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10 appointed to board that advises colleges on ag research

National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board advises USDA on priorities related to food and ag research, education and economics.

Ten people have been appointed to serve on the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board.

“These members of the NAREEE Advisory Board help ensure that our work at USDA is facts-based, data-driven, and customer-focused,” said Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. “They bring real-world knowledge and expertise that is invaluable to our efforts.” 

What does the board do?

The NAREEE Board advises the secretary and land-grant colleges and universities on top national priorities and policies related to food and agricultural research, education, extension, and economics.  The board’s main objective is to contribute to effective federal agricultural research, education and economics programs through broad stakeholder feedback and sound science. Board members also perform an annual review of the relevance of the research, education, economics, and extension programs at USDA and the adequacy of funding for those programs.

Each of the 25 NAREEE Advisory Board members represents a specific category of U.S. agricultural stakeholders as outlined in the Agricultural Act of 2014. The categories include:

  • farming or ranching,
  • food production and processing,
  • forestry research,
  • crop and animal science,
  • land-grant institutions,
  • non-land grant college or university with a historic commitment to research in the food and agricultural sciences,
  • food retailing and marketing,
  • rural economic development, and
  • natural resource and consumer interest groups.

Terms for members overlap so that approximately one-third of the Board is replaced and/or reappointed each year. 

The appointees

The 10 appointees will serve three-year terms. The people named:

  1. Lisabeth Hobart, Government Relations Manager, GROWMARK Inc., Bloomington, IL;
  2. Chalmers Carr III, Owner, Titan Farms, Ridge Spring, SC;
  3. Dr. Edmund Buckner, Dean & Director, Land Grant Programs, Alcorn State University, Lorman, MS;
  4. Dr. John Coupland, Professor of Food Science, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA;
  5. Dr. Sarah Francis, Associate Professor of Human Sciences, Nutrition and Wellness, Iowa State University, Ames, IA;
  6. Dr. David Baltensperger, Department Head, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX;
  7. Dr. James Allan, Executive Director of the School of Forestry, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ;
  8. Chad Ellis, Industry Relations, Manager, Noble Research Institute, Ardmore, OK;
  9. Dr. Robert Zeigler, Director General and CEO Emeritus, International Rice Research Institute, Portland, OR, and
  10. Dr. Jayson Lusk, Department Head, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.

Source: USDA

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