Programs of Distinction
The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Programs of Distinction (POD) initiative aligns programs with the college's strategic goals. PODs bring together faculty, staff and students across the college and throughout the state.
The criteria to become a POD are:
- Meet high priority, stakeholder identified needs and have stakeholder support
- Be interdisciplinary
- Integrate research, extension and teaching
- Have an existing base of faculty expertise
- Be able to obtain significant new and sustainable funding
- Have measurable impact
- Build the national and international reputation of CALS and the University of Idaho
The goal of the Efficient and Sustainable Beef Systems POD is to build upon existing faculty expertise to better coordinate future Extension, teaching and research efforts.
The Beef POD will focus on natural resource utilization, animal efficiency, product quality and leadership development. It will also seek to expand university opportunities to add research capacity through land acquisition and collaborative agreements, increasing access to knowledge and technology and increasing UI student awareness and internship opportunities in the Idaho beef industry.
The CALS beef team addresses the needs of the vital Idaho beef industry and Northwest economy through a diverse and distributed network of teaching, research and Extension faculty. Over 30 faculty located on campus, at research stations and in Extension offices across the state dedicate at least a portion of their time to addressing issues concerning the beef industry. Faculty members collaborate on planning, conduct and evaluation of research and Extension programs. Members of the Beef POD are active and well respected regionally and nationally. The Beef POD will establish a critical mass and allow a more strategic approach with greater interdisciplinary emphasis.
The goal of the Globally Competitive Potato Production, Storage, Processing and Marketing Systems POD is stronger teaching, research and Extension programming in potato science at the University of Idaho and increased international recognition of these programs.
The Potato POD emphasizes potato storage physiology and management, plant and soil health, water utilization, variety development and nutrition.
The CALS potato team already ranks as one of the university’s flagship programs due to its regional, national and international reputation. Refocusing its efforts as a POD will help the team continue to address issues of critical importance to the future success of the potato industry by identifying and obtaining significant new resources. The POD will seek to better integrate teaching, extension and research programs to aid the next generation of scientists.
The potato research and Extension team consists of 18 UI faculty members, plus associated technical support staff and graduate students. Their expertise includes variety development, seed management, pest management, storage management, agronomy/soils, food science, nutrition and economics. Potato work takes place at five research and extension centers, in several counties and on the main Moscow campus. Many programs are conducted in cooperation with the USDA Agricultural Research Service in Idaho and other states, and in multistate partnerships with other land-grant institutions.
Website: divinedestinations.info/cals/potatoes or divinedestinations.info/potatoes