University of Idaho Research Leader Gains Seat on Congressional U.S.D.A. Advisory Board

Wednesday, November 3 2010

Written by Sue McMurray
MOSCOW, Idaho – Steven Daley-Laursen, senior executive to the University of Idaho’s vice president for research and economic development and professor in the College of Natural Resources’ Department of Forest Ecology and Biogeosciences, has been appointed by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture to a three-year term on the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education and Economics Advisory Board (NAREEE).

Composed of 25 members from around the nation, the NAREEE Board advises the secretary, appropriations committees of the U.S. Congress, and the nation’s universities regarding the policies and programs of the U.S.D.A.’s research, education, extension and economics mission areas.

“Having a University of Idaho representative on the only U.S.D.A. advisory board that is statutorily defined by Congress creates a valuable inroad for university science leadership,” said John McIver, University of Idaho vice president for research and economic development. "As a land-grant university, we are especially well positioned to advise the secretary and appropriations committees on top national priorities for food, natural resource and agricultural research.”

The NAREEE Board hosts stakeholder listening sessions, evaluates the peer review processes of the Agricultural Research Service and National Institutes for Food and Agriculture. It reviews U.S.D.A. research, extension and education activities for relevance to national priorities. The group also provides input on specialty crops and renewable energy priorities through mandated subcommittees.

According to Daley-Laursen, “the university’s partnership with the U.S.D.A. serves as a safety net for U.S. agricultural, natural resource and community development science in a very daunting economic climate and brings key stakeholders to the table to ensure that the best science is available to inform decisions.”

“The appointment is timely as unease over our nation’s food supply and security, the environmental footprint of natural resource management, addiction to fossil fuels and obesity increases,” said Daley-Laursen. “NAREEE leverages the real-world experience of experts dealing with these issues first hand to help USDA develop the strategies to address these issues.”
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Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho is the state’s land-grant institution and its principal graduate education and research university, bringing insight and innovation to the state, the nation and the world. University researchers attract nearly $100 million in research grants and contracts each year. The University of Idaho is the only institution in the state to earn the prestigious Carnegie Foundation classification for high research activity. The student population of 12,302 includes first-generation college students and ethnically diverse scholars, who select from more than 130 degree options in the colleges of Agricultural and Life Sciences; Art and Architecture; Business and Economics; Education; Engineering; Law; Letters, Arts and Social Sciences; Natural Resources; and Science. The university also is charged with the statewide mission for medical education through the WWAMI program. The university combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities and focuses on helping students to succeed and become leaders. It is home to the Vandals, the 2009 Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl champions. For more information, visit

About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho helps students to succeed and become leaders. Its land-grant mission furthers innovative scholarly and creative research to grow Idaho's economy and serve a statewide community. From its main campus in Moscow, Idaho, to 70 research and academic locations statewide, U-Idaho emphasizes real-world application as part of its student experience. U-Idaho combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. It is home to the Vandals. For information, visit