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 Section 7404 of Public Law
113-79, the Agricultural Act of 2014, NIFA is soliciting stakeholder
input on how it will establish procedures, including timelines, under
which an entity established under a commodity promotion law (as such
term is defined under section 7401(a) of the Agricultural Act of 2014)
or a State commodity board (or other equivalent State entity) may
submit proposals for Requests for Applications (RFA)to be competed as
part of the Agricultural and Food Research Initiative (AFRI)
competitive grant programs. If proposals are accepted for funding, the
proposed RFA will be competed as part of the AFRI competitive grants
program RFAs and entities eligible for AFRI awards will be able to
compete for award. In addition, as a condition of funding the grant
proposed by a commodity board, NIFA shall require a contribution of
funds equal to the amount of the grant.
NIFA will be holding Web-based listening sessions in order to
solicit stakeholder input on this new challenge area. The focus of the
Web-based listening sessions will be to gather stakeholder input that
will be used in developing a process for soliciting, evaluating, and
prioritizing AFRI Request for Applications (RFA) submissions from the
previously stated commodity board entities or their equivalent.
All comments must be received by close of business on October 16,
2014, to be considered in the initial planning of the FY 2015 cycle.
DATES: The Web-based listening sessions will be held on Thursday,
October 9, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time
(ET), and Thursday, October 16, 2014, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., ET.
All written comments must be received by 5:00 p.m., ET on Thursday,
October 16, 2014.
ADDRESSES: The Web-based listening sessions will be hosted using Adobe
Connect. On October 9th and October 16th, please access the following
Web site, http://nifa-connect.nifa.usda.gov/cbsls/. In addition, audio
conference call capabilities can be accessed at 1-888-844-9904,
participant code 4896371.
You may submit comments, identified by NIFA-2014-004, by any of the
Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the
instructions for submitting comments.
Email: email@example.com. Include NIFA-2014-004 in the subject
line of the message.
Mail: Paper, disk or CD-ROM submissions should be submitted to
Commodity Boards; Office of the Administrator, National Institute of
Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, STOP 2201, 1400
Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250-2201.
Hand Delivery/Courier: Centers of Excellence--Office of the
Administrator, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S.
Department of Agriculture, Room 4248, Waterfront Centre, 800 9th Street
SW., Washington, DC 20024.
Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name
and reference to NIFA-2014-004. All comments received will be posted to
http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Valeria Best, (202) 720-8540
(phone), (202) 690-1260 (fax), or firstname.lastname@example.org.