TETRAPARTITE 2008 USA COUNTRY REPORT. Dr. Edward B. Knipling Administrator Agricultural Research Service. TOPICS. Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Delegation U.S. Policy Environment ARS Budgets Research Priorities Emerging/Continuing Issues Farm Bill. ARS Delegation. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation
Slide 1T e t r a p a r t i t e 2 0 0 7 TETRAPARTITE 2008 Agricultural Research Service T e t r a p a r t i t e 2 0 0 7 TOPICS U.S. Policy Environment ARS Budgets Research Priorities Emerging/Continuing Issues Farm Bill T e t r a p a r t i t e 2 0 0 7 ARS Delegation Dr. Caird E. Rexroad, Jr., Associate Administrator Director – Northern Plains Area Human Nutrition Research Center T e t r a p a r t i t e 2 0 0 7 U.S. Policy Environment Election year – Administration change Greater policy attention to climate change? T e t r a p a r t i t e 2 0 0 7 ARS Budget FY 2008 Third consecutive year with a flat, no- increase budget Aligns 80 percent of prior-year earmarks ($210 Million) with National priorities; 20 percent ($41 Million) earmarks remain T e t r a p a r t i t e 2 0 0 7 Proposed Budget FY 2009 ($84 Million) from 2008 Redirects $64 Million base programs to enhance priority research T e t r a p a r t i t e 2 0 0 7 Proposed Budget FY 2009 (continued) Terminates $59 Million in lesser priority base research programs and $41 Million in prior-year earmarks – closes 20 ARS laboratories New BSL-3 Avian Influenza facility at Athens, Georgia (planning funds) Final Congressional action 6 months away, after election T e t r a p a r t i t e 2 0 0 7 Proposed Budget FY 2010 Expected to reflect level or reduced spending from FY 2009 May reflect food price crisis and new Farm Bill provisions T e t r a p a r t i t e 2 0 0 7 ARS Research Priorities Human Nutrition/Obesity Prevention Specialty Crops T e t r a p a r t i t e 2 0 0 7 Emerging/Continuing Issues Produce Food Safety *Special opportunity for Tetrapartite collaboration T e t r a p a r t i t e 2 0 0 7 New 2008 Farm Bill Modestly reduces crop and ethanol subsidies; establishes payment limits Enhances trade, nutrition assistance, and conservation programs Reform farm policy to make it more market-oriented, more predictable, less market distorting and better able to withstand challenge. T e t r a p a r t i t e 2 0 0 7 New 2008 Farm Bill Proposed reorganization of ARS did not occur New Program Director staff established at the Under Secretary level to coordinate intramural and extramural programs Under Secretary provided dual title of USDA Chief Scientist Tasked to set the USDA research, education, and extension agenda (“Roadmap”) and recommend funding levels T e t r a p a r t i t e 2 0 0 7 New 2008 Farm Bill Former USDA extramural funding organization (CSREES) renamed National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA), with enhanced funding authorities for competitive research Specialty Crop and Organic Crop Research Initiatives Bioenergy Research Initiative Foot and Mouth Disease Research on Mainland T e t r a p a r t i t e 2 0 0 7 A better future
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