MINUTES

NORTH CENTRAL REGIONAL ASSOCIATION OF STATE AGRICULTRUAL EXPERIMENT STATION DIRECTORS

One Hundred Sixty-Sixth Meeting

March 11-13, 2003

Kansas City, MO

 

Tuesday, March 11, 2003 (8:00 am - 5:00 pm)

Multistate Research Committee Meeting

 

Wednesday, March 12, 2003 (8:00 am - 5:00 pm) (Breakfast 7:00 am-8:00am; Lunch 12:00pm - 1:00pm)

1.0 Call to Order and Introductions - Phil Larsen

Present: Mary Ann Lila (IL); Marshall Martin (IN); Wendy Wintersteen, Cornelia Flora (IA); Forrest Chumley (KS); Gary Lemme, Bridget Behe (MI); Philip Larsen, Bert Stromberg, Sarah Greening (MN); Tom Payne, John Gardner, Ken Schneeberger, John Poehlman (MO); Darrell Nelson, Dale Vanderholm, Nancy Betts (NE); Virginia Clark-Johnson (ND); David Benfield, Bill Ravlin, John Allred (OH); Kevin Kephart (SD); Margaret Dentine (WI); Wade Gordon (Tribal Colleges); Mary Ann Rozum (CSREES); Darrell Cole (USDA/ARS); Robert Ziegler (KSU and Diagnostic Networks); Beth Nelson (Midwest Poultry Consortium), Daryl Lund (Executive Director, NCRA), Nicole Nelson (NCRA Office)

2.0 Approval of the September 2002 Minutes - Phil Larsen (Available at http://www.wisc.edu/ncra/Sept2002.htm) Approved

3.0 Adoption of Agenda Approved

4.0 Executive Committee Report and Interim Actions of the Chair - Phil Larsen

5.0 Executive Director's Report - Daryl Lund

5.1 Activities since September 2002

5.2 NIMSS Update and Discussion

5.2.1NIMSS Job Jar available at http://www.wisc.edu/ncra/NIMSSjobjar.htm.)

5.3 National Coalition for Food and Agricultural Research (C-FAR) Membership ('02 Update available at www.wisc.edu/ncra/CFAR.doc)

5.4 Other

6.0 Diagnostic Networks - Robert Ziegler (KSU)

(Please see http://www.gpdn.org/Information/Marketing/ for more information on the Great Plains Diagnostic Networks)

7.0 Midwest Poultry Consortium - Beth Nelson

8.0 Sun Grant Initiative - Kevin Kephart

9.0 ESCOP Report - Daryl Lund

10.0 Agriculture Security - Phil Larsen

10.1 National Institute for Agriculture Security - Darrell Nelson

10.2 Select Agent Registration - Report from each SAES - Margaret Dentine

10.2.1 The new biosecurity recommendations for working with select agents can be accessed at http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr5119a1.htm

10.2.2 A good page for more information is available at American Society of Microbiology. It includes a link to the Federal Register and other documents http://www.asmusa.org/pasrc/selectagent121720regalert.htm

11.0 Multistate Research Committee - Margaret Dentine

 

Executive Session (5pm)

NCRA Office FY '04 Budget - Phil Larsen, Margaret Dentine, Daryl Lund

ED Annual Report - Phil Larsen, Daryl Lund

 

Thursday, March 13, 2003 (8:00 am - 12:00 pm) (Breakfast 7:00 am-8:00 am)

12.0 Update on Tribal colleges in the North Central Region - Wade Gordon

13.0 Report from each SAES on Budget: Current Situation and Strategies for Managing Budgets - Phil Larsen

(Each state will provide updates at the July 2003 meeting)

14.0 ARS Report - Darrell Cole, Associate Area Director

15.0 CSREES Report -Mary Ann Rozum

16.0 Nominations Committee Report - Bert Stromberg

17.0 Resolutions - Marshall Martin

18.0 Other

19.0 Announcements - Phil Larsen

    • North Central Regional Summer Meeting - Purdue University - West Lafayette, Indiana - July 9-11, 2003
    • All COPs/ESCOP meeting - Jersey City, NJ - July 20-23, 2003
    • ESS Meeting, SAES/ARD Directors Workshop, North Central Regional Fall Meeting - Michigan State University - Deerborn, Michigan - September 22-24, 2003
    • NASULGC Annual Meeting - New Orleans, LA - November16-18, 2003

20.0 Summary and Review of Assignments - Phil Larsen

 

 


AGENDA BRIEFS:

 

