Category Archives: USDA, Agriculture & Environment

AFRI Foundational & Applied Science Program Application

There has been a recently released request for applications (RFA) for the AFRI Foundational & Applied Science program.  The information needed to submit an application for the agricultural biosecurity coordination network funding is provided below; the complete RFA is also attached.

Program Area Priority – for Research, Extension, and Integrated Research Proposals related to plant and animal disease.

Tactical sciences are scientific assets that protect the integrity, reliability, and sustainability of the U.S. food and agriculture system from an array of known and potential threats from pests and diseases impacting plants and animals.  Current tactical science efforts are supported and conducted by a variety of public and private organizations, and NIFA provides research, extension and education support in three broad areas:
  •  Detection and diagnostics;
  • Regulatory systems; and
  • Development and deployment of new tools and management strategies for crop and animal protection


Letter of Intent Deadline – July 24, 2018 (5:00 p.m. Eastern Time)

Program Area Priority email address for Submission of Letter of Intent- 


Please note that the email address provided for letters of intent should only be used for that purpose.  Please direct questions to Dr. Rubella Goswami ( or Dr. Peter Johnson (

USDA Providing $8.89 Million for Risk Management Education

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) today announced the availability of $8.89 million for risk management education and training programs. The funding will allow organizations such as universities, county cooperative extension offices, and nonprofit organizations to develop training and educational tools to help farmers and ranchers learn how to effectively manage long-term risks and challenges.

Interested organizations may apply by submitting documentation required as part of the Risk Management Education Partnerships Request for Applications (RFA). The applications are then reviewed, and awardees enter into cooperative agreements that are managed by RMA’s Risk Management Education Division.

RMA is also seeking reviewers to objectively evaluate cooperative agreement applications against the published criteria in its Risk Management Education Partnership Program (RMEP) and Crop Insurance Education in Targeted States (TS) programs’ Requests for Applications (RFA). Reviewers are chosen based on their knowledge, education, and experience related to federal crop insurance; risk management in the agriculture sector (including production, legal, financial, marketing or human risk); and priority commodities or other criteria mentioned in the RFA. At RMA’s discretion, panels may be conducted on-line or in-person. If in-person, travel and per diem expenses will be covered by RMA.

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