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) Appropriations movement in both the House and Senate https://www.soils.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-18/#4373 https://www.soils.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-18/#4373 <p>This week, Congressional appropriators returned from their weeklong recess</p> Policy News 2016-05-18 12:00:00 Senate gives final approval to energy and water spending bill https://www.soils.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-18/#4374 https://www.soils.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-18/#4374 <p>Despite being temporarily derailed as Democrats rebelled over an amendment</p> Policy News 2016-05-18 12:00:00 Stabenow calls for GMO-labeling compromise https://www.soils.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-18/#4375 https://www.soils.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-18/#4375 <p>Senate Agriculture Committee ranking member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.</p> Policy News 2016-05-18 12:00:00 House Science Committee launches investigation into EPA glyphosate ‘cover up’ https://www.soils.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-18/#4376 https://www.soils.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-18/#4376 <p>A second group of lawmakers is investigating the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over its review of glyphosate, questioning why it withdrew a report that said the chemical in the world's most widely used weed killer was likely not carcinogenic. The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology - which has jurisdiction over environmental and scientific programs - <a href="https://science.house.gov/news/press-releases/smith-questions-epa-s-removal-final-report">sent a letter to the EPA</a> earlier this month, citing concerns about "the apparent mishandling" of the matter. Earlier this week, the U.S. House of Representative's agriculture committee <a href="http://www.agri-pulse.com/House-Ag-leaders-want-answers-from-EPA-on-herbicides-05122016.asp">sent a similar letter to the EPA</a>, saying it was examining the agency's review of glyphosate, the chemical in Monsanto Co's Roundup herbicide, and atrazine, another chemical used in agricultural herbicides. <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-glyphosate-epa-idUSKCN0Y42GV">Read the full article.</a></p> Policy News 2016-05-18 12:00:00 Flake releases government ‘waste’ report on federal studies https://www.soils.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-18/#4377 https://www.soils.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-18/#4377 <p>Unable or unwilling to tackle the runaway costs of entitlement programs, lawmakers</p> Policy News 2016-05-18 12:00:00 Creating a bipartisan climate to discuss climate change in Congress https://www.soils.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-18/#4378 https://www.soils.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-18/#4378 <p>Across the country, the challenges posed by warming temperatures, storm surge</p> Policy News 2016-05-18 12:00:00 Senate hearing on federal research https://www.soils.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-18/#4379 https://www.soils.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-18/#4379 <p>The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a full committee</p> Policy News 2016-05-18 12:00:00 Agriculture Secretary announces climate smart agriculture and forestry results, soil health investments https://www.soils.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-18/#4380 https://www.soils.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-18/#4380 <p>Last week, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the targeted allocation of $72.3 million</p> Policy News 2016-05-18 12:00:00 Effects of distance from riparian buffers and Conservation Reserve Program land on yields https://www.soils.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-18/#4381 https://www.soils.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-18/#4381 <p>Riparian buffers (RB) and land enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program</p> Science News 2016-05-18 12:00:00 National Academies of Science release GE crop report https://www.soils.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-18/#4382 https://www.soils.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-18/#4382 <p>Genetically-engineered crops are as safe to eat as their non-GE counterparts</p> Science News 2016-05-18 12:00:00 Digital farming could spell shake-up for crop chemicals sector https://www.soils.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-18/#4383 https://www.soils.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-18/#4383 <p>Global pesticides, seeds and fertilizer companies may be forced</p> Science News 2016-05-18 12:00:00 NSF director unveils big ideas, with an eye on the next president and Congress https://www.soils.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-18/#4384 https://www.soils.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-18/#4384 <p>France Córdova, the director of the National Science Foundation</p> Science News 2016-05-18 12:00:00 Application of biochar for soil physical improvement https://www.soils.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-18/#4385 https://www.soils.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-18/#4385 <p>The quality of a soil is inherently determined by its composition and properties</p> Science News 2016-05-18 12:00:00 The environmental cost of growing food https://www.soils.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-18/#4386 https://www.soils.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-18/#4386 <p>Let's say you're an environmentally motivated eater. You want your diet</p> Science News 2016-05-18 12:00:00 Half of US wetlands are ailing https://www.soils.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-18/#4387 https://www.soils.