[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 86 (Thursday, May 5, 2005)]
[Notices]
[Pages 23834-23835]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 05-8978]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Office of the Secretary


Notice of Appointment to the Advisory Committee on Biotechnology 
and 21st Century Agriculture

AGENCY: Agricultural Research Service.

ACTION: Notice of appointment to the Advisory Committee on 
Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture.

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SUMMARY: The Office of the Secretary of Agriculture announces members 
appointed to fill 9 vacancies on the Advisory Committee on 
Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture (AC21), in accordance with 
the Federal Advisory Committee Act. Those appointed are as follows: 
Richard Crowder, President and Chief Executive Officer, American Seed 
Trade Association, in Alexandria, Virginia; Duane Grant, Farmer, in 
Rupert, Idaho; Robert Herdt, Adjunct International Professor of Applied 
Economics and Management, Cornell University, in Ithaca, New York; 
Josephine Hunt, Program Manager, Global Science and Regulatory Affairs, 
Kraft Foods, in Glenview, Illinois; Gregory Jaffe, Director, 
Biotechnology Project, Center for Science in the Public Interest, in 
Washington, DC; Patricia Layton, Professor, Department of Forestry and 
Natural Resources, Clemson University, in Clemson, South Carolina (AC21 
Chair); Bradley Shurdut, Global Leader, Government Relations, 
Regulatory Affairs, and Science Policy, Dow AgroSciences LLC, in 
Washington, DC; Alison Van Eenennaam, Cooperative Extension Specialist, 
Department of Animal Science, University of California in Davis, 
California; and Lisa Zannoni, Director, Global Regulatory Affairs and 
Government Relations, BASF Corporation, in Research Triangle Park, 
North Carolina.

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DATES: Appointments by the Secretary are for a two-year term, effective 
April 12, 2005 until April 11, 2007.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael Schechtman, Designated Federal 
Official, Office of the Deputy Secretary, USDA, Telephone (202) 720-
3817; Fax (202) 690-4265; E-mail mschechtman@ars.usda.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The members of the committee cover a broad 
range of agricultural disciplines and interests. The duties of the 
committee are solely advisory. The AC21 is charged with examining the 
long-term impacts of biotechnology on the U.S. food and agriculture 
system and USDA, and providing guidance to USDA on pressing individual 
issues, identified by the Office of the Secretary, related to the 
application of biotechnology in agriculture.
    The AC21 was first appointed in February 2003 and at the time half 
of the appointments were for a one-year term and half for a two-year 
term. Due to the staggered appointments, the terms for 9 of the 18 
members expired on February 12, 2005. Members of the AC21 may be 
reappointed by the Secretary of Agriculture but no member may serve 
more than six consecutive years. Members serve without pay, but with 
reimbursement of travel expenses and per diem for attendance at AC21 
and subcommittee functions for those committee members who require 
assistance in order to attend the meetings.

    Dated: April 29, 2005.
Bernice Slutsky,
Special Assistant to the Secretary for Biotechnology.
[FR Doc. 05-8978 Filed 5-4-05; 8:45 am]
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