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Special Research Grants Program - Pest Management Alternatives

April 20, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 131

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture, more usually called NIFA, is a federal government agency that was created under the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008.

NIFA operates under the United States Department of Agriculture, and is essentially responsible for stimulating and funding research and technological innovations that are particularly built to boost and improve American agriculture; make it more profitable and environmentally sustainable while ensuring the commercial viability of agriculture and production.

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture has recently established the Special Research Grants Program - Pest Management Alternatives in an effort to provide support for the development and implementation of integrated pest management practices, strategies and systems for specific pest issues while simultaneously reducing human and environmental hazards.

The program is initially created to address challenges that are halting the successful management of pest issues in commercial production. Some of these challenges include regulatory changes, emergence of new pest issues, and the development of pest resistance to present management technologies.

NIFA has particularly outlined 3 main objectives for the Special Research Grants Program - Pest Management Alternatives, they are as follows:

a) The development or modification of integrated pest management strategies and technologies that would address specific pest issues in both pre- and post-harvest systems

b) The modification, analysis, and demonstration of the effectiveness of altered or alternative integrated pest management methods and technologies, including products of genetic engineering, biological organisms, biological pesticides, new chemical pesticides, and cultural practices

c) The execution of field demonstration programs and a thorough description of how anticipated results can be economically and effectively integrated into production systems for individual crops.

To support the realization of these goals, NIFA is prepared to administer funds in the amount of $1,400,000 to worthy applicants who can manifest the facility to successfully carry out the responsibilities covered under the programme guidelines.

NIFA will be accepting proposals and applications from State agricultural experiment stations, institutions of higher education like colleges and universities, research establishments and associations, government agencies, private organizations and corporations along with capable individuals.

Collaboration from the previously mentioned eligible applicants are also encouraged by NIFA but they have specified that they will not be allowing applications from scientists affiliated with non-United States organizations.

The United States Department of Agriculture, the mother agency funding the Special Research Grants Program - Pest Management Alternatives, is the nation's leader in consistent and unrelenting anti-hunger efforts which are usually done through product safety and conservation initiatives.

Iola Bonggay is an editor of She maintains Websites providing resources on small business grants and home improvement grants.

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