North Central Regional Association


State Agriculture Experiment Station Directors


185th Meeting

1:30 to 3:30 pm, Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Wooster, OH


Draft Minutes and Briefs



Agenda Item



1:30 pm


Call to Order

Bill Ravlin, NCRA 2009 Chair



Adoption of the Agenda

Bill Ravlin



Approval of the March 2009 Minutes 

Bill Ravlin



Executive Committee Report & Interim Actions of the Chair

Bill Ravlin

1:35 pm


Executive Director's Report


5.1 Phone update on meeting with Dr. Shah

5.2 BioEnergy Solutions and IP Update

5.3 Approval OTT Funding of $15,000 Multi-State Award

5.4 NCBC Changes

Arlen Leholm


Steve Pueppke

Joe Colletti

1:50 pm


MRC Report


6.1 Remaining New Proposals/Proposal Revisions

6.2 NC7 2010 budget

6.3 Other MRC Issues

John Kirby, 2009 MRC Chair

2:05 pm


ESCOP Reports


7.1 Science and Technology Committee

7.2 Communication and Marketing Committee

7.3 Budget and Legislative Committee

7.4 NRSP Committee

       7.4.1  Proposed Revisions to NRSP Guidelines

       7.4.2  New/Renewal Projects/Budgets

Bill Ravlin, Arlen Leholm, Wendy Wintersteen, Steve Slack, John Kirby, Marshall Martin

2:15 pm


Cornerstone Update

Hunt Shipman

2:25 pm



Meryl Broussard

2:35 pm


Tribal Colleges Update

Gary Halvorson

2:45 pm


Nominations Committee Report

Sarah Greening, Doug Buhler

2:50 pm


Other announcements


2:55 pm


Future Meetings:

Arlen Leholm

3:00 pm


Private session with the author of Caught in the Middle:  America’s Heartland in the Age of Globalism

Richard Longworth

3:30 pm



Written Report only:  ARS Update, Larry Chandler



Item 5.3: Funds for Excellence in Multistate Research Award

Action Requested: Approve use of $15,000 MRF Hatch for the Excellence in Multistate Research Award recipient project in FY 2009 and management of these funds as described above.

Action Taken:  Approved, 5 to 4

Note from Eric Young (7/16/09):

The $5000 for travel will be used to reimburse two project members for travel to APLU conference.  If any of those funds are left they'll be added to the $10,000 for project use.  The decision on how to use the $10,000+ would be made by the project's administrative advisor and the project participants, with the AA having final approval.  The AA would communicate with Donna on each expenditure.
The funds can be carried over one year same as any MRF Hatch funds.  It's hard to imagine it wouldn't be all spent within two years.  In any case it would not become NCSU's money.
It's on the ESCOP agenda, so your members and Arlen can ask the questions that came up then if they'd like.
Thanks, Eric

Item 5.4: Proposed changes to the North Central Bioeconomy Consortium (NCBC)

Action Requested:


Approve use of $15,000 MRF Hatch for the Excellence in Multistate Research Award recipient project in FY 2009 and management of these funds as described above.


Action Taken:  Approved, 5 to 4

Item 6.0:  MRC Report

Action Requested: 

  1. Approve MRC recommendations on new/renewal projects

  2. Approve NC7 FY2010 budget


Action Taken:  Approval of all MRC recommendations and NC7 FY2010 budget


    **Please note:  NC_temp1176 will begin as NCERA216, not NCERA215.  NC_temp1177 will become NCERA215.  This is a change from the spring NCRA meeting minutes.

Item 5.2: Executive Director’s Report


Intellectual Property Update


Topic: Agriculture IP Bundling between the 12 North Central Land Grant Universities   

Date: Monday 27th July at 6pm-8.30pm immediately after the AUTM Welcome Reception.  

Location: Solitaire Room, Concourse Hotel (the conference hotel). 

Hosts: Arlen Leholm, Executive Director of the North Central Regional Association and Agriculture Experiment Station Directors from Purdue, Missouri and University of Illinois


Lesley Millar from Illinois has taken the lead in organizing the July 27th meeting.


Goal: To discuss whether IP Bundling for Agriculture technologies between the 12 North Central Land Grant Universities (or subset of) is a viable and desirable activity.


(The intent is not to define or finalize ‘how’ to bundle, but to explore whether people think it would be a worthwhile activity and, if that is the case, to do work at a later stage to look at how it could be done)




1.      Introductions- All  (15 mins)

2.      Background to the Meeting (20 mins)

Arlen Leholm, Marc Linit (Purdue), Jozeph Kokini (Illinois), Marshall Martin and Karen White (Purdue)

3.      Technology Transfer Perspectives (1 hour)

(Contributions from attendees regarding Ag IP portfolios, marketing, licensing activities and thoughts on a bundling initiative)

4.      Final Thoughts – Is IP Bundling Viable and desirable? (10 mins)

5.      Next steps –action plan (10 mins)

 In preparation for the meeting- although we won’t get into detail about specific portfolios it would be good to come prepared with some general knowledge about the following as relates to your institution’s AG IP portfolio.

  Number of annual disclosures related to Ag IP

a.       Is this number increasing/decreasing?

b.      Types of Ag IP

b)      Number of licenses based on Ag IP

a.       Type of licenses- start up or established company

c)      Type of marketing activities- passive versus active, direct mailing, company specific, tradeshows or conferences typically attended- and what works best

d)     Main hurdles to licensing Ag IP

e)      Other relevant stuff.

 BioEnergy Solutions Update 

 Biofuels Aviation Summit September 1 & 2 in Washington DC Sponsored by the Air Force.  I was one of three people invited from the land-grants to help the Air Force plan it’s Biofuels Conference.


The North Central Region nominated 78 people to attend this by invitation only Summit.  The North Central Region will likely receive invitations for 35 to 40 researchers to attend this Summit.  

Purpose of Summit:
The Air Force is planning to have its entire fleet of planes certified for 50 percent biofuel use by the end of 2012. The commercial aviation industry in the US and world-wide is on a similar timeline compared to the Air Force to certify their aircraft for 50 percent biofuel consumption.
The purpose of the Biofuels for Aviation Summit is to provide the Air Force and the commercial aviation industry with a realistic assessment of the availability of biofuels by 2012 in different parts of the United States, and then to look ahead 5 years (2017) to determine if technology or other factors may change the availability of biofuels for aviation consumption at that time.


