ASA-CSSA-SSSA Science Policy Report ASA-CSSA-SSSA Bi-Weekly Science Policy Report https://www.agronomy.org/science-policy/sspr/ en-us Copyright 2017 webmaster@agronomy.org (Webmaster) Promoting neglected and underutilized crop species https://www.crops.org/science-policy/sspr/2017-09-20/#5261 https://www.crops.org/science-policy/sspr/2017-09-20/#5261 <p>Crops that have been forgotten over the last century are being rediscovered. Scientists and policymakers are now beginning to recognize the value of so-called ‘orphan' crops</p> Policy News 2017-09-20 12:00:00 Stakeholder listening opportunity for priorities in research, education and extension https://www.crops.org/science-policy/sspr/2017-09-20/#5262 https://www.crops.org/science-policy/sspr/2017-09-20/#5262 <p>USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture announces its stakeholder listening initiative “NIFA Listens: Investing in Science to Transform Lives.” </p> Policy News 2017-09-20 12:00:00 The world could run out of food two decades earlier than thought https://www.crops.org/science-policy/sspr/2017-09-20/#5263 https://www.crops.org/science-policy/sspr/2017-09-20/#5263 <p>By 2027 the world could be facing a 214 trillion calorie deficit, says Sara Menker, founder and chief executive of Gro Intelligence, an agricultural data technology company.</p> Policy News 2017-09-20 12:00:00 Agriculture could be key to easing U.S.-North Korea tensions https://www.crops.org/science-policy/sspr/2017-09-20/#5264 https://www.crops.org/science-policy/sspr/2017-09-20/#5264 <p>In 1959, at what was the most dangerous moment of human history as Soviet and U.S. nuclear weapons were poised to be fired at each other, </p> Policy News 2017-09-20 12:00:00 Barren fields grow terrorists https://www.crops.org/science-policy/sspr/2017-09-20/#5265 https://www.crops.org/science-policy/sspr/2017-09-20/#5265 <p>The fall armyworm is the name of a two-inch-long brown caterpillar with a yellow stripe. It has a military name because common infestations are both large and destructive. The insect recently arrived in Africa </p> Policy News 2017-09-20 12:00:00 Collaboration opportunities for advancing sustainable agriculture https://www.crops.org/science-policy/sspr/2017-09-20/#5266 https://www.crops.org/science-policy/sspr/2017-09-20/#5266 <p>An emerging demand from consumers and corporations to understand and improve on the environmental impacts of agricultural production is opening new opportunities for collaboration with the scientific community.</p> Policy News 2017-09-20 12:00:00 National Science Board’s 2018 Honorary Award Nominations https://www.crops.org/science-policy/sspr/2017-09-20/#5267 https://www.crops.org/science-policy/sspr/2017-09-20/#5267 <p>Each year, the National Science Board (NSB) pays tribute to remarkable contributions and public service in science and engineering </p> Policy News 2017-09-20 12:00:00 The great nutrient collapse https://www.crops.org/science-policy/sspr/2017-09-20/#5270 https://www.crops.org/science-policy/sspr/2017-09-20/#5270 <p>The atmosphere is literally changing the food we eat, for the worse. And almost nobody is paying attention. <a href="http://www.politico.com/agenda/story/2017/09/13/food-nutrients-carbon-dioxide-000511">Read the full article.</a></p> Science News 2017-09-20 12:00:00 2017 ASA, CSSA, SSSA Annual Meeting https://www.crops.org/science-policy/sspr/2017-09-20/#5268 https://www.crops.org/science-policy/sspr/2017-09-20/#5268 <p>Registration prices increase Sept. 28 for the 2017 Annual Meeting in Tampa, Florida, Oct. 22-25. Register now to save and join more than 4,000 scientists, professionals, educators, and students at the 2017 International Annual Meeting, "Managing Global Resources for a Secure Future." <a href="https://www.acsmeetings.org">Learn more and register here</a>.</p> Science News 2017-09-20 12:00:00 ***Science Policy Office events at the Annual Meeting*** https://www.crops.org/science-policy/sspr/2017-09-20/#5269 https://www.crops.org/science-policy/sspr/2017-09-20/#5269 <p>The Science Policy Office is hosting several events for Annual Meeting attendees.  Learn more about the Science Policy Graduate Student Luncheon, the Science Policy Workshop, and more, here: <a href="http://www.acsmeetings.org/program/science-policy">www.acsmeetings.org/program/science-policy</a></p> Science News 2017-09-20 12:00:00 Why John Deere just spent $305 million on a lettuce-farming robot https://www.crops.org/science-policy/sspr/2017-09-20/#5271 https://www.crops.org/science-policy/sspr/2017-09-20/#5271 <p>Look out weeds. Tractor giant John Deere just spent $305 million to acquire a startup that makes robots capable of identifying unwanted plants, and shooting them with deadly, high-precision squirts of herbicide. </p> Science News 2017-09-20 12:00:00 Organic farming traps carbon in soil to combat climate change https://www.crops.org/science-policy/sspr/2017-09-20/#5272 https://www.crops.org/science-policy/sspr/2017-09-20/#5272 <p>Organic farms were found to have 26 percent more long-term carbon storage potential than conventional farms.