Integrated Programs

GENERAL:

NIFA Integrated Programs provide support for integrated research, education, and extension activities.

Integrated, multi-functional projects are particularly effective in addressing important agricultural issues through the conduct of problem-focused research that is combined

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with education and extension of knowledge to those in need of solutions.

These activities address critical national, regional, and multi-state agricultural issues, priorities, or problems.

Integrated Programs hold the greatest potential to produce and disseminate knowledge and technology directly to end users while providing for educational opportunities to assure agricultural expertise in future generations.

See individual program Requests for Applications for additional information about the topics.

SEVERAL PROGRAMS ARE FUNDED UNDER CFDA 10.303.

SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES ARE AS FOLLOWS:

(1) Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grants Program: National Integrated Water Quality Program
The goal of the National Integrated Water Quality Program is to improve the quality of our Nation's surface water and groundwater resources through research, education, and extension activities.

Projects funded through this program will facilitate achieving this goal by advancing and disseminating the knowledge base available to agricultural and rural communities.

Funded projects should lead to science-based decision-making and management practices that improve the quality of the Nation's surface water and groundwater resources in agricultural and rural watersheds.

See RFA for priority areas.

(2) Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grants Program: National Integrated Food Safety Initiative
The purpose of the National Integrated Food Safety Initiative is to support food safety projects that demonstrate an integrated approach to solving problems in applied food safety research, education, or extension.

Various models for integration of applied research, education, and extension will be considered for funding.

Applications describing multi-state, multi-institutional, multidisciplinary, and multifunctional activities (and combinations thereof) are encouraged.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to address at least two of the three functional areas of research, education, and extension (i.e., research and extension, research and education, or extension and education).

(3) Integrated Research, Education, And Extension Competitive Grants Program: Regional Integrated Pest Management Centers
The goal of the Regional Integrated Pest Management Centers (IPM Centers) is to promote the development and implementation of IPM by facilitating collaboration across states, disciplines, and purposes.

IPM Centers will establish and maintain information networks, build partnerships to address pest management challenges and opportunities, evaluate the impact of IPM implementation, communicate positive outcomes to key stakeholders, and manage funding resources effectively.

Successful applicants to this program will demonstrate the capacity and commitment necessary to advance the goals of the National Roadmap for Integrated Pest Management (www.ipmcenters.org/IPMRoadMap.pdf), and evaluate the progress of this advancement.

The IPM Roadmap addresses pest management needs for production agriculture, natural resources and recreational environments, and residential and public areas.

(4) Integrated Pest Management: Crops at Risk Program
The goal of the CAR program is to enhance the development and implementation of innovative, ecologically based sustainable IPM system(s).

Preferably, this should involve a diversity of tactics and approaches for a single or specific food or fiber commodity in commercial production for pre- and/or post-harvest system(s).

The program addresses either a major acreage or high value crop commodity such as key fruits and vegetables.

The primary emphasis is on crop productivity and profitability, while addressing critical environmental quality and human health issues.

The CAR program will fund integrated multifunctional/multidisciplinary research, education, and extension projects for crops with high priority IPM needs as identified by stakeholders.

(5) Integrated Pest Management: Risk Avoidance and Mitigation Program
The goal of the Risk Avoidance and Mitigation (RAMP) program is to enhance the development and implementation of innovative, ecologically based sustainable IPM strategies and system(s) for (a) multi-crop food and fiber production systems; (b) an area-wide or a landscape scale agroecosystem; or (c) a documented pesticide impact on water, human or environmental health.

RAMP applications may address major acreage agricultural production systems, high value crops such as key fruit and vegetable systems, or other agroecosystems.

The primary emphasis of the application should be on productivity and profitability while addressing critical environmental quality and human health issues.

The intent of RAMP is to fund medium-term projects that emphasize systems approaches.

(6) Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grants Program: Integrated Pest Management: Methyl Bromide Transitions Program
The goal of the Methyl Bromide Transitions (MBT) program is to support the discovery and implementation of practical pest management alternatives to methyl bromide uses or minimize methyl bromide emissions for which the United States is requesting critical use exemptions.

The program is focused on integrated commercial or field scale research that targets short- to medium-term solutions.

(7) Integrated Organic Program
The purpose of the Integrated Organic Program is to solve critical organic agriculture issues, priorities, or problems through the integration of research, education, and extension activities.

The Organic Transitions Program (ORG) funds the development and implementation of research, extension, and higher education programs to improve the competitiveness of organic producers and producers who are adopting organic practices.

Funding opportunities for the ORG Program is included in the same Request for Applications (RFA) as the Organic Research and Extension Initiative (OREI).

PLEASE NOTE: THIS PROGRAM DOES NOT FUND START UP BUSINESSES.


(8) Regional Rural Development Centers (RRDCs):
The RRDCs play a unique role in USDA's service to rural America.

They link the research and educational outreach capacity of the nation's public universities with communities, local decision makers, entrepreneurs, families, and farmers and ranchers to help address a wide range of development issues.

They collaborate on national issues that span regions-like e-commerce, the changing interface between rural, suburban, and urban places, and workforce quality and jobs creation.

Each tailors programs to address particular needs in its region.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: For Fiscal Year (FY) 2016: (A) Water Quality (also Conservation Effects Assessment Projects (CEAP) aka Integrated - Water Quality No Action Needed (N/A/N): Program has not been funded for several years. (B) National Integrated Food Safety Initiative (aka NIFSI): No Action Needed (N/A/N): Program has not been funded for several years. (C ) (Regional) IPM (Integrated Pest Management) Centers (aka RIPM) aka Integrated pest Mgmt./Biological Control (aka IPM Centers - - NOT RIPM) NOTE: Formerly RIPM - CFDA 10.500 and Research - CFDA 10.200 (funded via Smith-Lever 3 (d) and P.L.

89-106) (D) Crops at Risk from FQPA Implementation SPECIAL NOTE: See CPPM - CFDA # 10.329 (E) FQPA Risk Mitigation Program for Major Food Crop System (aka Risk Avoidance and Mitigation Program?) SPECIAL NOTE: See CPPM - CFDA # 10.329 (F) Methyl Bromide Transition Program (MBT) Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grants Program-Methyl Bromide Transition For Fiscal Year (FY) 2016: 1) Biological management of nematode-virus and nematode-fungal complexes in fruit crops.

