Plan of Work and REEport Integration Update


NIFA deployed the most recent release to the Institutional Profile on March 22, 2019. The enhancements provide the necessary functionality to support the 2020 Plan of Work (POW) reporting process.

The release provides two key features particularly relevant to our partners’ ability to complete and submit their 2020 POW reports. The first major feature enables our land-grant partners to manage roles within the Institutional Profile. Land-grant institutions may administer system access to ensure the right individuals have the appropriate access to meet the 2020 POW report deadline of June 1, 2019. The second feature relates to the alignment of NIFA’s Science Emphasis Areas (SEAs) with state-defined critical issues. This alignment will facilitate further integration activities with REEport information collection, improve data quality and integrity, and provide a more clear connection between state-defined and NIFA priorities.

A third highlight pertains to the addition of new extension sites to the REEport system. REEport site administrators from 1862 and 1890 land-grant university (LGU) sites will soon be assigned to the newly created extension sites affiliated with their institutions. The creation of these sites and administrator assignments are in anticipation of the extension program initiation reporting that will be required later this year. NIFA encourages LGU deans and directors to work together to determine who will be the most appropriate site administrator to manage future REEport roles for these extension sites. The assigned site administrator will have the ability to manage the access and roles as decisions are made.

For more information visit Plan of Work and REEport Integration: Institutional Profile and Plan of Work and REEport Integration: Frequently Asked Questions for more information on this important initiative. For questions contact pow@nifa.usda.gov.

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Oregon State University Faculty Position Focused on Tree Fruit Entomology Research in the Mid-Columbia Region of Oregon, USA

Oregon State University is hiring a tenure-track faculty position at the assistant or associate professor level to carry out research and outreach on sweet cherry and pear arthropod management. This is a full time (1.0 FTE), 9-month position located at the Mid-Columbia Agricultural Research and Extension Center (MCAREC) in Hood River, Oregon, in a region known
for its production of pears, cherries, apples and wine grapes. MCAREC contributes value to Oregon State University and to the local agricultural community through high quality research programs and outreach to stakeholders. The faculty member will develop a nationally and internationally recognized research program on integrated arthropod management in sweet cherry and pear production systems. The position requires a PhD in Entomology or a related field; demonstrated communication skills; and experience carrying out research projects in entomology or a related field.

Candidates applying for this position at the associate professor rank must demonstrate evidence of experience in the areas of university-level research and scholarly work, competitively funded grant writing, and professional service at a level of performance that meet the Oregon State
University (OSU) criteria for promotion to rank of associate professor.

Salary will be commensurate with experience. For additional information, please contact Vaughn Walton, vaughn.walton@oregonstate.edu or Steve Castagnoli, steve.castagnoli@oregonstate.edu. View position details and apply online at: http://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/74293. Applications
received by April 26, 2019 will receive full consideration. OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

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NAISMA Hiring

The North American Invasive Species Management Association (NAISMA), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, announces two employment opportunities available – a full-time Program Manager and a part-time Membership, Graphic Design and Program Coordinator. 

The full-time Program Manager will administer NAISMA’s Weed Free Forage & Gravel; Online Invasive Species Manager Trainings; and Annual Conference Programs. The successful candidate will work with committees and program partners, oversee the progress of operations, and provide reports and communications as needed. The ideal candidate will be an excellent leader, will also be able to develop efficient strategies and tactics, and will have experience managing multiple programs and communications tools while producing results in a timely manner. While NAISMA’s office is in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, this position can be executed via telecommuting from anywhere if the successful candidate has demonstrated capacity to do so. This is a 1-year, non-salaried contractor opportunity, renewable depending on the hire’s performance and the organization’s fundraising efforts.

Click here for the complete Program Manager job announcement. Interested candidates, please email a single pdf file with a resume or CV and cover letter with 2-3 references to: bbergner@naisma.org by COB Friday, April 12, 2019.

