USDA Announces Funding to Support Research, Education, and Extension at 1890 Land-Grant Universities PDF Print E-mail
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Written by USDA Office of Communications   
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 11:47

Prairie View, Texas, Feb. 9, 2015 – USDA's Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Joe Leonard today announced the availability of more than $18 million to strengthen the research, teaching and extension capabilities at 19 historically black land-grant colleges and universities in an effort to recruit and train students for careers in agriculture. Leonard made the announcement today during a visit to Prairie View A&M University.

"This support for the 1890 land-grant universities is an example of the Obama Administration and Secretary Vilsack's commitment to the 1890 Institutions," Leonard said. "This funding will continue to positively impact students, professors, and institutions for future generations."

The funding is being made available through the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture's (NIFA) 1890 Institution Research, Extension, and Teaching Capacity Building Grants (CBG) Program. NIFA provides support to historically black colleges and universities that were designated at as land-grant universities in the Second Morrill Act in 1890. Grants to these 1890 universities support research, extension and teaching in the food and agricultural sciences by building the institutional capacities of these schools.

The 1890 CBG Program strengthens the linkages among the 1890 universities, other colleges and universities, USDA, and private industry. It focuses on strengthening research and extension programs at the 1890 institutions and advancing cultural diversity in the scientific and professional workforce by attracting and educating more students from underrepresented groups.

Full applications for the 1890 CBG program are due March 26, 2015. Please see the request for applications for specific program requirements.

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Checkoff Helps Commercialize 33 New Soy-Based Products PDF Print E-mail
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Written by United Soybean Board   
Friday, 06 February 2015 16:30

ST. LOUIS (Feb. 5, 2015) – What does foam that keeps floors from squeaking have in common with NASCAR racing tires? Both contain soybean oil. Both are on the list of 33 new products commercialized in 2014 with soy checkoff support. And both are driving demand for U.S. soybeans.

All together, more than 800 soy-based products have been developed with checkoff support since 1990. United Soybean Board (USB) director Dale Profit, a soybean farmer from Van Wert, Ohio, has seen many advancements firsthand and anticipates even more soy-based product development in the future.

“Some new uses, like biodiesel, are high-volume,” Profit explains. “Other products, like carpet backing, paint and concrete-release forms, may use smaller amounts of soy, but have higher value. The market for ingredients like soy polyols keeps increasing in industries ranging from automotive to furniture manufacturers, which increases the demand for U.S. soy at home and abroad.”

Checkoff-funded research continues to pay dividends as manufacturers look for ways to displace industry standards like petroleum, latex, mineral oil and other possibly carcinogenic materials in their products. Raw materials from sustainable soy provide environmental benefits and have been proven to perform as well as the ingredients they replace in a wide range of products, at a comparable cost. In fact, some perform even better.

Browse USB’s Soy Products Guide, an online catalog of the thousands of currently available soy-based products, ingredients and manufacturers.

New soy-based products and ingredients introduced in 2014 as a result of checkoff support include:


Eco Ultimate Silencer™ – Foam underlayment and carpet cushion by Foam Products Corp.
Eco Silencer HD FOF™ – A high-density-foam underlayment for floors by Foam Products Corp.
BETAFOAM™ Renue – Sound-deadening foam by Dow Chemical that is used in cars
Automotive seating for GM cars – Foam made with soy polyols by Lear Corporation
TSE EcoWIND™ – A polyurethane resin with soy oil for filament winding by TSE Industries, Inc.


NASCAR Racing Tires – Soybean oil used in rubber compounds by Goodyear Tire & Rubber


Avicor® 384 and Avicor® 385 – Low-VOC architectural latex paints by Celanese
Beckosol AQ® 400 – Traffic line paint by Reichhold


Liquamelt® – A new adhesive system for wood by H.B. Fuller
CedarSafe® – 4’x8’ flakeboard panels used to make cedar closets made with Soyad® soy-based adhesive by Giles & Kendall, Inc.
Hardwood plywood panels – Made with Soyad® soy-based adhesive by States Industries, LLC, and available in home-improvement stores
Pangua PureGlue™ – Plywood with Soyad® soy-based adhesive made by Panguaneta S.P.A.
NU GREEN® – Particleboard and thermofused laminates by Uniboard Canada that replace formaldehyde with Soyad® soy-based adhesive


AW-130SB™, AW-140SB™, AW-150SB™ – Soy wax emulsions for paper and packaging applications by A&W Products
PSA50MA™ and A5060™ – Binders for paper and paperboard made by Applied Protein Systems


Elevance Clean™ 1200 – Zero-VOC metal degreaser made by Elevance Renewable Sciences
ECO-300™ and MFS-Green™ – Oil-storage-tank cleaners made by FloTek industries


GEOlube SCO™ – Oil-well-drilling lubricants by GEO Specialty Chemicals 
Concert™ GC-350 – A grease-processing aid made by Elevance Renewable Sciences


StimOil® FBA M, StimOil® FBA Plus, StimOil® EC, and StimOil® EN – Downhole crude oil recovery aides by FloTek industries
Azelaic acid – A soy-derived product by Emery Oleochemicals that is used in Nylon 6.9 and greases
Pelargonic acid – A soy-derived product used in paints, inks and greases by Emery Oleochemicals


Soy-based candles – Bennington Candle Company
Soy-based candles – Coyer Candle Company
Soy-based candles – Prize Candle Company

The 70 farmer-directors of USB oversee the investments of the soy checkoff to maximize profit opportunities for all U.S. soybean farmers. These volunteers invest and leverage checkoff funds to increase the value of U.S. soy meal and oil, to ensure U.S. soybean farmers and their customers have the freedom and infrastructure to operate, and to meet the needs of U.S. soy’s customers. As stipulated in the federal Soybean Promotion, Research and Consumer Information Act, the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service has oversight responsibilities for USB and the soy checkoff.