5.0 Executive Director's Report - Daryl Lund

5.1 Activities since September 2002

October

Facilitated meeting of National Multistate Coordinating Committee in Madison

Participated in AA training sessions

Food and Society Coordinating Committee conference call

Contributor to Food Technology Trends in Food Research

IFT Committee on Science, Communications and Government Relations

November

NIMSS Oversight Committee conference call

F/S Initiative NIH Directors meeting

NIAS conference call

NASULGC Annual Meeting-Chicago

Visit AES Iowa State

IFT Task Force on Member Benefits

AA training session

December

New Directors Workshop-Wash DC

AA training session

January

Role of IT in Education Conference-Okinawa, JP

Rutgers Food Science Advisory Council-New Brunswick, NJ

NCRA Executive Comm conference call

February

NIAS Bd of Directors-Wash DC

NIMSS Oversight Committee

BAC conference call

NIAS conference call

MRC conference call

March

CARET meeting-Crystal City, VA

NIAS Bd of Directors meeting-Wash DC

ESCOP meeting-Wash DC

NCRA Spring meeting-Kansas City, MO

Monthly teleconference calls for the ESCOP Chair's Advisory Committee and the Food and Society Initiative Coordinating Committee. Developed the final draft of the NRSP Guidelines. Developed the final draft of the ballot to the directors for an assessment.

5.2 NIMSS Update and Discussion

The NIMSS Oversight Committee has created a job jar and has prioritized the improvements needed in NIMSS. The NERA Office is making steady progress in completing the tasks. The Oversight Committee recommended to ESCOP that the overall responsibility for NIMSS be placed within the agenda of NRSP-1 since NIMSS needs to be integrated as much a possible with existing and ultimate data systems on SAES/ARD research.

5.3 National Coalition for Food and Agricultural Research (C-FAR) Membership ('02 Update available at www.wisc.edu/ncra/CFAR.doc)

The NCRA Office has received the bill for continued membership in NC-FAR. Most notable within NC-FAR is the resignation of Terry Wolf and Joe Coffey, both primary movers within the organization. ESCOP has elected to renew its membership in NCFAR. Our membership dues last year were $1000. According to the membership categories, we could pay $500.

Action Requested: Provide membership dues to NC-FAR

Action Taken: The NCRA approved another year's membership in the National Coalition for Food and Agriculture Research. We are contributing as an Affiliate Member at $1,000.

 

5.4 Other

5.4.1 Announcements:

o        Station directors need to input their project participants.

o        The AA virtual handbook is excellent. Use it.

o        SAES-422 forms or minutes are required of all NC, NCR, NCA, NC 500 and NRSP projects.

o        The NCRA Office is operating at peak efficiency with the new Administrative Assistant.

5.4.2Indirect Cost Recovery Cap on USDA Grants

Daryl Lund will forward the Council on Government Relations attachments from Mort Neufville to the NCRA. These documents pertain to USDA competitive grants and removal of the ICR cap. The university presidents have requested removal of the ICR cap through correspondence with OMB.

5.4.3 Impact Statements

Daryl Lund will work with the NCRA Executive Committee on a process to develop impact statements on at least one project in each area of the BAC budget request for CSREES (Food Safety and Security; Food and Health; Environment).

Also, see Western Region Impacts website located at www.ag.unr.edu/wri. This will be posted on the NCRA homepage.

5.4.4 NCRA Strategic Plan

NCRA Strategic Plan Analysis - The NCRA office will analyze the NCRA strategic plan using RPA, SOI, and FOS analysis. The analysis will be shared with the MRC at the NCRA Summer Meeting.

5.4.5 NCRA Survey on Use of Hatch Money

The NCR Office will conduct a survey of the NCRA stations on policies and distribution they have for Hatch money including multistate research funding.

5.4.6 Leveraged Funds from Multistate Projects

The NCRA Office will work with the MRC to develop a reporting request for NC, NCR and NCT projects to describe leveraging MRF.

 


8.0 Sun Grant Initiative - Kevin Kephart

8.1 Reintroduction of the authorization language:

An authorization bill (83016) was introduced Sept. 30, 2002. The sponsor was Daschle (SD) and was cosponsored by Johnson (SD), Smith (OR), Cleland (GA), Clinton (NY), and Bayh (IN). Because if inaction by the 107th Congress, the bill will need to be reintroduced; however, there is no specific timeline for reintroduction that's been conveyed by Sen. Daschle.

