Thanks, for jumping on this, Kevin. I'll volunteer. I am particularly
interested in the outreach and educational components of GDR, which will
never get funded unless GDR receives funding well above the keep the
lights on level.
I agree we need to deal directly with NSF and USDA, as well as consider
other funding sources.
The Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission and the California Citrus
Research Board have already committed some funds for GDR-related
activities, not enough for an entire railroad crossing, but at least a
couple ties...we and others could do more and highlight industry's
support for this critical activity.
I confirmed with our national commodity group that we can approach
Congress and USDA directly once we have a clear strategy and plan, with
priorities. NSF is not as approachable, but we can at least provide an
assertive informational initiative. We will also be working in
Washington State to generate awareness of, and more support for GDR,
channeled through WSU.
Jim McFerson, PhD
Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission
1719 Springwater Ave
Wenatchee, WA 98801
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Subject: GDR Subcommittee
I'm glad we had a chance to share ideas on the GDR today and begin to
consider next strategies to federal support as well as potential
alternatives. As discussed, it is critical that we immediately form a
sub-committee of RosEXEC that pursues the next steps. This is a call for
Behind the scenes, months ago, I approached our UF-IFAS lobbyist about
how to approach state governments to obtain funds to support an
endowment. The goal is to capture a source (or sources) of support that
would simply maintain GDR at a minimal level into perpetuity. We're not
asking for much here, about the cost to improve an intersection or a
My request got lost in the UF administrative shuffle and nobody was kind
enough to follow up a reaching request from a lowly Assistant Professor.
So, we need to put our heads together and we need honest answers from
NSF and USDA so we can make perfect decisions going forward.
Any takers? Please drop me an email and we'll discuss a time to meet.