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


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.

Impact Statement Portfolio, 2011 & 2012 Multistate Research Projects

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.

2013 Western Joint Summer Deans & Directors Meeting Info Released!

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.