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Nov 09, 2009
Nov 09, 2009
Original Closing Date for Applications:
Jan 21, 2010
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Jan 21, 2010
Feb 20, 2010
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Cooperative Extension Service
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement:
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Private institutions of higher education
Additional Information on Eligibility:
Applications may be submitted by Cooperative Extension at 1890 Land-Grant Institutions, including Tuskegee University and West Virginia State University, at 1862 Land-Grant Colleges and Universities, and the University of the District of Columbia. An applicant’s failure to meet an eligibility criterion by the time of an application deadline will preclude NIFA from reviewing their application or making an award.
Award recipients may subcontract to organizations not eligible to apply provided such organizations are necessary for the conduct of the project.
National Institute of Food and Agriculture
The Youth Farm Safety Education and Certification Program (YFSEC) supports national efforts to deliver timely, pertinent, and appropriate training to youth seeking employment or already employed in agricultural production.
The program has critical ties to the current regulations for youth employment in agriculture, especially the exemptions provided in 29 CFR Part 570, subpart E-1 for youth under the age of 16 employed in some agricultural occupations having obtained certification. Significant changes in agricultural production and in the agricultural workforce since this regulation took effect in the early 1970's have encouraged the USDA to consider training and certification innovations along with developing appropriate training and restrictions on youth employment in hazardous agricultural jobs. YFSEC's funding has appeared under the Smith-Lever 3 (d) line for Youth Farm Safety Education and Certification since 2001 and has awarded nearly $1.43 million in grants.