Sec. Glickman just announced members of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board. Authorized by the 1996 FAIR Act, the board will advise USDA and land-grant colleges and universities on ag. research, extension, education and economics policy and priorities. It replaces 3 USDA boards: the Agricultural Science and Technology Review Board, the Joint Council on Food and Agricultural Sciences, and the National Agricultural Research and Extension Users Advisory Board.

Advisory Board's first meeting is September 16-18 in Washington, D.C. Members were selected from nominations from over 600 organizations as part of a nationwide search that produced over 400 nominees. Terms range from 1 to- 3 yrs.

Members (and general category; FAIR Act specified membership category for each of the 30 advisory board members) are:

Items on the advisory board's Sep. 16-18 meeting agenda include review of the USDA Research, Education, and Economics Draft Strategic Plan; nominations to a 15-member "Strategic Planning Task Force" created under FAIR Act to develop a 10-year strategic plan for federally-funded agricultural research facilities; and consultation on other FAIR Act legislation, including implementation of the Fund for Rural America competitive grants program.

Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES) will provide support for the Advisory Board. Executive Director is Deborah Hanfman, formerly USDA coordinator to the president's National Science and Technology Council.

** Chair *** Vice Chair # Executive Committee. In addition, Catherine Woteki, Acting Under Secretary is an ex officio member of the Executive Committee.
National Program Leader
Rural, Economic, & Social Development
Cooperative State Research, Education, & Extension Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Washington, DC, USA 20250

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