NCRA Summer Meeting
Louis, MO
1:30 to 4:30 pm, June 23, 2008



Agenda Item



1:30 pm


Call to Order

Bill Ravlin for Ken Grafton



Adoption of the Agenda

Bill Ravlin for Ken Grafton



Approval of the March 2008 Minutes 

Bill Ravlin for Ken Grafton

1:35 pm


Executive Committee Report & Interim Actions of the Chair

Bill Ravlin for Ken Grafton

1:40 pm


Executive Director's Report


5.1 Update on May 21 Energy Meeting

5.2 Other Activities

  • Multistate award presentation
  • NC506 Update

5.3 Upcoming Meetings

  • Joint COPs Meeting – San Juan, Puerto Rico, July 21-24
  • Fall ESS/NCRA Meeting – Traverse City, MI, September 21-24
  • NASULGC Annual Meeting - Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, IL, November 9-11
  • Plans for our NCRA Meeting at CIMMYT (3/31 to 4/2/2009)


Arlen Leholm



Arlen Leholm and Doug Buhler

Brendan Jordan

1:55 pm


MRC Report

6.1 Remaining New Proposals/Proposal Revisions
6.2 NC7 and NC1100 Budgets
6.3 NC Portfolio review/NRSP Report

Doug Buhler




Marshall Martin

2:05 pm


ESCOP Reports

7.1 Science and Technology Committee

7.2 Communication and Marketing Committee

7.3 Budget and Legislative Committee

Steve Pueppke,
Arlen Leholm, Wendy Wintersteen,
Steve Slack,
John Kirby

2:20 pm


CSREES and ARS reports

Brad Rein, CSREES

Terry Nelson, ARS

2:35 pm



Joe Colletti

2:45 pm


Rural Development Center Update

Joe Colletti

3:15 pm


Nominations Committee Report

Joe Colletti




Marc Linit, Arlen Leholm

3:30 pm


Other Announcements


3:35 pm


Potential Opportunities from the Farm Bill – move to large room to join NC Ag Deans.  Location TBD.

Steve Slack, Tom Payne, Extension representatives

4:30 pm





Item 5.2: NC506 Update

Presenter: Brendan Jordan

NC506 Media Strategy

June 10, 2008

Local and state media

1.       Sarah will either collect press releases from NC506 research teams or collect information from research teams and write press releases

2.       Sarah will coordinate with communications staff in NCBC member organizations to distribute press releases to local television, radio, newspapers, magazines, and websites.

National media

1.       Sarah will coordinate small tactical teams of interested communications staff in organizations that have already done some work/are looking to do work with national media

2.       Each team member will work to build rapport with editors/reporters in media of their choice in order to land stories in national television, radio, newspapers, magazines, and websites.

Tracking and follow-up

1.       Sarah will track results through Google News and write up periodic reports about how many stories we’ve landed on the web.

2.       Each team member is responsible to either follow up on his/her story or let Sarah know if s/he doesn’t have time and needs her to do it.


Research Release Dates


1.       Outputs, Local-level sustainability: GHG emissions and resource requirements (Ken Cassman)-

a.        BESS software journal publications: (i) June 08, general findings, (ii) July 08, co-product use component in cattle diets, (iii) ?, co-product use in dairy systems Aug 08, K Cassman)(

b.      Presentations at: (i) Iowa Bioeconomy Conf, Sept 08 (ii) Agronomy-Geological Soc mtgs Houston, Oct 08, (iii) BBI FEW, Nashville

c.       Contributions to EPA-RFS and CA-LCFS process for determining GHG emissions methods and values for corn-ethanol

2.       Regional-level sustainability (Randy Fortenberry)- Policy scenarios and outcomes, draft presented at Amer. Ag. Econ Mtgs, second week of August 08

3.       Outputs, Local-level sustainability: Contemporary ethanol plant efficiency study (Richard Perrin)- paper at Amer. Ag Econ Mtg, second wk Aug 08, other papers thereafter

4.       Co-product use and sustainability (Nate Mosier)- review article submitted, Aug 08

5.       Outputs local-level sustainability: social impacts (Cornelia Flora)-

a.       Two presentations at conferences in France

b.      Hoffman, M. and C.B. Flora. ‘The Impact of an Ethanol Plant on an Iowa Rural Community: An Exploratory Study Using the Community Capital Framework”.  Ann. meeting Agriculture, Food and Human Values Soc., New Orleans,  June 08

c.       Separate presentations by Flora, Tigges and Bell, Selfa, and Wright in a session on corn ethanol at the Rural Sociological Soc. Mtgs New Hampshire, July 08

d.      Separate presentations by Flora, Tigges, and Wright at the Biobased Industry Outlook Conference, Ames, IA September  8-9, 2008

