NIFA-NC A&T Grantsmanship Workshop Agenda

2012 NIFA-NC A&T Grantsmanship Workshop:  A Focus on Partnerships 

Dec. 11, 2012

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8:00 - 8:30 Continental Breakfast

8:30 - 8:45

Welcome - Dr. Shirley Hymon- Parker, Associate Dean for Research, School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, North Carolina A&T State University

8:45 - 9:45

Thinking Like a Panelist: Advice from Four Former NIFA Panelists


  • Paula Faulkner, Assistant Professor, Agriscience Education, N.C. A&T
  • Carl Sams, Austin Distinguished Professor, Department of Plant Science,University of Tennessee
  • Frank Louws, Professor and Extension Specialist, Department of Plant Pathology, N.C. State
  • Penny Perkins-Veazie, Professor of Horticulture, N.C. State


Moderator: Tom Bewick, National Program Leader, Division

of Plant Systems Production, NIFA

9:45 - 10:30

Integrating Research, Education, and/or Extension into Projects

Rachel Melnick, American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow, Plant Protection Division, NIFA

10:30 - 10:45


10:45 - 11:30

Writing Impact Statements

Dan Schmoldt, National Program Leader, Instrumentation and Sensors, NIFA, and Tom Bewick

11:30 - 12:30


12:30 - 2:45



Developing Public-Private Partnerships









12:30 – 1:30 A Perspective from the Center for Environmental Farming Systems with the Co-directors, John O’Sullivan, Professor of Sustainable Agriculture, N.C. A&T, and Nancy Creamer, Distinguished Professor N.C. State


1:30 – 2 Developing an Eastern Broccoli Industry, Thomas Björkman, Associate Professor, Department of Horticulture, Cornell University


2 - 2:45 USDA/1890 Partnerships: A Broad Perspective, Edwin Lewis, National Program Leader, Division of Community and Education, NIFA; Antonio McLaren, USDA/1890 Program Liaison, Virginia State University; Larry Hartsfield, USDA/1890 Program Liaison, N.C. A&T


2:45 - 3



3 - 3:30

Learning about Food and Agriculture Science Enhancement Grants

Mary Peet, Division Director, Division of Plant Systems Production, NIFA

3:30 -  4

Using Multi-State Committees to Foster Partnerships

Robert Rhoads, Assistant Professor, Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences, Virginia Tech


Points of Pride