The part-time Membership, Graphic Design and Program Coordinator must have experience in managing membership; assisting with website updates and event registration, graphic design editing and new design, digital asset management, and program assistance as needed. The successful applicant will work with our Program Managers to coordinate membership renewals, communications with program participants and members, basic graphic design and website updates, and facilitate committee work as needed. The ideal candidate will be able to manage multiple projects simultaneously and will have experience coordinating multiple programs and communications tools while producing results in a timely manner. Preference is for an individual to work in our Milwaukee, Wisconsin office; however, this position can be executed via telecommuting if the successful candidate has demonstrated capacity to do so. This is a 1-year, non-salaried contractor opportunity. Time commitment will range from 15-25 hours per week. This position will be available for renewal and potentially grow to full-time depending on the successful candidate’s performance and the organization’s fundraising efforts.

Click here for the complete Membership, Graphic Design and Program Coordinator job announcement. Interested candidates, please email a single pdf file with a resume or CV, cover letter, sample of graphic design portfolio, and 2-3 references to: bbergner@naisma.org by COB Friday, April 12, 2019.

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Assistant Professor Weed Science/Ecology/Management in Edible Specialty Crops

The Department of Horticulture in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University is seeking candidates for an Assistant Professor (12-month tenure system, 60% Research, 40% Extension) position to lead an internationally recognized, innovative and competitively funded applied and basic research and extension program in weed science and ecology to support Michigan’s fruit and vegetable industries. The successful candidate will be responsible for developing a program focused on weed science, agroecology and management that may include: identification and management of herbicideresistant species; weed plant competition and impact on production systems, including management of closely-related weed and crop species; effects of changing climate on weed population dynamics; new and expanded herbicide registrations for edible specialty crop production systems; and/or development or application of innovative precision agriculture technologies and alternative integrated weed management strategies including chemical, mechanical, cultural, biological, and organic approaches to increase production efficiency.

Extension responsibilities include development of educational materials and presentations to inform and advise growers, extension educators, industry advisors, government regulators, and elected officials on vegetable, small fruit, and tree fruit specialty crop weed management issues, with a focus on sustainability, profitability, and environmental impact. Michigan’s vegetable and fruit producers constitute a diverse array of specialty crop growers with a combined farm-gate value of $780 million. Access to the latest herbicides and comprehensive up-to-date practices and integrated systems are essential to ensure economic sustainability of these important specialty crop industries in Michigan while also protecting the environment and natural resources.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop and coordinate outreach and research collaborations within the MSU vegetable and fruit faculty and extension educator teams in MS Extension’s Agriculture and Agribusiness Institute as well as Michigan growers; procure competitive external grant funding; publish in peer-reviewed scientific journals; develop leadership activities in regional, national, and international professional scientific associations; and advise and mentor students, postdoctoral fellows, and visiting scientists. Opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration exist with scientists in soil science, plant pathology, nematology, entomology, and agricultural engineering. Benefits include a salary commensurate with the candidate’s experience, a competitive start-up package, and attractive health, dental and retirement plans.

Qualifications:
Required:
• Ph.D. in weed science, horticulture, crop science, agronomy, plant physiology/biology,
forestry, or other plant science-related fields
• Demonstrated capacity to conduct and publish independent, original, innovative research
• Excellent oral and written communication skills appropriate for both scientific peers as well as agricultural stakeholder constituencies
Desired:
• Graduate, postdoctoral or other professional experience in weed science/ecology
• Experience in competitive grant proposal writing and administration
• Experience working in a diverse environment and/or utilizing a variety of
outreach/communication methods designed for broad student/stakeholder success
• Ability to work collaboratively, both as a team member and as a leader in a multidisciplinary and multi-cultural setting.

Plant Sciences at MSU: MSU is a global leader in basic and applied plant science research, with over 150 faculty members engaged in research ranging from sustainable agriculture and ecology to breeding, genomics and biochemistry. Extensive laboratory, greenhouse, growth chamber, and field-based facilities are available for plant growth research, including biochemical, imaging, and gene expression analyses, bioinformatics support, and plant transformation. Horticulture faculty also conduct research at the Horticulture Teaching and Research Center on campus and several field research and demonstration centers around the state. MSU plant science faculty, staff, and graduate students represent an inclusive, diverse community committed to the advancement of science and the recruitment and retention of persons from richly varied backgrounds and
perspectives to maintain and enhance the excellence of the University.