Anticipated Results:
The Summit will produce a report estimating the current availability of biofuels and provide 5 year projections on availability.  The report will include as well an assessment of how biofuel production could be organized for continuous delivery of quantities demanded to the major airports in the US (specific to particular locations) currently and five years into the future.  The Air Force will use the report from this Summit to guide their approach to the introduction of a 50 percent biofuels requirement for their fleet.
The result of the Summit will be the report prepared by the National Center for Food and Agricultural Policy (NCFAP) that details the conclusions of the Summit on the availability of biofuels currently (2012) and five years in the future (2017). 
In addition, the report will address Summit recommendations that are important to the Air Force and the commercial industry in five tracks:

  • Feedstocks availability
  • Feedstocks logistics
  • Processing or conversion of biofuels
  • Economics including policy issues
  • Deployment (strategies for assisting the industry in serving the Air Force) of the biofuels industry

In each of these five tracks, a set of three general issues will be considered.  These issues in general include the carbon footprint, sustainability, and food fuel considerations.  In addition, a specific set of questions addressing these issues will be put before the participants in the five tracks.
After these more general scientific deliberations, the participants in the Summit will be asked to consider five major airports in the US, and to tailor their recommendations to special conditions that the five different localities present.  Thus the report will present general information and specialized information (if necessary) to the localities of the five airports.
The Summit will be uniquely designed to generate concrete recommendations on biofuels for aviation. The plenary sessions and luncheons will have individuals as speakers that can set the parameters for the discussions and provide information to address the topics of the five breakout and the airport supply sessions. Approximately 100 of the best agricultural and biofuels scientists from academia and industry will attend and make recommendations, along with about 25-40 representatives from government and industry involved in decisions about biofuels for aviation.


Performance Plants Collaboration

Representatives from Performance Plants LTD met with Michigan State University and the University of Illinois to explore collaborations with MSU and Illinois involving a wide range of potential joint research interests for bio-mass crops.  Steve Pueppke hosted this session and Hans Blaschek attended for the University of Illinois.

Performance Plants would like to have a similar session with the Plain States land-grants to explore potential collaboration for drought tolerance in small grains.  This would involve their Saskatchewan efforts.

 Performance Plants background information

 Performance Plants Ltd. (PP) Kingston, Ontario, Waterloo New York and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.  PP was started as a spin-out of Queen’s University by Dr. Dave Dennis in the mid-90’s.  The focus was traits for drought, growth and moisture use efficiency in food crops.  The Botany Department, University of Toronto has been a “discovery” partner for PP.  Several genes for moisture use efficiency and drought protection are under development with multinationals.  Two years ago PP decided to take their trait development capability and apply to the production of designed bio-mass crops.  The feedstocks were targeted for bio-fuel production coal displacement and green building materials.  PP took over the Scott Miracle Gro research station at Waterloo, N. York in 2008 with the goal of using the scientists there to transform purpose grown industrial crops into designed biomass crops grown for specific customer needs.  This season (2009) will be the first commercial test of contracted biomass crops by PP for their first industrial partner, Lefarge Cement.

Obama Administration Announces New Biofuels Push.  May 6th, 2009


President Obama issued a presidential directive today ordering Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to accelerate investment in biofuels and speed their production.  The administration also created a “Biofuels Interagency Working Group,” to be headed by Vilsack.  In a statement this morning, Vilsack said the move demonstrates Obama’s “deep commitment to establishing a permanent biofuels industry in America.”  Vilsack added, “Expanding our biofuels infrastructure provides a unique opportunity to spur rural economic development while reducing our dependence on foreign oil – one of the great challenges of the 21st century.”

Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, also a member of the new working group, announced this morning that the Department of Energy is investing nearly $800 million of stimulus funds in advanced biofuel research and development and new funding for biofuel demonstration projects. Of that spending, some $480 million will be directed at demonstration-scale biorefineries to help test new ethanol technologies and attract private investment. “If you look at the great resources in the U.S., our agriculture resources are one of them,” Chu said. “We have an incredible capacity to grow not only the food we need” but also “a considerable amount of the energy we use.” Chu noted that the new funding, totaling $786.5 million, will be spent in part on boosting existing biofuel research as well as on new initiatives, such as an algae biofuels consortium to help commercialize biofuels made from algae. Citing a recent government study examining the potential to use agriculture waste for energy on a large scale, Chu said, “100 billion gallons of ethanol...would go along way to wiping out our need to import oil.” Chu also said that corn-based ethanol was “a good start,” but that “research will lead the way to give us much better options.”

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, the third member of the working group, warned this morning that corn ethanol has a worse impact on greenhouse gases than gasoline when land use changes are considered. However, Jackson said that future improvements in production technologies are expected to make biofuels more climate friendly than gasoline.


The Chair’s advisory Committee (CAC) of ESCOP has discussed their desire to have a meeting with Vilsack and Chu to advance the role land-grants could play in this new biofuels effort.  Steve Pueppke met with Shah on July 2, 2009 to start this effort.


Growth Energy


Growth Energy remains interested in supporting the North Central Region’s new effort for BioEnergy Solutions.


Action Requested:  None, for information only.


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Item 5.3:  Funds for Excellence in Multistate Research Award



At the March Policy Board of Directors meeting, Colien Hefferan indicated that CSREES would like to provide funds each year to the multistate project that is selected for the Excellence in Multistate Research Award.  These funds could be used to pay travel expenses for two project members to attend the awards ceremony at the APLU Annual Conference in November and to provide support for other project activities; such as meeting expenses, outside speaker, research supplies, technical assistance, etc.

In early May, Dennis Kopp, who coordinates the teaching and extension awards, provided the following details on how CSREES proposes that this funding be managed.

·         CSREES would annually set aside $15,000 in Hatch Multistate Research Funds that would be used for the Excellence in Multistate Research Award.

·         Up to $5,000 would be used to cover travel for the Administrative Advisor and the Chair of the recipient committee (or their appointed designees) to attend the awards ceremony at the APLU annual conference.

·         The remaining $10,000 award funds will be used to support activities which would enhance and contribute to the research and/or outreach goals of that Multistate project, consistent with the appropriate use of Hatch Funds.  Use of these funds would be a committee decision made in conjunction with its Administrative Advisor.

·         Award funds distribution process would be as follows:

o       In late June CSREES would be notified of the award winner for that year and provided the name and contact information of the project’s Administrative Advisor.

o       CSREES will then contact that Administrative Advisor and arrange to have the Multistate award funds transferred to his/her institution as part of their annual MRF allocation.

o       The Administrative Advisor would be responsible for the proper distribution and appropriate use of the award funds.

·         The 2009 Excellence in Multistate Research Award will be the first year for which there will be a financial award.


