North Central Regional Association


State Agriculture Experiment Station Directors


192th Meeting

September 26, 2011

The Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, CO

Room: “Ranch”




Latest update: October 3, 2011



Agenda Item



3:00 pm


Call to Order

Marc Linit (for Doug Buher), NCRA 2011 Chair-Elect



Adoption of the Agenda


Marc Linit (for Doug Buher)



Approval of the June 2011 Minutes


Marc Linit for Doug Buhler



Executive Committee Report & Interim Actions of the Chair

Nothing to report

Marc Linit for Doug Buhler

3:05 pm


Executive Director's Report

5.1  Battelle Study Update

5.2  ESCOP Marketing Committee Update

5.3  NC IP Committee Update

5.4  Lead 21 Update

5.5  North Central Regional Aquaculture Center (NCRAC) Transition Update

5.6  One Line Federal Funding Update

5.7  Winning Teams and Winning Grants

Arlen Leholm







Steve Slack, Steve Pueppke, Arlen Leholm

3:30 pm


MRC Report

6.1 NCCC_temp213 (Coordinating Committee for IP Managers) update

6.2 Suggestions for reducing NC proposal size

Dave Benfield, 2011 MRC Chair; Arlen Leholm

3:45 pm


NRSP Review Committee Update: Final Recommendations for ESS Vote

Abel Ponce de Leon, Arlen Leholm

3:55 pm


ESCOP Executive Committee Update

Arlen Leholm for Bill Ravlin

4:00 pm


ESCOP Budget and Legislative Committee Update

Steve Slack, Ernie Minton, Karen Plaut

4:10 pm


ARS Report

Mickey McGuire

4:20 pm


NIFA Report

Deb Sheely

4:20 pm


Nominations Committee Report

Chris Hamilton for Doug Buhler

4:25 pm


Discussion of Joint NC/NE AES meeting topics


4:40 pm


Other Announcements

·         U of MN AES Changes


4:45 pm


Gap funding discussion/update (follow-up from summer NCRA Meeting and IP Teleconference)

Arlen Leholm, Karen Plaut, Abel Ponce de Leon, Joe Kokini

4:55 pm


Future Meetings (

  • 2011 APLU Annual Meeting, San Francisco Marriott, San Francisco, CA November 13 – 15, 2011
  • 2012 NCRA Spring Meeting, April 2-4, The Embassy Suites Downtown, Indianapolis, IN.
  • 2012 Joint NC/NE Joint Summer Meeting, July 8-10, Burlington, VT



5:00 pm

Transfer of NCRA leadership to new Chair, Adjourn



Item 5.1: Battelle Study Update


Please visit


Action Requested: None, for information only.



Item 5.2: ESCOP Marketing Committee Update

Presenter: Arlen Leholm


Agenda Brief: ESCOP System Communication and Marketing Committee (Gerald Arkin)

The update from the ESCOP System Communication and Marketing Committee will be given on Wednesday September 28 from 1:30 to 3:00 PM.  The new marketing firm, kglobal, plus members from the Marketing Committee and Cornerstone will provide a comprehensive update and describe the strategy for marketing the ESS in the 21st Century. (See agenda below from the ESS Program.

Wednesday 8/28

1:30 - 3:00 P.M.

Crockett Room

Discussion IV:  Marketing the ESS in the 21st Century - Macgregor Ballroom

  • Jerry Arkin, University Of Georgia  - Retrospective Perspective: Going Forward
  • Hunt Shipman, Cornerstone Gov't Affairs - Changing Budget and Political Landscape: Going Forward
  • Jeffry Morris, Vice President, K-Global  -  Introduction, Communication and Marketing Strategy: Going Forward
  • Hunt Shipman - Strategy for Collaboration
  • Nancy Cox, University of Kentucky - Opportunities for Messaging
  • Arlen Leholm ED, NCRA - Implementation: Going Forward

Action requested: None, for information only.

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Item 5.3: NC IP Committee Update

Presenter: Arlen Leholm, Marc Linit, Abel Ponce de Leon, Karen Plaut, Joe Kokini, Bill Ravlin, and Dave Benfield.


Intellectual Property Update:  July 27th Louisville Meeting and follow up discussions

John Oliver, Lesley Millar, and Arlen Leholm

August, 2011

Summary Context

The IP managers from the most of the 12 North Central States, John Oliver, Maple Leaf Concepts of Canada,  and the IP Experiment Station Committee members, Marc Linit, Karen Plaut, Abel Ponce de Leon and Arlen Leholm met in person or by phone in Louisville, Kentucky on July 27.  The purpose of this meeting was to advance a Gap Funding concept proposed by the IP managers.  A brief summary of discussion and actions from that meeting are listed in bullet form below.