This award for $418,313 will evaluate non-chemical approaches and develop environmentally and economically sustainable approaches to managing root lesion nematodes and BRR in strawberries and dagger nematodes that vector nepoviruses in grapes, blueberries, raspberries and peaches. 2) Refining anaerobic soil disinfestation for disease management in strawberry and apple production.

This $497,965 project aims to improve the reliability of Anaerobic Soil Disinfestation (ASD) as a non-fumigant alternative to methyl bromide for strawberry production and control of apple replant disease. 3) Improving Efficacy of Aerosol Applications for Control of Stored Product Insects in Wheat and Rice Mills.

This research award for $499,999 focuses on improving the distribution and efficacy of aerosol insecticides for control of stored-product insects in food storage and processing facilities. 4) Investigating the Potential of Ethanedinitrile as a Replacement for Soil Fumigation with Methyl Bromide.

This award for $ 472,506 will investigate the potential of ethanedinitrile (EDN) as a pre-plant soil fumigant for vegetable production. (G) Organic Transition-Risk Assessment aka Organic Transition Program (ORG) FDC '51106' NOTE: Also see CFDA 10.307 OREI - FDC '51300' For Fiscal Year (FY) 2016: 2016-06198: Going underground: Digging up the dirt on Metarhizium-plant-pest interactions in an organic cropping system.

This study investigates the effects of cover crops and soil characteristics on the novel interactions among the fungus, Metarhizium, an endemic insect pathogen and plant-protective endophyte with crops and cover crops in an organic agronomic cropping system.

Objectives include: 1) characterize Metarhizium isolates from on-going organic research-station and on-farm experiments; 2) determine the ability of endemic isolates to form endophytic relationships with cash crops and selected cover crops; 3) determine effects of endophytic Metarhizium in a model system of corn, black cutworm; and Cochliobolus heterostrophus, the causal agent of southern corn leaf blight; and 4) determine the effect of endophytic Metarhizium on the expression of key defense genes that protect plants from crop pests and diseases. 2016-06180: Decision Support to Quantify GHG Mitigation and Ecosystem Services from Organic Production Systems.

This project will address ORG Program Priority by improving technologies and tools to document and optimize the environmental services and climate change mitigation ability of organic farming systems.

The team will improve two state-of-the-art decision support systems (COMET-Farm and the Cool Farm Tool) for quantifying the impacts of land use and management practices on soil C and greenhouse gas ?GHG- emissions from agricultural systems at the farm-scale.

These improved decision support systems will enable the industry to deliver improved storytelling about organic beyond the label and help to identify opportunity areas for working with farmers to improve both productivity and profitability as well as deliver on corporate commitments to meet GHG reduction goals.

2016-06197: Ensuring the best practical use of microbe-containing crop biostimulants/biofertilizers among (transitional)-organic vegetable growers.

The long-term goal of this project is to create resources, tangible and human, ensuring the best practical use of Microbe-containing biostimulants and biofertilizers (MC BSs/BFs) among (transitional)-organic vegetable growers.

The team will: a) complete stakeholder-focused experiments on farms and research stations, b) expand and strengthen a growing network of farmers and other professionals while evaluating and reporting on product performance, and c) establish, share, and help stakeholders implement core components of practical guidelines for using MC BSs/BFs during (transitional-)organic vegetable production. 2016-06199: The Development of an Organic Crop Budgeting Tool to Help Advise Producers.

Budgets are one of the most important tools producers use when deciding on which crops to grow.

Objective in this project is to determine the production practices of organic producers, collect price information about the needed inputs, develop a crop budgeting tool, and produce organic crop budgets so that the profitability of organic crops can be estimated for a producer.

This contribution is significant because the team is developing a regionalized database of inputs and prices for organic crop production that doesn?t currently exist and integrating this database into an organic crop budgeting tool that will make it significantly easier for producers and Extension personnel to estimate organic profitability. 2016-06181: Developing advanced perennial legume-grass mixtures harvested as stored feeds to improve herd productivity and mitigate greenhouse gas emissions in organic dairies in the Northeast.

This project will fill knowledge gaps by advancing the scientific understanding about how potential changes in species persistence and forage botanical composition in various legume-grass mixtures across multiple years affect forage quality and stored feed fermentation characteristics and, consequently, milk production and greenhouse gases emissions when fed to organic dairy cows.

The team will partner with three organic dairy farmers in the Northeast who will set up demonstration plots and coordinate field days, thus becoming peer leaders in their rural communities. (H) Regional Rural Development Centers For Fiscal Year (FY) 2016: Examples of funded projects are: 1.

Location 1: Focused on four priority areas: building a 21st century economy; sustainable communities; leadership development and civic engagement; and community health and wellness.

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Location 2: Goal is to work as a regional catalyst to strengthen rural communities by sharing scientific discovery and application of sustainable practices with researchers, extension educators, and community development practitioners via conferences, trainings, workshops, and publications.

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Location 3: Focused on three priority areas: Develop Pathways to Resilient Communities; Build Strategic Partnerships and Mobilize resources around emerging issues and opportunities.

Location 4: Focused on four priority areas: Extension,-Community Capacity Building; Entrepreneurship and Job Creation; Local and Regional Foods; Land Use and Balanced Use of Natural Resources; and Mental Health Issues.

Fiscal Year 2017: For Fiscal Year (FY) 2017: (A) Water Quality (also Conservation Effects Assessment Projects (CEAP) aka Integrated - Water Quality No Action Needed (N/A/N): Program has not been funded for several years. (B) National Integrated Food Safety Initiative (aka NIFSI): No Action Needed (N/A/N): Program has not been funded for several years. (C ) (Regional) IPM (Integrated Pest Management) Centers (aka RIPM) aka Integrated pest Mgmt./Biological Control (aka IPM Centers - - NOT RIPM) NOTE: Formerly RIPM - CFDA 10.500 and Research - CFDA 10.200 (funded via Smith-Lever 3 (d) and P.L.

89-106) (D) Crops at Risk from FQPA Implementation SPECIAL NOTE: See CPPM - CFDA # 10.329 (E) FQPA Risk Mitigation Program for Major Food Crop System (aka Risk Avoidance and Mitigation Program?) SPECIAL NOTE: See CPPM - CFDA # 10.329 (F) Methyl Bromide Transition Program (MBT) Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grants Program-Methyl Bromide Transition For Fiscal Year (FY) 2017: The National Institute of Food and Agriculture will make awards for FY 2017, totaling approximately $1.8 million, by September 30, 2017.

