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Wine Institute Technical Committee Jean-Mari Peltier November 6, 2009 Napa, California. An outline for today. Re-structuring of the research function of USDA Implications for future federal research funding Review of NGWI structure & priorities Review of SCRI and new RFA

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Wine Institute Technical Committee Jean-Mari PeltierNovember 6, 2009Napa, California

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An outline for today

  • Re-structuring of the research function of USDA

  • Implications for future federal research funding

  • Review of NGWI structure & priorities

  • Review of SCRI and new RFA

  • Journal of Nutrition

  • eXtension

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Inevitably We Look to Washington…

  • What is the tone set by the new Administration?

    • Their research orientation

    • Implementation of Specialty Crop Provisions

  • CSREES Transition

  • New Chief Scientist

  • Climate Change Legislation

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Goal: Double Competitive Research Funding

  • Climate change

  • Food Safety

  • Bio-Fuels

  • Nutrition (childhood obesity)

  • International food security

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Creation of Four New “Institutes”

  • Biofuels, climate, and energy

  • Food safety and nutrition

  • Food production and sustainability

  • Youth and community development

  • And, a Center for International Programs.

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National Grape and Wine Initiative

Linking industry stakeholders and research providers

Building critical mass and national research priorities




Texas A&M

Penn State





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NGWI Quality Committee Projects

  • Viticultural Influence on Wine Quality

    • NGWI co-sponsored

    • 2009 Unified Symposium and WAWGG.

    • One-day aroma/quality workshops

    • Outreach educational experience for the industry.

    • Covered thinning, irrigation, pruning techniques

    • Working to assure ASEV will publish results

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NGWI Quality Projects

  • Literature Review –Viticultural Practices & Quality

    • Dr. Andrew Waterhouse – Progress stalled – NGWI may supply small grant?

  • Clean Plant Network - An action plan for certified stock. Buy in from states and development of a regulatory framework. Regional and national standards. Grapes will get 55% of this year’s funding allocation!

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Assessing the costs of Climate Change Proposals

  • Research project initiated by vegetable and melon interests

  • Expanded to other specialty crops

  • CTGC funded for grapes

    • NGWI worked with Intertox

    • Trouble with cost figures

    • Extrapolation of fertilizer and pesticide increases

    • Post-harvest impacts are likely higher

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Assessing the health impacts of grapes & products

  • Grape Health Workshop in December 2008

  • Publication in the pretigious “Journal of Nutrition” as a special supplement

  • NGWI follow on projects:

    • Epidemiology study

    • Human clinical trial on cognition

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NGWI Sustainability Projects

Winery Water and Energy Manual

  • Manual has been published and distributed to NGWI Board members

  • First workshop held in California

  • 60 requests for copies of the manual were received in the first two weeks after the availability of the manual was announced

  • NY and Washington State have all committee $ to host workshops in their area

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Updating NGWI Research Priorities

1. Understanding and Improving Quality2. Consumer Insights, Nutrition and Community3. Processing and Production Efficiency4. Sustainable Practices5. Extension/Education

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Specialty Crop Research Initiative

  • Not “business as usual”

  • Systems approach; integrated

  • Applications must be multi-state, multi-institutional, TRANSDISCIPLINARY

  • Social scientist engagement

  • Bewick “We’re trying to approximate the speed of business…”

  • Grapes didn’t fare well in 2008

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The SCRI RFA Five Buckets

  • Plant breeding and genetics to improve crop characteristics

  • Identify and address threats from pests & diseases (also pollinators)

  • Improve crop production efficiency, productivity & marketing

  • Innovations and technology (mechanization or delayed ripening)

  • Food safety

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Tom Bewick’s Presentation in January

  • Described problems with 2008 applications:

    • Came in after the due date

    • (Problems with

    • Problems documenting the match

    • Didn’t include transdisciplinary approach

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In 2008, NGWI Didn’t submit proposals

  • Submitted 4 core projects this year

  • Supported 6 other projects

  • Fine tuned the process

  • Leveraged over $800,000 of industry pledges this year

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NGWI SCRI Grant Applications in 2009

  • “Developing Sustainable Solutions Water Management in Irrigated Vineyards

  • “Vineyard Mechanization for Enhanced Economic Sustainability

  • “Development of a Grape Community of Practice for the eXtension System”

  • Climate Change Planning Grant

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The Process

  • Administrative Review

  • 20 points STAKEHOLDER Driven Process

  • Peer review

    • 30% producers

    • 30% from previous year

      Final Agency Decisions based on panels

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Challenges encountered

  • University commitment to participate in the process

  • Cooperation between research institutions can be thorny

  • Grant writers familiar with the process are hard to find

  • Specialty crops – every man for himself?

  • Still want close collaboration with ARS; is balance between competitive & formula funding right?

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NGWI’s eXtension grant funded

  • Valuable communications tool

  • “Ask the expert” feature

  • Interactive training modules

  • Access via social networking sites, including, Google and YouTube

  • Feedback feature: who it searching? Not just industry…

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Key Issues

  • Define highest priority issues and outcomes

    • Move beyond focus of SCRI funding

  • Align priorities with regional/commodity funding bodies

    • Need for alignment with regional/commodity sources for matching funds

  • Simplify priorities and outcomes

    • Focus on a limited number of key issues

    • List strategy, desired outcome and industry benefit

  • Align theme committees on work product

    • Process

    • Charge

    • Time line

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NGWI’s Structure

  • 6 Regional Representatives

  • 7 Species Representatives

  • 3 Standing Committee Representatives

  • At large Representatives

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NGWI’s Theme Committees

  • Extension and Outreach

  • Understanding & Improving Quality

  • Production & Processing Efficiency

  • Sustainability

  • Consumer Insights, Nutrition & Community