August 14, 2000 Joined SAAESD/ASRED Meeting Minutes

Joint ASRED-SAAESD Summer Meeting

Roanoke Hotel and Conference Center
Roanoke, VA

Held In Conjunction with Southern Region Land-Grant Conference

August 14, 2000
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm


Time Item# Description
1:00 J-1. Call to order, introductions, approval of agenda – Drs. Jack Bagent and Vance Watson, Presiding
1:05 J-2. AESOP Report – Terry Nipp
1:35 J-3. SERA Updates (Assignments, Requests, etc.) – T. J. Helms
1:50 J-4. Southern Region IPM Program – David Boethel
2:10 J-5. Plan of Work Advisory Committee – George Cooper
2:20 J-6. SAES 422 Unified Report Mechanism – T. J. Helms
2:45 Break
3:15 J-7. Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Reports – Paul Coreil and Jerry Arkin
3:50 J-8. CSREES Update – Charles Laughlin and/or George Cooper
4:00 J-9. Multistate Research and Extension (Integrated) Activities – Clint Depew and D.C. Coston
4:30 J-10. Multistate Success Stories – Jack Bagent
~ J-11. AHS Report – Gale Buchanan
5:00 ~ Adjourn

Agenda Item J-1.
Call to Order, Introductions, and Approval of Agenda

Presenter: Jack Bagent and Vance Watson

Background: The joint meeting of ASRED and SAAESD will be called to order by Chairs, Jack Bagent and Vance Watson. Participants will introduce themselves and additions to the agenda will be considered before adoption.

Action Requested: Approval of agenda.

Action Taken: Agenda was approved with addition of presentations by Dr. Gale Buchanan regarding the BOA request for a communicator and AHS’s task force reports. (See agenda item J-11.)

Agenda Item J-2.
AESOP Update and Report

Presenter: Terry Nipp

Background: Dr. Nipp will present an update on budget issues and report on other activities of AESOP, including AESOP’s new website located at:

Action Requested: For information and discussion.


  • Presidential election – Different groups (CARET, Food and Society Initiative, etc.) made efforts to get language added to both Republican and Democratic platforms. A paragraph was inserted into the Republican platform in support of agriculture. Democrats are now willing to add language to the document on their website. The conventions represented an opportunity for marketing. Consideration needs to be given to a more prominent position for Deans, etc. at the conventions in the next election.
  • Appropriations – (1) The July Fly-In to the Hill was successful with 25 institutions represented. (2) Section 401: Currently, institutions are being notified by the agency of awards and potential recipients of funds.
  • AESOP Web Page – A handout was distributed of the new website (see URL above) showing various components of the new AESOP web page. Dr. Nipp pointed out that the site is a working site for AESOP and the land-grant family, not specifically for Congress, etc.

Agenda Item J-3.
SERA Updates
(Assignments, Requests, etc.)

Presenter: T. J. Helms

Background: A complete listing of Joint Southern Extension and Research Activities (SERAs) is available at the following URL: The following specific activity will be considered for review and discussion:

#/Title Administrative
SERA-TF-11: Utilization of University-Based Food Processing Centers Ron Brown (CES)
D.C. Coston (AES)
Requesting formation of SERA-IEG. See proposal below.

Request for establishment of new SERA-IEG from SERA-TF-11:

  1. Title : Coordination of Value-Added Activities
  2. Accomplishments: SERA-TF 11 had developed a network among value- added centers across the Southern Region. This network is coordinated through a web-site. The centers are using this system for information as they serve clients in their respective states. They are also using this system to access unique facilities and to coordinate meetings and events.
  3. Justification: Most states have “value-added initiatives”underway. These are closely linked with economic development. The SERA-TF 11 group has studied ways to better link the resources across the region and, then hope to expand the network throughout the nation. They have proposed that the appropriate vehicle is a SERA-IEG.
  4. Objectives:
    1. Expansion of the search engine that has been established at Mississippi State to link value-added centers in the Southern Region be expanded to link centers throughout the U.S.
    2. The search engine is linked to the SRDC home page. Link to SAAESD home page and, when ASRED’s home page is complete, link to it.
    3. Seek funding for ongoing maintenance of the nationwide search engine.
    4. Explore establishment of a virtual center to facilitate international marketing of value-added products produced by small and medium size processors.
    5. Identify food technology as a “low technology” industry as an opportunity for expansion. Seek research and education funding to assist.
  5. Procedural Plan: Membership would be sought from throughout the region. Many of the members will be those who served on SERA-TF 11. Most communication would be electronically.
  6. Kinds of Participation in the Activity: Solicitation of members would be from value-added and food related centers in the region. Other likely members might include faculty and staff who are involved in economic development that includes value-added products and facilities as part of their agendas.
  7. Origin of the request: SERA-TF 11, chaired by Lowell Satterlee from Oklahoma State reviewed value-added and food center programs. They have identified the agenda as noted in item IV above. They are requesting formation of a SERA-IEG to accomplish these objectives. AC-4 (Food Science Administrators) recently reviewed the request and endorses it.This recommendation is supported by Ronald A. Brown, Extension Director at Mississippi State, and D. C. Coston, Experiment Station Director at Oklahoma State, who have served as the Administrative Advisors for SERA-TF 11.