These awards will support the discovery and implementation of practical pest management alternatives for commodities and uses affected by the methyl bromide phase out.

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture will provide more details on the funded projects at a future date. (G) Organic Transition-Risk Assessment aka Organic Transition Program (ORG) FDC '51106' NOTE: Also see CFDA 10.307 OREI - FDC '51300' For Fiscal Year (FY) 2017: 2017-03405: Going underground: Perennial and Annual Organic Transition Systems to Optimize Soil Health, Carbon Sequestration, and Profitability Production.

Farmers interested in transitioning from conventional to organic systems are faced with unique challenges regarding weed control, fertility, improving soil health, and generating income during the transition period.

Many transition systems rely on tillage to control weeds and annual crop rotations, which have been associated with soil carbon (C) loss.

Intermediate wheatgrass (IWG) is a cool-season grass that is being bred for increased seed yields to become the first perennial grain crop.

IWG could help producers overcome the challenges of organic transition, while also simplifying management, reducing tillage-associated C emissions, and improving soil health relative to annual crop-based organic transitions.

This study will compare six organic transition systems that include IWG, summer and winter annuals, perennial legumes, and systems with various combinations of grain, forage, and cover crops. 2017-03371: Facilitating improved environmental and soil quality through increased biodiversity and crop/livestock integration on organic farms.

Agricultural systems that restore biodiversity improve sustainability and lower dependence on external inputs, which is vital in organic production.

The focus of this project is to investigate the effects of integration of cover crops and livestock grazing on soil quality and crop yield.

Results will be utilized in the development of educational programs on organic crops, livestock and soil health through university curriculum development, courses on organic principles and practice, open-source learning modules, and producer outreach.

The educational programming will improve understanding of organic principles by students who are both today?s consumers and tomorrow?s farmers and future drivers of agricultural policies and practices.

Intermediate and long-term outcomes include producer adoption of practices increasing on-farm biodiversity, leading to greater economic and environmental stability in organic production. 2017-03378: Development of effective biological control of fire blight for the Eastern United States.

Fire blight is a devastating disease of apples and pears.

The termination of antibiotics in organic production requires alternative management options.

Biological control represents an important group of organic management tools.

Yet, none of the available biocontrols has provided consistent, high level of control against fire blight under humid climates in the Eastern U.S.

This study will perform the first comprehensive search and testing for bacterial and fungal biocontrol strains isolated from apple stigmas under humid climate in Eastern U.S.

Using a combined approach of antibiosis screen, crab apple bioassay, and metagenomics, the research team will identify microorganisms with antimicrobial producing abilities and preemptive exclusion properties.

2017-03409: An ecological approach to disease risk management on organic poultry farms.

Outdoor poultry are exposed to parasites and pathogens in the soil, or vectored by wild birds.

These infections endanger animal and human health.

There have been very few holistic studies of factors that make organic poultry farms susceptible or resistant to parasite/pathogen invasion.

Growers? inability to predict and manage these risks forms a major barrier to organic transition.

This study will (1) Measure frequencies of poultry contact with wild birds and soil; (2) Survey pathogen and parasite communities within on-farm wild bird populations, while characterizing transmission routes between wild and domesticated birds; and (3) Characterize properties of soil that affect persistence of fecal-borne poultry parasites and pathogens. 2017-03389: Introducing organic to producers of grain-only and pasture-grain wheat cropping systems of northern Texas.

Organic agriculture is nearly absent in the northern Southern Great Plains region of Texas, despite large demand for organic products that could be produced there and low producer incomes.

The team proposes to utilize a systems approach to directly compare conventional grain-only and pasture-grain wheat systems to transitional organic systems with management customized to the region.

The experiment will occur at a large field scale, which is the only way to provide results directly transferrable to regional stakeholders.

We will quantify system management impacts on crop and animal performance; soil microbial properties, nutrient, greenhouse gas emission, and moisture dynamics; and economic outcomes.

(H) Regional Rural Development Centers For Fiscal Year (FY) 2017: RRDC Review Panel recommended four awards; these will not be announced until the Awards Management Division makes awards.

Fiscal Year 2018: For Fiscal Year (FY) 2018: (A) Water Quality (also Conservation Effects Assessment Projects (CEAP) aka Integrated - Water Quality No Action Needed (N/A/N): Program has not been funded for several years. (B) National Integrated Food Safety Initiative (aka NIFSI): No Action Needed (N/A/N): Program has not been funded for several years. (C ) (Regional) IPM (Integrated Pest Management) Centers (aka RIPM) aka Integrated pest Mgmt./Biological Control (aka IPM Centers - - NOT RIPM) NOTE: Formerly RIPM - CFDA 10.500 and Research - CFDA 10.200 (funded via Smith-Lever 3 (d) and P.L.

89-106) (D) Crops at Risk from FQPA Implementation SPECIAL NOTE: See CPPM - CFDA # 10.329 (E) FQPA Risk Mitigation Program for Major Food Crop System (aka Risk Avoidance and Mitigation Program?) SPECIAL NOTE: See CPPM - CFDA # 10.329 (F) Methyl Bromide Transition Program (MBT) Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grants Program-Methyl Bromide Transition For Fiscal Year (FY) 2018: The National Institute of Food and Agriculture is not certain that funding will be available for this program in FY 2018 as it was not included in the President?s FY 2018 budget request.

(G) Organic Transition-Risk Assessment aka Organic Transition Program (ORG) FDC '51106' NOTE: Also see CFDA 10.307 OREI - FDC '51300' For Fiscal Year (FY) 2018: We anticipate making about 7 awards in 2018 (H) Regional Rural Development Centers For Fiscal Year (FY) 2018: No projections are currently available.


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Section # 153 - Additional Websites: http://nifa.usda.gov/program/national-water-quality-program http://nifa.usda.gov/program/national-integrated-food-safety-initiative http://nifa.usda.gov/program/integrated-pest-management-program http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/regulating/laws/fqpa/fqpa_implementation.htm http://nifa.usda.gov/resource/integrated-programs-application-information http://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/methyl-bromide-transitions http://nifa.usda.gov/program/organic-agriculture-program http://nifa.usda.gov/regional-rural-development-centers.

