NCRA Summer Meeting
July 2005
Manhattan, KS

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Meeting Information and Agenda

Tuesday, July 12

All day - Golf at Colbert Hills Golf Course – Arrangements made on your own.
1-4pm - MRC Meeting (K-State Alumni Center – Katlin Room)
6pm - Registration
7pm - Reception
(K-State Alumni Center – Great Room and/or Terrace
- Cash Bar/Heavy Hors d’oeuvres)


Wednesday, July 13

8am-5pm - Entire day focused on funding needs and strategies with breakout sessions. 


Thursday, July 14

7:30-8:30am Breakfast
*8:00am-11:15am NCRA Meeting
(*NCRA meeting to begin earlier than originally scheduled - feel free to bring your breakfast to the meeting room)
Time Item Topic Presenter
*8:00 1.0 Call to Order - Approved Steve Slack
2.0 Adoption of the Agenda - Approved Steve Slack
3.0 Approval of April 2005 Minutes ( - Approved Steve Slack
8:03 4.0 Executive Committee Report and Interim Actions of the Chair Steve Slack
8:05 5.0 Executive Directors Report Daryl Lund
8:10 6.0 NCRDC Report (NC1100) Cornelia Flora
8:30 7.0 NCRDC Map of Diversity Research and Outreach Cornelia Flora
8:40 8.0 NIAS Report (refer to information from Terry Nipp) None
8:45 9.0 Sun Grant Initiative Kevin Kephart
8:50 10.0 Update on Regional Climate Atlas Forrest Chumley
8:55 11.0 Status of Increased Efficiency Committee Wendy Wintersteen
9:00 12.0 ESCOP Reports ---
12.1  Science/Tech Committee Forrest Chumley
9:05 12.2  Communications and Marketing Committee Wendy Wintersteen
9:15 12.3  Budget and Legislative Committee Daryl Lund
9:25 13.0 ARS Report TBA
9:35 14.0 CSREES Report Mary McPhail Gray
9:45 Break
10:00 15.0 MRC Report
15.1  New Projects
15.2  Midterm Reviews
15.3  NRSP Proposals/Budgets
15.4  Other Funding Decisions
15.5  Other MRC Issues
Wendy Wintersteen
10:30 16.0 Ohio State's Total Environmental Management Plan (TEMP) Bill Ravlin
10:45 17.0 Nominations Report and Update on AA Appointment Guidelines/Survey Kevin Kephart,
Gary Lemme
11:00 18.0 Resolutions
18.1  Kevin Kephart
18.2  Elton Aberle
Marshall Martin
11:05 19.0 Other ---
19.1  Spring 2006 Joint Meeting with the Western Region
Upper Mississippi River Sub-basin Hypoxia Nutrient Committee
19.3  Presentation from NCDC208 - Biosecurity Communications Research and Practices
Marshall Martin, Daryl Lund
Wendy Wintersteen
Kris Boone
11:10 20.0 Announcements All
11:13 21.0 Summary and Review of Assignments Steve Slack
11:15 Adjourn

Agenda Items

Item 4.0: Executive Committee Report and Interim Actions of the Chair
Presenter: Steve Slack

Steve Slack sent an evaluation memo to the University of Wisconsin regarding Daryl Lund's performance over the past year.  Other than this, no other actions were taken by the NCRA Chair or the Executive Committee.  

Action Requested: None; for information only. 

Action Taken: None. 

Item 5.0: Executive Directors Report
Presenter: Daryl Lund

  1. POW/AR Rules:  The Federal Register published the rules CSREES would like to use for the plans of work and annual reports of the experiment stations, cooperative extension and higher education.  The deadline for comment was July 7.  At this moment I know that two stations are intending to file comments.  At the meeting I will summarize the concerns raised in any responses I receive.

  2. BAA Think Tank Subcommittee: The Think Tank Subcommittee has formulated the approach it will be taking to address the issue of formula funds for research.  Each Experiment Station director will be asked for specific input into the questions as the writing teams develop their analyses and responses to the questions.  I will be working with Bob Steele looking at the use of the formula funding mechanism in other federal agencies.  The web address for access to this information is  .  Tom Fretz is posting papers on the formula funds issue at  The Think Tank Subcommittee will have its report and recommendations at the NASULGC annual meeting in November.  Current thinking within CSREES on formula funds is that the system must change.  Options include (1) Proceed on the President’s plan and eliminate Hatch, McIntire-Stennis and Animal Health in the FY 07 budget, (2) Restart the clock (ie. 50% reduction in Hatch and McIntire-Stennis and elimination of Animal Health in FY 07), (3) Introduce competitive funding into Hatch et al. through a mechanism such as the multistate funding program.  At least 50% - 75% would be competitively awarded when the 5-year plan is submitted, and (4) Use an infrastructure support model similar to the 1994 institution model (i.e. create an endowment fund).  One of the options not being considered at all is the status quo. 

                  Board on Agriculture Assembly
                       Council for Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching
                       Other Interested Individuals
FROM:             Jeffrey D. Armstrong and Fred A. Cholick
                        Co-Chairs, BAA “Think Tank” Subcommittee
July 6, 2005
SUBJECT:        Moving Forward!

On May 26, you all received a memo from Eddie Gouge containing a message from the BAA “Think Tank” Subcommittee (TTS) asking you for input into the questions around which the “Think Tank” Subcommittee is to organize its work.  We heard from many of you with your opinion not only of the questions themselves but with input into the answers to those questions.  The TTS met June 26-28 in Washington DC to contemplate your responses and get our work organized.  Your comments regarding the questions were very helpful and we will continue to seek your input as the process of our deliberations unfolds.

At our June 26-28 meeting, we focused much of our discussion on the second question in which we wanted to explore the fundamental core values and principles that we hold in support of research and education for the agriculture and food system.  Coming out of that meeting, we would like to share our initial thoughts on these core values and principles.  As we continue our deliberations, your comments on these should be sent to Daryl Lund ( 

Core values of a system that serves research and education needs in agriculture and natural resources:
1. Values diversity in type, size and mission of institution.
2. Links research, education and extension across states in a unique nationally coordinated system.
3. Addresses relevant, needs-driven priorities in research, education and extension complementary to discovery- driven programs.
4. Involves active stakeholder engagement.
5. Responds to needs through flexible and rapid redirection of resources.
6. Links research, education and extension that provides future practitioners and scientists.
7. Maintains scientific capacity.
8. Integrates nationally the breadth of intellectual and physical resources responsive to local needs.
9. Enhances the global competitiveness of the U.S.
Principles for operationally delivering on core values:
1. Supports continuity for long-term research.
2. Stabilizes funding.
3. Links research to extension and outreach.
4. Relies on partnerships that promote collaboration and cooperation.
5. Maintains appropriate balance with federal in-house research.
6. Provides mechanism for leveraging state and non-federal funds.
7. Links funding to importance of needs.
8. Demonstrates accountability to stakeholders and funders.

  1. NIMSS: Nikki has begun working on her MS thesis that will be an analysis of NIMSSBy the time of the meeting, you will have received an invitation to participate in the survey of users.  It is imperative that you participate so that Nikki has good representative data from all sectors of users.  Nikki will thank you and so will NIMSS!  The survey will arrive via the online survey tool, Zoomerang. 

  2. Water Seminar:  The BRT has begun working on the idea of building champions for issues in which we (the System) have great interest.  The prospectus (attached) has been widely shared and the first seminar is proposed for Wisconsin in October.  Senator Herb Kohl is the champion.  The prospectus calls for partial support from ESCOP and ECOP at $10,000 each per seminar (currently two being planned, Wisconsin and Utah).  The balance of support would come from stations in the area and industry in the region.  ESCOP will consider this request at its July meeting at the All COPs meeting in Kansas City.  I recommend that NCRA support funding these two seminars from funds held in the ESCOP account at NASULGC.  If successful, future seminars should be considered in the overall work plan of the BRT and partially funded through that mechanism rather than by ESCOP and ECOP.  Please come prepared to discuss this issue.      

Refer to the following documents:

Water Quality Prospectus (pdf)
Water Quality Seminar Expenses (xls)

  1. Travel Funding: In the NCRA Office, we often receive questions about participant travel funding. Eric Young, Executive Director in the Southern Region, looked into this common query and came up with the following information:

    From the perspective of CSREES, all of our multistate activities are eligible for Hatch Multistate Research Funds because they are all peer reviewed by an appropriate group. Only the NCAC projects are not peer reviewed, but remain eligible because they are administrative activities and can be funded under the experiment station's multistate activities administrative project.

    What each director specifically funds using their MRF (salary, travel, operating, etc.) is entirely up to the individual SAES director, unless the directors in a particular region have mutually agreed to only use MRF for one purpose (ie. travel) or only on specific types of activities (ie. NC-projects). Each region may decide whether or not to place restrictions on MRF use.

    The new multistate nomenclature system, agreed to by all regions (ie. NCR committees becoming NCCC/NCERA committees) will help define these inter-regional project functions. The uniform nomenclature system eliminates different regional project designations. For instance, there will no longer be CCs only within NERA and the West, ERAs only in the South, and Rs in the NCRA. All of the regional associations have agreed to convert to CC and ERA committees, as well as AC and DC committees. The only difference will be in the regional identifier before the new nomenclature (NC, NCCC, NCERA, NCAC, NCDC).