6.       NC506: Next Phase Research Themes- Proposal due by Dec 1 2008 to Dick Straub

7.       Final Report- First draft due Nov 10, 2008 (Final draft: Randy Fortenberry)

Item 5.3:  ED Report on upcoming meetings

Presenter: Arlen Leholm


NCRA Spring Meeting at CIMMYT Discussion


Dates: March 31 to April 2, 2009

  • Arrive 3/30/2009
  • NCRA business meeting on 3/31 and the morning of 4/1
  • Meet with CIMMYT director (Tom Lumpkin)/scientists on afternoon of 4/1 – What topics would the NCRA like to discuss with them?  We need to be able to suggest some program ideas…..
  • Trip to pyramids on morning of April 2
  • Sonny will be arranging the Monarch butterfly trip – please let him know if you are interested
  • All lodging, meeting, and food costs for the evening of 3/30 through lunch on April 2 will be included in your registration fee.  If you are bringing a spouse, they will need to pay this registration fee as well, unless they plan to eat on their own.  Please note: CIMMYT does not accept credit cards.
  • Chris will adjust the fees as best she can, based on individual needs, but please remember to let her know what your plans are as soon as possible so we can reserve the space and meals in advance.

Action Taken: Committee assigned to design spring program:  Bill Ravlin, Sonny Ramaswamy, Gary Cunningham, Arlen Leholm, and Chris Hamilton

    Traverse City NCRA Agenda notes:

  • Fewer topics, more time for each
  • AA a big issue lead by Joe (20 min)
  • Energy White Paper - next steps



Item 6.0:  MRC Report

Presenter: Doug Buhler, 2008 MRC Chair


6.1 Remaining new proposals/revisions (for information only):


·         NC_temp211 (EFNEP Related Research, Program Evaluation and Outreach): Revisions approved.  Will become NC1169 on October 1, 2008 pending CSREES approval.


·         NC_temp206 (Nutrition and Management of Feedlot Cattle to Optimize Performance, Carcass Value and Environmental Compatibility): Revision addresses the MRC comments in an acceptable fashion, recommend approval as a coordinating committee. Will become NCCC208 on October 1, 2008.


·         NC_temp1902 (Agricultural Bioethics): The NC 1902 letter indicates that the committee is willing to address the recommendations and concerns of the MRC.  The MRC had agreed to ask for minor revisions to the project and that the committee become an NCCC rather than an NC group.  The recommendations were to be in place by the second year of the project.  I am in agreement that the committee has addressed the concerns of the MRC and I will monitor this as the new AA for the group. Will become NCCC209 on October 1, 2008.


6.2 FY2009 Budgets for off the top funded committees

  • Action Needed:  Approval of OTT project budgets

  • Action Taken: NC1100 Expires 9/09; NC7: Joe Colletti will develop a business plan by August 1, 2008 to address FY2009 budget concerns.  This plan will be distributed to the NC AES directors for action at the Traverse City NCRA meeting.

·         NC7:  $582,745; see detailed budget below

·         NC1100: $24,000; no change, see detailed budget below


6.3 Other MRC Issues

  •  Considerations for a detailed review of NC research portfolio next year?  There will be many more proposals to review next year than in 2008, so the MRC meeting may not be the most appropriate time for such a review.  Doug Buhler will come to the next meeting with a proposal for reviewing the portfolio.

  • NRSP Report (see next item):

Item 6.3.2: NRSP report

Presenter: Marshall Martin

NRSP Review Committee Recommendations

June 2008




$346,829 FY’09 budget recommended for approval.


Comments –

·         Important for One Solution Stakeholder Committee to stay engaged with REE policy makers and IT folks to make sure the databases are useful for universities as well as USDA and Congress.

·         Current project terminates Sep 30, 2010.




It is recommended that the NRSP-3 renewal proposal not be approved and that this activity be established as a multistate project that can be funded through MRF by participant AES’s and other sources.  The NRSP-3 group is commended for exemplifying the ideal of becoming self supporting.


Note: Disapproval of the NRSP-3 renewal proposal will automatically grant a one year extension for this project to Sep 30, 2009 with a budget of $50,000.