John Oliver and Arlen Leholm had follow up meetings with Ron Meesuen, Cultivian, and other venture capitalists and representatives from industry to test the Gap Funding concept.  A great deal was learned from these private sector discussions that should prove helpful in deciding our next steps and strategy for advancing IP from the North Central Region.   Key concepts which will help us determine next steps are listed in bullet form below.

Summary of Louisville Meeting on July 27th

 Discussion points from the Meeting

Creation of a short document to help IP Managers inform University administration (as appropriate) of the Gap Funding  initiative

Discussed involvement of State entities as possible funding sources

Different States and Universities have initiatives that might complement (or be seen to be competing) with the Gap Funding initiative that might determine who is able to commit to moving forward once the format is agreed upon

How to decide on qualifying technologies? In Ag Bioscience area (What do we mean? probably want a clear definition)

    Action from the Louisville Meeting

    Decided that the 12 Universities should have a "dry run" and pull together 2-3 technologies that could benefit from Gap Funding with the following recommended steps:

·         Create a temporary board and agree on review criteria for qualifying technologies

·         Identify 2-3 final technologies to take to Cultivian (Ron Meesuen's fund) to assess for commercial potential and receive feedback

·         Use these technologies as examples for industry on what is available from universities 

Follow Up meetings by John and Arlen with industry and venture capitalists

Key concepts from industry and venture capitalist

There is far more interest in the Gap Funding concept and advancing agbioscience technology now than before from VC’s and industry partners. Key reasons for this interest.

·         Because of  uncertainty from many factors, Money (liquidity) is building up in major corporations. Reflects a mindset of low risk resulting in "fortress balance sheets".

      There is a compelling need to identify good technologies but broaden the criteria and don’t focus just on POC opportunity    

      Criteria by industry for advancing product concepts from new technology

·         Technology must be patentable or able to protect a proprietary position for company

·         The closer a technology is to market the better and viewed as more valuable and less risky. If not close to market then a different form of funding and criteria apply

·         Prefer product concepts with a certain regulatory hurdle

·         Prefer technology that can fit multiple product concepts (Platform Technology)

·         If not a platform, then bundled with other technologies

·         Scalable technologies

·         If not close to market, criteria would also need to identify key milestones and actions that need to occur to de-risk with assessment of potential cost

Other key take away concepts from industry and venture capitalists

·         Stay away from state funding. It is a bureaucratic nightmare (with emphasis)

·         Universities should focus on criteria that industry needs to develop  product concepts

·         If universities can meet the criteria from industry for creating new product concepts from their technology--the venture and industry capital will be available 

·         More money will become available as success and financial exits are achieved

·         Important to have some early visible wins

·         Industry has had some bad experiences with universities and various attitudes exist in dealing with university bureaucracy, including university technology offices.  A belief exits that there is a "hole" in university systems that impede the ability of industry to work with scientists/technology offices in collaborations with corporations and venture funds

·         Several funding mechanisms should be focused on in early stage development

·         Let the market determine the technology winners. NO need for states to create structure to review technologies. Meet industry criteria and the market will determine the technologies that are selected.


Action Requested: For information only


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Item 5.4: LEAD21 Update

Presenter: Arlen Leholm


Please view Jeff Jacobsen’s ESS PowerPoint Presentation here:


Action Requested:  None, for information only.


Item 5.6: One Line Federal Funding Update


Detailed discussion on this issue took place during the September 26 ESCOP business meeting as well as during the morning of September 27.  Please visit for the agenda briefs and more information on the outcome of this discussion.


Action requested: None; for information only.



Item 5.7: Winning Teams and Winning Grants

Presenter: Arlen Leholm



Winning Teams and Winning Grants Workshop

Arlen Leholm, Robin Shepard and Mike Harrington


The workshop is designed to assist teams in attaining higher levels of performance and to enhance the probability of successfully obtaining funding to support the teams activities.  These objectives will be accomplished via a series of interactive presentations case studies and diagnostic activities that are designed to facilitate deeper understanding of how teams work, how to effectively form teams and how to frame cogent grant proposals that result in funding. 

