Save the Date! 2020 Western Region Administrative Officers Meeting

Save the Date - 2020 WRAC

Date: September 15-17, 2020  
Location: Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands  
For more information:  
Passports Required

National Extension and Research Administrative Officers Conference 2020 (NERAOC)

Show Me Momentum

Dates: April 19-22, 2020  
Location: Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark | St. Louis, Missouri  
Register Now  

This year’s theme “Show-Me Momentum” will showcase policy guidance, best practices and emerging issues with engaging presentations and panel discussions. In addition to professional development and networking opportunities, the conference will build on momentum gained from Colorado to grow and strengthen our partnership between Land Grant Institutions and NIFA. NERAOC 2020 will provide an opportunity to meet and network with many new faces at NIFA. We are looking forward to welcoming you to the Show-Me State!


Western Region Joint Spring Meeting & Western Water Summit

The 2020 Western Region Joint Spring Meeting & Western Water Summit will be held at The Grove Hotel in downtown Boise, Idaho.

Dates: March 23-26, 2020 
The Grove Hotel
245 South Capitol Boulevard
Boise, ID 83702  
Register Now!

To reserve a room at The Grove Hotel in downtown Boise, please call 1-208-489-2222 or 1-888-961- 5000 or visit

Please note: If you are unable to book rooms online, please call the hotel before emailing conference organizers to verify that there are no rooms available at the conference rate.

Please contact Sarah Lupis with questions or concerns about room reservations at or 435-770-3116.

Save the Date! 2020 Joint CARET/AHS Meeting

Save the Date! 2020 CARET/AHS Joint Meeting

March 1 – March 4, 2020

Omni Shoreham Hotel
2500 Calvert Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
The hotel room block is now open, so book your room now

Land-Grant Universities:  Impacting International Trade and Local Markets.

Save the Date! 2020 WAAESD-WEDA-WRPLC Joint Spring Meeting

Save the Date! 2020 WAAESD-WEDA-WRPLC Joint Spring Meeting Postcard

The WAAESD-WEDA-WRPLC Joint 2020 Spring Meeting will be held in Boise, ID. The dates to save are March 23-26. Plan on joining us at The Grove Hotel.

New Deans’, Director’s, and Administrators’ Orientation Planned

The Board on Agriculture Assembly (BAA) will be hosting a New Deans’, Directors’, and Administrators’ Orientation in Washington, DC on December 10-12, 2019. This event is aimed at administrators, individuals supporting administrators or faculty, and USDA-NIFA personnel having two years or less of experience in their administrative positions as well as any others who would like to learn more about USDA-NIFA, building federal and private partnerships for their land-grant programs, and leadership tools while meeting colleagues from across the nation.

The learning objectives of the orientation workshop are:

  • meet, talk, and network with NIFA’s National Science Liaisons;
  • interact with a national expert on leading organizational change and gain valuable tips from experienced administrators on how to overcome obstacles, set your house in order, and lead change;
  • learn national-level engagement strategies to influence federal legislation and decisions made by USDA-NIFA and other federal agencies;
  • connect with Congressional and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) staffers, university government affairs representatives, Cornerstone Government Affairs, and other advocacy and public relations individuals; and
  • build skills, gather tools, and develop an understanding of the networks to move your advocacy needs forward.

Registration for this event will be available in the very near future.

Making Sense of the Alphabet Soup

wordcloudBAA, APLU, WAAESD, NEED, AHS, NIFA…trying to make sense of the alphabet soup of acronyms casually and expertly tossed around at meetings? Download our Acronym Guide!

NIMSS Training & Handbook

nimss vectorizedThe National Information Management and Support System (NIMSS) is a web-based application that allows participants of Multistate Research Projects to submit proposals and reports online and register to participate on projects. Interested parties, stakeholders, and cooperators can also query the NIMSS for relevant and timely information on multistate projects.

In 2015, a new and improved version of this online database and project management system was launched. As part of the launch of the new NIMSS, a new basics training video is now available. This 35 minute video covers most of the functions required for Administrative Advisors and those functioning as or on behalf of an AES station director. A handbook on the New NIMSS is also out now, and will be updated periodically as the New NIMSS is refined.

As always, please feel free to contact me or your respective NIMSS regional system administrator (RSA) with any questions about the new NIMSS or the multistate program.

Research Reporting: Why it matters and how to do it well.

Annual reports are the basis and foundational source material for the impact reporting conducted by science communicators at Land Grant Universities. In an effort to improve the quality of reports submitted to NIMSS, REEPort, the National Land Grant Impacts database and other databases by all research and Cooperative Extension personnel with reporting responsibilities, Sara Delheimer, the Impact Communication Specialist, has developed a short Prezi, “Research Reporting: Why it matters and how to do it well,” that explains what good reporting looks like, including examples. All Multistate Committees are encouraged to view this presentation as part of their regular annual meetings and make adjustments to their annual reports, accordingly. In addition, directors are encouraged to share this presentation with faculty.

Workshops for Faculty/Impact Writers: For the cost of travel, Sara Delheimer can deliver a customized workshop to faculty and impact writers at your institution designed to improve reporting of project impacts. Email Sara Delheimer for more information.

To watch online:

  • Click “start Presi” in the screen above or click on the link: A presentation window will appear on your screen.
  • Turn on your speakers. This presentation includes a voice over.
  • Click the “full screen” button in the navigation bar at the bottom of the presentation window.
  • Use right and left arrow keys to navigate back and forth between slides.

Download & Print! Research Reporting Handout

To download and watch from your computer:

  • Click here to download a zipped file that contains the presentation and the Prezi application (required to run the presentation on your computer)
  • Select “Save File” and click OK (…wait for it to download…)
  • Open the zip file you downloaded. Then open the folder named “research-report531f3a42”
  • Double click on the application called “Prezi” and select “Extract all” when prompted
  • Chose the folder to extract to and click “Extract” (…wait for extraction…)
  • Navigate to the extracted folder and open it
  • Double click on the Prezi icon to play the presentation.


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: