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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.

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:

March 31, 2020
The Board on Agriculture Assembly (BAA) of APLU, along with 49 other agricultural organizations, sent a letter to the House and Senate appropriations leaders asking for an increase in the Agriculture appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2020, particularly for research and education.

The groups urged support for the Trump Administration’s announced goal of the USDA Innovation Agenda – to stimulate innovation to substantially increase production while simultaneously cutting the environmental footprint of U.S. agriculture.

The groups acknowledged that appropriators need to develop an emergency funding package, but said, “Strong funding for the Agriculture appropriations bill, including in particular its research, education, extension, and economics programs, is a critical step toward meeting the Innovation Agenda goal and the United States reclaiming its global lead in food and agricultural science and technology.

“A renewed common commitment to advances in agriculture, food and nutrition, natural resources, and environmental sciences is required to improve national security, competitiveness, sustainability, climate resilience, and public health. We believe securing these interests and reaching this goal cannot be achieved absent a very substantial increase in public funding for food and agricultural research, education, extension, and economics.”

The letter was distributed by Dr. Catherine E. Woteki, the former Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics at the U. S. Department of Agriculture and current President of the Charles Valentine Riley Memorial Foundation, which held a roundtable discussion convened earlier in March to identify priorities for the FY 2021 appropriations. The letter “presents a unified voice in support of the research and education needed for economic growth and food security,” Woteki said. Woteki is also a professor in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Iowa State University and a visiting professor at the University of Virginia’s Biocomplexity Institute.
 

March 12, 2020
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 leaders U. S. House of Representatives and the United States Senate urging robust funding in Fiscal Years 2020 and 2021 for antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and to continue their support for strong investments in AMR so that we can continue to make strides to protect patients and public health as well as spur needed innovation. The House and Senate letters are contained here.

January 28, 2020
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, Secretary of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), asking the Secretary to take swift action to stabilize and strengthen the antibiotics market and make the investments necessary for a comprehensive response to antimicrobial resistance, including stewardship, diagnostics, surveillance, prevention and research.

November 11, 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, Secretary of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), encouraging the funding for antimicrobial incentives to be included in the emergency flu supplemental spending request. The Administration is expected to request additional funding to implement the recently-released flu vaccine Executive Order (84 FR 49935, September 24, 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 Congressional leadership of the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations asking them to develop a final appropriations agreement for Fiscal Year 2020 that reflects bipartisan support for antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and the U. S. commitment to infection prevention, antimicrobial stewardship, surveillance, research, and innovation.

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, Secretary of the U. S. Department of Health 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. 

May 3, 2019
APLU Letter to Secretary Perdue on NIFA Relocation 

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
 

2019 APLU Annual Meeting - San Diego, California

The awards booklet from the 132nd APLU Annual Meeting, A Community of Scholars Honoring Excellence, is available.

Meetings & Events Events

 

Apr
8
All Day
Hyatt Regency Crystal City, 2799 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA 22202
Jun
8
All Day
Portland Regency Hotel and Spa, 20 Milk Street, Portland, ME 04101

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
Iowa State University will establish and host a new national Institute for Antimicrobial Resistance Research and Education. APLU and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) chose Iowa State to lead the institute, which is designed to foster and coordinate research and education activities using a One Health approach to comprehensively tackle the AMR problem.