Action Requested: For discussion and disposition as requested.

Action Taken: On motion/second by Drs. Ron Brown and Dan Smith, the activity was approved as a SERA-IEG. (Note: Activity will be assigned the identifier of SERA-IEG-32 with new termination of 9/05.)

Agenda Item J-4.
Southern Region IPM Program

Presenter: Bill Lambert

Background: Dr. Lambert provided a brief synopsis of a previously discussed proposal for a regional IPM facilitator.

Action Requested: Approval.

Action Taken: A motion/second by Drs. Walt Walla and Fred Knapp was carried which acceded to the previous decision to not approve the request for establishment of an IPM facilitator.

Agenda Item J-5.
Plan of Work Advisory Committee

Presenter: George Cooper

Background: A Plan of Work Advisory Committee was established with the following charge: “To develop procedures that relate to the Plans of Work and Plans of Work Annual Reports that result in the development of useful outputs to assist in describing the impacts that result from federal investments in research and education programs. These procedures should consider and emphasize the uniqueness of each state.” The committee is chaired by Fred Cholick (SD) and includes administrators and four fiscal officers, one from the agency and 3 from universities.

Action Requested: For information.

Agenda Item J-6.
SAES 422 Unified Report Mechanism

Presenter: T. J. Helms

Background: Two new forms, SAES-422 and Appendix E, for reporting accomplishments and participation, respectively, in multistate, multidisciplinary activities are included in the new Multistate Research Guidelines and will likely be approved by Experiment Station directors in September for implementation October 1. (The forms are available on-line in thedraft Guidelines, pages 26 and 27.) These forms can be used to describe and document IEGs, SERA-IEGs, etc. by submission to the SAAESD office for inclusion in a sortable database. Perhaps the forms are not applicable to all IEG/SERA-IEGs (e.g., an annual conference), but would be useful for those activities for which credit is needed.

Action Requested: For information.

Agenda Item J-7.
Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Reports

Presenter: Paul Coreil and Jerry Arkin

Background: An overview of current issues, legislation, and new activities regarding TMDL will be provided.

Action Requested: For information.

Information/Discussion: A handout of EPA’s Final TMDL Rule was distributed. Copy is available on EPA’s Office of Water TMDL homepage. It was noted that several pieces of legislation, EPA directives, court orders, etc. are currently being debated on TMDL issues. TMDL issues involve the number of pollutants allowed into water, particularly drinking water sources and water sources for endangered species, or for swimmable water or fishable water. Two actions are needed: 1) expanded support for voluntary compliance with new regulations; and 2) BMPs shared among land-grant units. [For more information, contact Dr. Coreil.]A new southern Multistate Research Project will address models and techniques and is the result of an evolution of projects since 1962. Organizers of the new activity have recognized the need for Extension partnership, particularly for assessment of models and economic/social consequences. Opportunities for extramural funds would also increase from a unified approach of research and extension. [For more information, contact Dr. Arkin.]

Agenda Item J-8.

Presenter: Charles Laughlin and/or George Cooper



The Higher Education Programs FY 2000/2001 Multicultural Scholars Program proposal deadline is August 15, 2000. Under a competitive process, this program provides up to $100,000 per eligible institution to recruit underrepresented scholars to meet national needs for training food and agricultural scientists and professionals.

