One Hundred Sixty-One Meeting
July 16, 2001
Madison, Wisconsin

Monday, July 16, 2001 (8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon)
Multistate Research Committee

Monday, July 16, 2001 (1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
North Central Regional Association

1.0 Call to Order and Introductions - Virginia Clark
Dick Warner - Illinois
Randy Woodson - Indiana
Wendy Wintersteen - Iowa
George Ham - Kansas
Jan Bokemeier, Ian Gray, Gary Lemme - Michigan
Marilyn DeLong, Sarah Greening, Phil Larsen - Minnesota
Tom Payne - Missouri
Marjorie Campbell - Lincoln University - Missouri
Dale Vanderholm - Nebraska
Virginia Clark - North Dakota
Bill Ravlin, Steve Slack - Ohio
Fred Cholick, Kevin Kephart - South Dakota
Margaret Dentine - Wisconsin
Darrell Cole - USDA/ARS-Peoria
George Cooper - USDA/CSREES
Madelyn Alt, Daryl Lund - NCRA Office

2.0 Approval of the March 2001 Minutes - Virginia Clark
(Available at: http://www.wisc.edu/ncra/march01min.htm)
The minutes were approved as submitted.

3.0 Adoption of Agenda - Virginia Clark
8.1 - CSREES Report - George Cooper (handout only)

4.0 Executive Committee Report and Interim Actions of the Chair - Virginia Clark

5.0 Executive Director
=s Report - Daryl Lund

6.0 ESCOP Report - Tom Payne
6.1 Status of ESCOP Activities, i.e., Committee Activities, Report of ESCOP Executive Meeting - Tom Payne (Minutes from ESCOP Executive Committee Meeting are available at: http://www.escop.msstate.edu/minutes/exec5-01.htm)
6.2 FY 02 Budget and Legislative Subcommittee - Tom Payne

7.0 Multistate Research Committee
7.1 MRC Report - Ian Gray
7.2 IMSS - Margaret Dentine

8.0 ARS Report - Darrell Cole

8.1 CSREES Report - George Cooper (handout only)

9.0 University Tuition and Fee Charges on Student Stipends - Steve Slack

10.0 Nominations Committee Report - Dale Vanderholm/Margaret Dentine

11.0 Resolutions Committee - Cole Gustafson
No resolutions were presented.

12.0 Announcements
* Joint COPS Meeting - July 23-26, 2001 - Minneapolis, Minnesota
* Orientation for New SAES and ARD Research Administrators - September 24, 2001 - Coeur d
=Alene, Idaho (1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.)
* Experiment Station Section, SAES/ARD Workshop, Regional Meetings - September 24-27, 2001 - Coeur d
=Alene, Idaho
* NASULGC - November 11-13, 2001 - Washington, D.C.
* NCRA Meeting - March 12-14, 2002 - Baltimore, Maryland

12.0 Summary and Review of Assignments - Virginia Clark

Agenda Item: 4.0
Agenda Item Title: Executive Committee Report and Interim Actions of the Chair
Presenter: Virginia Clark

Since the March 2001 meeting, I have taken part in the following:

· Participated in NCRA Executive Committee Phone Calls
· Appointed representatives to the IMSS Task Force
· Participated in initial planing for the Summer 2001 meeting and appointed Kevin Kephart as the official NCRA representative to the committee
· Communicated with Indiana Lieutenant Governor Joe Kernan and the Acting Chair of MASDA with an invitation to form a liaison with MASDA
· Projects have been submitted to Washington for their concurrence; as of this meeting, all but one have been approved.

Action Requested: Information only.

Action Taken: No action necessary.

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

· BOA Budget Committee - teleconference - April 2
· Institute of Food Technologists Executive Committee meeting-discuss distance education - April 9
· Multistate Coordinating Committee - Mississippi State University with EDs and George Cooper - April 17-19
· International Union of Food Science and Technology 11th World Congress on Food Science and Technology Seoul, Korea B Plenary Lecture "Role of Departments of Food Science and Technology at Universities in Economic Development"; Chair Roundtable "Distance Learning in Food Science and Technology" - April 20-28

· ESCOP Executive Committee - Denver May 1-2
· The Refrigeration Research and Education Foundation/World Food Logistics Organization- Chair Scientific Advisory Council - May 4-10
· Multistate Activity Program (MAP) - funding mechanism for formula fund additions. Author-Dependable Food Supply
· BOA Budget Committee meeting - Washington, D.C. - May 22
· NCRA Summer Meeting Planning Committee - Co-chair for development of afternoon joint session "Priorities for the North Central Region"
· Dutch Research Organization (TNO) Food and Nutrition Review - May 25 - June 4, Zeist, the Netherlands

· Rutgers University Food Science Advisory Council - member - June 7-8
· Meeting with Colien Hefferan and EDs - Washington, D.C. - June 18
· Meeting with Mort Neufville and EDs - Washington, D.C. - June 18
· Institute of Food Technologists Annual Meeting - New Orleans - Organized Food Engineering Division 25th Anniversary Dinner; discussion on distance education - June 20-27

· Science Roadmap Task Force - Leader for Group 6 B Communities and families and Group 7 - Dependable food supply
· ESCOP Chair's Advisory Committee
· ESCOP Budget and Legislative Committee - support staff - generated document for presentation by Fred Cholick to the BOA Budget Committee
· Organizer SAES/ARD Fall Workshop - September 25-27
· Organizer New Administrators' Orientation - September 24

Action Requested
: Information only.

Action Taken
: D. Lund handed out a new Appendix E (attached) that will be discussed at the ESCOP meeting in Minneapolis. The new form clarifies procedures for adding a new participant to a project. He indicated that a national survey on NRSPs, organized by David MacKenzie, will be sent to each station. He also discussed the Science Roadmap activities of the ESCOP Science and Technology Committee which should be available to all in the fall.

