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Syngenta 2017 #RootedinAg Contest Finalists Announced
Syngenta has announced the five finalists in its #RootedinAg contest. These finalists, who will each receive a mini touch-screen tablet, will now compete for the grand prize – a $500 gift card, plus a $1,000 donation to the winner’s favorite local charity or civic organization. The competition, which began in April, invited growers and other ag professionals to describe how someone in their lives has helped them establish their agricultural roots and thrive.

The 2017 finalists are:

  • Thomas Luke Andrews from Boyle, Mississippi
  • Lauren Grimes from Tifton, Georgia
  • Steve Groves from Bakersfield, California
  • Tori Streitmatter from Sparland, Illinois
  • Nicole Swinson from Kenansville, North Carolina

USDA Announces More Than $8 Million to Address Shifting Environmental Conditions and Impact on Agriculture
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced nine grants totaling more than $8 million to study and develop new approaches for the agriculture sector to adapt to and mitigate the effects of changing environmental conditions. The funding is made possible through NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) program, authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.

FY16 grants being announced, by state, include:

Climate Outreach and Extension:

  • University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Alaska, $250,000
  • New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico, $249,900
  • Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, $250,000
  • University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont, $248,900

Climate and Land Use:

  • University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, $3,414,911
  • University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho, $3,414,911
  • Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, $147,744
  • George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, $35,300
  • Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington, $49,260