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STEEP - Pacific Northwest Solutions to Environmental and Economic ProblemsSTEEP Annual Research Reports and Listings of New Projects

STEEP (Solutions To Environmental and Economic Problems) is a cooperative Pacific Northwest research and educational program on conservation tillage systems through the University of Idaho, Oregon State University, Washington State University, and USDA-Agricultural Research Service. It has been a national model for multi-state, multi-disciplinary efforts among land grant universities, USDA-agencies, grower commodity organizations, conservation districts, and other Ag support groups and agencies to work collectively to solve regional environmental and economic problems. Funding has been provided by special Congressional grants since 1975 and is administered through the USDA Cooperative States Research, Extension and Education Service (CSREES), the administrative branch for the nation's land grant universities. The USDA-ARS research centers at Pullman, WA and Pendleton, OR receive funding from ARS for STEEP-related research programs.

The PNW STEEP program is currently managed through three committees. A 10-member Technical Coordinating Committee includes scientists from the three universities and USDA-ARS, and a representative from USDA-NRCS. A 7-member Industry Advisory Committee includes 2 growers from each state representing the grain producer associations (ID Grain Producers Assoc., OR Wheat Growers League, and WA Assoc. of Wheat Growers), conservation district associations (ID Assoc. of Soil Conservation Districts, OR Assoc. Conservation Districts, and WA Assoc. Conservation Districts), and one each from the USA Dry Pea and Lentil Council and the PNW Direct Seed Association. An 11-member Administrative Committee includes members from both research and extension at the 3 land grant universities (UI, OSU and WSU), and one each from the USDA-ARS and USDA-NRCS.


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