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Support Food Safety Outreach Program
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USDA Announces $4.8 Million Available to Support Food Safety Outreach Program

Media contact: Selina Meiners, 202-720-3359

WASHINGTON, D.C. April 25, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced $4.8 million in available funding to develop and implement food safety training, education, extension, outreach, and technical assistance projects. This funding, offered through the Food Safety Outreach Program and administered by NIFA, will address the needs of owners and operators of small to mid-sized farms, beginning farmers, socially-disadvantaged farmers, small processors, or small fresh fruit and vegetable merchant wholesalers.

“This has been an excellent collaboration with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration,” said NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy. “We’ve successfully expanded the program’s reach through establishment of a National Coordination Center and four regional centers across the U.S.”

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The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative
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Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Sustainable Bioenergy and Bioproducts Challenge Area

The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Sustainable Bioenergy and Bioproducts (SBEBP) Challenge Area is designed to achieve the long term goal of advancing bioeconomy by facilitiating development of regional systems for the sustainable production of bioenergy, industrial chemicals, and biobased products from renewable sources and building a strong workforce, increasing stakeholder engagement, and informing policy makers. In FY 2017, this Challenge Area is soliciting applications in two priority areas: 1) Lignin or nano-cellulosic co-products from biomass feedstocks; and 2) Biomass feedstock genetic development and evaluation. Applications are invited from eligible entities to submit single-function Research projects, multi-function integrated Research, Education and/or Extension projects and Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE) Grants (see Sustainable Bioenergy and Bioproducts Challenge Area RFA for details).

Who is eligible to apply: 

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2017 Census of Agriculture
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    Census of Agriculture 2017

 

The United States Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service conducts the Census of Agriculture just once every five years, and it’s that time again. Currently, the census is the only complete count of U.S. farms and ranches and the people who operate them. It includes even the smallest plots of land – rural or urban – growing fruits, vegetables, or raising food animals, if $1,000 or more of such products were raised and sold, or normally would have been sold, during the census year.

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Critical Agricultural Research and Extension (CARE) program
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The FY 2017 Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program includes another program that may be of interest to rural sociologists. This is the Critical Agricultural Research and Extension (CARE) program.

This program area addresses critical challenges and opportunities that research and extension, together, can address to improve the Nation’s agricultural and food systems. Despite prior investments in basic and applied research, critical problems continue to impede the efficient production of agriculturally-important plants and animals, for producing safe and nutritious foods, and to meet environmental challenges for agriculture. These problems may be local, regional, or national, and may call for work focused on one or more scientific disciplines. However, all need immediate attention to meet producer and consumer needs. Finding and implementing solutions to these critical problems require partnership and close coordination among researchers, extension experts, and practitioners in food and agricultural enterprises. Funded projects are expected to produce results that lead to practices that are rapidly adopted by end-users.

The AFRI CARE program area addresses the following priorities of the 2014 Farm Bill: A. Plant Health and Production and Plant Products; B. Animal Health and Production and Animal Products; C. Food Safety, Nutrition, and Health; D. Bioenergy, Natural Resources, and Environment; E. Agriculture, Systems and Technology; and F. Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities.

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Wesley R. Dean, Ph.D.

National Program Leader

Institute of Food Production and Sustainability

Division of Agricultural Systems

202-689-4286

3109 Waterfront Centre

http://www.nifa.usda.gov

 
FY 2017 AFRI Foundational RFA
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USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture has posted the FY 2017 AFRI Foundational RFA.

There are a number of programs within the Foundational RFA that may be of interest to sociologists. Some of these programs are already well subscribed by rural sociologists, but others are either new or rarely considered.

Under the Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities Program Area, I would point you to a new program titled Social Implications of Emerging Technologies, Program Area Priority Code – A1642. This program asks applicants to submit proposals that address the following:

  • ·Assess the broad social, ethical, legal and other potential impacts that gene drive/genome editing technologies may pose for society, agricultural markets, consumer preferences, and other domains.
  • ·Involve a range of disciplines including scientists, legal scholars, bioethicists, social scientists and researchers from the humanities, the general public, and other stakeholders to assess the technology’s merits and risks and pursue an open and effective means to involve the public in deliberation over these issues.

Other programs in the AERC Program area include:

  • ·         Economics, Markets and Trade Program Area Priority Code – A1641
  • ·         Social Implications of Emerging Technologies Program Area Priority Code – A164
  • ·         Environmental and Natural Resource Economics Program Area Priority Code – A1651
  • ·         Small and Medium-Sized Farms Program Area Priority Code – A1601
  • ·         Innovation for Rural Entrepreneurs and Communities Program Area Priority Code – A1661

Other Program Areas include Agriculture Systems and Technology (AST). Under Program Area Key Information we note that the Program Area  encourages applicants to draw from knowledge of systems science and transformational change in fields outside of agriculture including the social and policy sciences, law, and humanities, but with a focus on their application to agricultural and food systems.

Another Program that may be of interest is Nanotechnology for Agricultural and Food Systems, Program Area Priority Code – A1511. The Program Area Priority scope includes, but is not limited to public deliberation, social acceptability, and risk perception, management, and communication about nanotechnology and nano-based food or non-food products by agricultural stakeholders (including consumers), using appropriate social science tools.

Wesley R. Dean, Ph.D.

National Program Leader

Institute of Food Production and Sustainability

Division of Agricultural Systems

202-689-4286

3109 Waterfront Centre

http://www.nifa.usda.gov

 
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