</p> Science News 2017-09-20 12:00:00 With designer bacteria, crops could one day fertilize themselves https://www.crops.org/science-policy/sspr/2017-09-20/#5273 https://www.crops.org/science-policy/sspr/2017-09-20/#5273 <p>For the last 100 years, ever since German chemists Fritz Haber and Carl Bosch figured out how to pluck fertilizer out of thin air with brute-force chemistry, farmers have relied on an imperfect product to make their plants grow: fertilizer.</p> Science News 2017-09-20 12:00:00 Seeding the future? ‘Ark’ preserves rare, threatened plants https://www.crops.org/science-policy/sspr/2017-09-20/#5274 https://www.crops.org/science-policy/sspr/2017-09-20/#5274 <p>An ordinary-looking freezer in a sturdy cinderblock shed at a suburban Boston botanical garden holds what might be New England's most important seed catalog.</p> Science News 2017-09-20 12:00:00 Coffee, bees and climate change are linked in ways you may not have expected https://www.crops.org/science-policy/sspr/2017-09-20/#5275 https://www.crops.org/science-policy/sspr/2017-09-20/#5275 <p>Pollinators such as bees play a key part of producing the beans that go into your morning cup of coffee. In fact, they are responsible for about 20 to 25 percent of coffee production by increasing the plants' yield,</p> Science News 2017-09-20 12:00:00 Sharing soil knowledge in the 21st Century https://www.crops.org/science-policy/sspr/2017-09-20/#5276 https://www.crops.org/science-policy/sspr/2017-09-20/#5276 <p>By better sharing of soil knowledge between people over a sustained period, we can improve soil condition and function, and improve soil management.</p> Science News 2017-09-20 12:00:00 Administrator Green announces next phase of Feed the Future on first international trip https://www.crops.org/science-policy/sspr/2017-09-20/#5277 https://www.crops.org/science-policy/sspr/2017-09-20/#5277 <p>On Thursday, August 31, 2017, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green announced the selection of 12 target countries</p> International Corner 2017-09-20 12:00:00 New Report: Climate Change Affects Every Step of the Food Value Chain https://www.crops.org/science-policy/sspr/2017-09-20/#5278 https://www.crops.org/science-policy/sspr/2017-09-20/#5278 <p>Researchers from the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) have published an extensive report highlighting the effects of climate change on agriculture and global nutrition.</p> International Corner 2017-09-20 12:00:00 Creation of agribusinesses and 'agripreneurs' key topics at the 7th African Green Revolution Forum https://www.crops.org/science-policy/sspr/2017-09-20/#5279 https://www.crops.org/science-policy/sspr/2017-09-20/#5279 <p>Experts and advocates pushed for the promotion of agriculture careers in Africa and more government-initiated investments at the 7th African Green Revolution Forum,</p> International Corner 2017-09-20 12:00:00 Midwest Entrepreneurship Program to Drive Technology Innovation https://www.crops.org/science-policy/sspr/2017-09-20/#5280 https://www.crops.org/science-policy/sspr/2017-09-20/#5280 <p>The Energy Department announced the opening of the application period for innovators to join the second cohort of Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI) at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL). </p> Research, Education, Extension Funding Opportunities 2017-09-20 12:00:00 Innovation Crossroads Entrepreneurship Program https://www.crops.org/science-policy/sspr/2017-09-20/#5281 https://www.crops.org/science-policy/sspr/2017-09-20/#5281 <p>The Energy Department announced the opening of the application period for innovators to join the second cohort of Innovation Crossroads (IC) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).</p> Research, Education, Extension Funding Opportunities 2017-09-20 12:00:00 California Pest Management Research Grant https://www.crops.org/science-policy/sspr/2017-09-20/#5282 https://www.crops.org/science-policy/sspr/2017-09-20/#5282 <p>Research grants develop practices that contribute to an integrated pest management (IPM) system to reduce use of high-risk pesticides and their unanticipated impacts on public health and the environment.</p> Research, Education, Extension Funding Opportunities 2017-09-20 12:00:00 EQIP Mississippi https://www.crops.org/science-policy/sspr/2017-09-20/#5283 https://www.crops.org/science-policy/sspr/2017-09-20/#5283 <p>The United States Department of Agriculture/Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is providing financial assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to help Mississippi producers, farmers, and ranchers implement conservation practices. </p> Research, Education, Extension Funding Opportunities 2017-09-20 12:00:00 Oklahoma Agriculture Enhancement and Diversification Program https://www.crops.org/science-policy/sspr/2017-09-20/#5284 https://www.crops.org/science-policy/sspr/2017-09-20/#5284 <p>The Oklahoma Agriculture Enhancement and Diversification Program provides funds in the form of 0% interest loans or grants for the purpose of expanding the state's value-added processing sector and to encourage farm diversification.