USDA Updates

Read on to find out about the 2009 National Extension and Research Admin Officers’ Conference, a newly strengthened partnership with the National Pest Management Association, and an announcement of the United Soybean Board Appointments.

2009 NERAOC:  The 2009 National Extension and Research Administrative Officers’ Conference (NERAOC) will be held April 26-30, 2009, in Baltimore, MD, and hosted by the University of Maryland and Maryland Eastern Shore. This conference was formerly called the CSREES Administrative Officers’ Conference. The conference provides state participants an opportunity to share information with their peers in budget, finance, grants management, and human resources management. The program planning committee is developing a conference agenda and coordinating speakers for the general session and 66 breakout sessions. Once the host institutions’ Web site is developed, hotel accommodations and conference registration information will be provided. It is anticipated that the registration fee for the 2009 NERAOC will be approximately $550.  Further information will be included in eCALS, as soon as it is available.

USDA/APHIS MOU with National Pest Management Association:  The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) to strengthen its cooperation and coordination on wildlife damage involving nuisance birds.  See USDA’s full news release at:  USDA-MOU-NPMA

USDA announces United Soybean Board Appointments:  USDA has announced 19 appointments and 2 alternate appointments to the United Soybean Board.  See USDA’s full news release at:  USB Appointments