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-18/#4387 <p>The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the first-ever</p> Science News 2016-05-18 12:00:00 Can urban farms be more than community hubs? https://www.soils.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-18/#4388 https://www.soils.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-18/#4388 <p>When fresh food sprouts on urban rooftops, floating barges</p> Science News 2016-05-18 12:00:00 Farmers want control of ag data, survey shows https://www.soils.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-18/#4390 https://www.soils.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-18/#4390 <p>Agricultural producers overwhelmingly want to be in control of the “big data”</p> Science News 2016-05-18 12:00:00 U.N. experts find weed killer glyphosate unlikely to cause cancer https://www.soils.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-18/#4391 https://www.soils.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-18/#4391 <p>The pesticide glyphosate, sold by Monsanto in its Roundup weed killer</p> International Corner 2016-05-18 12:00:00 Science gets little attention in Australian budget https://www.soils.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-18/#4392 https://www.soils.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-18/#4392 <p>Science got barely a mention in Australia’s 2016–17 federal budget</p> International Corner 2016-05-18 12:00:00 Good rain forecast for parched India lifts growth prospects https://www.soils.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-18/#4393 https://www.soils.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-18/#4393 <p>After back-to-back droughts battered India’s farmers, a forecast</p> International Corner 2016-05-18 12:00:00 African farmers need the tools and technology to adapt to a changing climate https://www.soils.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-18/#4394 https://www.soils.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-18/#4394 <p>Climate change has condensed the cycles of devastating drought</p> International Corner 2016-05-18 12:00:00 Head of Taiwan's Academia Sinica resigns https://www.soils.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-18/#4395 https://www.soils.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-18/#4395 <p>The head of Academia Sinica, Taiwan's collection of national laboratories</p> International Corner 2016-05-18 12:00:00 U.N. climate science chief: it's not too late to avoid dangerous temperature rise https://www.soils.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-18/#4396 https://www.soils.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-18/#4396 <p>The head of the United Nations climate science panel has</p> International Corner 2016-05-18 12:00:00 Renewable Natural Resources Foundation Awards https://www.soils.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-18/#4397 https://www.soils.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-18/#4397 <p>RNRF has three annual awards to recognize outstanding achievements in the</p> Research, Education, Extension Funding Opportunities 2016-05-18 12:00:00 Smith-Lever Special Needs Competitive Grants Program https://www.soils.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-18/#4399 https://www.soils.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-18/#4399 <p>Within the states and territories, the Cooperative Extension System has repeatedly</p> Research, Education, Extension Funding Opportunities 2016-05-18 12:00:00 Stave-Level Conservation Innovative Grants https://www.soils.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-18/#4400 https://www.soils.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-18/#4400 <p>The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), an agency under the </p> Research, Education, Extension Funding Opportunities 2016-05-18 12:00:00 Tulane Nitrogen Reduction Challenge https://www.soils.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-18/#4401 https://www.soils.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-18/#4401 <p>Throughout the world, increasingly fragile coastal and inland lake ecosystems</p> Research, Education, Extension Funding Opportunities 2016-05-18 12:00:00 Conservation, Food and Health Foundation https://www.soils.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-18/#4402 https://www.soils.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-18/#4402 <p>The Conservation, Food and Health Foundation seeks to promote</p> Research, Education, Extension Funding Opportunities 2016-05-18 12:00:00 Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists https://www.soils.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-18/#4403 https://www.soils.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-18/#4403 <p>Science/AAAS and SciLifeLab, a coordinated effort of four universities, have joined</p> Research, Education, Extension Funding Opportunities 2016-05-18 12:00:00 Water for Agriculture Challenge Area https://www.soils.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-18/#4404 https://www.soils.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-18/#4404 <p>This AFRI Challenge Area addresses critical water resources issues such as drought</p> Research, Education, Extension Funding Opportunities 2016-05-18 12:00:00 AFRI - Foundational Program https://www.soils.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-18/#4405 https://www.soils.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-18/#4405 <p>The AFRI Foundational Program is offered to support grants in the six AFRI</p> Research, Education, Extension Funding Opportunities 2016-05-18 12:00:00 Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program https://www.soils.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-18/#4407 https://www.soils.org/science-policy/sspr/2016-05-18/#4407 <p>The National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program</p> Research, Education, Extension Funding Opportunities 2016-05-18 12:00:00