University, VA  23806

Office: 804.524.6964  Cell: 804.304.4200


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10 Tribes and Native Organizations Receive $10,000 Food Sovereignty Assessment Grants from First Nations Development Institute


10 Tribes and Native Organizations Receive $10,000 Food Sovereignty Assessment Grants from First Nations Development Institute

LONGMONT, Colorado (May 17, 2016) – First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) today announced the awarding of 10 grants of $10,000 each to Native American tribes and organizations for the purpose of conducting community food sovereignty assessments, which can help communities gain a better knowledge and understanding about the historical, current and future state of their local food systems. First Nations made the awards under its Native Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative (NAFSI), which is generously supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

The recipients are:

  1. Bad River Band of Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians, Odanah, Wisconsin
  2. Chahta Foundation, Durant, Oklahoma
  3. Menominee Tribal Clinic, Keshena, Wisconsin
  4. Nebraska Indian Community College, Macy, Nebraska
  5. Prairie Island Indian Community, Welch, Minnesota
  6. Saokio Heritage, East Glacier, Montana
  7. Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, La Conner, Washington
  8. Tanana Chiefs Conference, Fairbanks, Alaska
  9. The Center Pole, Garryowen, Montana
  10. Yakanal, New Laguna, New Mexico

A food sovereignty assessment is a community-based data-collection process that can provide a variety of information about the evolution of the local food system; help quantify individual, household or tribal program/government spending on food; Native dollars spent off-reservation on food purchases; potential for food business development; traditional food access; community desires for local food-system development; food policy desires or needs; and more.

In 2004, First Nations released the Food Sovereignty Assessment Tool (FSAT), a tool for Native communities to utilize in developing local community food assessments. The FSAT was updated in 2015 and First Nations has provided many other resources, tools and grant support to assist Native communities in conducting food assessments. A food sovereignty assessment has been a starting point for many communities to develop mechanisms to increase local food-system control. This grant opportunity is intended to support efforts of Native communities looking to gather information and data to understand the evolution of their food systems and make data-informed decisions about the future.

About First Nations Development Institute

For more than 35 years, using a three-pronged strategy of educating grassroots practitioners, advocating for systemic change, and capitalizing Indian communities, First Nations has been working to restore Native American control and culturally-compatible stewardship of the assets they own – be they land, human potential, cultural heritage or natural resources – and to establish new assets for ensuring the long-term vitality of Native American communities.  First Nations serves Native American communities throughout the United States. For more information about First Nations, visit

Raymond Foxworth, First Nations Vice President of Grantmaking, Development & Communications or (303) 774-7836 x207

Randy Blauvelt, First Nations Senior Communications Officer or (303) 774-7836 x213

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Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces $130 Million Available for Foundational Agricultural Research, Education and Extension


View this release on the NIFA website.
Media Contact: Kelly Flynn (202) 445-3465

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces $130 Million Available for Foundational Agricultural Research, Education and Extension

WASHINGTON, May 16, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that $130 million in funding is available for research, education, and extension projects to support sustainable, productive and economically viable plant and animal production systems, including certified organic production. This funding is available 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).

“Investing in agricultural research ensures that our farmers and ranchers have innovative, safe and sustainable management practices to meet the food needs of the rising world population,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “In addition, studies have shown that every dollar invested in agricultural research now returns over $20 to our economy.”

Established by the 2008 Farm Bill and re-authorized in the 2014 Farm Bill, AFRI is the nation’s premier competitive, peer-reviewed grants program for fundamental and applied agricultural sciences. In the seven years since AFRI was established, the program has led to true innovations and ground-breaking discoveries in agriculture to combat childhood obesity, improve and sustain rural economic growth, address water availability issues, increase food production, find new sources of energy, mitigate the impacts of climate variability and enhance resiliency of our food systems, and ensure food safety.

This round of funding is offered through the AFRI Foundational Program, which funds projects that continue building a foundation of knowledge in fundamental and applied food and agricultural sciences. The Foundational Program addresses six priority areas of the 2014 Farm Bill, with various amounts of funding allocated to each priority area. Funding for 2016 is allocated as follows plant health and production and plant products, $33 million; animal health and production and animal products, $31 million; food safety, nutrition and health, $19 million; bioenergy, natural resources and environment, $14 million; agriculture systems and technology, $11 million; and agriculture economics and rural communities, $17 million.

This request for application (RFA) also includes research topics proposed to be funded equally by eligible national and state commodity boards and NIFA, as authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. Commodity boardpriority topics include those proposed for the plant breeding for agricultural production program area, improving the food safety program area, as well as $3 million for the Critical Agriculture Research and Extension (CARE) program area.

Also, $2 million in funding is available for the Exploratory Research Program (ERP) to address critical and emerging issues. NIFA is offering the Educational Literacy Initiative through the AFRI program to support education, training and workforce development through the pre- and postdoctoral fellowships program, research and extension experiences program for undergraduate students, and professional development for secondary school teachers and educational professionals.

Finally, the AFRI Foundational program is piloting a “Distributed Peer Review” process, a modified peer-review approach intended to improve peer review efficiencies for three select program area priorities while maintaining the quality and integrity of the review process. Additional information on the distributed peer review process is available on the NIFA website.