Comments –

·         Off-the-top funding is now less than 2%, an excellent example of decreasing dependency on this funding source.

·         NE region suggested this project become a multistate project with participating stations supporting the $50,000.

·         No compelling argument to keep this project as an NRSP and maintain a low level of funding.

·         Current project terminates Sep 30, 2008.




$481,182 FY’09 budget is recommended for approval.

Project extension to Sep 30, 2010 is recommended for approval.


Comments –

·         Specialty Crops Research Initiative is not designed to support this type of activity, so this funding still needs to come from off-the-top Hatch.

·         Project group should consider how they could reduce dependence on off-the-top funding when the renewal proposal and next 5-year budget are developed.

·         Current project terminates Sep 30, 2009.




Project extension to Sep 30, 2009 is recommended for approval.

$145,678 FY’09 budget is recommended for approval, if funds do not become available from the National Clean Plant Network.


Comments –

·         2008 Farm Bill includes mandatory funding for NRSP-5 activities through the National Clean Plant Network.

·         It appears these funds will be administered through APHIS, but it is not sure the funds will be available for FY’09, so off-the-top funding approval is needed to ensure continuation.

·         If it is learned that APHIS will provide funding for FY’09 prior to the ESS meeting, the off-the-top funding request will be withdrawn.

·         If APHIS provides funding during FY’09, the difference between that funding and the approved off-the-top will be returned to CSREES for redistribution to the SAES.

·         One year project extension is needed to allow off-the-top funding in ’09, if necessary.

·         Current project terminates Sep 30, 2008.




$110,000 FY’09 budget is recommended for approval and the National Plant Germplasm Coordinating Committee is requested to consider new ways to fund this by end of the current project.


Comments –

·         Request that the National Plant Germplasm Coordinating Committee take another look at whether or not this project should be funded in some other way through the National Plant Germplasm system.

·         As project is rewritten there needs to be a serious justification for off-the-top funding.

·         Current project terminates Sep 30, 2010.




$325,000 FY’09 budget is recommended for approval, minus any funds made available to this project in the FY’09 federal budget.


Comments –

·         Proposal for renewal of this project in 200 will have to show substantial funding from other sources, including industry, in order to be approved and funded.

·         Current project terminates on Sep 30, 2009.




The renewal project from Oct 1, 2009 to Sep 30, 2013 is recommended for approval.

$500,000 FY’09 budget is recommended for approval with the understanding that subsequent years’ funding be contingent on more details regarding other funding sources supporting the NRSP-8 activites and information on efforts to obtain funding from industry and other non-public sources.


Comments –

·         Need to include grants and other funding sources that support activities of this project in the FY’10 budget request to justify recommendation of this level of funding again.

·         Current project terminates Sep 30, 2008.




It is recommended that this new NRSP project proposal not be approved.  Any subsequent submission of this proposal should include a better justification of the activity as a NRSP, explaination of the priority need for this information and its use, and how this activity could support research on global climate change.


Comments –

·         Discussion at the spring regional meetings resulted in the following general opinions on this project proposal:

o        West favored approval and funding

o        Northeast was not favorable because the proposal did not justify the project as a NRSP and the deliverables from the activity are not a high priority need.

o        North Central was not in favor of approving this proposal and thought it was more suited to being established as a multistate project.

o        South did not favor approval because most stations not using this data and generally thought that the data collection should be supported by other agencies.


Action Requested:   Directors have an opportunity to provide input on the NRSP-RC recommendations to Marshall Martin who will take comments/concerns to the August NRSP-RC phone conference call.  A vote will be held during the national ESS meeting in Traverse City.



NC7 Project FY2009 Budget Request and Future Projections














Basic Budget

NC7   FY06


NC7     FY07


NC7      FY08 Proj

USDA-ARS FY09 Proj 2

NC7      FY09 Request 3

USDA-ARS  FY10 Proj 4

NC7   FY10 Proj5

NC7   FY11 Proj6


Personnel: salaried












Personnel: hourly




































Equipment and Supplies












Research Support Agreement












Specific Cooperative Agreements












Contracts and other Services












Repair & Maintenance












Offsets from Other Sources
























Base Funds




3,099,251 1




















1 Base funds include ~ $1.018 M in GEM Project CRIS and $2.1 M in PIRU CRIS Projects; PI CRIS flat since FY04





2 Projections shift student FTE supporting maize to the GEM CRIS Project, leaving 5.7 student FTE on PI CRIS to support all other crops


