Month: November 2019

Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative

New Grant Announced for Organic Farmers From the USDA

*Press Release*

The Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) seeks to solve critical organic agriculture issues, priorities, or problems through the integration of research, education, and extension activities. The purpose of this program is to fund projects that will enhance the ability of producers and processors who have already adopted organic standards to grow and market high quality organic agricultural products. Priority concerns include biological, physical, and social sciences, including economics. The OREI is particularly interested in projects that emphasize research, education and outreach that assist farmers and ranchers with whole farm planning by delivering practical research-based information. Projects should plan to deliver applied production information to producers. Fieldwork must be done on certified organic land or on land in transition to organic certification, as appropriate to project goals and objectives. Refer to the USDA National Organic Program for organic production standards.

Who Is Eligible to Apply:

1862 Land-Grant Institutions, 1890 Land-Grant Institutions, 1994 Land-Grant Institutions, For-profit Organizations Other Than Small Businesses, Other or Additional Information (See below), Private Institutions of Higher Ed, State Agricultural Experiment Stations, State Controlled Institutions of Higher Ed

More on Eligibility:

The following entities are eligible: 1. State agricultural experiment stations; 2. colleges and universities; 3. university research foundations; 4. other research institutions and organizations; 5. Federal agencies; 6. national laboratories; 7. private organizations or corporations; 8. individuals who are United States citizens or nationals; or 9. any group consisting of 2 or more of the entities described in subparagraphs (1) through (8).

Posted Date:

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

For More Information Contact:

Mathieu Ngouajio

Closing Date:

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Contact for Electronic Access Problems: sends e-mail)

Funding Opportunity Number:


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Abstracts of Funded Projects:

Read the Abstracts(link is external)

Previous fiscal year(s) RFA:
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Percent of Applications Funded:
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement:


Range of Awards:

$50,000 – $2,000,000


Thomas Walter Akin

Thomas Walter Akin, passed away suddenly on November 22, 2019. He was born in Buffalo, New York on August 30, 1964 to James and Kathleen (Lamphere) Akin.

Tom was a 1982 graduate of Akron Central High School. He married his wife Dorothylee (Rice ) on September 22, 1984 and they raised eight children together. He worked for many years as a salesman/driver for Perry’s Ice Cream. Tom was gifted working with his hands and enjoyed building things in his spare time. He loved his family dearly and cherished the time spent with each and every one of them.

Besides his parents, Tom is survived by his wife Dorothylee (Rice), eight children, Erin (Kyle) Plut, Christine Akin, Katlynn (Nick) Akin, Amanda (Paul) Akin, Sean (Katie) Akin, Jason Akin, Carrie Akin, and Ryan Akin, and seven grandchildren, Landon Plut, Nolan Miserantino, Evan Plut, Logan Akin, Mackenzie Colatisti, Fox, and Bellamy Faunce. He is also survived by brothers, Jim (Lynne) Akin, Bob (Denise) Akin, and a sister, Anne (John) Sowinski and many nieces and nephews.

Friends may call on Tuesday, November 26 from 3 to 7 PM at the Ross Funeral Home of Akron, LLC, 10 Eckerson Avenue., Akron, NY. Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Tom’s memory to  or Hunter’s Hope. To share memories and condolences with Tom’s family, please visit

High Wind Watch

National Weather Service Buffalo NY
331 AM EST Mon Nov 25 2019

Niagara-Orleans-Northern Erie-Genesee-Wyoming-Chautauqua-
Cattaraugus-Southern Erie-
Including the cities of Niagara Falls, Medina, Buffalo, Batavia,
Warsaw, Jamestown, Olean, Orchard Park, and Springville
331 AM EST Mon Nov 25 2019


* WHAT...Southwest winds 30 to 40 mph with gusts up to 60 mph

* WHERE...Niagara, Orleans, Erie, Genesee, Wyoming, Chautauqua,
  and Cattaraugus counties.

* WHEN...From Wednesday morning through Wednesday evening.

* IMPACTS...Damaging winds could blow down trees and power lines,
  and may lead to scattered power outages. Unsecured holiday
  decorations could also be damaged. Travel could be difficult,
  especially for high profile vehicles.


Monitor the latest forecasts and warnings for updates on this
situation. Secure or shelter loose objects and holiday decorations
in a safe location prior to the onset of the strong winds.

Sheriff’s Beat

AKRON FOR THE WEEK OF 11/17/2019 TO 11/23/2019

Police conducted a welfare check on Pearl St.
First Aid responded to Martin Rd for a female with abdominal pain.
A concerned motorist reported a vehicle traveling recklessly on Bloomingdale Rd. The vehicle wasgone prior to patrols arrival.
First Aid responded to Fletcher Rd.
Police assisted with a trespass complaint on Burdick Rd.
A burglar alarm was activated on Main Rd. It was a false alarm.
The Fire Department responded to East Ave for a fire alarm activation.
First Aid responded to Westgate for a medical alarm activation.
Police responded to Exchange St for a report of a subject in the street yelling. They were gone prior
to patrols arrival.
First Aid responded to Sandhill Rd for a male with a nose bleed.
First Aid responded to Saratoga La.

Police assisted with a harassment complaint on Townsend St.

First Aid responded to Marhsall Ave for confused female.
First Aid responded to Main Rd.
First Aid responded to Holly St for a female with trouble breathing.
The Fire Department responded to Holly St for a fire alarm activation. It was a malfunction.
A burglar alarm was activated on Main Rd. It was set off in error.
First Aid responded to Main St for a lift assist.
First Aid responded to Skyline Dr for a female dehydrated.
First Aid responded to Lesswing Rd.
Police responded to Skyline Dr for a report of a disturbance. No charges were filed.
First Aid responded to Cedar St.
The Fire Department responded to Cedar St for an oven fire.
First Aid responded to Koepsel Rd.