    The new nomenclature does not change the way committees functions; they simply define the committee more accurately.

    For more information, see the project nomenclature descriptions at

    It is my understanding from talking to several directors in the NC Region and Dick Lower that the NC directors agreed to limit any funding that a director might designate for a project to travel only for all projects except NC projects.  Does the Association want to continue with that guideline (it can only be a guideline because directors are really free to allocate their federal funds in any way that they want)?


  2. Impact Statement Update: We have now posted 22 impact statements on the NCRA impact statement website.  There are 14 committees on cue, all of which have recently undergone midterm review in April 2006.  These impact statements are due August 19th.  Other committees who have not written impact statements yet and wish to submit before they are called upon to do so, may use the form at to send their impact statement to the NCRA Office. 

Action Requested: None; for information only. 

Action Taken:

Item 6.0: NCRDC Report (NC1100)
Presenter: Cornelia Flora

Action Requested: Vote on $24,000 OTT funding request. 

Action Taken: Refer to MRC Report.

Item 7.0: NCRDC Map of Diversity Research and Outreach
Presenter: Cornelia Flora

Mapping Diversity in the North Central Region (DRAFT Word Doc) - Susan Fey and Cornelia Flora, The North Central Regional Center for Rural Development, May 2005

The Midwest’s Working Poor: A Demographic Overview (pdf) - Cindy Anderson, July 2005

Action Requested: None; for information only. 

Action Taken: None. 

Item 8.0: NIAS Report
Presenter: Terry Nipp

National Institute for Agricultural Security
Activities Update
2004 - 2005

Moving Agrosecurity to the Forefront

The National Institute for Homeland Security (NIAS) was officially formed when its founding Board of Directors first convened in February 2003.  At that time, a great number of federal activities were underway to address homeland security and biosecurity concerns, but relatively little attention was being paid to the potential impacts of bioterrorist acts against our nation’s agriculture and food system.  In fact, some federal officials publicly dismissed the need to protect the food and agricultural system.  

NIAS has served as a catalyst to help bring the issue of food and agriculture biosecurity concerns forward at the national level and then to keep these concerns “front and center” before federal policy makers.  The NIAS Executive Director, Members of the NIAS Board of Directors, and NIAS members have met with White House staff, federal agency administrators and program leaders, and Congressional Committee Chairs, to work through the critical steps that need to be taken to protect our food system.  NIAS has played a critical role in insuring that food and agricultural research and education concerns are being addressed as a critical component of the nation’s continually developing process to protect the country from possible acts of terrorism.  Positive changes include: 

Despite remarkable progress, so much remains to be done.  The parting reflections of HHS Secretary Thompson are still alarmingly appropriate, as he wondered aloud why there has not yet been a terrorist attack against our food system since it would be so easy to do.  The very attributes that make our food production and distribution system so efficient and economical also make it vulnerable to attack.  In addition to the very real threats to human health, multi-billion dollar industries could be collapsed in days with potentially immense impacts on the United States economy.  The role of agricultural research and education will continue to have a pivotal role in developing the technologies and educational outreach that will enable us to prepare, prevent, detect, mitigate and recover from attacks on our nations food supply.

Highlights of NIAS Activities

 A quick summary of some of NIAS’s activities are highlighted here, with more detailed descriptions provided in the following report.


NIAS Projects and Activities

DHS National Centers of Excellence
NIAS has been closely involved in the emergence and implementation of the DHS Centers of Excellence.  NIAS was asked to comment on the authorizing legislation for the Centers when it was under review by the House Science Committee and the House and Senate panels on Homeland Security.  NIAS actively encouraged the White House Council on Homeland Security and the Office of Science and Technology to consider food and agriculture as early priority topics for the new Centers.  As a representative of NIAS, Dr. Nipp was asked to serve on a panel review team for the selection of the National Center for Food Processing Defense.  He subsequently served on the DHS site visit team and on an advisory group to DHS University programs.  Dr. Nipp participated in DHS meetings with the University Centers to explore how the Centers could network with each other and collaborate closely with the larger academic community.  NIAS is working closely with the two Centers that address agriculture and food biosecurity concerns and is exploring how to extend the collaborative outreach of these Centers to the broader academic community.

DHS Center for the Study of High Consequence Event Preparedness and Response
The NIAS Board of Directors (BOD) tasked Dr. Terry Nipp, the NIAS Executive Director (ED), to facilitate developing a proposal that included NIAS in response to the “Broad Area Announcement” for the fifth DHS university-based Center of Excellence.  Since this Center will deal with education and outreach to diverse communities, the goal was to develop a proposal that would build on the diverse areas of specializations within our universities while building on our capacity to reach out through the Extension system.  Dr. Stan Johnson, the Vice President for Outreach at Iowa State University, was asked as a member of the NIAS BOD to help take the lead in developing this proposal.  Based on the BAA and discussions with DHS, Dr. Nipp and Dr. Johnson assembled a team that includes Colorado State University, Cornell University, Tuskegee University, the University of Arizona, the University of Puerto Rico, Washington State University and others.  This proposal was designed to allow flexibility for expanded collaboration with other university partners as the project unfolds, reserving several million dollars for the development of future partnerships with other universities.

 DHS Center for Foreign Animal and Zoonotic Disease Defense
The DHS Center for Foreign Animal and Zoonotic Disease Defense (NCFAZDD) at Texas A&M continues to explore how they might extend their collaborative network of university partners in collaboration with NIAS.  The Center recently held a national conference on Establishing an Academic Network for Foreign Animal and Zoonotic Diseases.  As the President of NIAS, Dr. D.C. Coston served on the Steering Committee and spoke at the conference.  Dr. Nipp worked closely with the Center during the development and implementation of the Conference.  One of the organizing goals of the conference was to explore how innovative partnerships can be developed and put in place among universities and specialists to be able for DHS to be able to “reach back” into the scientific community for needed expertise.  As well, the conference explored how a new “network” of relations could be developed to better enable the universities and private sector to work together, to develop collaborative projects, to seek funding, and to meet practical DHS requirements.

National Center for Food Processing Defense
NIAS collaborated with the National Center for Food Processing Defense and the NCFAZDD in developing a proposal for a Conference on Food and Agriculture Analytical Methods, which has been submitted to USDA/CSREES’s National Integrated Food Safety Initiative.  NIAS has been asked by the NCFPD to consider how the Center might communicate better with NIAS members and to develop working relations with the Extension system.  

 Western Institute for Food Safety and Security 
The DHS Office of Disaster Preparedness and FDA have provided funding to the Western Institute for Food Safety and Security (WIFSS) at the University of California-Davis to develop education and training programs on food security for food handlers.   WIFSS has been in discussions with NIAS about possible collaborative endeavors.   

DHS Directorate for Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection 
In addition to the DHS Science and Technology Directorate, Dr. Nipp meets regularly with DHS program leaders and staff in the DHS Directorate for Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection (IIAP), particularly with the Infrastructure Coordination Division (ICD).

Food and Agriculture Sector Council
The DHS/IIAP has enhanced Information Sharing Advisory Councils (ISAC) to create a framework for communicating with the private sector regarding homeland security concerns.  A general council was created, made up of a number of private sector councils.  Initially, the food and agriculture sector was not included, but it was subsequently identified as a priority concern and a Food and Agriculture Sector (FASC) was created as the thirteenth sector council.  Well over a hundred private sector companies represent the food and agriculture sector at FASC meetings.  The FASC is in turn made up of about a half dozen subcouncils.  NIAS is an affiliated member of both the Animal Agriculture Subcouncil and the Plant Agriculture Subcouncil.  On behalf of NIAS, Dr. Nipp attends FASC Subcouncil, full Council, and General Council meetings.

USDA CSREES: Managing Hazardous Non-Select Agents
In response to security concerns identified in a USDA Inspector General study of the handling of potentially hazardous materials at university agricultural research facilities, USDA/CSREES funded a study through Oklahoma State University to develop best management practices for handling hazardous “non-select” agents.  NIAS has had the lead in implementing this project, which includes collaborators from Colorado State University and Utah State University in the Western Region, Michigan State University in the North Central Region, West Virginia University in the North East Region, with Oklahoma State University providing the lead for the Southern Region. 

 In April 2004, NIAS facilitated a workshop that included multidisciplinary teams from the lead institutions and federal agency personnel from USDA, DHS, and the White House Council on Homeland Security.  The workshop participants recommended developing a prototype decision-making tool for assigning risk and appropriate management protocols for handling hazardous biological materials.  NIAS took the lead in developing the prototype decision tool, which builds on work underway at Sandia Laboratories, the APHIS guidelines for transporting materials, the ARS Guidelines for Biocontainment, and the CDC Best Management for Biological Laboratories (BMBLs).  The prototype decision-tool was presented to the AES/ARD Directors at their annual meeting in September 2004.  The Directors recommended that a preliminary classification be conducted utilizing the decision tool to provide consistent national guidelines, before testing the decision tool at individual institutions.

