NCR-SARE Announces 2016 Partnership Grants announced

NCR-SARE Announces 2016 Partnership Grants SARE logo

The North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NCR-SARE) Program is pleased to announce the projects selected for the 2016 Partnership Grant Program.

For the 2016 Partnership Grant Program, NCR-SARE awarded almost $300,000 to 10 projects. NCR-SARE’s Partnership Grant Program is intended to foster cooperation between agriculture professionals and small groups of farmers and ranchers to catalyze on-farm research, demonstration, and education activities related to sustainable agriculture. Those selected to receive funding included (in order by state):

  • Jason Grimm with Iowa Valley Resource Conservation and Development in Amana, Iowa was awarded $30,000 for the project, “Collaborative Food Supply Chains for Iowa’s Farmers.”
  • Keefe Keeley with the Savanna Institute in Urbana, Illinois was awarded $29,951 for the project, “Evaluating and Sharing Techniques in Silvopasture Establishment.”
  • Spencer Herbert with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture in North Mankato, Minnesota was awarded $30,000 for the project, “On-Farm Research to Quantify the Value of Cover Crops for Nutrient Crediting.”
  • Annalisa Hultberg with the University of Minnesota in St. Paul, Minnesota was awarded $29,897 for the project, “Building Capacity via Peer-to-Peer Food Safety Education with Hmong-American Fruit and Vegetable Farmers.”
  • Marla Spivak with the University of Minnesota in Saint Paul, Minnesota was awarded $30,000 for the project, “Causes of Honey Bee Queen Failure in Commercial Beekeeping Operations.”
  • Stacey Hamilton with the Animal Research Center at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri was awarded $29,821 for the project, “Use of Irrigation on Pasture-Based Dairies to Determine Forage and Irrigation Type Efficiencies.”
  • Kathie Starkweather with the Center for Rural Affairs in Lyons, Nebraska was awarded $30,000 for the project, “Women Farmer and Landowner Learning Circles: Addressing Sustainability in a Changing Climate.”
  • Strahinja Stepanovic with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Grant, Nebraska was awarded $29,999 for the project, “Replacing Summer Fallow with Grain-type Field Peas in Semiarid Cropping Systems: Sustainability and Agronomic Evaluation.”
  • Erin Silva with the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin was awarded $29,813 for the project, “Partnering to Refine Organic No-Till Production in Wisconsin.”
  • Claire Strader with FairShare CSA Coalition in Madison, Wisconsin was awarded $29,998 for the project, “Use of High-Residue, Winter-Killed Cover Crops in No-Till Organic Tomatoes.”

Read descriptions of these projects online at this website.

The focus for each of the NCR-SARE grant programs is on research and education. Funding considerations are based on how well the applicant presents the problem being addressed, the project’s relevance to sustainable agriculture in the 12-state North Central region, and how well it aligns with NCR-SARE’s goals, among other factors specific to each grant program.

NCR-SARE’s Administrative Council (AC) members decide which projects will receive SARE funds. A collection of farm and non-farm citizens, the AC includes a diverse mix of agricultural stakeholders in the region. Council members hail from regional farms and ranches, the Cooperative Extension Service, universities, federal agencies, and nonprofit organizations.

Since 1988, the SARE program has helped advance farming systems that are profitable, environmentally sound and good for communities through a nationwide research and education grants program. The program, part of USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, funds projects and conducts outreach designed to improve agricultural systems.

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Dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at U of I sought

Job OpportunityThe University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites nominations and applications for the
position of Dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES).
The University of Illinois is a major land-grant university committed to excellence in research, teaching, outreach, public engagement and international programs. The university seeks a visionary leader dedicated to enhancing and strengthening the mission of the College to further its commitment to excellence. As the chief academic and executive officer of the College, the Dean has the primary responsibility for strategic direction, faculty and staff development, budgetary oversight and planning, academic and curricular issues, fundraising, and facilities development. The Dean oversees the Illinois Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) enterprise and University of Illinois Extension.

