2013 USDA/IR-4 Food Use Workshop
September 17 - 18, 2013

Registration fee $150 until Friday August 30,2013. Beginning August 31, 2013 fee will be $200.

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The annual USDA/IR-4 Food Use Program Priority-setting Workshop (FUW) is being held this year in the southwest U.S. at the Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown , Albuquerque, New Mexico, Sept. 17-18.

The hotel is offering a “Welcome Reception” for Mon. evening Sept. 16 from 7-9pm, and the workshop will be completed by 5pm the afternoon of September 18.

The agenda has been finalized (click here).

Albuquerque is the largest city in New Mexico and is situated in the central part of the state, straddling the Rio Grande River. The city population was 552,804 per the 2011 US census, making it the 32nd-largest city in the U.S. Albuquerque is home to the New Mexico State University (Aggies) Albuquerque Center (http://abq.nmsu.edu/ or http://www.nmsu.edu/), University of New Mexico (Lobos), Kirtland Air Force Base and Petroglyph National Monument. The Sandia Mountains run along the eastern side of Albuquerque, and the Rio Grande flows north to south through the city. Albuquerque has one of the highest elevations of any major city in the US, ranging from 4,900 feet above sea level near the Rio Grande (in the Valley), to 5352 feet at the airport, to over 6,700 feet in the foothill areas of Sandia Heights and Glenwood Hills.

Albuquerque has a semi-arid climate, with nippy winters, and hot summers, and it is usually sunny and dry, with low relative humidity and brilliant sunshine (averaging 278 days a year). The city usually receives very little rain or snow, averaging 8–9 inches of precipitation per year.

Come join us in Sept. in Albuquerque and help prioritize projects for IR-4 research in 2014 to continue the IR-4 mission of “Providing Safe and Effective Pest Management Solutions for U.S. Specialty Crop Growers.” At the same time you can enjoy the sights and sounds of Albuquerque and a small piece of our country’s great southwest!

Who Should Attend, and Why?
Commodity representatives, specialty crop growers, State and Federal research and extension scientists, regulatory agency personnel, agrichemical and biopesticide company representatives should attend. IR-4 wants input from all stakeholders to prioritize research to meet growers’ most critical pest management solution needs.

What Should You Do Before the Workshop?
Submit any new project requests by Aug. 14. Then from August 16 – Sept. 4, nominate projects through the IR-4 website, to help reduce our list of potential projects for 2014 research before we arrive at the workshop. This on-line nomination process will be organized as in recent years. Beginning Sept. 9, various project reports/spreadsheets of results from project nominations will be available to download from the IR-4 website. Review these nomination results, and print documents you need for use at the workshop. If you cannot print these documents from the website, contact Diane Infante for assistance at infante@aesop.rutgers.edu or 732.932.9575 x 4620.

How Will the Workshop Work?
The actual project prioritization process at the workshop is expected to proceed much as it has in recent years, by discussing only those projects that receive at least one stakeholder “A” nomination. There won’t be any quota of "A" priorities per discipline or per crop group or per crop; instead, projects will be selected as “A” priorities for 2014 research based on the most critical needs of specialty crop growers. Be prepared to provide justification to support your favorite projects. Any adjustments to the priority-setting processes will be communicated over the coming months.

Strategic Planning Discussion
IR-4 will be holding a Strategic Planning discussion on Wednesday, September 18 from 1:00-5:00pm as the final item in the Food Use Workshop agenda following completion of project prioritization.

IR-4 needs to seek reauthorization by USDA in 2014, and a strategic plan for the next five years will guide this proposal. The Food Use Workshop offers a broad cross section of stakeholders who can provide valuable input that will help give direction to IR-4 activities for the next five years. The IR-4 Project Management Committee would like to take this opportunity to gather your ideas and comments.

Registration fee $150 until Friday August 30,2013. Beginning August 31, 2013 fee will be $200.

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Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown
2600 Louisiana Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110
We have secured a special room rate of $81 single/double, and the cutoff for room reservations is 5:00 p.m. NM time, Aug. 26, 2013. To make reservations, you can use this link (https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/ir4fooduseworkshop), or you can call 505-881-0000 or toll-free 800-325-3535, and mention you are attending the IR-4 Food Use Workshop.

IR-4 Headquarters contacts:
Cheryl Ferrazoli ferrazoli@aesop.rutgers.edu, 732.932.9575 ext.4601; or Van Starner starner@aesop.rutgers.edu, ext. 4621