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March 26, 2015 USDA NIFA Announces Three Grant Program Opportunities

RFAs are now available for grant programs covering the methyl bromide transitions program, canola development, and potato breeding research.

March 23, 2015 Lanternfly Targeted for Eradication

Efforts to eliminate the invasive spotted lanternfly will begin this spring in Pennsylvania. Source: Good Fruit Grower, March 23, 2015.

March 16, 2015 2015 Partnership Grants to Tackle Regional, Global IPM Issues

The Northeastern IPM Center has awarded over $400,000 for research and outreach through the 2015 IPM Partnership Grants, a competitive program supported by funds from USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

February 26, 2015 Several USDA NIFA Grant Opportunities Recently Released: Applicants May Contact Us

The USDA NIFA has released several grant requests for applications for research, education, and extension projects. Staff at the Northeastern IPM Center have reviewed all of these RFAs and identified grant opportunities where IPM-related activities and projects could be relevant.

February 24, 2015 Crop Protection and Pest Management

USDA NIFA. Addresses high priority issues related to pests and their management by supporting projects that will increase food security using comprehensive IPM approaches. Total funding: ~$4 million. Deadline: Apr 7, 2015.

February 24, 2015 NIFA Announces Crop Protection and Pest Management Request for Applications

Funding will address high priority issues related to pests and their management by supporting projects that will increase food security using comprehensive IPM approaches. Application deadline is April 7, 2015.

February 23, 2015 AFRI Water for Agriculture Challenge Area

USDA NIFA. Addresses critical water resources issues such as drought, excess soil moisture, flooding, quality and others in an agricultural context. Total funding: ~$30 million. Letter of intent due: Apr 9, 2015. Application due: Jul 16, 2015.

February 23, 2015 AFRI Childhood Obesity Prevention Challenge Area

USDA NIFA. Focuses on the societal challenge to end obesity among children, the number one nutrition-related problem in the US. Total funding: ~$6 million. Deadline: Apr 23, 2015.

February 23, 2015 AFRI Food Safety Challenge Area

USDA NIFA. Promotes and enhances the scientific discipline of food safety, with an overall aim of protecting consumers from microbial and chemical contaminants that may occur during all stages of the food chain. Total funding: ~$6 million. Deadline: May 13/18, 2015.

February 23, 2015 AFRI Climate Variability and Change

USDA NIFA. 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. Total funding: ~$5 million. Deadline: Jun 4, 2015.

February 23, 2015 AFRI Foundational Program

USDA NIFA. Supports research grants in the six AFRI priority areas to build foundational knowledge critical for solving current and future societal challenges. Total funding: $116 million. Deadline: Sep 30, 2015.

February 18, 2015 Conversación Intima entre Amigas sobre las Chinches de Cama

Listen to a conversation in Spanish about dealing with bed bugs and a sensible, friend-to-friend response in this new video.

February 16, 2015 Cornell Releases 2015 Pest Management Guidelines for Berry Crops

This annual publication provides up-to-date pest management and crop production information for blueberry, raspberry, blackberry, strawberry, currant, gooseberry, cranberry, elderberry, and Juneberry (Saskatoon) production in New York State. Source:, February 12, 2015.

February 16, 2015 Study: Global Rainfall Satellites Require Massive Overhaul

Rainfall data are key to a complex system of global flood prediction, but a Cornell study warns that the existing system of rainfall observation satellites requires a serious overhaul. Source: Cornell Chronicle, February 12, 2015.

February 12, 2015 Belmaker Fills StopPests Position

Dennise Belmaker has joined the StopPests in Housing Program at the Northeastern IPM Center.

February 4, 2015 AFRI Food Security Challenge Area

USDA NIFA. Focused on developing more sustainable, productive, and economically viable plant and animal production systems. Total funding: ~$16 million. Letter of intent due: April 2, 2015. Application due: June 4, 2015.

Job Opportunities

February 10, 2015 Job Opportunity: Communications Coordinator at PASA

Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture has an opening for a Communications Coordinator. Apply before April 6, 2015.

December 18, 2014 Cornell Cooperative Extension Offers Invasive Species Summer Internship

Intern will identify, inventory, and map invasive plant species in or bordering agricultural fields. This is a ten week position, located in Tompkins County, NY.