A call for participants will be issued via directors with a target of attracting those working in or interested in forming teams.  

Although acceptance into the workshop based on preferences for teams, this will not preclude individual investigators from participation.  However, all participants are expected to be fully engaged with the workshop and the homework exercises. 

Prior to the workshop, all participants will receive a CD with the Winning Teams and Winning Grants Manual which includes a wealth of additional background information and all presentations, as well a copy of Emotional Intelligence 2.0.

Pre- workshop activities and homework


·         Identify team members.

·         Identify compelling reasons for collaboration and the need for contributions for multiple participants.

·         Provide a summary of the broad issue.

·         Provide tentative objectives.

·         Read Emotional Intelligence 2.0 and take online assessment.


General Curriculum Outline:


      Day One (full day)

            Morning Session

a.    Introductions, Objectives and Why Teams and Collaborations

b.    The Art of Collaboration – Developing High Performing Teams

c.    The Role of Emotional Intelligence -- Review Emotional Intelligence 2.0

d.    Project Management- Best Management Practices

e.    A Framework for Collaboration – applied exercise with case situation. Impact of organizational and team variables and helpful techniques and tools for success.

            Afternoon Session

a.    Opportunities for Integrated Teams Proposals

b.    Team Planning – developing goals and use the logic model

c.    Part 1 – The Components to Writing Winning Grants (Finding Funding)

d.    Part 2 – The Components to Writing Winning Grants (Key Elements of Proposals)


      Day Two (half day)

            Morning Session

a.    Team Diagnostics (Feedback on the goals/objectives submitted pre-workshop)

b.    Revisiting and Recapping the Importance of Teams

c.    Intellectual Property and Ethics

d.    Part 3 – The Components to Writing Winning Grants (Panel Dynamics and Avoiding Pitfalls)


Enrollment limit: 75 participants

[Draft 6/9/11]


Action Taken: Ernie Minton, Karen Plaut, and Dave Benfield have agreed to help Arlen fine-tune the upcoming NC regional Teams meeting.


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Item 6.0: MRC Report

Presenter: Dave Benfield, 2011 MRC Chair


            Item 6.2: Update on NCCC_temp213.  See Item 5.3 above for IP committee update and progress


            Action requested: Approve this NCCC as a basic committee framework for our NC IP managers.



            Item 6.3: Suggestions for reducing NC proposal size, prepared by Dave Benfield.


Multistate Research Proposals – NC Proposals

Concern:  Proposals are lengthy and contain duplicate information in various sections.  NC proposals are the main concern and longest number of pages.

Question:  Can proposals be shortened and still contain necessary information to allow for meritorious peer review by the MRC?

Current Format for Multistate Research Project Proposals:

Statement of Issues and Justification – 20,000 characters

Related, Current and Previous Work – 20,000 characters

Objectives – 4,000 characters

Methods – 20,000 characters

Measurement of Progress and Results –

            Outputs – 4,000 characters

            Outcomes or projected impacts – 4,000 characters

            Milestones – 4,000 characters

Outreach Plan (2,000 characters)

Organization and Governance (4,000 characters)

Literature Cited (50,000 characters) – not part of page limitations.

Total project not to exceed 15 pages but this is interesting:

If we use 12 point Times New Roman Font (recommended in instructions) then there is an average of 2,622 to 3,818 characters on an 8X10 page.  If we take the midpoint between these two numbers 3,220 to represent the approximate number of characters per page then 20,000 characters equates to 6.2 pages and 4,000 characters to 1.2 pages.  Thus using the conversion of characters the proposal equates to 22.9 printed pages or less. When I print most of these proposals through the Web Browser they are over 15 pages but this may depend on the font the Browser is set to print.

Question:  What sections are most critical to evaluate a request for a new and renewed NC proposal?

Unfortunately NIMSS sections are set to character limits, when a simple requirement of a page limit with the ability to upload a pdf or Word Document would be simpler and a page limitation could be placed on the length of the narrative.  This may be an issue for NIMSS to consider in the future if the system is changed and overhauled.


Possible means to shorten proposals and improve quality:

1.       Reduce Statement of Issues and Justification by 4,000 characters (1 page).  One item this section calls for is the likely impacts that will be obtained from successfully completing the work.  This is also asked for in the section on Outcomes or Projected Impacts (4,000 characters).  This eliminates duplication of impacts.

