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Virginia Ag Council preproposals due Nov. 15

Preproposals for the Virginia Ag Council are due Nov. 15.

Please note that the preproposals are NOT required to be routed through sponsored programs. However, if you are selected to submit a full proposal, it will need to go through the appropriate channels for budget approval and submission.

 Also, the new contact for the VAC proposal is Jennifer Cavedo.

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Nominate a deserving staff member today!

Anyone can nominate a deserving staff member to be considered for the Employee of the Month award. All staff in the college, on- and off-campus, are eligible. Please submit nominations electronically through our award webpage. Paper or email nominations may be sent to Dean Grant at 104 Hutcheson Hall, Mail code 0402, or email algrant@vt.edu.  Nominations are valid for six months. If your nominee has not been selected within six months of submitting the nomination, please resubmit.

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Funding opportunity – Extension Risk Management Education

The Southern Risk Management Education Center in conjunction with the North Central, Northeastern, and Western Centers recently announced a competitive funding opportunity for educational projects designed to help agricultural producers improve their economic viability through targeted risk management strategies. The Southern Center expects to fund 18-month Education Projects (awards of up to $50,000) to be conducted between April 1, 2016 and Sept. 30, 2017. Applications are due by 5 p.m., Monday, Nov. 16, 2015.

Applications are sought from qualified public and private groups, organizations, and institutions including land grant colleges and universities, Cooperative Extension, other colleges and universities, and other public and private entities with a demonstrated capacity to develop and deliver results/outcome-based risk management education projects for agricultural producers and their families. The Southern Center serves the region, which includes Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

The complete request for applications is on the Southern Center’s website.

An applicant webinar will be conducted on Oct. 13, 2015 at 10 a.m. CST (11 a.m. EST). Please join us to learn more about the RFA and for tips on writing successful applications. There is no fee to participate, however please register by sending an email to clockert2@unl.edu.

Questions or comments regarding the RFA may be directed to H.L. Goodwin Jr. 479-575-2283, hlgood@uark.edu or Sandy Martini, 479-575-6995, smartini@uaex.edu.

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Grant roundup


Special Research Grants Program Aquaculture Research
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
For more information: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=276081
Deadline: June 3, 2015
Note:  100% match required


DoD Multiple Sclerosis Investigator-Initiated Research Award
Department of Defense (DOD)
Defense Health Program
Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs
For more information: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=276191
Deadline:  June 4, 2015 (pre-application) Continue reading

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Calling all award winners!

Again this year, the Office of Communications and Marketing will produce a brochure acknowledging the awards and recognitions received by the employees of the college and Virginia Cooperative Extension. The brochure will be distributed at the Annual Faculty and Staff Picnic on July 23.

Representatives for each department and Extension district will soon receive an email with specifics and a deadline for submission, but now would be a great time for staff and faculty members to start gathering the information we will be requesting.

We need the following info about each award:

  1. Full name of the employee. If it is a team award, include the names of all team members.
  2. Employee’s department (CALS) or county and district (VCE).
  3. Complete name of award. If applicable, include whether it is a district, state, regional, national, or international award.
  4. If it is a calendar year award, is the award for 2014 or 2015?
  5. Name of awarding organization or agency.

Please list only those awards received during the period of July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Bobbi Hoffman.

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Seeking nominations for CALS Excellence in Research awards

Dear colleagues,

We are seeking nominations for two research awards: CALS Excellence in Basic Research and CALS Excellence in Applied Research Awards. The deadline for nominations is May 22, 2015. Each award winner will  receive $5,000 from the college to be used in support of his/her research program. The award winners will be recognized during the CALS faculty and staff picnic on July 25. Please see the information on the nomination process as well as eligibility and selection criteria.

Please share this information with your unit’s awards committee and let me know if you have any questions. These nominations should be made by the department head or the chair of the award committee and should be sent to Robin Williams. Previous nominees will be considered by the award committee for up to two additional years, if not selected the first year of consideration, for a total of three years.

— Saied Mostaghimi

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Call for nominations — Andy Swiger Land-Grant Award

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences seeks nominations of faculty members to receive the 2015 Andy Swiger Land-Grant Award. This award is made possible by an endowment established in honor of former college dean, Andy Swiger. The award includes $2,000, plus an additional $2,000 in operating funds for the winner.

