People are sought to serve on the Environmental Protection Agency Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Committee. Established in 2008, the Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Committee provides policy advice, information, and recommendations to EPA’s Administrator on a range of environmental issues and policies that are of importance to agriculture and rural communities.
EPA is seeking 20 to 30 members for two- to three-year terms. The committee expects to meet twice a year.
“One of our key priorities at EPA is to strengthen and solidify our relationship with agricultural stakeholders and rural communities by ensuring the agency is well informed on how its decisions impact rural America,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “Recruiting full membership of the Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Committee is the perfect opportunity to engage with those in our agriculture community, and I look forward to receiving the committee’s valuable input on important matters before the EPA in the very near future.”
To build a broad and balanced representation of perspectives for the Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Committee, members will be selected from a variety of sectors.
Members may represent allied industries and stakeholders including:
- farm groups,
- rural suppliers,
- state, local, and tribal government; and
- nongovernmental organizations.
In selecting committee members, EPA will consider qualifications including:
- whether candidates are actively engaged in farming,
- hold leadership positions in ag-related organizations,
- possess a demonstrated ability to examine and analyze complicated environmental issues with objectivity and integrity,
- have experience working on issues where building consensus is necessary,
- and are able to volunteer several hours per month to the committee’s activities.
Applications must include a résumé or curriculum vitae and a statement of interest, and must be received by EPA by Dec. 31, 2019. Letters of support and recommendation will be accepted but are not mandatory.