[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 227 (Monday, November 25, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 70259-70260]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-28245]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Marketing Service

[Doc. No. AMS-FV-13-0075]


2013-2015 Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee

AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice; call for nominations.

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SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the 
Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is announcing a call for 
nominations to the Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee. The 
charter for the Committee was re-established for the 2013-2015 two-year 
term.

DATES: Written nominations must be received on or before December 26, 
2013.

ADDRESSES: Nominations should be sent to Charles W. Parrott, Deputy 
Administrator, Fruit and Vegetable Program, AMS, USDA, 1400 
Independence Avenue SW., Room 2077-S, Stop 0235, Washington, DC 20250-
0235; Facsimile: (202) 720-0016. Email: Charles.parrott@ams.usda.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Pamela Stanziani, Designated Federal 
Official; Phone: (202) 690-0182; Email: Pamela.stanziani@ams.usda.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee 
Act (FACA) (5 U.S.C. App.), notice is hereby given that the Secretary 
of Agriculture has reestablished the Fruit and Vegetable Industry 
Advisory Committee for two years. The purpose of the Committee is to 
examine the full spectrum of issues faced by the fruit and vegetable 
industry and provide suggestions and ideas to the Secretary on how USDA 
can tailor its programs to better meet the fruit and vegetable

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industry's needs. The Deputy Administrator of the Agricultural 
Marketing Service's Fruit and Vegetable Programs will serve as the 
Committee's Executive Secretary. Representatives from USDA mission 
areas and agencies affecting the fruit and vegetable industry will be 
called upon to participate in the Committee's meetings as determined by 
the Committee Chairperson.
    Industry members will be appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture 
and serve two or three year terms. These staggered terms include a 
concurrent two year term for members of the most recent, previously 
chartered committee, and three year terms for members new to the 
advisory committee, a measure implemented to initiate required 
staggered member terms for continual committee operation. Membership 
will consist of up to twenty-five (25) members who represent the fruit 
and vegetable industry and will include individuals representing fruit 
and vegetable growers/shippers, wholesalers, brokers, retailers, 
processors, fresh cut processors, foodservice suppliers, state agencies 
involved in organic and non-organic fresh fruits and vegetables at 
local, regional and national levels, state departments of agriculture, 
and trade associations. The members of the re-established Committee 
will elect the Chairperson and Vice Chairperson of the Committee. In 
absence of the Chairperson, the Vice-Chairperson will act in the 
Chairperson's stead.
    The Secretary of Agriculture invites those individuals, 
organizations, and groups affiliated with the categories listed above 
to nominate individuals for membership on the reestablished Committee. 
Nominations should describe and document the proposed member's 
qualifications for membership to the Committee, and list their name, 
title, address, telephone, and fax number. The Secretary of Agriculture 
seeks a diverse group of members representing a broad spectrum of 
persons interested in providing suggestions and ideas on how USDA can 
tailor its programs to meet the fruit and vegetable industry's needs.
    Individuals who are nominated will receive necessary forms from 
USDA for membership. The biographical information and clearance forms 
must be completed and returned to USDA within 10 working days of 
notification, to expedite the clearance process that is required before 
selection of Committee members by the Secretary of Agriculture.
    Equal opportunity practices will be followed in all appointments to 
the Committee in accordance with USDA policies. To ensure that the 
recommendations of the Committee have taken into account the needs of 
the diverse groups served by USDA, membership shall include, to the 
extent practicable, individuals with demonstrated ability to represent 
minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and limited resource 
agriculture producers.

    Dated: November 19, 2013.
Rex A. Barnes,
Associate Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.
[FR Doc. 2013-28245 Filed 11-22-13; 8:45 am]
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