These details were discussed by the ESCOP Chairs Advisory Committee, who had one significant concern regarding CSREES’s proposal.  Because the ability and ease of expending these funds in the manner intended would vary greatly between different SAES offices, the ESCOP CAC proposed that the funds should be allocated to North Carolina State University and managed by the SAAESD Executive Director’s office in residence there.  This would ensure a consistent process for disbursing the funds each year and relieve the Administrative Advisor of this task.  The SAAESD ED’s office would be directed by the winning project’s Administrative Advisor on the specific use of the funds.  CSREES has agreed with this recommendation and the NCSU AES Director has agreed to receive these funds and allow the ED’s office to manage them for the intended purpose.


Because the $15,000 award funds would come off the top from MRF Hatch, the ESS needs to approve this use, which will normally be done at the September ESS meeting. However, CSREES must allocate these funds this year no later than August 1, therefore approval for FY’09 needs to be obtained during the regional summer meetings.  Approval for FY’10 will be considered at the ESS meeting this September.


To put the award funds in perspective, $15,000 is approximately 0.035% of the FY’09 MRF Hatch that's allocated to individual AES's.  This would be an average of $290 per AES, but would vary according to the amount each one actually receives.


Action Requested:


Approve use of $15,000 MRF Hatch for the Excellence in Multistate Research Award recipient project in FY 2009 and management of these funds as described above.


Action Taken:  Approved, 5 to 4


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Item 5.4: Proposed changes to the North Central Bioeconomy Consortium (NCBC)

Presenters: Joe Colletti and Arlen Leholm


Context for Modifying the North Central Bioeconomy Consortium (NCBC)


NCBC has been operating since early 2007 and its charter was approved in July 2007. 

An executive committee of NCBC was held in December of 2008 with the following agenda:

(1) Take stock on what is working well with NCBC
(2) Take stock on what is not working well with NCBC and how to improve NCBC for the future
(3) What role should the Great Plains Institute have in the future of NCBC?
(4) Discuss the primary future needs for the three partners in NCBC
(5) Discuss the primary focus areas for the three partners in NCBC
(6) Take appropriate action as the NCBC Executive Committee and/or make recommendations to the entire NCBC membership.


At the December 2008 Executive committee meeting a working group was formed consisting of Joe Colletti, Robin Shepard, Gary Radloff and Arlen Leholm, Chair.


Summary Recommendations from the Working Group for modifying the NCBC Charter (June 2009)

  • Modify the NCBC Charter to reflect an organization with joint interests for information sharing concerning bioeconomy issues.  The following proposed NCBC Charter modifications would be effective July 1, 2009.
    • NCBC would not collect assessments for the Great Plains Institute after year two
    • NCBC would not be a policy making body
      • Individual members of the consortium may be uniquely positioned to assist in policy analysis (especially on a state-by-state level), but the consortium itself does not represent a policy making entity/body.
    • Form a new Executive Committee of NCBC consisting of two directors from each of the three partner organizations and have them serve an initial three year term. Terms would be staggered after year three. One point person would be selected by the Executive Committee each year to be the person who would work most closely with NCBC staff to coordinate NCBC functions.
    • Meetings of the Executive Committee would occur two times per year.  Best joint times for meetings may be at the annual July Mini Land Grant summer meetings and at the national NASDA meeting in Washington DC held in February.
    • Meetings of all 36 state partners from all 12 states and three agencies would not be organized.
    • Phone conference calls of the Executive Committee would be established as necessary.
    • Since NCBC is not a policy making body, the Executive Committee would not have officers.
  • See the attached proposed new NCBC Charter 








Official Designation:

The official designation of this multi-state agreement is the North Central Bioeconomy Consortium (NCBC). The NCBC consists of three partner organizations (1) State Departments of Agriculture, (2) University Cooperative Extension and (3) Land grant university research/experiment stations. Other organizations may be asked to participate based on invitations from NCBC.



Through this agreement, the three partner organizations will share information on the bioeconomy, identify joint interests among the partners, and may chose to form collaborations on specific issues, projects, or ventures. The main focus of NCBC is to communicate about and coordinate joint interests of the partner organization through a six person Executive Committee. NCBC is not a policy making body.



·         Expand the use of biomass in the Midwest to replace fossil fuels and the production of energy, fuels, and products.

·         Facilitate better information-sharing among the three consortium partners

·         Make recommendations for needed research and outreach on issues affecting the bioeconomy, including policy issues

·         NCBC is not be a policy making body/entity

o        Individual members of the consortium may be uniquely positioned to assist in policy analysis (especially on a state-by-state level), but the consortium itself does not represent a policy making entity/body.

·         Organize a coordinated regional approach for working with DOE, USDA, and other federal agencies.

·         Identify opportunities for regional collaboration on issues affecting the bioeconomy

·         Reach consensus of ways to collaborate on addressing issues affecting the bioeconomy                             



s         Departments of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension, Land Grant University Research/Experiment Stations

s         Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin


Consortium Executive Committee Members Agree To The Following:

  • Participate in NCBC conference calls and meetings
  • Identify joint interests of all three partners and share information about relevant research, outreach and policy issues affecting the bioeconomy in the North Central Region.
  • Executive Committee members will inform their own organizations about NCBC issues and activities; including updates at their respective business meetings.


Number and Frequency of Meetings:

    • The Executive Committee of NCBC will meet two times annually. At the annual July Mini Land Grant summer meetings and at the February national NASDA meeting in Washington DC.
    • Meetings of all 36 state partners from all 12 states and three agencies would not be organized on an annual basis.  A meeting of all 36 members could be organized if there is a compelling need.

Executive Committee Selection:


Each of the three partner organization will select two Directors to serve on NCBC for a three year term. Each year, the Executive Committee will select one person from their committee to be the chair of the Executive Committee for a one year term. 


Terms will be staggered after year three as appropriate and determined by the Executive Committee members.


The Chair of the Executive Committee will work closely with NCBC staff to coordinate NCBC functions.


Staff Support

The Executive Director of North Central Region Extension Directors (Dr. Robin Shepard); the Executive Director of the North Central Region Research Experiment Station Directors (Dr. Arlen Leholm); and a MASDA representative (Mr. Gary Radloff). 


Action Steps 

(1) The NCBC Executive Committee: Rod Nilsestuen, Joe Colletti and Denny Campion unanimously voted to approve the new draft Charter for NCBC in June, 2009.


Action Items

 (1) The Executive Committee of NCBC has requested that each of the three member organizations of NCBC ratify the new charter at their respective business meetings in July, 2009.

(2) One new member from each of the three NCBC organizations should be selected at the July business meetings of MASDA, NCRA and NCCEA to join the current Executive Committee.

(3) No new assessments would be made for the Great Plains Institute (GPI) for year three (starting July 2009).


