NIFA Update April 18

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Editor: Kelly Sprute                                                                                         April 18, 2018

Many older Americans are at risk of financial exploitation.

Preventing Financial Exploitation of Older Adults

Exploiting an older adult’s financial resources is the third most common form of abuse. Losing assets that have been accumulated over a lifetime can have devastating financial consequences for the victim and can also lead to greater need for public support like Medicaid. Financial exploitation is often accompanied by other types of abuse and neglect, which can impair the victim’s health and shorten their life. Exploitation can also damage the victim’s sense of security and trust. Because the perpetrator is often an adult child or other relative, financial exploitation of an elder can have major impacts on entire families. Researchers at land-grant universities across the country are working together to get a more holistic understanding of the personal, family, social, and cultural factors that increase or decrease its likelihood. This work will help protect older Americans from financial exploitation and prevent psychological and economic damage to families and society. Read the full Multistate Research Fund impact.

Photo: Many older Americans are at risk of financial exploitation. This risk is especially high for those over age 70 and women. 


Mackenzie Hinson

4-H Youth is 'Making a Difference' One Community Food Pantry at a Time

Sometimes, to make a difference, you just have to take matters into your own hands. That’s exactly what 4-H’er Mackenzie Hinson did in Mount Olive, North Carolina. As a result, thousands of area residents worry less about finding healthy food to eat.

“Kenzie” was a 10-year-old member of Jordan's Chapel and Bowevelle 4-H clubs when her life changed forever. “I did a speech, ‘Hunger in Our Communities,’ for a 4-H competition and learned how many people in my community and state suffer from hunger,” she said. “It was a problem right here!”

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture is the home of 4-H National Headquarters. The 4-H Youth Development Program is the youth outreach program from the land-grant institutions’ cooperative extension services. 4-H creates positive learning experiences; positive relationships for and between youth and adults; positive, safe environments; and opportunities for positive risk taking. Read the full NIFA article

Mackenzie Hinson is making a difference by operating a food pantry in Mount Olive, North Carolina. (Photo by Craig Ladd)

News for You

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SARE State Summaries and Grants Lists Available

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program has been a go-to USDA grants and outreach program for farmers, ranchers, researchers and educators who develop innovations that improve farm profitability, protect water and land, and revitalize communities. SARE has awarded over $251 million to more than 6,300 projects. Learn more about funded grants, project highlights and a breakdown of funding in your state using our newly updated portfolio summaries and grant lists.

Apple Pear Photo by Yves Geissbühler/CC0

Virginia Tech Researchers Compare Apples, Pears, Discover Link Between Sex, Fat

When it comes to fat accumulation, men tend to carry more weight around their abdomens and women tend to carry more weight around their hips and thighs, but the mechanical reason for the difference has remained a mystery. The apple-shaped body has been associated with higher risk of developing metabolic syndrome, largely because of increased accumulation of visceral fat around the waist. A recent study by Virginia Tech researchers discovered a cell that explains why men and women store body fat differently. Read the full Virginia Tech story.

Photo by Yves Geissbühler/CC0.

USDA Message

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue

Secretary Perdue Statement on Release of 2018 Farm Bill

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued the following statement on the release of the 2018 Farm Bill: “I applaud Chairman Conaway and the House Agriculture Committee for their diligence and hard work in crafting the 2018 Farm Bill. The trend of low commodity prices over recent years and headlines about trade disputes have caused anxiety among agricultural producers these days, so this legislation is critically important to give them some much-needed reassurance. In my travels across the country, I have found that farmers have confidence in President Trump’s ability to negotiate strong trade deals with other nations, but they also want a strong, bipartisan Farm Bill that puts their needs above Washington, D.C. politics. While there is still much work to be done, I am pleased that this Farm Bill aligns with many of the principles USDA released in January. I look forward to working with the Agriculture Committees and members of Congress from both sides to pass a comprehensive Farm Bill in a timely fashion to provide the needed support and certainty to our farmers. The Trump Administration has made rural prosperity a priority for the country, and a Farm Bill that works for agriculture is a key component of the agenda.”


NIFA’s Institute of Food Safety and Nutrition April Seminar

Dr. Leslie Cunningham-Sabo, associate professor in Food Science and Human Nutrition with Colorado State University, will present a webinar titled “Considerations for Dissemination and Adoption of School-Based Childhood Obesity Prevention Programs” April 23, from 3- 4 p.m., EST. The seminar can be viewed via WebEx and is part of the Institute of Food Safety and Nutrition Seminar Series.  These monthly seminars aim to disseminate new knowledge, engage with partners and stakeholders, and inspire the next generation of food safety and nutrition experts. Visit the NIFA for more webinar information.