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


4 Reflects reduction of all student FTE on PIRU CRIS to zero; remaining funds will not support regenerations at FY04 activity level



5Reflects increase of 2.8% overall, 3.0% for salaries









6Reflects increase of 7.9% overall, 3.0% for salaries












                          Iowa State University Contribution to NCRPIS


































Facilities off-campus










Facilities on-campus










Farm residence



















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



7/1/08 to 6/30/09
   Administrative Secretary, Pam Cooper, .07 FTE ($50,488) $3,534
   1 Graduate Assistant, 1/4-time, M.S. Complete $9,720
Account Specialist/Administrative Secretary will coordinate teleconferences and travel and help with data entry.Grad Assistant will aid in gathering background literature review and data bases.   
ISU Travel $1,000
  NC1100 research group convenings (3 days, 2 nights/each) (1 person)   
      Airfare = $500  
      Housing = $400  
      Per diem = $40/day x 2.5 days = $100  
Teleconferences $346
Honorarium: Participant Travel $9,400
  New immigrants in rural areas research convening  
        8 people @ $800/each for travel and per diem $6,400
  Impacts of changing energy costs on rural hosueholds and communities convening  
        5 people @ $600 each for travel and per diem $3,000
TOTAL $24,000


Item 7.2:  Communications and Marketing Update (for information only)

Presenter:  Arlen Leholm


The System Communication and Marketing Plan



Despite the exciting discoveries and valuable extension programs at the State Agricultural Experiment Stations (AES) and Cooperative Extension Services (CES), support for their programs has not increased, in real terms, over the past 30 years. To remedy this situation, the System Communication and Marketing Implementation Committee recommended development of a System Communication and Marketing Plan (hereafter call the Plan) that includes an educational campaign aimed at raising the awareness of the System.


Who is involved?

The System Communication and Marketing Implementation Committee was formed to oversee and guide a coordinated and targeted educational effort to increase awareness of AES and CES. The System Implementation Committee is made up of one Senior Vice President, one dean from the College of Agriculture, the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) and Experiment Station Committee on Organization and Policy (ESCOP) Chairs, the ESCOP and ECOP Marketing Committee Chairs, one member each from Academic Programs Committee on Organization and Policy (ACOP) and International Programs Committee on Organization and Policy (ICOP), and staff from the regional associations and NASULGC. Academic and international programs are also included in this effort.



How do we build upon existing efforts to get better recognition of AES and CES and turn that into strategic support for our programs? The System Communication and Marketing Implementation Committee believes that earlier and repeated use of the media to educate and attract key stakeholders for the System’s programs is the best way to go forward. The Plan will build support at the local level and convert that support into explanations of and publicity for the national AES and CES system.


The System Communication and Marketing Plan proposes to identify key targets that will be the focus of this educational campaign. Marketing efforts will strategically target the right issue with the right champion.


Cornerstone and the Podesta Group

The Podesta Group has been hired to launch the Plan and its education campaign. Cornerstone will coordinate closely with the Podesta Group in this effort. Cornerstone is the System’s advocacy firm and Podesta is a nationally recognized marketing/public relations firm. There is no duplication of effort between Podesta and Cornerstone. Formal contracts and scopes of work have been executed with the Podesta Group and Cornerstone.



The Experiment Station Section has approved a three year annual assessment at the $300,000 level for this effort which will become available on July 1, 2008. The Cooperative Extension System has approved a $100,000 per year investment for three years in the System Marketing Plan. Extension will make the investment in the System Marketing plan from their existing funds. 


System Communication and Marketing Plan: Proposed Metrics



State Agricultural Experiment Stations (AES) and Cooperative Extension Services (CES) seek to improve the understanding and knowledge among key stakeholders and the general public of the exciting discoveries and valuable extension programs at Land Grant Universities.  The goal of this System Communication and Marketing Plan’s (hereafter called the Plan) public education campaign is to utilize compelling message materials and strategically and politically targeted public relations activities to develop new advocates and create a climate of support for our programs.  In order to ensure the effectiveness of the campaign, the System Communication and Marketing Implementation Committee (SCMIC) will monitor the specific outcomes and actions of each component of the educational campaign and will receive regular reports on the progress of the various components of the campaign.   