8.2 FY03 Special Grant

The special grant for planning purposes has once again been awarded at $560,000. The work that has been proposed for this special grant includes:

- an assessment of federal and non-federal roadmaps for the purpose of identifying niches for the SGI. This effort will be conducted by selected faculty. Guidance is requested on a nomination process.

- A series of stakeholder workshops in Washington DC and an SGI Biobased Bioenergy Science and Education Exhibition/Reception on Capitol Hill

A key common theme here is broader faculty involvement and all three of these could be linked together.

8.3 An SGI advocate

Terry Nipp of AESOP Enterprises has been brought n board as an advocate. Terry has been very active as a lobbyist for land-grant issues for several years. He's also been knowledgeable of the SGI for as long as anyone and he's very committed to the idea.

8.4 I'm still working on the final report and will distribute when I can.

 

 


9.0 ESCOP Report - Daryl Lund

ESCOP met September 23 in Baltimore (http://www.escop.msstate.edu/minutes/exec1102.htm),

November 11 in Chicago (http://www.escop.msstate.edu/minutes/exec1102.htm)

and March 4-5 in Washington DC (http://www.escop.msstate.edu/minutes/min3-03.htm).

Actions taken:

Multiple Activity Program (MAPs) - The Multiple Activity Programs Initiative was officially dissolved after CSREES confirmed that funding for integrated activity could be accepted by CSREES within the current Hatch and Smith-Lever funding and reporting systems.

National Institute of Agricultural Security - See the separate report by Darrell Nelson the NCRA representative on the Board of Directors.

Assessments - During discussions of funding it became clear that there are several activities in which ESCOP is engaged which will require funding. These include further development of NIMSS ($30000), communications and marketing ($20000) and potential advocacy beyond that supported by the BAC Blue Ribbon Team ($50000). The ESCOP had originally proposed that the membership be polled to determine if they would support an assessment at 50% of last year's rate. Further discussion in the Chair's Advisory Committee lowered the rate to 25% of last year's rate. A ballot was sent to EES membership and the assessment was approved 28 to 10. The assessment was included in the 2003-04 assessment bill sent to the deans in February.

Action Taken: The NCRA will send a letter to Bob Moser describing the problems the assessments over the past year; the letter will be signed by Phil Larsen.

Committee on Committees - The CoC recommended that no changes should be made in the ESCOP committee structure or charges at the present time. The activities of the committees complement the activity within BAA and provide valuable analysis to the SAES/ARD system. It was adopted that the name of the Advocacy and Marketing Committee be changed to Communication and Marketing Committee.

NRSP Guidelines - The NRSP Guidelines were approved by ESS and submitted to CSREES. They are currently undergoing review within the organization.

BAA Policy Board - The Policy Board has established two standing committee: The Budget and Advocacy Committee (chaired by Tom Payne) and the Farm Bill Committee (chaired by Jeffrey Armstrong). ESCOP has recommended SAES/ARD directors for each of the Farm Bill subcommittees (Conservation - Henry Vaux (CA, henry.vaux@ucop.edu); Rural Development - Alfred Parks(Prairie View A&M, alfred_parks@pvamu.edu); Energy - Kevin Kephart (SD, kkephart@abs.sdstate.edu); Research and Education - Bill Brown (LA, bbrown@agctr.lsu.edu); Forestry - Bruce Wiersma (ME, wiersma@apollo.umenfa.maine.edu); Steering Committee - Daryl Lund (NCRA ED, dlund@cals.wisc.edu).

FYI - Ian Maw has accepted the position of ED for ACOP replacing Al Lingg next July. Tom Fretz and Dan Rossi are the two finalists for the NERA Ed position. The EDs will be attending (usually via teleconference) staff meetings of Mort Neufville at NASULGC. Mike Harrington (ED Western Region) will be attending BAA Policy Board meetings and teleconferences. Daryl Lund will be attending BAC meetings and teleconferences.

 

 


10.1 National Institute for Agriculture Security - Darrell Nelson

Background Information:

In October 2001, the ESCOP Chair appointed a special task force to address agri-security issues. Over the next several months, the task force met with representatives of USDA-ARS, USDA-APHIS, Department of Justice, federal intelligence agencies and private security contractors to discuss security needs for agricultural experiment stations and for the U.S. food supply. The outcome from these discussions was the proposal to form the National Institute for Agricultural Security as a 501(C)3 not for profit company. The proposal was approved by ESCOP and the Policy Board of the Board on Agriculture Assembly during mid 2002. In recent months, the corporation bylaws have been written and approved and a filing for 501(C)3 status in the state of Maryland is pending. AESOP Enterprises has been hired to represent NIAS with federal agencies and Congress.