Appendix E
Participation in Multistate Research Projects
(Guidelines and Participation Form)

Use the Participation Form to:

1. Collect information about potential participants in a new or replacement multistate research activity. (Requires signature of the petitioning station/agency/university director/head.)
2. List scientists/specialists in the final project outline (see Appendix A). (Use the table format of the Participation Form, expanded as needed. No signatures are required since project outline is signed.)
3. Add a new participant/contributor from a state, agency, or university that is NOT currently approved for an existing activity. (Requires signatures of the petitioning station/agency/ university director, administrative advisor, Executive Director, and CSREES.)
4. Add or change a participant/contributor from an approved state, agency, or university to participate under objective(s) different than originally identified in an existing activity. (Requires signatures of the petitioning station/agency/university director/head, administrative advisor, Executive Director, and CSREES.)
5. Add or change a participant/contributor under the same objective(s) as originally identified by an approved state, agency, or university in an existing activity. (Requires signature of the petitioning station/agency/university director/head only. Other signature line authorities are for notification purposes only.)

Note: Changes in an on-going project which cannot be handled by individual state/agency action as noted above in items 3-5, should be effected by amendments to the approved Multistate Research project proposal. Such changes include adding new objectives or deleting originally approved objective(s), or otherwise changing the direction of the approved research activity. These are approved in the same manner as new projects or replacements. After approval, the amendment will be added to the original project proposal as an attachment. The amendment should also be reflected in the SAES-422 annual report as part of the minutes of the annual meeting.

Withdrawal of a station from a project is handled by a piece of correspondence (e-mail) from the director of the withdrawing station/state/university to the project's administrative advisor with copy to the Executive Director and Multistate Research Office.

Completion of Participation Form:

1. Provide participant's name, e-mail address, institution, and department.
2. For research commitment, provide the CRIS classifications [Research Problem Area(s) (RPA), Subject(s) of Investigation (SOI), and Field(s) of Science (FOS)], and estimates of time commitment by Scientists Years (SY) (not less than 0.1 SY), Professional Years (PY), and Technical Years (TY).
3. For extension, indicate time commitment by Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) and indicate one or more of the seven extension programs relevant to the project: 1) 4-H/Youth Development, 2) Agriculture, 3) Community Resources/Economic Development, 4) Family Development/Resource Management., 5) Leadership/Volunteer Development, 6) Natural Resources/Environmental Management., and 7) Nutrition, Diet, and Health.
4. Indicate objective(s) under which the participant(s) will conduct studies.
5. As each level of authority recommends approval of the action, he/she puts his/her electronic signature on the document, (i.e., "S/ Dr. John S. Doe" with hard copy of signature on file in Executive Director's office; or as a graphic file), and forwards the document electronically to the next level of authority.

Collecting/Reporting Initial Participation in, or Effecting Changes to Multistate Research Projects

Please check the reason for this request: (Note signature requirement(s) in parentheses):
Petitioning director/head approves participant(s) in a proposed activity. (1), (2)
A final list of participants in a new or replacement activity, as an inclusion in or as an appendix to a multistate project outline. (none)
Add a participant(s) from an institution/agency that is NOT already approved for an existing activity. (1), (2), (3), (4)
Add/change a participant(s) from an already approved institution/agency to participate under a different objective of an existing activity. (1), (2), (3), (4)
Add/change a participant(s) from an already approved institution/agency to participate under the same objective of an existing activity. (1)

Project Number
Project Title: ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Participant's Name
and E-mail address
Employing Institution/Agency
and Department




CRIS Codes

RPA SOI FOS SY 1 PY TY FTE Program 2 1 2 3 4 5
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Total SY, PY, TY, and FTE

. . . . . . . . . . . . .

1 SY may not be less than 0.1.
2 Extension Programs: 1) 4-H/Youth Dev.; 2) Agriculture; 3) Comm. Resources/Econ. Dev.; 4) Family Dev./Resource Mgt.; 5) Leadership/Volunteer Dev.; 6) Natural Resources/Env. Mgt.; 7)Nutrition/Diet/Health.

Recommended by: Date
Director, Petitioning Station/Agency/University (with e-mail address) ________________________________________________________________

(2) Administrative Advisor _____________________________________________________________________________________________________

(3) Executive Director _________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Approved by:
Administrator, CSREES ____________________________________________________________________________________________________

Agenda Item: 6.2
Agenda Item Title: FY 02 Budget and Legislative Subcommittee
Presenter: Tom Payne

Fiscal Year 2002 Budget:


The President's Budget for CSREES in FY 2002 included discretionary funding totaling $869,672,000. This represents a decrease of $116,832,000 or approximately 11.8 percent, from the FY 2001 post-rescission amount of $986,504,000. The FY 2002 Budget will fund most programs, including formula programs, at the FY 2001 level. Earmarked Special Research Grants, Extension and Research Federal Administration projects and grants, Critical Agricultural Materials, Supplemental and Alternative Crops, Farm Safety, and Rural Health and Safety programs are proposed for elimination.

The FY 2002 Budget includes mandatory funding of $120,000,000 for the Initiative for Future Agriculture and Food Systems and $2,500,000 for the Community Food Projects grants program. A total of $30,000,000 is included in the USDA budget for the Fund for Rural America, of which about $10 million is dedicated to support research, education, and extension grants and rural development activities. The distribution among the authorized activities will not be developed until after the 2002 appropriations have been enacted.