Holding the Robert A. Easter Endowed Chair in Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, the Dean will be pivotal in strengthening the College and university as a national and international leader in areas related to crop and animal agriculture, consumer issues and trends, economic development, environment and natural resources, human nutrition, food production and processing, human development and ecology, and sustainability, among other areas. S/he will provide leadership for building and enhancing key partnerships and collaborations with units across campus. The successful candidate will be a strong advocate and spokesperson for the
College both on campus and with external partners and stakeholders. Recognizing the diversity of the College, the Dean will value the contributions of diverse faculty, staff, and students.

With an operating budget of $160M, the College comprises seven academic departments:
Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Agricultural and Consumer Economics, Animal
Sciences, Crop Sciences, Food Science and Human Nutrition, Human Development and Family Studies, and Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences as well as the Illinois AES and University of Illinois Extension. The College has over 1,500 faculty and staff, of which nearly 700 are affiliated with Extension, and over 2,600 undergraduate and 700 graduate students. The Illinois AES supports on-campus research and provides oversight of seven Research and Education Centers across the state that serve as a resource to crop producers and consultants, landowners, and advisors with the agricultural, green, and commercial industries for field work and education. University of Illinois Extension offers educational programs to residents of each of Illinois’ 102 counties. Communities are directly served by Extension staff in 27 units located in three regions in Illinois. Extension educators in local offices and specialists located on the Urbana-Champaign campus develop and deliver in-depth programming locally, in regional venues, and through distance-learning technologies.

The ideal candidate will possess (a) outstanding scholarly credentials, including recognition as an accomplished academic leader both nationally and internationally; (b) a demonstrated commitment to research, teaching, outreach, and equal opportunity; (c) a demonstrated ability to attract, retain, and advance a diverse and superior faculty, student body, and staff; (d) outstanding leadership and communication skills to effectively interact with stakeholders and be a strong advocate for the College; (e) a thorough understanding of the financial issues facing a diverse college at a land-grant institution; and (f) the capacity to be a visionary and visible leader in the State of Illinois on agricultural, consumer, and environmental issues. Ideal candidates will hold an earned doctoral degree or the highest degree awarded in her/his discipline and have a distinguished record of scholarly research, teaching, and extension accomplishments commensurate with an appointment at the rank of full professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The position of Dean of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences reports to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost and is a senior administrative position with a seat on the Council of Deans. This full-time, 12-month appointment has a negotiable start date with salary commensurate with experience.

For more information about the position, please visit: this website.
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites letters of nomination or application (letter of interest, resume/CV, and list of five references). Applications and nominations will be accepted until the position is filled, and review of applications will begin immediately. Interested candidates are encouraged to submit materials prior to April 1, 2016. All nominations/referrals and applications should be submitted electronically to: this site

Inquiries to Monroe “Bud” Moseley, Vice President or Courtney Thomas, Associate
Isaacson, Miller 617-262-6500.

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, or 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. (see this website). The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer

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Postdoctoral Research Associate Fruit Crop Entomology Laboratory position announced

Deadline for application: Feb. 15, 2016 and will continue until position is filled.

Job Opportunity

A postdoctoral position is available in the Department of Entomology at UW-Madison to work on the management of the invasive spotted wing drosophila in Wisconsin berry crops and on improving pollination services in cranberry. We are looking for a researcher to work on testing new effective baits and on describing the temporal and spatial distribution of SWD populations. Research on cranberry includes testing the effect of pest management strategies on bee fidelity to cranberry. The researcher will be responsible for designing and conducting the research, analyzing the data, and report results in peer-reviewed publications.

The position will be at the University of Wisconsin in Madison in the Department of Entomology in the Guédot’s Fruit Crop Entomology Laboratory (at this site.)

Interested candidates must have a Ph.D. in entomology, ecology or a related field with demonstrated experience in conducting field and lab research, have a record in writing peer-reviewed publications, and be comfortable working independently and supervising students. Participation in extension activities to support the Fruit Crop Entomology program is expected. Funding is available for two years with the possibility to continue based on performance and funding.

Deadline for application: Feb. 15, 2016 and will continue until position is filled.

Start Date: As soon as position is filled

To apply: Interested applicants should submit a current CV, statement of research interests and experience, contact information for three references, and copies of recent publications to Christelle Guédot at

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Job Announcement; District Director, West Central Research and Extension Center, North Platte NE, University of Nebraska announced

Job OpportunityReview of applications will begin on April 1, 2016, and continue until the position is filled.

