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National Program 306: Quality and Utilization of Agricultural Products
2008 USDA-ARS Stakeholder Workshop
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Stakeholder and Cooperator Workshop

ARS National Program 306,

Quality and Utilization of Agricultural Products,

Marriott BWI Airport, June 10-11, 2008


Workshop Goals:  1) Provide an overview of the National Program and an assessment of Program accomplishments to stakeholders, customers, partners, and scientists.  2) Assess how well this National Program has performed in meeting stakeholder needs and expectations.  3) Gather information from stakeholders, customers, partners, and scientists to assist in the development of the next 5-year research plan for the Program.


Monday, June 9, 2008

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – Salons E & F

Early Registration

Nadine Kessler, Tracy Havermann, Jennifer Klemens, Coordinators

Tuesday, June 10, 2008


7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. – Salons E & F

Registration & Continental Breakfast

Nadine Kessler, Tracy Havermann, Jennifer Klemens, Kathy Werner, Coordinators


8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. – Salons E & F





9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.



9:45 a.m. to 10:10 a.m.


Welcome – Dr. Frank Flora, NPS


ARS Overview, Budget Projections, Research Priorities,

National Program Cycle – Dr. Joseph Spence, BA


Overview of ARS National Program 306, Workshop Goals, Logistics, and Housekeeping – Dr. Frank Flora, NPS


Report from NP 306 Assessment Panel Chair, Q&A –

Dr. Daryl Lund, University of Wisconsin (retired)


10:10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. – Salons E & F




10:30 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. – Salons E & F



10:50 a.m. to 11:10 a.m.



11:10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.




11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Opportunities and Needs for ARS Research in Food Quality and Processing – Dr. Charles Onwulata, ERRC


Opportunities and Needs for ARS  Research in Non-Food, Non-Fuel Quality and Processing – Dr. Sevim Erhan, NCAUR


Partnering with ARS to Transfer Technologies to the Private Sector – Dr. Richard Brenner, ARS Office of Technology Transfer


Q&A Discussion – Dr. Robert Fireovid, NPS

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. – Salons E & F




1:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. – Salons E & F


1:15 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Breakout Rooms





Charge to Breakout Session I


Breakout session I – How did we do?  What is our role? What changes in your organization should ARS be aware of?

*      How well did research in this ARS National Program address your organization’s needs or priorities over the last 9 years?

*      What should be ARS’ role in this area of research?  What should be relegated to universities and industry?

*      How have recent market changes, paradigm shifts, and technology developments affected your organization?

4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. – Salons E & F

Reports from Day 1 Breakout Groups

5:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. – Salons E & F

Review of Next Days’ Activities

Homework assignment:  List three priorities or needs that your organization would like to see addressed in this ARS National Program over the next 5-7 years.

6:00 p.m. – Salons E & F

Reception (Cash Bar)

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – Salons E & F

Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. – Salons E & F


8:15 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. – Breakout Rooms





Charge to Breakout Session II


Breakout Session II – Where should this National Program focus its efforts?  How can we best organize the program?

*      What “big picture” pressing problems in your company, industry or organization, related to postharvest quality and value-added processing and utilization, would you like to see this ARS National Program address during the next 5-7 years?  In other words, what are your organization’s priority research needs?

*      Do the current NP 306 Action Plan Components, Problems Areas, and Objectives continue to frame the major issues?  Have we missed any big issues? 

*       What name and organizational structure would most clearly describe the program and capture key issues?

11:00 a.m. 12:30 p.m. – Salons E & F

Reports from Day 2 Breakout Groups

12:30 p.m.






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