All full- and part-time, regular and restricted appointments, academic year and calendar year faculty with teaching, research, or extension appointments (including Extension agents) in the college are eligible.

A committee of faculty and agribusiness representatives will recommend the winner to the dean. The winner will be selected based on his or her creative accomplishments in research, teaching or extension that contribute to solving practical problems which ultimately enhance production and profit in agriculture. Examples include:

  • Bio-energy and value added products
  • Environmental stewardship
  • Watershed management
  • Infectious and vector-borne diseases
  • High value and specialty crop products
  • Pest management and biology

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An invitation to participate in the Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute

We are currently recruiting fellows for our 16th class of Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute. In support of professional development for VCE Agents, Director Ed Jones is again offering to fund three agents to enroll.

A partnership of Virginia Cooperative Extension with UVA’s Institute for Environmental Negotiation and Virginia Departments of Forestry and Conservation & Recreation, VNRLI has trained over 410 individuals from all sectors in skills and strategies for resolving community conflicts over environmental issues. VNRLI includes personnel from state and federal agencies, university scholars, conservation agencies, advocacy organizations, and local and regional officials. In 2009, VNRLI was specially recognized by the Virginia General Assembly for its contribution to collaborative problem solving in Joint House/Senate Resolution #865.

Beginning in September, the year-long VNRLI program consists of six three-day sessions held in environmentally stressed sites in the Commonwealth. The curriculum for each session has four components:

  • collaborative leadership development;
  • role play exercises for facilitation, negotiation, mediation, consensus-building;
  • dialogue with an expert panel on the local topic/issue; and a
  • guided field trip at the contentious site.

VNRLI Alumni and Instructors include VCE colleagues Cathryn Kloetzli, Lenah Nguyen, David Mellor, Neil Clark, Greg Frey, Jason Fisher, Jonah Fogel, Jewel Hairston, Carl Zipper, Marcus Comer, Jesse Richardson, Bob Smith, Brenda Holden, Deb Jones, Randy Shank, Gary Larrowe, Sue Puffenbarger, Jan Ferrigan, Mike Roberts, Greg Evanylo, Brian Benham, Jim Pease, Don Orth, Steve McMullen, Erin James, Bruce Hull, John Randolph, Kim Watson, Marcy Schnitzer, Brian Bond, Katharine Knowlton, Dave Close, Alicia Crall, Dan Goerlich, and Martha Walker.

For more info, contact Mike Ellerbrock (540-231-7722) and/or Kelly Altizer at UVA IEN at (434-924-6569). Application Deadline is June 12, 2015. The full application can be found through Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute.

— Mike Ellerbrock

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Biotechnology Risk Assessment research grant program open for applications

The purpose of the Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research Grant program is to support the generation of new information that will assist federal regulatory agencies in making science-based decisions about the effects of introducing into the environment genetically engineered organisms , including plants, microorganisms (including fungi, bacteria, and viruses), arthropods, fish, birds, mammals and other animals excluding humans. Investigations of effects on both managed and natural environments are relevant. The program accomplishes its purpose by providing federal regulatory agencies with scientific information relevant to regulatory issues. See the full request for applications for details.

Proposals are due April 17.

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Volunteers needed for commencement

Spring is in the air (finally!) and it’s time to prepare for commencement!  We need your help to make this day special (and run smoothly) for our graduates and their families.
Please consider where you can serve at the University Undergraduate or Graduate commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 15:

Undergraduate Ceremony (Lane Stadium: Friday, May 15, 9 a.m.)

  • Ushers without Regalia: 8 representatives needed, time commitment 7-11:30 a.m. (or end of ceremony)
  • Marshals with Regalia: 2 representative needed, time commitment 7:30-11:30 a.m. (or end of ceremony)
  • Marshals without Regalia: 4 representative needed, time commitment 7:30 – 9 a.m. (once the ceremony starts)

Graduate Ceremony (Cassell Coliseum: Friday, May 15, noon)

  • Ushers without Regalia: 3 representatives needed, time commitment 10-1:30 p.m. (or end of ceremony)
  • Marshals with Regalia: 1 representatives needed, time commitment 10:30-1:30 p.m. (or end of ceremony)
  • Marshals without Regalia: 1 representative needed, time commitment 10:30 a.m.-noon (once the ceremony starts)

Please let me know no later thanMonday, April 13, which position you can serve in.

— Lisa Racek, lisaracek@vt.edu

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