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Reports and Recommendations

Welcome to the NAREEE Advisory Board publications library. This section provides an archive of new and past publications produced by NAREEEAB. You can use the spotlights below to help you find the exact title you're looking for. The full text of all the titles are only a click away and are free. Recommendations are included within each report. The dates shown are the dates each report was transmitted to the Secretary of Agriculture.

2019
Jul 19
This letter conveys the recommendations of the NAREEE Advisory Board to USDA and REE on the relocation of the Economic Research Service and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
2018
Sep 29
The USDA Chief Scientist asked the Council to review the technology of Gene Editing in view of its possible use by USDA to address challenges. The report and recommendations identify specific actions that the USDA Chief Scientist should take to better understand, leverage, and/or communicate gene editing technology.  
Sep 29
The NAREEE Advisory Board is statutorily required to perform an annual review of all the agricultural and natural resource research, extension, or education activities funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to assess their relevance to the Department’s established Research, Education and Economics (REE) priorities and to advise USDA on the adequacy of the funding for those activities (7 USC 7613(b)). This annual process is called the Relevance and Adequacy (R&A) review.  For FY2017, the Board reviewed the programs and activities in the REE mission area and across USDA focused on Climate and Energy Needs. The report provides a summary of the activities and several recommendations on the relevance of the climate and energy programs and the adequacy of funding for those programs.  
Sep 29
This report identifies and suggests possible approaches that will lead to greater protection and utilization of genetic diversity among animal species (including livestock, aquatic and poultry species) that are used for food and fiber production for large-scale commercial agriculture and small and disadvantaged farmers.  
2016
May 1
This report conveys the final recommendations of the National Genetic Resources Advisory Council to the Secretary of Agriculture in response to a specific recommendation of the Advisory Committee on Biotechnology in the 21st Century (AC21), in its report entitled Enhancing Coexistence: A Report of the AC21 to the Secretary of Agriculture (Recommendation V) and provides the NGRAC’s advice and recommendations to USDA on: (1) the on-going evaluation of the pool of commercially available non-genetically engineered (non-GE) and organic seed varieties, (2) identification of market needs for producers serving GE-sensitive markets and (3) advice for developing a plan for USDA to work with industry and other stakeholders to ensure that a diverse commercial seed supply exists to meet the needs of all farmers.
Jan 1
This letter conveys the recommendations of the Specialty Crop Committee to USDA and NIFA on the procedures and objectives used to conduct the relevancy review and the scientific merit review of the Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI).
2015
Oct 19
This letter conveys the recommendations of the Specialty Crop Committee to USDA and NIFA on the procedures and objectives used to conduct the relevancy review and the scientific merit review of the Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI).
Oct 1
This report outlines the Board’s process for the mandated, annual relevance and adequacy review of the programs and activities in the Research, Education, and Extension mission area
Oct 1
The NAREEE Board to developed these recommendations to support and enhance USDA efforts and to generate cooperation and collaboration between USDA, other federal agencies and a variety of partners and stakeholders (especially universities ,producers, consultants and state government), resulting in effectiveness and efficiency on data related efforts and initiatives.
Oct 1
The Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) system was the focus of the spring 2014 NAREEE Advisory Board meeting, and this report summarizes observations and discussions from the Board during that visit, as well as recommendations that were catalyzed after considering other reports on research capacity, needs and priorities.
Oct 1
In response to the December of 2012 Report to the President on Agricultural Preparedness and the Agriculture Research Enterprise from the President’s Council of Advisors on Science & Technology (PCAST), the NAREEE Advisory Board developed this report and recommendations on the balance of agricultural research between private and public funding sources.
Oct 1
This letter conveys the recommendations of the Specialty Crop Committee to USDA and NIFA on the procedures and objectives used to conduct the relevancy review and the scientific merit review of the Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI).
Aug 20
This letter conveys additional advice and recommendations in response to the Phase II report and findings from the ARS Animal Handling and Welfare Review Panel.
Apr 30
This letter conveys additional advice and recommendations in response to the Phase I report and findings from the ARS Animal Handling and Welfare Review Panel.