Congressional Action

On May 16, the leadership of the Land Grant President's Food and Society Initiative sent a letter to the Chairmen of the House Budget and Appropriations Committees requesting that they provide adequate funding to the Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee to support funding for research, extension and education through USDA/CSREES. A similar letter in support of agricultural research, extension and education was send by the National Coalition for Agricultural Research. Dear Colleague letter was circulated in the House that called for a doubling of funding for research, extension, and education. The letter was authored by Reps. Dooley and Pickering and signed by 49 members, including 29 authorizers on the Agriculture Committee. The Dear Colleague letter was delivered to the full House Appropriations Committee.

On June 13, the Full Appropriations Committee approved the Agriculture Appropriations Bill. Essentially, special grants were reestablished without harming any of our national programs. Several specific funding lines saw modest increases, including sustainable agriculture and the rural development centers. Unfortunately, the House did include language prohibiting the implementation of IFAFS and the Fund for Rural America. An amendment to expand the Northeast Dairy Compact was withdrawn and an amendment addressing agro terrorism did not pass. An amendment to fund USDA promotion of biofuels was also voted down. Rep. Meek made an appeal to the committee to increase funding for land grant universities. The bill is expected to be brought to the House floor on June 20.

The Senate is expected to markup on July 12. We are urging the Senate to preserve IFAFS and the Fund for Rural America. We anticipate that a Dear Colleague letter will be developed and circulated in the Senate prior to the Senate mark-up. Sen. Fitzgerald may cosponsor the letter, focusing on IFAS and competitive funds. On the democratic side, Sen. Stabenow may also help sponsor the letter and will probably focus on increasing formula funds. We will need to work hard to gather as many signatures as possible. We also need to work hard on a joint House-Senate letter to Conferees before the Conference Committee convenes in the coming months.

NASULGC Budget Development: The Board on Agriculture Budget Committee developed simplified documents to present the budget request. A one-page document was developed and made available at the CARET meetings. This document identifies the total increase that is proposed for USDA/CSREES. Four critical issue areas that warrant increased expenditures are identified as follows: Revitalizing Communities; Dependable Food Supply; Educated Workforce; and Environmental Balance. In addition to the single, one-page brief, individual single page briefs were developed for each of the four areas, however, without a budget figure for each. The approach is similar to that used by NSF, i.e., one budget figure and several targeted areas for the new funding. The goal is to develop teams of CARET members working with a "champion" in the House or Senate to promote one of the four targeted areas. The March CARET meeting was a workshop to develop the approach and identify people to make up the teams. The following team leaders have been committed: Revitalizing Communities - Tom Payne; Dependable Food Supply - Ed Hiler and Reg Gomes; Educated Workforce - Larry Cote; Environmental Balance - Bobby Moser.

During the recent ESCOP Executive Committee meeting, David MacKenzie noted the need for an accountability mechanism. Discussions regarding budget activities resulted in the need for a strategy for moving forward and a recognition that timeliness is critical. It was also stressed that increases must be targeted. To facilitate this direction, the following proposal was presented by Colin Kaltenbach and approved:

Formula Funds Accountability

Issue: Develop a method to expend new formula funds (Hatch, Smith-Lever, and 1890 R/E funds) which clearly demonstrates the following characteristics:

Financial tracking on budgeting and expenditures
Stakeholder input
Integrated activities
Potentially multistate

Proposal: Develop Hatch MAP (Multiple Activity Program) in each of the four program areas identified by the budget committee.

Who: ESCOP Task Force on New Formula Fund Programs composed of one representative of each region plus the five Executive Directors (ED), utilizing Multistate Research Committee (MRC) chairs for input. The Task Force process would be as follows:

· Each ED will develop the concept of a MAP in each of the four areas (total of 20 MAPs);
· Task Force will review and modify the 20 descriptions (possibly using the MRCs);
· Task Force will share with ESCOP and Extension Directors for potential adoption as framework;
· The MAPs will be used to demonstrate how new Hatch and 1890 research money would be spent.

The Farm Bill Task Force Report: The Task Force has been appointed by Tom Fretz, Maryland, and is similar to the 1998 group but with an expanded charge. The decision was made to look broadly on the total portfolio and not just the Research and Education Title. The Task Force decided to review the existing Farm Bill and look at opportunities for our system and handle technical corrections through the appropriate mechanisms.

A working group, which is a subset of the Task Force, was asked to develop a "white paper" to serve as a starting point for our deliberations.

Stan Johnson, Iowa, led the working group and developed a paper, which attempts to put in perspective the various titles in the existing bill and the respective funding mechanisms. The paper is under review and is now just a discussion piece. The second draft will be circulated to the full Task Force and a team of writers will be impaneled to amplify the background information in each of the titles.

Milo Shult, Arkansas, on behalf of the Board on Agriculture, put together a "white paper" which was presented at the CFERR session during the NASULGC Annual Meeting. Draft #3 of the "white paper" was sent out for comments and final revision was done in March.

Terry Nipp reported on a recent meeting in which House staffers report wanting to hear discussions concerning relationships between private and public sectors as it pertains to the research title of the Farm Bill. A hearing is expected in the House by summer.

The need for ESCOP to provide specificity to research issues in the new Farm Bill precipitated the establishment of an ad hoc ESCOP Farm Bill Task Force. The Executive Directors volunteered to form a working group with Terry Nipp to focus on several activities: Conduct word search of current draft; index previous white papers; survey directors; and summarize findings into working white paper to be presented to ESCOP in July. This document will incorporate the House request to address private/public sector relationships.

ESCOP was represented by Dr. Charles Scifres at the public workshop on May 22-23, 2001 hosted by the Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources of the NRC. A committee chaired by Frank Loew "conducted Opportunities in Agriculture, a study to evaluate the quality, relevance and effectiveness of the research, education, and extension activities of the ARS, CSREES, ERS and NAS."