Accountability and Coordination

The progress of the Plan will be monitored through written quarterly reports to SCMIC which will culminate in a year end report prior to the NASULGC annual meeting.  Reports will detail the number of impressions and outcomes generated by the campaign and specific actions taken by the target audiences.  Reports will include quantitative analysis of outcomes and actions, including listings of the following: 


  • Rationale for targeting of specific stakeholders for education campaign
  • Press clippings, public statements, letters to the editor, op-eds, newsletter submissions, testimonials;
  • Contacts with trade, regional and national media, conference calls and meetings with system officials;
  • University system event planning and tracking, research and extension story development, e-newsletter copy development and distribution;


In addition, the Podesta Group will closely coordinate all marketing activities with the SCMIC, appropriate Land Grant system officials and Cornerstone Government Affairs.


Development and Deployment of Messaging Materials

The Plan will generate compelling messaging materials that highlight the unique services and value provided by the research, extension, teaching and international entities at Land Grant Universities.  The development of materials will be monitored by the SCMIC and done in concert with relevant officials from various Land Grant institutions and Cornerstone Government Affairs.  These materials will be used in our communication efforts with members of the media, stakeholders, the public and target audiences.  Message materials will be utilized regularly in a quarterly e-newsletter and will be designed to highlight unique extension and research activities. 


Targeted Grassroots Public Relations

The SCMIC will identify key targets that will be the focus of this Plan.  Where possible, we will tailor specific events or utilize existing relevant events at Land Grant institutions to match research, extension, teaching or international activities with the interests and priorities of target audience members.  These events will be scheduled quarterly and will be aggressively marketed to the local media with goal of securing several favorable impressions with the target audience for each visit that is conducted. 



The crux of the Plan is a two fold strategy of developing and regularly deploying compelling message materials and strategically targeted grassroots public relations events with the target audiences.  Both of these strategies are to be regularly executed on a quarterly basis.  The extent and effectiveness of the impressions generated by these activities will be tracked and analyzed in regular reports to the SCMIC.



Item 10.0:  Rural Development Center Update (for information only)

Presenter: Joe Colletti


North Central Regional Center for Rural Development


Recent Accomplishments


·         The NCRCRD is leading the community impact of corn ethanol plants for NC-506, and is taking on the coordination of the NC-506 to put together the permanent regional project proposal and proposals for mandatory funding in the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008

·         The NCRCRD is leading the eXtension Community of Practice in small meat processing and community development

·         The NCRCRD developed a prototype handbook for niche meat processors that links the processor and community to the multiple networks necessary for food safety, licensing, credit, zoning, marketing and other key socio-economic-political structures critical for capturing wealth locally. 

·         Collaborative work on food and fitness These efforts, which began with our work with the California Endowment, are part of the Healthy Eating Active Living Convergence Partnership.  We are supplying key evaluation support around the critical elements of social, cultural and political capital necessary to move these efforts for healthy local food systems forward. 

·         Native Peoples The NCRCRD is working closely with FALCON, the First Americans Land-grant College Organization & Network, the Native American coach for the Northwest Area Foundation’s Horizons program, and the Hopi tribe in action research around traditional crops and foods and Menomonee tribe on indicators for sustainable tribal colleges.  NCRCRD staff present papers that link us to Tribal College scholars at appropriate Native American conferences.

·         The NCRCRD organized a multi-state research group to address the contributions of immigrants to rural communities and the impact of the ICE raids on rural communities and collaborated with a variety of regional and national groups to share the research results to help inform local, state and national policy.  That has led to an NRI grant and planned regional convening to lead to a combined research and extension project.

·         The NCRCRD is working with a group of 4-H educators to design a study on the impact of 4-H in building social capital and impacting community capitals.

·         The NRI project on community impacts of leadership programs facilitated by the NCRCRD that includes Missouri, Illinois, and Ohio began data gathering and promises to provide needed science-based guidance on how leadership programs can more effectively increase community assets and capacity.

·         Provide leadership for the ESCOP Social Science Subcommittee as liaison to the ESCOP Science and Technology Committee and will construct, administer and analyze an assessment of the priorities for ESCOP, collaborating with ECOP.

·         Organizes entrepreneurial community capacity building in the region through participation in the eXtension Entrepreneurship Community of Practice.

·         Facilitate research on environmental causes of obesity, particularly related to local food systems and active recreation, including participation in a regional NRI proposal lead by the University of Missouri.

·         Participates in a national group on outcome based conservation as a rural development issue.