The purpose of the NIAS is to enhance the security of the nation's food and agricultural system utilizing the national network of the AES system which includes more than 7,500 scientists. Major activities of NIAS are: (1) organize meetings of experts to develop scientifically sound information on agricultural security issues, (2) facilitate identification of critical research needs,

(3) provide scientific support for law enforcement and intelligence communities including classified threat assessments, possible interventions, and appropriate training activities, (4) produce targeted briefings and policy recommendations on agricultural security issues and (5) facilitate the exchange of information on agricultural security developments. Other NIAS support services include advising on research site security; certification of site security measures; facilitation of background checks and security clearances for faculty, staff and students; information security; and education and training programs.

More information about NIAS is available at the following URL: http://agriculturalsecurity.homestead.com

 


 

13.0 Reports from each SAES on Budgets

It was suggested that topics for future "sharing activities" include contracting for services, AES as potential contractors for USDA/ARS services, and e-business with CSREES.

 


 14.0 ARS Report Darrell Cole

Dr. Cole provided a spreadsheet that showed where the FY 2003 Budget Increases were going to ARS locations in the NCR.   Discussion was held on some specific items as to how they were added to the ARS budget. Also, discussion about the role of ARS in cooperative research for some of the Congressional priority projects. Dr. Cole indicated that the FY 2004 Presidential Budget was being modified and that some projects in the NCR would be impacted i.e. redirection to administration priorities, termination etc.

 

A discussion was held about the ARS requirement to track visitors that came into space assigned to ARS at universities and ARS owned facilities.   A copy of Dr. Kniplings memo was provided to the NCR representatives.

 


15.0 CSREES Report - Mary Ann Rozum

Lab security reports-Gary Cunningham from CSREES will follow up to get written reports on the lab inspections at universities for homeland security. Ernie Hirashi? From USDA is the contact. It may take a couple weeks.

Integrated multi-state audits will not have a major impact on states if they followed CSREES national guidance. If CSREES guidance was wrong, they will take responsibility.

CSREES House hearings are occurring tomorrow. They are expected to be difficult. EEO is an issue with USDA. There are l6 class action suits, and cases are behind schedule.

The new NRI supplemental RFA is expected out as early as April. Topics to be covered are animal genomics for $l5 million, graduate and post graduate higher education grants linked to animal genomics and bio-informatics for $8-l0 million, behavior of nutrition on obesity, air quality focusing on PM 10 and 2.5 and natural events such as wildfire smoke, animal and plant disease homeland security diagnostics, value-added food, and nano-technology. Up to 20% of the total NRI MAY (not shall) be used for integrated IFAFS-like projects. The criteria will be spelled out in the RFA.

There is $2.5 million for critical issues such as a new disease response, which can be carried over to another year if no outbreak occurs.

The Natural Resources Conservation Service has a newly authorized program called Conservation Innovation Grants, which is a subset of the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP). Rumored amounts are $33 million for next fiscal year to conduct field-testing and on-farm research of promising new technologies, but new research will not be funded. The program requires a 50% nonfederal cash match. CSREES is negotiating to possibly conduct the competitive process for NRCS. This program will be a subset of EQIP for the life of the farm bill.

 

 


18.0 Other

18.1 2004 Spring NCRA Meeting Planning Committee Report - Sarah Greening, Wendy Wintersteen, Gary Lemme

With the goal of exploring interregional research opportunities, the NCRA 2004 spring meeting planning committee proposes holding next year's meeting in Orlando, FL and inviting the SRA to hold a joint meeting at a time of mutual agreement. D. Lund is asked to contact the SRA with this offer prior to the SRA 2003 meeting.

Proposed Agenda:

Monday - MRC meeting

Monday evening - Joint reception with SRA

Tuesday A.M. - Joint meeting on interregional cooperation and topics of mutual interest

Tuesday lunch - Joint with SRA

Tuesday P.M. - Concurrent NCRA and SRA meetings

Wednesday A.M. - Concurrent NCRA and SRA meetings

This committee is willing to work with Daryl and Nikki on meeting logistics.

 

18.2 The BAA-BAC website is now working: http://www.nasulgc-bac.com/

18.3 Missouri Commercialization Analysis (handout provided by John Gardner)

 


19.0 Announcements

    • 2003 NCRA Summer Meeting, Purdue University

Marshall Martin provided a tentative schedule of events and discussion followed.