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Federal Advocacy

Client
National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges.
Objective
Increase appropriations for food, agriculture, and and natural resources research, teaching, and extension programs at America's land-grant and related universities.
Course of Action
Assembled an advocacy team to provide NASULGC with an integrated government and public relations effort.
Helped narrow NASULGC's priorities for the USDA's Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES) to a few line items.
Identified other funding opportunities beyond the Ag Appropriations bill.
Prepared short but compelling advocacy documents.
Lobbied the House, Senate, and Bush administration.
Developed a Web site and email newsletter to keep the NASULGC system (more than 600 individuals) apprised of developments.
Results
Helped the NASULGC system defeat a proposal in the president's F.Y. 2006 budget request to eliminate funding under the Hatch (agriculture), McIntire-Stennis (forestry), and Animal Health and Disease formula fund programs.
Secured significant increases for CSREES programs in F.Y. 2003 ($64 million); F.Y. 2005 ($34 million); F.Y. 2006 ($4 million); and F.Y. 2007 (pending).
Helped secure major funding increases for university-based centers of excellence in the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations bills for F.Y. 2004 ($60 million) and F.Y. 2005 ($40 million).
Related Pages and Links
The NASULGC Advocacy Web site (created by Fred Hutchison)
BRT Report from Washington  (written by Fred Hutchison)
 

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Edited on: June 21, 2006