Eligible U.S. colleges and universities must offer baccalaureate degree programs in at least one discipline of the food and agricultural sciences or a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree. Scholarship grants are made directly to institutions, where recipients are selected and awarded scholarships. The application kit (including the program announcement, instructions, and all forms) may be downloaded at

Contact: P. Gregory Smith (


The FY 2001 USDA/CSREES Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants program is currently open for proposals. The program description and application materials are available at The submission deadline for proposals is August 31, 2000.

The SBIR program competitively awards grants to qualified small, U.S.-owned businesses for innovative research on important problems facing American agriculture and/or rural America that could lead to significant public benefit. Initially, small businesses apply for a 6-month Phase I grant for up to $70,000 to conduct a technical feasibility study on a new scientific or technological concept that has the potential to lead to a new or improved product or service.

The SBIR program has proven to be an effective means of promoting technology transfer and the commercialization of important new technologies. Research is supported over the full range of agriculture and includes the following topic areas:

  • Forests and related resources
  • Plant production and protection
  • Animal production and protection
  • Air, water, and soils
  • Food science and nutrition
  • Rural and community development
  • Aquaculture
  • Industrial applications
  • Marketing and trade

More detail on the grant process is available in the Federal Register, pages 36268-69, June 7, CSREES (

Contact: Charles Cleland (


Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman on June 6 renamed a major USDA research facility as the Henry A. Wallace Beltsville Agricultural Research Center.

“Henry A. Wallace changed the face of American agriculture during his career as a scientist and as Secretary of Agriculture,” Glickman said. “Wallace was committed to the idea that science is our best hope for sustaining agriculture and preserving the environment.”

Wallace served as Secretary of Agriculture 1932-40, Vice President of the United States 1940-44, and Secretary of Commerce 1945-46. He also was a corn geneticist, an agricultural economist, and a vigorous advocate of soil conservation and ecology. Considered by many as one of the country’s greatest Secretaries of Agriculture, Wallace framed the Agricultural Adjustment Act, which stabilized farm prices and promoted soil conservation, helping America’s farmers survive the Great Depression.

The Rural Electrification Administration, food stamp program, the school lunch program, and the Food for Peace program were all established under his leadership. Wallace also created the emergency granary system, through which the federal government purchases surplus grain and stores it against future needs.

His scientific contributions were numerous, including the development of the first commercially viable hybrid corn strain. He founded the first and most successful hybrid seed corn company, which significantly increased hybrid corn yields. Wallace believed scientific research was the best way to advance agriculture and maintain the quality of soil and the environment as a whole. He directed a major expansion of the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center in the 1930 ‘s. Today, the 6,500-acre scientific facility in Beltsville, MD is one of the largest agricultural research centers in the world.


The building housing the National Agricultural Library in Beltsville, MD was named June 14 by Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman as the Abraham Lincoln Building, in honor of the president who established the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

“In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln and Congress established the Department of Agriculture with a mandate to conduct experiments, gather seeds and plants, and collect information pertaining to agriculture,” said Glickman. “Today the National Agricultural Library is the public’s direct link to the world’s largest collection of agricultural information.”

Lincoln proposed and signed into law an act of Congress establishing “at the seat of Government of the United States a Department of Agriculture.” Lincoln also signed the Homestead Act, granting Western lands for settlement and agriculture; the Morrill Land Grant College Act, donating public land to the states to establish colleges of agriculture and the mechanical arts; and an act granting Western lands and making payments for construction of railroads, opening up new areas of the West to settlement.

The National Agricultural Library manages one of the largest and most accessible collections of information and databases about agriculture in the world. The library has more than 3.3 million items on 48 miles of shelves. Technology-based services provide immediate digital access to scientific literature, printed text, and images. The library’s collection and its leadership role in information services and technology applications combine to make it the country’s primary source for agricultural information. For more information, visit the library’s website at


The mail-in due date for proposals was June 6 and the bulk of them arrived in the Plant and Animal Systems and Water Quality units between June 9 and 14. By June 30, all proposals were coded, screened, and sent to reviewers.

Section 406 Proposals Received: 332

      Plant and Animal Systems: 177


      Food Safety: 115


      Crops at Risk from FQPA: 21


      Methyl Bromide Transitions: 15


      Risk Mitigation Program: 21


      Pest Management Centers: 5


    Water Quality: 155

Program directors and panel managers have organized sound and diverse sets of panels for the various programs.