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USDA Announces the Availability of $16 Million to Support Food Production PDF Print E-mail
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Written by USDA Office of Communications   
Tuesday, 03 February 2015 10:26

WASHINGTON, Feb. 3, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced the availability of more than $16 million in funding to support research, education and Extension efforts to improve food production and increase food security, defined as regular access to affordable, nutritious food. NIFA is funding the grants through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Food Security program.

"Agricultural production is inextricably linked to the health of our nation, and every American deserves access to safe, nutrient-rich food," said Sonny Ramaswamy, NIFA director. "This funding will increase food security by improving agricultural production systems at the regional and national levels and by encouraging diverse agricultural production."

The goal of the AFRI Food Security challenge area in 2015 is to develop more sustainable, productive, and economically viable plant and animal production systems. This program will also develop regionally-adapted crop cultivars and livestock breeds that contribute to rural economic development and prosperity while enhancing food security.

The fiscal year 2015 AFRI Food Security request for applications addresses four priorities of the 2014 Farm Bill to continue building a foundation of knowledge in fundamental and applied food and agricultural sciences that are critical for solving current and future societal challenges. The four priority areas include: plant health, production, and products; animal health, production, and products; food safety, nutrition and health; and agriculture economics and rural communities.

A letter of intent is due March 19, 2015, and full applications are due May 21, 2015. Please see the request for applications for specific program requirements.

The purpose of AFRI is to support research, education, and extension work by awarding grants that address key problems of national, regional, and multi-state importance in sustaining all components of food and agriculture. AFRI is NIFA's flagship competitive grant program authorized under the 2014 Farm Bill and supports work in six priority areas: 1) plant health and production and plant products; 2) animal health and production and animal products; 3) food safety, nutrition and health; 4) bioenergy, natural resources and environment; 5) agriculture systems and technology; and 6) agriculture economics and rural communities.

The 2014 Farm Bill requires NIFA to establish Centers of Excellence for food and agricultural research, education, and extension. Applicants who meet the requirements of this funding opportunity are also eligible to apply for Center of Excellence designation as part of their grant application, which gives them priority consideration during the external peer review process. Information on applying for this designation can be found in the RFA.

Through federal funding and leadership for research, education and extension programs, NIFA focuses on investing in science and solving critical issues impacting people's daily lives and the nation's future. More information is at:


USDA's February 10, 2015, World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates Report to Incorporate Changes to Rice Table PDF Print E-mail
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Written by USDA Office of Communications   
Tuesday, 03 February 2015 10:18

WASHINGTON, Feb. 2, 2015 - The Feb. 10 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report, which will be released at 12 noon ET, will include two new rice prices in the "Medium & Short-grain" rice section of the table on page 14. USDA is forecasting these two new additional rice prices that are part of the program parameters introduced in the 2014 Farm Bill for the Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs.

The two new prices will be located directly under the "Average Farm Price" line and will include:

  • California
  • Other States

Two lines have been added at the bottom of the rice table under the sub-heading "Medium & Short-Grain Rice." The two new prices are a sub-category of the combined medium- and short-grain average farm price. No other lines were added or deleted from the table.

The first publicly available information for the 2013/14 "California" and "Other States" prices became available in the January issue of USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service's Agricultural Prices report that was released on January 30, 2015.

An example of the change is found on this sample WASDE page (PDF, 46KB).

Background on USDA's WASDE report and past issues are available at:


USDA to Release New Long-Term Agricultural Projections PDF Print E-mail
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Written by USDA Office of Communications   
Tuesday, 03 February 2015 10:16

WASHINGTON, Feb. 2, 2015--The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will release its 10-year agricultural projections on Feb. 11, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. EST. USDA's Agricultural Projections to 2024 will be posted to the Office of the Chief Economist's (OCE) website at and available in MS Word and PDF formats. Projections data will be available as Excel spreadsheets, as well. Selected tables from the projections report were made available on Dec. 18, 2014.

USDA publishes the projections each year in February. The projections are developed by interagency committees in USDA, with the Economic Research Service (ERS) having the lead role in the preparation of the report. The new projections cover crop and livestock commodities, agricultural trade and aggregate indicators, such as farm income, through 2024. The projections do not represent a USDA forecast, but a conditional, long-run scenario based on specific assumptions about farm policy, weather, the economy and international developments. Normal weather is assumed throughout the projection period. The projections were prepared during October through December 2014 and reflect the Agricultural Act of 2014.

Background on USDA's long-term projections and past issues of the report are available on the ERS website at


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