Regulatory Brief

 Docket NIFA 2010-0001 – Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI)

Formal title: Docket Number [NIFA-2010-0001] National Institute of Food and Agriculture; Solicitation of Input From Stakeholders Regarding the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI)

Notice of public meeting and request for stakeholder input.

Brief Description:

In Fiscal Year 2009, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), formerly known as the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES), created a new research, education, and extension program called the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI). Pursuant to the requirements of section 7406 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008, CSREES solicited public comment from persons who use or conduct research, extension, or education regarding the implementing regulation to be developed for this new program. NIFA is again holding a public meeting and soliciting public comments for consideration in the development of the Fiscal Year 2011 AFRI program solicitations.

AVMA Response:

The AVMA recognizes that levels of federal funding for basic, clinical, and applied animal health research have declined significantly over the past decade. Declining research dollars negatively affects developing disease-resistant food animals, vaccines and other interventions to protect our national food animal herds and flocks against devastating animal diseases. It also impacts approaches to disease surveillance, diagnostics for early disease detection, and effective population-based therapies.

The AVMA also recognizes that the USDA, NIFA, and the current Administration have affirmed their recommitment to science, research, education and extension. We note that many of the AVMA's research priorities and imperatives complement the issues identified by NIFA as priority science areas—Global Food Security and Hunger, Food Safety, Sustainable Energy, Childhood Obesity and Climate Change. Furthermore, the AVMA believes veterinary issues must be given the highest priority to fund essential agricultural and animal health research in these key areas.

The AVMA also believes that the animal health and agricultural research community must begin to move away from single pathogen/single disease approaches to more comprehensive diagnostic, vaccine, and therapeutic platforms that address multiple animal diseases.

Background Documents:

The AVMA responded on June 7, 2010 (PDF)

View Federal Register document (PDF)