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CAFNR Research Digest
CAFNR Office of Research Newsletter // October 24, 2019 // 1(18)
Research Highlights
Uncovering the Economic Sense of Planting Cover Crops (click to read)
Uncovering the Economic Sense of Planting Cover Crops »

CAFNR researchers conduct study of the economic effects of cover crops on cash crop production

Exploring Careers (click to read)
Exploring Careers »

Career Exploration Days offer students a look at careers in agriculture, food and natural resources

Agricultural Research Centers
Southwest Research Center (click to read)
Southwest Research Center »

Serving as a footprint for the University of Missouri in the southwest part of Missouri, the Southwest Research Center is a meeting place for farmers, producers, Extension regional specialists and students. The Southwest Research Center broke ground for a new facility last year, and will hold an official ribbon cutting on Friday, Oct. 25, to showcase the finished building. The ceremony will begin at noon with a reception and guest speakers following the ribbon cutting.

Land of the Osages Research Center (click to read)
Land of the Osages Research Center »

The grand opening of the Land of the Osages Research Center will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 29. This is the first new Research Center to open in CAFNR’s Agricultural Experiment Station network in more than 30 years, and the Center will be devoted to research in agroforestry. An entire day of events are planned to mark the occasion. Opening ceremonies honoring the Center’s partnership with the Osage Nation will begin at 10 a.m., with a lunch at noon. A field day will run from 1-4 p.m. 

Funding Agency News
Changes Planned for NSF in 2020

NSF has provided a draft of their proposed Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) for 2020. Those changes include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • They will no longer require a section labeled “Intellectual Merit” in the Project Description.
  • They will require use of an NSF-approved format in when submitting the biographical sketch. NSF will only accept PDFs that are generated through use of an NSF-approved format. A description of NSF-approved format(s) will be posted on the NSF website when the PAPPG is issued.
  • New electronic format (or formats) will be implemented to collect current and pending information. Upload of PDFs will no longer be permitted.
Foreign Components in Federal Grant Projects

Federal agencies are looking closer into proposed and awarded projects that involve a foreign component. The first step is to identify those projects. The key question to ask in identifying foreign components: Is a portion of the project being conducted outside the United States?

  • If no, there is no foreign component.
  • If yes, are the activities being conducted outside of the United States significant? Indicators of “significant” activities include:
    • Collaborations with investigators at a foreign site anticipated to result in co-authorship
    • Use of facilities or instrumentation at a foreign site
    • Receipt of financial support or resources from a foreign entity

Foreign components might require prior approval. Let the Grants Team know as soon as possible if you are planning a proposal that includes a foreign component so the approval processes can be completed by the submission deadline, if necessary.

Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID)

Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities ensuring that your work is recognized. Registration takes 30 seconds. Beginning with receipt dates on or after January 25, 2020, the requirement for ORCID identifiers will be enforced at the time of application for NIH individual fellowship and career development awards, including the following: F05, F30, F31, F32, F33, F37, F38, F99/K00, FI2, K01, K02, K05, K07, K08, K18, K22, K23, K24, K25, K26, K38, K43, K76, K99/R00. ORCIDs are not unique to NIH. Other agencies will probably be requiring them, too, eventually.

Research Roars

CAFNR faculty members have received the following recent grants (listed by Principal Investigator):

Pengyin Chen, Screening Soybean Germplasm and Breeding Soybeans for Flood Tolerance, 7/1/2019 – 6/30/2020, $160,000, Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council

David D. Diamond, Updating the Inventory of Regulated Dams for Missouri, 10/9/2019 – 6/30/2020, $47,787, Missouri Department of Natural Resources

Gerald L. Miller Jr., National Plant Diagnostic Network, 9/1/2016 – 8/31/2020, $50,000, Michigan State University

Henry Nguyen, Metabolic Engineering the Sterol Metabolome of Crop Plants for Protection Against Nematodes, 7/25/2016 – 1/25/2020, $62,500, Texas Tech University

Robert A. Pierce II, Implementation of Extension Educational Programs that Promote the Incorporation of Native Warm-Season Grasses in Grazing Systems, 7/1/2019 – 6/30/2020, $45,000, Missouri Department of Conservation

Mallory Rahe, Beginning Vendor Support Network, 1/1/2019 – 12/31/2021, $16,286, Oregon Farmers’ Markets Association

Andrew M. Scaboo, An Integrated Approach to Enhance Durability of SCN Resistance for Long-Term, Strategic SCN Management (Phase II) Management, 10/1/2019 – 9/30/2020, $588,370, N Central Soybean Research Program

Amanda Talbot, The Establishment of Native Plant Species for Livestock Forage and Wildlife Habitat in Silvopasture Systems, 9/2/2019 – 12/31/2021, $14,944, University of Minnesota

Patrick Westhoff, Agricultural Policy and Market Analysis 2019 – 2020, 9/30/2019 – 9/29/2020, $1,500,000, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Provided by the MU Office of Research

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Farm economy dependent on federal aid, low interest rates

The photo featured in the header shows a recent taping of the television news program U.S. Farm Report with CAFNR alumna Tyne Morgan. Morgan and crew visited Mizzou Friday, Oct. 11, to discuss ag markets with CAFNR faculty experts Scott Brown, Pat Westhoff and Seth Meyer. Morgan and her colleague, Chip Flory, who hosts radio program AgriTalk, also interviewed other CAFNR researchers about their areas of expertise.