One Hundred Sixty-Fourth Meeting
July 10, 2002
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
Cloquet, Minnesota

Tuesday, July 9, 2002 (1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
Multistate Research Committee Meeting Wednesday, July 10, 2002 - 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
1.0 Call to Order and Introductions - Ian Gray

2.0 Approval of the March 2002 Minutes - Ian Gray
(Available at: http://www.wisc.edu/ncra/march2002.htm)
The minutes of the March 2002 meeting were passed unanimously.

3.0 Adoption of Agenda - Ian Gray
There were no additions to the agenda.

4.0 Executive Committee Report and Interim Actions of the Chair - Ian Gray

5.0 Executive Director's Report - Daryl Lund

6.0 ESCOP Report
6.1 ESCOP Activities - Daryl Lund (for Virginia Clark Johnson)
6.2 FY 02 Budget and Legislative Committee - Darrell Nelson

7.0 Multistate Research Committee Report - Gary Lemme

8.0 Seed/Crop Variety Policy as an Intellectual Good - John Gardner/All (Also refer to survey done in 1999 by Dr. George Ham - found at http://www.wisc.edu/ncra/varietysum.htm)

9.0 ARS Report - Darrell F. Cole

10.0 CSREES Report - Mary Ann Rozum

11.0 Nominations Committee Report - Phil Larsen and Marjorie Kostelnik

12.0 Resolutions - tba

13.0 Announcements
14.0 Summary and Review of Assignments - Ian Gray

Agenda Item: 4.0
Presenter: Ian Gray
Title: Interim Actions of the Chair
Background Information:

Action Requested: Information only.

Action Taken: Information only.

Agenda Item: 5.0
Presenter: Daryl Lund
Title: Executive Director's Report
Background Information:

  1. Research and Extension Directors' Meeting - As reported at the March meeting of NCRA, I am making efforts to get the NC Extension Directors together with the NC Research Directors. To that end, Ian Gray appointed an ad hoc committee (Ian Gray (MSU, NCRA Chair), Larry Tidemann (SDSU NC Ext Dir Chair), Sharon Anderson (NDSU NC Extension Director Immediate Past Chair), Marc Johnson (KSU), and Dale Vanderholm (UNL) and myself to recommend mechanisms for closer relations. The committee met once by teleconference and suggested that the set of directors meet jointly for breakfast or after their formal meetings at Fond du Lac this summer. Upon checking for attendance, only four Extension Directors will be there. The alternative is to have one of the Extension Directors who will be attending meet with the NCRA and provide information about the regional nature of Extension's programming. The suggested topical outline is: (1) Extensions' Vision for the Future, (2) How does the region's vision fit with the national vision?, (3) What are the planning mechanisms used by the regional extension directors?, (4) What is the role of the agents and specialists groups?, (5) Some suggestions for further enhanced interaction with the Research Directors at the regional level including the consideration of MAPs (Multiple Activity Programs). It was suggested that Elbert Dickey (UNL and vice chair of the NC Extension Directors) be invited to attend the MRC meeting and make a report on the above items at the assembled NCRA meeting. An Experiment Station Director would be asked to do the same at a forth coming NC Extension Directors' meeting. Eventually it would be desirable to have a face-to-face meeting of the Extension and Research Directors of the NC Region.

  2. Report Card from Farm Bill - David MacKenzie, ESCOP representative to the BAA Farm Bill Task Force (chaired by Milo Shult) has performed an analysis of the outcome of the Farm Bill relative to the position of the Experiment Stations. Generally the outcome was very favorable, with authorization of significant increases in competitive grants within USDA and research facilities funding authorization. Two items which were not included are: (1) change in the indirect cost rate for USDA competitive grants programs, and (2) reporting requirements for multistate, integrated activities. Both can be "fixed" through legislative action but the Experiment Stations need to get a consistent message to Congress. Item 1 is the sticky one and a means of getting a sense of the membership needs to be done (perhaps through a survey of the Directors by the ESCOP Budget and Legislative Committee). Item 2 can be done immediately when appropriate sponsors are found.