Position Announcement—F_160016
West Central Research and Extension Director

The University of Nebraska is seeking candidates for the position of West Central Research and Extension Director. Located in North Platte, NE, this administrative position serves as the administrator of the West Central Research and Extension Center and West Central Extension District for the Cooperative Extension Division and the Agricultural Research Division in a 24-county area. Develops and implements a robust and relevant vision for the district in ways that contribute to research, extension and IANR vision, mission and priorities. Serves as a change agent to evolve programs, resources and human capacity. Engages leaders and organizations in the district and beyond to identify forward-looking opportunities to inform district and state priorities. This position is administratively responsible to the Deans and Directors of the Cooperative Extension Division and the Agricultural Research Division, and the IANR Vice Chancellor/Vice President. Faculty rank and tenure will be available to interested candidates with a terminal degree and appropriate academic accomplishments.

1. Builds human capital.
2. Leads planning, development and delivery of innovative and translational research and extension programs and projects, particularly those unique to the region.
3. Develops and sustains resource development.
4. Fosters internal and external relationships (county boards, advisory groups, commodity groups, stakeholders) based on effective communication and strong follow-through.
5. Manages property and resources.
6. Practices highly effective public relations.

A Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree in a discipline or field relevant to the diverse research and extension work conducted at the West Central Research and Extension Center. Significant and successful extension and/or research experience.
Administrative experience, including direct supervision of staff, budgets, expenditures, and program development preferred.

Salary and Benefits:
• Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.
• The University of Nebraska offers a benefits package that makes available to the employee group life, health, and disability insurance and family coverage programs; TIAA/CREF and/or Fidelity Investment fund retirement plans; excellent vacation and sick leave plans; and staff and dependent tuition remission.

To view the details and make application, go to this site. Search for position #F_160016. Click on “Apply for this job.” Complete the application and attach a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three professional references. Review of applications will begin on April 1, 2016, and continue until the position is filled.

The University of Nebraska‐Lincoln is committed to a pluralistic campus community through affirmative action, equal opportunity, work‐life balance, and dual careers. See this website.

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University Of Maryland Principal Agent and Assistant Director position announced

Job OpportunityFor best consideration, complete application by Feb. 22, 2016. Position open until filled.

University Of Maryland
College Of Agriculture And Natural Resources University Of Maryland Extension
Position Announcement

Title: Principal Agent and Assistant Director
Functional Title: Principal Agent and Assistant Director
Position Number: 103300
Category Status: Faculty Tenured
Unit: AGNR-UME-Special Agriculture Programs
Position Summary/Purpose of Position:
This position provides leadership and direction for University of Maryland Extension agriculture programs. Duties include identifying issues and problems related to agricultural systems and sustainability, and developing, implementing, and evaluating educational and outreach programs to address the statewide needs of agencies, organizations, industries, communities, and citizens in these areas.

• Leadership, coordination, and oversight of non-formal Extension education and applied research agriculture programs in management of agricultural lands and plant and animal systems, including sustainable agriculture, integrated pest management, agricultural chemical use, economics and marketing, invasive species planning and response, water resource planning and use, adaptation to climate change, agricultural land use planning, and related areas.
• Provide leadership and management for implementing agriculture resource extension and outreach components of the University of Maryland Extension strategic plan.
• Enhance Extension program areas in agricultural programs by securing and championing with faculty the garnering of extramural funds from local, regional, state, and federal agencies, industry groups, foundations, and other appropriate sources.

