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1 H Michael Harrington Executive Director WAAESD Revised June 2013

2 USDA National Priorities* Climate Change Renewable Energy Global Food Security Food Safety Nutrition and Childhood Obesity REE Action Plan completed plan is outgrowth of the REE Roadmap * Unchanged

3 ESCOP - Science Roadmap for Food and Agriculture I. Enhance the sustainability, competitiveness, and profitability of U.S. food and agricultural systems II. Adapt to and mitigate the impacts of climate change on food, feed, fiber, and fuel systems in the United States. III. Support energy security and the development of the bioeconomy from renewable natural resources in the United States. IV. Play a global leadership role to ensure a safe, secure, and abundant food supply for the United States and the world. V. Improve human health, nutrition, and wellness of the U.S. population. VI. Heighten environmental stewardship through the development of sustainable management practices. VII. Strengthen individual, family, and community development and resilience. Water, sustainability and health are transcending issues among 35 action items See:

4 USDA-REE Catherine Woteki – Undersecretary for REE Sonny Ramaswammy – NIFA Director Deputy Directors Meryl Broussard – Agriculture and Natural Resources Ralph Otto – Food and Community Resources Institute Principal Scientists Food Production and Sustainability - Debby Sheeley Bioenergy, Climate & Environment - Frank Boteler* Food Safety & Nutrition - Robert Holland Youth, Family and Community Systems - Muquarrab Qureshi * will be leaving

5 Changes in AFRI Programs Fewer new programs focus heavily on collaborations and integrated teams Childhood Obesity Prevention Challenge Area Climate Change Challenge Area Food Safety Challenge Area Global Food Security Challenge Area Sustainable Bioenergy Challenge Area Foundational Program

6 AFRI Funding Heavily Leveraged FY 2011FY 2012 AFRI Budget264,470,000 Set asides 7.8536% (management fee, SBIR, Biotech Risk Assessment, panels, etc)20,770,370 Available for awards243,699,630 Awards continuing from previous years estimated at $155 M in 2011167,000,000 Funds available for new awards76,699,630*76,699,630 Expect to see fewer funds and programs in AFRI *Estimate

7 Mandatory Programs Expired in 2012 Biomass R&D - $30m Beginning Farmer Rancher Program - $19m Specialty Crop Research Initiative - $50m Organic Research and Extension - $20m

8 Lay of the Land 2011 Budget, yet another year long CR NIFA lost $217 million, including $122 million in Special Grants ARS lost $185 million 2012 Budget NIFA lost $202 million, including $106 M, Research, $71 M Extension every line but AHD and Policy Research Centers!!! ARS lost $144 million 2013 Budget – Fiscal Cliff NIFA lost 7.71% reduction due to sequestration Distributed across all lines except AFRI (+ 12.8 M) ARS lost $78.3 M

9 Lay of the Land Capacity of LGUs has declined due to inflation and unfunded mandates Increasing capacity (formula)funds in the top priority for the AES and CES organizations OMB position: Competitive grants result in the best science Economic studies indicate the ROI on formula funds ranges between 20 - 50% over the last 40 years

10 NIFA Appropriations Constant 1993 dollars to present

11 Budget Battles 2014 and Beyond House and Senate can’t agree on anything 2014 Farm Bill Fiscal Cliff All Committee are looking for savings and increased efficiencies – combining lines/removing authorizations, small programs are vulnerable Agencies have been asked to look for ways to increase efficiency and reduce duplication

12 NIFA in 2014 Federal Budget Things we care about FY 2012FY 2013 FY 2014 Enacted FinalProposedHouseSenate Hatch Act236.334 218.349 236.334 Evans-Allen 1890 Research50.898 47.02350.898 McIntire-Stennis Co-op. Forestry32.934 30.42732.934 AFRI264.470 276.980 383,376 290.657 Smith Lever (3-b,c)294.0 271.618294.0 1890 Extension42.592 39.34942.592


14 Why talk about impact reporting? Multistate Research Fund projects are required to complete an SF-422 Annual Report form that includes a section on project impacts. When a project terminates, and sometimes before, these reports feed into the National Impact Reporting Project which creates an Impact Statement with the information therein. Those Impact Statements are used by the Western Directors Office, ESCOP (via advocacy firm Cornerstone and education/marketing firm kglobal), and others to educate decision-makers in Washington DC about the importance of work being done in Hatch Multistate projects. Details on the current status of the National Impact Reporting Project:


16 What is Impact?  The quantifiable difference a program makes in the quality of life for its users.  A measurable change in condition.  Quantitative, measurable benefits of the research outputs as experienced by those who receive them. - However, the challenge has been to assess, determine and effectively communicate the impacts of our efforts.

17  Reports, publications, patents, data, workshops or information  Description of the program or process  Number of persons attending a meeting  Number of persons enrolled in a program These are outputs!!! IMPACT

18 Simply put, impact statements answer the questions: So what? Who cares? and Why?

19 Who cares?  The Public  Congress  Federal, state and local officials  Stakeholders  External funding sources  Industry representatives  College leadership

20 Why does their opinion matter?  Seeking quantifiable benefits of programs  Have competition for their attention and money  Exercise some type of control over your programs  “The Golden Rule”!!!! $$$$$$$$$$$$

21 What is an Impact Statement?  A brief summary in lay terms that describes the difference that your efforts have made.  Highlights the difference your program is making for the public good.  Concisely summarizes what you did to achieve this difference.  Clearly states payoffs to society.  Answers key questions: So what? Who cares? Why?

22 Outcomes Adoption of technology Creation of jobs Reduced cost to the consumer Less pesticide exposure to farmers Access to more nutritious food Cleaner environment and healthier communities

23 Elements of a good Impact Statement? It illustrates change in at least one of the following: Economic value or efficiency Environmental quality Societal/individual well-being

24 An Impact Statement relating to economic return Five years ago, Anderson County pork producers spent $17 more than the state average to raise a market hog. We helped them improve their record keeping and production practices, dropping costs to $3.19 below the state average. Each farm’s profit increased $345,000 over five years, bringing more hogs, more jobs, and more spending to the county.

25 An Impact Statement relating to environmental quality We implemented a water monitoring program in cooperation with growers who farm 6,000 acres. We developed and demonstrated nutrient best management practices to reduce runoff into local streams. These practices reduced nutrient costs by an average of $10/acre and reduced nutrients in area streams by 70%

26 An Impact Statement relating to health and social wellbeing Social/Individual wellbeing… (health) No standards exist for wooden basketball, dance and aerobics floors. So, we’re setting them. Our scientists study the role of floor type and construction in chronic-use injuries that often make people stop exercising. Computer models predict how a floor reacts to various forces or environmental changes. Those predictions, and what doctors know about chronic athletic injuries, bring a prescription for safer exercise for athletes of all ages and abilities resulting in $30 million savings in medical costs.

27 Reporting potential impact... Potential impact should be considered, especially in basic research and teaching or youth education work.

28 Example of “potential impact” We bought special software for classroom computers. The students learned to analyze the total true cost of producing food products. Using the same software industry uses makes these students ready for the job market and ready to enhance the food industry.

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