  3. Homeland Security - The Homeland Security Task Force presented a proposal to the ESCOP Executive Committee to form a National Institute of Agricultural Security (NIAS). The report can be found on the ESCOP Homepage at www.escop.msstate.edu. Look under "Officers and Committees", then under "Executive Committee", then under "Homeland Agro-Security Task Force", and then click on "Agro-Security Initiative" (posted 5-13-02). The 12 recommendations were adopted by the ESCOP Executive Committee and subsequently by the BAA Policy Board. The proposed temporary Board of Directors met June 5 to begin the process of setting up the NIAS as a 501-C3 organization. Furthermore, there is the real potential to have an additional $212M for Agro-Security in the FY 03 budget. This is supported by the BAA BAC (Budget and Advocacy Committee) and by the ESCOP B/L Committee. The primary rationale on setting up a NIAS is to provide a mechanism for tracking new dollars for specific purposes.

  4. Training AAs - A new AA recently commented that he received valuable information from an experienced AA (Ian Gray) on the responsibility of an AA and how the multistate research system works. He suggested that we have a periodic training session for new AAs (and refresher for the current AAs). The NCRA Office would be pleased to do this if the need is sufficient. We could organize a face-to-face meeting (prior to one of the regularly called meetings (e.g. the Summer meeting or the Spring meeting) or a teleconference with participants to review the guidelines. I would appreciate some feedback from the membership on this idea.

  5. Administrative Assistant Position - Madelyn Alt has served the Association as the Administrative Assistant for the NCRA for the last seven years. During that time, she was responsive to the needs of the membership and was especially helpful in interpreting the Multistate Research Guidelines. More recently she ushered NCRA into the electronic age by getting all of our NC, NCR, NCA and NCT projects and activities into the National Information and Management Support System (NIMSS). I know you join me in wishing Madelyn well as she takes on new challenges. Finding a replacement won't be easy but the process has begun.

NCRA Spring Meeting Baltimore, March NCRA MRC Meeting Baltimore, March NCRA Summer Meeting Planning, April-May Mini-Landgrant Summer Meeting Planning Committee, April-May Research and Extension Directors Interaction Committee, May-June

Monthly participant in Chair's Advisory Committee Teleconference CARET Spring Meeting, Wash DC, March ESCOP Spring Meeting Wash DC, March National Multistate Coordinating Committee Clemson, April ESCOP NIAS Board of Directors, June ESCOP Budget/Legislative Committee Exec Vice-chair NRSP Task Force Memphis, June Fall Workshop Agenda Chair ESCOP Committee on Committees

Presidents' Food and Society Initiative monthly teleconferences Presidents' Food and Society Initiative Strategic Planning Conference Chicago, May European Partnership Meeting Orlando, April


Administrative Officers' Meeting Kansas City, April

World Food Logistics Organization Scientific Advisory Council San Antonio, April
Visiting Scholar Institute Pertanian-Bogor Indonesia, May
Rutgers Food Science Advisory Council New Brunswick, June
Institute of Food Technologists Anaheim, June
Organized Forum on Food Science and Technology Funding
Roundtable participant on Distance Education as means of Networking and Communication
Symposium Paper presenter on Energy Research and Development in the Food Processing Industry

Continuing Education Task Force
Chair Summit Conference ad hoc Committee
International Union of Food Science and Technology Distance Education Task Force Chair

Action Requested: Information only.

Action Taken: Any comments on the Board on Agriculture strategic plan should be directed to Dr. Colin Kaltenbach.

Agenda Brief: 6.1
Presenter: Daryl Lund for Virginia Clark Johnson
Agenda Item Title: ESCOP Activities
Background Information:

There has been no face-to-face ESCOP meeting since the March report to NCRA. Several conference calls have been held focusing on the Homeland Agrosecurity Task Force Report and the creation of a National Institute for Agricultural Security. All 12 recommendations contained in the proposal were adopted during a May 3rd conference call. The report is available on the ESCOP homepage.