• Provide guidance to program faculty in planning, implementing, and evaluating programs.
• Provide leadership to faculty in long-range professional development planning, scholarship, teaching, service, program impact reporting, and grant management.
• Mentor faculty to present clear expectations for Extension programming, scholarship, service and teaching providing them an opportunity for their success as an Extension Educator, and to create a professional Extension faculty.
• Provide leadership, promotional guidance, and coaching to tenure track faculty.
• Conduct program and faculty evaluations annually.
• Provide detailed annual reports to Associate Director and Assistant Director of Evaluation and Analysis as part of the required Federal reporting on Extension programs and impacts.
• Participate in UME Administrative Leadership Team meetings.
• Provide leadership in relationship to UME Agriculture and Food Systems Focus Area and relevant Action Teams.
• Administer UME internal competitive grants program.
• Assist in recruitment and hiring faculty in critical areas of need for Extension vacancies.
• Engage in regional and national Extension activities.
• Develop and strengthen networking strategies with the UME-1890 Program partners and with other state organizations as an approach to enhance the effectiveness of UME’s Agricultural Programming.
• Manage and allocate funds from the UME Agriculture Programs.
• Conducts annual faculty reviews for all faculty in program area including faculty performance rating and delivery of the annual review.
• Serve as a member of the UME administrative team, with a diverse suite of duties as assigned, including active participation in University of Maryland Extension leadership meetings, strategic planning, curriculum and program planning.
• Represent UME to stakeholders and partners across the state, regionally, and nationally.

Required qualifications

• Candidates must have an earned doctorate degree (Ph.D.), and must be able to be tenured in a department as a Professor, or tenured in Extension as a Principal Agent.
• At least one graduate degree must be in agricultural sciences, preferably the doctorate.
• Applicants should have significant experience and demonstrate excellence in Extension and be recognized within a field of specialization.
• A demonstrated understanding and application of the Land Grant mission, as well as, evidence of relevant administrative experience.
• Evidence of leadership, teamwork, successful management of interdisciplinary extramurally funded programs, excellence in human relationship skills as well as written and oral communication skills are essential.
• Computer skills necessary for budget and administrative program management must be demonstrated.
• Personal transportation and valid driver’s license required. Must be willing to travel within the state.
• A background check with fingerprints is required. Advocate for diverse Extension system, in educational programming, clientele served, and staffing. Ensure equal access to University of Maryland Extension programs and facilities without regard to race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry, or national origin, marital status, or political affiliation, or gender identity and expression.


Relevant administrative experience is desired.

Salary and Benefits: The University of Maryland offers an extensive benefits package.
All candidates must apply online at this website. A complete application packet includes a cover letter, Curriculum Vitae, Unofficial Transcript, and List of Professional References, including name, mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address.
Closing Date:
For best consideration, complete application by Feb. 22, 2016. Position open until filled.
The University of Maryland, College Park, actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, marital status, genetic information, political affiliation, and gender identity or expression. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

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Lunch and Learn webinars by North Central Cropping System Academy teams announced

Herbicide resistant weed IPM U of IThe Agricultural and Natural Resource Program Leaders of the North Central states invites you to a series of Lunch and Learn webinars  presented by six North Central Cropping System Academy teams on recently authored educational experiences/curriculum.  These webinars will occur at 1 p.m. Eastern Time or Noon Central time starting on March 18.  We invite you to learn about the products resulting from the efforts of your peers. Click on the eXtension Learn web link for topics of interest to you and “Add to Calendar” for future updates and connection information to these webinars.

The North Central Cropping System Academy is a professional development experience launched in 2015  to prepare 21st century extension professionals to:

  • Lead and teach extension educational experiences targeting critical agricultural issues.
  • Engage our top agricultural producers in transformational learning experiences.
  • Develop a multi-state cohort of Extension professionals who challenge and support each other’s professionalism and scholarship.

A team of 22 Extension field professionals from 12 North Central states completed this year-long experience. Six teams formed from this class each around a critical cropping system issue. Their resulting educational products are designed to meet the specific needs of their peers, field Extension educators/agents with cropping systems interest. These materials are available for you to use in your extension programming.  The webinar is designed to showcase the products, show how they address a critical issues and teach you how to incorporate them into your work.

Please review the topics below and plan to learn about these Extension educational experiences of interest to you.

Educational Experiences by Extension Field Professionals for their Peers North Central Cropping Systems Academy 2015

March 18: Using Take Action Resources to Manage Herbicide Resistant WeedsExtension field professionals will learn how to utilize resources that are available from the Take Action program in your extension programming.  Take Action is a nationwide program combating the challenges of herbicide resistant weeds. An educator/agent team will take you through the four sections of the Take Action website, then will cover lesson plans and teaching materials that have been developed for use in your extension program, and will finally cover how to request educational materials. More information at this website.  Team: Alicia Harstad, North Dakota; Aaron Saeugling, Iowa, Aaron Nygren, Nebraska; Jeanne Falk Jones, Kansas.