NIAS has since shared the proto-type decision tool with appropriate program specialists and leaders at CDC, APHIS and ARS.  The federal agencies have responded favorably to the prototype decision tool but suggested that NIASS wait until guidelines from CDC and USDA for “select agents” could be reconciled, since the decision-tool depended on these guidelines.  The agencies have worked through this process and Dr. Nipp has met with the CDC Director for Select Agents and appropriate APHIS and ARS staff.  NIAS is incorporating the federal chances and will work with teams of specialists to conduct an initial set of recommendations untiring the prototype decision tool.

Federal Agency Program Development

DHS National Response Plans
Dr. Nipp has worked with federal staff and agency contractors who have been involved in the development of the National Response Plan, the National Infrastructure Protection Plan, and the National Incident Management System.  As a member of the DHS/FASC, Dr. Nipp was asked to review and provide comments on early drafts of the National Infrastructure Protection Plan.

DHS Alerts 
DHS/IIAP has been developing a process for providing warnings and alerts to the private sector about possible security concerns.  As the NIAS ED, Dr. Nipp has assisted in this process and has been a recipient of “sensitive but not classified” announcements.  Dr. Nipp has met with DHS staff currently engaged in developing a secure web-based communications system (HSIN) which will have a significant food and agricultural component.

USDA APHIS has “as needed” teleconferences with the private sector to discuss security concerns and food safety emergencies.  Dr. Nipp is on their restricted “call-list” for these discussions, which have recently included briefings on such topics as BSE biosurveillance. 

Congressional Oversight and Legislation

Congressional Briefings
NIAS has provided requested private briefings to Congressional Committee Chairs and Ranking Members in the House and Senate regarding agricultural biosecurity concerns.  NIAS has been asked to identify panels of experts in an array of areas impacting agriculture and food biosecurity.

Congressional Hearings
The House Homeland Security Committee will be holding hearings on agrosecurity in the near future.   Dr. Nipp has been asked to testify on behalf of NIAS.  The hearings will likely be, in part, a response to the recent GAO report on federal agency efforts to protect the food and agricultural sectors from terrorist attacks. 

Technical Reviews of Legislation
As the NIAS Executive Director, Congressional offices and committees have asked Dr. Nipp to review emerging draft legislation that deals with biosecurity, particularly as it may impact food and agriculture.  NIAS has been asked to review and provide technical comments on draft legislation for the development of Bioshield II and draft legislation that will be introduced in the Senate to address agrosecurity concerns.   Dr. Nipp also meets with the Congressional Research Service to discuss upcoming legislative oversight reviews, Congressional Hearings, and emerging legislation. 


2005 National Priester Extension Health Conference
Dr. Nipp delivered the keynote address on homeland security issues at the 2005 National Priester Extension Health Conference.  NIAS activities were described and new roles for Extension in homeland security were explored.

CAST Annual Meetings
As the President of NIAS, Dr. Coston was asked to provide a presentation about NIAS and its activities to the annual meeting of the Council on Agricultural Science and Technology.

Food Terrorism Symposium: Risks and Limitations
As the Executive Director of NIAS, Dr. Nipp was asked to speak at a conference for food manufacturers and processors, hosted by a regional section of the Institute of Food Technologists.  The Symposium examined the new FDA requirements on the food industry.

USDA CSREES Briefing - Biosecurity and the Food System: Research and Education 
Dr. Nipp was asked to provide a briefing to USDA/CSREES program leaders and staff regarding NIAS activities and DHS food and agriculture research and education activities. 

Reviews: NIFSI Review Panel
Dr. Nipp was asked to serve as a panel reviewer for the USDA/CSREES’s National Integrated Food Safety Initiative (NIFSI).  A new category had been created within the NIFSI to fund integrated biosecurity research, education and extension projects and because of NIAS’s activities, Dr. Nipp was asked to assist in the review the proposals in this new biosecurity category.

Conferences and Workshops           

FBI -   International Conference on Agrosecurity
The NIAS ED participated in the recent conference hosted by the FBI that examined the law enforcement and counterintelligence aspects of protecting the nation’s agriculture and food systems.  The FBI “law enforcement” approach is becoming an organizing principle under the leadership of the new DHS Secretary.

DHS -   Building Research Partnerships
Dr. Nipp represented NIAS at a national conference hosted by DHS to examine homeland security research activities and priority needs.  The conference was organized to examine the range of science and technologies needed to anticipate, detect, respond and mitigate acts of terrorism.  Sections of the conference addressed food and agricultural concerns.

ASM Biodefense Conference
Dr. Nipp conferred regularly and provided resource information about agricultural biosecurity research to the organizers of a Biodefense Conference hosted by the American Society of Microbiology.  Dr. Nipp was introduced to the conference participants by panelists from the DHS Science and Technology Directorate during their presentations on biosecurity research activities underway through DHS and HHS.

HHS/USDA Workshop: Biotechnology and Biosecurity
As the Executive Director of NIAS, Dr. Nipp was asked to participate in a “by-invitation only” workshop that was co-hosted by USDA and HHS to examine the biosecurity concerns regarding biotechnology.  The workshop participants were introduced to the Executive Director and staff for the new National Advisory Biosecurity Committee (NABC) that will be operated by HHS.  The workshop findings will be submitted to the NABC.  

U.S. Animal Health Association
Dr. Nipp attended the annual meetings of the U.S. Animal Health Association (USAHA) and participated in the sections dealing with agricultural biosecurity. 

IFT Summit Conference: Food Defense Pertaining to Potential Intentional Contamination
 Dr. Nipp served as a panel discussion leader in an “invitation only” summit hosted by the Institute of Food Technology that included university, federal, and private sector specialists.  The conference presenters described ongoing research and participants identified current and emerging research needs for food system defense. 

NAS Workshops
Dr. Nipp has participated in several workshops and briefings hosted by the National Academy of Sciences on homeland security research and education.

Veterinary Research Priorities
Dr. Nipp was asked to participate to discuss biosecurity research that would need to be addressed by the veterinary science community.  Dr. Nipp had previously served on a White House Blue Ribbon Panel on animal biosecurity research priorities. 

Educational Paradigms for Homeland Security 
Dr. Nipp represented NIAS in a set of discussions that examined federal and university homeland security curriculum and training needs.

Seeking Security: Pathogens, Open Access, and Genomic Databases
 Dr. Nipp participated in a Congressional briefing regarding an NAS report on biosecurity concerns and the possible need to classify information in genomic databases.  The NAS report recommended avoiding unnecessary and unconstructive regulatory approaches to avoiding the abuse of genomic information.

University Opportunities 
NIAS responds to a range of requests from its member institutions to help identify funding opportunities to develop agrosecurity research and education projects.  Typically, several institutions are collaborating together to address an area of perceived need and are seeking guidance regarding which federal agencies are the most appropriate sponsors.  The NIAS ED has worked with member institutions to explore funding opportunities for a number of topics, including:

Private-Sector Explorations 
NIAS has been exploring how it might best collaborate with the private sector.  NIAS is a member of the Animal Agriculture Coalition, which includes a mix of private sector and science-based organizations.  NIAS has been asked to consider becoming a member of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, which is also a mix of private sector and science-based institutions.  Dr. Nipp has been asked to meet with ANSER regarding their Journal of Homeland Security and their new responsibilities managing the DHS Homeland Security Institute.  Dr. Nipp has met with Booz-Allen, Eli Lily, and Pfizer to discuss private-sector biosecurity research concerns.

State and Local Government Explorations
DHS has developed a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) and National Food Department Officials (NFDO) to address Homeland Security agricultural concerns at the state level.  Dr. Nipp has met with the project’s managers to discuss their ongoing activities and to discuss the possibility of collaborative activities in the future.

Collaborating with Science-Based Associations
NIAS leadership and members have participated in an array of activities involving scientific associations and organizations, including: the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute for Food Technology, the American Society of Microbiology, the Plant Phytopathology Society, and the U.S. Animal Health Association. 

NIAS Meetings and Discussions                       

In addition to the preceding projects and activities, the NIAS BOD and ED are engaged in an ongoing series of meetings with government officials, federal agency program leaders, science-based institutes and associations, and the private sector.  The following is a summary list of the agencies that have been met with during the past year.  

I. Federal Departments




  A. White House


            1. Homeland Security Council


            2. Office of Science and Technology Policy




B. Homeland Security


1. National Response program staff


2. Science and Technology Directorate


3. University Programs




5.  Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection


-          Infrastructure Coordination Division


      6.         Office of Disaster Preparedness


-          FEMA




C. Health and Human Services


            1. National Biosecurity Advisory Board


            2. National Institute for Allergenic and Infections Diseases


            3. Center for Disease Control


        -          National Center for Infectious Disease
-          Director, Select Agents Program


            4. Food and Drug Administration


        -          Office of Counterterrorism


D. Defense


            1. Medical Biodefense Science and Technology


            2. NORAD


            3. Ft. Detrick


E. Justice


            1. Federal Bureau of Investigations


-          National Countermeasures


F. Agriculture


            1. Secretary’s Office: Homeland Security Director


            2. Animal Plant Health Inspection Service


-          Senior Science Advisor


            3. Food Safety Inspection Service


            4. Research, Education and Extension


-          Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service


-          Agricultural Research Service


-          Economic Research Service


Action Requested: None; for information only. 

