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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

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5601 Sunnyside Ave., Beltsville, Maryland

April 18, 2012 ● 7:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.



7:30                Registration and Coffee      


8:00                Welcome and Housekeeping – Dr. Sally Schneider, ARS National Program Leader, and Dr. Kay Simmons, Deputy Administrator, Crop Production & Protection


8:10                Overview and Current Status of the Grape Products Industries – Vicky Scharlau,

                        Jean-Mari Peltier and Dr. Nick Dokoozlian


8:30                ARS Grape Research Overview – Dr. Sally Schneider


9:00                Climate Change – Dr. Charlie Walthall, ARS National Program Leader


9:25                Human Nutrition National Program – Dr. John Finley, ARS National Program



9:50                Break


10:10             NIFA:  Grape Budget Cross-cut & Extension – Dr. Deborah Sheely, Assistant

                        Director, NIFA


10:35             The View from the Agricultural Research Service  Dr. Ed Knipling, ARS



11:05             KEYNOTE ADDRESS:  USDA Grape Initiative – Dr. Ann Bartuska, Deputy Under

                       Secretary, REE


11:35             Sustainable Vineyard Water Management Project Progress – Dr. Nick Dokoozlian


12:00             Working Lunch - Research Roundtable Brainstorming

                        (in separate breakout rooms)


1:30                Plant Health National Program – Dr. Deb Fravel, ARS National Program Leader


1:55                Biotechnology and the grape industry – Dr. Jack Okamuro, ARS National Program



2:20                Working Break:   Finalize breakout deliberations;  any changes based on info from the last 2 presentations


3:15                CRADAs – Jim Poulos, Office of Technology Transfer

                        CRADAs – Jack Okamuro, ARS National Program Leader


3:35                Patents and Licenses – June Blalock and Marion Ravelonandro, Office of Technology Transfer


3:55                Reports from Breakout Sessions


4:20                Wrap-up – ARS and NGWI

Last Modified: 5/1/2012