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Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
University Of Tennessee $ 496,738   2019-09-012022-08-31
University Of Georgia Research Foundation, Inc. $ 498,793   2019-09-012022-08-31
Pennsylvania State University, The $ 500,000   2019-09-012022-08-31
Pennsylvania State University, The $ 499,500   2019-09-012022-08-31
Regents Of The University Of Michigan $ 500,000   2019-09-012022-08-31
University Of Georgia Research Foundation, Inc. $ 499,993   2019-09-012022-08-31
University Of Maryland $ 499,977   2019-09-012022-08-31
Texas A&m Agrilife Research $ 499,731   2019-09-012022-08-31
Oregon State University $ 485,857   2019-09-012022-08-31
University Of California, Davis $ 495,576   2019-09-012022-08-31



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: For Fiscal Year (FY) 2016: (A) Water Quality (also Conservation Effects Assessment Projects (CEAP) aka Integrated - Water Quality No Action Needed (N/A/N): Program has not been funded for several years. (B) National Integrated Food Safety Initiative (aka NIFSI): No Action Needed (N/A/N): Program has not been funded for several years. (C ) (Regional) IPM (Integrated Pest Management) Centers (aka RIPM) aka Integrated pest Mgmt./Biological Control (aka IPM Centers - - NOT RIPM) NOTE: Formerly RIPM - CFDA 10.500 and Research - CFDA 10.200 (funded via Smith-Lever 3 (d) and P.L. 89-106) (D) Crops at Risk from FQPA Implementation SPECIAL NOTE: See CPPM - CFDA # 10.329 (E) FQPA Risk Mitigation Program for Major Food Crop System (aka Risk Avoidance and Mitigation Program?) SPECIAL NOTE: See CPPM - CFDA # 10.329 (F) Methyl Bromide Transition Program (MBT) Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grants Program-Methyl Bromide Transition For Fiscal Year (FY) 2016: For the FY 2016, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture awarded four awards that ranged from $418,313 to $499.999 for a total of approximately $1.89 million. The funding rate was 31%. (G) Organic Transition-Risk Assessment aka Organic Transition Program (ORG) FDC '51106' NOTE: Also see CFDA 10.307 OREI - FDC '51300' For Fiscal Year (FY) 2016: For the FY 2016 award cycle, $3,777,222 was available for project grant awards after subtracting administrative costs. A total of 47 applications, requesting a total of $22,790,906, were received. In July 2016, a 12-member peer review virtual panel evaluated these applications. The peer panel included faculty from land grant universities, researchers from USDA Agricultural Research Service and a non-profit stakeholder group. Funds were available to support a total of 8 new awards. The funding ratio for this program in FY16 was 17%. Funded projects seek to support the development and implementation of research, extension and higher education programs to improve the competitiveness of organic livestock and crop producers, as well as those who are adopting organic practices by studying and documenting environmental services provided by organic farming systems in the area of soil conservation and climate change mitigation, including greenhouse gases. Projects were also funded to develop strategies to limit barriers to organic transition. All projects integrate research, education and extension activities. (H) Regional Rural Development Centers For Fiscal Year (FY) 2016: The amount available for support of this program in FY 2016 $950,720 million ($237,680 per center) Four proposals were submitted and accepted in GAC. Four proposals underwent a Noncompetitive Merit Review by three reviewers with NIFA. All four were recommended to receive funding for ?Regional Rural Development Centers? grant. Amounts awarded to the four institutions throughout the United States are: Location #1 Amount: $ 237,680 Location #2 Amount: $ 237,680 Location #3 Amount: $ 237,680 Location #4 Amount: $ 237,680. Fiscal Year 2017: For Fiscal Year (FY) 2017: (A) Water Quality (also Conservation Effects Assessment Projects (CEAP) aka Integrated - Water Quality No Action Needed (N/A/N): Program has not been funded for several years. (B) National Integrated Food Safety Initiative (aka NIFSI): No Action Needed (N/A/N): Program has not been funded for several years. (C ) (Regional) IPM (Integrated Pest Management) Centers (aka RIPM) aka Integrated pest Mgmt./Biological Control (aka IPM Centers - - NOT RIPM) NOTE: Formerly RIPM - CFDA 10.500 and Research - CFDA 10.200 (funded via Smith-Lever 3 (d) and P.L. 89-106) (D) Crops at Risk from FQPA Implementation SPECIAL NOTE: See CPPM - CFDA # 10.329 (E) FQPA Risk Mitigation Program for Major Food Crop System (aka Risk Avoidance and Mitigation Program?) SPECIAL NOTE: See CPPM - CFDA # 10.329 (F) Methyl Bromide Transition Program (MBT) Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grants Program-Methyl Bromide Transition For Fiscal Year (FY) 2017: For FY 2017, approximately $1,800,000 is available for awards. The National Institute of Food and Agriculture will peer-review thirteen submitted proposal and make awards by September 30, 2017. The funding rate is anticipated to be approximately 31%. (G) Organic Transition-Risk Assessment aka Organic Transition Program (ORG) FDC '51106' NOTE: Also see CFDA 10.307 OREI - FDC '51300' For Fiscal Year (FY) 2017: For the FY 2017 award cycle, about $3.7 millions was available for project grant awards after subtracting administrative costs. A total of 44 applications, requesting a total of $20,832,046 were received. In June 2017, a 12-member (plus two ad hoc) peer review virtual panel evaluated these applications. The peer panel included faculty from land grant universities, researchers from USDA Agricultural Research Service and a non-profit stakeholder group. Funds were available to support a total of 8 new awards. The funding ratio for this program in FY16 was 18%. Funded projects seek to support the development and implementation of research, extension and higher education programs to improve the competitiveness of organic livestock and crop producers, as well as those who are adopting organic practices by studying and documenting environmental services provided by organic farming systems in the area of soil conservation and climate change mitigation, including greenhouse gases. Projects were also funded to develop cultural practices and other allowable alternatives to substances recommended for removal from the National Organic Program?s National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances. All projects integrate research, education and extension activities. (H) Regional Rural Development Centers For Fiscal Year (FY) 2017: NIFA announced the availability of grant funds and requests applications for the Regional Rural Development Centers (RRDC) Competitive Grants Program for fiscal year (FY) 2017 to link the research and educational outreach capacity of the nation's public universities with communities, local decision makers, entrepreneurs, families, and farmers and ranchers to help address a wide range of development issues for prosperity for sustainable and secure communities will always be a matter of public interest. RRDC?s leverage land-grant resources in pursuit of USDA?s rural development mission by bringing together the most innovative minds?from inside and outside universities?to address cutting-edge issues without regard to state boundaries. They respond to emerging issues, generate credible science-based information to clarify these issues, and create public-private partnerships to address them. The amount available for support of this program in FY 2017 is $1,899,520 ($474, 880 per center). The grant deadline was July 7, 2017. Four proposals were reviewed and recommended for funding. Fiscal Year 2018: For Fiscal Year (FY) 2018: (A) Water Quality (also Conservation Effects Assessment Projects (CEAP) aka Integrated - Water Quality No Action Needed (N/A/N): Program has not been funded for several years. (B) National Integrated Food Safety Initiative (aka NIFSI): No Action Needed (N/A/N): Program has not been funded for several years. (C ) (Regional) IPM (Integrated Pest Management) Centers (aka RIPM) aka Integrated pest Mgmt./Biological Control (aka IPM Centers - - NOT RIPM) NOTE: Formerly RIPM - CFDA 10.500 and Research - CFDA 10.200 (funded via Smith-Lever 3 (d) and P.L. 89-106) (D) Crops at Risk from FQPA Implementation SPECIAL NOTE: See CPPM - CFDA # 10.329 (E) FQPA Risk Mitigation Program for Major Food Crop System (aka Risk Avoidance and Mitigation Program?) SPECIAL NOTE: See CPPM - CFDA # 10.329 (F) Methyl Bromide Transition Program (MBT) Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grants Program-Methyl Bromide Transition For Fiscal Year (FY) 2018: It is unclear at this time whether funding will be available for this program in FY 2018 as the program was not in the President?s FY 2018 budget request. (G) Organic Transition-Risk Assessment aka Organic Transition Program (ORG) FDC '51106' NOTE: Also see CFDA 10.307 OREI - FDC '51300' For Fiscal Year (FY) 2018: The FY 2018 RFA will focus on the development and implementation of research, extension and higher education programs to improve the competitiveness of organic livestock and crop producers, as well as those who are adopting organic practices. The program will focused on the development and implementation of biologically-based pest management practices that mitigate the ecological, agronomic and economic risks associated with a transition from conventional to organic agricultural production systems. (H) Regional Rural Development Centers For Fiscal Year (FY) 2018: We do not anticipate a higher level of funding or programming in FY 2018.