2.      Related, Current and Previous Work:   Probably needs to be left as is, this is a crucial section.

3.      Reduce Objective section to 2,000 characters or one-half page rather than close to page (0.5 pages).

4.      Methods:  the main importance of this section is to provide justification for the approach and for how this proposal is a collaborative effort.  I think you could reduce this section by 4,000 characters or 1 page.

5.      Outputs:  this is a critical section limited to 4,000 characters or 1 page.  One possible approach to this section would be to ask for three to five outputs from the proposed research.  This would limit the list of outputs typical of most of these proposals.

6.      Outcomes or Projected Impacts:  this is also a critical section limited to 4,000 characters or 1 page.  Again I would propose that the project list the three to five significant outputs or impacts from the results.

7.      Milestones:  4,000 characters (1 page)  I would suggest this section be eliminated, and we ask for a timeline of each objective common to most competitive grants (limit this to 2,000 characters). 


These possible suggestions could eliminate 2-3 pages from current proposals?


Action requested: Discussion and approval of these or other suggestions for reducing NC proposal size.

Action Taken:  NCCC_temp213 approved and all suggestions for reducing NC proposal sizes were approved.  Chris Hamilton will update our NCRA Multistate Guidelines document to reflect these changes.


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Item 10.0: ARS Report

Presenter: Mickey McGuire


USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS)

Report to NCRA State Agriculture Experiment Station Directors


September 2011

Area Leadership


Northern Plains Area

            Area Director:  Will Blackburn

            Associate Area Director:  Michael (Mickey) McGuire

            Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Montana


Midwest Area

            Area Director:  Larry Chandler

            Associate Area Director:  Vacant (Harry Danforth retired April 1)

            Assistant Area Director:  J. L. Willett

            Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin



FY 2011 Continuing Resolution

  • Across-the-board .2% cut
  • Temporary cut of 1.08% to all projects to cover obligations first six months
  • Permanent cut of 3.6% to all AM and PM accounts
  • Earmark cuts ($44 million)


FY 2012 President’s Budget Proposal

·    ARS  Salaries and Expenses:  $1,137,690,000

·    Program Initiatives:  + $55,723,000

o   Food Safety

o   Crop Breeding and Protection

o   Child and Human Nutrition

o   Animal Breeding and Protection

o   Bioenergy/Biomass

o   Plant, Animal and Microbial Collections

o   Production Systems for Sustainable Agriculture

o   Global Climate Change

o   National Agricultural Library

·    Elimination of Earmarks (- $41,889,000) – Implemented as part of FY 2011 CR

·    Termination of Extramural Research (-$20,122,000)

·    Laboratory/Location Closures (- $38,661,000)

·    Buildings and Facilities  (- $223,749,000) – All unencumbered balances cut as part of FY 2011 CR

·         House

o   ARS Salaries and Expenses:  $993,345,000

·         Senate

o   ARS Salaries and Expenses:  1,094,647,000


Research Priorities and Initiatives

ARS research continues to address priorities in the following program area: Animal Production and Protection, Crop Production and Protection, Natural Resources and Sustainable Agricultural Systems, and Nutrition, Food Safety and Quality.

Future program initiatives addressed in the FY2012 President’s Budget include animal and crop breeding and protection, production systems to support sustainable agriculture, food safety, reducing world hunger, human nutrition, bioenergy, global climate change, and other critical areas.  These initiatives support Administration and Department priorities.


New Leadership and Vacancies


Midwest Area (MWA)

·         Illinois

o   National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research (Peoria)

§  Bacterial Food-borne Pathogens Research Unit, New Research Leader Todd Ward

§  Bio-Oils Research Unit, New Research Leader Rex Murray (effective July 2011)

§  Crop Bioprotection Research Unit, New Research Leader Alex Rooney

§  Plant Polymer Research Unit (Gordon Selling, Acting RL)

·         Indiana

o   Crop Production and Pest Control Research Unit (Christie Williams, Acting RL; RL selection contingent on approval)

·         Iowa

o   National Animal Disease Center (Ames)

§  Ruminant Diseases and Immunology Research Unit, New Research Leader Eduardo Casas (effective June 2011)

·         Ohio

o   Soft Wheat Quality Laboratory (Peg Redinbaugh, Acting RL)


·         Wisconsin

o   Dairy Forage Research Center (Madison)

§  Dairy Forage and Aquaculture Research Unit (Richard Muck, Acting RL)

§  Environmentally Integrated Dairy Management Research Unit (Bill Jokela, Acting RL; new RL selection contingent on approval)