Action Requested: Information only.

Action Taken: None.

Agenda Brief: 6.2
Presenter: Darrell Nelson
Agenda Item Title: ESCOP Budget and Legislative Committee
Background Information:

The ESCOP Budget and Legislative Committee has been heavily involved in monitoring and advocating for legislation and appropriations during the past year. Although overall responsibility for these activities rests with the Board on Agriculture Assembly Budget and Advocacy Committee most of the new initiatives arise from the COP legislative, budget, and/or advocacy committees. A summary of the legislation and advocacy activities in which the ESCOP Budget and Legislative Committee has been involved is given below:


Proposed Legislation:


Action Requested: Stand ready to contact members of your state's congressional delegation asked by the Board on Agriculture Assembly Budget and Advocacy Committee or the Board on Agriculture advocacy organization.

Action Taken: Information only.

Agenda Item Project Number Title Administrative Advisor (AA) Proposed Term Date NCA Eval. Form AA Eval. Form MRC Recommendation Directors'Action
Revised NC Projects
7.1 NC-62 Enteric Diseases of Swine and Cattle: Prevention, Control and Food Safety (Reviewed in March) M. Johnson, KS 2007 . . Approved as Submitted NCRA approved MRC recommendations.
7.2 NC-113 Methods to Increase Reproductive Efficiency in Cattle (Reviewed in March) W. Ravlin, OH 2007 . . Approved with Comment NCRA approved MRC recommendations.
7.3 NC-140 Rootstock and Interstem Effects on Pome- and Stone-Fruit Trees (Reviewed in March) J. I. Gray, MI 2007 . . Approved as Submitted NCRA approved MRC recommendations.
7.4 NC-142 Regulation of Photosynthetic Processes (Reviewed in March) P. Ludden, WI 2007 . . Approved with Comment NCRA approved MRC recommendations.
7.5 NC-167 N-S Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids and Human Health Disease(Reviewed in March) J. I. Gray, MI 2007 . . Approved as Submitted NCRA approved MRC recommendations.
Revised NCR Projects
7.6 NCR-131 Animal Behavior and Welfare D. Beermann, NE 2007 6 x Need to be resubmitted by August 15, 2002 NCRA approved MRC recommendations.
7.7 NCR-184 Management of Small Grain Diseases (Reviewed in March 2002) R. Rowe, OH 2007 . . Approved with Comment NCRA approved MRC recommendations.
New NCT Proposals
7.8 NCT-192 Optimizing Nutrient Utilization by Feedlot Cattle for Growth, Carcass Value, and Environmental Concerns (previously NCR-185 J. Riley, KS 2003 . . Approved NCRA approved MRC recommendations.
7.9 NCT-193 Watershed Nutrient Sources and Management as Related to Water Quality (Previously NCR-195) D. H. Vanderholm, NE 2003 . . Approved NCRA approved MRC recommendations.
NCT Extension
7.10 NCT-186 Crop and Ruminant Systems to Conserve Midwestern Unglaciated Soils and Water Quality K. McSweeney 2003 No Action Necessary
7.11 . Integrated Activites in the NC Region, Incl. MAPS The MRC and NCRA passed the following motion: AThe NCRA should consider authorizing the MRC to invite an extension director from a local institution to participate in the MRC meetings to increase awareness of program integration opportunities.@ After discussion, it was also suggested that a representative from the Agriculture and Natural Resource program leaders be involved.

Dr. Lemme provided the following information as to the NC portfolio: In the year 2001, the NCRA approved 3 revisions; 5 new projects were initiated; 2 projects terminated; 2 were extended to 2002; and 2 were extended to 2003. There was one 500 series project that started.

MAPS is still under discussion with the EDs.

