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Created by Mike Harrington Executive Director WAAESD (Please update for your committees)
USDA National Priorities Climate Change Renewable Energy Global Food Security Food Safety Nutrition and Childhood Obesity REE Action Plan under development, plan is outgrowth of the REE Roadmap
NIFA Catherine Woteki – Undersecretary for REE Roger Beachy resigned as Director Chavonda Jacobs-Young Interim Director The hunt is on!! Deputy Directors Meryl Broussard – Agriculture and Natural Resources Ralph Otto – Food and Community Resources Institute Principal Scientists Food Production and Sustainability - Debby Sheely Bioenergy, Climate & Environment - Frank Boetler Food Safety & Nutrition - Robert Holland Youth, Family and Community Systems - vacant
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
Mandatory Programs 2012 last year Biomass R&D - $30m Beginning Farmer Rancher Program - $19m Specialty Crop Research Initiative - $50m Organic Research and Extension - $20m
Lay of the Land 2008 Farm Bill created the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Ag and Food Research Initiative, several mandatory research programs 2011 Budget, yet another year long CR NIFA lost $217 million, including $122 million in Special Grants ARS lost $185 million 2012 Budget - House Mark NIFA lost $202 million, including $106 M, Research, $71 M Extension every line but AHD and Policy Research Centers!!! ARS lost $144 million
Lay of the Land Capacity of LGUs has declined due to inflation and unfunded mandates Increasing capacity funds in the top priority for the AES and CES organizations OMB position: Competitive grants result in the best science
Budget Battles 2012 and Beyond 2011 - lost $126 Million in special grants House and Senate cant agree on anything Super Committee appointed to work out a budget, may also write Farm Bill. 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
NIFA in 2012 Federal Budget Things we care about FY 2011 FY 2012 Final 2012 Research and Education ActivitiesEnacted President House Senate Hatch Act236.344 204.250 206.378 236.334 Agriculture and Food Research Initiative264.470 324.655 223.344 265.987 264.470
AFRI Funding Heavily Leveraged into 2012 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
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.
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
Simply put, impact statements answer the questions: So what? Who cares? and Why?
Who cares? The Public Congress Federal, state and local officials Stakeholders External funding sources Industry representatives College leadership
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!!!! $$$$$$$$$$$$
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?
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
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
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, and costs dropped by $20 to $3.19 BELOW the state average. Each farms profit increased $345,000 over five years, bringing more hogs, more jobs, and more spending to the county.
An Impact Statement relating to environmental quality Chopped waste paper is an economical substitute for wood chips commonly used as bedding by the horse industry. Our scientists have found that the paper absorbs moisture better too. By using some of the 76 million tons of paper Americans throw away each year, researchers can reduce landfill demands, save a few trees and keep horses comfy all at once. Can this be improved, if so how??
An Impact Statement relating to health and social wellbeing Social/Individual wellbeing… (health) No standards exist for wooden basketball, dance and aerobics floors. So, were 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. Can this be improved, if so how??
Reporting potential impact... Potential impact should be considered, especially in basic research and teaching or youth education work.
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.