Northern Plains Area


·         North  Dakota

o   Northern Great Plains Research Laboratory (Mandan)

§  Natural Resources Management Research Unit, New Research Leader, Matt Sanderson.

o   Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center

§  Healthy Body Weight Research Unit, Jim Roemmich


·         South Dakota

o   North Central Agricultural Research Laboratory (Brookings)

§   Integrated Cropping Systems Research Unit, New Research Leader Sharon Papiernik

·         Kansas

o   New Center Name: Center for Grain and Animal Health Research (Manhattan)

§  Arthropod Borne Animal Disease Research Unit was moved to Manhattan and completed in August 2010.  New Research Leader Scott McVey


·         Nebraska

o   Roman L. Hruska U.S. Meat Animal Research (Clay Center) 

§  New Center Director, E. John Pollak. 

·         Animal Health Research Unit, Vacant



Action Requested: None, for information only.


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Item 11.0: NIFA Update

Presenter: Deb Sheely


NIFA Report

September 26, 2011





  • Recruiting for Assistant Director, Institute of Youth, Family, and Community; Announcement closes October 4, 2011.  Dr. Muquarrab Qureshi acting in the role since August.  Dr. Caroline Crocoll will act beginning November 6.


  • Robert Holland, Assistant Director, Institute of Food Safety and Nutrition (since late July).  Formerly with University of Tennessee, Knoxville.


  • Dr. Lakshmi Matukumalli, National Program Leader for Animal Breeding, Genetics and Genomics (since late August).  Formerly with George Mason University and ARS, Beltsville.


  • Dr. Jodi Williams, National Program Leader for Food Safety (since last week).  Formerly a program specialist with NIFA in the Institute of Food Safety and Nutrition.


  • Dr. Jenna Jadin, AAAS Fellow, and Senior Advisor for plant sciences and climate change science in the Office of the Chief Scientist (since last week).  Formerly with the U.S. Global Change Research Program. 


  • Nothing to share on recruitment for NIFA Director





  • FY 2012 House Appropriations Committee recommends discretionary funding of $1,016,817,000 which is $202,288,000 below the FY 2011 Full Year Continuing Resolution with 0.2 percent rescission and $192,725,000 below the FY 2012 President’s Budget.


  • FY 2012 Senate Appropriations Committee recommends discretionary funding of $1,218,725,000, which is $380,000 below the FY 2011 Full Year Continuing Resolution with 0.2% rescission and $9,183,000 above the FY 2012 President’s Budget Request.


  • FY 2013 Budget development is ongoing.



Farm Bill


Department has requested technical amendments only at this time





  • FY 2012 House Appropriations Committee recommends discretionary funding of $223,310,000 which is $41,160,000 below the FY 2011 Full Year Continuing Resolution with 0.2 percent rescission and $101,345,000 below the FY 2012 President’s Budget.


  • FY 2012 Senate Appropriations Committee recommends discretionary funding of $265,987,000 which is $1,517,000 above the FY 2011 Full Year Continuing Resolution with 0.2% rescission and $58,668,000 below the FY 2012 President’s Budget Request.


  • FY 2011 RFAs have been released for the Food Safety and Childhood Obesity Prevention challenge areas.  Also for the Foundational Program.  Most have received applications and are conducting peer review p anels.


  • FY 2012 RFAs have just been released for the Bioenergy ($11 M) and Climate Variability ($12 M) challenge areas.  Also for the NIFA Fellows ($12 M) program.  The Food Security RFA will be released in a few days.  These RFAs contain two years of funding and priorities.


  • Deadlines:


    • Climate Variability
      • Standard:  LOI = 10/20/2011; Apps = 12/16/2011
      • CAPs:  LOI = 10/28/2011; Apps = 1/13/2012


    • Bioenergy
      • Standard and CAPs:  LOI = 10/25/2011; Apps = 12/15/2011


    • NIFA Fellows
      • Pre and Post-Doc:  LOI = 11/8/2011; Apps = 1/19/2012



Action requested: None; for information only.