Uses and Use Restrictions

This research, education, and extension competitive grants program provides funding for integrated, multi-functional agricultural research, extension, and education activities which addresses priorities in United States agriculture.

Grant funds must be used for allowable costs necessary to conduct approved integrated research, extension and education objectives to address food and agricultural sciences, in the broadest sense.

NIFA has determined that grant funds awarded under this authority may not be used for the renovation or refurbishment of research, education, or extension space; the purchase or installation of fixed equipment in such space; or the planning, repair, rehabilitation, acquisition, or construction of buildings or facilities.

Funds may not be used for any purposes other than those approved in the grant award documents.

Tuition remission is not allowable. The following programs are authorized under (Section 406 of the Agricultural Research, Extension, and Education Reform Act of 1998 (AREERA) (7 U.S.C.

7626): (1) Water Quality (2) Food Safety (3) Regional Pest Management Centers (4) Crops at Risk (5) Risk Mitigation Program (6) Methyl Bromide Transition Program and (7) Organic Transition - Risk Assessment Other Integrated Program(s): (8) Regional Rural Development Centers (7 U.S.C.

450i and 7 U.S.C.

2204a) Section 1473 of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977 (7 U.S.C.

3319) prohibits indirect costs.

Hence, indirect costs are unallowable for this program.

Fully discretionary.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State agricultural experiment stations, State cooperative extension services, all colleges and universities, other research and extension institutions and organizations, Federal agencies, private organizations or corporations, and individuals to facilitate or expand promising breakthroughs in areas of the food and agricultural sciences of importance to the United States.

Beneficiary Eligibility

State agricultural experiment stations, State cooperative extension services, all colleges and universities, other research and extension institutions and organizations, Federal agencies, private organizations or corporations, and individuals to facilitate or expand promising breakthroughs in areas of the food and agricultural sciences of importance to the United States.

Credentials/Documentation

The System for Award Management (SAM) combines eight federal procurement systems, including CCR, and the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance into one new system. CCR activities are conducted through SAM (the CCR website will redirect users to SAM). Dun and Bradstreet Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number and System for Award Management (SAM): Each applicant (unless excepted under 2 CFR § 25.110(b) or (c), or has an exception approved by the Federal awarding agency under 2 CFR § 25.110(d)) is required to: (i) Be registered in SAM before submitting its application; (ii) Provide a valid DUNS number in its application; and (iii) Continue to maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which it has an active Federal award or an application or plan under consideration by a Federal awarding agency. It also must state that the Federal awarding agency may not make a Federal award to an applicant until the applicant has complied with all applicable DUNS and SAM requirements and, if an applicant has not fully complied with the requirements by the time the Federal awarding agency is ready to make a Federal award, the Federal awarding agency may determine that the applicant is not qualified to receive a Federal award and use that determination as a basis for making a Federal award to another applicant. Applicants must furnish the information required in the Competitive Request for Applications (RFAs). Successful applicants recommended for funding must furnish the information and assurances requested during the award documentation process. These include, but are not limited to the following: Organizational Management Information - Specific management information relating to an applicant shall be submitted on a one time basis, with updates on an as needed basis, as part of the responsibility determination prior to the award of a grant identified under this RFA, if such information has not been provided previously under this or another NIFA program. NIFA will provide copies of forms recommended for use in fulfilling these requirements as part of the preaward process. Although an applicant may be eligible based on its status as one of these entities, there are factors which may exclude an applicant from receiving Federal financial and nonfinancial assistance and benefits under this program (e.g., debarment or suspension of an individual involved or a determination that an applicant is not responsible based on submitted organizational management information). This information collection is approved under OMB Circular Control No. 0524-0026, ?Assurance of Compliance with the Department of Agriculture Regulations Assuring Civil Rights, Compliance and Organization Information.? SPECIAL NOTE: Please refer to the Competitive Request for Applications (RFAs) for further specific and pertinent details. The most current RFAs are available as follows: Methyl Bromide Transition Program (MBT): https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/methyl-bromide-transition Organic Transition-Risk Assessment (ORG): https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/organic-transitions-org Regional Rural Development Centers: https://nifa.usda.gov/regional-rural-development-centers RFAs are generally released annually. Hence, the RFAs provide the most current and accurate information available. Any specific instructions in the Competitive RFAs supersede the general information provided in the CFDA database. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

All RFAs are published on the Agency?s website and Grants.gov.

