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.
The Policy Board of Directors of the Board on Agriculture Assembly compiled an annual report for the period of October 1, 2018 - September 20, 2019.
Draft Strategic Realignment Proposal
RECENT ADVOCACY ACTIONS:
September 13, 2019
The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), along with other organizations representing health care providers, scientists, patients, public health, veterinary medicine, industry, and advocates, co-signed a letter to The Honorable Alex M. Azar II, Secfetary of the U. S. Department of Heath and Human Services (DHHS), thanking him for the activities of DHHS in relation to combating antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and to express our desire to work with him on additional efforts to address the serious threat to patient safety and public health.
May 8, 2019
The Board on Agriculture Assembly (BAA) and the Charles Valentine Riley Memorial Foundation (RMF) release a joint statement on increasing federal investments in all segments of an agricultural, food and natural resources research, education, extension and outreach system, with the shared mission of producing the best possible food and agricultural science to meet some of the greatest challenges of the 21st century.
January 18, 2019
The Strategic Realignment Committee releases information on the processes and draft recommendations and seeks input from various entities.
October 19, 2018
The Board on Agriculture Assembly and the Board on Human Sciences join together in sending a letter to the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the House Committee on Agriculture and the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry expressing support for the expanded role of Cooperative Extension in the implementation of Nutrition Education included in the House version of the Agriculture Nutrition Act of 2018 (H.R. 2, Section 4033).
October 15, 2018
The Board on Agriculture Assembly and Board on Human Sciences share comments with the Foundation for Food and Agriculture (FFAR) about the Preliminary Challenge Areas for 2019 and Beyond.
September 20, 2018
The Board on Agriculture Assembly joins with other agricultural research stakeholders in sponsoring a webinar, USDA RESEARCH RELOCATION AND REORGANIZATION: Perspectives from Former USDA Chief Scientists and Administrators (an audio version of the webinar is contained within this link), in which the following panelists participated:
The Honorable Catherine E. Woteki, Former Chief Scientist and Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics, U. S. Department of Agriculture
The Honorable Gale A. Buchanan, Former Chief Scientist and Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics, U. S. Department of Agriculture
Dr. Susan Offutt, Former Administrator, Economic Research Service, U. S. Department of Agriculture
The Honorable Stephen Censky, Deputy Secretary, U. S. Department of Agriculture
September 6, 2018
The Board on Agriculture Assembly joins more than 125 other agricultural research stakeholders in signing a letter to Congress expressing serious concerns with the Administration's proposal to move the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) outside the National Capital Region and urged the leadership of the House and Senate authorizing and appropriating committees to delay the proposed relocation until the questions and concerns raised by NIFA's stakeholders can be fully addressed.
August 17, 2018
BAA Chairman Orlando F. McMeans communicated the Board on Agriculture Assembly's deep concern about the proposed relocation of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and Economic Research Service (ERS) to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue and members of the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations, House Committee on Agriculture, and the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.
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.
April 9, 2018
The Board on Agriculture Assembly 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.
October 24, 2017
The Board on Agriculture Assembly 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 www.land-grant.org.
For information on the Annual Meeting schedule for the Board on Agriculture Assembly, click here.
A Community of Scholars Honoring Excellence, the awards booklet from the 131st APLU Annual Meeting, can be found by clicking here.