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Item 12.0: Nominations Committee Report

Presenter: Chris Hamilton for Doug Buhler


            Item 12.1, Open Roles, Action Needed:

·         Replacement NCRDC board member needed to replace Sue Fritz from UNL

·         Daniel Scholl of SDSU volunteered

·         Replacement Nominations Committee Member

·         Ernie Minton of K-State volunteered

·         Replacement MRC member

·         Archie Clutter of UNL volunteered

·         AA for NC1168: Regulation of Photosynthetic Processes

·         AA for NC1179: Food, Feed, Fuel, and Fiber: Security Under a Changing Climate

·         Abel Ponce de Leon volunteered

·         AA for NC1182: Nitrogen Cycling, Loading, and Use Efficiency in Forage-Based Livestock Production Systems

·         AA for NCAC4: Horticultural Crops Advisory Committee

·         AA for NCAC24: Agricultural Education Research Advisory Committee


            Item 12.2, Information Only: Thanks to Dave Jackson for taking over NC1183!


            Item 12.1, Information Only: 2012 NCRA Officer list, effective 10/1 (or after Fall meeting):





2012 Officers and Committee Members

(Fiscal Year 2012 begins October 1, 2011)



M. Linit, MO, Chair (12) (


Executive Committee:

M. Linit, MO, Chair (12) (

D. Benfield, OH, Chair-Elect (13) (

D. Buhler, MI, Past-Chair (09-11) (

A. Leholm, NCRA, Exec. Vice Chair (Perm) (


Multistate Research Committee (3-year term):

J. Kokini, IL, Chair (12) (

E. Minton, KS (13) (

D. Hamernik, NE (14) (

 A. Leholm, Ex-Officio (


Resolutions Committee (3-year term):

M. Linit, MO, (11-14) (


Nominating Committee (2-year term):

Doug Buhler, MI, (11-13) (


Committee on Legislation and Policy
S. Pueppke, NC Representative, MI (
A. Leholm, Ex officio, (


Rural Development Center Board (2-year term):

J. Baker, MI (perm, MSU rep), (

J. Kokini, IL, (10-12) (


NRSP Review Committee Representative (NCRA):

A. Ponce de Leon, MN (


ESCOP (3-year term):

M. Linit, MO, NCRA Chair (12) (

D. Buhler, MI, NCRA Past Chair (10 & 11) (

A. Leholm, NCRA (Perm Alt) (


ESCOP Executive Committee:

M. Linit, MO, NCRA Chair (12) (

A. Leholm, NCRA (Perm Alt) (


ESCOP Chair's Advisory Committee:

A. Leholm, NCRA (Perm Alt) (


ESCOP Budget and Legislative Committee:

S. Slack, OH (

J. E. Minton, KS (

Karen Plaut, IN (


ESCOP Communications and Marketing Committee:

W. Wintersteen, IA (

W. Ravlin, IN (

A. Leholm, NCRA (Perm Alt) (


ESCOP Science and Technology Committee:

F.W. Ravlin, OH (

J. Kokini, IL (

A. Ponce de Leon, MN (


ESCOP Science and Technology Committee Social Science Sub-Committee:

C. Sigurdson, IN ( - Ag Communication

L. Nichols, SD ( - Human Sciences

F. Larry Leistritz, ND ( - Ag Econ

L. Busch, MI ( - Rural Sociology

R. Birkenholz, OH ( - Ag Education


ESCOP NIMSS Oversight Committee:

J. Colletti, IA (

F.W. Ravlin, OH (


North Central Bioeconomy Consortium

NCBEC Vice President, J. Colletti (



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Item 14.0: U of MN AES Changes

Presenter: Abel Ponce de Leon


The new U of MN president recently made some major changes to help downsize administration.  As such, former AES Dean and Director, Bev Durgan is now leading Extension at UMN and is no longer part of the AES.  Sarah Greening and Mike Schmitt are also now only part of EXT.  Al Levine is now leading UMN AES. 


Action requested: None; for information only. 


Please note: Chris Hamilton has requested more detailed information on current UMN AES members and will update the NCRA directory ( when she receives the new list.  Please check back soon.


Item 15.0: Gap funding discussion

Presenters: Arlen Leholm , John Oliver, All


Please see NC IP Committee Update for details on the September NC IP teleconference.


November 10 is the tentative date for IP managers to meet in Indianapolis, IN (probably at the Adams Mark Hotel near the airport) with venture capitalist Ron Meussen.  NC IP managers will select one or two technologies to bring forward for consideration and discussion.  Proposals for technologies will be placed in the online Dropbox folder (contact Chris Hamilton for details).  More information on this meeting to come.  Please contact the NCRA office for details.


Action requested: Chris Hamilton will work with Arlen Leholm and John Oliver to set up this meeting when details and Ron Meussen’s schedule are finalized.


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