April 1: Biology of resistance.  Learn about pesticide resistance resources developed for crops educators to use with their clientele. A team of crops educators from Iowa and Illinois have assembled curriculum resources addressing six learning objectives:

  • Define pesticide resistance
  • Recognize the importance of pesticide resistance to crop producers
  • Recognize the importance of pesticide resistance and effective pesticides to crop production
  • Describe how pesticide resistance occurs
  • Identify examples of pesticide resistant insect, pathogen and weed populations
  • Identify strategies to delay pesticide resistance

More information at this website.  Team: Angie Peltier, Illinois; Angie Rieck-Hinz, Iowa.

April 6: The Nitrogen Experience – 21st Century N Management.  A educator/agent team will share more information soon on this topic.Team:  Troy Ingram (Nebraska);  Bryan Overstreet (Indiana); Eric Richer (Ohio); Ryan Miller (Minnesota).

April 8:  Soil Health and Rainfall Simulator Curriculum for YouthResearch suggests that younger audiences may be more receptive to soil health education than adults. Bench-top rainfall simulators have gained attention as dynamic visual tools for demonstrating the impact of various soil management practices on soil health, in particular aggregate stability, susceptibility to erosion and the tendency of water to run-off vs. infiltrate.  A team of extension educators/agents from South Dakota, Illinois, and Michigan invites their peers to a webinar introducing a new curriculum resource using a bench-top rainfall simulator demonstration to teach key soil health principles. More information at this website. Team: Russell Higgins, Illinois; James Dedecker, Michigan; Anthony Bly, South Dakota.

April 15:  On-Line Resources for Managing Cover Crops in the North Central States.  A team of four extension educators/agents from South Dakota, Indiana, Missouri, and Ohio have assembled a compendium of recommended resources for the Extension field professionals on growing cover crops. This team will highlight these available resource materials related to in-season cover crops growth, species selection, cover crops impact on soil health, and economics of cover crops on April 15 at Noon Central.  More information at this website. Team: Allen Gahler, Ohio; Kenneth Eck, Indiana; David Karki, South Dakota; Katie Kammler, Missouri.

April 22: Climate Resources for Extension.  A tutorial is available to assist Agriculture and Natural Resource Extension agents with the delivery of science –based programs related to climate change. Based on the team’s survey of North Central Region ANR agents, a team of Extension Educators from Nebraska, Kansas, North Dakota, and Wisconsin identified the need for printed materials, videos, on-farm demonstrations, and meetings (webinars) related to climate change education.  Educational products for local educational experiences will be shared during this webinar.  More information at this website. Team: Peter Tomlinson, Kansas; Lesley Lubenow, North Dakota; Tyler Williams, Nebraska; Jerry Clark, Wisconsin.

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USDA seeks fellowship applications for future agricultural scientists, science educators

Nearly $19 million available to students and educators for fellowships to address USDA NIFAchallenges in nutrition, food security, climate change, and other agricultural areas

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the availability of $18.9 million in competitive grants to support fellowships and other higher education training projects in food, nutrition, natural resources and agriculture fields. These fellowships are administered through USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and will support pre- and post-doctoral fellowships, undergraduate fellowships, and professional development for secondary school teachers and educational professionals.

“Highly motivated, talented and creative workers in the food, agriculture and natural resources fields will only become more valuable on a global scale as we face a growing population and tougher climate obstacles in the next few decades,” said Vilsack. “Investing in innovation and growing a strong knowledge base now is critical to bolstering food security, health, and economic viability for the next generation.”

Grants are available through NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Education and Literacy Initiative. Past AFRI Education and Literacy Initiative fellowships include an assessment by Virginia Commonwealth University of how climate change influences population dynamics of agricultural and forest insect pests; research at the University of Wisconsin to identify traits governing bacterial population in freshwater lakes; work by the University of California-Berkeley to give farmers and land managers a framework for restoring hedgerows to stabilize pollinator communities; and more.