Action Taken: None. 

Item 9.0: Sun Grant Initiative
Presenter: Kevin Kephart

The Highway Bill has now passed on the floor.  They are looking at ~$2 million per center over the next five years.  The Conference Committee is working through these points slowly, but they have high hopes that it will be at the White House by the end of July 2005. 

Action Requested: None, for information only. 

Action Taken: None

Item 10.0: Update on Regional Climate Atlas
Presenter: Forrest Chumley

Publication Request Proposal NCRA Committee From NC-1018

The CSREES research committee NC-1018 (formerly NC-094) continues development of a full color publication of a north central regional agricultural climate atlas as an outcome of their regional climate database development. This atlas is the culmination of work of this committee to collect information about the agricultural climate in the north central region including high quality comprehensive county-level climate, crop yield and soil information for 1971 to the present. 

This atlas is a first of its kind, current overview of many measured values and derived data of the agricultural climate of a highly intensive agricultural area of the country. Comprehensive information about the agriculture, soil, and climate of the North Central Region is not available via any other group. Average temperatures on a county basis, soil type information and crop productivity are just few of the potential products that will be displayed in this publication. 

We wish to publish this atlas in two forms, a hard copy to be distributed to states in the region for agricultural experiment stations, colleges of agriculture, libraries and other interested parties, and an electronic form, which can be quickly and easily updated. 

To move forward with creation of the hard copy, we request funding in the amount of $25,000 to complete development of the hardcopy publication, cover review cost printing and for final delivery to states in the region. 

Final development (printing and review) $3500
Publication   $20000 (4000 @ $5/copy)
Delivery $1500


We are currently in the process of revising the book to include more current data and finalizing the maps and products we wish to include. The book will be sent for review before finalizing the publication. This "coffee-table" version will be supplemented via a web site for more current information as the data become available. We are approaching another funding group to develop the web version of the publication.

NC-1018 Committee Dennis Todey,

The committee has approached eExtension about providing a web-based tool based on the climate atlas.  At the moment, they are beginning with a pdf.  However, the committee is hoping to produce an interactive website in the future. 

The NCRA directors suggested that each station should indicate the desired number of copies (~1000 between the stations as far as initial numbers), which will be printed on demand rather than expecting 4000 copies at the outset.  The NCRA Office will take care of the billing via its FY07 office budget. 

Action Requested: Provide a recommendation that Forrest Chumley can take back to the committee. 

Action Taken: The NCRA Office will take care of the development and delivery charges, plus 200 copies for NC1018 to work with via via its FY07 office budget.  Each station will indicate the desired number of copies, which will be printed on demand.  The directors expect that they will need ~1000 copies between the 12 stations.  Therefore, approximately $6000 dollars for the publishing will come from the NCRA (200 copies at $5 per copy (~$1000) and delivery and final development (~$5000)).  The directors emphasized that an interactive version would be more beneficial than simply a "coffee table book." 

Final development (printing and review) $3500
Publication   $1000 (200 copies @ $5/copy)
Delivery $1500
Total from NCRA


Total from individual orders TBA

Item 11.0: Status of the Increased Efficiency Committee
Presenter: Wendy Wintersteen

Action Requested: None; for information only. 

Action Taken: This committee will not be formed due to lack of interest. 

Item 12.0: ESCOP Reports

Item 12.1: Science and Technology Committee
Presenter: Forrest Chumley

NC505's whitepaper on BSE was discussed on the last conference call.  A final version of this will be available soon. 

Action Requested: None, for information only. 

Action Taken: None

Item 12.2: Communications and Marketing Committee
Presenter: Wendy Wintersteen

  1. The Land Grant Experience website ( includes a number of essays and papers regarding land grant universities.  This is an excellent resource and should be shared with experimentation and extension administrators and faculty.
  2. A recommendation was submitted to ESCOP to endorse in principle the following concepts:
  • Acquainting OMB staff to the SAES system via field visits
  • Support for the BRT seminar series to be conducted bi-annually and rotating among the four regions.  The seminar will focus on a single high priority national issue. 
  • Suggested evaluation and changes in the format of the Ag. Science on the Hill starting in 2007.
  1. The committee is developing a proposed revision of the current system for writing impacts.  The committee suggests a rolling deadline for specific hot topics that will incorporate submissions from the states to develop a national press release.  Others can tailor the piece to fit local needs.  We would propose that the impact statements be released, perhaps four times a year, system-wide on the same day.  The committee identified the following topics that could be addressed:
  • Quality of life in rural America
  • Soybean rust
  • Avian influenza
  • Sudden oak death
  • Honeybee crisis  - Varroa mite and the resulting decline in populations
  1. The committee is working towards creating a culture of marketing in the system.  The purpose is to increase the visibility and importance of agricultural research, and consequently to elevate the recognition accorded to agricultural science.  A possible supplement to the Formula for Success called ‘Building on Success’ is under development. 

Action Requested: None, for information only. 

Action Taken: None


Item 12.3: Budget and Legislative Committee
Presenter: Daryl Lund

Senate Subcommittee Marks up Ag Appropriations Bill

To Members of the NASULGC System:

The Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee met yesterday and sent its spending bill for F.Y. 2006 on to the full Senate Appropriations Committee for consideration. As you know, this measure contains funding for programs administered by the USDA's Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES). Highlights of the Senate action are described below and detailed in documents posted to the Web site at the following locations:

Highlights of Senate Bill
With few exceptions, CSREES line items in F.Y. 2006 would be funded at their F.Y. 2005 levels. The exceptions are set forth in the following table:

Research & Education Line Items F.Y. 2005 Senate Mark Change
Evans-Allen 36,704,000 37,477,000 +773,000
Special Research Grants 120,314,000 110,281,000 -10,033,000
National Research Initiative 179,552,000 190,000,000 +10,448,000
Alternative Crops 1,186,000 833,000 -353,000
Resident Instruction and Distance Ed. Grants 496,000 0 -496,000
Agrosecurity Education 0 750,000 +750,000
Federal Administration 42,546,000 38,193,000 -4,353,000

Extension Line Items F.Y. 2005 Senate Mark Change
1890 Institutions Extension 32,868,000 33,643,000 +775,000
Expanded Food & Nutrition Ed. Program 58,438,000 62,909,000 +4,471,000
New Technologies for Ag Extension (eXtension) 0 2,000,000 +2,000,000
Federal Administration and Special Grants 21,883,000 22,443,000 +560,000

Integrated Activities Line Item F.Y. 2005 Senate Mark Change
Food and Agriculture Defense Initiative 8,928,000 10,000,000 +1,072,000

The Senate, like the House of Representatives, has rejected the proposal in the President's F.Y. 2006 Budget Request to reduce by 50 percent funding for the Hatch and McIntire-Stennis formula fund programs and to eliminate funding for the Animal Health & Disease program.

With respect to the President's proposal to transfer Sec. 406 line items to the National Research Initiative (NRI), the Senate did not concur with the House. The Senate has rejected the consolidation of the Sec. 406 funding lines within the NRI.

The Senate, even in this tight budgetary year, was able to make modest increases to several of the line items singled out by the Budget and Advocacy Committee of NASULGC's Board on Agriculture Assembly for "priority attention." These line items included: (1) the NRI; (2) Agrosecurity Education; (3) EFNEP; (4) eXtension; and (5) the Food and Agriculture Defense Initiative. In addition, the Senate made increases to two other programs of importance to the 1890 Institutions: (1) Evans-Allen; and (2) 1890s Extension.

The only item on the BAC's "priority attention" list to receive a decrease under the Senate mark was the Resident Instruction and Distance Education Grants line item for the land-grants in the U.S. territories. However, the House did agree to continue funding for this important program at last year's level of $500,000 and we will continue to fight hard for this line item when the House and Senate meet to reconcile differences between the two versions of the Ag Appropriations bill.

Next Steps
The Senate Appropriations Committee is scheduled to take up the Ag spending bill tomorrow afternoon, and changes to CSREES accounts are possible. Floor debate on this bill may occur in July, following the Independence Day recess.

Fred H. Hutchison
Fleishman Hillard Government Relations

Action Requested: None; for information only. 

Action Taken: None. 

Item 13.0: ARS Report - no report provided

Item 14.0: CSREES Report
Presenter: Mary McPhail Gray


CSREES Update for the 2005 Meeting
North Central Association of Agricultural Experiment Station Directors

A draft implementation plan for the proposed State Agricultural Experiment Station Competitive Program (SAESCP), which was included in the Administration's Fiscal Year 2006 budget plan funded at $75 million, was published on the CSREES Web Site on July 1,2005, and sent via e-mail to all agency partners. The draft plan has been written in the form of a Request for Applications (RF A) by an agency team comprising program leaders from throughout our organization under the leadership of Dennis Kopp, Assistant Administrator for Program and Analysis, and Gary Cunningham, Associate Administrator. Members included: Muquarrab Qureshi, Meryl C. Broussard, Catalino Blanche, Larry R. Miller, Peter Johnson, Jill Auburn, Mary McPhail Gray, Ray Knighton, Gary Cunningham, Dennis Kopp, Winson S. Sherman, Ralph Otto, Audrey Trotman.