</p> Research, Education, Extension Funding Opportunities 2017-09-20 12:00:00 Small Business Innovation Research Program – Phase I https://www.crops.org/science-policy/sspr/2017-09-20/#5285 https://www.crops.org/science-policy/sspr/2017-09-20/#5285 <p>Funds may be awarded up to $100,000 for a Phase I project. Proposed Phase I projects should prove the scientific or technical feasibility of the approach or concept. Projects dealing with agriculturally related manufacturing and alternative and renewable energy technologies are encouraged </p> Research, Education, Extension Funding Opportunities 2017-09-20 12:00:00 EQIP Idaho https://www.crops.org/science-policy/sspr/2017-09-20/#5286 https://www.crops.org/science-policy/sspr/2017-09-20/#5286 <p>The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Idaho has announced the application cutoff for its Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).</p> Research, Education, Extension Funding Opportunities 2017-09-20 12:00:00 Environmental Efforts in the Pacific Northwest https://www.crops.org/science-policy/sspr/2017-09-20/#5287 https://www.crops.org/science-policy/sspr/2017-09-20/#5287 <p>The Lazar Foundation is dedicated to supporting innovative and strategic projects that protect the environment in the Pacific Northwest, including Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.</p> Research, Education, Extension Funding Opportunities 2017-09-20 12:00:00 Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program https://www.crops.org/science-policy/sspr/2017-09-20/#5288 https://www.crops.org/science-policy/sspr/2017-09-20/#5288 <p>The Department of Defense’s (DoD) Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) is seeking to fund environmental research and development proposals.</p> Research, Education, Extension Funding Opportunities 2017-09-20 12:00:00 EQIP in South Dakota https://www.crops.org/science-policy/sspr/2017-09-20/#5289 https://www.crops.org/science-policy/sspr/2017-09-20/#5289 <p>USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service has announced the date by which an operator or landowner must sign an application at their local NRCS office for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 funding consideration under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).</p> Research, Education, Extension Funding Opportunities 2017-09-20 12:00:00 Grants Promote the Protection of Wild Places https://www.crops.org/science-policy/sspr/2017-09-20/#5290 https://www.crops.org/science-policy/sspr/2017-09-20/#5290 <p>The Conservation Alliance is a group of outdoor businesses whose collective contributions support grassroots citizen-action groups and their efforts to protect wild places for their habitat and recreation values.</p> Research, Education, Extension Funding Opportunities 2017-09-20 12:00:00 Advancing Informal STEM Learning https://www.crops.org/science-policy/sspr/2017-09-20/#5291 https://www.crops.org/science-policy/sspr/2017-09-20/#5291 <p>The Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program seeks to advance</p> Research, Education, Extension Funding Opportunities 2017-09-20 12:00:00 Southern SARE Producer Grants https://www.crops.org/science-policy/sspr/2017-09-20/#5292 https://www.crops.org/science-policy/sspr/2017-09-20/#5292 <p>Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) is accepting proposals for Producer Grants from farmers and ranchers in the Southern region.</p> Research, Education, Extension Funding Opportunities 2017-09-20 12:00:00 EQIP in Missouri https://www.crops.org/science-policy/sspr/2017-09-20/#5293 https://www.crops.org/science-policy/sspr/2017-09-20/#5293 <p>USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service has announced the cut-off date to apply for fiscal year 2018 funds through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) in Missouri.</p> Research, Education, Extension Funding Opportunities 2017-09-20 12:00:00 Community Food Projects (CFP) Competitive Grants Program https://www.crops.org/science-policy/sspr/2017-09-20/#5294 https://www.crops.org/science-policy/sspr/2017-09-20/#5294 <p>In FY 2018, NIFA's CFP intends to solicit applications and fund two types of grants. The types are entitled (1) Community Food Projects (CFP) and (2) Planning Projects (PP). </p> Research, Education, Extension Funding Opportunities 2017-09-20 12:00:00 Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate https://www.crops.org/science-policy/sspr/2017-09-20/#5295 https://www.crops.org/science-policy/sspr/2017-09-20/#5295 <p>The Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) program seeks to advance knowledge about models to improve pathways to the professoriate and success for historically underrepresented minority doctoral students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty, particularly African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Native Pacific Islanders, in specific STEM disciplines and/or STEM education research fields.</p> Research, Education, Extension Funding Opportunities 2017-09-20 12:00:00