Applicants must complete the Grants.gov registration process.

An environmental impact statement is required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) only accepts electronic applications which are submitted via Grants.gov in response to specific Requests for Applications (RFA). Applicants must complete the Grants.gov registration process. For information about the pre-award phase of the grant lifecycle application processes see: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/learn-grants/grants-101/pre-award-phase.html. Further, applicants must follow the instructions provided in the NIFA Grants.gov Application Guide, which can be assessed as follows: Adobe NIFA Applications. 2 CFR part 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards and 2 CFR part 400 USDA?s Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards apply to this program. SPECIAL NOTE: Please refer to the Competitive Request for Applications (RFAs) for further specific and pertinent details. The most current RFAs are available via: Methyl Bromide Transition Program (MBT): https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/methyl-bromide-transition Organic Transition-Risk Assessment (ORG): https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/organic-transitions-org Regional Rural Development Centers: https://nifa.usda.gov/regional-rural-development-centers RFAs are generally released annually. Hence, the RFAs provide the most current and accurate information available. Any specific instructions in the Competitive RFAs supersede the general information provided in the CFDA database.

Award Procedures

Applications are subjected to a system of peer and merit review in accordance with section 103 of the Agricultural Research, Extension and Education Reform Act of 1998 (7 U.S.C. 7613) by a panel of qualified scientists and other appropriate persons who are specialists in the field covered by the proposal. Within the limit of funds available for such purpose, the NIFA Authorized Departmental Officer (ADO) shall make grants to those responsible, eligible applicants whose applications are judged most meritorious under the procedures set forth in the RFA. Reviewers will be selected based upon training and experience in relevant scientific, extension, or education fields, taking into account the following factors: (a) The level of relevant formal scientific, technical education, or extension experience of the individual, as well as the extent to which an individual is engaged in relevant research, education, or extension activities; (b) the need to include as reviewers experts from various areas of specialization within relevant scientific, education, or extension fields; (c) the need to include as reviewers other experts (e.g., producers, range or forest managers/operators, and consumers) who can assess relevance of the applications to targeted audiences and to program needs; (d) the need to include as reviewers experts from a variety of organizational types (e.g., colleges, universities, industry, state and Federal agencies, private profit and non-profit organizations) and geographic locations; (e) the need to maintain a balanced composition of reviewers with regard to minority and female representation and an equitable age distribution; and (f) the need to include reviewers who can judge the effective usefulness to producers and the general public of each application. Evaluation Criteria will be delineated in the Competitive Request for Applications (RFA). 2 CFR 200 ? Subpart C and Appendix I and 2 CFR part 400 apply to this Program. SPECIAL NOTE: Please refer to the Competitive Request for Applications (RFAs) for further specific and pertinent details. The most current RFAs are available via: Methyl Bromide Transition Program (MBT): https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/methyl-bromide-transition Organic Transition-Risk Assessment (ORG): https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/organic-transitions-org Regional Rural Development Centers: https://nifa.usda.gov/regional-rural-development-centers RFAs are generally released annually. Hence, the RFAs provide the most current and accurate information available. Any specific instructions in the Competitive RFAs supersede the general information provided in the CFDA database.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Section 406 of the Agricultural Research, Extension, and Education Reform Act of 1998 (AREERA) (7 U.S.C. 7626), as reauthorized by Section 7306 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (FCEA) (Public Law 110-246), authorized the Secretary of Agriculture to establish a competitive grants program that provides funding for integrated, multifunctional agricultural research, extension, and education activities. Subject to the availability of appropriations to carry out this program, the Secretary may award grants to colleges and universities [as defined by section 1404 of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977 (NARETPA) (7 U.S.C. 3103)], as amended, on a competitive basis for projects that address priorities in United States agriculture and involve integrated research, education, and extension activities, as determined by the Secretary in consultation with the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board (NAREEEAB). Section 7129 of the FCEA amended section 406(b) of AREERA (7 U.S.C. 7626(b)), adding Hispanic-serving agricultural colleges and universities (HSACUs) as eligible entities for competitive funds awarded under this authority (see Part III.B. of RFA for more information). , 7 U.S.C 7626; Section 2(c)(1)(B) of Public Law 89?106, as amended. , Public Law 89-106, 7 U.S.C 7626; Competitive, Special, and Facilities Research Grant Act, Public Law 89-106, 7 U.S.C 450i; Title V of the Rural Development Act of 1972, Public Law 92-419, 7 U.S.C 2204a.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 30 to 60 days. Contact the National Program Leader (NPL), as indicated per CFDA Section # 152 ? Headquarters Office regarding dates for specific deadlines, start and end dates, and range of approval/disapproval time. Information is also available via our website and may be obtained via the Grants.gov website. NIFA?s respective links regarding general information are provided below: http://nifa.usda.gov/ http://www.grants.gov. SPECIAL NOTE: Please refer to the Competitive Request for Applications (RFAs) for further specific and pertinent details. The most current RFA is available via: Methyl Bromide Transition Program (MBT): https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/methyl-bromide-transition Organic Transition-Risk Assessment (ORG): https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/organic-transitions-org Regional Rural Development Centers: https://nifa.usda.gov/regional-rural-development-centers RFAs are generally released annually. Hence, the RFAs provide the most current and accurate information available. Any specific instructions in the Competitive RFAs supersede the general information provided in the CFDA database.

Appeals

Not Applicable. 2 CFR Part 200 ? Subparts D & E apply to this program.

