ARCHIVE: FY 2012-2016 RREA Strategic Plan (extended through FY 2018)

Extension natural resource professionals from across the country have collaborated to produce a 5-year strategic plan for the Renewable Resources Extension Act (RREA) Program, Sustaining the Nation’s Forest and Rangeland Resources for Future Generations.

NIFA Strategic Plan FY2014 - FY2018

MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR - The National Institute of Food and Agriculture is pleased to publish our Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2014-2018. Our plan will serve as our “roadmap” for the next five years, setting forth specific and measurable goals and strategies. This plan will enable NIFA to lead and invest in agricultural research, education and extension to solve significant societal challenges. Our Strategic Plan will shape our decision-making and position NIFA to more effectively and efficiently accomplish our critical priorities over the next five years. Furthermore, this Strategic Plan will form the overarching framework for our financial and employee performance plans. In developing this Strategic Plan, we heard from a wide range of stakeholders, Land- Grant institutions, other partners, and our dedicated employees through listening sessions, focus groups and surveys. This plan reflects the tremendous sharing of information, ideas, and thoughts. We appreciate the input and look forward to continued dialogue to further strengthen research, education, and extension related to agriculture, communities, and society. This plan focuses on four major goals that are in strict alignment with the 2014 Farm Bill; the USDA Strategic Plan (FY2014-2018); and the Research, Education, and Economics (REE) Action Plan. These goals are: Each goal consists of desired results, sub-goals, and key deliverables and sound performance measures. Since our establishment in the 2008 Farm Bill, NIFA has made important progress to enhance the stature and impact of food, agricultural, and natural resource sciences and grow support for agricultural research, education, and extension. We, however, cannot rest on our past successes. Moving forward, our sights must remain laser-focused on reaching our vision to: “Catalyze transformative discoveries, education, and engagement to address agricultural challenges.” With this Plan, we will continue to be committed to identifying and meeting research, education, and extension priorities and six national challenge areas: • Food Security • Climate Variability and Change • Water • Sustainable Bioenergy • Childhood Obesity Prevention • Food Safety Finally, this plan is a living, flexible document. We will regularly revisit and update the plan based on progress and as needed through an active process to meet evolving demands and new and important challenges. Sonny Ramaswamy Director

REEport Financial Report Manual

The Financial Report process in REEport replaces the old AD-419 financial report that was previously done in CRIS Webforms. It is a project level report that details all expenditures by funding source, as well as all FTEs, for the most recently completed federal fiscal year. The report is used for research planning and is not an auditable document. It is due February 1st each year.

Iraq Agricultural Extension Revitalization Project, 2007-2011

The Iraq Agricultural Extension Revitalization (IAER) Project, a partnership between USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture and the Foreign Agriculture Service, was funded by the Department of State in 2007.

The U.S.-India Agricultural Knowledge Initiative (AKI)

The U.S.-India Agricultural Knowledge Initiative (AKI) was launched in 2005 by President Bush and Indian Prime Minister Singh to strengthen the Indian agricultural knowledge system in areas of mutual interest.

South Africa Agribusiness/Extension Development Project, 1999-2000

Emerging small-scale farmers and other rural residents benefited from the Agribusiness/Extension Development Project in South Africa implemented by NIFA.

Russia Farm Privatization Project, 1992 - 1998

In 1991, then Secretary of Agriculture Edward Madigan and former St. Petersburg, Russia, Mayor Anatoly Sobchek initiated a project designed to assist Russian agriculture in moving from the former collective and state farm system to one privately owned and managed. A team of USDA agricultural specialists transformed the idea of building a U.S. style model farm in rural northwest Russia into a reality, the Russian-American Farm Privatization Project (RAFPP).

Polish/American Extension Project, 1990 - 1996

From 1990 to 1996, NIFA collaborated with 31 land-grant universities to assist the Polish Ministry of Agriculture in restructuring and reorienting its agricultural extension system at the national, provincial, and local levels.

Republic of Nigeria Agribusiness/Extension Development Project, 2001-2004

Starting in 2001, NIFA assisted the government of Nigeria in achieving agricultural sustainability through capacity building and technical assistance training.

Republic of Ghana Agribusiness and Extension Project, 2002-2005

NIFA collaborated with the Republic of Ghana's Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) to support agribusiness, entrepreneurial development, and extension development.