Action Taken:  All action steps approved


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Item 6.0: MRC Report

Presenter: John Kirby, 2009 MRC Chair



Proj Type Proj Rvwr

Current Proj # (Temp #)



MRC Comments

Actions on Revisions


New Projects











NC229  (NC_temp229)

Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Disease: Methods for the integrated control, prevention and elimination of PRRS in United States Swine Herds


NC229 is a strong group with outstanding participation by scientists with diverse backgrounds from many locations (US, China, Spain) and organizations (Universities, USDA/ARS and NADC). There is also an excellent and continuing record of extramural support for the project. The MRC recommends approval with the inclusion of a statement indicating the need for this work, "Why it must be done", and what will happen if this project were not to be approved. Model of success for Multistate Research Projects. Approve with minor revision. Recommend maintaining project with NC229 identifier.

Revisions approved by MRC lead reviewer.



NC1014 (NC_temp1014)

Agricultural and Rural Finance Markets in Transition (NC221, NCT-194)


Recommend approval. The Agricultural and Rural Finance Markets in Transition, has been a productive committee and their new project could not be more timely and of potential high value to our nation's producers and financiers.  Eighteen states are represented in NC1014, including 7 from the North Central region.  The outputs of NC 1014 will help with understanding of the likely impacts associated with our current international financial turmoil.  I agree with the review committee's observation that, "the role of each participant in each objective needs to be clarified. A time line for specific deliverables would also be helpful". Will renew as NC1177.

Revisions approved by MRC lead reviewer.



NC1018  (NC_temp1018)

Food, Feed, Fuel, and Fiber: Security Under a Changing Climate


The MRC recommends approval with revision based on NCAC1's comments:  "Proposed models (new and existing) need to be better defined (more specific information) for Objectives 2a, 3a, and 3b. Progress is being made with several expected outcomes by 2013."  Revisions are due June 1, 2009.  NC1018 will renew as NC1179.

Revisions approved by MRC lead reviewer



NC1019  (NC_temp1019)

Control of Emerging and Re-emerging Poultry Respiratory Diseases in the United States


This project addresses respiratory diseases afflicting poultry in the U.S. Respiratory diseases are the most important source of economic losses in the poultry industry.  This group has an excellent record in the discovery, characterization and development of control measures for respiratory diseases in poultry. The proposed project is well-written, methods are appropriate for the objectives and the objectives are achievable within the timeframe of the proposal. The proposal addresses a broad group of viruses and bacteria as causes of respiratory disease, but there is no effort to coordinate results between different agents to identify common mechanisms of virulence, pathogenesis, immune evasion, and immune responses. No CRIS search was done. There is a lack of collaboration and interdependence in this proposal. As one reviewer indicated, it has been an ongoing problem to get this group to expand interactions outside academia to private industry and to develop collaborative summaries of data from the various objectives into a comprehensive report. In addition, there is no detailed outreach or Extension plan, except for one example in Delaware.  Approve with minor revision due June 1, 2009.  NC1019 will renew as NC1180.

Revisions approved by MRC lead reviewer



NC1020  (NC_temp1020)

Sustaining Forage-based Beef Cattle Production in a Bioenergy Environment


This project addresses sustainable forage based production systems for beef cattle in the North Central Region. This region produces over 53% of marketed cattle and forages account for 80% of the feed units consumed by beef cattle. Feed represents the greatest expense in beef cattle management, thus more sustainable feeding systems must be pursued to keep the industry profitable. Two objectives, one on forages-legumes and one on biofuel co-products as feedstocks are proposed. The proposal reads like two separate projects, one on forage-legumes and one on feeding ethanol co-products with little interaction indicated between these two objectives. The project also does not clearly indicate which states will be responsible for what objectives and why a multi-state approach is necessary. The AA and NACA committees recommend approval of this project but both reviews also noted the lack of an outreach component and lack of adequate collaborative research plan. Overall, this is a good project with achievable objectives that will provide data of impact to the industry. It is recommended that this project be approved with major revisions. The project should be revised to bring additional grazing states within and outside the NC region into the project to broaden the expertise of the project and participants. Also, the committee should attempt to make the experiments cohesive and collaborative, what about a "Big Grazing "Project in which data from several areas with different geography, different climate, and different forages are summarized into a manual or publication of value to the cattle industry.  Revisions are due June 1, 2009.  Project will renew as NC1181.

Revisions approved by MRC lead reviewer



NC508 (NC_temp1173)

Sustainable Solutions to Problems Affecting Bee Health


Approve, but with major revision needed.  This is a new project proposed to form from a committee originally organized as a rapid response committee.  The focus area is appropriate given the importance of bee pollination to US agriculture.  The group has had excellent participation in the past and appears to be well organized to coordinate activities during the project period.  Several members are involved in a $4.1M, 4-year CAP project funded in 2008.  The project proposal has good state participation but the proposal lacks detail regarding the methodology and evidence for collaboration among participants.  Please submit revised proposal no later than June 1, 2009 to be considered for starting on 10/1/2009.

Revisions approved by MRC lead reviewer



New to the region (NC_temp1174)

Contribution of 4-H Participation to the Development of Social Capital Within Communities


Disapprove as an NC-type project.  The research base of this committee is not strong enough to support an NC-type project.  The MRC suggests this committee either re-submit the material as an NCERA by June 1, 2009, or greatly strengthen the research portion of this proposal.  The MRC also suggests that the committee establish research contacts with the new Rural Development Center at MSU.

Resubmitted as NC_temp1177 (ERA).  Waiting for full MRC approval before renaming as NCERA215.

Kirby: approved

Benfield: question on specific interactions with MSU RDC?

Ramaswamy: ?

Kokini: ?



New to the region (NC_temp1175)

Sustainability of Next Generation Biofuels Systems


Disapprove.  The MRC recommends the committee re-form as an NCDC and submit a more mature proposal by December 1, 2009, following the NCRA proposal submission guidelines.

No revised proposal submitted; NC_temp1175 to be deleted from NIMSS.


Note: On June 26, I received word that this group will either resubmit a revised proposal in advance of the Fall NCRA meeting (pending NCRA approval of a late submittal) or form an NCDC.










NCCC042  (NC_temp42)

Committee on Swine Nutrition


This is a strong, longstanding committee that has met with the S1012 Research committee for the past 15 years. NCCC42 exhibits strong interactions with industry and other end users. This group is truly functioning as a coordinating committee, and participants have jointly published findings over the past 5 years, at least 6 papers. Efforts to update the committee with additional expertise in statistics, economics and animal welfare are laudatory. Research section needs to be polished up (see review #1). Recommend approval after minor rewrite of research section. Recommend maintaining project with NCCC42 identifier.

