Alfalfa and Forage Research Program

To improve alfalfa and forage yield and seed yield of crops grown for propagation, improve persistence of plantings, reduce pest pressure for both forage and seed production, improve genetic quality of commercial cultivars and reduce losses during harvest and storage.




Related Programs10.310 Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: 1.

Impact of Microbial Inoculants on the Quality and Fermentation Stability of Alfalfa Round-bale Baleage Alfalfa is a high protein and highly digestible forage for beef cattle producers and dairies.

This project looks at microbial inoculant technologies the improve fermentation of alfalfa grass baleage to improve the appeal of alfalfa to beef and dairy producers.

To date the program has successfully trained local producers on improving the establishment of alfalfa acreage as evidenced by increased skill by producers in producing high quality alfalfa and alfalfa-mixed baleage.

In addition the team has trained county agents in successful management practices.

Three (3) field days have been held. 2.

Forage Quality Improvement in Reduced-Lignin Alfalfa Monoculture and Alfalfa-Grass Binary Mixtures Alfalfa provides multiple ecosystems services in addition to being an important rotation crop.

Reduced lignin alfalfa is a more digestibly feed and therefore will increase the value of alfalfa as a feed.

This project will look at using new varieties of reduced lignin alfalfa grown in both monoculture and mixed stands.

To date this study has established their plots of alfalfa in addition to mixed stand plots with orchargrass and meadow fescue.

In addition, one (1) sample cutting was harvested and photos have been taken to analyze grass stands.

The team has also begun doing educational extension presentations at forage specific meetings in throughout New York State.

3.

Potato Leafhopper Threshold Revised for Alfalfa Host Resistance and Alfalfa Grass Mixtures Potato Leafhopper is a pest that has a high negative impact on alfalfa crops and therefore alfalfa economics.

This study will look at resistant varieties and potential mixtures that can decrease damage by leafhopper.

In addition, this study will also create guidelines that establish threshold values so producers will know when it is economically advantageous to apply insecticide.

This study will look at leafhopper in three (3) states: Maryland Ohio and Wisconsin.

To date, the project has established field plots in all locations.

Samples from the first year have been collected but no results have been attained yet. 4.

Reestablishing IPM Recommendations for Aphids in Alfalfa Hay in the Low Desert. Currently aphids are a serious pest for alfalfa, but most of the time broad spectrum insecticides are used to control them.

An economic threshold of aphid has never been established or alternatives looked at in the low desert.

This project will establish an economic threshold and investigate the efficacy of selective insecticide management for aphids in alfalfa.

Guidelines have been shared with growers and the team sees them using these management practices.

Survey data showed 25% of producers are using targeted insecticides relative to broad spectrum.

In addition, the team identified a natural biological control agent, and entomopathogenic fungi that infects aphids, and are starting to develop communication about this.

5.

Developing Molecular Markers for Enhancing Resistance to Drought and High Salinity in Alfalfa Alfalfa, the fourth most widely produced crop in the US, yield is limited by water.

Much of the crop is irrigated and with climate change effects, adaptation to drought and salt tolerance will be beneficial traits.

This project will identify germplasm with drought and salt resistance and develop populations with a high percentage of resistance.

The project has identified 20 traits of interest and evaluated.

Greenhouse plants were tested for four (4) traits related to salt stress: Dry weight, plant height, chlorophyll content and stomatal conductance and plant performance was assessed.

24 potential molecular markers have been identified that will be used for marker-assisted breeding in the future.

Fiscal Year 2017: 1.

Developing Regionally-adapted, resilient alfalfa germplasm pools This project develops germplasm pools selected to improve various traits and targeted to Northern and Southern regions of the US.

The pools give breeders access to unique genetic material.

Last, the team will access this diversity and share results through field days. 2.

Proximal and remote sensing of alfalfa canopies for early detection of insect stress and rapid integrated pest management decision making This project looks at detecting alfalfa pest injury early through radiation technology.

Specific focus is on the potato leafhopper.

Technologies will be used to locate stress which will allow for targeted management. 3.

Determining Genetic Factors that Influence Forage Quality in Alfalfa This project uses Total Track Neutral Detergent Fiber Digestibility (TTNDFD) to determine the utilization and digestibility of hay by dairy animals.

TTNDFD will be assessed on 200 selected alfalfa varieties and/or accessions from throughout the world.

Quality differences in the varieties will be determined and linked to the plant genetics.

Information on the best varieties will be disseminated to growers and plant breeding programs. 4.

Developing an attractant for Lygus Hesperus derived from host plant volatile compounds This project will improve alfalfa management practices by studying the chemical communication between alfalfa and an emerging pest, L.

Hesperus.

The project will develop alfalfa stink bug attractants by isolating a biological compound.

The approach will decrease the use of pesticide used in alfalfa seed production.

5.

Development of grazing recommendations and on-farm decision tools for managing alfalfa-grass mixtures in the Southeastern US This project looks at alfalfa management in the Southeast.