Application Procedure: Qualified applicants should submit the following materials to https://careers.msu.edu (select Faculty/Academic Staff and apply to posting #563530): 1) a letter of application, summarizing research/extension accomplishments and future interests; 2) a current
resume; 3) a statement of extension/teaching philosophy; 4) a summary of your experience or philosophy fostering diversity and inclusion in research and/or extension endeavors, and an explanation of how you will contribute to MSU’s goals of inclusive excellence; and 5) contact information for at least three references who will be contacted directly by the search committee as needed. Questions about the position or the search and interview timetable can be directed to Dr. Daniel Brainard, Search Committee Chair (brainar9@msu.edu). Questions on submitting applications through https://careers.msu.edu can be directed to hrt@msu.edu. Review of applications will begin on May 1, and continue until the position is filled.

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New RT25 Data Will Help Beekeepers and Farmers Protect Pollinators

EPA is updating its Residual Time to 25% Bee Mortality (RT25) Data table with information the agency has collected since the table was first published in 2014. EPA published the RT25 data as one of many actions we have taken since 2006 to protect pollinators.

RT25 data help farmers and beekeepers know about how long a specific pesticide may remain toxic to bees and other insect pollinators following foliar application to crops. The new data reflect the results of studies the agency has analyzed as part of our routine pesticide regulatory activities. Putting this data online gives beekeepers and farmers more real-world opportunities to cooperate and protect bees. For example, farmers can choose pesticides that quickly lose their toxicity to bees. Applying the products in the evening helps ensure that by morning the pests have been dealt with and blooming crops are safe for bees.

EPA plans to update the table annually as we collect additional data going forward.

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Technician Opportunity – Cornell Vegetable Program

The Cornell Vegetable Program is looking to hire a Technician, “Vegetable Research Project Field Technician”.  It is a full-time permanent Cornell Cooperative Extension assignment to assist with all aspects of research and Extension programming.  The primary focus of this position will be disease and herbicide trial work in muck onions.  Other work will occur in fresh market vegetables and on cultural practices and pest management.

A successful technician needs to care that the tedious work that we do is undertaken to benefit the growers.  We seek a candidate who is comfortable working with pesticides, who is hard working, personable, a good communicator and detail-oriented.  It is a great job for someone who is interested in applied agricultural research and Extension.

If you know of anyone who would be a good fit, please direct them to the job posting.

The job will be posted until Sunday, April 14th. External applicants will need to apply through the Cornell Careers site; the direct link to the posting is: http://tiny.cc/Technician_WDR_00017990.

Questions can be directed to Christy Hoepting, Senior Extension Specialist with the Cornell Vegetable Program,cah59@cornell.edu.

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Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative

The Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) seeks to solve critical organic agriculture issues, priorities, or problems through the integration of research, education, and extension activities. The purpose of this program is 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. Priority concerns include biological, physical, and social sciences, including economics. The OREI is particularly interested in projects that emphasize research, education and outreach that assist farmers and ranchers with whole farm planning by delivering practical research-based information. Projects should plan to deliver applied production information to producers. Fieldwork must be done on certified organic land or on land in transition to organic certification, as appropriate to project goals and objectives. Refer to the USDA National Organic Program for organic production standards. To view more information on grant cycle and due dates, click here.

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USDA Announces Receipt of 136 Expressions of Interest in Hosting ERS & NIFA

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has received 136 expressions of interest from parties in 35 states interested in becoming the new homes of the Economic Research Service (ERS) and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). In August, Perdue announced that most ERS and NIFA personnel would be moving to outside the National Capital Region by the end of 2019 and invited interested parties to submit proposals, with a deadline which had been extended to October 15, 2018. USDA intends to select the new location or locations by January 2019 and will retain a consultant with expertise in relocations.

“The interest from across the country has been overwhelming as localities, universities, private entities, and elected officials realize the potential for their communities in become the new home for these two agencies,” Perdue said. “It is an old saying that not all wisdom resides in Washington, D.C., but it is gratifying to see so many folks step forward wanting to prove that to be the case. We look forward to working with Ernst & Young in examining all of the proposals and selecting the new locations.”

