Fwd: Opportunities for Input to USDA NIFA – announcement

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From: Heather Friedrich <heatherf@uark.edu>
Date: Thu, Sep 28, 2017 at 10:22 AM
Subject: Opportunities for Input to USDA NIFA – announcement
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NIFA Listens provides stakeholders with an opportunity to be heard.


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September 15, 2017

Stakeholder Listening Opportunity for Priorities in Research, Education and Extension 

A Federal Register Notice entitled "Stakeholder Listening Opportunity for Priorities in Research, Education and Extension" was published in the Federal Register on September 15, 2017.

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture announces its stakeholder listening initiative “NIFA Listens: Investing in Science to Transform Lives.” This stakeholder listening opportunity informs the research, extension and education priorities of NIFA, which has the mission of investing in and advancing agricultural research, education and extension to solve societal challenges. These investments in transformative science directly support the long-term prosperity and global pre-eminence of U.S. agriculture. This listening opportunity allows stakeholders to provide feedback on the following questions: “What is your top priority in food and agricultural research, extension or education that NIFA should address?” and “What are the most promising science opportunities for advancement of food and agricultural sciences?”

This effort to obtain input on NIFA's science priorities will be carried out through online and in-person submission mechanisms. Stakeholder input received from the two mechanisms is treated equally. The priorities and opportunities obtained from this effort will be evaluated in conjunction with input from NIFA staff. This information will be critical for NIFA's evaluation of existing science emphasis areas to identify investment opportunities and gaps in the current portfolio of programs. The information obtained through this iterative analysis and synthesis will help to ensure the strategic positioning and relevancy of NIFA's investments in advancing agricultural research, education and extension.

Written comments are due by December 1, 2017. 

Written comments must be submitted electronically through the NIFA Listens website or email directly to NIFAlistens@nifa.usda.gov.

For details on locations and dates of the in-person listening sessions, please visit the NIFA Listens website

Individuals wishing to attend in-person listens sessions must RSVP no later than Thursday, October 12, 2017.


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