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New USDA NIFA RCR Training Requirement

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has instituted a new training requirement effective for awards subject to the February 2013 Research Terms and Conditions

COLSA Dean Jon Wraith Named as Fellow in Food Systems Leadership Institute

Jon M. Wraith, Dean, College of Life Sciences and Agriculture, and Director, New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station, has been named as a 2012 Fellow in the Food Systems Leadership Institute (FSLI).

Dedicated to developing individual and institutional leadership for a twenty-first century food system, FSLI is a program of the Association of Public Land-grant Universities with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

New Director of USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Visits UNH

COLSA hosted Sonny Ramaswamy, director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA NIFA), at a town hall-style meeting at UNH’s Woodman Horticultural Farm recently.

In attendance were many of COLSA’s faculty, students, and staff; UNH senior vice provost for research Jan Nisbet; and members of the public, including Commissioner of Agriculture, Lorraine Merrill; State Senator Amanda Merrill; and Director of the New Hampshire Farm Bureau, Rob Johnson.

UNH to Lead USDA-funded Effort to Boost Northeastern Organic Dairy Industry

Researchers from the University of New Hampshire are leading a multi-state project that aims to help organic dairy farmers better produce and market their milk. The research will explore how organic dairy farmers in the Northeast can enhance farm profitability by extending the grazing season and adding value to milk through flaxseed supplementation.

National Robotics Initiative - New Multi-agency Program of NSF, NASA, NIH, and USDA

To accelerate the development and use of robots in the United States that work beside, or cooperatively with, people, several federal agencies have jointly announced the National Robotics Initiative.  

Public Investments in Agricultural Research Yield High Returns

A new report published by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) shows that "even though standard economic approaches may be difficult to apply to evaluations of some research benefits of public investments in agricultural research, economic reasoning can provide qualitative analysis even when estimates of benefits are difficult to quantify."

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