Posted: September 29, 2009
Extension Integrated Pest Management Coordination and Support Program
The FY 2010 Extension Integrated Pest Management Coordination and Support Program (EIPM-CS) contains two components, EIPM-CS Coordination and EIPM-CS Support. Both components support state and local contributions in advancing the goals of the National Road Map for Integrated Pest Management (IPM) by addressing priority needs associated with the coordination, design, development, implementation, and evaluation of extension IPM programs. EIPM-CS funds will help agricultural producers and other pest managers adopt alternative pest management practices through training, demonstration, and evaluation of methods and strategies. All EIPM-CS efforts are intended to contribute to the achievement of national IPM goals through the demonstration and evaluation of IPM practices in production agriculture and other settings. Awards strengthen the ability of NIFA and its IPM partner institutions to actively address local, state, and national IPM needs delivered through the Cooperative Extension Services and rapidly respond to new issues and opportunities. Applications are due January 14, 2010. More information is available at http://www.nifa.usda.gov/fo/extensionipmcoordinationandsupportprogram.cfm
Extension Risk Management Education Competitive Grants
The Northeast Center for Risk Management Education announces a funding opportunity for projects that help farm and ranch families succeed through targeted risk management strategies.
Risk management topics that projects can focus on include but are not limited to:
- Product and Enterprise Diversification
- Transition to New Production Systems
- Branded, certified, or identity preserved marketing
- Direct Marketing
- Agri-tourism and Alternative Energy Investments
- Value-added enterprises
- Labor supply, recruitment, and retention
Generally the range of awards for single region projects is from $5,000 to $50,000, however there is no absolute upper or lower limit on the funds provided to a project. Pre-proposals are due December 15, 2009. The full RFP is available from the Northeast Center for Risk Management website at http://www.necrme.org/
State Horticultural Association of Pennsylvania Research Grants
Funding for research projects in horticulture is available from the State Horticultural Association of Pennsylvania (SHAP). Priority areas include but are not limited to:
- Biological Control of Fruit Diseases
- Cultural Disease Management Strategies
- Evaluation of Alternatives to Synthetic Fungicides
- IPM Disease Control
- Survey and Conservation of Natural Enemies of Insects and Mites
- Alternative Insect Pollination
Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative
USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture announces the Request for Applications for the Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI).
OREI is the largest single source of organic research and education funding in the U.S. It emphasizes involving producers in developing project goals, implementing projects, and evaluating and disseminating results to the agricultural community. All fieldwork is required to be conducted on certified organic or transitional land.
NIFA anticipates that approximately $19 million will be available to fund OREI projects in fiscal year 2010. In 2009, a total of $16.9 million was granted to fund 26 projects. Eight of these projects received funding in excess of $1 million. Information on previously funded projects can be found at OREI abstracts.
The 2010 Request for Applications introduces a new proposal type: eXtension proposals to "develop content for or otherwise support the eOrganic and other existing eXtension Communities of Practice (CoP) or to establish a new CoP to ensure that information reaches potential adopters as quickly as possible." These projects may be conducted for a period up to five years and a maximum request of $1 million.
Other proposal types include Integrated Projects, Conferences, and Research and Extension Planning. See the full Request for Applications for more details on each proposal type and the requirements for applying. It is online at OREI RFA.
There is a cost share requirement that may be waived under certain conditions.
The deadline for proposals is February 9, 2010.