National Institute for Agricultural Security (NIAS)
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Executive Director’s Report
SAAESD Spring Meeting
Orange Beach, AL
March 29-31, 2004
Donna Pearce has settled in as the Assistant to the Director and continues to become more familiar with
our Association’s members and procedures. Beginning Oct 1, 2004, Donna and I will be supporting D.C.
Coston as the Chair of ESCOP. This will add significantly to our workload in 2004/05, particularly for
Donna related to meeting organization and follow-up, conference calls, and correspondence.
We are continued to update and add to the SAAESD web site to increase its usefulness by SAAESD
members. One of the more recent changes is how we will track current assignments of Southern directors
to multistate activities and to regional and national committees. An Excel spreadsheet will now be linked
to assignments within the Infobook section of the web site. This spreadsheet will be easier to reference
current assignments either by individual or by committee/activity and facilitate updating.
Five SERAs were approved at our meeting last fall for a one-year period with an additional four years
contingent on the project group addressing certain questions about membership and expected outcomes.
Two of those have been approved for an additional four years by Ron Brown (ASRED Executive
Director) and myself, and we continue to work with the Administrative Advisors of the others.
Multistate Research Committee
The MRC has been very active this winter and its members working hard to assure we have a high quality
multistate portfolio. I met with the MRC in February at the SAAS conference for the first time in their
advisory capacity to me on policy and procedure issues related to multistate activities. Topics discussed
included peer reviews, multistate activities nomenclature, and development committee requests.
Multistate Collaboration Support
In an effort to facilitate multistate collaborations among Southern experiment stations, two different
database tools have been developed in collaboration with Jay Ritchie (SSRC Monitor Lab, MS State
Univ.). The first tool is an interactive spreadsheet of faculty in SAAESD member institutions, 1862
institutions in bordering states, and 1890 institutions. This database is intended to assist Directors in
locating particular faculty expertise in other institutions that might complement their own faculty through
collaboration, shared positions, providing missing expertise, or some other form of multi-institutional
cooperation. It is currently accessible from the password protected section of the SAAESD web site.
The second tool is a web site which will allow mapping of Southern Region outlying research stations
based on research activity with a particular commodity; ie. all stations that have research on cotton, dairy
cattle, peanuts, etc. This is intended to be used to facilitate collaborations in high-cost field research
activities where results are applicable across states.
S-1014, Mineral Controls on P Retention and Release in Soils and Soil Amendments, Administrative Advisor
AC-6, Horticulture, Administrative Advisor
Joint Cotton Breeding Advisory Committee and Tecoman Winter Nursery Steering Committee
T-STAR Caribbean Basin Advisory Group
Liaison to the Association of Southern Region Extension Directors
Liaison to the Association of Research Directors (1890s)
National Research Support Project (NRSP) Guidelines
The NRSP Guidelines were adopted by the Experiment Station Section and supported by CSREES. Gary
Lemme (Michigan State Univ.) was elected chair of the NRSP Review Committee and I was selected as
one of two EDs to serve on this committee. All protocols for the Committee’s operation have been
established, including forms to be used for submission, evaluation and budgets of NRSPs. These forms
will be incorporated into NIMSS by July 2004. The first recommendations of the NRSP Review
Committee will be made at the ESS meeting this fall.
Multistate Activities Impact Statements
In an effort to document the impact of multistate activity, each regional ED was asked to develop impact
statements from selected multistate activities. Eight of these statements were developed, primarily by the
project’s administrative advisors, and were forwarded to the BRT lobbying group for use in support of the
FY 05 federal budget. These statements have also been submitted to the national impact writing team for
use in developing the impact document published by CSREES each year.
National Information and Management Support System (NIMSS)
NIMSS is undergoing significant reconstruction and version 2.0 will be released in mid-May. The new
version should be much more friendly to first-time or infrequent users. I am now chair the NIMSS
Oversight Committee, a position previously held by Daryl Lund, and Tom Fretz, NE Executive Director,
is the database manager. The 2004 NIMSS budget was approved by the ESS at its fall meeting for
$30,000 to be taken from the ESCOP reserves held by NASULGC.
