Our Work
Wendy Fink
Executive Director, Academic Programs Section & Assistant Vice President, Food, Agriculture & Natural Resources (FANR)


APLU, through the Boards on Agriculture Assembly (BAA), Natural Resources (BNR), and Oceans, Atmosphere, and Climate (BOAC), works to increase federal funding for research and outreach on water resources issues. The Boards also push for greater federal coordination on water resources.

Many important challenges exist for managing and protecting our water resources that can, and must, be addressed by our Land-grant Universities (LGUs). To develop a strategy for enhancing how LGUs can help USDA, the Board on Agriculture Assembly created an ad hoc national Working Group on Water Resources which developed recommendations and an executive summary for how to best address U.S. Water Security following the LGU tripartite mission of research, education and Extension.

APLU provides continued federal advocacy support for the Water Resources Research Institutes (WRRI). As stated in the USGS Budget Justifications for FY2016, the WRRI promote “State, tribal, regional and national coordination of water resources research, training, and information and technology transfer. The Water Institutes have developed a constituency and a program that far exceeds that supported by their direct Federal appropriations.”

The Board on Natural Resources in coordinationa with the 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.The second chapter of this Roadmap focuses entirely on water.

Featured Project & Initiative

The Data Literacy Institute – a partnership between APLU and the Association for Institutional Research with funding from Ascendium – brings together cross-departmental teams from 11 Powered by Publics institutions from Cluster 14 to engage in training that enhance their use of data to improve equitable student outcomes. In May 2022, Powered by Publics held […]

Featured Publication

2022 APLU Annual Report