Strategies for grazing and decision tools to support efficient forage utilization and stand survival in mixed alfalfa pastures will be developed.

Alfalfa can help producers improve efficiency without expanding acreage.

Fiscal Year 2018: This program is subject to congressional budget approval for FY 2018.

At this time, the projected funding level is Zero ($0).

However, if funding is provided, it is anticipated that similar projects will be awarded.

Data is not yet available.

Pertinent information will be provided by program at a future date once received.


Agency - Department of Agriculture

Established in 1862, the Department of Agriculture serves all Americans through anti-hunger efforts, stewardship of nearly 200 million acres of national forest and rangelands, and through product safety and conservation efforts. The USDA opens markets for American farmers and ranchers and provides food for needy people around the world.




Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
University Of Wisconsin System $ 299,917   2018-09-012021-08-31
Michigan State University $ 299,977   2018-09-012021-08-31
Regents Of The University Of Minnesota $ 297,557   2018-09-012021-08-31
University Of Wisconsin System $ 299,980   2018-09-012021-08-31
Washington State University $ 295,000   2018-09-012021-08-31
Montana State University, Inc $ 294,200   2018-09-012021-08-31
University Of Georgia Research Foundation, Inc. $ 255,190   2019-09-012020-08-31
University Of California, Davis $ 300,000   2018-09-012020-08-31
Washington State University $ 250,000   2019-09-012020-08-31
University Of California, Davis $ 249,940   2019-09-012020-08-31



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: For the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 award cycle, $1,853,634 was available for grant awards. A total of twenty (20) applications were received that requested a total of $4,870,015. A peer-review panel evaluated these applications in June, 2016. The peer panels included faculty from land grant universities and scientists from industry and a Federal laboratory. Funds were available to support a total of eight (8) new Integrated Research and Extension Projects awards totaling $1,854,554. The funding success rate for this program in FY 2016 was 40% for new awards. This program seeks to improve the yield of alfalfa forage and seed crops, improve persistence of production fields, reduce pest and pathogen pressure, improve germplasm by breeding, and reduce losses in harvesting and storage of the crop. . Fiscal Year 2017: For the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 award cycle, $2,082,970 was available for grant awards. A total of 14 applications were received that requested a total of $3,459,886. In June, 2017, a peer-review panel evaluated the applications. The peer panel included faculty from land grant universities and scientists from industry and a Federal lab. Funds were available to support a total of eight (8) new awards as Integrated Research & Extension Projects totaling $2,083,835. There was a 57% funding success rate for the FY 2017 program. This program seeks to establish interdisciplinary and multi-location research and extension networks to address national priorities or regional science needs of the U.S. alfalfa forage industry. It supports the development of improved alfalfa forage and seed production systems, practices, and supporting technologies. Fiscal Year 2018: This program is subject to congressional budget approval for FY 2018. At this time, the projected funding level is Zero ($0). However, if funding is provided, it is anticipated that similar projects will be awarded. Pertinent details to be provided by Program at a future date.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The Secretary may award competitive grants for collaborative projects that are mutually beneficial to the United States and other countries and encourage private sector involvement.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

(1) State agricultural experiment stations; (2) colleges and universities; (3) university research foundations; (4) other research institutions and organizations; (5) Federal agencies, (6) national laboratories; (7) private organizations or corporations; (8) individuals who are U.S.

citizens or permanent residents; and (9) any group consisting of 2 or more entities identified in (1) through (8).

Beneficiary Eligibility

(1) State agricultural experiment stations; (2) colleges and universities; (3) university research foundations; (4) other research institutions and organizations; (5) Federal agencies, (6) national laboratories; (7) private organizations or corporations; (8) individuals who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents; and (9) any group consisting of 2 or more entities identified in (1) through (8).

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: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/alfalfa-and-forage-research-program 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

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

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.

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: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/alfalfa-and-forage-research-program 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: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/alfalfa-and-forage-research-program 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

High-Priority Research and Extension Initiatives, 7 U.S.C 5925(d)(8).

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: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/alfalfa-and-forage-research-program 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: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/alfalfa-and-forage-research-program.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

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: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/alfalfa-and-forage-research-program 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. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.

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.

(6/21/17 FYI ONLY: NIFA utilizes the Federal Financial Report, Form SF-425 to monitor cash outlays.).

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. 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

12-1500-0-1-352.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 16 $1,853,634; FY 17 est $2,082,970; and FY 18 est $0 - SPECIAL NOTES: (1) 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: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/alfalfa-and-forage-research-program.

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.

Headquarters Office

USDA, NIFA, Deputy Director Institute of Food Production and Sustainability (IFPS), Division of Plant Systems - Production, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., STOP 2250, Washington, District of Columbia 20250-2250 Email: Policy@nifa.usda.gov Phone: 202-401-5024 Fax: 202-401-1782

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: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/alfalfa-and-forage-research-program.



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