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NIFA/ARS Collaboration Assessment and Enhancement
Team Final Report

NIFA and the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) are two of the four agencies comprising the USDA’s Research, Education, and Economics (REE) mission area. REE is dedicated to the creation of a safe, sustainable, competitive U.S. food and fiber system and strong, communities, families, and youth, through integrated research, analysis, and education. The administrators of NIFA and ARS asked Dr. Bobby Phills from Florida A&M University to, through an Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA), help the agencies assess their collaboration efforts and identify ways that they could be significantly enhanced. The administrators requested recommendations that were both meaningful and achievable. The document below combines the report with a Powerpoint summary of his findings.