Major Sources of Funding FY 2008


USDA/CSREES – line item integrated project


            NC SARE

Agricultural Research Service

Natural Resource Conservation Service

USDA Economic Research Service

NC Experiment Station Directors (off the top funding)


NC Extension Directors (each state invests individually)

Iowa State University


College of the Menominee Nation

Private Foundations and Not for Profit Organizations

Heifer, International

W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Nebraska Community Foundation

National Rural Funders Collaborative

Wisconsin Community Foundation

Winrock, International

Iowa Department of Natural Resources


Action Requested: Development of NCBC Plan of work and budget for action at the Traverse City meeting.  Committee:  Joe Colletti, Sonny Ramaswamy, Arlen Leholm

Item 11.0:  Nominations Committee report (action requested)

Presenter: Joe Colletti


Approval of Bill Ravlin as Steve Pueppke’s replacement on the ESCOP Science and Tech Committee for FY2009


AA Vacancies and Distribution within the NC region:  As you are aware, we have several AA positions coming open this summer, but have not had much luck finding volunteers to take on these roles.  Upon updating the AA Nominations By State document, it came to our attention that the distribution of these responsibilities is quite uneven, ranging from 2 to 18 – even when the smallest institutions with the fewest resources are removed from consideration.  By updating this list and increasing our candidate pool, we hope to narrow this gap and recruit volunteers to lead the available projects.  This document is now available on-line here


Some suggestions for helping alleviate the AA shortage include:


  1. Formalizing the addition of Extension leaders into our candidate pool, especially for ERA’s. 
  2. Have the MRC re-evaluate our research portfolio and see if there are any projects that could be combined or simply not renewed after their next termination date.
  3. Require all new projects to have an AA on board prior to NCRA approval.  We feel that project’s require strong leadership to succeed, so having a willing AA is important for a new project in particular.
  4. Encourage more department heads and chairs to volunteer for open AA positions.  This should help take the strain off directors and others and also reduce the number of projects without AAs.
  5. Consider allowing tenured professors to take on AA and/or co-AA roles, at the discretion of each station director.  This would increase our pool as well as provide these individuals and opportunity to become more involved with multi-state research.


Action requested: 

  1. Please communicate our need for assistance to your institutions’ extension staff.  Providing them with a brief description of AA time commitments and general scope of what being an AA for an NCERA would greatly assist the nominations committee when they need to find volunteers. 
  2. Let us know if you agree with adding points 3 and 4 above to our current AA guidelines.  The current guidelines are included at the end of this brief.
  3. Any assistance in finding AA’s for the following is greatly appreciated. Please let Chris and the nominating committee (Joe, 2008; Sarah and Doug, 2009) know if there are any volunteers.  Thanks to John Baker from MI for volunteering to take over NCAC2.


NC1019: Control of Emerging and Re-emerging Poultry Respiratory Diseases in the United States (re-write due 12/2008)

NCCC206: Nutrition and Management of Feedlot Cattle to Optimize Performance, Carcass Value and Environmental Compatibility (under revision, current AA plans to step down after renewal is complete)
NCERA190: Increased Efficiency of Sheep Production (re-write due 12/2008)
NC1021: Nitrogen Cycling, Loading, and Use Efficiency in Forage-Based Livestock Production Systems (re-write due 12/2008)
NCERA199: Implementation and Strategies for National Beef Cattle Genetic Evaluation



NCRA AA Guidelines and Training

Updated:  May 29, 2008

Colored text indicates recent change


  1. Introduction
    1. The NCRA has experience a good amount of turnover in the past year. 
    2. The NCRA Multistate Research Committee makes many of the same comments on mistakes/revisions that need to be reviewed with everyone in an AA role.
    3. There are many updates within NIMSS and on the forms. 
    4. Note the Helpful Links located at the end of this agenda. 


