NIFA Update March 14

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Editor: Kelly Sprute                                                                                March 14, 2018

Making a Difference

Vermont 4-H Sheep Quiz Bowl and Skill-A-Thon

4-H'ers Flock to Orwell for Sheep Contest

The Vermont 4-H Sheep Quiz Bowl and Skill-A-Thon kept 4-H'ers on their toes as they learned about and responded to questions on breeds, anatomy, animal health, market lambs, and other sheep-related topics.

University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H and the Vermont 4-H Sheep Committee hosted the day-long event at the Orwell Town Hall. It was open to all Vermont 4-H'ers, ages 8 to 18, including those not enrolled in the sheep project but were interested in learning about sheep.

For the Skill-a-Thon, participants visited five different identification stations for a short lesson and hands-on activity. Siri Swanson, an Orwell 4-H'er, taught a session on feed identification.

Grace Kuehne, from Benson, served as quizmaster for the afternoon quiz bowl. Gabrielle Ochs, Orwell, and Hinesburg's Corinna Hobbs teamed up to win the senior division (14 and older). Kaitlyn Arena, from Burlington, and Orwell's Riley Ochs teamed up for a second-place finish.

In the junior division, Jack Nolin and Adalene Nolin, both from Corinth, came in first and second place, respectively. Carl Lesure, from Chittenden, placed third.

By Wendy Sorrell,
UVM 4-H Livestock Educator

Image: Eight 4-H'ers participated in the Vermont 4-H Sheep Quiz Bowl and Skill-A-Thon, Feb. 24, in Orwell. Front row, (left to right) Adalene and Jack Nolin, both from Corinth; Carl Lesure, Chittenden. Back row (left to right) Siri Swanson, and Riley and Gabrielle Ochs, all from Orwell; Corinna Hobbs, Hinesburg; and Kaitlyn Arena, Burlington. (Photo by Trevor Hobbs)


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National Extension and Research Administrative Officers Conference

Michigan State University is hosting the 2018 National Extension Research Administrative Officers Conference in Grand Rapids, on April 22-25. This year's theme, "Great Lakes, Great State: Endless Possibilities,” showcases all that the Mitten and West Michigan has to offer.

NERAOC 2018 will feature learning tracks on diversity and inclusion, finance/capacity funds, grants, HR/organizational development, minority-serving, and program reporting and accountability. The conference will strengthen professional development, create information sharing opportunities, and provide networking time with colleagues from across the nation. Presenters and participants include NIFA and 1862, 1890, and 1994 land-grant institutions.

Register for NERAOC 2018 before April 15. Onsite registrations will be available at the registration desk which opens at 2 p.m. April 23.

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User Inspired Science Transforms Lives

 NIFA’s 2017 Annual Report: “User Inspired Science, Transforming Lives,” has been published. This year’s report highlights the exciting work undertaken by NIFA-funded grantees in the areas of research, education, and extension. Take a look online at the exciting impacts you generate.


Webinar Announcements

Supplemental and Alternative Crops Program RFA Webinar
A Supplemental and Alternative Crops Program (SACC) webinar is March 21 at 2 p.m. EST. Staff will discuss the 2018 RFA and answer any questions. SACC supports the development of canola as a viable supplemental and alternative crop in the United States and significantly increase crop production through developing superior germplasm, improving cropping practices, and transferring knowledge to producers. Applications for 2018 awards are due April 18. 

Alfalfa and Forage Research Program RFA Webinar
An Alfalfa and Forage Research Program (AFRP) webinar is March 22 at 2 pm EST. Staff will discuss the 2018 RFA and answer questions. The program supports integrated, collaborative research and technology transfer to improve the efficiency and sustainability of alfalfa production systems. Applications for 2018 awards are due April 18.