Section 406 panel meetings will take place in late July:

  • Two food safety panels will be held in the River Inn, Georgetown, during the week of July 17.
  • Four pest management panels will be in conference rooms in the Waterfront Centre during the week of July 17.
  • Two water quality panels will be held in the Holiday Inn, Rosslyn, the first during the week of July 17 and the second during the week of July 24.


The Higher Education Challenge Grants Program enables colleges and universities to provide quality baccalaureate and first professional degree education to strengthen the nation’s food and agricultural scientific and professional work force. Projects address regional, state, national, or international needs; involve creative approaches to serve as models to others; facilitate better working relationships in the science and education community; and result in lasting benefits that transcend project duration and USDA support.

In FY 2000, $4.1 million was available to support projects that address the undergraduate or first professional level degree. A peer review panel of faculty members of land-grant and non land-grant institutions and USDA scientists evaluated one hundred-three proposals submitted in this 10th year of the program. Panelists represented business, agriculture, natural resources, forestry, veterinary medicine, family and consumer sciences, and allied disciplines. More than $4 million was distributed in 35 grants awarded to 27 lead institutions in 22 states; 6 were joint projects involving three or more institutions.

Contact: Jeff Gilmore (


The Hispanic-Serving Institutions Education Grants Program promotes and strengthens Hispanic- Serving Institutions (HIS’s) educational programs that attract, retain, and graduate outstanding students to enhance the nation’s food and agricultural scientific and professional work force. Projects involve individual institutions, consortia, or cooperative initiatives between HIS’s or with other colleges and universities, units of government, or the private sector.

In FY 2000, $2.7 million was available to support projects in faculty preparation and enhancement for teaching; curricula design, materials development, and library resources; instruction delivery systems; scientific instrumentation for teaching; student experiential learning; and student recruitment and retention.

Twenty-one institutions from 7 states submitted proposals for this 4th year of the program. A peer review panel recommended support grants to 13 lead institutions. Twenty-one other entities (including land-grant institutions, other 4- and 2-year colleges, local school districts, state agencies, and private organizations and businesses) will be involved in the funded projects.

Contact: Jeff Gilmore (


The peer review panel for the 1890 Institution Capacity Building Grants Programs evaluated 152 proposals. The top-ranking proposals that have been recommended by the panel of experts are undergoing programmatic and administrative review. CSREES anticipates awarding $8.6 million in grants to support about 45 teaching and research projects at the 16 1890 land-grant institutions and Tuskegee University. Awards will be announced in September.

Contact: Richard Hood (


CSREES’ Higher Education Programs (HEP) unit has entered into a cooperative agreement with Dr. Jennifer Presley of JBL Associates in Bethesda, MD, to conduct a program evaluation of the Capacity Building Grants Program. The goal of this evaluation is to assess progress that USDA and the 1890 universities have made in achieving the objectives of the Capacity Building Grants Program. Information provided by this study will document impacts and benefits of this program for USDA agencies, for the 1890 institutions, all states, and the nation.

Contact: Richard Hood (


CSREES has announced a new Tribal Colleges Research Grants Program. This program presents an opportunity to conduct multi-state research that will enhance land-grant university partnerships and collaborative efforts. The authorizing legislation requires each 1994 Institution applicant to certify that the research to be conducted will be performed under a cooperative agreement with at least one 1862 or 1890 land grant institution. All 1890 land grant institutions are encouraged to collaborate with the Tribal Colleges in this innovative program. CSREES estimates that about $465,000 in FY 2000 and $930,000 in FY 2001 will be available for grants. The application deadline is July 10, 2000. For more information, visit the Higher Education Programs website at


Representative academic deans, research administrators, and extension administrators of the 1890 land-grant institutions and Pacific Islands land-grant institutions will meet in Guam July 28-August 4, 2000. Officials from CSREES will also participate. The meeting will provide opportunities for institutional representatives to explore areas of mutual interest on the following topics: research and extension collaborations faculty and student development distance education and curriculum enhancement serving the needs of disadvantaged communities


Nearly 400 classroom teachers and state Agriculture in the Classroom coordinators attended this year’s Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC) National Conference, held June 14-17 in Salt Lake City, UT. Participants attended workshops, farm tours, hands-on development sessions, and other activities to enhance the integration of agricultural topics into kindergarten, primary, and secondary education.

