USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture Needs Stakeholder Input on Food, Agriculture Priorities

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture is accepting input from stakeholders regarding research, extension, and education priorities in food and agriculture. A series of four in-person listening sessions hosted in different regions across the country and submission of written comments will offer two ways to share your thoughts and ideas. Stakeholder input received from both methods will be treated equally.

NIFA Listens: Investing in Science to Transform Lives” focuses on answering to two questions from stakeholders:

  • What is your top priority in food and agricultural research, extension, or education that NIFA should address?
  • What are the most promising science opportunities for advancement of food and agricultural sciences?

NIFA wants to hear from you about priorities and opportunities in agricultural sciences. This will help NIFA prioritize science emphasis areas, identify gaps in programming, and determine which programs are redundant or underperforming. 

Rural Studies Student Conference
This is a gentle reminder that Friday, September 15th is the abstract submission deadline for this year's Rural Studies Student Conference hosted by the Penn State Rural Sociology Graduate Association, October 27 & 28, 2017, at University Park, Pennsylvania. 

Our theme this year is (broadly): “Demystifying Rural."

Attached is this year's flyer for distribution. Please share widely with your peers and students. We are accepting abstracts from undergraduate and graduate students, as well as interested members of the broader community.

This year registration is free, but required.

We would also like to announce this year's keynote speakers:

This is a great opportunity to receive feedback on research (at any stage of development and from any discipline or department) from your student peers. 

We look forward to seeing you at Penn State!