Regional Priorities (2012 – Present)

Since 2012, the Western Association of Experiment Station Directors (WAAESD) and the Western Extension Directors Association (WEDA) have conducted several surveys of their memberships to determine the most pressing issues, needs, and opportunities. Below we provide each of these previous priorities surveys for reference.

2012 Surveys:

2013 Surveys:

2013 Western Region Teaching Symposium

The 2013 Western Region Teaching Symposium will be held September 13 & 14, 2013 at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, WY.  New this year, you can attend the Western Region Teaching Symposium virtually!  All major presentations will be available through streaming video, so you can watch, pose questions to the presenters, and learn from your desk. Presentations will also be archived for viewing later if you have a time conflict with a presentation you really want to see. For complete information  and meeting registration (free!), visit the website.

 

2013 NIFA Partnership Award

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) appreciates the many outstanding achievements of our partners in the land-grant universities and other cooperating institutions and organizations.  The Partnership Awards Program was established in 2007 to recognize some of the best of these achievements.

NIFA invites all land-grant universities and cooperating institutions and organizations supported by NIFA to submit nominations for the 2013 NIFA Partnership Awards Program.  This program recognizes outstanding contributions, aligned with NIFA strategic goals, in support of the USDA mission.  Awards for this year will recognize excellence in:

  • Mission Integration of Research, Education, and Extension
  • Multistate Efforts
  • Innovative Programs and Projects
  • Effective and Efficient Use of Resources
  • Program Improvement through Global Engagement

Nominations can be submitted for individuals or teams of up to 20 members.  Each institution may submit up to a total of two nominations for the entire institution, across all 5 categories, for activity in research, education, and extension.

Specific instructions and other information regarding this awards program are here.  Nominations must be submitted via the NIFA Partnership Awards Nomination FormAll signed nomination forms must be submitted by September 4, 2013, via email using scanned files that have been saved as .pdf or .jpg files to Chevon Gibson at Chevon.Gibson@ars.usda.gov according to instructions in the attached guidelines.

Winning nominations will be recognized at the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) annual meeting November 10-12, 2013, in Washington, DC.  NIFA will pay travel expenses for one person from each winning nomination, whether it is an individual or team award.

Nominations should include only individuals or teams who have performed truly distinguished service.  We ask that Deans, Directors, and Administrators thoroughly review each submission for validity of accomplishments before signing his or her approval on the nomination form.

We have many excellent examples of success in these categories across our partnership, and NIFA looks forward to recognizing great accomplishments.

 

USDA Climate Hubs

USDA’s Regional Climate Hubs will deliver science-based knowledge and practical information to farmers, ranchers and forest landowners within each region of the US to support decision-making related to climate change. These hubs are needed to maintain and strengthen agricultural production, natural resource management, and rural economic development under increasing climate variability. The Hubs will build capacity within USDA to deliver information and guidance on technologies and risk management practices at regional and local scales. Land Grant Universities in the WAAESD have pledged their support and cooperation in this effort.

Northern Plains proposal [PDF]

Southwest proposal [PDF]

Northwest proposal [PDF]

USDA Memo to State Partners [PDF]

2013 ESS Meeting/WAAESD Fall Meeting

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The North Central region and The Ohio State University, our 2013 hosts, are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 2013 Fall ESS/SAES/ARD meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, September 24 through Thursday, September 26, 2013 at the Hilton Easton, Columbus, OH.

**Please note that we are starting on a Tuesday and ending on a Thursday, not the usual Monday through Wednesday.**

Click here for links to registration, hotel room reservations, and the overall meeting schedule. An agenda for the WAAESD portion of the meeting will be posted soon!

Multistate Committee Update 2013-14

Multistate-Committee-Update-2013-14The Western Director’s Office has created a PowerPoint presentation, “Multistate Committee Update 2013-14” that covers USDA-NIFA priorities, an update on the federal budget, and tips on writing better impact statements. We encourage all Multistate Research Fund project Administrative Advisers to share this presentation with committees–modify as needed!

FY2013 Assessments Available Now

The Western Director Association FY2013 assessments are now posted on the Treasurer’s website at Montana State University.

National Impact Reporting Project: Status and Update

The National Multistate Research Fund (MRF) Impact Reporting Project began in June 2012. Since then, 43 Impact Statements and several stories and press releases have been published about the important work of the National Multistate Research Fund projects. This program has been critical in educating decision-makers and the American people about the importance of Agricultural Experiment Station research and Cooperative Extension at the Nation’s Land Grant institutions.

The cost of continuing to support this program on a full time basis is $53,410/year–less than $1,000 for each of the 58 contributing Land Grant Institutions.

View this PowerPoint slideshow for an update on the status and success of the National Multistate Research Fund Impact Writing Project.

REEport Implementation and Guidance

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.

Impact and Innovation of Agbioscience in the Southern United States

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.