Revisions received and sent to MRC lead reviewer



NCCC097  (NC_temp97)

Regulation of Adipose Tissue Accretion in Meat-Producing Animals


This project focuses on understanding the regulation and mechanisms for control of adipose tissue (fat) deposition in animals raised for meat production. Committee members meet annually prior to the Experimental Biology meetings.  This format improves attendance by principle scientists and allows for participation of graduate students and post-doctoral research associates.  This committee has published at least two landmark works on the biology of fat in meat animals in 1976 and 1995 and a recent review article on the biology of adipocytes in meat producing animals. There was also a committee sponsored symposium in 2003. The AA on this project indicates that there is good attendance at the meetings and the group is open in sharing data, ideas and other information on adipocyte biology.  The project is recommended for approval by both the AA and the NCAC review committee.  However, the latter group indicates that there are too many objectives (10) and that some of these objectives are carried over from the previous project.  Also there is no description as to what states will be responsible for what objectives, specific details on how data will be shared, discussed and disseminated beyond professional meetings.  The project should be approved with the following revisions: reduce or combine the objectives to those that can be accomplished (5 or less); determine which states are responsible for what objectives; provide project milestones and dates to complete; have other participants complete Appendix E (there were only 4 states at last posting); and consider expanding the data and potential models of adipose physiology, biology, etc to issues related to obesity in humans as new opportunity for funding.  Recommend approval following minor revision due June 1, 2009.  Project will renew as NCCC210.

Revisions approved by MRC lead reviewer










NCERA003  (NC_temp3)

Soil and Landscape Assessment, Function and Interpretation


Approve with minor revision.  NCERA3 shows excellent objectives for research, extension and academics as well as being highly integrated. Work plans are clear and the work will be accomplished. Outcomes are clearly identified and are innovative and far reaching. For example, the MRC reviewer likes the plan to develop not only educational materials and models, but also materials for K-12 programs. The activities are not duplicative, and is an integrated and collaborative effort. Broad representation in the region and from other states, federal agencies, etc. AA is enthusiastic. Please submit a revised proposal no later than June 1, taking into account NCAC1's comments.  NCAC1 comments will be sent directly to NCERA3 for review.

Approved revisions and new proposal.  Expiring project renamed NCERA_old3.



NCERA137  (NC_temp137)

Soybean Diseases (NCR137)


NCERA137 is an important project with potentially very significant outcomes for soybean producers and the overall area of soybean disease research. However, its current research plan appears to be only a very minor revision of the project approved five years ago causing 3 of the 4 MRC reviewers concern. The proposal lacks detail in the research plan and the outreach plan is unclear. There is only very limited detail as to the projected outcomes and deliverables. This project should undergo major revision to be considered for approval.

Revisions submitted and sent to lead reviewer.



NCERA190 (NC_temp190)

Increased Efficiency of Sheep Production


This project is one of three focused on sheep and production issues impacting the sheep industry.  The project has a culture and history of integration of research and extension and this association continues in the present proposal. The objectives are focused on methods to improve reproductive efficiency, growth, carcass quality, meat palatability, genetics, nutrient requirements, production systems for milk production and developing profitable and sustainable production systems. The project involves 15 stations and two USDA-ARS research programs.  In most experiments, at least two or more breeds are compared at different institutions, providing sufficient experimental replicates and allowing comparison of more breeds than evaluated in a single experiment. Recommend approval with minor modifications: indicate what states will participate in which objectives, and provide more detail as to the educational plan.  Revisions are due June 1, 2009.  NCERA190 will renew as NCERA214.

Revisions approved by MRC lead reviewer



NCERA207  (NC_temp207)

Drainage design and management practices to improve water quality


The project focuses on water quality of the nation's lakes, rivers and streams that are impaired from nutrients and fecal coliform.  All sources of input require improved assessment and more stringent management.  Because of its fundamental existence in crop production and in aquatic systems, nitrogen has been and will be the focus of drainage research and education. The objectives of the project are well laid out.  Unfortunately there is no discussion of an education and outreach plan.  The proposal needs to be rewritten with more detail related to teaching and outreach. Approve with major revision due June 1, 2009. 

Revisions sent to lead reviewer.  Awaiting MRC lead reviewer approval as of June 24.




 Latinos and Immigrants in Midwestern Communities


Approve with minor revision.  Proposal needs a stronger base of research participation.  See also NCAC5 comments.  Please submit a revised proposal no later than June 1, 2009. Following revision, this project will become NCERA215 on October 1, 2009.

Revisions approved by MRC lead reviewer


Midterm Reviews











Local food choices, eating patterns, and population health


It is difficult to determine what progress this committee has accomplished between 2007 and 2008 as a progress report is lacking. The members of the committee appear to be making some progress towards the objectives, but there is little evidence that the milestones for 2008 have been accomplished. The committee members have been successful in obtaining nearly $7 million in competitive grant dollars with the NIH grant on obesity accounting for $6.4 million. There is no detail to indicate what states are involved in the various grants; do these grants represent collaborative efforts or single investigator success? The reviews by AA and NCAC are split with one indicating good to excellent progress and the other fair to good progress, especially in meeting the objectives. Overall, sufficient progress to recommend continuance but missing committee reports need to be submitted and should contain more detail to indicate progress.  Please submit missing reports to NIMSS no later than June 13, 2009 to avoid early termination.

Reports received.




Practical Management of SCN and Other Nematodes of Regional Importance: With Special Reference to Invasive Biology


The MRC is concerned that this group outgrown its usefulness.  Annual reports indicate poor meeting attendance, a poorly functioning committee and a lack of leveraging.  Moreover, NC1035 is not meeting required reporting requirements (reports due annually 60 days after each meeting) and will face early termination unless a 2008 annual report and an updated impact statement are submitted by June 13, 2009.

Reports received, impact statement received.




Research and Education Support for the Renewal of an Agriculture of the Middle


NC1036 is not meeting required reporting requirements (reports due annually 60 days after each meeting) and will face early termination unless a 2008 annual report and an impact statement are submitted by June 13, 2009.

Impact statement received, 2008 report submitted.  AA has stepped down as of 7/1. New AA needed.











Indicators of Social Change in the Marketplace: Producers, Retailers and Consumers


All three reviews are good to excellent. Tremendous progress, excellent outcomes and outreach; extramural grant support. Please submit a new impact statement by June 13.  Recommend project continuation.

Awaiting a new impact statement, old one is still on file.




Corn Breeding Research


This is a strong group with very good participation of a diverse group of members and guests. The MRC strongly suggests that by the time the renewal is proposed, that the committee elucidate how the collaborative activities of the members make the group stronger than those of just the individual members. Please keep up with annual reporting requirements and submit the 2008 report no later than June 13.  Recommend project continuation.