2004 SAES/ARD Workshop and Joint COPs Meeting
By virtue of his position as ESCOP Chair-elect, D.C. Coston serves as the program chair for the 2004
Joint COPs meeting and SAES/ARD Workshop. As the ED of D.C.’s region, I am primary staff support
for both of these meetings. A preliminary program for the SAES/ARD Workshop, to be held Sep 28-29
in Oklahoma City, can be found through a link on our homepage.
NASULGC – DOE/EERE Collaboration
In an effort to develop closer relations with other federal agencies to increase collaborations and influence
funding priorities, an agreement has been signed by NASULGC President Magrath and DOE Assistant
Secretary Garman for five collaborative projects. Jim Fischer, as a member of the Board of Directors of
DOE’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy section, helped develop this agreement along with Stan
Johnson, Dan Bartel and Jim Zuiches. The regional and national experiment station, extension and
academic program Executive Directors are serving as support staff to these projects. Tom Fretz and I
support project 4, Engaging the Research Capacity of the Land Grant Universities and State Colleges.
The results of these projects will be reported at the NASULGC annual meeting in November. The EDs
will continue to look for these types of opportunities to collaborate with federal funding agencies other
Relations between the NASULGC staff in the office of Federal Relations–Food, Environmental and
International Affairs and the experiment station Executive Directors is very good and communications
have improved significantly over the past year. The EDs are now included in all of Mort Neufville’s staff
meetings, either in person or by phone. These meetings serve to keep everyone in the loop on
developments in Washington and with the EDs for extension, academic, and international programs who
work out of NASULGC.
Relations with CSREES are also very good. Gary Cunningham is an active member of the EDs group
which meets biannually and includes all the regional and national EDs for academic programs, extension,
and research. The EDs met with many of the CSREES National Program Leaders and Deputy
Administrators last fall to discuss agency priorities, changes, and issues. We also interacted with Colien
Hefferan on the draft Civil Rights Guidelines for review of SAES and Extension compliance with EEO
regulations. As a result of that meeting, Colien agreed to appoint a committee of SAES directors
(Margaret Dentine and Bill Trumble), Extension Directors, and her staff to review the guidelines to assure
these reviews are efficient and cause the least burden as possible on college personnel.
National Institute for Agricultural Security (NIAS)
In response to the invitation for membership in NIAS sent to all experiment station directors in early
February, thus far 10 southern directors have committed to membership, 1 has declined, and 4 are
undecided. Invitations for membership will go out soon to the extension directors and those institutions
that have both the experiment station and extension join will receive a 20% discount on the fee.
Integrated Leadership Development Program
For the past two years I have served on the Advisory Committee of the ESCOP/ACOP Leadership
Development program and as liaison to the National Extension Leadership Development (NELD)
Advisory Council. These two groups agreed over a year ago to pursue the creation of a new leadership
development program that would meet the needs of academic programs, extension, experiment stations,
and CSREES. The leaders of these four groups endorsed this idea last summer and charged a joint
planning committee to develop a proposal. The primary goal of this program will be to facilitate
formation of “integrated leaders” that can lead within or across functions and partners in a manner that
enhances integration. A draft proposal will be presented to the COPS and to CSREES this July and a
final plan completed by November. Implementation of the new program is scheduled to begin in
Science and Technology Committee (Executive Vice-Chair)
NIMSS Oversight Committee (Chair)
Joint COPs Program Committee (Executive Vice-Chair)
SAES/ARD Workshop Program Committee (Executive Vice-Chair)
NRSP Review Committee
NIAS Board of Directors
ESCOP/ACOP Leadership Development Advisory Committee
NASULGC – DOE/EERE Collaboration Projects Committee
Farm Bill Committee
National Multistate Coordinating Committee