REEport will become NIFA’s singular grant and formula project reporting system, building on and replacing the existing CRIS web forms system. REEport will utilize the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR), a standard progress report format that all Federal research agencies will be required to use. Information about the deployment of the production version of REEport will be released through this webpage, REEport newsletters, and Reporting Web Conferences. Information about REEport and guidance documents can be found on the NIFA REEport Implementation website.
On March 6, 2013, the Southern Association of Agricultural Experiment Station Directors and the Association of Southern Regional Extension Directors released a comprehensive report, “Impact and Innovation of Agbioscience in the Southern United States: The Importance of the Southern Region’s Land‐grant Extension Service and Experiment Station System.”
This report was developed by the Battelle Technology Partnership Practice and BioDimensions for the universities in the southern region:
Auburn University • Clemson University • Louisiana State University • Mississippi State University • North Carolina State University • Oklahoma State University • Texas A&M University • University of Arkansas • University of Florida • University of Georgia • University of Kentucky • University of Puerto Rico • University of Tennessee • University of the
Virgin Islands • Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
Click here to read or download the full report.
A portfolio of impact statements for Multistate Research Projects that ended in 2011 or 2012 is now available (NOTE: Some 2012 terminating projects are not included because impact statements have not yet been finalized).
Background on the Impact Reporting Effort
Effective communications of research outcomes is crucial to maintaining as well as building support for such programs. In order to effectively communicate impacts and outcomes of the multistate research program in each region, the NSRP001 Management Committee committed funds to support the hiring of a professional writer to prepare impact statements for all terminating multistate research/coordination projects, including NRSPs, to communicate the importance of Land Grant Universities and the funding required to sustain and grow the Agricultural Experiment Stations and Extension to the general electorate and influential leaders of America and American agriculture.
Since July 2012, the impact writer has designed a template for publishing Impact Statements that is visually appealing and facilitates comprehension, completed 42 impact statements for Multistate Research and National Research Support Projects that terminated in 2011 and 2012, helped to develop an archiving system for impact statements in NIMSS, and written several press releases and stories for the media to promote key outcomes and milestones reached by multistate research project teams. Completed impact statements are now regularly published on regional website and are promoted by AgIsAmerica via their web page (www.AgIsAmerica.org) and social media.
The Western Joint Summer Deans & Directors Meeting will be held in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho at the Coeur d’Alene Resort on July 15-17, 2013. Hotel reservation can be made by calling Reservations at 800-688-5253. Reserve your reduced rate rooms by June 3, 2013 especially if you plan to arrive early. Room rates are Lake Tower – $319/night and Park Tower – $269/night.
The following link is a video about the resort and summer activities in the area: http://youtu.be/1StBkhwsdRM
The Coeur d’Alene Resort has been rated as one of the “Best Hotels in the World” by Travel & Leisure. You can enjoy golf, lake cruises, eagle-watching, 80-miles of bike trails through railroad tunnels and wildlife-filled wilderness.
For more details about the meeting, go to www.uidaho.edu/WJSDD. More information will be added to the website throughout the coming months.
The theme of the 2013 summer meeting will be Partnerships: Public and Private.
The House Agricultural Committee is in the process of conducting Farm Bill hearings in several states, but none west of Dodge City, Kansas. On April 3, 2012, the Western Association of Agricultural Experiment Station Directors, which represents the agricultural experiment stations at the Land Grant Universities in the West, wrote a letter to key representatives on the House Ag Committee asking them to schedule Farm Bill hearings in the West because the Dodge City, KS location is “…quite inconvenient for producers and other interested parties from western states wishing to attend. Attention to the research and policy needs of the West should be afforded the same consideration as other regions of the Nation.”
The 13 western states and the Pacific Trust Territories represent 50% of the U.S. land area; cover more than 25% of the globe and, according to the latest data from the National Agricultural Statistic Service, accounts for 23.1% of the value of all crops. More than 400 different commodities, most of which are specialty crops, are commercially produced in the West. Examples include:
- Four western states (CA, WA, OR and ID) produce 64% of the value of specialty crop production of the top ten specialty crop producing states.
- California (#1) and Oregon (#3) account for more than 40% of the total value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod production in the U.S.
- Western states account for over 50% of the total value of U.S. milk/dairy product sales; California is #1 and Idaho is 5th.
- Three western states (CA, OR, WA) produce more than 71% of all fruit grown in the U.S. with a value exceeding $13.7 billion.
- California was the largest producer of horticultural crops with over $2.3 billion in sales in 2009; almost twice as much as the next largest state, Florida ($1.3 billion), Oregon ranked third at $791 million
- Three western states, CO, CA and WY ranked 2nd, 3rd and 6th in sheep sales.
- More than a half of all U.S. organic sales is grown in California (38.4%), Washington (9.3%) and Oregon (5.2%)