March 31 – April 1, 2003 Joint SAAESD/ASRED Meeting Minutes

Joint ASRED/SAAESD Spring Meeting
March 30 – April 1, 2003
Hawks Cay Resort
Duck Key, FL


Action Items

  • Agenda Item 4 – SERAs: The following was approved:
    • ASRED/SAAESD Chairs appoint ad hoc review team composed of two CES Directors, two AES Directors and the two Executive Directors to review SERA-IEGs and recommend in accord with time schedule one of three options: 1) dissolve, 2) leave as is, or 3) enhance (with specific recommendations).
    • Review team should develop a review process for revised and new SERA-IEGs.
    • Explore opportunity for a mechanism/procedure whereby existing or new SERAs can be funded SERAs with tangible inputs and outputs. (This new mechanism would not be the typical “information exchange group.”)
    • Revise the application process to add focus on outputs.
    • Explore opportunities for enhanced input and outputs to be recorded for accountability purposes.
  • Agenda Item 8 – SRDC Board Governance: SRDC Board Members are to review the mission, vision, and goals and look at the governance (board and advisory) in relation to these; any changes shall be held in abeyance until a report is presented at the Fall 03 association meetings.
  • Agenda Item 9 – Future Joint Meetings: The Chairs after consultation with respective groups, announced that the next joint meeting would be held in spring, 2005, hosted by Texas A&M University.

Agenda

Monday, March 31
8:00 University of Florida Welcome – Richard Jones and Christine Waddill
8:15 Call to Order and Introductions – Dan Smith and Charles Scifres
8:30 1. CSREES Report – Ralph Otto
8:45 2. Southern Rural Development Center – Bo Beaulieu
9:00 3. Update on IR-4: National Agricultural Program for Clearing Minor Use Pesticides – Neal Thompson and Robert Holm
9:20 4. SERAs – Ron Brown and Eric Young
10:00 Break
Tuesday, April 1
8:00 Reconvene – Dan Smith and Charles Scifres
8:10 5. National Plant Disease and Pest Diagnostic Network Update – Kitty Cardwell and Gail Whisler
8:40 6. Preparing for Audit of Integrated Activities: The Federal Perspective – Ellen Danus
9:00 7. The Audit Experience: The University Perspective – Colin Kaltenbach, Jim Christenson, and Alma Sperr, University of Arizona (by phone)
9:30 8. Southern Rural Development Center Board Governance – Bo Beaulieu, Joe McGilberry, and Vance Watson
9:45 9. Future Joint Meetings – Dan Smith and Charles Scifres
10:00 Break
10:30 – 5:00 Tours

Agenda Item 1
CSREES Update

Presenter: Ralph Otto

Background: The following items will be covered in the CSREES Update:

  • FY03 Budget (handout)
  • FY04 Budget (handout)
  • Homeland Security efforts in CSREES (also will be covered by Dr. Kitty Cardwell, in a separate session):
    • Diagnostic Lab Networks
    • EDEN
    • Cross-cuts
  • Critical Issues Funding in FY03, FY04, and beyond
  • Update on Renewable Resources Extension Act (RREA)
  • National Research Initiative: Supplemental Request for Applications
  • Reorganization of CSREES: a year later
  • Personnel Changes in CSREES
  • CSREES Liaison Group to the Southern Region:
    Ralph Otto
    Brad Rein
    Catalino Blanche
    Richard Hood
    Sally Maggard
    Cathann Kress
    Gail McLean
    202-401-5877
    202-401-0151
    202-401-4190
    202-720-2186
    202-720-0741
    202-690-3009
    202-401-6060
    rotto@reeusda.gov
    brein@reeusda.gov
    cblanche@reeusda.gov
    rhood@reeusda.gov
    smaggard@reeusda.gov
    ckress@reeusda.gov
    gmclean@reeusda.gov

Action Requested: For information.


Agenda Item 2
Southern Rural Development Center

Presenter: Bo Beaulieu

Background:

The SRDC Director and Associate Director (Bo Beaulieu and Alan Barefield) will be providing a brief update on the current research and Extension activities of the Center. Special focus will be given to three of the Center’s current activities:

  1. the multi-state community development training that has been initiated by the Center over the past year;
  2. the national rural education research symposium that the Center is spearheading; and
  3. the Rural Community College Initiative.

(Please see the 2001-2002 SRDC Annual Report for further information on the Center.)

Action Requested: For information.


