Imperial Valley News
Washington, DC - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced more than $17 million in grants for organizations that will develop training and provide other resources for beginning farmers and ranchers across the nation. The awards are made through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, which is administered by USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).
Congressmen Thomas J. Rooney and Rep. Juan Vargas Introduce the “Rare Disease (RaD) Fund Act of 2015”
Washington, DC - Today, Congressman Thomas J. Rooney (FL-17) and Congressman Juan Vargas (CA-51) introduced the Rare Disease (RaD) Fund Act of 2015 (H.R. 3731). The creation of this Fund would transform the life sciences industry by implementing a novel financial structure for early stage development. The bill seeks to act as a bridge to the ever-widening funding gap that currently exists between basic research and clinical development.
Washington, DC - A workshop where tools floated around would be difficult to work in. So, NASA has chosen two winning designs from K-12 students for a 3-D printed container to help astronauts on the International Space Station keep things in order.
Darmstadt, Germany - Senior managers representing 14 space agencies participating in the International Space Exploration Coordination Group (ISECG) affirmed their commitment to fostering broad international cooperation to further advance the exploration and utilization of space.
Sacramento, California - California Energy Commission Commissioner Andrew McAllister issued the following statement today in regard to Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signing AB 802, which will provide commercial building owners the information they need to evaluate energy usage and identify high-value efficiency projects. The new law directs the Energy Commission to establish a statewide energy benchmarking and disclosure program, and enhances the Commission's existing authority to collect data from utilities and other entities for the purposes of energy forecasting, planning and program design.
Irvine, California - Collegiate teams involving hundreds of students from around the world have assembled at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, Calif., to showcase their highly energy-efficient, solar-powered houses for the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015. Today’s opening ceremony, headlined by U.S. Secretary of Energy Dr. Ernest Moniz, kicked off the highly anticipated biennial competition that challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate houses powered by the sun that are affordable, energy efficient, attractive, and easy to live in.