Action Requested: Information only.

Action Taken: Dr. Payne asks that the Experiment Station community pay close attention to the status of the Fam Bill language.

North Central Multistate Research Committee (MRC)
July 16, 2001 (8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon)
Agenda Item Project Number Title Administrative Advisor (AA) Proposed Term Date NCA Eval. Form AA Eval. Form MRC Recommendation Directors' Action
Revised NC Projects
7.1.1 NC-208 Now
Impact Analysis and Decision Strategies for Agricultural Research (reviewed 3/01) C. Gustafson, ND 09/06 . . Approve Approved MRC recommendations
New NC Project
7.1.1a NC- Landscape Ecology of White-Tailed Deer in Agro-Forest Ecosystems: A Cooperative Approach to Support Management J. Gray, MI 09/06 . . Approve; pending NCA reviews and states' commitments Approved MRC recommendations
New NC 500 Project
7.1.1b NC-503 Host Plant Control Resistance to and Best Management Practices for Karnal Bunt of Wheat G. Ham, KS 09/04 . . Approve Approved MRC recommendations
NC One-Year Extension Request
7.1.2 NC-168 Advanced Technologies for the Genetic Improvement of Poultry M. Dentine, WI 09/02 . . Approved one-year extension Approved MRC recommendations
New NCR Projects
Revised NCR Projects
7.1.3 NCR-13 Soil Testing and Plant Analysis K. McSweeney, WI 09/06 1 x Approved Approved MRC recommendations
7.1.4 NCR-22 Small Fruit and Viticulture Research E. Ashworth, IN 09/06 4 x Approved Approved MRC recommendations
7.1.5 NCR-87 Beef-Cow-Calf Nutrition and Management Committee D. L. Boggs, SD 09/06 6 x Approved MRC recommendations Approved MRC recommendations
7.1.6 NCR-183 Will be NCT-187 Utilization of Animal Manure and Other Organic Residuals in Agriculture W. Ravlin, OH 09/02 6, 16 x Approved as an NCT Committee Approved MRC recommendations
7.1.7 NCR-189 Air Quality Issues Associated with Animal Facilities (reviewed 3/01) W. Ravlin, OH 09/06 6, 16 x Approve Approved MRC recommendations
New NCT Proposals
7.1.8 NCT-188 Diagnosis and Control of Mycobacterial Diseases of Livestock and Wildlife J. I. Gray, MI 09/02 . . Approve Approved MRC recommendations
7.1.9 NCT-189 Quantitative Genetics M. Dentine, WI 09/02 . . Approve Approved MRC recommendations
7.1.10 NCT-190 Quad State Potato Research, 2001-2003
New Title: Potato Research and Extension Program
C. Gustafson, ND 09/03 . . Approve Approved MRC recommendations
7.1.11 NCT- Achieving Financial Security M. Winter, IA 09/02 . . Did not approve Approved MRC recommendations
7.1.12 Prioritization Process Document. The last revision of the Prioritization Process and the Crosscutting Research Areas and Objectives was September 1999. It was recommended that a letter be drafted by D. Lund for the MRC to send to the NCA administrative advisors asking the NCRA committees to review the Prioritization Process and the seven cross-cutting areas at their annual meeting and to provide feedback to the Executive Director's Office.
7.1.13 Membership of the Multistate Research Committee. It was recommended that the "alternate" member be replaced as an "official" member of the MRC. The directors agreed to this, but the NCRA Rules of Operation need to be changed and approved before this can take place. The Rules of Operation will be amended and distributed for approval and a vote.

Agenda Item: 7.2
Agenda Item Title: National Information Management and Support System (NIMSS)
Presenter: Margaret Dentine

The National Information Management and Support System (NIMSS) is still in the development stage. A conference call was held recently to have participants have a hands-on demonstration. The system has many good features and some bugs need to be worked out.

Action Requested: Information only.

Action Taken: Encourage directors and their staff to review the web site:
http://www.lgu.umd.edu - Login ID: test; Password: 123456

Please provide any comments/feedback to either Margaret Dentine (mrdentine@cals.wisc.edu), Doreen Woodward (woodwar6@pilot.msu.edu) or Madelyn Alt (malt@cals.wisc.edu).

Agenda Item: 8.0
Agenda Item Title: ARS Report
Presenter: Darrell Cole

· Dr. Cole indicated that ARS has been following the FY 02 budget process.
· Congress is continuing to support ARS programs.
· Dr. Cole expressed his appreciation to the states for their continued support for ARS.
· At this time, there is planning in the House to have an Animal Health Disease Center and again, Dr. Cole expressed his appreciation for the support.
· ARS is continuing the process of recruiting for key positions.

Action Requested: Information only.
Action Taken: None.

Agenda Item: 8.1
Agenda Item Title: CSREES Report
Presenter: Handout from George Cooper

Prepared to share agency update in meetings with partner institutions
July 12, 2001

CSREES is collaborating with other REE agencies to enhance the National Agricultural Library (NAL) thesaurus. The improved thesaurus will help decision makers, scientists, educators, and others gain better access to information about REE funded research, education, and extension activities. When used in conjunction with the Research, Education, and Economics Information System (REEIS), the enhanced thesaurus will enable users to search more effectively across multiple databases.

The thesaurus will provide a list of broader, narrower, or like terms for use in searching. In the case of synonyms or more specific or broader terms, searches may be made without entering each related term. A search on "pigs," for example, will retrieve documents not only about pigs, but also about swine and narrower terms (e.g., sows, barrows, boars).

