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IWR Signs Agreement with National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Published Aug. 3, 2010
Handshake between Dr. Ralph Otto (NIFA) and Robert Pietrowsky (IWR) after signing of the Interagency Agreement
Handshake between Dr. Ralph Otto (left) of NIFA and Robert Pietrowsky (right) of IWR after signing of the Interagency Agreement.

ALEXANDRIA, VA—August 3, 2010. An Interagency Agreement between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Institute for Water Resources (IWR) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) was signed by Mr. Robert A. Pietrowsky, Director of IWR, and Dr. Ralph A. Otto, Deputy Director of NIFA on July 28, 2010.

The agreement provides a framework for collaboration in the fields of integrated natural resources and watershed management in support of the USACE IWR missions.

NIFA is the main Federal partner with land-grant universities nationwide and is also the primary agency for the coordination of agricultural and related research in the State Agricultural Experiment Stations and forestry schools. NIFA's unique mission is to advance knowledge for agriculture, the environment, human health and well-being, and communities by supporting research, education and extension programs with all partner organizations.

The agreement is part of IWR's efforts to strengthen collaboration with other Federal agencies and universities for addressing water resource management issues, both domestically and internationally, and will enable IWR to work with researchers from land-grant universities and all partner organizations of NIFA.

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