“This conference provided teachers, state AITC program leaders, hundreds of AITC volunteers and board members with new ideas, materials, and a renewed enthusiasm—all will taken back to the classroom,” said Debra Spielmaker, President of the National Agriculture in the Classroom Consortium, and Director of Utah Agriculture in the Classroom with the Utah State University Cooperative Extension. ” The educational tone of all the activities made the conference a worthwhile event for all interested in agricultural literacy.”

Three teachers were honored with the Excellence in Teaching about Agriculture Award. The winners were selected for their incorporation of agricultural concepts into their general curricula.

The awardees were:

      Diane M. Lucas, Arrowhead Primary School, 3rd grade, Wadsworth, OH


      Martha L. Deicher, Vista Square Elementary, grade level K-6, Jamul, CA


    Betty Kobes, West Hancock Kanawha Elementary, Belmond, IA

A panel of experts in science food and agricultural sciences evaluated each teaching award nominee. The panel gave serious consideration to the significance of the nominations evaluating creativity and use of agricultural information, strength of the nomination letter, interdisciplinary approach, endorsements, advancement of educational standards, and student impact. The recipients each gave presentations to help strengthen other teachers’ involvement in agricultural literacy efforts.

Ag in the Classroom is a grassroots program coordinated by CSREES in cooperation with the National Consortium of education leaders.

Its goal is to help students become more aware of the role of agriculture in their society and their environment and to increase agricultural literacy. Individuals representing farm organizations, business, education, and government carry out the program in each state.

To learn more about Agriculture in the Classroom, log on to


The 4-H Youth Development Base Program Strategic Team and the co-chairs of 12 “Discovery Teams” will meet in Spokane, WA, July 22-25 to continue a strategic planning process. A special website created to support the project has gathered input and shared resources discovered as well as providing a communications vehicle for each team. During the Spokane meeting, the first rough draft of the new 4-H strategic plan will be assembled, and then taken back to the nationwide system for feedback. Plans are for formal rollout of the completed strategic plan during the 4-H Centennial in 2002.

Contact: Allen Smith ()


Recent updates to the Evaluation/Reporting System (ERS4) have been placed on the website created to support the software ( These updates include software modifications and enhancements for the county level and state level software to correct minor “bugs” and add new features to reports, based on requests from users.

In addition, new behavior checklist questions are available for importing into the Master Question database, adding increased evaluation capabilities for improved measurement of program impact. Enhancements are planned for the system, including expanded capabilities for measuring impacts on youth participants and improvements in sharing of data between the ERS4 and the 4-H reporting system. In addition, work groups were solicited to identify improvements in the diagnostic reports and foods database.

Contact: Wells Willis (


The nation’s agricultural and food scientists have responded enthusiastically to the research, education, and extension opportunities promised by the USDA’s new Initiative for Future Agriculture and Food Systems (IFAFS). Under the terms of the authorizing legislation, proposals were requested in scientific areas such as genomics and bioinformatics, biotechnology, food safety, and human nutrition. Applications of science to improve natural resources management, find new uses for agricultural crops, and increase farm efficiency and profitability were also sought. Unlike some other grant programs, this Initiative focuses on near-term issues, and projects are encouraged to consider activities ranging from research through education and extension programs to impact farmers and consumers by the end of the five-year project lifetime.

More than 1,000 applications were received in response to a March 6 request for proposals. Interest in the Initiatives’ 15 program areas was uniformly high. During the month of July, panels of scientists, teachers, farmers, and consumer representatives will gather in Washington, DC to make recommendations on those select few that will receive funding. Even though about $113 million is expected to be available, requests exceeded $1.4 billion, which indicates that the acceptance rate will likely be less than 10%.

Proposals were received from all but one of the nation’s land-grant universities; 40 other institutions, ranging from Alfred University to Yale University; federal laboratories in the Departments of Agriculture, Interior, and Energy, and the EPA; and about 50 different private organizations. Overall, interest was expressed from 49 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia.

CSREES expects to complete the grant awards process in early September.

