[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 89 (Tuesday, May 8, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Page 27013]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-11044]


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 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Office of the Secretary


Request for Nominations of Members for 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, 5 
U.S.C. App., the United States Department of Agriculture announces the 
solicitation for nominations to fill 9 vacancies on the National 
Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory 
Board.

DATES: All nomination materials should be mailed in a single, complete 
package and postmarked by June 29, 2012.

ADDRESSES: All nomination packages must be sent to: Thomas Vilsack, 
Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue 
SW., Washington, DC 20250, Attn: NAREEE Advisory Board.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: J. Robert Burk, Executive Director, 
National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics 
Advisory Board, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Room 3870, South 
Building, Washington, DC 20250-2255, telephone: 202-720-3684; fax: 202-
720-6199; email: Robert.Burk@usda.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 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 2008 by 
deleting six members to the National Agricultural Research, Extension, 
Education, and Economics Advisory Board, which totals 25 members. Since 
the Advisory Board's 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 9 members who represent specific categories will expire September 
30, 2012. Nominations for a 3-year appointment for these 9 vacant 
categories are sought. All nominees will be carefully reviewed for 
their expertise, leadership, and relevance to a category.
    The 9 slots to be filled are:

Category A. National Farm Organization;
Category C. Food Animal Commodity Producer;
Category I. National Human Health Association;
Category N. Non-Land Grant College or University w/historic commitment 
to research in food and agricultural sciences;
Category O. Hispanic-serving Institutions;
Category Q. Transportation of Food and Agricultural Products to 
domestic and foreign markets;
Category R. Food Retailing and Marketing Interests;
Category S. Food and Fiber Processors;
Category X. Private Sector Organization involved in International 
Development.

    Individuals and organizations who wish to nominate experts for this 
or any other USDA advisory committee should submit a letter to the 
Secretary listing these individuals' names and business address, phone, 
and email contact information. These individuals may be contacted now 
or in the future to determine their interest in serving as a committee 
member.
    Candidates who wish to be considered for membership on the National 
Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory 
Board should submit an AD-755 application form and resume to the 
Secretary of Agriculture. Cover letters should be addressed to the 
Secretary of Agriculture. The application form and more information 
about advisory committees can be found at www.usda.gov/advisory_committees.xml.
    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.'' 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 all racial and ethnic groups, women and men, 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 30 day of April 2012.
Ann Bartuska,
Deputy Under Secretary, Research, Education, and Economics.
[FR Doc. 2012-11044 Filed 5-7-12; 8:45 am]
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