USDA-NIFA-ARS: Request for Stakeholder Input

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June 2, 2016

Dear Colleagues:

Provide your insight on the animal production programs of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s (NIFA) using a fun and interactive new online “ideas engine.” The tool is a powerful, collaborative, and engaging way for large groups to generate, prioritize, and refine ideas.

We need expert input from you—our stakeholders, customers, and partners—on how federal investments can best address current needs and challenges facing animal production.The ideas you provide will help form the framework for developing the next ARS National Program Action Plan and defining priorities for NIFA’s animal production research, education, and extension. Information on these programs can be found at these links for ARS and NIFA

If you are interested in providing your insight by suggesting, refining, and prioritizing ideas around any of the topics listed below, simply send an email with your name, affiliation, email address, and topic of interest (in the format provided below) to by June 10. You will receive instructions on how to join.You can participate as much as you like, when you like, while the system is open during the month of June 2016.

Topic 1:  Animal Genetics, Genomics and Bioinformatics
Topic 2:  Applications of Biotechnology to Animal Production
Topic 3.  Animal Well-Being, Stress and Production
Topic 4:  Animal Reproductive Biology
Topic 5:  Quality, Nutritional Value and Healthfulness of Animal Products
Topic 6:  Lactation Biology and Nutritional Efficiency of Animals
Topic 7:  Animal Growth Biology and Alternatives to Antimicrobials for Growth Promotion
Topic 8:  Forages and Forage Utilization for Animal Production
Topic 9:  Reducing Environmental Impacts of Animal Production
Topic10: General Priorities for Animal Production 

First Name
Last Name
Email Address
Topic of Interest

(Please list the topics by your preference: Example Topic 6, Topic 4, and Topic 9)  

Thank you and we look forward to your participation.




Caird Rexroad, ARS (
Adele Turzillo, NIFA (
Charlotte Baer, NIFA (
Lakshmi Kumar Matukumalli, NIFA (
Mark Mirando, NIFA (
Steve Smith, NIFA (