CSREES is required to have a program implementation plan in place and staff positioned to manage the effort should Congress appropriate funds for the program. Although that seems unlikely for 2006, based on appropriations action in the U.S. House of Representatives, we want this draft to generate discussion about how we might approach designing a competitively awarded grants system that would capture the strengths of the SAES system, while meeting a high standard of stakeholder input, peer review, and a balance of stability in program management and responsiveness to critical issues. Please carefully review and comment on the plan.

Address for Plan: http://www.csrees.usda.eov/newsroom/news/news.html

Under CSREES News is a story about the SAES Report. The Report is located at news/05news/saes plan.pdf

Address for Comments:


1. Last year we established a CSREES Hall of Fame. Inductees into the CSREES Hall of Fame worked, coordinated, or supported activities exemplifying CSREES' synergy of excellence in any combination of research, education, and extension approaches on local, regional, national, or international levels, and demonstrated a measurable and positive impact on the Agency. Ten members of the CSREES Hall of Fame were inducted last year during the Agency's 10th anniversary celebration.

We are seeking nominations from Staff and CSREES Partner Organizations (Land-Grant and partner, institutions), and individuals. Nominees may be living or deceased. A Committee will review the nominations arid recommend deserving nominees for final selection by the CSREES Administrator. New recipients will be inducted ~to the CSREES Hall of Fame during our annual awards ceremony this October, pending identification of at least one qualified nominee.

Nominations and endorsement letters must be emailed or faxed to us by 5:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time, August 12, 2005. Email submissions go to: Fax number: 202-720­-8987. For evaluation criteria information and nomination package go to the CSREES Web Site.


CSREES published the proposed Guidelines for State Plans of Work for the Agricultural Research and Extension Formula Funds in the Federal Register on June 7, 2005, (70 FR 33055-33062). These guidelines prescribe the procedures to be followed by the eligible institutions receiving Federal agricultural research and extension formula funds under the Hatch Act of 1887, as amended (7 U.S.C. 361a et seq.); sections 3(b)(1) and (c) of the Smith-Lever Act of 1914, as amended (7 U.S.C. 343 (b)(I) and (c»; and sections 1444 and 1445 of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977, as amended (7 U.S.C. 3221 and 3222). The recipients of these funds are commonly referred to as the 1862 Land-Grant Institutions and 1890 Land-Grant Institutions, including Tuskegee University and West Virginia State College. To read the proposed guidelines go to the CSREES website. For more information contact BART HEWITT, Program Analyst, Planning and Accountability Staff, at 202-720-0747 or


The One Solution Initiative is designed to increase the quality and completeness of reports to OMB, Congress, and the public in a way that better aligns the budget with performance outcomes across Research, Education and Extension and simplifies the reporting burden of the partner.

Driven by a host of Executive and Congressional mandates, such as the President's Management Agenda, OMB's Budget Performance Integration, Government Paper Elimination Act, Federal Financial Management Improvement Act, mid AREERA, One Solution will integrate a disparate set of reporting processes into a more coherent and. sensible whole. 

Because One Solution will offer streamlined reporting requirements across the three knowledge areas of Research, Education, and Extension, the burden will be reduced for universities and colleges who have been entering the same information more than once into several reporting systems.

The One Solution business case is now available and offers a glimpse of the technical blueprint and supporting business processes for the new system. The business case shows a positive return on investment that will free up Agency and university staff time to work on higher value activities.

Electronic html-based forms will be prepopulated with information that CSREES already knows about a project or work unit, such as a state extension program team. Pop-up features will provide better explanations and recommend responses to the customer. Automatic e-mail notification will alert principal investigators and national program staff of report and review due dates.

Implementation of One Solution has already begun with a mock-up of the new on-line submission of the 2007-2011 Plan of Work (POW) for Research and Extension formula funds. Projections indicate that the Plan of Work will be ready this Fall for university staff to input their data.

A key feature of One Solution is the classification taxonomy backbone. The improved version of Current Research Information System (CRIS) will include knowledge areas for Education and Extension while maintaining the legacy of the Research information. The revised taxonomy is now known as the Knowledge Area Classification System v1.0. Dramatic advances in technology have occurred during the four decades of CRlS operations. In support of One Solution, the CRlS database is being migrated to a relational architecture. This will increase the flexibility of data management and improve the ability for different systems inside CSREES to talk with each other and with the partners' systems. One Solution is governed by an Executive Committee chaired by Gary Cunningham with several active working groups within the areas of business process enhancement, data collection simulation, taxonomy revision, and coordination of budget, planning and accountability (P&A), program, and finance (OEP) with technology (ISTM).

To assist in the initial planning of One Solution, CSREES staff visited six states in an effort to understand their reporting systems. These university representatives also reviewed portions of the business case and dozens of other university staff participated in business case related teleconference calls. The business case has been shared for comment with the thirteen regional directors throughout the Land-grant System, representing Research, Education, and Extension. Finally, six Directors from the three areas were asked to provide feedback on the new taxonomy. Over the next few months, the One Solution group will be sharing more detailed information and interacting on a more frequent basis with the partnership as a whole as One Solution plans and products are tested and piloted. A web site will be launched shortly to post news and information about the Initiative. Even though it will take a few years, the results that One Solution will produce are well worth the wait. One Solution is a vehicle designed to carry CSREES and the Partnership into an era of increased public accountability and quality government reporting. For further information, please contact Greg Crosby ( One Solution at 202-401-6050.


CSREES will be recruiting a National Program Leader for Rangeland and Grassland Resources. This position will consolidate a number of duties spread throughout the agency, and join range and grass together as has been done in several other USDA agencies (e.g. NRCS and ARS, and in DoI).


This is a monthly update devoted to the topic of eXtension. It contains descriptions of project activities. For more complete information about these and other eXtension activities, please visit and register at Hopefully, you will find the Web site informative and good for remaining engaged in the initiative. Please share this information with others interested in eXtension 


Friday, July 8, at 5 p.m. EDST is the due date for the first Call for Engagement pre-applications. After review of pre-applications, those selected will be invited to prepare full applications. Content teams that believe they are not ready to proceed with full proposals may request a one-time planning grant to begin the formation of a CoP and prepare for a future application for a CFE. Pre-application, planning grant applications and full applications are to be submitted through the Call for Engagement Submission system at:  A description of the CFE review process can be found on the Web site under the headings of Welcome/Governance/Organization & Policy.


eXtension will launch a FAQ initiative inviting content providers throughout the Cooperative Extension Service to submit their most frequently asked questions and related answers. The internally focused strategy will help identify potential Communities of Interest (Cols), CoPs and content leaders. It will result in a working model to col1ect, categorize, publish and develop a collaborative model for responding to customer questions. The initiative will be organized and managed through support provided by institutional teams. The Call for FAQ's and Answers wil1 begin in July.


The next eXtension national video conference is scheduled for Tuesday, July 12, 2005, from 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Savings Time. The July 12 program will focus on the 1) the Community of Practice: Call for Engagement review process; 2) the launch of the national Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) initiative, and 3) a report on the 2005-2007 Implementation Plan. Iowa State University will produce the program with origination points from the North Carolina State University and the University of Kentucky. C-band satellite coordinates will be AMC-4, Transponder 24 (Horizontal), the program will also be streamed over the Internet by accessing 


The 2005-2007 implementation plan is complete and will be available at the eXtension Web site on Friday, July 8. The plan serves as the roadmap for building eXtension as an Internet-based, aggregated information and educational delivery system with access to the best resources the Cooperative Extension system has to offer.


Twenty institutions have submitted a list of their eXtension institutional work team. Cooperative Extension Directors and Administrators are encouraged to email a list of their institutional work team to eXtension at their earliest convenience. The first formal meeting of institutional teams will be in late July to coincide with the launch of the eXtension F AQ initiative. Please email institutional lists to


The ACE Information Technology Special Interest Group (SIG) has agreed to assist eXtension by spearheading a major training effort around the National F AQ initiative planned for this summer and fall. The SIG has agreed to create an instructional learning module to help extension educators learn to work in a wiki environment. In addition, the SIG will explore opportunities for conducting several live training webinars prior to .the unveiling of the full system in October 2005. Ray Kimsey at North Carolina State, and vice-chair elect for the IT SIG, has agreed to help organize the training effort. Ray can be reached at ray - if you are interested in assisting. For more information on wikis see the Wikipedia Web site.


The final report from the September 2004 Agricultural Water Security Listening Session in Park City, Utah, will be posted on the CSREES website as a 60 page pdf file on or about July 11,2005. The report captures the strengths, opportunities, gaps & barriers, and bold steps for water supply and availability related to the Research, Education, and Economics (REE) mission area of USDA, which includes CSREES, ARS, ERS, and NASS. 1) Housing, 2) Choosing to Lead, 3) Programs of Distinction


Programs of Distinction Collection

Suzanne Le Menestrel (202-720-2297;
Programs of Distinction is a collection of peer-reviewed youth development programs that exemplify the high quality programs occurring in communities across the United States. The peer review process was initiated in early fall 2004 to offer opportunities for scholarship for 4-H educators, to build a database of best practices in youth development programming, and to tell the story of 4-H. In addition, being recognized as a Program of Distinction is a perquisite for applying for the Annie E. Casey 4-H Families Count Family Strengthening Awards through the National4-H Council. The collection is housed in a searchable web-based database on the National 4-H Headquarters website,  Four workshop seminars at the NAE4-HA annual conference in Seattle will feature the recognized Programs of Distinction. Dr. Le Menestrel, together with four of the Program of Distinction peer reviewers, will also be presenting a NAE4-HA Board Seminar on how to submit a Program of Distinction and how to be a peer reviewer. Program manuscripts are accepted on a continuous basis and quarterly Centra web meeting training sessions will be held for individuals interested in learning how to submit a Program of Distinction.

