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External Review of NIFA Agricultural Marketing and Trade Portfolio

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) administrator conducted an independent external Portfolio Review Panel July 20-22, 2004, in Washington, DC, to meet the performance-budget requirements of the Office of Management and Budget.  The panel evaluated the effectiveness of the portfolio, and made recommendations to the administrator and national program leaders.

Panel members were Dr. Mary Ahearn, Economic Research Service; Dr. Walt Armbruster, Farm Foundation (chairman); Dr. Bob Birkenholz, The Ohio State University; Dr. Joe Coffey, Southern States Cooperative; Dr. Bruce Gardner, University of Maryland; Dr. Otto Loewer, University of Arkansas; Dr. Mary Marchant, University of Kentucky; Dr. Norman Scott, Cornell University; and Dr. Lyle Stephens, Deere & Co.

NIFA prepared and provided the portfolio self-review document, Report to the External Review Panel, Agricultural Markets & Trade, Portfolio 1.1, International Economic Development, Portfolio1.2, and Structure of the Agricultural Sector & Farm Management, Portfolio 1.4 to the review panel prior to the evaluation.

The panel considered the gamut of research, teaching, and extension activities of the NIFA/land-grant partnership and NIFA's leadership role, and developed an assessment of each portfolio. The panel used criteria that met OMB's overall research and development criteria of relevance, quality, and performance. The panel's findings are in the following report to the agency:

NIFA Portfolio 1.1, Agricultural Markets and Trade, including the research and education topics of Market Economics, Marketing and Distribution Practices, and Domestic Policy Analysis received a rating of Moderately Effective in Supporting NIFA Objectives.


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