1a. Objectives (from AD-416)
To strengthen the cooperation between the parties and focus on the mutual interest in the broad areas of animal science, plant science, soil science, agriculture and other additional fields mutally agreed upon by both parties.
1b. Approach (from AD-416)
The MOU defines in general terms the basis for which both parties will cooperate and, conditions for the RDA resident scientist to be dispatech to ARS.
3. Progress Report
This MOU provides an umbrella agreement that facilitates cooperation between ARS and the Rural Development Administration (RDA). This document was signed by the administrators of both agencies in 2007 to cover a five year period of agricultural research of mutual interest to both parties. Research can include (but is not limited to) animal, plant, natural resources, storage, processing and handling of agricultural production and protection. All agrements under the umbrella MOU are non-binding and are undertaken at mutual decision of the participants, which should be implemented by mutual understanding and in conformity with the regulations and policies of both Parties. Current activities under this MOU will be reported on in the 421 report for Project number 0210-22310-003-43T.