Agenda Item 3
IR-4: National Agricultural Program for Clearing Minor Use Pesticides

Presenter: Neal Thompson and Robert Holm

Background:

The IR-4 Project has had considerable success in recent years through partnerships with the Crop Protection Industry (chemical and biological products) as well as regulatory agencies (EPA and California Department of Pesticide Regulation). The industry partnerships have resulted in over 80% of the food use projects dealing with safer, reduced risk chemistries and biopesticides over the last four years and a recognition that the program is playing a critical role in the FQPA transition process. The regulatory partnerships have provided 1975 Food Use Clearances in the same period which matches the number of clearances granted by the EPA to IR-4 in the twenty years prior to FQPA. In addition, IR-4 petitions account for over 50% of the EPA’s work plan for new uses/label expansions as well as participation in three new active ingredients scheduled for 2003 registration.

Action Requested: For information.


Agenda Item 4
SERAs

Presenter: Ron Brown and Eric Young

Background: A survey of the 29 existing SERA-IEGs (see current listing) has been conducted, with responses from 20 (69%). Administrative Advisors were asked to provide information on participation (number of institutions and breakdown of research vs. extension), status of webpage and reports, and ideas for improvement. Drs. Brown and Young will highlight results of the survey and lead discussions on pertinent questions regarding the SERA program.

Action Requested: For information.

Action Taken: On motion/second by Drs. Foster/Jones, the following was approved:

  • ASRED/SAAESD Chairs appoint ad hoc review team composed of two CES Directors, two AES Directors and the two Executive Directors to review SERA-IEGs and recommend in accord with time schedule one of three options: 1) dissolve, 2) leave as is, or 3) enhance (with specific recommendations).
  • Review team should develop a review process for revised and new SERA-IEGs.
  • Explore opportunity for a mechanism/procedure whereby existing or new SERAs can be funded SERAs with tangible inputs and outputs. (This new mechanism would not be the typical “information exchange group.”)
  • Revise the application process to add focus on outputs.
  • Explore opportunities for enhanced input and outputs to be recorded for accountability purposes.

Agenda Item 5
National Plant Disease and Pest Diagnostic Network

Presenter: Kitty Cardwell and Gail Whisler

Background:

The National Plant Disease and Pest Diagnostic Network focuses on the plant disease and pest aspect of the Animal and Plant Disease and Pest Surveillance and Detection Network. This program was established by the Secretary of Agriculture to develop a network linking plant and animal disease diagnostic networks across the country and is designed to:

  • Enhance bio-security by rapid detection of diseases and pests introduced into the US agricultural production system
  • Form a strong network to monitor and detect animal disease and plant pest outbreaks
  • Operate with USDA inter-agency partnership
    • CSREES
    • APHIS
    • ARS
  • Partner with National Agricultural Pest Information System (NAPIS), State Departments of Agriculture, Regional Pest Management Centers, Land Grant Universities and Private Labs

Download Powerpoint presentations:

Action Requested: For information.


Agenda Item 6
Preparing for Audit of Integrated Activities: The Federal Perspective

Presenter: Ellen Danus

Background:

Action Requested: For information.


Agenda Item 7
The Audit Experience: The University Perspective

Presenters: Colin Kaltenbach (AES Director), Jim Christenson (CES Director), and Alma Sperr (Joint AES/CES Business Officer) – University of Arizona (by phone)

Background:

Representatives from the University of Arizona will share their experiences before, during, and after the audit of their institution.

Action Requested: For information.


Agenda Item 8
Southern Rural Development Center Board Governance

Presenters: Bo Beaulieu, Joe McGilberry, and Vance Watson

Background:

The SRDC Director will be submitting to the Association of Southern Region Extension Directors and the Southern Association of Agricultural Experiment Station Directors proposed revisions in the Center’s “Policies and Procedures” handbook. Input will be sought from the Directors regarding these recommended changes. SRDC Board members, Drs. McGilberry and Watson will lead discussions with the Associations.

Action Requested: For information.

Action Taken: In the ASRED meeting the following resolution was adopted: “SRDC Board Members are to review the mission, vision, and goals and look at the governance (board and advisory) in relation to these; any changes shall be held in abeyance until a report is presented at the Fall 03 association meetings.” SAAESD endorsed this resolution.


Agenda Item 9
Future Joint Meetings

Presenters: Dan Smith and Charles Scifres

Background:

Drs. Smith and Scifres will lead a discussion on the desire and the need for future joint meetings – how often, how much time, when, etc.

Action Requested: For information.

Action Taken: The Chairs, after consultation with respective groups, announced that the next joint meeting would be held in spring, 2005, hosted by Texas A&M University.