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May 31, 2018
We know that it’s easy to feel like you as an individual have little impact on what happens in Washington, DC, but what if we told you we had evidence to the contrary? The chart below is from a 2015...
May 3, 2018
There’s an old adage that says luck is when preparation meets opportunity. Any researcher worth their salt knows that many of the best discoveries are the result of hard work aligning with timing. T...
April 19, 2018
It’s that time of year, when Congress begins its work on the annual appropriations process, and organizations come to Washington, DC to make their priorities known. ASA, CSSA, and SSSA are actively ...
March 8, 2018
For almost a year, ASA, CSSA, and SSSA have been working to engage with legislators on the upcoming farm bill. The farm bill is an excellent opportunity to suggest policy changes that could improve US...
February 15, 2018
This year will be the first that the Trump administration will have been in office long enough to go through the regular budget process for the upcoming fiscal year (FY) 2019. Even as the administrati...
January 4, 2018
The “power of the purse” is one of the most important powers that Congress holds. Congress exercises this power through the two-step process of authorization and appropriation. Understanding how, ...
December 7, 2017
This year was certainly an interesting one in the policy world. A new administration brought new leadership, new priorities, new challenges, and new opportunities. As the Science Policy Offices looks ...
November 3, 2017
Even though research generally has bipartisan support, with shrinking budgets and competing agendas, funding for research programs like those at the USDA and the National Science Foundation often get ...
October 5, 2017
ASA, CSSA and SSSA know how important it is to have our sciences represented in the policy world, which is why every year, the Societies select one exceptional scientist and Society member to spend a ...
September 15, 2017
The farm bill impacts every American who eats. Modern farm bills are five-year spending plans that combine risk management for farmers, nutrition and conservation programs, and funding for research an...
July 6, 2017
The election of President Donald J. Trump has awakened many politically disengaged people on both sides of the political spectrum. Whether you like the results or not, the 2016 presidential election i...
June 1, 2017
In the next installment of our “Policy 101” series of articles, we’d like to tackle another particularly complex policy topic: the farm bill. The farm bill is the nickname for the acts passed ap...
May 19, 2017
In March, ASA, CSSA, and SSSA senior and student members came to Washington, DC to meet with their members of Congress and advocate for federal food, agriculture, and natural resources research. The a...
April 7, 2017
The much talked about March for Science () takes place in a few weeks, on 22 April, which is also Earth Day. Its Facebook group has more than 800,000 members, and thousands of participants are expecte...
March 10, 2017
Like any field of science, science policy has its own jargon, and one of the areas in which the jargon can get particularly wonky is the budget process. This is the annual process by which the governm...
February 13, 2017
One of the greatest benefits of having a policy office in Washington, DC is the connections ASA, CSSA, and SSSA can make with federal agencies and other stakeholder groups. One such opportunity arose ...
January 16, 2017
The beginning of a new year is always an occasion for reflection, both on where you’ve been and where you’re going. As the Science Policy Office looks back on 2016, we see a year of hard work and ...