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Research Project: The Southern Great Plains Dairy Consortium

Location: Renewable Energy and Manure Management Research

2013 Annual Report


1a.Objectives (from AD-416):
The Southern Great Plains Dairy Consortium is being established to meet rapidly expanding research, education, extension, and service needs of the intensive dairy production and processing industries. The Consortium will provide a recognized framework for coordinating multi-university, multi-disciplinary, and interagency research, education, extension, and service programs to benefit the expanding dairy industry of the respective states. The Dairy Consortium will be composed of faculty, scientists, and administrators engaged in research, education, extension, and service from the participating institutions. The Consortium's role will be the coordination of research, extension, and service programs involving the dairy production and processing industry in Texas and New Mexico, and collaborative education programs involving Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and Oklahoma.


1b.Approach (from AD-416):
1. Provide framework for the formation of multi-disciplinary teams of faculty from member institutions, agencies, industry, and professional organizations. 2. Create opportunities for developing federal or state legislative initiatives that will help establish Centers of Excellence, among member institutions. 3. Provide an effective mechanism for: (a) Identifying consensus priorities based on dairy industry inputs utilizing a broad-based Industry Advisory Committee; (b) Establishing multi-disciplinary faculty teams to address industry's identified problems and issues through collaborative research, education, extension, and service programs; (c) Implementing and evaluating collaborative research, education, extension, and service programs; (d) Enabling partnering institutions and agencies to work together in maximizing efficiency and realizing scientific and programmatic synergies; (e) Providing coordinated and enhanced undergraduate and graduate training programs; and (f) Providing extension and continuing education programs related to the dairy industry in identified priority areas.


3.Progress Report:

This agreement/Project replaces the previous 5-year Memorandum of Understanding 58-6209-7-037 (Project 6209-31630-002-22M; Accession 0411747) with Texas AgriLife Research, Texas AgriLife Extension, Texas Tech University, West Texas A&M University, Oklahoma State University, University of Arizona, Tarleton State University, New Mexico State University and Texas A&M Veterinary Diagnostic Lab. which expired in 2012. The Southern Great Plains Dairy Consortium ("Dairy Consortium") was established to meet the research, education, extension, and service needs of the rapidly expanding intensive dairy production and dairy processing industries in the southern Great Plains. The Dairy Consortium is composed of faculty, scientists, and administrators from Texas AgriLife Research, Texas AgriLife Extension Service, New Mexico State University, Tarleton State University, Oklahoma State University, Texas Dairymen, New Mexico Dairy Producers, and USDA-ARS, Bushland. The Consortium's role is to serve as a recognized framework to coordinate research, extension, and service programs involving the dairy industry in Texas and New Mexico, and collaborative education programs involving Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. The objectives of the consortium are:.
1)Provide framework for the formation of multi-disciplinary teams of faculty from member institutions, agencies, industry, and professional organizations,.
2)Create opportunities for developing federal or state legislative initiatives that will help establish "centers of excellence" among member institutions, and.
3)Provide an effective mechanism for: (a) Identifying consensus priorities based on dairy industry inputs utilizing a broad-based Industry Advisory Committee; (b) Establishing multi-disciplinary faculty teams to address industry's identified problems and issues through collaborative research, education, extension, and service programs; (c) Implementing and evaluating collaborative research, education, extension, and service programs; (d) Enabling partnering institutions and agencies to work together in maximizing efficiency and realizing scientific and programmatic synergies; (e) Providing coordinated and enhanced undergraduate and graduate training programs; and (f) Providing extension and continuing education programs related to the dairy industry in identified priority areas. The annual meeting of the Administrative Management Team composed of representatives from institution was held in Dallas at the Texas A&M Research and Extension Center on March 28, 2013. This is the first report for this agreement.


Last Modified: 7/28/2014
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