Spring 2014 Meeting in San Diego, CA
Joint Meeting of WAAESD and WEDA
April 9-11, 2014
Embassy Suites Downtown, San Diego
The Western Association of Agricultural Experiment Station Directors (WAAESD), one of five such regional associations, is comprised of 13 western states and the 4 Pacific trust territories which make up the western region.
The Research and Marketing Act of 1946 set aside 25% of Title 1, Section 9 (Hatch funds) for regional research. The WAAESD was subsequently organized in 1948 in part to aid in planning and management of research activities important to the region. The Congressional requirement that all agricultural experiment stations spend 25% of the Hatch formula fund allocation on regional research also contributed to the formation of the association. This regional commitment was redefined in the Agricultural Research, Extension, and Education Reform Act of 1998 to “multistate research,” the multistate research fund (MRF) was created, and there were new requirements for integrated multistate research and extension activities.
In 2001, the WAAESD partnered with the directors of cooperative extension and academic programs in the western region with a commitment to develop increased functional integration of multistate activities. The commitment has resulted in new multistate activities driven by Extension and/or Academic Programs as well as increased participation in other western region multistate projects by extension faculty.
The Western Extension Directors Association (WEDA) is open to the 1862 Extension Directors and 1994 Representatives of the Land-Grant Cooperative Extension organizations in the following states and territories: Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Micronesia, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Northern Mariana Islands, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. WEDA works on mutually beneficial programs and organizational issues in partnership with USDA-NIFA (National Institute for Food and Agriculture), and the APLU (Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities), as well as other regional and national organizations.
The WEDA mission is to advance the Land Grant College/University Extension programs in member states and territories in the Western Region to assist in meeting the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century by:
- Facilitating stakeholder input on critical issues;
- Creating a voice on national issues for the West, including insular areas;
- Fostering the next generation of Extension programs;
- Mentoring and developing Extension leadership and professionals; and
- Developing collaborative structures for efficiency and effectiveness.
Reserve lodging ASAP
Lodging rates are good until March 9, 2014, based upon availability. Click here to make your lodging reservations on line, or call 800-EMBASSY. Group name ANR WAAESD/WEDA Meeting.