[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 92 (Friday, May 12, 2006)]
[Notices]
[Page 27662]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E6-7247]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Office of the Secretary


Notice of Appointment of Members to the National Agricultural 
Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board

AGENCY: Research, Education, and Economics, USDA.

ACTION: Solicitation for membership.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the 
United States Department of Agriculture announces solicitation for 
nominations to fill 12 vacancies on the National Agricultural Research, 
Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board.

DATES: Deadline for Advisory Board member nominations is July 31, 2006.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods: E-
mail: smorgan@csrees.usda.gov; Fax: 202-720-6199; Mail/Hand-Delivery/
Courier: National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and 
Economics Advisory Board, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Room 344-A, 
Whitten Building, Washington, DC 20250-2255.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Shirley Morgan-Jordan; Program Support 
Coordinator; Telephone: 202-720-3684.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The nominee's name, resume, and completed 
Form AD-755 must be sent to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 
National Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board 
Office, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW.; Room 344-A, Whitten Building; 
Washington, DC 20250-2255.
    Section 1408 of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, and 
Teaching Policy Act of 1977 (7 U.S.C. 3123) was amended by the Farm 
Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 by adding one additional 
member to the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and 
Economics Advisory Board, which totals 31 members. Since the Advisory 
Boards inception by congressional legislation in 1996, each member has 
represented a specific category related to farming or ranching, food 
production and processing, forestry research, crop and animal science, 
land-grant institutions, non-land grant college or university with a 
historic commitment to research in the food and agricultural sciences, 
food retailing and marketing, rural economic development, and natural 
resource and consumer interest groups, among many others. The Board was 
first appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture in September 1996 and 
one-third of its members were appointed for a one, two, and three-year 
term, respectively.
    The terms for 11 of the 31 members who represent specific 
categories will expire September 30, 2006. Nominations for a 3-year 
appointment for these 11 vacant categories are sought with the 
exception of Category CC. This is a two-year appointment. All nominees 
will be carefully reviewed for their expertise, leadership, and 
relevance to a category.
    The 12 slots to be filled are:
    Category A. National Farm Organization.
    Category C. Food Animal Commodity Producer.
    Category E. National Animal Commodity Organization.
    Category F. National Crop Commodity Organization.
    Category K. National Human Health Association.
    Category P. Hispanic-Serving Institutions.
    Category R. Non-Land Grant College or University with a Historic 
Commitment to Research in the Food and Agricultural Sciences.
    Category T. Transportation of Food and Agricultural Products to 
domestic and foreign markets.
    Category V. Food and Fiber Processors.
    Category AA. Private Sector Organization involved in International 
Development.
    Category CC. Research Agency of the Federal Government Other than 
USDA.
    Category DD. National Social Science Association.
    Nominations are being solicited from organizations, associations, 
societies, councils, federations, groups, and companies that represent 
a wide variety of food and agricultural interests throughout the 
country. Nominations for one individual who fits several of the 
categories listed above, or for more than one person who fits one 
category, will be accepted. In your nomination letter, please indicate 
the specific membership category for each nominee. Each nominee must 
fill out a form AD-755, ``Advisory Committee Membership Background 
Information'' (which can be obtained from the contact person above or 
may be printed out from the following Web site: http://www.nareeeab.com 
then search AD-755). All nominees will be vetted before selection.
    Nominations are open to all individuals without regard to race, 
color, religion, sex, national origin, age, mental or physical 
handicap, marital status, or sexual orientation. To ensure that 
recommendations of the Advisory Board take into account the needs of 
the diverse groups served by the Department, membership shall include, 
to the extent practicable, individuals with demonstrated ability to 
represent minorities, women, and persons with disabilities.
    Appointments to the National Agricultural Research, Extension, 
Education, and Economics Advisory Board will be made by the Secretary 
of Agriculture.

    Done at Washington, DC this 1st day of May 2006.
Merle Pierson,
Deputy Under Secretary, Research, Education, and Economics.
 [FR Doc. E6-7247 Filed 5-11-06; 8:45 am]
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