NIFA Update - Nov. 13

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Editor: Kelly Sprute                                                                                          Nov. 13, 2019

Making a Difference

Xingen Lei is researching how microalgae can be used as protein-rich feed for chickens. Image courtesy of Cornell University.

Xingen Lei is researching how microalgae can be used as protein-rich feed for chickens. Image courtesy of Cornell University.

Cornell Partners in $10 Million Science Grant

Cornell University is co-leading a $9.95 million, five-year NIFA grant that aims to transform nutrition and water use in the poultry industry in order to improve its environmental impact and enhance human health. The grant co-led by the University of Arkansas, dovetails with Cornell’s land-grant missions of research, extension, and teaching, said Xingen Lei, professor in the Cornell’s Department of Animal Science in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. “Poultry is a major animal source of protein to Americans, so it will be a great opportunity for us to improve production efficiency, quality of the meat and economic returns with added values for the producers,” Lei said. “It’s an effective way for us to make an impact.” Read the full Cornell Chronicle article.


Angle's Update

J. Scott Angle NIFA Director

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News for You

Unidos Se Puede STEM Student at Oklahoma State University.

Fueling the Future with STEM

It’s becoming a familiar scene at Oklahoma State University: Nearly 100 brightly-colored-t-shirt-wearing middle schoolers engaging in interactive, hands-on, STEM-related activities across the Stillwater campus.

During this year’s two-day-one-night stay, students got a taste of everything from personal money management strategies, soil science and digital mapping technology to landscape architecture, jewelry making and psychology. The students are part of Unidos Se Puede, a family-based program that helps Latino middle school students do better in school and stay away from drugs, teen pregnancy and other potential pitfalls. Unidos has been awarded a grant from NIFA to adapt and expand the program into the African-American community in north Tulsa. Read the full Examiner-Enterprise article.

Cooperative Extension Leaders APLU Annual Meeting

APLU Extension Award winners

The impact of Cooperative Extension showcased during the Annual National Awards Program at the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) annual meeting. The awards were presented by NIFA’s Director Scott Angle.

L-R: Rick Klemme, Cooperative Extension/ECOP Exec. Dir.; Scott Angle, NIFA, Dir.; Dorothy Brandon, Alabama A&M University.; Kim Greder, Iowa State University; Matt Devereaux, University of Tennessee; Donna Shoemaker, Ohio State University; Dave Schramm, Utah State University; Gordon Johnson, University of Delaware; Mark Latimore, Jr. (ECOP Chair), Fort Valley State University, and Mark Peterson, University of Arkansas

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