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The 6th Annual Action Summit welcomed more than 250 participants to North Dakota Farmers Union in Jamestown on January 16 & 17, 2017.

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Crop Advisors and Agronomists eligible for CEU Credits at upcoming Precision Ag Summit

Crop Advisors and Agronomists attending the Precision Ag Summit on January 16 and 17 are eligible to receive CEU Credits. The Precision Ag Summit has been accredited to offer 3 credit hours of Professional Development and 2 credit hours in Crop Management. Tracking Numbers for these credits are ND 03136-ND 03140. To register for the summit, visit http://www.regonline.com/precisionagsummit2012.

Congress Approves Six-Year SBIR Reauthorization

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After 14 short-term continuing resolutions and years of negotiations, the federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Tranfer (STTR) programs have been reauthorized through 2017. The legislation changes a number of features of SBIR/STTR, including making it possible for companies that are majority-owned by venture capital firms to receive awards. President Obama is expected to sign the bill in the near future.

SBIR Reauthorization on the Verge of Passage

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House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) and House Science, Space and Technology Committee Chairman Ralph Hall (R-TX) announced that a deal to reauthorize the SBIR/STTR program, which was set to expire on December 16th, has been agreed upon. Legislation to reauthorize the program will be included as an Amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

N.D. leaders meet with FAA to urge making Grand Forks UAS hub

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North Dakota leaders met with a top Federal Aviation Administration official today to push for making Grand Forks the premier northern hub for unmanned aerial systems operations.

The state leaders presented a proposal to integrate UAS into the National Airspace by using groups and infrastructure already in place in North Dakota. The congressional delegation has worked to include provisions in the FAA Reauthorization bill that would allow the FAA to work with the military to integrate the aircraft and establish test sites and training centers, one of which could end up in Grand Forks.

Register Now for the 2012 Precision Agriculture Summit

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The first ever Red River Valley Research Corridor Precision Agriculture Summit is being co-organized by the Red River Valley Research Corridor, North Dakota Farmers Union, and Lake Region State College’s Dakota Precision Ag Center and NDSU's Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering. Register for the Precision Ag Summit.

EERC Showcases Renewable Jet Propulsion Technology

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The Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC), along with commercial partners Accelergy Corporation and Mercurius Biofuels, is gaining recognition from key officials at the 2011 Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI) Conference and Annual Meeting, being held this week in Washington, D.C.

EERC Associate Director Carsten Heide had the opportunity to explain the Renewable Jet Propulsion (JPx) Technology to Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Randy Babbitt and Aerospace Industries Association President Marion Blakely.

DOE accepting proposals for Genomics Based Research for Bioenergy

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The Department of Energy's Office of Science invites proposals that address Genomics Based Research for Bioenergy that will lead to the improved use of biomass and plant feedstocks for the production of fuels (e.g., ethanol or renewable chemical feedstocks). Applications should address fundamental research on plants that will improve biomass characteristics, biomass yield or sustainability. Approximately $6 million may be made available to support multiple awards. Eligibility is unrestricted domestically. Pre-applications are due Dec 16.

NIH invites applications for Research to Advance Vaccine Safety

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The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the National Institute of Nursing Research and the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases invite R01 and R21 applications to support Research to Advance Vaccine Safety that address scientific areas potentially relevant to vaccine safety including:

• The physiological and immunological responses to vaccines and vaccine components;
• The effect of genetic variations in immune/physiological responses and their impact on vaccine safety;

Air Force accepting whitepapers to support Research on Advanced Airbase Technologies

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The Air Force Research Laboratory invites whitepapers to support Research on Advanced Airbase Technologies in Nine Research Areas that facilitate contingency base operations, combat support functions, and force protection in homeland security and agile expeditionary operations. Research areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

• Blast-Ballistic Protection of Forces/Assets;
• Toxic Material Protection of Forces/Assets;
• Airbase and Perimeter Defense;
• Aircraft Operating Surfaces;
• Deployed Energy Systems;
• Bioderived Energy Conversion Processes; and,

USDA makes $47.3 million available for Specialty Crop Research Initiative

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Approximately $47.3 million may be made available to support multiple awards in each project type. Eligibility is unrestricted domestically. Letters of intent are due Nov 25.

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture invites proposals for the Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) to support five project types:

• Standard Research and Extension Projects;
• Coordinated Agricultural Projects;
• Regional Partnerships for Innovation;
• eXtension Projects; and,
• Research and Extension Planning Projects.

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