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Board on Agriculture Assembly

The Board on Agriculture Assembly (BAA) is a unit of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) Commission on Food, Environment, and Renewable Resources (CFERR).  The purpose of the BAA is the promotion of agriculture in all of its phases (food, environment, agriculture, natural resources, and international) in the state universities and land-grant colleges of the states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the territories of the Pacific, and the U. S. Virgin Islands.

The BAA is comprised of the following sections:  Academic Programs Section; Administrative Heads Section; Cooperative Extension Section; Experiment Station Section; and, the International Agriculture Section. The Board is governed by its Rules of Operation.

Recent Advocacy Actions

On April 13, 2018, BAA Chairman Orlando F. McMeans communicated the Board on Agriculture Assembly's support for the research, extension, and teaching provisions of the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (H. R. 2) and called for the expeditious consideration of the legislation by the House Committee on Agriculture and the U. S. House of Representatives. The letter can be accessed here.

On April 9, 2018, the BAA joined with the Charles Valentine Riley Memorial Foundation and communicated with the House Committee on Agriculture and the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry about our mutual goals of increasing federal investments in agricultural research and producing the best possible food and agricultural science to meet some of the greatest challenges of the 21st Century.

On October 24, 2017, the BAA communicated its support for continued investments in capacity and competitive agricultural research, Extension, teaching, and nutrition education programs to the House Committee on Agriculture and the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.

For appropriations and Farm Bill Legislation see

2017 Annual Meeting

View the 2017 Annual Meeting schedule for the BAA by clicking here.

A Community of Scholars Honoring Excellence, the awards booklet from the 130th APLU Annual Meeting, can be found by clicking here.

Meetings & Events Events


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Radisson Hotel Fargo, 201 5th Street North, Fargo, ND 58102
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The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center, 241 South College Street, Auburn, AL 36830

Featured Project & Initiative


Three university of idaho students doing field research in a meadow
Agriculture, Human Sciences & Natural Resources
APLU's Board on Natural Resources and Board on Oceans, Atmosphere, and Climate authored the Science, Education, and Outreach Roadmap for Natural Resources to provide guidance for policy makers in strategic planning and investment.

Featured Project & Initiative


Student testing chemicals in a lab
Agriculture, Human Sciences & Natural Resources
APLU and the AAVMC created a Task Force on Antibiotic Resistance in Production Agriculture to help advise the federal government on a research agenda and publicly disseminate information on the use of antibiotics in production agriculture.