Apr 1
This report conveys the final recommendations of the National Genetic Resources Advisory Council to the Secretary of Agriculture in response to a specific recommendation of the Advisory Committee on Biotechnology in the 21st Century (AC21), in its report entitled Enhancing Coexistence: A Report of the AC21 to the Secretary of Agriculture (Recommendation V) and provides the NGRAC’s advice and recommendations to USDA on: (1) the on-going evaluation of the pool of commercially available non-genetically engineered (non-GE) and organic seed varieties, (2) identification of market needs for producers serving GE-sensitive markets and (3) advice for developing a plan for USDA to work with industry and other stakeholders to ensure that a diverse commercial seed supply exists to meet the needs of all farmers.
2014
Aug 21
This letter outlines priorities established by the NAREEE Advisory Board for FY2015. Section 7128 of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (Farm Bill) requires recipients of many National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) competitive grant awards to provide matching funds unless their institution falls into one of the several excepted categories or the grantee receives a waiver from the Secretary. The specific language for granting such waivers (section 1408(c)(1)(B)) states that the grant “involves research or extension activities that are consistent with the priorities established by" the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board (NAREEEAB) for the year involved.
Feb 3
This letter conveys the recommendations of the Specialty Crop Committee to USDA and NIFA on the procedures and objectives used to conduct the relevancy review and the scientific merit review of the Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI).
2013
Sep 30
The National Genetic Resources Advisory Council was charged to respond to specific recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Biotechnology in the 21st Century (AC21) on the coexistence of germplasm in all farming operations. The NGRAC responded with this interim report as the initial response to develop a plan to address the AC21 recommendations. A final report from the NGRAC is expected in FY2015.
Feb 26
During the 2012 fiscal year the Board worked with the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP), the governing committee for the national Cooperative Extension System, to gauge the current status of Cooperative Extension, and review the challenges facing it. Additionally, USDA experts, and Board members with direct connections to Cooperative Extension, and Indian Country Extension added to the review. The NAREEE recommendations acknowledge the importance of Cooperative Extension and recommend targeting new investments that will retain this system’s leadership position and role, and enhance its effectiveness and reach.
2012
Aug 1
The Board was encouraged to provide advice on the topic of NASS Reports on Grain Market Volatility by members of the agricultural community. The Board invited a number of knowledgeable individuals from throughout the agricultural community, and from within the USDA to provide incite into the matter during the Fall 2011 meeting of the Board. The recommendations contained in this report underscore the importance of NASS to the agricultural community, and the value of NASS reports to the economy.
Feb 13
This report outlined a numbers of examples of partnerships and collaborations between agencies, industry and universities for the prioritization and conduct of research, development of tools and applications, and transfer of research findings to agricultural and natural resource practice. The chosen partnership presentations emphasized, across a range of institutional structure and focus, intellectual property development, capacity building, technology transfer, human resource development and education, and leverage of federal research funds, formulary funded staff, and private investment. The report provides 5 specific recommendations from the Board related to the USDA’s Research, Education, and Economics Mission Area.
2011
Oct 27
The Renewable Energy Committee (REC) of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education and Economics Advisory Board was established in 2008 and charged to annually study the scope and effectiveness of research, extension and economics programs within the USDA Research, Education and Economics (REE) mission area. The 2011 report acknowledges the work captured in the Office of the Chief Scientist’s Bioenergy White Paper collectively authored by the Bioenergy Science Team. The REC developed 6 specific recommendations to enhance, expand and support USDA/REE’s emphasis to develop transformative ecologically based agricultural systems that ensure sustainable environmental, economic, and social outcomes.
Sep 19
In the first several months of 2011, the Relevancy and Adequacy Subcommittee of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education and Economics (NAREEE) Advisory Board conducted its mandated annual review of the relevancy and adequacy of funding for the agricultural research, extension, education and economic activities conducted by the Department.
May 12
Report on Agricultural Productivity and Agricultural Research
The report summarizes the available evidence on agricultural research funding. It discusses the implications of this evidence for agricultural productivity, national competitiveness, international food security and environmental change. It extends this discussion to consider the services produced alongside foods, fuels and fibers on agricultural and forest lands that are critical to meeting the needs of society. The report includes recommendations related to the funding of agricultural productivity enhancing research and extension, and the funding of other topics currently included in the agricultural research budget.