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USDA Announces More Than $8 Million to Address Shifting Environmental Conditions and Impact on Agriculture
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced nine grants totaling more than $8 million to study and develop new approaches for the agriculture sector to adapt to and mitigate the effects of changing environmental conditions. The funding is made possible through NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) program, authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.

FY16 grants being announced today, by state, include:

Climate Outreach and Extension:

  • University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Alaska, $250,000
  • New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico, $249,900
  • Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, $250,000
  • University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont, $248,900

Climate and Land Use:

  • University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, $3,414,911
  • University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho, $3,414,911
  • Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, $147,744
  • George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, $35,300
  • Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington, $49,260

Syngenta 2017 #RootedinAg Contest Finalists Announced
Syngenta has announced the five finalists in its #RootedinAg contest. These finalists, who will each receive a mini touch-screen tablet, will now compete for the grand prize – a $500 gift card, plus a $1,000 donation to the winner’s favorite local charity or civic organization. The competition, which began in April, invited growers and other ag professionals to describe how someone in their lives has helped them establish their agricultural roots and thrive.

The 2017 finalists are:

  • Thomas Luke Andrews from Boyle, Mississippi
  • Lauren Grimes from Tifton, Georgia
  • Steve Groves from Bakersfield, California
  • Tori Streitmatter from Sparland, Illinois
  • Nicole Swinson from Kenansville, North Carolina

Udder Tech Releases New Hen Pouch
Udder Tech released the new Hen Pouch that allows flock raisers to collect up to 18 eggs, safely carrying eggs hands-free, so you can focus on other coop activities. It is available in two sizes; the single pouch can hold up to six eggs and is recommended for smaller flocks, while the triple pouch holds up to 18 eggs and is recommended for larger flocks of 10 or more chickens.