NIFA Seeking Nominations for Partnership Awards

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) recognizes there are many outstanding contributions that our partners in the Land-Grant Universities and other cooperating institutions and organizations have achieved. To recognize these achievements, the Partnership Awards Program was established in 2007.

NIFA invites all Land-Grant Universities and cooperating institutions and organizations supported by NIFA to submit nominations for the 2017 NIFA Partnership Awards Program. This program recognizes outstanding contributions, aligned with NIFA strategic goals, in support of the USDA mission. Awards for this year will recognize excellence in:

• Mission Integration of Research, Education, and Extension
• Multistate Efforts
• Innovative Programs and Projects
• Effective and Efficient Use of Resources
• Program Improvement through Global Engagement

Nominations can be submitted for individuals or teams of up to 20 members. Each institution may submit up to two nominations (combined total across all categories), meaning the entire institution including research, education, and extension functions.

Specific instructions and other information regarding this awards program are in the 2017 NIFA Partnership Awards Criteria. Nominations must be submitted via the NIFA Partnership Awards Nomination Form located on the NIFA web site. All signed nomination forms must be submitted by July 31, 2017, via email using scanned files that have been saved as .pdf or .jpg files to according to instructions in the Awards Criteria.

Winning nominations will be recognized at the NIFA Day of Appreciation scheduled for October 2017. NIFA will pay travel expenses for one person from each winning nomination, whether it is an individual or team award.

Nominations should include only individuals or teams who have performed truly distinguished service. NIFA asks that Deans, Directors, and Administrators thoroughly review each submission for validity of accomplishments before signing his or her approval on the nomination form.

New Funding Opportunities From the USDA

National Training and Development Initiative for Foster/Adoptive Parents (HHS). Department of Health and Human Services announces funds to develop a state-of-the-art foster/adoptive parent training program to include intensive preparation and development components that reflect the capacities required of successful foster/adoptive parents. Deadline: July 10, 2017.

Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative – Specialized Supportive Services (HHS). Department of Health and Human Services announces funds to support programs designed to fill gaps in established dementia-capable home and community-based service systems (HCBS) for persons living with or those at high risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) and their caregivers by providing quality, person-centered services that help them remain independent and safe in their communities. Deadline: July 14, 2017

Engagement and Older Adults Resource Center (HHS). Department of Health and Human Services announces funds to support organizations that will enhance the social engagement of older adults to identify successful programs and strategies that can be shared with the aging network. Deadline: July 17,2017

New Innovations in Nutrition Programs and Services Grant Opportunity to Promote the Quality and Effectiveness of Nutrition Service Programs. The Administration on Aging (AoA), part of the Administration for Community Living (ACL), announces a new grant opportunity to increase the evidenced based knowledge base of nutrition providers, drive improved health outcomes for program recipients by promoting higher service quality, and increase program efficiency through innovative nutrition service delivery models. Deadline: August 7, 2017.

Elder Justice Innovation Grants (HHS). Department of Health and Human Services announces funds to support successful approaches to reduce and ameliorate the harm elders experience as a result of abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation, and to better understand what adult protective service practices produce the best outcomes. Deadline: August 14, 2017

Reminder: IPM Achievement Awards Nominations Deadline is June 30

Don’t miss your chance to make a nomination for the IPM Achievement Awards. Deadline is June 30, 2017. These awards recognize practitioners, groups, and students who have made outstanding achievements in IPM adoption, implementation, and program maintenance.

There are four award categories:
• Lifetime Achievement
• IPM Practitioner
• IPM Team/Group
• Graduate Student (New this year!)
Consider nominating someone today!

The Awards will be presented at a special ceremony during the 9th International IPM Symposium March 19-22, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland.

To apply or learn about the specific criteria for each award, visit our webpage at

In addition to the current Qualtrics Survey, we have also established a Google Form. Please attempt to complete one of these online applications. If you still are having trouble completing the online application process, contact Michelle Marquart, Symposium Coordinator, at for an alternative fillable PDF form.

For more information, contact Janet Hurley or Shaku Nair, Co-Chairs, International IPM Symposium Awards Committee.

Contact Michelle Marquart, Symposium Coordinator, to learn more about attending, exhibiting at or contributing to the Symposium..

New Bee Better Certification for Farmers and Ranchers Who Help Bees on America’s Working Lands!

Funded by a grant from the USDA, the Xerces Society partnered with Oregon Tilth to develop and launch the Bee Better Certified program. The project received a $350,000 Conservation Innovation Grant in 2016 from the NRCS which Xerces matched to develop and test the first-of-its-kind program.
After piloting the program with 13 farmers over the past few months, Xerces and Oregon Tilth are now opening it to farmers nationwide.

Bee Better is open to farms of all types and sizes. Those interested submit an application to Oregon Tilth, which inspects the farm and certifies if it meets standards.

Certified farmers are able to use the Bee Better seal on their farmstands. Manufacturers can also use the seal on products that contain Bee Better Certified ingredients.

Farmers can learn more about Bee Better here. Farmers interested in NRCS conservation practices should contact their local USDA service center.

EPA Update: Test Guideline Methods for Bed Bug Pesticide Products Now Available

EPA’s final test guidelines, 810.3900 – Laboratory Product Performance Testing Methods for Bed Bug Pesticide Products, provides recommendations for the design and execution of laboratory studies to evaluate the performance of pesticide products intended to be effective against bed bugs. The guidance also includes directions for data reporting.
This guidance applies to products to be applied for a pesticidal purpose such as to attract, repel, or kill bed bugs. It does not apply to repellent products applied to human skin, and does not apply to products exempt from Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act registration under 40 CFR 152.25.

EPA’s test guidelines are intended for use in the testing of pesticides and toxic substances and development of data for submission to the EPA. The test guidelines are organized by series number

Under FIFRA, all companies wishing to register a pesticide product for use against public health pests, such as bed bugs, must submit pesticide product performance data that demonstrate that the pesticide product works against the pests for which the product is intended. The data generated to support pesticide product label claims against public health pests are required to be submitted when applying for registration to help inform the Agency’s regulatory decisions during the registration process.

Go to, docket# EPA-HQ-OPPT-2009-0150 to view the series 810.3900 test guidelines.

Go to, docket# EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-1017, to view the Federal Register Notice for this action.