The National Cotton Council commends EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler’s appointments to the Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Committee.
Administrator Wheeler selected 33 members of the agricultural community to represent a variety of sectors from across the U.S., including agricultural stakeholders and allied industries; academia; state, local, and tribal government; and nongovernmental organizations.
Among the members are Stacy Smith, a cotton producer from New Home, Texas and Dr. Jeffrey Gore, a research professor at the Mississippi State University Delta Research and Extension Center in Stoneville, Mississippi.
“With these selections, the U.S. cotton industry and its priorities will be well represented on the FRRCC,” said NCC President and CEO Dr. Gary Adams.
According to EPA, the 33 nominees will constitute a new committee, and will each serve two or three year terms beginning this year. The new members of the FRRCC hail from twenty-four states and one territory in all ten U.S. EPA Regions, with six of the Members working in multiple states or at a national capacity. The Committee expects to meet approximately twice a year beginning in late Summer of 2020.
Established in 2008, the FRRCC provides independent policy advice, information, and recommendations to the EPA administrator on a range of environmental issues and policies that are of importance to agriculture and rural communities.