76th National4-B Conference

Maria Parisi (202-720-8857;
Save the Date! The 76th Nationa1"4-H Conference will be March 25-30, 2006, with most delegations traveling on the 25th and 30th. "Capitol Hill Day" will be Wednesday, March 29. Known as the "Secretary's Conference," the National 4-H Conference is USDA's premiere annual youth development event. Since its inception, the National 4-H Conference has engaged youth, Extension professionals, and volunteer leaders in discussion and captured their recommendations to inform 4-H Youth Development Programming. Conference Delegates at the 75th National4-H Conference shared these recommendations:

More attention on state and national opportunities to keep young teens interested in 4-H,
A national service project,
Getting high school credit for 4-H activities, and
An increase in 4-H communication across the nation.
For additional information, visit the National4-H Conference website at

Leadership and Volunteer Development Conferences

Chuck Graves (202-720-3566;
Regional Volunteer Leader Forums - Various regions will be holding their annual Forums for Volunteer Leaders to provide a development opportunity for adult and youth volunteer leaders to receive training, interact with colleagues, receive awards and recognition, and create contacts with their counterparts within the region:

North East, September 29 - October 1, 2005, in Ithaca, New York sponsored by Cornell University
Southern Region, October 6-9, 2005, in Rock Eagle, Georgia, sponsored by South Carolina.
North Central Region, November 10-13,2005, in Rapid City, SD, sponsored by South Dakota.
Western Region, March 1-5,2006, in Salt Lake City, Utah, sponsored by Utah.

Housing Research and Education Conference

The 39th Annual National Conference for the Housing Education and Research Association (Hera) will be held October 5-8, 2005 at The Brown Palace, Denver, Colorado. The theme is Healthy Home Environments. October 5th and 6th will highlight a Decade of Achievement of the USDA USEPA national program Healthy Indoor Air for America's Homes. Featured will be a keynote presentation by Dr. Richard Jackson, M.D., a scholar who advocates for environments which are supportive of healthy life styles speaking on Healthy Homes and Communities as well as presentations on extension, research and higher education impacts, and the Future of Indoor Environment Programs presented by USEPA. For information, visit

The "Choosing to Lead" program is accepting nominations for its first year of participants at the NAE4-HA conference in Seattle! Please share the information broadly and encourage those people to apply that you think would be a terrific applicant! The purpose of the Choosing to Lead program is to help prepare individuals to become effective leaders, take on greater leadership responsibility and fulfill key leadership roles in 4-H. The target audience is prospective, emerging and aspiring leaders who have been working in 4-H at least 2 years.

Application and registration ($100) information is attached. Nominations must be e-mailed to National 4-H Headquarters at the address below no later than August 1, 2005. Although individuals may nominate themselves, nominations must be e-mailed directly from the nominee's state 4-H program leader or designated administrator. This method will serve as an electronic signature approving the nomination. Nominations not submitted by a state 4-H program leader or administrator will not be considered.

The Choosing to Lead program is directed by National 4-H Headquarters in cooperation with NAE4-HA, specifically the Organizational Stewardship Committee. Please direct your questions to Chris Anderson, Past President, NAE4-HA  or Barbara Stone


Rural Families Speak. The goal of this multi-state longitudinal research project, funded in part by a CSREES grant, is to add to the multidimensional understanding of rural low-income families over time. In rural areas, family life is at the core of the rural community. The functioning of the family is important not only to the immediate family, but also to the well-being and viability of the rural community. Tracking changes in rural families across time is vital in the face of changing economic conditions and federal and state policies related to public assistance. The project base book, policy briefs, dissertations and theses, journal articles, presentations and proceeding, as well as the states involved can be found at http://www.ruralfamilies.umn.edulhome.htm or http://www.csrees.usda.l!ov/nealfamilv/srilfamilvsriruralfam.html

The CSREES F4HN and ECS Units are partnering with the AARP Foundation to share resources and expertise on family care giving and financial education to reach out and support thousands of families and small employers challenged by care giving issues. The team will work With CES to develop and pilot a program (materials, presentation strategies, and evaluation) and coordinate a national education and outreach strategy to assist employed adult children and family care givers prepare emotionally and financially to assist older relatives and mends. The working title of the project is “Preparing for Elder Caregiving.”

The 2005 National Extension Family Life Specialists Conference, ENGAGING THE NATION: Building Extension Family Life Partnerships to Maximize National and Community Impact was held in Washington, DC from April 26-29th. The event brought together Family Science and Human Development Specialists from Land-Grant Universities around the nation, providing opportunities to discuss strategies, research, and programs addressing contemporary and emerging issues; formulate grant proposals for multi-state/multi-agency programs and research; connect and network with potential partners from Federal and national organizations in the Washington, D.C. area; become familiar with the eXtension Initiative; and share resources, challenges and successes with valued Extension colleagues. As a result of the conference, several multistate groups are in the process of responding to the eXtension Call for Engagement including the Marriage and Couple Relationships, Parenting Education, and Adult Development and Aging working groups.

Medicare Education Project: Through its partner universities, CSREES is working with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid to fund a project to help Medicare beneficiaries make informed decisions about the new Medicare Prescription Drug Card Program. Extension offices, partner universities, and community organizations in South Dakota, Idaho, Nevada, Wyoming, and Nebraska are developing outreach and marketing programs for seniors. For partnership and impact information, visit and

As a mandate of the Older Americans Act, the Administration on Aging chairs the Federal Interagency Taskforce on Older American Indians to coordinate federal services, research data, and policies impacting the elderly in native tribes. CSREES F4HN staff participates on the task force and the data committee (headed 'by the Census Bureau) to facilitate communication and information dissemination pertaining to Training and Technical Assistance for Title VI programs providing support to native tribes to better meet the needs of older Indians. For more information, visit

Youth Development Research and Evaluation

Suzanne Le Menestrel (202-720-2297;
National 4-H Headquarters created a new Listserv, the Youth Development Research Forum, as a venue for sharing the latest research on youth development, opportunities for funding, job openings, and questions about methodology. National4-H Headquarters has also been working closely with the NAE4-HA Research and Evaluation Committee to launch a new on-line journal, Journal of Youth Development: Bridging Research and Practice. The journal has received funding from the National 4-H Leadership Trust and will feature original research articles, best practices, methodological strategies, and reviews of resources of interest to youth development practitioners and researchers. For more information, visit the NAE4-HA website, http://www.nae4ha.orglprofdev/joyd/index.html

National 4-H Headquarters is building the capacity for evaluation by working with a task force comprised of evaluation researchers, youth development and family and consumer sciences researchers and Extension agents to develop specific recommendations for the creation of a national web-based evaluation resource for youth development professionals. The recommendations developed by the taskforce, which Dr. Suzanne Le Menestrel is co-chairing with Dr. Mary Marczak from the University of Minnesota, will be used to develop a proposal to leverage public and private funding to create such a resource.

The 4-H Name and Emblem is a Federal mark, protected by 18 U.S.C. 707, and entrusted by Congress to the Secretary of Agriculture. The Secretary has delegated responsibility for the proper use of the 4-H Name and Emblem to the National 4-H Headquarters within the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service in USDA. The process for submitting an application to use the 4-H Name and Emblem may be found on the CSREES web site at  This notice is a renewal of the Application Form and the information collected is used to determine whether the proposed use of the 4-H Name and Emblem reflect the high standards of 4-H and its educational goals and objectives. To see Federal Register Notice go to:  Comments on this notice must be received by July 22, 2005.

Action Requested: None; for information only. 

Action Taken: None. 

Item 15.0: Multistate Research Committee Report
Presenter: Wendy Wintersteen


Proj Type

Current Proj # (Temp #)



April 2005 Recommendations

MRC July 2005 Recommendations

NCRA Action

New Projects



NC129 (NC_temp1845)

Mycotoxins: Biosecurity and Food Safety


The MRC and the NCRA have deferred approval on this project, suggesting that the proposal is in need of minor revision. By June 1, the following items should be addressed:

1. Expand Previous Work and how this builds on strengths.
2. Accomplishments section very brief.
3. Provide detail on what each participant will contribute
4. Provide milestones, publications, and workshops. Milestones section missing.
5. Impacts are really outcomes.
6. Provide detail/definition of risk and how the end users will incorporate research results into decision making.
7. Participation at meetings can be improved.

The MRC recommends revision of this project by June 1. By this date, the proposal should be re-submitted as final in NIMSS. The MRC will re-visit this project during their July 2005 MRC meeting.