Collaborators on the development of REEIS enhancements to the NAL thesaurus include CSREES and other REE agencies, state land-grant partners, and private sector consultants. Pamela Mason of the Agricultural Research Service is giving leadership to the REEIS Thesaurus Subcommittee.

For additional information contact Cindy Dickinson (cdickinson@reeusda.gov).

The President's FY 2001 supplemental appropriations request to Congress will include an additional $35 million for USDA to enhance activities designed to protect U.S. agriculture from serious animal disease threats such as foot and mouth disease (FMD) and bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).

"Given the various foreign animal disease outbreaks in other parts of the world this year, USDA has been conducting a top-to-bottom review of its core programs to ensure we have the necessary resources to protect American agriculture from devastating animal diseases," said USDA Secretary Ann M. Veneman. "These additional funds will help strengthen these important programs."

Earlier this year, in the wake of FMD outbreaks in Europe and other countries, Secretary Veneman authorized $32 million in spending for the hiring of 350 new inspection personnel and the doubling of USDA's canine inspection teams. This was in addition to nearly 400 inspectors already being hired during 2001 and another 200 being reassigned from other program areas. Current information on FMD and BSE, as well as a news release on this request, are available on the Internet at http://www.usda.gov.

The 2000 salary analyses for state extension service professional employees in various position categories have recently been completed. Salary data used in the analyses is based on the information received from each organization and has been put into the Cooperative Extension System (CES) Personnel Information System database.

The 2000 Salary Analyses Report is available for review and downloading from the following website: http://www.reeusda.gov/hrd/hrdmob.htm. Select the link to the 2000 Salary Analyses Report. For additional information, contact Sonny Barber (phone: 202-720-7666; e-mail: sbarber@ars.usda.gov).

As part of the CSREES planning process for the FY 2003 Budget and Farm Bill discussions, five "White Papers" were developed recently by CSREES teams of national program leaders and program managers. These discussion papers identify opportunities in research, education, and extension to address Administration priorities as identified by Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman.

These papers will be used as a part of the CSREES planning process for both budget and Farm Bill discussions, as well as for ongoing improvement of program management. The topics include:
· Host-Pathogen Interactions
· Developing a Regulatory Environment Based on Sound Science
· Expanding Economic Opportunity for Farms, Families, and Communities in the New Market-Based Economy
· New Products, New Technologies, New Ideas
· Food Safety for FY 2003

The white papers are now accessible on the CSREES home page at http://www.reeusda.gov, under "Headline News."

CSREES' first of four listening sessions to solicit stakeholder input on the effectiveness of its existing agricultural research, education, and extension programs took place July 12 at the Lancaster Host Resort and Conference Center, 2300 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA.

The second session will be held on July 26, 2001, at the Embassy Suites Hotel, Minneapolis Airport, 7901 34th Avenue South, Bloomington, MN. Both sessions will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

For more information on these sessions, go to the Federal Register website (http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/fedreg/frcont01.html). Click on "Monday, June 25, 2001", then scroll down to Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service. The information at that site describes the agenda and tells how to register and how to reserve a time slot to make a public statement. Although not required for attendance, pre-registration is strongly recommended.

The two remaining listening sessions - to be held in the southern and western regions of the United States - will be announced in the Federal Register at a later date. Information gathered from all four listening sessions will be made available for review on the CSREES web page (http://www.reeusda.gov).

Oklahoma, Texas, Nebraska, and Kansas are in the process of initiating an NC-500 series multi-state rapid response project to respond to a Kamal bunt outbreak. Kamal bunt - a fungal disease of wheat and triticale (a hybrid of wheat and rye) - has been found in some Texas wheat fields. Regulatory quarantines have been imposed to protect U.S. wheat export markets. A team of USDA and state experts is in northern Texas to monitor the problem and regulate the movement of infected grain. USDA has established a task force to insure timely communication and information sharing.

A rapid response research activity (NC-500) requires experiment station directors from two or more states to agree to form the activity. These activities have two years from the date of initiation to convert to an association-sanctioned activity. Other states that would like to be part of this rapid response multistate research project should complete an Appendix E with resource verification and respond to George Ham at Kansas State University (e-mail: gham@oznet.ksu.edu) by July 10, 2001. This project may be in place by mid July.

The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's toll-free telephone number for information on Kamal bunt is 888-661-8083. Additional information on Kamal bunt is available on the APHIS website (http://www.aphis.usda.gov/ppq/emergencyprograms/kamalbunt/).

House Appropriations Committee Action - The House Agriculture Appropriations Committee has recommended a total $993,936,000 for CSREES. This is an increase of $124,264,000 over the FY 2002 President's Budget Request of $869,672,000 and an increase of $7,432,000 over the FY 2001 post-rescission amount of $986,504,000. The House Committee mark funds the formula programs and most other research, education, and extension programs at the FY 2001 level. The NRI also is funded at the FY 2001 level, but the Committee did not provide a funding breakout by category. Increases are proposed for the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Programs, Farm Safety Program, Secondary/2-year Post-secondary Program, IR-4 Minor Crop Pest Management Special Research Grant, Supplemental and Alternative Crops Research, Ag in the Classroom, Methyl Bromide Transition Program, and the Organic Transition Program. Funding is also provided for earmarked Special Research Grants, Federal Administration research grants and extension projects, Critical Agricultural Materials, and the Rural Health and Safety Program.

Language is included by the House that prohibits use of funds to carry out the Fund for Rural America and the Initiative for Future Agriculture and Food Systems. Funds are available for the purpose of administering and conducting oversight of grants awarded and obligations incurred through FY 2001.

On Wednesday, July 11, 2001, the House of Representatives passed the FY 2002 Agriculture Appropriation. At this time details of any amendments are not available, but information will be provided as soon as possible on floor action.

