Veterinary Services Grant Program

The Veterinary Services Grant Program (VSGP) supports education and extension activities along with practice enhancement initiatives that enable veterinarians, veterinary students, veterinary technicians, and veterinary technician students gain specialized skills. VSGP also provides practices with additional resources (e.g., equipment, personnel) needed to more effectively mitigate veterinary service shortages in the U.S. This program bolsters the capacity of private practitioners to provide food animal veterinary services in designated rural veterinarian shortage situations.

Read the full VSGP request for applications opportunity. Closing Date: Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Society and Natural Resources Book Series News

The International Association for Society and Natural Resources is pleased to announce that Social Ecology Press has been renamed as the Society and Natural Resources Book Series and Press. We are excited about this new opportunity to highlight great books in society and natural resources! 

IASNR has distribution and co-publishing agreements with the University Press of Colorado/Utah State University Press. The editorial board works closely with UPC/USUP to market our existing library and to promote the cultivation of new books in the broad area of society and natural resources. Available books can be seen and purchased by going to the series web page:

Click here for more information.

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Foundational and Applied Science

u s d a - national institute of food and agriculture - funding opportunity

The AFRI Foundational and Applied Science (FAS) Request for Applications (RFA) supports grants in six AFRI priority areas to advance knowledge in both fundamental and applied sciences important to agriculture. 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. Research, Extension and Integrated Research, Education and/or Extension projects are solicited in this FY 2020 RFA. Project types and deadlines vary by program area priority. The RFA also includes eight specific priorities for co-funding with the American Pulse Association, Colorado Potato Administrative Committee, The Cotton Board, Kansas Wheat Commission, The National Honey Board, and USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council. Read the full FAS request for applications.

2020 Student Paper Awards


What are Research and Interest Groups? Research and Interest Groups (RIGs) reflect the substantive interests of Rural Sociological Society (RSS) members and serve as an important avenue for connecting members with similar interests.  RIGs serve a critical role in RSS including: identifying, developing, and recruiting for the annual RSS conference; planning special events, speakers, field trips for the annual conference; providing intellectual leadership in their respective areas; rewarding achievement through internal awards and recognitions; and creating opportunities for members, particularly graduate students, to network and identify colleagues with similar interests.

General Guidelines for Submitting Student Papers:

Be sure to read carefully the requirements set by each RIG when submitting your paper for consideration for a student paper award.

  • Is authored by a student or students (no faculty co-authors).

  • Authors are members of the Rural Sociological Society.

  • The paper may be under initial review at time of submission to a peer-reviewed journal but cannot be already accepted (in press) or published in a peer-reviewed journal.

  • Students may submit the same paper to more than one RIG for consideration but it must have topical relevance and fit the criteria for each RIG. 

  • Students are expected to present their paper at the Annual Meeting.

2020 Natural Resources RIG Awards


The William R. Freudenburg Award of Merit is presented to recognize exceptional contributions to the sociology of natural resources and the environment. The award is given to recognize an outstanding legacy / collective body of work that has demonstrably impacted natural resources and environmental sociology.

Recipients will have the following qualifications: outstanding research and scholarship as evidenced not solely by numbers of publications, but their impact: simply put, we are looking for recipients who have substantively affected the trajectory of thinking within natural resources and environmental sociology. Such impact may also be evidenced via application of work beyond the academy, such as work with a natural resources agency, organization, or other partnerships. Other contributions to the NRRIG or sociology of natural resources and environment, such as an outstanding legacy of outreach, graduate student mentorship, and/or instruction are also envisioned as important criteria for consideration. Nominees are not required to be present or past members of the NRRIG.

To nominate someone please submit 1) up to three letters of nomination that clearly explain the reasons for considering the nomination and the nominee’s contribution to the sociology of natural resources and environment, as well as 2) a current copy of the nominee's CV. Additional supporting materials may be sent, but are not required. Nomination materials must be submitted to the NRRIG chair, Cat Edgeley ([email protected]) by May 4 of the year of application. The winner will be selected by a committee of NRRIG members and notified by June 1 of the year of application.

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