UI’s Daley-Laursen Named to National Agricultural Research Advisory Board

Wednesday, April 9 2014

MOSCOW, Idaho – April 8, 2014 – U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has reappointed University of Idaho professor and administrator Steven Daley-Laursen to the National Agricultural Research, Education, Economics and Extension Advisory Board, or NAREEE.

Daley-Laursen is the senior executive in the UI Office of Research and Economic Development and a professor in the UI College of Natural Resources. He has served on the NAREEE board since 2011.

“It is a privilege to represent my peers and land-grant universities on this unique federal advisory committee,” Daley-Laursen said. “This board’s immediate access to the secretary and administrative heads of the USDA agencies and the agriculture committees in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives provide a voice for our interests in the formulation of the USDA’s research, extension and education priorities.”

The NAREEE board advises the secretary of agriculture and land-grant colleges and universities on top national priorities and policies for food and agricultural research, education, extension and economics.  In addition, the board holds stakeholder listening sessions, reviews draft guidance for competitive grant programs, advises the Agriculture Research Service on its scientific peer review process for national programs, conducts an annual review of all agricultural research, extension, or education activities conducted or funded by the Department for relevance to national priorities and adequacy of funding, and advises the USDA’s Research, Education, and Economics (REE) Mission Area in the development of its draft Strategic Plan.  

The board members are leaders in state agencies, universities, non-profit organizations and private industries, as well as leaders of consumer interest groups who represent industries including farming, ranching, food production, forestry research, rural economic development and natural resource management.

The board has recently considered topics such as forming USDA Innovation Institutes and USDA Regional Climate Hubs, the relevancy of USDA programs to stakeholder needs, and data management for agricultural and natural resources research.

"An appointment to a national board such as this not only reflects upon Dr. Daley-Laursen's reputation, but also reflects upon the caliber of faculty members across the University of Idaho," said Jack McIver, UI's vice president for research and economic development. "Our people have the knowledge and expertise to contribute to conversations that shape policies nationwide."


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