Contact: Rodney Roil (


David Morris has been named National Program Leader-Veterinary Clinical Medicine/Epidemiology in Plant and Animal Systems (PAS), effective July 17, 2000. Morris has been a private consultant in a food animal production medicine practice for beef cattle and swine operations in Fort Collins, CO. Prior to that, he was an Associate Professor at Colorado State University. He received his DVM from Ohio State University and his M.S. from Texas A&M University. Morris has developed and maintained a working identity with various Cooperative State Extension faculty in animal science and veterinary medicine university departments, as well as leaders in the American Association of Swine Practitioners, National Pork Producers Council, Society for Theriogenology, American Association of Bovine Practitioners, and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

Thomas Bewick has been named National Program Leader-Horticulture in Plant and Animal Systems (PAS), effective August 28, 2000. Bewick has been serving as Extension Professor and Director for the Cranberry Experiment Station at the University of Massachusetts. Prior to that, he was an Associate Professor at the University of Florida. He received his B.S. degree in olericulture at the University of California. Bewick has been involved in numerous professional and honorary societies such as the Weed Science Society of American, Southern Weed Science Society, American Society for Horticultural Science, and Northeast Weed Science Society.

Irma Lawrence has joined Higher Education Programs (HEP) as Education Research Specialist. She brings skills in data management, analysis, statistics, and evaluation. Lawrence holds an Ed.D. in curriculum and instruction, M.S. degrees in bilingual education and environmental pollution control, and a B.S. in biology. Prior to joining HEP, she was a senior researcher at CSR, Inc., working on a variety of education research projects. She can be reached at 202-720-2082;

Action Requested: For information.

Information presented by Dr. Cooper:

  • Expressed appreciation for insitutions support of 401 and 406 reviews. It was deemed a positive experience for both system and agency and also recognized the strengths of the system working together.
  • POW Supplements – 1) establish base targets for multistate research activities and for multidisciplinary, integrated activities; 2) same review teams for supplements as for original POW; 3) serves as base for audit trail; 4) reports due March 1 – will have written descriptions of expectations.
  • CSREES on-site review process – Agency would like to evolve to “issue-based” reviews rather than program or departmental reviews. It is hoped this might minimize reporting burdens by bringing several departments together. Strategy is to define goals and objectives and then report on impacts resulting from their accomplishment.
  • Sections 401 and 406 – Official notifications have not gone out yet. Final list will be shared with the system. PIs and fiscal officers have however been unofficially notifed to be prepared for official announcement.

Agenda Item J-9.
Multistate Research and Extension (Integrated) Activities

Presenter: Clint Depew

Background: Ways in which other states are satisfying their multistate accountability will be discussed.

Action Requested: For information.

Information/Discussion: Dr. Depew reported that LSU has developed a model for multistate accountability which involves, in part, use of the following:

  • out-of-state meetings, with subsequent dissemination of information
  • multistate efforts/agreements
  • publications from out-of-state that are used in state
  • SERAs

Agenda Item J-10.
Multistate Success Stories

Presenter: Jack Bagent


Action Requested: For information.

[Due to time constraints, this agenda item was removed from the agenda for future discussions.]

Agenda Item J-11.
AHS Report

Presenter: Gale Buchanan


Action Requested: For information.

Information/Discussion: Four items were briefly brought to attention of ASRED/SAAESD:

  • BOA Communicator Position: BOA is requesting $50,000 each from ECOP, ESCOP, and CARET to fill a communicator position to be housed in Washington. This person would support BOA activities, particularly in preparation of materials to enhance budget askings. Joint ECOP-ESCOP Executive Committees in Denver tabled the request until additional information could be provided for clarification on several points.
  • AHS Articulation Task Force: to study ways that land-grant universities might work together more effectively.
  • AHS Budget Development and Advocacy Task Force: to make efforts more effective
  • AHS Structure of BOA Task Force: to define new structure for BOA. Dr. Buchanan presented information which showed potential changes to the current structure and encouraged submission of concerns to Dr. Hiler. Dr. Walt Walla and Dr. Darrell Nelson have been serving on this task force as representatives of ECOP and ESCOP, respectively. Dr. Walla indicated that a fleshed out document will be distributed for additional consideration prior to a vote at the Board on Ag. meeting in San Antonio during the NASULGC annual meeting. Representatives from both ECOP and ESCOP will be working with Drs. Walla and Nelson to provide feedback to the task force.