Printed copies of the FY 2002 Agricultural Appropriation House Committee Report and Bill are available from the Government Printing Office (GPO) by going to their web site at http://www.gpo.gov and searching under the section "What's Available: Legislative." To obtain a copy of the House Committee Report select Congressional Reports and search for "107-116". For a copy of the accompanying bill language select Congressional Bills and search for "H. R. 2330". The GPO site provides good printed copies of the documents. However, copies of the report and bill are also available on the Library of Congress Thomas website at http://thomas.loc.gov/.

The CSREES Budget Homepage has been updated to reflect House Committee action and can be accessed by going to http://www.reeusda.gov/budget/webfund.htm.

It is anticipated that the Senate Committee mark-up of the FY 2002 Agriculture Appropriation may occur the week of July 16, 2001. We will provide additional information on Congressional action as it becomes available.

The Sustainable Agriculture Network, the national communications arm of the USDA-CSREES Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program, will release, in late July, a book profiling innovative agricultural producers. The New American Farmer, a collection of in-depth interviews with farmers and ranchers, describes operations around the country and details the effects of their practices on farm profitability, quality of life, rural communities and the environment. By publicizing their stories, SARE demonstrates that Sustainable farms and ranches are no longer few and far between. Instead, they are viable throughout American agriculture. The book will be accompanied by a web site, which will include additional profiles from other sources, and a CD-ROM version, so that user can easily search for a type of farm, and print just those profiles of interest. See www.sare.org/newfarmer/ for more information.

The SARE regions continue to innovate in their competitive grants programs. For details, see the regional SARE web sites at www.reeusda.gov/ecs/sustag.htm.

Contact: Jill Auburn, jaubum@reeusda.gov or 202-720-5384


"STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIES: ENHANCING EXTENSION'S ROLE" The Community Resource and Economic Development (CRED) base program team, in cooperation with USDA's four Regional Rural Development Centers and CSREES, is planning the first national conference on enhancing Extension's role in building strong communities in America. Specific topics addressed by this conference include economic development, community decision making, education and workforce development, information technology, local government education, local government education, community service, land and natural resources use. Strengthening Communities: Enhancing Extension's Role is scheduled for February 24-27, 2002 in Orlando, Florida.

The program will focus specifically on building collective and individual "toolboxes" to meet the educational needs of diverse communities. Extension professionals from across the system will share resources, curriculum, information and experiences related to community development. The conference will include workshops and interactive sessions; research roundtables to highlight integration of research and community based education, poster sessions, and educational display booths.

Contact: Maurice Dorsey, mdorsey@reeusda.gov or 202-720-6014 or Sally Maggard, smaggard@reeusda.gov or 202-720-0741

The North Central Regional Center for Rural Development and the Rural Policy Research Institute, with support from CSREES, convened a national dialogue June 12-13, 2001, on the future of rural America. Held at the Airlie Center in northern Virginia, the dialogue, A Rural Policy for Our Nation: Charting a New Course for a Community-Based Approach, brought together over 30 leading rural and community development practitioners, policy makers, philanthropic leaders, and federal, state, and local officials. Look for results of the meeting, being prepared by NCRRDC and RUPRI, on the web at www.rupri.org/meetings/airlie2/.

Contact: Sally Maggard, CSREES-Economic and Community Systems at (202) 720-0741 or smaggard@reeusda.gov.

ECS-CSREES is providing support to for a new National Extension initiative - "Financial Security in Later Life," which was approved by the Extension Committee on Policy in October 2000. The purpose of the initiative is to focus the land-grant university system, via its outreach, discovery, and learning missions, on the critical financial needs of aging consumers. This initiative seeks to help people improve personal finance behaviors leading to financial security in later life, enhance the capacity of local extension educators to deliver good programs, and increase economic prosperity of communities. Amongst the target audiences will be farm families, women, and lower income consumers. The objectives of the initiative will be achieved via strategic partnerships, comprehensive training, and insights for and from research, new and adapted educational materials, and nationwide leadership with local application. The National Initiative Development Team, met in mid-April 2001 to refine the objectives, develop a five-year plan for implementation, and develops an evaluation strategy. The five-year plan was approved by the ECOP Program Leadership Committee in mid-June and is available at http://www.reeusda.gov/ecs.cfe.htm.

Contact: Jane Schuchardt, jschuchardt@reeusda.gov or 202-690-2674.

The National Public Policy Education Committee (NPPEC) and the Farm Foundation has planned its annual conference, September 15-19, 2001, Menger Hotel, San Antonio, Texas. This annual conference provides an opportunity for all extension professionals to gain valuable information on important public issues and improve their public issues educational skills. Sessions will focus on challenges facing rural governments, evaluation and accountability of public issues education programs, economic issues of an aging population, creativity in urban growth management, genetically modified foods, the changing rural workforce, food security and hunger, and the 2002 Farm Bill. Pre-conference workshops: Basic Training in Public Policy Education and Public Issues Education: How Extension Professionals Can Deal with Public Conflict and a second entitled Managing Scientific and Technical Information in Public Issues Disputes will be held. There is a call for nominations for two Policy Education Awards and a call for posters. Visit the Farm Foundation web site at www.farmfoundation.org.

Contact: Maurice Dorsey, mdorsey@reeusda.gov or 202-720-6014.

Social scientists from land-grant institutions will brief Congressional Members on research and extension work pertaining to rural economies, families and communities on July 20. Presenters include Drs. Cornelia Flora (Iowa State), Diane McLaughlin (Penn State) and Michael Woods (Oklahoma State), with commentary by Drs. Janet Bokemeier (Michigan State) and Chuck Fluharty (U of Missouri). The Congressional Breakfast Briefing is being sponsored by Consortium of Social Science Associations, with the cooperation of the Rural Sociological Society and the American Agricultural Economics Association. CSREES and the ESCOP Social Science Committee are collaborating with COSSA to facilitate the event.