Renewals

Specific details are provided in the Request for Applications (RFA), which are generally published annually. The most current RFA is available via: Methyl Bromide Transition Program (MBT): https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/methyl-bromide-transition Organic Transition-Risk Assessment (ORG): https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/organic-transitions-org Regional Rural Development Centers: https://nifa.usda.gov/regional-rural-development-centers.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. GENERAL RULES: (a) Funds are awarded competitively. (b) No formula grants are awarded under Subtitle K of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977 [7 U.S.C. 3319e]. SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Regarding Critical Issues and Regional Rural Development Centers (Section 2(c)(1)(B) of Public Law 89-106, as amended): NIFA does not require matching or cost sharing support for the above-referenced programs. However, the provisions indicated below are applicable to the following programs which are authorized under Section 406 of the Agricultural Research, Extension, and Education Reform Act of 1998 (AREERA) (7 U.S.C. 7626): (1) Water Quality (2) Food Safety (3) Regional Pest Management Centers (4) Crops at Risk (5) Risk Mitigation (6) Methyl Bromide Transition and (7) Organic Transition - Risk Assessment Funds are awarded competitively. No formula grants are awarded under Subtitle K of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977 [7 U.S.C. 3319e]. If a grant provides a particular benefit to a specific agricultural commodity, and not of national scope, the grant recipient is required to match the USDA funds awarded on a dollar-for-dollar basis from non-Federal sources with cash and/or in-kind contributions. (See Part IV, B., 6. of the RFA for details.) NIFA may waive the matching funds requirement for a grant if NIFA determines that: (1) the results of the project, while of particular benefit to a specific agricultural commodity, are likely to be applicable to agricultural commodities generally; or (2) the project involves a minor commodity, the project deals with scientifically important research, and the grant recipient is unable to satisfy the matching funds requirement. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Regarding the Critical Issues and Regional Rural Development Centers (Section 2(c)(1)(B) of Public Law 89?106, as amended) , normally, competitive research projects will be supported for periods of up to three (3) years. In accordance with statutory time limits, project periods, including no-cost extensions of time, are not to exceed five (5) years. Further details are provided in the Award document Form NIFA-2009 and the NIFA General Terms and Conditions Grants and Cooperative Agreements (dated October 2016) at: https://nifa.usda.gov/resource/nifa-general-terms-and-conditions-grants-and-cooperative-agreements-october-2016. SPECIAL NOTE: Please refer to the Competitive Request for Applications (RFAs) for specific and pertinent details. The most current RFAs are available via: Methyl Bromide Transition Program (MBT): https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/methyl-bromide-transition Organic Transition-Risk Assessment (ORG): https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/organic-transitions-org Regional Rural Development Centers: https://nifa.usda.gov/regional-rural-development-centers RFAs are generally released annually. Hence, the RFAs provide the most current and accurate information available. Any specific instructions in the Competitive RFAs supersede the general information provided in the CFDA database. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: NIFA utilizes the Automated Standard Application for Payments (ASAP), a secure, web-based electronic payment and information system that allows federal agencies to administer funds. Currently, ASAP is the only payment source for new NIFA grantees.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

REEport GRANT REPORTING: All grant reporting must be completed using the Research, Education, and Extension project online reporting tool (REEport).

Initial reporting (item a.

below) is to be submitted through the REEport system.

Annual progress and final reporting (items b.

and c.

below) also is to be done through the REEport system.

Information on REEport can be found on NIFA?s web site at https://nifa.usda.gov/tool/reeport and the REEport software can be found at http://portal.nifa.usda.gov.

a. Initial Documentation in the REEport Database-- Research, Education, and Extension project online reporting tool (REEport) All projects must be documented in REEport.

The NIFA contact for all REEport documentation is: REEport National Institute of Food and Agriculture U.S.

Department of Agriculture STOP 2213 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W. Washington, D.C.

20250-2213 Telephone: (202) 690-0009 E-mail: electronic@nifa.usda.gov b. Annual Progress Reports. All projects must report annually into REEport.

An annual Progress Report is due 90 calendar days after the award?s anniversary date (i.e., one year following the month and day of which the project period begins and each year thereafter up until a final report is required).

An annual Progress Report covers the most recent one-year period.

The following information, when applicable, must be included in the Project Modifications section of the annual Progress Report. 1) A comparison of actual accomplishments with the goals established for the reporting period (where the output of the project can be expressed readily in numbers, a computation of the cost per unit of output should be submitted if the information is considered useful); (2) The reasons for slippage if established goals were not met; and (3) Additional pertinent information including, when appropriate, analysis and explanation of cost overruns or unexpectedly high unit costs. c. Final Technical Report The Final Technical Report is required within 90 calendar days after the expiration or termination of the award.

The Final Technical Report covers the entire period of performance of the award and must describe progress made during the entire timeframe of the project instead of covering accomplishments made only during the final reporting segment of the project.

In addition to supplying the information required under item b.

of this article, the final report must include the following when applicable: Identify equipment purchased with any Federal funds under the award and indicate subsequent use of such equipment. FINANCIAL REPORTING: As outlined in 2 CFR 200.327, the recipient must submit financial status reports by the frequency required in the terms and conditions of the award.

The following are the financial reporting requirements for NIFA. Federal Financial Report, Form SF-425: NIFA uses the SF-425, Federal Financial Report to monitor cash.

A ?Federal Financial Report,? Form SF-425, is due on an annual basis no later than 90 days following the end of the award anniversary date (i.e., one year following the month and day when the project period begins and each year thereafter up until a final report is required).

An annual Progress Report covers the most recent one-year period.

A final ?Federal Financial Report,? Form SF-425, is due 90 days after the expiration date of this award.

The report must be submitted to the Awards Management Division (AMD) as a pdf attachment to an email sent to awards@nifa.usda.gov. If questions are encountered regarding financial reporting requirements, please contact: Awards Management Division (AMD) Office of Grants and Financial Management (OGFM) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) U.S.

Department of Agriculture (USDA) STOP 2271 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20250-2271 Telephone: (202) 401-4986 SPECIAL NOTES: (1) Refer to the Competitive Requests for Applications (RFAs) for further specific and pertinent details.

RFAs are generally released annually and provide the most current and accurate information available.

Any specific instructions in the Competitive RFAs supersede the general information provided in the CFDA database. (2) The details of the reporting requirements are included in the NIFA General Terms and Conditions Grants and Cooperative Agreements (dated October 2016). (3) Further guidance is provided under 2 CFR Part 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards and 2 CFR Part 400, USDA?s Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.

No cash reports are required.

PROGRESS REPORTS: See above for pertinent and specific details.

EXPENDITURE REPORTS: See above for pertinent and specific details.

