ASA-CSSA-SSSA Science Policy Report ASA-CSSA-SSSA Bi-Weekly Science Policy Report https://www.agronomy.org/science-policy/sspr/ en-us Copyright 2016 webmaster@agronomy.org (Webmaster) Senate Democrats block spending bill over Iran Nuclear Deal https://www.agronomy.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-04/#4343 https://www.agronomy.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-04/#4343 <p>Despite early movement, the appropriations process has ground to a halt</p> Policy News 2016-05-04 12:00:00 House panel adopts new rules for large NSF projects https://www.agronomy.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-04/#4344 https://www.agronomy.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-04/#4344 <p>The National Science Foundation (NSF) suffered the first political fallout</p> Policy News 2016-05-04 12:00:00 Senate passes bipartisan energy bill https://www.agronomy.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-04/#4345 https://www.agronomy.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-04/#4345 <p>The Senate passed by an overwhelming vote of 85-12 a bipartisan comprehensive</p> Policy News 2016-05-04 12:00:00 Bucking the trend, Midwest farmers advocate for TPP free trade deal https://www.agronomy.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-04/#4346 https://www.agronomy.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-04/#4346 <p>Turn on the TV and you can barely escape it: presidential candidates on both</p> Policy News 2016-05-04 12:00:00 Researchers discuss challenges and opportunities of industrial hemp https://www.agronomy.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-04/#4347 https://www.agronomy.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-04/#4347 <p>The Farm Bill of 2014 provided that research institutions and state departments</p> Policy News 2016-05-04 12:00:00 Probing impacts of fertilization on soil organic matter with light https://www.agronomy.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-04/#4348 https://www.agronomy.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-04/#4348 <p>Soil organic matter (SOM) is a primary determinant of soil quality, regulating</p> Science News 2016-05-04 12:00:00 New weapons against agricultural pests https://www.agronomy.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-04/#4349 https://www.agronomy.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-04/#4349 <p>Harvard scientists have developed molecules that may help to solve one of the</p> Science News 2016-05-04 12:00:00 Dannon promises leap to non-GMO feed, but can it deliver? https://www.agronomy.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-04/#4350 https://www.agronomy.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-04/#4350 <p>Dannon <a href="http://www.dannon.com/the-dannon-pledge-on-sustainable-agriculture-naturality-and-transparency/">says </a>it will start transitioning its three flagship brands - Dannon, Oikos greek</p> Science News 2016-05-04 12:00:00 'Climate-smart soils' may help balance the carbon budget https://www.agronomy.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-04/#4351 https://www.agronomy.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-04/#4351 <p>Here’s the scientific dirt: Soil can help reduce global warming. While farm soil grows</p> Science News 2016-05-04 12:00:00 EPA’s glyphosate cancer finding not ready for primetime https://www.agronomy.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-04/#4352 https://www.agronomy.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-04/#4352 <p>The EPA has made a preliminary finding that glyphosate is unlikely to cause cancer</p> Science News 2016-05-04 12:00:00 Denitrifying bioreactors: Moving beyond ‘proof of concept’ to optimization, implementation https://www.agronomy.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-04/#4353 https://www.agronomy.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-04/#4353 <p>Nitrogen: one of the many elements with which humans seem to have a</p> Science News 2016-05-04 12:00:00 Scientists advance disease resistance in 3 of world's most important crops https://www.agronomy.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-04/#4354 https://www.agronomy.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-04/#4354 <p>Three papers reporting the isolation of novel disease resistance genes, and their</p> Science News 2016-05-04 12:00:00 CAST announces Kevin Folta as winner of the 2016 Borlaug CAST Communication Award https://www.agronomy.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-04/#4355 https://www.agronomy.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-04/#4355 <p>The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) announces that</p> Science News 2016-05-04 12:00:00 USDA releases Urban Agriculture Toolkit https://www.agronomy.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-04/#4356 https://www.agronomy.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-04/#4356 <p>The Urban Agriculture Toolkit, a new resource released by the USDA, is intended</p> Science News 2016-05-04 12:00:00 2016 AAAS Charles Valentine Riley Memorial Lecture https://www.agronomy.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-04/#4357 https://www.agronomy.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-04/#4357 <p>The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) invites you</p> Science News 2016-05-04 12:00:00 Gene-policy transfer https://www.agronomy.