Contact: John Michael, jmichael@reeusda.gov or 202-720-8744

The ESCOP Social Science Committee will consider proposing several new topics (such as the human aspects of biofuels and the environment, and genomics) as social science priorities. Representatives from ESCOP, ECOP and ACOP are expected to participate in the discussion.

Contact: John Michael, jmichael@reeusda.gov or 202-720-8744


Third Symposium on the Future of American Agriculture will be held August 16-17,2001 in the Georgia Center. The theme this years is "Can Production Agriculture Survive? What is Needed?" Each of the national players in determining the structure of the new Farm Bill will be in Athens to present the case for what they believe is necessary. All aspects of agriculture and Agribusiness in Georgia will be impacted by the new Farm Bill. Each of us has a personal interest in this topic and each of us can bring a lot to the conference and take a lot of very valuable information away. The program and registration material are available at:

Contact: Bob Shulstad
Assistant Dean for Research
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
107 Conner Hall
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602-7509
Email: RShulstad@agecon.uga.edu
Phone: (706)542-2151
Fax: (706)542-1119

SCHUCHARDT RECEIVED NEFE AWARD. During a national financial education conference in Denver, Jane Schuchardt was the first National Program Leader to receive the "National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) Award for Distinguished Professional Service and Dedication to Youth Financial Literacy." NEFE, a multi-million dollar operating foundation headquartered in Denver, will present this award for exceptional, sustained contributions to personal finance education for youth, especially through the NEFE High School Financial Planning Program (HSFPP).

KOBBE RECEIVED AAFCS AWARD. Anna Mae Kobbe, a National Program Leader for Family Life and Human Development in CSREES since 1997, was recognized by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) at its annual Pacesetter Dinner and meeting in Providence, RI, July 2. AAFCS presented the "Leader Award" to Kobbe for significant contributions to her profession.

Ed Kane is a Computer Specialist with the Current Research Information System (CRIS), January 29, 2001. His major area of responsibility is system maintenance on the UNIX/NT platforms and the STAR database. He also performs special report generation from the CRIS database. He can be reached at phone: 202-690-0450; e-mail: ekane@reeusda.gov.

Eugenia Spohrer is a Grants Support Assistant in CRGAM's National Research Initiative (NRI) unit, in support of Program Leader Nancy Cavallaro. Spohrer works with the Soils & Soil Biology and Water Processes & Water Resources programs. Her major area of responsibility is to prepare for the program panelists who review grant applications. She replaced Jacqueline Harris- Wheeler. Spohrer previously worked in CSREES' Proposal Services Unit.

Christine Haynes is the new Head Secretary for Higher Education Programs (HEP) in CSREES' Science and Education Resources Development (SERD) unit. She was formerly with the Military District of Washington, Department of the Army. She can be reached at e-mail: chaynes@reeusda.gov.

Said Nurhussein is a Computer Specialist in the Current Research Information System (CRIS). His primary area of responsibility is managing CRIS' UNIX and database systems. He also acts as a backup to the LAN administrator and can be reached at e-mail: snurhussein@reeusda. gov.

Mark Poth is the new Division Director for the CSREES National Research Initiative (NRI). His responsibilities include programs in Natural Resources and the Environment; Enhancing Value and Use of Agricultural and Forest Products; and Markets, Trade and Rural Development. His e-mail address is mpoth@reeusda.gov.

Action Requested: Information only.
Action Taken: None.

Agenda Item: 9.0
Agenda Item Title: University Tuition and Fee Charges on Student Stipends
Presenter: Steve Slack
Issue: University tuition and fee charges on student stipends paid on specific cooperative agreements and other grants which will not cover these charges.

Statement: At OSU we are currently seeing a revamping of our financial system university-wide. Policies include charging tuition and fees on grants and contracts which have traditionally not covered these costs. These changes have broad implications for agricultural and related research areas. A discussion is desired to see how various experiment stations are responding to this dilemma.

Action Requested: Discuss the tuition and fee charges.
Action Taken: After a lengthy discussion about how states handle tuition and fee charges, a committee (Steve Slack, Phil Larsen, Wendy Wintersteen, Randy Woodson and Daryl Lund) was formed. The committee will collect information as to what is going on in the states and will report at the September 2001 meeting in Idaho.

Agenda Item: 10:0
Agenda Item Title: Nominations Committee Report
Presenter: Dale Vanderholm

Administrative Advisor Assignments
Changes Since March 2001 Meeting
Committee Former Advisor New Advisor
NC-107 F. Cholick, SD E. K. Asem, IN
NC-170 J. Laughlin, NE M. Winter, IA
NC-1001     E.O. Hoiberg, IA
NCA-24 V. L. Clark, ND S. Baugher, MN
NCR-25 S. Nault, OH D. Gallenberg, SD
NCR-57 J. Armstrong, IN J. Baker, MI
NCR-97 D. Marple, IA J. Kinder, OH
NCR-201 E. Ortman, IN W. Wintersteen, IA
 ESCOP Partnership C. Scanes  K. Kephart

Orientation for New SAES and ARD Research Administrators
(Directors, Associate Directors and Assistant Directors)
Monday, September 24, 2001 - 1:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Coeur d
=Alene, Idaho

1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
1. Organization and Relationships - Darrell Nelson, Director, University of Nebraska
d. Regional Associations
e. Other