7.12 . NRSP Guidelines A set of recommendations will be taken to ESCOP to focus on guidelines on coordinating management, review, budgeting process, and definition of research support projects and research projects.
7.13 . Project Numbering From today (7/10/02), when a project is up for renewal, the project will terminate and a new project number will be assigned to the revised proposal. This will be for both NC and NCR projects. After a discussion, the NCRA passed the following motion: The Western Region will be invited to join NCRA in sending a letter to CSREES pointing out that project numbers for continuing projects is at the discretion of the directors within the region.
7.14 . IPM NCR Center Report After review, the consensus was the center is doing a great job. The MRC will respond collectively for the NCRA.
7.15 . Chronic Wasting Disease If any state is interested in creating a 500 series project, they should contact Dave Morris at CSREES. It was pointed out that there is a need to provide information to the public about CWD.
7.16 . Seed Policy To be discussed at the NCRA meeting.
7.17 . Training for Adminsitrative Advisors A motion was passed that the ED's office will develop web-based training materials for new administrative advisors and that the SAES directors will provide training for the administrative advisors from their institutions.

Agenda Brief: 8.0
Presenter: Daryl Lund
Agenda Item Title: Seed/Crop Variety Policy - Daryl Lund for John Gardner
Background Information:

The Executive Director's office will send this survey out for an update. Please review the survey that was conducted in 1999 (found at: http://www.wisc.edu/ncra/varietysum.htm) and suggest to the ED's office any suggested changes on questions, etc.

Agenda Brief: 9.0
Presenter: Darrell Cole
Agenda Item Title: ARS Report
Background Information:

Dr. Cole reported the following:

Action Requested: Information only.
Action Taken: None.

Agenda Brief: 10.0
Presenter: Mary Ann Rozum
Agenda Item Title: CSREES Report
Background Information:

Dr. Rozum reported the following:

Action Requested: Information only.
Action Taken: None.

Agenda Brief: 11.0
Presenter: Phil Larsen
Agenda Item Title: Nominations Report
Background Information:

The following changes were made: (Please note: some are still pending!)

Project Past AA New AA
NC-142 P. Ludden, WI F. Chumley, KS
NC-1003 J. Venette, ND M. Martin, IN
NCR-9 J. Venette, ND C. Woteki, IA
NCR-89 M. Hogberg, MI B. Stromberg, MN
NCR-170 J. Venette, ND D. Whittaker, IN
NCR-194 W. Tyner, IN S. Thompson, IN
NCT-190 J. Venette, ND K. Grafton, ND
NCT-191 M. Winter, IA R. Douthitt, WI
NCA-10 A. Sullivan, MN S. Stafford, MN
NCA-23 A. Sullivan, MN S. Stafford, MN
NRSP-6 P. Ludden, WI S. Slack, OH

Nominating Committee:
Bert Stromberg, MN will replace Phil Larsen

Resolutions Committee:
Marshall Martin

Action Requested: Approval of the above changes.

Action Taken: The NCRA approved the above changes.

Agenda Brief: 12.0
Presenter: Ian Gray
Agenda Item Title: Resolution
Background Information:

Michael Chippendale

Whereas, Michael Chippendale has been a distinguished scientist in entomology at the University of Missouri since 1968 and conducted pathbreaking research on corn insects, especially the corn rootworm, and

Whereas, Dr. Chippendale previously served as chair of the Entomology Department and Unit Leader of the Plant Sciences Unit at the University of Missouri, and

Whereas, Dr. Chippendale has been a innovative leader in formulating concepts and interdisciplinary approaches in the life sciences, and

Whereas, Dr. Chippendale served from July 1994 to July 2001 as Interim Associate Director of the Missouri Agricultural Experiment Station and provided scientific leadership for the research programs of the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources at the University of Missouri, and

Whereas, in his leadership role at Missouri, Dr. Chippendale also served as administrative adviser to regional committees and served on national panels and task forces that developed strategic plans for ESCOP and addressed critical issues like animal waste management, life sciences and ways to improve funding for the SAES system.

Therefore, the North Central Regional Association both commends and thanks Michael Chippendale for his outstanding service to the Association, the Land-Grant Mission and the people of the North Central Region.

Presented July 10, 2002

Agenda Brief: 14.0
Presenter: Ian Gray
Agenda Item Title: Review of Assignments
Background Information: