agriculture

Funding Opportunity: AFRI - Agriculture and Natural Resources Science for Climate Variability and Change Challenge Area

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Agriculture and Natural Resources Science for Climate Variability and Change Challenge Area

This AFRI Challenge Area focuses on the priority to mitigate and adapt to climate variability and change. It supports activities that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase carbon sequestration in agricultural and forest production systems, and prepare the nation's agriculture and forests to adapt to variable climates. The long-term outcome for this program is to reduce the use of energy, nitrogen fertilizer, and water by ten percent and increase carbon sequestration by fifteen percent through resilient agriculture and forest production systems. In order to achieve this outcome, this program will support multi-function Integrated Research, Education, and/or Extension Projects and Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE) Grants.
 
 

Important Dates

Posted Date: 
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
 
Closing Date: 
Thursday, November 17, 2016
 
Other Due Date: 

Letter of Intent: The Letter of intent must be received at NIFA by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on September 14, 2016 Application Deadline Dates: Full Applications must be received by Grants.gov by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on November 17, 2016

Letter of Intent Due:

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Additional Information

For More Information Contact: 
 
Contact for Electronic Access Problems: 

electronic [at] nifa [dot] usda [dot] gov

Minorities and Limited Resources Conference in Sikeston, Missouri

Friday, March 11, 2016

By Nadia Navarrete-Tindall

The Minorities and Limited Resources Farmers Conference hosted by Lincoln University Cooperative Extension took place on March 4th, 2016 at the Clinton Community Center in Sikeston, Missouri. Target groups for this conference where minority and limited resources farmers, producers and others interested in farming and gardening.  Approximately 100 people participated from different locations in the Bootheel (photo top left), St. Louis and Cape Girardeau.

Topics included soil conservation, native plants for pollinators, integrated pest management, plant diseases, basics of honey bee production, composting, community gardens and USDA agencies discussed about services and opportunities for small farming operations.  EPSCOR members Pat Guinan from MU-Extension (photo middle right) of the Climate team offered presentation about Missouri Bootheel Climate Trends and Weather Extremes. Community Team members: Nadia Navarrete-Tindall presented information about Native Plants: Uses and Benefits and made emphasis on vegetation from the Bootheel. Jeff Hargrove and student interns Timothy Fields and Alana Washing helped facilitate at the conference. Wes Buchheit presented a poster about birds from local communities in the Bootheel with preliminary results from surveys conducted in 2015.

Educational exhibits (photo bottom left) by Lincoln University Programs and federal and state agencies including the NRCS, FSA, LU-Native Plants Program, Quails Forever, USDA Health Department, USDA Rural Development, LU-ISFOP and others offered additional information about sustainable agriculture.  The conference was organized by the Native Plants Program and Horticulture Program from Lincoln University Cooperative Extension with funding from NRCS, USDA and EPSCoR. A workshop about High Tunnel Construction is scheduled for April 16 and a Farm Tour will be offered in mid-Summer in 2016.

 

2015 is the International Year of Soils

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

2015 has been designated the International Year of Soils (IYS) by the UN General Assembly (A/RES/68/232).  The IYS aims to be a platform for raising awareness of the importance of soils for food security and essential eco-system functions. 

The UN has declared 5 pillars of action:

  1. Promote sustainable management of soil resources for soil protection, conservation and sustainable productivity

  2. Encourage investment, technical cooperation, policy, education awareness and extension in soil

  3. Promote targeted soil research and development focusing on identified gaps and priorities and synergies with related productive, environmental and social development actions

  4. Enhance the quantity and quality of soil data and information: data collection (generation), analysis, validation, reporting, monitoring and integration with other disciplines

  5. Harmonization of methods, measurements and indicators for the sustainable management and protection of soil resources   

You can contribute to the International Year of Soils

The Missouri Transect education and outreach participants have developed a “citizen science” project called Missourians Doing Impact Research Together (MO DIRT).  MO DIRT will address the interplay between climate and soil that has an impact on global carbon cycling.  Citizen scientist volunteers will collect and analyze soil samples and record meteorological information in their communities.  The results will be sent to Missouri Transect climate, soil, plant and environmental scientists to enhance real-time data from around the state.

To get involved with MO DIRT or for more information, contact Dr. Terry Woodford-Thomas, tthomas [at] danforthcenter [dot] org" rel="noreferrer">tthomas [at] danforthcenter [dot] org.

World Soil Day Events

To celebrate World Soil Day on December 5 and to launch the International Year of Soils 2015, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) held an event at their headquarters in Rome with invited guests — from scientists to diplomats — from around the world.

World Soil Day was celebrated worldwide this year as seen in the map below:

FAO summarized the significance of soil for human and environmental health:

Soil is the basis for food, feed, fuel and fibre production and for services to ecosystems and human well-being. It is the reservoir for at least a quarter of global biodiversity, and therefore requires the same attention as above-ground biodiversity. Soils play a key role in the supply of clean water and resilience to floods and droughts. The largest store of terrestrial carbon is in the soil so that its preservation may contribute to climate change adaptation and mitigation. The maintenance or enhancement of global soil resources is essential if humanity’s need for food, water, and energy security is to be met.

Teacher’s Workshop: Plant Genotype-to-Phenotype Innovations in Genetics and Technology

Event date(s): Thursday, July 25, 2019
Location: Danforth Plant Science Center, 975 N. Warson Road, St. Louis, MO


Funding Opportunity: AFRI - Agriculture and Natural Resources Science for Climate Variability and Change Challenge Area

Event date(s): Thursday, November 17, 2016


Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Agriculture and Natural Resources Science for Climate Variability and Change Challenge Area

This AFRI Challenge Area focuses on the priority to mitigate and adapt to climate variability and change. It supports activities that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase carbon sequestration in agricultural and forest production systems, and prepare the nation's agriculture and forests to adapt to variable climates. The long-term outcome for this program is to reduce the use of energy, nitrogen fertilizer, and water by ten percent and increase carbon sequestration by fifteen percent through resilient agriculture and forest production systems. In order to achieve this outcome, this program will support multi-function Integrated Research, Education, and/or Extension Projects and Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE) Grants.
 
 

Important Dates

Posted Date: 
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
 
Closing Date: 
Thursday, November 17, 2016
 
Other Due Date: 

Letter of Intent: The Letter of intent must be received at NIFA by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on September 14, 2016 Application Deadline Dates: Full Applications must be received by Grants.gov by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on November 17, 2016

Letter of Intent Due:

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Additional Information

For More Information Contact: 
 
Contact for Electronic Access Problems: 

electronic [at] nifa [dot] usda [dot] gov