Application submission deadlines vary by program. To view the RFA, visit the NIFA website.

Science funded by AFRI is vital to meeting food, fiber, and fuel demands as the world’s population is projected to exceed nine billion by 2050 and natural resources are stressed under a changing climate.  In addition, AFRI programs help develop new technologies and a workforce that will advance our nutritional security, our energy self-sufficiency, and the health of Americans. The President’s 2017 budget requestproposed to fully fund AFRI for $700 million; this amount is the full funding level authorized by Congress when it established AFRI in the 2008 Farm Bill.

Since 2009, NIFA has invested in and advanced innovative and transformative initiatives to solve societal challenges and ensure the long-term viability of agriculture. NIFA’s integrated research, education, and extension programs, supporting 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, sign up for email updates, or follow us on Twitter@usda_NIFA#NIFAimpacts.


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Additional Information about FY16 AFRI Foundational Program RFA

Funding opportunity


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”.

Here is a cross-reference guide to you find the appropriate program area priority in FY 2016:

  • If you previously submitted applications to Plant-Associated Insects and Nematodes or Weedy and Invasive Plants, you should consider submitting your FY 2016 application to Pests and Beneficial Species in Agricultural Production Systemsor Foundational Knowledge of Agricultural Production Systems.
  • If you previously submitted applications to Growth and Development, Composition and Stress Tolerance or Photosynthesis and Nutrient Use in Agricultural Plants, you should consider submitting your FY 2016 application to Physiology of Agricultural Plants.
  • If you previously submitted applications to Plant-Associated Microbes and Plant-Microbe Interactions, you should consider submitting your FY 2016 application to the Plant Biotic Interactionsprogram, which is a joint NSF-NIFA program. Information on the new program is available at

Application information for the Foundational Program can be either accessed through NIFA’s funding opportunity page: or through the following link at

Reference Part I, C. Program Area Description of the Foundational RFA for Application Deadlines.

Please share this funding opportunity announcement to those that might be interested in applying.


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IPM position with USDA ARS in Manhattan, KS

Job Opportunity

The USDA ARS Stored Product Insect and Engineering Research Unit in Manhattan KS has a new Research Entomologist position posted on 5/16 and closing on 5/27/2016.  This is for a full time permanent research position (GS-12) with the person to work in the area of Integrated Pest Management of stored product pests of grain and processed foods. The full position announcement with all requirements and instructions for applying is available at and the link to the announcement is

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New Chart Aids Selection of Diverse Site of Action Herbicides

Amit Jhala – Extension Weed Management Specialist, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The evolution of herbicide-resistant weeds requires close attention to which herbicides belong to which site of action group when adopting your herbicide program.

Partial image of Take Action on Weeds herbicide selection chart

These site groupings are based on a classification by the Weed Science Society of America and include a numbering system to help growers select a herbicide program that provides for site of action diversity. Each herbicide site of action is given a group number which is found on the first page of most herbicide labels. This chart can be used to select herbicide(s) that belong to different sites of action.

Avoid repeat applications of herbicide(s) that belong to the same site of action group; however, simply including herbicides that belong to multiple sites of action is not sufficient. The different sites of action must also be effective against herbicide-resistant weeds or hard-to-control weeds. The chart also shows the number of weed species with resistance to the site of action.

Take Action on Weeds: Herbicide Resistance Management is a national, multi-partner initiative to help farmers manage their herbicide programs to avoid further development of herbicide-resistant weeds. The chart was developed with funding from the United Soybean Board Soybean Checkoff and private industry.

For more information

or use the 2016 Guide for Weed, Disease, and Insect Management in Nebraska.

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USDA Requests for Applications for Multiple Grants Programs

Funding opportunity
The following grant opportunity postings were made on the Find Opportunities service:
Department of Agriculture
National Institute of Food and Agriculture
AFRI Sustainable Bioenergy and Bioproducts RFA
In the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Sustainable Bioenergy and Bioproducts (SBEBP) Challenge Area specific program areas are designed to achieve the long term outcome of reducing the national dependence on foreign oil through the development and production of regionally-appropriate sustainable bioenergy systems that materially deliver advanced liquid transportation biofuels, biopower, and bioproducts.
Department of Agriculture
National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Smith Lever Special Needs Competitive Grant Program
Within the states and territories, the Cooperative Extension System has repeatedly served as the trusted community organization that has helped to enable families, communities, and businesses to successfully prepare for, respond to and cope with disaster losses and critical incidents. Once a disaster has occurred, the local extension outreach includes: 1) Communicating practical science-based risk information, 2) Developing relevant educational experiences and programs, 3) Working with individuals and communities to open new communication channels, and 4) Mitigating losses and facilitating recovery. NIFA intends to fund Special Needs projects to implement applied scientific programs that serve public needs in preparation for, during and after local or regional emergency situations.
Department of Agriculture
National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Agriculture and Food Research Initiative: Foundational Program
The AFRI Foundational Program is offered to support 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. Single-function Research Projects, multi-function Integrated Projects, and Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE) Grants are expected to address one of the Program Area Priorities (see Foundational Program RFA for details).
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