PERFORMANCE MONITORING: See above for pertinent and specific details.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. In accordance with 2 CFR Part 400 - Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards, Subpart F?Audit Requirements nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more during the non-Federal entity?s fiscal year in Federal awards must have a single or program-specific audit conducted for that year in accordance with the provisions of this part. A non-Federal entity that expends less than $750,000 during the non-Federal entity?s fiscal year in Federal awards is exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in § 200.503. Relation to other audit requirements, but records must be available for review or audit by appropriate officials of the Federal agency, pass-through entity, and Government Accountability Office (GAO). This program is also subject to audit by the cognizant Federal audit agency and the USDA Office of Inspector General. Relation to other audit requirements, but records must be available for review or audit by appropriate officials of the Federal agency, pass-through entity, and Government Accountability Office (GAO). This program is also subject to audit by the cognizant Federal audit agency and the USDA Office of Inspector General.

Records

In accordance with 2 CFR Part 400 - Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards, § 200.333 Retention requirements for records. Grantees shall maintain separate records for each grant to ensure that funds are used for authorized purposes. Grant-related records are subject to inspection during the life of the grant and must be retained at least three (3) years. Records must be retained beyond the three (3) year period if litigation is pending or audit findings have not been resolved. 2 CFR 200 Subpart D applies to this program.

Financial Information

Account Identification

12-1502-0-1-352.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 16 $6,616,405; FY 17 est $7,568,631; and FY 18 est $0 - The difference between the appropriation and obligation numbers reflects legislative authorized set-asides deducted as appropriate, and in some cases the availability of obligational authority from prior years.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

If minimum or maximum amounts of funding per competitive and/or capacity project grant, or cooperative agreement are established, these amounts will be announced in the annual Competitive Request for Application (RFA). The most current RFA is available via: Methyl Bromide Transition Program (MBT): https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/methyl-bromide-transition Organic Transition-Risk Assessment (ORG): https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/organic-transitions-org Regional Rural Development Centers: https://nifa.usda.gov/regional-rural-development-centers.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

As an administrator of U.S. government support, NIFA works in partnership with grantees to ensure responsible stewardship of federal funds. Our grantees and partners are required to comply with all relevant rules and regulations. The following resources are provided to NIFA?s partners and award recipients to support their adherence to federal regulations governing program performance: NIFA?s primary (main) website: https://nifa.usda.gov/regulations-and-guidelines The following represent specific documents and direct links: POLICY GUIDE NIFA?s Federal Assistance Policy Guide describes agency policies and procedures. https://nifa.usda.gov/policy-guide CERTIFICATIONS AND REPRESENTATIONS Certifications and representations provided through the NIFA application process. https://nifa.usda.gov/certifications-and-representations ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF USDA SUPPORT BY NIFA When acknowledging USDA support in accordance with 2 CFR Part 415, grantees must use the following acknowledgement for all projects or initiatives supported by NIFA. https://nifa.usda.gov/acknowledgment-usda-support-nifa FEDERAL REGULATIONS The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) lists all regulations published in the Federal Register. https://nifa.usda.gov/federal-regulations FOIA The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) provides that any person has the right to request access to federal documents and information such as research data. https://nifa.usda.gov/foia NEPA POLICY AND GUIDANCE The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Policy and Guidance set the standard for identifying potential environmental impacts. https://nifa.usda.gov/nepa-policy-and-guidance OGFM ISSUED CORRESPONDENCE The Office of Grants and Financial Management occasionally issues correspondence to applicants, grantees, and/or the general public for informational or clarification purposes. https://nifa.usda.gov/ogfm-issued-correspondence RESEARCH MISCONDUCT NIFA requires that all its awardees adhere to the USDA Scientific Integrity Policy and the Federal Policy on Research Misconduct. https://nifa.usda.gov/research-misconduct NIFA?S GENERAL AWARD TERMS AND CONDITIONS Award terms and conditions are determined by statutory, regulatory, and agency requirements, as well as each grant?s circumstances. Terms and conditions dictate important items related to your grant, including method of payment, reporting frequency and content, and prior approval requirements. References to the terms and conditions of awards are located on the NIFA 2009 Award Fact Sheet. NIFA's general award terms and conditions (see link below) is applicable to this program, for awards with an award date on December 26, 2014 and thereafter. https://nifa.usda.gov/resource/nifa-general-terms-and-conditions-grants-and-cooperative-agreements-october-2016.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None. Section # 153 - Additional Websites: http://nifa.usda.gov/program/national-water-quality-program http://nifa.usda.gov/program/national-integrated-food-safety-initiative http://nifa.usda.gov/program/integrated-pest-management-program http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/regulating/laws/fqpa/fqpa_implementation.htm http://nifa.usda.gov/resource/integrated-programs-application-information http://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/methyl-bromide-transitions http://nifa.usda.gov/program/organic-agriculture-program http://nifa.usda.gov/regional-rural-development-centers.

Headquarters Office

USDA, NIFA, National Program Leader, Institute of Bioenergy, Climate and Environment ? Division of Environmental Systems, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., STOP 2210, Washington, District of Columbia, 20250-2210, Telephone: (202) 720-5229, Fax: (202) 720-3945. ADDITIONAL CONTACTS: USDA, NIFA, National Program Leader; Institute of Food Safety and Nutrition, Division of Food Safety 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., STOP 2225, Washington, DC 20250-2220; Telephone: (202) 401-1954; Fax: (202) 401-14888; USDA, NIFA, National Program Leader, Institute of Food Production and Sustainability, Division of Animal Systems, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., STOP 2240, Washington, DC 20250-2220; Telephone: (202) 401-6134; fax: 202-401-1602; AND USDA, NIFA, National Program Leader, Institute of Youth, Family, and Community, Division of Family and Consumer Sciences 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., STOP 2250, Washington, DC 20250-2250; Telephone: (202) 720-4795; fax: 202-720-93662; , Washington , District of Columbia 20250-2210 Email: Policy@nifa.usda.gov Phone: (202) 720-5229 Fax: (202) 720-3945

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

2 CFR part 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards and 2 CFR part 400 USDA?s Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards apply to this program. Within guidelines established for the program as described in the Competitive Request for Application (RFA). The most current RFAs are available via: Methyl Bromide Transition Program (MBT): https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/methyl-bromide-transition Organic Transition-Risk Assessment (ORG): https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/organic-transitions-org Regional Rural Development Centers: https://nifa.usda.gov/regional-rural-development-centers.



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