Approve.  The new committee will become NC1025.  Approve


NC202 (NC_temp1823)

Characterize Weed Population Dynamics for Improved Long-Term Weed Management Decision Making


The MRC review requests further revision of this project proposal before approval.  NC_Temp 1823 needs to address the following areas:  1. There is no evidence of a CRIS search to better identify previous work in the area; 2. the Methodology Section needs to be strengthened – effort should be made to describe how the participating states will work collaboratively to attain the objectives of the project; 3. Some justification should be made as to the selection of the two weed species – are these to be considered “model” species, or are these selected because of production problems associated with the species?  It is unclear to the reviewers; 4. Is it in the realm of this project to add an additional objective to look into herbicide resistance in weed species?  This is becoming an increasingly important problem in the NC region.  The MRC should receive the revision by June 1, 2005 for action at the July meeting.

Approve.  The new committee will become NC1026.  Approve




NCCC52  (NC_temp2001)

Family Economics


A solid applied research foundation on family economics questions related to health care, financial management, and education is critical as we develop national and state socioeconomic policies as well as prepare Extension education programs. Thus, this committee is commended for preparing a multi-state research project on the topic of family economics. However, before it can be approved, several modifications are deemed necessary. First, a CRIS search should be completed and be summarized in the Related, Current, and Previous Works section. Second, additional detail and examples should be included for each objective under Procedures and Activities. This should include information on research procedures/methods, data collection requirements, expected types of analysis, role or contribution of each participating state, and how the research results might be disseminated, e.g., a regional or national workshop/seminar, website development, incorporation into Extension education materials/programs, interaction with key stakeholders, etc. The Milestones section should be more forward looking, i.e., expected milestones for the years 2005 to 2010. This project would most likely best fit under the NCERA classification—applied research to support extension and educational activities. To be considered this year, these re-writes MUST be completed by June 1, 2005 so that the MRC and NCRA can take action at their July 2005 meetings.

Approve.  The committee will retain its current number, NCCC52. Approve


NCDC198 (NC_temp1862)

Applied Commodity Price Analysis, Forecasting, and Market Risk Management


Project has received a writing extension until June 1. 

Approve.  The new committee will become NCCC134.  Approve



Midterm Reviews




Potato Breeding and Genetics Technical Committee


The NCR 84 project focuses on breeding and genetics of potato in the North Central U.S.  This committee is very involved and highly integrated in the region.  There is good coordination among committee members on research programs in the region, as well as applied research trials on horticultural performance of cultivars and breeding lines of potato.  Breeders from the four states (MI, WI, MN, and ND) enter superior lines in standardized trials grown in the region, as well as share breeding lines for other research activities.  This NCR project interacts well with NRSP 6 as well as farmers and industry personnel for quality evaluation.  The project should submit its most recent SAES-422 annual report in NIMSS by June 1.  If this requirement is met, the MRC recommends continuation.

This committee MUST turn in its SAES-422 NO LATER THAN September 1 or the committee will terminate September 30, 2005.  If the committee meets this deadline, their midterm review is approved and they may continue through September 30, 2007.  Approve



NRSP Proposals and Budgets (

15.3.1 Revised NRSP Review Process The NRSP Review Committee has proposed that the NRSP Projects not undergo a secondary review by the regional associations.  Instead, the NRSP RC would distribute the recommendations after their spring meeting, and individual station directors may reply directly to those recommendations.  N/A

The MRC supports this recommendation. 




NRSP Proposal + Budget 


Inter-Regional Potato Introduction Project


NCRA Initial Recommendation: The MRC supports the approval of the NRSP6 proposal for another 5-year term. 

The MRC appreciates the efforts of NRSP6 to reduce its MRF funding over the next 5-year period of the proposal starting with a 5% reduction in FY06 over FY05.  We recommend approving the FY06 budget at $151,900.  However if the reduction in Hatch is greater than 5%, the budget should be renegotiated. 

NRSP RC Initial Recommendation: The 5-year project proposal for NRSP-6 is recommended for approval by the ESS.  NRSP-6 is carrying out an important function in developing and preserving genetic resources for potatoes.  In the proposal itself, it would appear that Appendix E is not complete with only three participants (Texas A&M, Michigan State University and University of Minnesota) and further description of the role of stakeholders in the project could be included.  It is recommended that the project team carefully consider the comments offered by the four regional associations.  In addition, if the recommendation of the ESCOP Task Force on Plant Germplasmn is adopted (ie. creation of a Coordinating Committee for Plant Germplasm with SAES, ARS and CSREES participation), then NRSP 6 should be incorporated into the national system.

The NRSP Review Committee recommends a five year budget for NRSP-6 of $150K for FY 06; $110K for FY 07; $75K for FY 08; and $50K for FY 09 and FY 10.  The NRSP Review Committee appreciated the effort of the project to reduce its budget by 5% in each year of the five year project but believes that base line support for this project should be set at $50K per year.  This is consistent with the action taken last year of NRSP-3.

NRSP6 Response: The recommendation to renew NRSP6 is appreciated, especially the recognition that NRSP6 is meeting a critical genetic resource need nationally and internationally.  Representation via Appendix E has been largely addressed and stakeholder communications will be directly addressed in annual reports, etc.  We recognize the concern regarding the use of off-the-top funds as a support mechanism, independent of the quality need for the NRSP6 mission, and therefore feel that the acceptance and implementation of the ESCOP Taskforce on Plant Germplasm report is very important.  NRSP6 is quite concerned about proposed reduction in funds for the next 5 year period but will work with all concerned funding entities to address program and user needs and directions in the funding period covered.

Approve the NRSP RC recommendation.  Approve



NRSP  Budget     


Research Planning Using the Current Research Information System (CRIS)


NCRA Initial Recommendation: The MRC supports the NRSP1 budget at $306,916 for FY06.  This level of support includes $24,375 (75%) for the NIMSS budget to be supported by the SAESs (the balance $8,125 (25%) to be supported by CSREES).  SAES support for the traditional activities of NRSP1 ($282,541) maintains the agreed upon balance of 25% from SAESs and 75% from USDA. 

NRSP RC Initial Recommendation: The NRSP Review Committee recommends accepting the FY 06 budget of NRSP-1 at $306916.  We were especially pleased to see incorporation of the NIMSS budget within the framework of NRSP-1 and the shared expense of NIMSS by the SAES system (75%) and CSREES (25%).  We would encourage a rapid deployment of "One Solution" in a timely way for 5 year plans of work and annual reports.

Approve the NRSP RC recommendation.  Approve





The National Atmospheric Deposition Programs - Long-Monitoring Program in Support of Research on Effects of Atmospheric Deposition


NCRA Initial Recommendation: The NRSP3 budget proposal provided an excellent set of responses to the budget review questions and included an appropriate budget plan.  The MRC appreciates the project's proposal to stick to the original budget and reduce FY06 MRF to $84,000, down $12,000 from the FY05 MRF of $96,000. 

NRSP RC Initial Recommendation: NRSP 3:  The NRSP Review Committee recommends accepting the FY 06 budget of NRSP-3 at $84000.  We were pleased to see that the project is maintaining its budgetary plan as originally adopted.  Good progress is reported on the project.

Approve the NRSP RC recommendation.  Approve





A National Agricultural Program to Clear Pest Control Agents for Minor Uses


NCRA Initial Recommendation: The MRC was disappointed with the lack of an SAES-422 report; it was difficult to evaluate the annual progress of the project.  Although the MRC did not find any new efficiencies being put into the system, the budget is approved as proposed at $481,182. 

NRSP RC Initial Recommendation: NRSP4, "High Value Specialty Crop Pest Management," also known as the IR-4  project, is a model NRSP project.  It is truly a national project that encompasses responsibilities to support the development of pesticide clearances for over 100 commodities.  The project does an excellent job of building partnerships with stakeholders.  It has multiplied the SAES funding at an increasing rate annually to the current multiple of 30 to 1.  The project does an excellent job of prioritizing its objectives.  It follows its annual and long-term strategic plan and it operates within its budget. 

The NRSP  Review Committee unanimously approves the proposed FY06 budget.

Approve the NRSP RC recommendation.  Approve





Develop and Distribute Deciduous Fruit Tree Clones That are Free of Known Graft-Transmissible Pathogens


NCRA Initial Recommendation: The NRSP 5 budget proposal provided an excellent set of responses to the budget review questions and included an appropriate budget plan.  The NCRA has approved FY06 funding in the amount of $146,000 if federal funding is available.

NRSP RC Initial Recommendation: NRSP-5 has made the necessary program adjustments to comply with the planned reductions in NRSP funding.  The submitted FY06 budget of $146.000 is consistent with the NRSP committee recommendation.  NRSP-5 is scheduled to be terminated at the end of FY-08.

Approve the NRSP RC recommendation.  Approve





National Animal Genome Research Project


NCRA Initial Recommendation: The annual report of this project demonstrates a good amount of activity and impact.  Leveraging is also excellent.  The budget is approved at the proposed level of $400,000.  Per Margaret Dentine's suggestion, Colin Kaltenbach will take over as the lead AA on this committee. 

