[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 186 (Tuesday, September 25, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 58978-58979]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-23610]


-----------------------------------------------------------------------

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Office of the Secretary


Notice of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, 
Education, and Economics Advisory Board Meeting

AGENCY: Research, Education, and Economics, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of meeting.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------

SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 
U.S.C. App 2, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) 
announces a meeting of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, 
Education, and Economics Advisory Board.

DATES: The National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and 
Economics Advisory Board will meet October 23-25, 2012. The public may 
file written comments before or up to two weeks after the meeting with 
the contact person.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will take place at the Phoenix Park Hotel, 520 
North Capitol Street NW., Washington, DC 20001. Written comments from 
the public may be sent to the Contact Person identified in this notice 
at: The National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and 
Economics Advisory Board Office, Room 3901 South Building, United 
States Department of Agriculture, STOP 0321, 1400 Independence Avenue 
SW., Washington, DC 20250-0321.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: J. Robert Burk, Executive Director or 
Shirley Morgan-Jordan, Program Support Coordinator, National 
Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory 
Board; telephone: (202) 720-3684; fax: (202) 720-6199; or email: 
Robert.Burk@usda.gov or Shirley.Morgan@ars.usda.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Honorable Secretary of Agriculture Tom 
Vilsack, and the Under Secretary of Research, Education, and Economics 
Dr. Catherine Woteki have been invited to provide brief remarks and 
welcome the new Board members during the meeting.
    On Tuesday, October 23, 2012, an orientation session for new 
members and interested incumbent members will be held from 1 p.m.-5:30 
p.m. Specific topics of discussion will include a

[[Page 58979]]

briefing on ethical behavior for federal advisory committee members, an 
introduction to the agencies of the USDA's Research, Education, and 
Economics Mission Area, and information on the core functions of those 
agencies and the impact of the current budget status on their 
operations.
    On Wednesday, October 24, 2012 the full Advisory Board will convene 
at 8:00 a.m. followed shortly thereafter with the appointment of a new 
Chair of the Advisory Board. The meeting will also include: brief 
introductions of new Board members, incumbents, and guests; the 
election of the Vice-Chair of the Advisory Board; comments from a 
variety of distinguished leaders, experts, and departmental personnel; 
and items of board business. Specific items on the agenda will include 
a discussion related to the international programs related to the 
Research, Education, and Economics Mission Area, and a discussion on 
the role of the Board in advising the Secretary of Agriculture, and 
Congress. The afternoon session will end by 5 p.m. An evening session 
will convene at 6 p.m. and include a vote for the fiscal year 2013 
executive committee members of the Board. The meeting will adjourn for 
the day by 8 p.m.
    On Thursday October 25, 2012, the Board will reconvene at 8 a.m. 
to: discuss initial recommendations resulting from the meeting and 
future planning for the Board; to organize the membership of the 
committees, and working groups of the Advisory Board; and to finalize 
Board business for the meeting. The Board Meeting will adjourn by 12 
p.m. (noon).
    This meeting is open to the public and any interested individuals 
wishing to attend.
    Opportunity for public comment will be offered each day of the 
meeting. Written comments by attendees or other interested stakeholders 
will be welcomed for the public record before and up to two weeks 
following the Board meeting (by close of business Thursday, November 8, 
2012). All statements will become a part of the official record of the 
National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics 
Advisory Board and will be kept on file for public review in the 
Research, Education, and Economics Advisory Board Office.

    Done at Washington, DC, this 17th day of September 2012.
Catherine Woteki,
Under Secretary, Research, Education, and Economics.
[FR Doc. 2012-23610 Filed 9-24-12; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 3410-22-P