Reports received











Soil Testing and Plant Analysis


This is a historical committee that has provided recommendations and standards for public and private laboratories doing appropriate soil testing and plan analysis for management on the use of fertilizers to balance nutritional levels in plants and soil.  The committee has a rather large and diverse membership. This group has been proactive in developing safer laboratory analyses for soils and plant material, provided the industry with a procedural manual, updates the procedural manual annually, and provides one day workshops for commercial laboratories doing this type of testing. The group also maintains communication with other committees with similar or overlapping objectives, S-890, North American Proficiency Testing Program, liaison with NC-218 and NCERA-180 Regional Committees, maintain working relationship with SERA-IEG-6 and conduct joint meetings with SERA-IEG-6 and NEC-1007 for the development of manuals. Recommend approval and continuation, missing progress reports need to be submitted by June 13, 2009.

Reports received




Controlled Environment Technology and Use


The project focuses on controlled environmental technology and its ability to improve our understanding of plant growth.  There is an impressive array of universities and organizations and they appear to be working extremely well together.  They have a number of impactful outcomes that complement one another and these outcomes have very strong impact. The project has exceeded project goals. Has one of the best websites and its annual meetings have attendance exceeding 50.  Please submit 2008 annual report by June 13. Recommend project continuation.

Reports received




Biological Control of Arthropods and Weeds


This is a strong committee with representation from research and extension.  The committee has active participation and strong collaboration with other regional projects.  The committee has submitted annual reports for 2006 and 2007 but not 2008.  It has strong support from its AA.  The MRC requests that a 2008 annual report be submitted by June 13 before final continuation approval can be granted.

Reports received




Implementation and Strategies for National Beef Cattle Genetic Evaluation


The project is well thought out.  Its objective is to develop new ways to share genetic research including genetic marker information with breed associations, beef cattle producers and organizations such as the national cattleman's beef association and beef improvement association. The program has already had a lot of impact on many fronts, it has an impressive array of collaborators from relevant universities and organizations.  It is a good solid project. Please submit the 2008 report to NIMSS June 13, 2009.

Reports received


OTT/Regional Trust Budgets for 2010





Rural Development, Work and Poverty in the North Central Region


MRC disapproves the extension of NC1100.  MSU should write a new proposal with better justifications for requested funding.

NCRA approves one-year extension of NC1100 with Steve Lovejoy serving as the MSU AA.  Transfer $24,000 OTT funding from ISU to MSU effective 10/1/2009.  NC1100 will terminate on 9/30/2010.  Chris informed CSREES of the changes.




Conservation, Management, Enhancement and Utilization of Plant Genetic Resources



See narrative and budget below



NC7 Project FY2010 Budget Request and Projections

Basic Budget

NC7 FY06

NC7 FY07

NC7 FY08


NC7 FY09 Request 1

NC7 FY09 Proj Actual2

NC7 FY10 Request3

NC7 FY11 Proj4


USDA-ARS FY09 Proj 5,6

USDA-ARS  FY10 Proj 7


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Equipment and Supplies













Research Support Agreement













Specific Coop Agreements













Contracts and other Services













Repair & Maintenance













Other Indirect Research Costs













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1 Reflects staffing 10 positions of 12 authorized; average 3% salary increase; addition of 1 student FTE; irrigation H2O charges; 11% overall increase

2  Reflects staffing of 10 positions of 12 authorized; 0% salary increase over FY09; $5800 offset from Marek/Knapp Helianthus biomass grant

3,4 Nine NC-7 funded staff positions; 3% salary increase projected for FY11, 0% for FY10; $23,675 offset from Marek/Knapp grant in 09, $7,250 in 2010, $10,900 in 2011;

5 FY09: PIRU CRIS base funds flat since FY04; reduction from 19 to 16 FTE student labor; IRC include phones and data, service contracts, facility maintenance

6 FY10: Offsets from $1.5000 Sclerotinia initiative; $44,300 NIH; $185,000 GEM funds for students, sharing of utilities, IRC, etc

7 FY10: Reduction from 16 to 11 FTE student labor; offsets as in FY09; all project objectives not achievable

8  FY11:  Reduction from 11 to 3 FTE student labor; possible offsets undetermined; all project objectives not achievable

Iowa State University Contribution to NCRPIS









FY09 Estimated


















Facilities off-campus








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1       Benefits amount lower than originally projected due to position vacancies.






Background:  The plant genetic resource (PGR) needs of the North Central Region have been supported for over 60 years through a joint partnership, designated as Multi-State Research Project NC-7, between the USDA, ARS, Plant Introduction Research Unit, Iowa State University and the other members of the North Central States Agricultural Experiment Station.  The NC-7 Project has served as a major component of the National Plant Germplasm System, and its activities have significantly contributed to improved crop technology in the North Central Region, the U.S., and abroad, by providing plant genetic resources and associated information to scientists and educators.  The Multi-State Research Project meetings serve as an important vehicle for information exchange and feedback between participants, Administrative Advisor and genebank personnel.


Accomplishments for 2008:

  • The collection totals 50,313 accessions of 1,666 species and 342 genera with 74% available for distribution and 79% backed up at Ft. Collins, CO. About 3,940 accessions were also backed up at the Svalbard Global Germplasm Vault.
  • Plant exploration in Turkmenistan provided new Cucumis melo accessions.  Collection trips in the U.S. for ash, wild sunflower, wild Amaranthus sp. and spinach relatives all contributed to increasing the genetic variability of the U.S. collections for use in research.
  • Original seed samples of the accessions are stored at -18 C to extend seed longevity, while the working collection is stored at is improved by storage in -18 C rather than 4 C.
  • Viability tests were conducted on 2,410 accessions.  Methods to break dormancy in Actaea, Calendula, and Echinochloa were investigated.  Cryopreservation methods for ash buds are being developed with Ft. Collins, CO ARS investigators (NCGRP).
  • A total of 24,726 items representing 12,709 accessions were distributed in 1,243 orders to 908 users worldwide in 2008.  Internally, 12,450 accessions were distributed in house for viability testing, observation, pathology tests, and backup.
  • Regeneration efforts in Ames and with collaborators resulted in harvest of 1,113 accessions.  Five different insect pollinators were used to assist in pollination of 809 accessions in 2008.  Use of alfalfa leafcutter bees is now a significant part of the pollination services program, their use exceeding that of honeybees.
  • Genetic diversity characterization of the Helianthus pumilis collection was initiated.
  • Over 23,900 observations were entered in the GRIN database, extensive descriptor notes from a Coriandrum dissertation study, and large Daucus and Cichorium descriptor datasets.  In addition, 963 digital images were loaded to GRIN.  Over 4200 maize accessions were evaluated via NIRS for compositional data.
  • A TaqMan real-time PCR assay was developed in collaboration with ISU Seed Science Center researchers for detection of Stenocarpella (Diplodia) maydis from maize seed.    Evaluations for resistance to Sclerotinia stalk rot in wild sunflowers identified resistant Helianthus accessions from multiple wild species.  Acidovorax avenae subsp. citrulli, the causal agent of bacterial fruit blotch, was recovered from 40 year old seed lots of melon and watermelons, the longest reported survival time and seed transmission for any bacterial plant pathogen from seed.
  • The Germplasm Enhancement of Maize Project released 202 lines from 2001-2008 representing 25 maize races.  These lines have unique agronomic traits, pest resistance, or value-added grain characteristics and will be used to broaden the genetic diversity of temperate U.S. maize production.
  • Additional accomplishments will be reported in the NC-7 annual report and minutes ( ).