NRSP RC Initial Recommendation: The NRSP-8 annual report demonstrates an excellent level of productivity and impact from this project.  Leveraging of additional funds from other sources is also very commendable.  The NRSP Review Committee noted that the types of activities preformed by this project exemplifies the intended mission of the National Research Support Project portfolio. The Committee recommends approval of the NRSP-8 FY '06 budget at the proposed level of $400,000.  The NRSP Review Committee also concurred with the recommendation to assign Colin Kaltenbach as lead Administrative Advisor.

Approve the NRSP RC recommendation.  Approve



Other Funding Decisions




Rural Development, Work and Poverty in the North Central Region


To be discussed during July NCRA meeting, which gives this committee the opportunity to hold an annual meeting and outline its funding request. 

The MRC recommends that we support this project for $24,000, according to our contract through FY2007.  Approve

Other MRC Issues

15.5.1 Regional Multistate Off-the-Top Funding NC1100's contract with the NCRA will expire in 2007.  Wendy Wintersteen to lead discussion.  N/A N/A N/A



NCCC42 extension request

Committee would like extension from 3-year project to 5-year project.

Due to the lack of MRC animal science expertise, this request will be forwarded to the appropriate NCAC committees as well as to the AA for input.  The MRC will wait to receive their feedback and revisit this issue during the July MRC meeting.  NCAC/AA reviews should be submitted by June 1. 

The MRC recommends this extension for 5-years.  Approve



Additional question on SAES-422 re: leveraging

Based on the recent MRC review, the MRC found a lack of project information on which to judge leveraging of funds.

The MRC recommends that the directors (both regionally and nationally) consider the addition of a "leveraging" section, as a sub-section of the "impacts" heading on the SAES-422. 

The MRC recommends that the NCRA support the proposed wording.  Approve


15.5.4 Proposed NCERA Review Form The Southern region has proposed a separate review form for the ERA projects rather than a combined CC and ERA review form.  N/A The MRC recommends that the NCRA support the proposed review form.  Approve


Item 16.0: Ohio State's Total Environmental Management Plan (TEMP)
Presenter: Bill Ravlin

Action Requested: None; for information only. 

Action Taken: None

Item 17.0: Nominations Report and Update on AA Appointment Guidelines/Survey
Presenters: Kevin Kephart and Gary Lemme

NCRA Project Committees:

Committee Outgoing AA Incoming AA
NC7 Catherine Woteki, IA Wendy Wintersteen, IA
NC1005 Kevin Kephart, SD Scott Wintersteen, MI
NC1010 Margaret Dentine, WI Don Beermann, NE
NC1016 Marshall Martin, IN Sally Thompson, IN
NC1020 Darrell Nelson, NE Don Boggs, KS
NC1021 Kevin Kehpart, SD Dan Schaefer, WI
NC1024 Kevin Kehpart, SD Forrest Chumley, KS
NC1142 Forrest Chumley, KS TBA
NCCC9 Catherine Woteki, IA Jerry Miller, IA
NCAC12 Alan Baquet, NE Marshall Martin, IN
NCAC24 Alan Baquet, NE Gary Lemme (to be replaced by FY07)
NRSP1 Darrell Nelson, NE Doreen Woodward, MI

Other NCRA Nominations:

Committee Outgoing Incoming
2005-2006 NCRA Chair-Elect Marshall Martin, IN Forrest Chumley, IN
2006-2008 MRC Members (3-yr term) Wendy Wintersteen, IA Mary Ann Lila, IL
Marshall Martin, IN TBA
1006-1007 Nominations Committee Member Gary Lemme, MI Wendy Wintersteen, IA
Kevin Kephart, SD Dave Benfield, OH
ESCOP Budget and Legislative Committee Darrell Nelson, NE Steve Slack, OH
NCRA Representative to National Institute of Ag Security (NIAS) Darrell Nelson, NE Dave Benfield, OH

Action Requested: Approve nomination recommendations. 

Action Taken: The NCRA officially notes that department chairs may serve on all committee types as Administrative Advisors.  The association should also consider co-advisors in many cases, but the directors may want to conduct some trials first.  All nominations presented were approved. 

Item 18.0: Resolutions
Presenter: Marshall Martin

Item 18.1:

A Resolution of Appreciation to
Dr. Kevin D. Kephart
South Dakota State University

WHEREAS, Kevin D. Kephart is leaving his position as Associate Dean and Director of South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station in the College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences, South Dakota State University, a position he has held since 1998; and

WHEREAS, Kevin has had an outstanding academic career where he progressed from Assistant Professor and research scientist to Tenured Professor of the Department of Plant Science, to Associate Dean and Director of the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station, to Vice President of Research and Dean of the Graduate School at South Dakota State University; and

WHEREAS, Kevin has made numerous important contributions to the discipline of forage biology, production and management including the effect of seeding rate on forage yield components and long-term production of alfalfa, the relationship between plant morphology and forage quality in alfalfa, and morphological and growth responses of cool-season and warm-season forage grasses to variation in sunlight; and,

WHEREAS, Kevin was an outstanding teacher, advisor, and mentor to many undergraduate students, served as a faculty advisor to the SDSU Agronomy and Conservation Club, and served as major professor to several graduate students; and,

WHEREAS, in his leadership role at South Dakota State University, Kevin has served on many important committees for the university, including Hazardous Materials and Laboratory Safety, University Research Advisory Council, and the University Risk Management Committee; and

WHEREAS, in collaboration with leadership of the SDSU Growth Partnership Research Park, Kevin has been instrumental in exploring a “Knowledge-Based Community” in Brookings, South Dakota; and,

WHEREAS, Kevin has facilitated advancements in agricultural technology, renewable energy, and bio-based products through industry partnerships and has provided national leadership on the implementation of the Sun Grant Initiative; and,

WHEREAS, Kevin has regularly represented South Dakota State University at North Central Regional Association meetings of experiment station directors and served as administrative advisor to several regional committees; and

WHEREAS, Kevin’s administrative duties have often taken him beyond the boarders of South Dakota as he has led groups of faculty, administrators and state legislators on trips to South America and Eastern Europe in efforts to establish collaborative research and exchange agreements; and,

THEREFORE, the North Central Regional Association both commends and thanks Kevin D. Kephart for his outstanding service to the Association, the Land-Grant Mission, the people of the North Central Region, and the nation.


Item 18.2:

A Resolution of Appreciation to
Dean Elton “Abe” Aberle
University of Wisconsin – Madison
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

WHEREAS, Elton “Abe” Aberle will retire on September 1, 2005 from his position as Dean and Director of the University of Wisconsin – Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, having served with distinction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Nebraska and Purdue University over his 38 year career;

WHEREAS, since 1998, Abe has provided a steady hand of leadership in guiding the College’s efforts in unleashing scientific discoveries to support  agricultural enterprises, combat disease, ensure a safe and plentiful food supply and safeguard the environment;

WHEREAS, under Abe’s guidance the College has seen significant growth in outside research funding along with a surge in funding for several new building projects;

WHEREAS, Abe’s vision has been critical in solidifying the Wisconsin Idea, restoring the faith and growing relationships with College stakeholders and constituency groups;

WHEREAS, Abe’s leadership at UW-Madison and other North Central institutions has resulted in major improvements in research funding and accomplishments benefiting stakeholders in Wisconsin, the North Central Region and nationwide;

WHEREAS, Abe has served professionally in roles such as president of the American Society of Animal Sciences, the American Meat Science Association, and the Intersociety Council, on numerous USDA committees including North Central and CRSEES committees, and on many other significant national, regional and state committees;

WHEREAS, Abe has been valued as a sincere and thoughtful leader, mentor, colleague and friend by those he has worked with at all institutions and levels,

BE IT NOW RESOLVED that the Regional Association hereby expresses its appreciation, respect and sincere thanks to Elton Aberle for his dedication, contribution and leadership advancing the Land-Grant mission, and bettering the lives of the people in the North Central Region, and the nation.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Regional Association wishes Abe and his wife Carrie many years of happiness and fulfillment.


Action Requested: Approve both resolutions. 

Action Taken: Approved

Item 19.0: Other

Item 19.1: Spring 2006 Joint Meeting with the Western Region
Presenters: Marshall Martin and Daryl Lund

Initial discussions with Mike Harrington were positive, but he said that the Western directors would need to discuss meeting jointly with the NCRA during their summer meeting.  The Western Region directors are holding their summer meeting at the same time the NCRA meets in Kansas.  More details will follow. 

Action Requested: Follow-up with Western Region and Mike Harrington. 

Action Taken: The WAAESD has indicated that FY06 would not be ideal for a joint meeting, as their association is meeting jointly with the Western Extension Directors.  Instead, Daryl Lund and Forrest Chumley should communicate our interest in holding a joint meeting in FY07 instead. 

Item 19.2: Upper Mississippi River Sub-basin Hypoxia Nutrient Committee
Presenters: Wendy Wintersteen

Action Requested: None; for information only. 

Action Taken: Anyone interested in participating should contact Wendy Wintersteen.  The website ( will also be posted on the NCRA Homepage. 

Item 19.3: Presentation from NCDC208 - Biosecurity Communications Research and Practices
Presenters: Kris Boone

Action Requested: None; for information only. 

Action Taken: None

Item 20.0: Announcements
Presenter: All

Action Requested: None; for information only. 

Action Taken: None