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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced USDA will invest $8 million in the Ogallala Aquifer Initiative (OAI) in Fiscal Year 2016 to help farmers and ranchers conserve billions of gallons of water annually while strengthening agricultural operations. The eight-state Ogallala Aquifer has suffered in recent years from increased periods of drought and declining water resources.

NASA and university scientists will discuss new insights, tools and agency research into key carbon and climate change questions, as the agency ramps up its efforts to understand how Earth’s ocean, forest, and land ecosystems absorb nearly half of emitted carbon dioxide today.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) and the National Park Service will host the annual Veterans Day ceremony at The Wall to celebrate the service and honor the sacrifice of America’s armed forces. Medal of Honor recipient Col. Bruce Crandall will provide the keynote remarks as we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the battle of Ia Drang, the first major land battle in the Vietnam War. The ceremony will be held at The Wall on Wednesday, November 11, at 1:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public. 

The U.S. Department of Education announced today the 13 highest-rated applications for its $113 million Investing in Innovation (i3) 2015 competition. These 13 organizations—selected from more than 400 applications—will secure private sector matching funds by December 2015, and formalize their awards as i3 grantees. Through these projects, i3 will support local efforts to start or expand evidence-based programs that can transform the academic trajectory of students, educators and their schools.

U.S. Senator Ed Markey introduced legislation that repeals a provision of the just-passed budget bill that could weaken current rules protecting consumers from robocalls on their cell phones.  If the budget bill provision is allowed to go into effect, millions of Americans could be subjected to more unwanted calls, according to Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy division of Consumer Reports.