You can influence USDA’s research priorities

Commenting Period Open Make Your Voice HeardVeterinarians interested in animal health, animal welfare, and public health have an opportunity right now to influence federal research spending priorities.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is soliciting input on how to direct its research resources to advance food and agriculture.

To ensure that NIFA’s research priorities promote animal health, animal welfare and public health, it is vital that the veterinary profession provide input into these priorities. The AVMA will be submitting comments to NIFA, and we encourage our members to do so as well.

NIFA is looking for feedback on two particular questions:

  • What is your top priority in food and agricultural research, extension, or education that NIFA should address?
  • What are the most promising science opportunities for advancement of food and agricultural sciences?

Feedback on these two issues will help NIFA prioritize science emphasis areas, identify gaps in programming, and determine which programs are underperforming.

Input can be provided to NIFA either in person or in writing. NIFA has planned four listening sessions to be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. local time at the following locations and dates:

  • Marriott Kansas City Overland Park, Kansas City, Mo. (Oct. 19)
  • Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Atlanta (Oct. 26)
  • Westin Sacramento, Sacramento, Calif. (Nov. 2)
  • Greenbelt Marriott, Greenbelt, Md. (Nov. 8)

Individuals who wish to attend these sessions must RSVP via NIFA’s input form by Oct. 12. If you are interested in making a five-minute oral presentation, you must submit a 250-word abstract describing your topic.

Individuals also may submit written comments via the input form or via email; written comments are not due until Dec. 1. NIFA requests that you limit your answers to 600 words per question.

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