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U of A, UA System Division of Agriculture sign special agreement

The special agreement between U of A and UADA will provide new opportunities for cooperation for both entities.

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The special agreement between U of A and UADA will provide new opportunities for cooperation for both entities.

The University of Arkansas and the UA Systems Division of Agriculture (UADA) have signed a special agreement to guide ongoing collaboration and fundamental dialogue between the two entities.

“The agreement reflects a new spirit of collaboration for the mutual benefit of the University of Arkansas, the Department of Agriculture and the State of Arkansas,” said Ed Fryer, UA System Board of Trustees member and chairman of the Agriculture Committee. “I am grateful to all who are working closely in the best interests of Arkansas to strengthen the collective impact of both institutions.”

“This is an important step forward, not only in the formal codification of the specific details in the agreement, but also in consolidating the benefits of mutual cooperation between the U of A and the Department of Agriculture,” said UA System President Donald Bobbitt.

In 1959, the Board of Trustees created the Department of Agriculture to focus land grant research and outreach efforts in Arkansas. Many of its faculties have joint placements within the Department of Agriculture and the AKU and both have overlapping qualities. Since both entities have their own governance and policies, the agreement is between the Department of Agriculture and AKU to ensure fluid operations.

The agreement covers operations for the remainder of the current financial year and until the completion of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOA) to be effective for the financial year 2023 or no later than the beginning of the financial year 2024.

Appropriate leadership and other representatives of UKA and UADA will continue to meet to finalize the terms of the MoA. The MoA will include, but is not limited to, the rules and procedures relating to finance and human capital operations, services, benefits, facilities and space allocation, and management of joint appointments.

“We have partnered successfully with the Department of Agriculture for a long time,” said interim chancellor Charles Robinson. “And this initiative to evaluate and align our shared resources will play an important role in strengthening that partnership for the future as we seek to produce innovative research and provide meaningful access in service of our land-grant mission.” “

“This is a new agreement for a new time, and I couldn’t be more helpful,” said interim vice president of agriculture Chuck Culver. “I would like to thank Mark Cochran, the former Vice President of Agriculture for starting this process, to the Agriculture leadership team for his vision and cooperative spirit, and to Chancellor Robinson for his desire to strengthen the relationship between our two institutions. I want to thank you.”

“In addition to its many other benefits, this special agreement lays an important foundation for expanding the ways in which we support our amazing and hardworking staff and faculty,” said DeQ Fields, Dean of Bumpers College and Vice President of Agricultural Design. Told. “I am pleased with that progress and look forward to helping facilitate the growth of the MoA, which positions both the college and the division to bumper for future success.”

Fields assumed his new role as vice president of agriculture for UA System on July 1, when JF Meullenet will begin his role as interim dean of the Del Bumper College of Agriculture, Food and Life Sciences. Meullenet will also continue to serve as UADA’s Senior Associate Vice President for Agricultural Research and Director of the Agricultural Experiment Station.

“This agreement strengthens our already strong relationship with the U of A and ensures that faculty have the tools and resources they need to conduct research and make discoveries,” Meulnet said. “We look forward to further collaboration with the U of A to finalize the MoA and advance our shared goals.”

“This collaborative agreement extends beyond Northwest Arkansas and into each county in the state,” said Bob Scott, senior associate vice president-agriculture-extension for the Department of Agriculture. “The Little Rock State Office and all 75 county offices are part of the Department of Agriculture. Chancellor Robinson is pleased with the atmosphere of cooperation and collaboration during his term as interim.”

While the MoA is being developed, the Special Agreement provides specific guidance in the following areas:

financial terms

Until the MoA is adopted, UADA AES-generated indirect costs related to sponsored research will be allocated according to the following structure:

  • A of U – 50 percent
  • UADA AES (including allocation to bumpers college departments) – 50 percent

administrative service fee

No administrative service fee will be charged from UADA by UKA during the period of the Special Agreement.

Promotion and tenure

Faculty appointed in FY 2012 or FY 2013 will be eligible for a tenure or tenure-track position, either in teaching or research, with a minimum of 20 percent assignments for U of A-Budget appointments.


  • Current UADA employees on campus or at the Meet Jay Schulte Research and Extension Center will have access to current benefits and discounts applicable to UK A employees.
  • Retired UADA employees holding joint appointments between U of UADA and UADA will get benefits and exemptions to retirees working in the premises. A’s U will retain these customary benefits and exemptions as long as they are also being provided to retired employees with 100 percent U of A appointment and as long as UADA retires otherwise in accordance with A’s guidelines for retirement benefits eligibility. fulfill the.

The two entities will soon begin working together on a comprehensive expense analysis to inform the development of a jointly agreed cost-share model for the implementation of the new MoA.

About the University of Arkansas: As Arkansas’ premier institution, U of A provides internationally competitive education in more than 200 academic programs. Founded in 1871, U of A contributes more than $2.2 billion to the Arkansas economy through providing training for professional disciplines, along with the discovery of new knowledge and skills, entrepreneurship and job development, research and creative activity contributes to. The Carnegie Foundation categorizes the UK as one of the top 3% of US colleges and universities with the highest level of research activity. US news and world report The U’s A ranks among the top public universities in the country. See how U of A works to build a better world at Arkansas Research News.

About Agriculture Department: The University of Arkansas Systems Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen agriculture, communities and families by connecting credible research to the adoption of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Center and the Cooperative Extension Service, the Department of Agriculture conducts research and extension work within the country’s historic land grant education system. The Department of Agriculture is one of 20 institutions within the University of Arkansas system. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty at five system campuses. The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture extends all its research programs and services without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or does. Any other legally protected status, and an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

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