Financial Situation:  Significant accomplishments continue to be achieved; financial resources for this project are becoming a major concern.  Since 2004, NC-7 funded ISU positions have decreased from 12 to 10; another reduction is necessary in FY2010.  Reductions provided technical support for germplasm distribution, field activities, and oilseeds curation.  On the USDA-ARS side, fewer students have been hired in order to maintain financial resources for operations.  Regenerations have been reduced for major crops with extensive labor requirements, such as maize, oilseeds, and vegetables.


NC-7 Budget Request

Given the tough economic circumstances for all of the Agricultural Experiment Stations, no increase in NC-7 Project funding is requested for FY2010.  This budget proposes no increase in salary for personnel, based on Iowa State University’s salary projections.


Action Requested: 

  1. Approve MRC recommendations on new/renewal projects

  2. Approve NC7 FY2010 budget


Action Taken:  Approval of all MRC recommendations and NC7 FY2010 budget


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Item 7.2: ESS Marketing Update

Presenters:  Arlen Leholm, Bill Ravlin


 You received a first year System Marketing brief at our Spring Meeting in Kansas City.  See spring minutes for this update.


At the July 2009 Joint COPs meeting in Minneapolis the System Marketing Committee will review the progress of our System marketing efforts with the Podesta Group and Cornerstone.  See the first quarter 2009 update from Podesta below.





1.       Research, solicit and categorize relevant case studies to be highlighted in the messaging materials

      Researched and drafted pieces for enewsletter which includes the compelling and timely work of several institutions. 

2.      Formulate messages that can be utilized within the industry, on Capitol Hill and in the national and local media 

Developed content for the winter edition of the enewsletter. 

3.      Draft press releases to highlight the research, extension, teaching and international work of land-grant institutions

Drafted invitation letters for site visits for every target Member office identified in the second year strategic plan. 

4.      Develop op-eds

Secured publication of an op-ed piece in the Sunday edition of the Washington Times by Allen Levine, the Dean of the College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Minnesota, titled the Art of Science and Agriculture.  This is involved redrafting Dr. Levine submission by linking into to a current event in the news, in this case, President’s Obama’s state of the union speech and the recent passed economic recovery package.  PG pitched to several national publications and eventually placed it in the Washington Times.  It also ran in the “online” newspaper, 

5.      Generate a quarterly e-newsletter which highlights relevant site visits, showcases research, extension, teaching and international stories, and features an editorial submission from a prominent senator or representative.

Newsletter was sent in mid March and featured a read-through rate of 20 percent.  This newsletter featured an op-ed by Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-GA) on the importance research and extension funding that highlighted the work of Fort Valley State.  It also highlighted the various ways in which APLU’s member university cooperative extension services are helping citizens cope in a struggling economy. Newsletter also included information on the land grant institutions that are currently leading the fight against obesity.

6.      In addition, PG will also recruit compelling spokespeople within the system who could be made available for interviews with reporters.  We will create and maintain - by subject - a list of top-flight spokespeople from a geographically diverse cross-section of institutions who can serve as expert sources for targeted reporters.  We will solicit media interviews with reporters and columnists for these spokespeople on hot topics that will serve to highlight and market the research, extension, teaching and international work of relevant institutions. 

PG worked with University of Nebraska Researcher Dr. Ken Cassman to promote the result of a study published in the Journal of Industrial Ecology.  This lead to the following stories:  Corn ethanol produces half emissions of gas: study, Dow Jones News Wire, 1/23/09; Ethanol not so wasteful, report says, Omaha World Herald, 1/27/09; Ethanol study touts emissions, Argus Leader, 1/25/09; New Study Claims Corn Ethanol Helps the Environment, After All, Wall Street Journal, 1/26/09; Research finds ethanol less a threat to environment, Grand Island Independent, 1/25/09:



1.      In coordination with Cornerstone, PG will develop a prioritized list of targets.  PG  will create a calendar of relevant institution events and develop a quarterly site visit program.  Where possible, we will tailor specific events at land-grant  institutions to match research, extension, teaching or international activities with the political priorities of targets.  Working with the targets themselves, PG will aggressively market site visit appearances to the local media.

Compiled a comprehensive list of next-stage targets as a component of the Second Year plan. The list of targets includes senators: Jack Reed, Sam Brownback, Mark Pryor, Susan Collins, Jon Tester, Arlen Specter, and representatives: Steve Rothman, Sanford Bishop, Lincoln Davis, Maurice Hinchey, Jesse Jackson Jr., Jack Kingston, Jo Ann Emerson, Ben Chandler, and Tom Cole.   In addition, drafted and presented to the SCMIC a comprehensive strategic plan for the second year of the marketing campaign.  (see attachment)

2.      Secure sponsorship of an op-ed in e-newsletter or other publication. 

Secured publication of an op-ed piece in the Washington Times by Allen Levine, titled the Art of Science and Agriculture . Published piece by Rep. Sanford Bishop (GA-2) on the importance of providing USDA research funding in the FY10 appropriations process in the quarterly e-newsletter.   

3.      Attend Field, Science or Extension days at AES or other institution facilities. 

Attended the Science on the Hill day on March 3rd and gathered information from exhibiting institutions to feature in future marketing efforts. 

4.      Placement of media stories in media outlets appropriate for identified target(s)

Not timely at this juncture

5.      Identify and assist in arranging visits to projects conducted by institutions overseas when congressional delegations are near the projects. 

Not timely at this juncture. 

6.      Pursue opportunities for institution advocates to testify at relevant forums, summits, panels, or other events, and assist in drafting statements that would be used and pitch the appearances to relevant media institutions.

