Letter from the Director
We are pleased to bring you the Fiscal Year 2001 Annual Report of the Washington State University Agricultural Research Center (ARC) via the Web. In this document, we illustrate the breadth and depth of the projects of the ARC and the publications resulting from the exemplary work of faculty and staff. Included in the present report are plant variety releases, patents, congressional initiatives and asummary of financial data associated with the Center. The scholarly accomplishments of the ARC faculty and staff impact the lives and work of the citizens of Washington, the Pacific Northwest, and the nation and are also recognized in international venues. Many of the projects incorporate aspects of both basic and applied research and are directed toward broad state and national goals. Our portfolio includes projects incorporating such diverse areas as protection of soil, water, and natural resources; integrated pest management; breeding plants and animals to achieve desired characteristics; food quality and new food processing technologies; food safety and security; aquaculture; resource economics; the relationship of food and nutrition to health; and irrigated agriculture. Projects In the human sciences address economic and social challenges facing youth and families, particularly the impacts of change on rural communities and community development.
The year 2001 was a challenging time. In the face of diminishing state support, faculty members have garnered increased levels of external grant support. With the establishment of the new WSU Strategic Plan emphasizing world-class scholarship and research, our faculty members are committed to the challenge and we look forward to new thrusts in biotechnology, organic agriculture, and environmental stewardship. ARC faculty members continue to be successful in the national competitive granting programs including the National Science Foundation, the USDA Initiative for Future Agriculture and Food Systems, the National Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program, and other federal programs. Our initiatives to Congress have also yielded several new projects. Commodity commissions continue to be generous in their support of our faculty and with projects associated with the Agricultural Research Center. In spite of our success nationally, due to decreased state support, we have again experienced downsizing and restructuring in the ARC and within the university. As a result, the ARC continues to focus more sharply on progress and projects having high impact in the lives and work of our constituents. Historically, the focus of the ARC has centered on the food system, and we expect to continue this trend.
Ralph Cavalieri, Associate Dean and Director
Agricultural Research Center