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: Western Extension Directors Association Regional Issues Scan, July 2012 … Read more

Rural Population Change

W2001 (2007-2012): This project has provided data and insights on demographic trends in rural areas that are essential  for plans, programs, and policies that support sustainable rural communities and promote residents’ quality of life. Who cares and why? As rural places and populations change, reformed policies and programs may be necessary to meet shifting needs,  … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

Mitigating Agrochemical Impacts

W-2045 (2010 – 2015): This project has advanced our understanding of the fate and effects of agrochemicals and led to mitigation technologies that reduce the risks to human and environmental health. Who cares and why? Agrochemicals (e.g., pesticides, fertilizers, antibiotics, and disinfectants) are used to protect crops and livestock  from pests, diseases, and other stressors. … Read more

Rangeland Fragmentation

W1192 (2006-2012): This project has influenced the way public and private land management decisions are made by developing standardized tools for assessing the social, economic, and ecological aspects of rangeland fragmentation in the western U.S. Who cares and why? One of the most serious challenges facing the western U.S. is the loss of rangelands to … Read more

National Animal Genome Project

Who cares and why? Over the next 20 years, demand for meat and dairy products is expected to increase 40% to 50%. Animal agriculture must evolve quickly in order to  meet future production needs. Genomics—the study of an organism’s entire sequence of genes—is a driving force behind innovative agricultural technologies and practices. Using genome information … Read more

2013 ESS Meeting/WAAESD Fall Meeting

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 … Read more