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From staff reports
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced that they are taking action to strengthen their pollinator research support. They are looking for members to serve on the newly formed USDA National Pollinator Subcommittee. This subcommittee falls under the USDA is seeking membership applications for our National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics (NAREEE) Advisory Board. People who have a background in agriculture and knowledge in science, education or farming are encouraged to apply. The application deadline is May 31, 2022.
Statue calls for 20 members to be on the NAREE committee/subcommittees and 15 to be on the advisory committee. The terms are for one to three, with a maximum of two terms up the six years, starting in 2022. Board members must wait one year before reapplying to any committee/subcommittee.
Under the NAAREE committee are four subcommittees, which are: Specialty Crop Committee, Citrus Disease Subcommittee (CDS), National Genetic Resources Advisory Council (NGRAC) and the Pollinator Subcommittee. Each committee’s membership is separate from the board members, but is under the NAREE umbrella, according to the NAREEE website.
NAREEE Advisory Board
The Advisory Board comprises 15 appointed members. We’re seeking five (5) new members from the following categories whose appointments will start in Oct. 2022:
- One (1) Member of a National Farm or Producer Organization (Animal Producer)
- Two (2) members from Academic or Research Societies
- One member representing a Food Science Organization
- One member representing a National Nutritional Science Society
- Two (2) members from Agricultural Research, Extension, and Education Institutions
- One (1) member representing an American College of Veterinary Medicine
- One (1) member representing a 1994 Tribal College/Institution (per the 1994 Equity in Education land-grant institution category)
SCC has nine (9) appointed members. We’re seeking three (3) new members from these categories whose appointments will start in Oct. 2022:
- One or two (1-2) members from academia
- One or two (1-2) members from the specialty crop industry
CDS consists of 11 members, all of whom are domestic producers of citrus. We’re seeking four (4) new members from these categories whose appointments will start in Oct. 2022:
- Two (2) producers who represent Arizona or California
- Two (2) producers who represent Florida
NGRAC comprises 13 appointed members. We’re seeking four (4) new members from these categories whose appointments will start in Oct. 2022:
- Two (2) members from scientific disciplines relevant to the NGRP. See examples of relevant disciplines.
- Two (2) members from public cultivar development and animal breed development
The Pollinator Subcommittee will have seven (7) total appointed members whose appointments will start in July 2022.
- Seven (7) members will be representative of stakeholders from both the public and private sectors.
Information on how to apply can be found at https://nareeeab.ree.usda.gov/nominations