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-04/#4358 https://www.agronomy.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-04/#4358 <p>After years of fierce debate in China about whether to allow widespread growing</p> International Corner 2016-05-04 12:00:00 Tired of short-term contracts, Spanish postdocs sue their employer https://www.agronomy.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-04/#4359 https://www.agronomy.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-04/#4359 <p>The past few years, many postdocs at the Spanish National Research Council</p> International Corner 2016-05-04 12:00:00 Drought killing Vietnam’s rice crops compounds Mekong water crisis https://www.agronomy.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-04/#4360 https://www.agronomy.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-04/#4360 <p>The nine acres in southern Vietnam that double as rice paddy and shrimp</p> International Corner 2016-05-04 12:00:00 Deadly heat wave sweep through India https://www.agronomy.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-04/#4361 https://www.agronomy.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-04/#4361 <p>A years-long drought in India is starting to take a toll on 330 million of the</p> International Corner 2016-05-04 12:00:00 Australia’s national labs learn details of staff cuts https://www.agronomy.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-04/#4362 https://www.agronomy.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-04/#4362 <p>After months of uncertainty, scientists at Australia’s premier research agency</p> International Corner 2016-05-04 12:00:00 South Africa seen cutting corn output estimate a third time https://www.agronomy.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-04/#4363 https://www.agronomy.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-04/#4363 <p>South Africa may lower its estimate for corn production this season for a third</p> International Corner 2016-05-04 12:00:00 Industrial Hemp Conference https://www.agronomy.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-04/#4364 https://www.agronomy.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-04/#4364 <p>Industrial hemp has been attracting a significant amount of interest from diverse</p> Research, Education, Extension Funding Opportunities 2016-05-04 12:00:00 Earth System Science White Paper Deadline Extended https://www.agronomy.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-04/#4365 https://www.agronomy.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-04/#4365 <p>If you haven't submitted a white paper yet, it isn't too late to share your</p> Research, Education, Extension Funding Opportunities 2016-05-04 12:00:00 North Central Soybean Research Program https://www.agronomy.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-04/#4366 https://www.agronomy.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-04/#4366 <p>The North Central Soybean Research Program (NCSRP) combines soybean</p> Research, Education, Extension Funding Opportunities 2016-05-04 12:00:00 Western SARE Competitive Grants https://www.agronomy.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-04/#4367 https://www.agronomy.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-04/#4367 <p>These grants involve scientists, producers, and others using interdisciplinary</p> Research, Education, Extension Funding Opportunities 2016-05-04 12:00:00 Food Safety Outreach Competitive Grants Program https://www.agronomy.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-04/#4368 https://www.agronomy.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-04/#4368 <p>NIFA requests grant applications for the Food Safety Outreach Competitive</p> Research, Education, Extension Funding Opportunities 2016-05-04 12:00:00 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative https://www.agronomy.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-04/#4369 https://www.agronomy.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-04/#4369 <p>The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) was launched in 2010 to accelerate</p> Research, Education, Extension Funding Opportunities 2016-05-04 12:00:00 Stave-Level Conservation Innovative Grants https://www.agronomy.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-04/#4370 https://www.agronomy.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-04/#4370 <p>The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), an agency under the </p> Research, Education, Extension Funding Opportunities 2016-05-04 12:00:00 Food Security Challenge Area https://www.agronomy.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-04/#4371 https://www.agronomy.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-04/#4371 <p>The AFRI Food Security Challenge Area focuses on the societal challenge to keep</p> Research, Education, Extension Funding Opportunities 2016-05-04 12:00:00 Food Safety Challenge Area https://www.agronomy.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-04/#4372 https://www.agronomy.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-04/#4372 <p>This AFRI Challenge Area promotes and enhances the scientific discipline of food</p> Research, Education, Extension Funding Opportunities 2016-05-04 12:00:00