Dear Organites,
Here is your chance to give your input to CSREES.

Here is a little background on what they are responsible for in our
government:(The Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension
Service (CSREES) is an agency within the U.S. Department of Agriculture
(USDA), part of the executive branch of the Federal Government. Congress
created CSREES through the 1994 Department Reorganization Act, by
combining the USDA's Cooperative State Research Service (CSRS) and
Extension Service (ES) into a single agency.  CSREES is one of four USDA
agencies that make up its Research, Education, and Economics (REE)
mission area. The other three agencies are: 

Agricultural Research Service (ARS) 
Economics Research Service (ERS) 
National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) 

The USDA-REE agencies provide federal leadership in creating and
disseminating knowledge spanning the biological, physical, and social
sciences related to agricultural research, economic analysis,
statistics, extension, and higher education. 

CSREES' unique mission is to advance knowledge for agriculture, the
environment, human health and well-being, and communities by supporting
research, education, and extension programs in the Land-Grant University
System and other partner organizations. CSREES doesn't perform actual
research, education, and extension but rather helps fund it at the state
and local level and provides program leadership in these areas. 

CSREES' targeted areas of interest-its 60 identified programs

This is what was shared by Andy Clark, National coordinator for SARE.
-----Original Message-----
From: Andy Clark [mailto:[log in to unmask]] 
Sent: Friday, January 23, 2009 10:02 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: [SANET-MG] FW: CSREES Seeks Stakeholder Input


From: McAleer, Patricia [mailto:[log in to unmask]] 
Sent: Friday, January 23, 2009 9:57 AM
To: smallfarmwg
Subject: [smallfarmwg] CSREES Seeks Stakeholder Input

CSREES is seeking written stakeholder input on the establishment of the
National Institute of Food and Agriculture (the Institute). The
announcement was published in the Federal Register
<>  on January 2. The
establishment of the Institute is mandated in the Food, Conservation,
and Energy Act (FCEA) of 2008. All programs and authorities currently
delegated to CSREES will transfer to the Institute, no later than
October 1, 2009. CSREES is designated to act on behalf of the Secretary
of Agriculture in soliciting public comment from interested parties
regarding the establishment of the Institute.

All written comments must be received by February 6, 2009, to be
considered. You may submit comments, identified by CSREES-2008-0004, by
any of the following methods:

*	Federal eRulemaking Portal (for online submission): See Federal
Register <>  notice. 
*	E-mail: [log in to unmask] Include CSREES-2008-0004 in
the subject line of the message. 
*	Fax: 202-720-0289 
*	Mail: Paper, disk, or CD-ROM submissions should be submitted to
Judy Rude, Communications Staff, CSREES, U.S. Department of Agriculture,
Mail Stop 2201, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC

*         Hand Delivery/Courier: Judy Rude, Communications Staff,
CSREES, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Room 4236, Waterfront Centre,
800 9th Street, SW., Washington, DC 20024.

All submissions received must include the title "Institute" and
CSREES-2008-0004. All comments received will be posted to <> , including any
personal information provided.

Contact Judy Rude, phone: 202-720-4242, fax: 202-690-0289, or
[log in to unmask], for more information. 

Patricia McAleer

Program Specialist
Economic and Community Systems, CSREES, USDA
Phone: 202 /720-2635
Fax: 202 / 690-3162
E-mail: [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]> 

CSREES' mission is to advance knowledge for agriculture, the
environment, human health and well-being, and communities.

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