Not timely at this juncture

7.      Pursue profile stories on the work of the institutions with national, regional and trade press

Drafted summary document highlighting new research by University of Nebraska researcher Dr. Ken Cassman.  Utilized document to pitch story to reporters from the Associated Press, Reuters and Des Moines Register.   Secured interest from targeted reporters in Dr. Cassman work once it has been published in a peer-reviewed journal. 

8.      Assist Cornerstone, when requested, to place and shape media stories regarding priority funding issues

Not timely at this juncture


PG will work closely with the NASULGC team to assist with meeting planning, implementation, and marketing as needed.  Some specifics are highlighted below.

1.       Plan, organize, and participate in necessary meetings/conference calls

Participated in several conference calls with members of the marketing committee and deans. 

2.       Provide other assistance as requested by the marketing leadership

Conducted several meetings with SCMIC officials and Cornerstone Government Affairs

3.        Joint COPs meeting in July 2009

Not timely at this juncture.

4.       APLU Annual Meeting in November 2009

      Not timely at this juncture.


Action requested:  None, for information only.


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Item 7.4.1  Revisions to NRSP Guidelines

Presenter: Marshall Martin


The following primary changes in the review process for new NRSP proposals are reflected in the proposed NRSP Guidelines revisions.  To view the Guidelines document with all proposed changes, click here.


·         Individuals interested in creating a new NRSP are required encouraged to submit an outline of the proposed NRSP’s objectives, justification, and tentative budget to the NRSP Review Committee for a preliminary review no later than September 1 of the year prior to the proposed start date (ie Sep 1, 2010 for a start date of Oct 1, 2011).  If this review is positive then the following steps should be followed to formally submit a proposal for consideration by the ESS.


·         Administrative Advisors submit the project proposal and projected five-year budget, and conducts arranges for anat least three external peer reviewser of the proposal.  Peer reviewers should be instructed to use the peer review form shown in Appendix D.  The Administrative Advisors work with the NRSP development committee to revise the proposal and budget based on the peer review comments.


·         Not later than January 15

Administrative Advisors submit revised proposal and five-year budget, along with peer review comments and the committee’s responses, to the Executive DirectorsNRSP Review Committee Chair via NIMSS.  NRSP Review Committee Chair reviews package for completeness and then forwards it to the Executive Directors.


·         A new Peer Review form has been developed and will be included in the Guidelines as Appendix D.  The review form currently in the Guidelines will continue to be used as a guide for review by the regional associations.


Action Requested: None, information only

Item 7.4.2:  New/Renewal NRSP Projects and Budgets (NRSP review committee)

Presenter:  Marshall Martin


The NRSP Oversight Committee met in Washington DC on June 3-4, 2009. The following provides a summary of the Committee’s deliberations. The action items, including budgets, will be voted on at the ESS meetings in Oklahoma City on September  14-17, 2009. If you have any concerns or questions about the information provided below, please contact Marshall Martin ( or Arlen Leholm ( prior to August 28, 2009 when the NRSP Oversight Committee plans to have a Conference Call to finalize the recommendations for the September ESS meeting.

·                NRSP-1 Recommend approve FY10 budget of $346,829

·                NRSP-3 Recommend approve renewal proposal for ’09 –’14 and FY10 budget of  $50,000

·                NRSP-4 Recommend approve FY10 budget of $481,182

·                NRSP-6 Recommend approve FY10 budget of $150,000

·                NRSP-7 Recommend approve proposal for ’09 – ’14 with the caveat that MRF funding will be reduced each year by whatever Congressional special grant is appropriated for this project up to $325,000 and approve FY’10 budget of $325,000, with caveat that MRF funding will be reduced by whatever Congressional special grant amount is appropriated for this project in FY’10 up to $325,000.  The NRSP-7 special grant is currently in the House appropriations markup for $429,000.  The NRSP Oversight Committee will discuss and make a final recommendation during the August 28th Conference Call based on the status of Congressional action.

·                NRSP-8 Recommend approve FY’10 budget of $500,000

·                New NRSP Proposals:

o       NRSP_temp 201 (Transgenic specialty crop regulatory approval support) Recommend defer ESS decision on this proposal so that it may be revised and resubmitted so that several questions and concerns may be addressed by the proposal writing committee

o       NRSP_temp161 (Animal Nutrition Research Support) Recommend approve proposal for ’09 – ‘14 contingent on a revised proposal that responds to questions to be discussed by NRSP Oversight Review Committee during the August 28th conference call. A final recommendation will be made prior to the September ESS meeting based on the August 28th  NRSP Oversight Review Committee Conference Call.


Action Requested:  None, for information only.  A formal vote on NSRP projects and budgets will take place at the fall ESS meeting in Oklahoma City.  All NRSP proposals are viewable in NIMSS (Projects >> View Projects >> Search for Projects)


Item 12.0

2009 CSREES Grantsmanship Workshops and Writing Winning Grants Workshops


Grantsmanship workshops will be held again this fall to highlight the competitive programs in USDA-CSREES and to help grant writers improve their overall success.  Both the CSREES Grantsmanship Workshop and the Writing Winning Grants Workshop have received outstanding reviews from across the country in past years.  These workshops will be offered together in Kansas City, MO on Nov 10 – 11 and in Washington, DC on Nov 16 – 17.


During the CSREES Grantsmanship Workshop an excellent group of program directors from CSREES will be providing an overview of funding programs within the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) and other competitive programs and the 2010 AFRI Request for Applications.  In addition, there will breakout discussion on specific program areas as well as a mock review panel to provide insights on successful grants and the review process.


The Writing Winning Grants Workshop, presented by Drs Thomas Fretz and Michael Harrington, will feature topics that include: Where to look for funds, Principles of grant writing, writing effective objective statements, organizing integrated proposals, developing the grant budget, ethics in grant writing, and common short-comings in the grant application. 


Travel grants will be available for participants from minority serving institutions, including 1890s, 1994s and other tribal colleges as well as Pacific Islander, Native Hawaii and Hispanic serving institutions. 

The travel grant application forms for each workshop are available on the web sites below.  Applications from eligible faculty are due August 15.


Washington DC Workshop: November 16 - 17,

Crystal Gateway Marriott - Arlington, VA


Cosponsored by the Southern Association of Agricultural Experiment Station Directors, the Northeast Regional Research Association, and USDA-CSREES


Please visit the workshop website for information on registration, hotels and program agenda:


Kansas City, MO Workshop: November 10 - 11

Embassy Suites Kansas City Airport, Kansas City, MO


Cosponsored by University of Missouri, the North Central Research Association, Western Association of Agricultural Experiment Station Directors, and USDA-CSREES


Please visit the workshop website for information on registration, hotels and the program agenda:


Action Requested:  None, for information only.


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