1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
2. Budgets - Fred Cholick, Chair-Elect, ESCOP Budget and Legislative Committee, Dean, South Dakota State University and Christina Buch, Director of Budget, CSREES
a. OMB (Executive Budget)
b. Role of Congress
d. Other Federal Agencies (NSF, NIH, EPA, etc.)
e. Advocacy Efforts (NASULGC, CFAR, BAA, AESOP, etc.)
f. Questions and Answers

2:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
3. Reporting Requirements/Timing - Tom Helms, Executive Director, Southern Association of Agricultural Experiment Station Directors
c. Multistate Research Project Portfolios and Management (IMSS and Guidelines for Multistate Research Activities
d. Questions and Answers

3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Break

3:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
4. Experiences of a Director-in-Action Dealing With: - Paul Rasmussen, Associate Dean, Utah State University; Richard Jones, Dean for Research, University of Florida; Harold Benson, Research Director, Kentucky State University
a. Clientele groups
b. Legislators and Congressional Staff
c. Internal Politics of University Life
d. State Funding Initiatives
e. Commodity Group Relationships
f. Other
g. Questions and Answers

4:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
5. Farm Bill - Milo Shult, Chair, Farm Bill Task Force, Vice President for Agriculture, University of Arkansas

4:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
6. Cooperative Research Agreements/Intellectual Property - David MacKenzie, Executive Director, Northeastern Regional Association of Agricultural Experiment Station Directors

4:45 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
7. Open Discussion


Proposal for the Fall SAES/ARD Directors= Workshop
September 25-27, 2001
Coeur d
=Alene, Idaho

The workshop consists of seven sessions. Following the workshop, each regional association will have an opportunity to meet.

Tuesday, September 25, 2001 (1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.)

Session 1
(1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.)
Speaker: Joseph Jen (tentative): A Vision for REE
Moderator: Richard Heimsch, ESCOP Chair-Elect, Director, Agricultural Experiment Station, University of Idaho

Session 2 (2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
Value of Formula Funds
Moderator: Charles Scifres, Deputy Director of the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station and Associate Vice Chancellor for Agriculture and Life Sciences, Texas A&M University System.
Discussants: Wally Huffman, Professor of Agricultural Economics, Iowa State University; Carolyn Brooks, Dean of Agriculture, University of Maryland - Eastern Shore; Arthur Cosby, Director, Social Science Research Center, Mississippi State
Breakout Groups
Open Discussion

Break (3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.)

Wednesday, September 26, 2001
(8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)

Session 3
(8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.)
Out Year Budgets: What are the Priorities for the SAES/ARD System?
Moderator: Gale Buchanan, Chair, BOA Budget Committee, Dean and Director, University of Georgia
Discussants: Fred Cholick, Chair ESCOP Budget and Legislative Committee, Dean, South Dakota State University; Eric Young, Chair, Planning Committee, Associate Director, North Carolina State University
Breakout Groups
Priority Setting/Consensus Building

(10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.)

Session 4
(10:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon)
Information Technology Systems: Where Are We?
Moderator: Daryl Lund, Executive Director, North Central Regional Association of State Agricultural Experiment Station Directors
Discussants: CRIS System - Eric Young, Chair, Planning Committee, Associate Director, North Carolina State University; EASE System - Howard Ladewig, Professor and Coordinator, Center for Program Development and Evaluation, University of Florida; IMSS System - David MacKenzie, Executive Director, Northeastern Regional Association of State Agricultural Experiment Station Directors; and REEIS - Cindy Dickinson, Director of Research, Education and Economics Information System
Open Discussion

Lunch (12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m.)

Session 5
(1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.)
2002 Farm Bill: What Are the Priorities for the SAES/ARD System?
Moderator: Milo Shult, Chair, Farm Bill Task Force, Vice President for Agriculture, University of Arkansas
Discussants: David MacKenzie; James Wade, ECOP Legislative Committee; Bobby Phills, Chair of ARD Legislative Committee and Council of Presidents Legislative Committee, Research Director, Florida A&M University; Phil Schwab, Science Advisor, CSREES
Breakout Groups
Priority Setting/Consensus Building

Break (3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.)

Session 6
(3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
BOA Reorganization
Moderator: Tom Fretz, Past Chair, BOA, Dean, University of Maryland
Discussants: McArthur Floyd, Past ESCOP Chair, Research Director, Alabama A&M University; Mort Neufville, NASULGC, Executive Vice President, Federal Relations-Higher Education; James Wade, ECOP Chair, Associate Dean and Associate Director, University of Maryland
Open Discussion

Planned Program for Dinner

Thursday, September 27, 2001
(8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.)

Session 7
(8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.)
Partnerships: Opportunities
Moderator: DC Coston, Associate Director, Oklahoma State University
Discussants: DC Coston; Colien Hefferan, Administrator, CSREES; Virginia Clark, CFERR/Board on Human Sciences, Dean, College of Human Development and Education, North Dakota State University
Open Discussion: Follow-up on the February 2001 meeting

Synthesis and Follow-Up (10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.)

Regional Meetings (11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.)

Agenda Item: 12.0
Agenda Item Title: Follow-Up from Meeting
Presenter: Virginia Clark

· The NCRA Rules of Operation will be revised to show a change in membership of the Multistate Research Committee.
· A task force committee was formed to follow-up the discussion on tuition, fee charges, etc. This committee will report at the September 2001 meeting.
· The directors and their staff were encouraged to review the NIMSS web site: http://www.lgu.umd.edu - Login ID: test; Password: 123456
and to provide any comments/feedback to either Margaret Dentine (mrdentine@cals.wisc.edu), Doreen Woodward (woodwar6@pilot.msu.edu) or Madelyn Alt (malt@cals.wisc.edu).