AGENCY: National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA.
ACTION: Notice of web-based listening session and request for
SUMMARY: As part of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture's
(NIFA) strategy to successfully implement the Agriculture and Food
Research Initiative (AFRI), NIFA intends to initiate a new challenge
area within AFRI in Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 to address water issues. NIFA
will be holding a web-based listening session in order to solicit
stakeholder input on this new challenge area. It is open to the public
and the focus of the listening session is to gather stakeholder input
that will be used in developing the Request for Applications (RFA) in
FY 2014. NIFA is particularly interested in input on how best to
achieve the most impact, within budget constraints, in the early years
of this new challenge area.
All comments must be received by close of business on July 30,
2013, to be considered in the initial drafting of the FY 2014 AFRI
Water program RFA.
DATES: The web-based listening session will be held on Tuesday, July
16, 2013, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time (EST). All
written comments must be received by 5 p.m. EST on Tuesday, July 30,
ADDRESSES: The web-based listening session will be hosted using Adobe
Connect. On July 16th, please access the following Web site, http://nifa-connect.nifa.usda.gov/afri-water/. In addition, audio conference
call capabilities can be accessed at 1-888-858-2144, participant code
You may submit written comments, identified by NIFA-2013-0010, by
any of the following methods:
Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the
instructions for submitting comments.
Email: AFRI@nifa.usda.gov. Include NIFA-2013-0010 in the subject
line of the message.
Mail: Paper, disk or CD-ROM submissions should be submitted to
AFRI; Institute of Food Production and Sustainability (IFPS), National
Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, STOP
2240, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250-2220.
Hand Delivery/Courier: AFRI, IFPS, National Institute of Food and
Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Room 3444, Waterfront
Centre, 800 9th Street SW., Washington, DC 20024.
Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name
(NIFA) and reference to NIFA-2013-0010. All comments received will be
posted to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Terri Joya, (202) 401-1282
(phone), (202) 401-1782 (fax), or firstname.lastname@example.org.