  1. Who is eligible to be an AA?
    1. Administrative Advisors should preferably be associated with a North Central State Agricultural Experiment Station (SAES). 
    2. An AA may be ANY current or previous director, associate director, or assistant director in research, extension and/or academic programs.  Deans and Associate Deans may serve as AAs. Department Chairs/Heads may also serve as AAs.  Potential AAs also include those who have completed the ESCOP/ACOP Leadership Development program.  It is preferable that they have experience with Multistate Research Processes including experience as committee members and familiarity with the regional Multistate Research Guidelines.  The above statements apply to extension directors as well.
    3. If the situation calls for it, the NCRA may consider assigning a co-advisor to a committee in addition to an assigned Administrative Advisor.  Co-advisors may be required when the primary AA of an MRF project is a department head/or chair.  The co-advisor would oversee the functions of the primary AA.  At the station director’s approval, this co-advisor could be a full professor with an interest in leading a multi-state project. 
    4. It is preferable that an Administrative Advisor was not an immediately past participant on the project for which he/she is being considered.
    5. Many AAs, with the exception of department chairs/heads, will serve as AA to at least two regional projects, providing the advantage of reducing the learning curve and endorsing economies of scale in advising.
    6. Terms begin immediately following appointment of the new Administrative Advisor.

Action requested:  Please study the AA/Nominations Committee notes above for action at Traverse City meeting

Item 12.0: Resolutions: (action requested: please sign our resolution plaque for Forrest)

Presenter: Arlen Leholm


A Resolution of Appreciation to

Dr. Forrest G. Chumley

Associate Director, Agricultural Experiment Stations

Kansas State University


WHEREAS, Forrest Chumley has recently left his position as Associate Director of the Agricultural Experiment Station at Kansas State University; a position he held since 2001; and


WHEREAS, Forrest has had a distinguished career as scholar and administrator in both the public and private sectors in positions ranging from a school teacher in the inter-city of Baltimore to principal investigator of large research teams at DuPont Company; and


WHEREAS, Forrest has made numerous important contributions to the discipline of Molecular Biology, including his early work studying the molecular genetics of host-pathogen interactions focused on rice blast disease that resulted in discoveries that served as a basis for business-focused R&D programs in Ag and Central Research at DuPont; and


WHEREAS, he led a team of 45 principal investigators and support scientists conducting research on the assessment of the environmental fate and impact of xenobiotics, as well as the development of new technology for environmental remediation and industrial wastewater cleanup; and


WHEREAS, under his leadership at DuPont a Target-Directed Discovery Program using structural and mechanistic information about molecular targets, together with combinatorial chemistry and high throughput screening resulted in development of several areas of active chemistry that contributed to high-value crop protection chemicals; and


WHEREAS, Forrest rose in the ranks at DuPont to serve as Manager of Biotechnology Partnerships and Alliances with universities and biotechnology companies focused on genomics and related enabling technologies; and


WHEREAS, his eclectic background in the public and private sector prepared him to make unique contributions to the Agricultural Experiment Stations in Kansas, the North Central Region and across the USA; and


WHEREAS, Forrest’s role as research leader and administrator at Kansas State University advanced research capacities at Kansas and beyond, and his leadership in NCRA and in the newly created NCBC was exemplary; and


FURTHER, the unique private sector knowledge he possessed made him a valuable and highly sought resource for researchers and research administrators throughout the USA; and  


THEREFORE, the NCRA hereby expresses its appreciation, respect and sincere thanks to Forrest Chumley for his dedication, leadership, and impact on advancing research that has improved the lives of people throughout the world.



Item 14.0: Farm Bill Opportunities (discussion)

Presenter:  Steve Slack, Tom Payne, Extension Representatives


Four significant research initiatives were included in the 2008 Farm Bill: Organic Agriculture ($78M), Specialty Crops Research ($230M), New Farmer/Rancher ($75M), and Biomass Research and Development ($118M).  The total mandatory funding allocated for 2008 through 2012 is indicated in parentheses, however, the Specialty Crop Research Initiative is the only one with mandatory funding for 2008 ($30M).  The Specialty Crop Research Initiative is a research and extension initiative including 1) breeding and genetics for crop improvement, 2) pest and disease threats, 3) production efficiency and profitability, 4) new innovations and technology, and 5) mitigation of food safety issues in fresh and processed foods.  There is an institutional match requirement of funds or in-kind support required at a 1:1 level.  The ESCOP executive directors coordinated a survey with pest management and production receiving the highest priority.  All program funds will be awarded competitively; the newly approved indirect cost rate of 22% (~29% per NSF formula) will be in effect.  The Biomass Research and Development Initiative will be coordinated by the Secretaries of Agriculture and Energy, a Board will be established as will a Technical Advisory Committee.  The TAC has 13 member areas identified, several of which could be filled by LGC faculty.


A Farm Bill Implementation Assistance Committee chaired by D. C. Coston has been appointed by the BAA to assist Undersecretary Gale Buchanan.