Funded fellowships will span the six challenge areas identified by AFRI: childhood obesity prevention, climate change, food safety, food security, sustainable bioenergy and water. The fellowship program also will fund projects that contain well-developed and highly-engaged mentoring and training activities. NIFA will fund single-function and multi-function research, education or extension projects. Webinars for more information about these grants are available on the NIFA website.

Pre- and post-doctoral fellowships will serve as a conduit for new scientists and professionals to enter research, education and extension fields within the food, agricultural, natural resources and human sciences. Applications for pre- and post-doctoral fellowships are due Feb. 11.

Undergraduate fellows will obtain hands-on experience and training and receive strong mentoring to assist them in joining the workforce or for pursuing graduate studies. Additionally, the undergraduate fellowships will provide opportunities for students from underrepresented and economically disadvantaged groups at minority-serving institutions, community colleges, and four-year colleges and universities to partner with larger universities and USDA laboratories. Applications for undergraduate fellowships are due March 24.

Grants for colleges and universities to develop training programs for secondary school teachers and education professionals, such as counselors and administrators, aim to provide immersive learning experiences for the grantees to create and replicate best practices to improve student success within the food, agricultural, natural resources, and human sciences. Applications for these professional development grants are due March 18.

AFRI is NIFA’s flagship competitive grant program and was established under the 2008 Farm Bill. AFRI supports work in six priority areas: 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.

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 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 the website, sign up for email updates, or follow us on Twitter @USDA_NIFA, #NIFAimpacts.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. To file a complaint of discrimination, write to USDA, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Stop 9410, Washington, DC 20250-9410, or call toll-free at (866) 632-9992 (English) or (800) 877-8339 (TDD) or (866) 377-8642 (English Federal-relay) or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish Federal-relay).

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Entomology presentations sought by NEHA

The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) has put out a solicitation for Entomology presentations regarding vectors and vector control, as well as other related topics. They are pulling together a two-day online virtual conference for April. Registration is no charge! Once the agenda is composed, people can monitor only the sessions they are interested in.

Even though the solicitation deadline is next week, the organizer is willing to stretch that until early February. If you are interested in presenting and contributing to this virtual vector conference, please contact Marissa Mills at This is an opportunity to get your name and work out there.

Some continuing hot topics that are appropriate are :

  • Zika virus spread and travel precautions
  • Summary of arboviruses in your state
  • Pesticide misuse for bed bugs
  • Mosquitoes and Viruses – A Growing Global Problem
  • Emerging use of traps in bed bug management
  • Recommendations for DIY for bed bugs
  • Repellent Safety
  • Indoor Foggers Precautions
  • New Tools for Roach Management
  • NPIC Services Overview
  • Urban IPM – are we there yet?

Go to this website for more information.

Please share this solicitation as well with others whom you think may have an interest.

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Two USDA grant opportunities announced

The following grant opportunity postings were made on the Find
Opportunities service:USDA NIFA

USDA Department of Agriculture
National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Organic Transitions Grant
Click here.

USDA Department of Agriculture
National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative – Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences Education and Literacy Initiative Grant
Click here.


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Webinar on 2016 OREI and ORG request for applications

USDA will host a webinar on Thursday Feb. 11, from 1-2:30 PM Eastern Time, to discuss the request for application to two NIFA (National Institute of Food and Agriculture) organic grant programs:USDA NIFA

  • Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) Click here.: $18 million available to fund projects that will enhance the ability of producers and processors who have already adopted organic standards to grow and market high quality organic agricultural products. Applications are due March 10, 2016.
  • Organic Transitions (ORG) Click here.: $3.8 million available to support the development and implementation of research, extension and higher education programs to improve the competitiveness of organic livestock and crop producers, as well as those who are adopting organic practices. Applications are due April 15, 2016.

Please click on the links above for a detailed description of the programs, eligibility requirements, and application processes.
The webinar will include a brief description of the two programs followed by a Q & A session.
Pre-registration is not required for this webinar session. To participate:

Step 1: Dial In by Phone
Toll-Free (U.S. & Canada): 866.740.1260
Access Code: 7206000

Step 2: Also Access the Web
Meeting URL:
On the left side of the screen, enter
Participant Access Code: 7206000

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