States represented in the expressions of interest are: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, West Virginia and Wyoming.

The entities expressing interest in hosting ERS and NIFA include educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, state development agencies, county development agencies, municipalities, and for-profit entities. USDA has also received letters of support from a number of governors, members of Congress, farm-related organizations, and state and local officials. It is possible that ERS and NIFA will be co-located when their new homes are found. A yet-to-be-determined amount of staff from the two agencies will remain in the National Capital Region.

To view the whole article and see the locations, click here.

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Minor Crop Pest Management Program Interregional Research Project #4 (IR-4) Grant Open

The purpose of the IR-4 program is to enable the crop protection industry to provide safe, effective, and economical crop protection products for growers and consumers of minor/specialty crops. The crop protection industry cannot justify the costs associated with the research and development, registration, production, and marketing of crop protection products for minor/specialty crops due to the smaller market base and limited sales potential. The IR-4 program provides the assistance needed to ensure that new and more effective crop protection products are developed and made available to minor/specialty crop producers. These efforts require effective collaborations among federal agencies, the crop protection industry, and land-grant colleges and universities.

Who is eligible to apply: 

Applications may only be submitted by State agricultural experiment stations, land-grant colleges and universities, research foundations established by land-grant colleges and universities, colleges and universities receiving funds under the Act of October 10, 1962 (16 U.S.C. 582a et seq.), and accredited schools or colleges of veterinary medicine for the purpose of facilitating or expanding ongoing state-federal food and agricultural research programs (Competitive, Special and Facilities Research Grant Act of August 4, 1965 [7 U.S.C. 450i(c)(1)(B)]). Award recipients may subcontract to organizations not eligible to apply provided such organizations are necessary for the conduct of the project. Failure to meet an eligibility criterion by the time of application deadline may result in the application being excluded from consideration or, even though an application may be reviewed, will preclude NIFA from making an award.

Request for Applications

Apply for Grant

Posted Date: Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Closing Dates: Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Funding Opportunity Number: USDA-NIFA-SRGP-006701

Estimated Total Program Funding: $11,000,000

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PhD position desired for Invasive Plant Science Lab at Utah State University

The Invasive Plant Science Lab at Utah State University (https://www.invasiveplantslab.com/) seeks to fill a fully funded PhD position to work on a recently awarded grant to improve our understanding of the effects of drought-tolerant (DT) plant hybrids and efficient irrigation systems for water-challenged cropping systems on plant-pest (arthropod and weeds) interactions to develop and optimize sustainable and multidisciplinary integrated pest management. Specifically, we propose to test the effects of DT corn hybrids exposed to water-stressed conditions on the outbreak of spider mites and competitive interactions with weeds. Water-efficient irrigation systems are being increasingly adopted by corn producers to meet the demands of limited water resources and maintaining a healthy crop. Therefore, we also propose to evaluate how changes in irrigation practices impact the interactions among DT corn, spider mites, and shared weed hosts. Our novel approach will improve our ability to predict pest pressures (outbreaks or competition) utilizing water-conservation management strategies (DT plant hybrids and irrigation practices) and develop new pest management strategies in a water-stressed cropping environment.

The PhD student will conduct research on the weed science (i.e., plant competition) component of this study and work with researchers, a postdoc, and summer undergraduate students in the Departments of Plants, Soils, & Climate and Biology. The successful candidate is expected to associate with faculty in the College of Agricultural and Applied Sciences to gain broad experiences in entomology, plant physiology, entomology, hydrology, and weed science. Candidates should have an MS degree in plant ecology, weed ecology, agroecology or agronomy, plant physiology (or a closely related field); the ability to communicate effectively both in writing and orally; laboratory or field research experience; and a willingness to work in inclement weather including extreme heat. Ideal candidates will have strong quantitative and statistical skills and a demonstrated ability to perform independent field research.

The position will start in late spring 2019 (start date negotiable), and interested candidates should apply no later than April 1, 2019. To apply, submit (1) a cover letter describing experience and interests, (2) CV, (3) transcripts, (4) GRE and TOEFL (if required) scores, and (5) contact information for three professional references to: steve.young@usu.edu

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