Under Secretary Woteki and ARS Host China MOST 11th Annual Joint Working Group in Ft. Collins Colorado, August 2013
Kristofer Dodge of the ARS Office of International Research Programs (OIRP) coordinated technical meetings and the 11th Annual Joint Working Group (JWG) with the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) in Fort Collins, Colorado. The JWG was hosted by REE Under Secretary Catherine Woteki and ARS on August 20, 2013, and featured discussions on the Flagship Program Protocol which Secretary Vilsack and Under Secretary Woteki signed with their counterparts on May 1, 2012. The three flagship programs are biotechnology, water saving technology and genebank technology. MOST announced that they have recently awarded 10 grants worth $20 million to investigate these programs with ARS scientists. Discussion focused on the vast amount of Sino-American cooperation in agricultural research and how this may be organized using a matrix, and also leveraged to benefit lesser developed countries. Following the Joint Working Group meeting on August 21-23, ARS hosted Chinese counterparts for a technical meeting on the flagship program of water saving technology in Fort Collins, Colorado. This meeting featured overarching keynote presentations about national water management priorities as well as introductions from individual participants, and breakout groups to develop research collaborations.